I remember an old lady whom we used to address as “Ajji” (grandma) selling Yelachi Hannu (Ber in Urdu) outside our school. And yes, I used to buy them once in a while and enjoy the sourness of the fruit. I try to relive those memories now, but it is just not the same!
Botanical name of tropical fruit bearing tree Ber is Ziziphus mauritiana belongs to family Rhamnaceae. Ber is also known as Chinese Apple, Indian Jujube, Indian plum and Masau. It is known as Baari Hannu in North Karnataka.
Ber tree is a fast growing spiky, evergreen small tree, which grows to a height of 15 to 18 meters and adapts to dry, harsh, and extreme temperatures. That explains the presence of large of number of Ber trees in Delhi and Rajasthan. The branches of the tree are long and droop to the ground.
Picture taken in my grandmother’s home, Padubidiri
When I see staircases made out of wood, they churn out a lot of memories of old homes. The staircase would lead to the attic with a wooden floor, where kids would gather and play indoor games like alugulimane/Mancala game, chauka bara/ludo, ane kallu/5 stones, card games, anthakshari and so on.
Public gardens are incomplete without this plant. Allamanda is a very attractive plant that catches your eye instantly and becomes a center of attraction in any garden. Allamanda is a native of South and Central America. The genus name Allamanda is derived from the 18th century Swiss botanist, Frédéric-Louis Allamand.
This plant is evergreen, woody and blooms in abundance throughout the year. Allamanda grows to a height of 2 meters and above. There are 12 species of Allamanda and some of them are semi-creepers.
Kalabeda, kola beda, husiya nidiyalu beda Muniya beda, anyarige asahya padabeda Thanna bannisabeda, idira aliyalu beda Ide antaranga shuddhi, ide bahiranga shuddhi Ide namma koodala sangananolisuva pari.
The above verse was penned by the great poet and saint Basavanna.
Don’t rob, Don’t kill, Never ever lie
Don’t get angry, Don’t think negative about others
Don’t self describe, Don’t tease others
This is the way of self respect, this is the way to get respected by the world.
This is the way of impressing my lord Koodala sangam deva.