Free Press Journal

Sunday Guest – Happy to be in the lap of nature, Mayank Mishra

FOLLOW US:

His father would bring home new plants and take utmost care of them, but failed to evoke much interest for flowers or gardening in him, as he would often remain occupied with his studies and exams. But, he needed a way to vent his sorrow after the loss of his father and found his dad’s garden the best means to relive his memories. Now, his garden is home to over 40 varieties of roses, fruit bearing trees, including pomegranate, custard apple, guava, mango, sapodilla, golden apple and fig

Indore : With its infinite treasure, nature is the biggest source of healing and abundant charm. While most of us discover it too late in life and only left to repent, there are some, who could understand the truth in their very childhood and go on to respect and love the gifts of nature for their entire life.

One such soul is 35-year-old software engineer Mayank Mishra, who discovered the power of nature; and so much so that he now considers his rose garden on terrace a part of his father, another avid nature lover, who is no more.


Sharing his passion Mishra said “I have developed a terrace garden in my house and have over 40 varieties of roses. However, still I have an urge to collect more. The feel from the sight of different roses brightens up mood as well as ambience and hence, I keep craving for them.”

However, he was quick to clarify that “It is not about the colour; but about the feel. For example, Lavender is an amazing touch to white, but it is hardly loved by many.”

Informing about his farming endeavours he said “I have started vegetable farming this monsoon and I am hoping to be self-sustainable someday. I have variety of fruit bearing trees, including pomegranate, custard apple, guava, mango, sapodilla, golden apple and fig,” he said, adding “We are blessed with fresh fruits and air throughout the year. It is magical to be in the lap of nature.”

Unfolding his journey, he shared how had been a typical introvert, studious and focused person. “I have always been the one, who has only a few friends and stays confined in his room with books,” Mishra said.

He reminisced how his father (late Dr AN Mishra) would bring home new plants and take utmost care of them, but failed to evoke much interest in him for flowers and farming, as he would often remain occupied with his studies and exams.

Mayank’s mother Santosh Mishra in terrace garden

“I was never into anything outdoor and especially, gardening until five years back,” Mishra said. During his budding youth in Indore and then shifting to Gandhinagar, Gujarat for education and further to Pune and Bangalore for job, he had never felt any urge to even take a walk in any park.

However, things started turning the other way after the demise of his father in 2011 and he started living with his mother with his fond memories. Loss of father was a huge blow to him, and he needed a way to vent the despair.

And he found a walk on his dad’s garden the best means to help his mother relive his father’s memories and recover from the pain of loss. “When I went to my dad’s garden with my mother Santosh Mishra, I for the first time felt relaxed and away from all the tiny worries of the day,” Mishra recalled.

With passing time, watering and taking care of the plants, as his father used to do, become his most preferred activity beside job and other must-dos of the day.

“I cannot say exactly when and how, but I gradually fell in love with roses, got highly attached to the nature, and even started visiting markets to buy plants for my garden. However, within a couple of months after my dad’s death, I had collected a good many number of rose varieties and even learnt about their hybrids and care” Mishra said.

Before concluding the conversation, he was proud to inform that “We even have a ‘Brahma Kamal’ (a special variety of Lotus flower) and it is truly magical. My 68-year-old mother even climbed up the stiff stairs to have a glance of it.”

“My garden is the heaven, where I can see my father every day,” Mishra concluded.