The Land of Rainbows
10th January, 2022
“Saw the rainbow in the heaven, ……
And the good Nokomis answered:
“‘T is the heaven of flowers you see there;
All the wild-flowers of the forest,
All the lilies of the prairie,
When on earth they fade and perish,
Blossom in that heaven above us.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This beautiful poem has no meaning till you see it replicated in reality. The Darjeeling Hills are rolling with all these coloured flowers – so vibrant and vivid. The indigo Morning Glory, violet Hydrangea, red Rhododendron, orange Trumpet Flowers, blue Goat Weed Flower, yellow Golden Shower Flowers and of course the green of the Selim Hill Tea Bushes are the stuff that rainbows are made of.
On the way to A Flower Show in Darjeeling - A painting by Gaganendra Nath Tagore
Like many species of birds and animals, the rainbow is also disappearing. In urban areas, it is seen very rarely due to pollution. If I were a poet, I would say the flowers are disappearing so obviously there are none to blossom in heaven above us. The Pygmy tribes of Africa believe that the gods use rainbows to communicate their wishes. Looks like we are slowly closing all avenues of communication with the cosmos!
For centuries, man has hunted the pot of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow. The wealth of the Darjeeling Hills lies in its richness of biodiversity. At Selim Hill, when tears mix with warm sunshine and happiness, the multicoloured bridge in heaven appears. Believe me when I say you can almost touch it and climb the steps upwards if you think your work on Earth is over.
There is another imagery for the rainbow. It has been called a flag in the sky - a flag that transcends all borders and nationalities and unites people on the level of freedom of choice. Gilbert Baker designed The Rainbow Flag as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer pride and LGBT social movements. Also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, the colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and the "spectrum" of human sexuality and gender.
It is interesting to note that Tea plant flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees. At Second Chance House, we believe in versatility and diversity and that the best brew happens when nature is allowed to work her magic without being restricted.
It is very great pride that I say that Selim Hill is that “Somewhere over the rainbow” where “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” Sit back with a cup of Dorje Tea and see how “your troubles melt like lemon drops”. When I look around me, the song comes to my mind - “Ooh Heaven is a place on Earth”.
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