Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Lesson in Perseverance

Yesterday while i  was having my siesta, hubby walked in  and said, '" Hurry, come outside. And bring your camera!"

"What happened ?, i asked curiously, reluctant to move out  of the warm quilt.

"Operation Honey", he remarked, a slow smile on his face.

"Operation Honey?,'' i repeated dumbly.

" Has my cousin come from Delhi?". i enquired.

"No.  Remember the Beehive you asked me to get removed?", hubby smiled knowingly.

"OIC', i said with more understanding.

" Bring your camera", hubby reminded me.

I got out of the quilt in a jiffy and took out the camera form the cupboard and went outside to the verandah which was the venue of Operation Honey.

We have a solitary Bottle Brush tree in the corner of the verandah in our home.  Solitary because the Gul mohar tree dried last year, due to an invasion by white ants.  Faridabad's soil is infested with white ants and it was indeed disheartening to see the tree i had planted with my own hands die after nearly two decades.

Every Spring,  the Bottle brush tree would bloom

without fail, turning to a riot of red flowers. Compared to other trees like mango it doesn't rise to a great height , but this one had not done badly.  So much so, that a beehive  sprung up, and that too at a somewhat low branch.  Several times i had asked hubby to get it removed, lest some naughty kid hit a stone and sent the bees on a stinging spree.

So today, hubby did the needful.  Today was the time for 'Operation Honey!'

As i walked towards the verandah, i saw a man crouched on the floor.

  He held a beehive,

The Beehive
bereft of bees in his hand.  a polythene containing some more pieces of beehive was kept aside.  And the most unbelievable part was the swarm  of bees

The swarm of Bees on the floor
 adjacent to the man, calmly stuck together on the floor.

"How did he dislodge the beehive from the tree?" i asked hubby

" he lighted a beedi and held it near the beehive.  the bees went away and he easily removed the hive form the tree", answered hubby.

I realized he was a professional.  and he kept an eye on the trees and today he approached hubby with a bargain.

I watched in fascination the whole process unfolding in front of my eyes.

 Fifteen minutes later he was gone.  We couldn't get any honey as he was reluctant to part with the honey comb.  As for us, we were happy to see the imminent danger of a stinging spree be done and over with.

Two hours later i ventured out of the home .  As i looked up to see the spot whee the  beehive had been , i was shocked.  The bees were right there on the same branch at the very same spot.

The bees AFTER Operation Honey
 I rushed inside and told hubby about it.

"How is it possible that they are back? the Beehive is no more?"

" Perseverance", replied hubby.  " They will make a new one again"

As this sunk in, i realized that it was back to square one.  But i somehow did not want to upset the bees again.  So i let it be.....

Minutes after their home had been destroyed, the bees were back , all together to build a new home, rear new bees and to pollinate and make honey.

Bees , although classified  as pests, are useful to man both for pollination and for making honey.  There is a lot we can learn about perseverance and diligence from these tiny insects which live such a disciplined life, co existing together in a swarm.

Christmas Blogging Award

Christmas is just around the corner.  It is countdown to 8 days.

My Punkymood  girl is happily displaying  "JOYOUS' mood.

There is a free invitation to attend  Christmas Celebration in my locality.

And Santas across the world are gearing up to live up to the hopes of millions of kids.  It is a different matter that nowadays kids know that Santa is their good old Grandpa from the locality.  But who cares!  Festivity is in the air. Love is in the air.  Hope is in the air for a brand new 2012.

So, i thought of something to do for my Blogging Fraternity.  A Christams Blogging Award tag, that will bring Bloggers closer this season. So, here are the Rules:

                                Nominate 10 fellow Bloggers

                                Inform the Bloggers of their nomination

                                Share 10 POSTS  you have enjoyed reading of ANY of your Blogger friends

                                Thank the Blogger who nominated you
                                Your Post should be PUBLISHED by 24th December 11 p.m

                                ADD the Christmas Blogging Award picture to your Blog Post

So, here i go nominating 10 fellow Bloggers:


Rachna Parmar


Chicky Kadambari


Anuradha Shankar


Arvind Passey

Sangeeta Khanna

Vidya Suri

And here are the TEN POSTS i have enjoyed reading the past  few months. Who are the bloggers? Read and discover for yourself... that is the whole idea......

Sons, marriages and nosey-parkers

Being a daughter, old age and the empty nest

Fall Of The Feminine

Flavors of Comments

Just Jockeying

Can't end marriage over sari :)

It Hurts

Don't have kids!

5 things To Do AFTER I Die

And so we gave courtesy a decent burial

So happy Reading.  Happy Blogging, and wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Versatile Blogger Award

Debajyoti, a newbie Blogger nominated  me for this award.  I came across his Humor Blog  Post on Indivine.  Just a few months into Blogging, he has a bright future lined up before him.

This is the second Tag category i am doing....

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

                                Nominate 15 fellow Bloggers

                                Inform the Bloggers of their nomination

                                Share 7 Random things about yourself

                                Thank the Blogger who nominated you

                                Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your Blog Post

Networking is good for Blogging and here i aim to bring Bloggers whom i enjoy reading on a regular basis and some which i  have recently discovered barring a few old ones....

Kiran Manral

Ritu Lalit

Shail Mohan

Shilpa Garg

Alka Gurha

Saru Singhal

Indian Home Maker

Purba Ray


Kavita Saharia

Sudha Ganpati


Suranga Date

Joshi Daniel

Mani Padma

Besides these 15 Bloggers, there are so many more i read and enjoy.... hope to Tag them next time. so, don't be sad if you don't see yourself in this list :)

Now those 7 random things about me:

I did part of my schooling from Africa

My all time  favorite dessert is Mango ice cream

Love meeting people and am a good host

I feel blessed to have my parents living so near to my home

Have no patience for elaborate shopping [much to the regret of my daughters :)]

I taught in school for about 5 years

Love the adventure that Travel brings

This brings me to the end of this post..... Thank you Debajyoti Ghosh for this award!

Happy tagging and get started!!!