BENGALURU: Taranjeet Bajwa, a resident of Begumpet in Hyderabad, is a home-maker who tends to a garden in her balcony with utmost care.
She gardens to have a green space around her, to breathe in "fresh oxygen" and have a good view from her balcony. She developed this interest even as a child and thanks to her family, especially her mother who used to maintain a good garden in Punjab. “My mother used to talk to plants and treat them as her own children,” says Taranjeet. “She did not need to cultivate an interest because she grew up around lots of greenery, it came naturally to her. I learnt from her.”
Her husband Daljit Singh has always been supportive and encouraged her to pursue this interest.
Taranjeet loves to experiment with planting and pots in her garden, she has often reused old plastic utensils as pots. “Gardening keeps me busy,” she says. “I don’t have many friends here in Hyderabad, I do not go for kitty parties or any such functions... gardening takes up my time and I cherish it.”
It is not easy to keep a garden on a balcony, unlike maintaining a full-fledged garden. Taranjeet, however, does not complain. “There are no challenges that I face when it comes to gardening. I love it, I don’t like to make excuses,” she says.
Taranjeet asks all homemakers to try their hand at this hobby.
“My advice to all homemakers is that rather than wasting their time talking about household issues or gossiping about unnecessary things, spend time gardening. It will give you satisfaction and contribute to a better environment,” she says.
In the future, Taranjeet plans to start her own gardening project on a farm in the outskirts of the city. “Right now, we are giving all our attention to our baby boy Shivjit. But I will definitely start my gardening project in future,” she says.