Friday, 2 December, 2022

Autumnal beauty !

Autumnal beauty !
Urban people can soothe their eyes with Kashphul (a kind of perennial grass) that blooms in abundance in different areas of the capital. The winged seeds of the flower tossing around in the air offer the sightseers a plenty of opportunity to relish the spectacular scene. The photo was taken from Aftabnagar on Friday. – Md nasir uddin

Autumn is about to end. But still the clear blue skies and parades of white clouds are evident in the horizon. And far below them wild bushes of Kashphul (kans grass) is there to amaze you with the exquisiteness of the season.

Urban nature lovers can soothe their eyes visiting massive Kashphul fields in different areas of the capital, including Uttara’s Diabari, Bashundhara Residential Area, the road leading towards 100 ft and Aftabnagar.

The winged seeds of the flower tossing around in the air will offer the sightseers a plenty of opportunity to relish the spectacular scene.

The combination of expansive fields of Kashphul with their gentle swaying by the breeze and the beautiful azure sky speckled with cottony clouds will surely make someone drift into reverie.

Kash has many usages but its foremost role is to soothe the parched autumn days. Passing by a kashbon you feel refreshed by its almost transcendent beauty.

However, the Kashphul fields are the benchmarks of rural magnificence. White seas of fluffy flower-stalks covering newly formed lands, shoal and the river banks provide the visitors with an amazing experience there.

A journey to the riverine countryside and suburban areas can remind one of the classic scenes projected in Satyajit Ray’s celebrated film ‘Pather Panchali’ where Apu and Durga, the immortalised rural sibling, run gingerly through a field of Kashphul to catch a glimpse of the train.

Apart from pleasing eyes, Kashphul has another aspect. It is a source of sustenance for marginal farmers. The harvest of Kash supplements their meagre incomes every year.

Late autumn is harvest season of Kash. It’s a one-month business. The harvest begins in October with prices remaining profitable until late November.

Betel leaf growers in Northern districts prefer Kashphul grass straw to use them in constructing their ‘barouj’ shade houses, common to lowland betel leaf cultivation.

Besides, some rural women there manage daily family expenditure by making brooms with Kashphul during late autumn.

Kashphul (Saccharum spontaneum) is actually a perennial native to the subcontinent. The three-meter tall aquatic plant is the symbol of autumn season.

Of course, Chhatim flowers amazes all with their dizzying, almost hypnotic, fragrance during this season. Kash also faces stiff competition from another autumnal sibling Shiuli.

Yet, popular representations of autumn have not found a place for either Chhatim or Shiuli. Bengalis’ autumnal setting is inevitably bedecked by Kashphul.