There are really three types of people :those who make things happen ,those who watch things happen and those who say "'What Happened " ?
Labu Da as we fondly call him has been a close family friend for many years .Our families share a common 'Shillong Background'.A former AIR( All India Radio ) announcer Labu Da is a man of many interests and talents .It is his love for the nature and environment that brings out an outstanding artist , designer ,craftsman,painter ,photographer in him. He designed pavilion for NEDFi which bagged special commendation prize in International Trade Fare . He is also an avid Bonsai collector .This living art form has interested him since his childhood days .Over past fifty years he has amassed a huge individual collection of over seven hundred Bonsai .All the plants in his collection are his own creations.
.We always meet each other in various functions ,festivals and social gatherings.On one such occasion he invited us to his house for a chit chat .Last Thursday we visited his house .His beautiful house looks like a mini Botanical Garden.His living room wall is adorned by this eye catching art work (the second picture ).He made it with the cross sections in different sizes of a dried tree branch .After a brief chat he took us to the terrace of this double floored building which stands just few metres away from his house .
This beautiful forty eight year Bonsai welcomes you as you step into the terrace . Labu Da explained us a lot about Bonsai -like how they are created ,developed and maintained .It was enlightening as well as amazing .Taking care of such huge collection without any help is not an easy task.
Here is another one of the oldest from his collection - if i remember right ,this too is nearly forty eight years old.His collection represents most styles of Bonsai .
This one with pretty pink flowers .
I thought of counting all of them but after few hundreds i gave up .
My son found a way to entertain himself while we talked .
Here are more and some more ...........................................
This particular style is known as Landscape Bonsai.After spending more than an hour we came back to his living room .Aunty (his wife ) arranged true Assamese style evening tea snacks for us .
Just before we sat for tea ,Labu Da showed us this beautiful calendar titled 'Dreamz -2011 " which he made by himself .It contained twelve pictures of faces of tea tribe youngsters of Assam working in various fields like agriculture ,medicine ,sports etc .He made only three copies of which two he gifted to his friends.
We talked a lot about different hand work .When my mother -in-law told him that she learnt American Quilting art during her four year long stay in USA , Labu Da brought out this attractive hand stitched stole -do i need to tell that he did it himself.
The dining table had this very innovative plant arrangement -- it had mint leaves ,curry leaves ,masundari leaves ----all these plants are frequently used in Assamese cuisine.
We had such a good time - one evening that i will never forget .