Mughals got distinct architecture, art and craft to India and they also fostered idea of rearing beautiful gardens. Mughals believed that gardens are truly a reflection of a paradise. The British were inspired too with the Mughal’s way for nurturing the green and they built Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Estate). Sir Edwin Lutyens, was the chief architect to mill beautiful designs to give an aesthetic look to Dilli and also to the Mughal Gardens.
I decided to pay a visit to the Mughals Garden. This is a segment reared with beautiful ornamental, herbal and plants of spiritual significance. The gardens are beautiful with the yearlong effort of gardeners so evident.
I was essentially observing the children while taking a stroll in the gardens. There were herds of people flowing in to see the spring in full bloom. I must have walked half a mile and visitors were in some frenzy to take selfies and record their grand red carpet visit to the Mughal Gardens on their cell phones. There was hula boo about something that I couldn’t figure out. I didn’t spot a single parent talking to their child or showing them a plant or a flower that truly intrigued them. The little ones were either posing to be photographed or were capturing their parents in a photograph. The ultimate purpose of these beautiful gardens just seemed to be providing for a beautiful landscape. The only emotion that these gardens seem to germinate was extreme euphoria.
A lot goes into preparing a garden. A gardener has to have knowledge of seeds, plants, growth process, seasons and so on. Over and above, there is a feeling that connects the gardener to the mother earth. A feeling that makes them nurture plants and see them grow.
I hope that we bring up children encouraging the same feeling with which a gardener works in a garden. A different pedagogy needs to be thought about (for schools and home) if green initiatives for mother earth are to be strengthened.