The lilac tree next to our living room window is blooming. I like the fact that unlike the cherry blossoms that show up before the leaves appear, lilacs bloom next to or side by side with leaves, giving the impression of a perfect bouquet for offering.

Perhaps it’s their self-effacing quality that draws me to lilacs. Their demeanor is subtle and unpretentious. Flamboyancy is not their style, and they’re perfectly happy to remain in the background hiding behind other ostentatious trees or bushes and you only discover them from a mellow fragrance wafting in the air. …

Shankar Chaudhuri

Writer, critic, market researcher, world traveler and former professor of history. Passionate about art, literature, culture, animals, nature, and human rights.

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