Delhi. Flowers galore. Ditto pollution

Delhi. Flowers galore. Ditto pollution

The thousands of tulips planted by our civic fathers last month may well have faded, but boy oh boy oh boy, Delhi is looking too lovely these days, with all the flowers and trees in colourful bloom.

February’s tulips were pretty smashing, and yes, of course, I did go and tiptoe through them.

And the blue skies are wonderful.

Like so 🙂

I went for a run in my local Biodiversity Park this morning, and as well as the jackals and the zillions of birds, the bougainvillea was stunning.

I am inordinately fond of bougainvillea, mainly because of its crazy colours as well as its ability to survive in virtually any climate – and you don’t get much harsher or more extreme than Delhi’s climate – as we have it all, from miserably cold, foggy winters to crazy 45C+ summers.

Bougainvillea can also clearly survive the horrific pollution here.

Because, sadly, Delhi has just been named as the world’s most polluted city in 2023, an honour we could very well do without, thank you very much.

I think we dilliwalas have become so inured to pollution, that the mere sight of a blue sky makes us automatically think “Hip hip hooray! The AQI must be good.”

But it isn’t.

“Delhi has held the title of the most polluted capital city for the fourth consecutive year from 2018.”

(Times of India)

As I said, an honour we really, really don’t want.

But let’s end on a happier note, and focus on the riot of spring flowers.

This is our garden.

This exuberance will only last for a few more days, before the summer heat starts, but for now it is all very lovely:

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