Also published from: Hyderabad Delhi / NCR Pune Mumbai Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org VOL 7 ISSUE # 5 PAGES 8 bangalore - jp nagar Fashion | Health | Lifestyle | Entertainment | Interiors | Community OCTOBER 20 - OCTOBER 26, 2013 www.jagrancityplus.com An ode to Puttenhalli Lake An absolute delightful replica of Puttenhalli Lake became an apple of everyone’s eye. The residents of L&T South City had more than one reason to celebrate this Dasara. It was just not the celebration of good over evil, hope over despair and life over death but also the rebirth of the dying lake. Shweta Singh It is sheer belief that strive us in a day to day life. The belief drives us to worship and pray. And one such belief was given life and a reason to rejoice. Believe in change. The gift of god – nature was celebrated this Dasara. The unstinted efforts of the volunteers of Puttenahalli Lake were seen in an imitation of the lake put up on a display this festive season as part of Dasara Gombe Habba. Celebrations need no chance, opportunity or time. Where the nation was celebrating the festival of goddess Durga, residents of L&T South City off Bannerghatta road had something more to rejoice. This Dasara, Rajeshwar, fondly called Raji, a 40 years household and resident of L&T South City, was engrossed completely, giving an ode to the living paradigm of grit determination, perseverance, care and love – Puttenahalli Lake. Ecstatically made, the replica of Puttenahalli Lake was something unique re-created by Rajeshwar. Besides decorating her house with dolls, Rajeshwar also made a room for the water body – Puttenahalli Lake, to be included this year in her house with a sense of great pride and belief. When congratulated in her endeavour of recreating the Puttenahalli Lake, Rajeshwar smilingly said it is too much of recognition. It was an attempt to give an ode to the custodians of the Lake which had almost extinct. “This lake revived in front of our eyes by Usha and a team of volunteers. PNLIT is the organisation that has taken up the ardent task of reviving the late. While I have not volunteered enough for the cause of the lake to the extent I would have wanted to, this idea came in as a tribute to the volunteers who have revived the lake.” Raji further added, “Every year we try to make a small concept for a park next to our arrangement of dolls and this year we made it an ‘our lake’. Also this lake is ground water resource to the neighbouring community.” To infuse the sense of responsibility in the younger generation and lure them by doing something meaningful Raji along with her son Aditya made the replica. The family generally keeps a thematic park during the festive arrangement of dolls. This will attract the younger generation and they will have fun. So to think differently every year has become a norm in the family. A proud custodian, Usha Rajgopalna, was touched to see the efforts of all her volunteers being at a display. “Raji had arranged the dolls in the front room so I went automatically towards it and then stopped short. Near the wall, in front of the doll steps were a very familiar sight - the Puttenahalli Lake! Raji and her young son Aditya had recreated the lake on thermocol with such attention to details that anyone who's visited the lake even once would be able to identify it! For good measure, on the wall was the PNLIT logo, the date palm,” said Usha A beautiful way to thank the angles of Puttenahalli Lake was adopted by the resident of L&T South City. It took two to three days to complete the replica where the family used to devote three to four hours in it. “We placed a chart paper over thremacol sheets, painted the lake and path and spread some sand for the surroundings. We then placed trees, plants, human figures around to make it complete,” brimmed Raji Many citizens of Silicon Valley keep different themes during festive season. While some try to create a still from a traffic jam, some try out their hands on environmental issues. Bangalore is known for its active citizenry and the love for the nature. Adding wings to the creativity, festival brings many creative thoughts in the individuals to exhibit during this season.
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