S. Harpal Singh
Jungles of Asifabad and Kerameri look resplendent as leaves turn golden
ADILABAD: Leave alone its beauty in spring season, Adilabad district becomes visually even more delightful at this time of the year as the forests welcome autumn.
The lovely jungles of Asifabad and Kerameri present a picture that conforms to the observation of famous French playwright and novelist Albert Camus, ‘Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower.’
Nature lovers vouch that any change in the season is more pronounced in the forests and the colours therein enthuse people.
Each of this change, marked by its own characteristics is invariably a thing of beauty, they add.
Just before the trees begin to shed leaves, the greenery takes on golden brown and yellow hues. The clear skies of the time corresponding with the ‘Sharad ritu’ enhance the beauty of the place.
“This is also a time when most of the vegetables are available. Medicinal plants besides fruits like the guava, the custard apple and many others that grow in the forests are available now,” Guruji Ravinder Sharma of Adilabad’s Kala Ashram points out towards another aspect of autumn in the countryside. As this period comes after the end of the rainy season, the monsoon slush in rural areas vanishes completely. The backyards and the open places near households in villages are littered with vegetable and fruit vines and creepers. “Autumn was also known for launching warfare since the ancient times. In ‘Amuktamalyada’, Srikrishnadevaraya mentions the dew that condenses on the grass. People can wash their feet in this dew. In ‘Raghuvamsham’, Kalidasa mentions emperor Dileep launching ‘jaitra yatra’ expedition at the start of autumn,” recounts C.V. Ram Reddy, teacher at the Kolam Ashrama School, Adilabad, presenting another feature associated with the season.
The government has discontinued teaching in schools about the relevant facts about nature. “The pedda bala shiksha, a primer that listed names of important plants and trees and names and features of different seasons should be reintroduced in schools so that students gain basic knowledge about nature,” opines Guruji.