Article by Shreelatha Nayak
Mangalore, Augsust 25, 2010: The vibrant colour of flowers is nothing but nature’s wonder. Flowers express themselves beautifully when they bloom into various shades. Just as an artiste gives shape to his imagination through vivid colours on the canvass, here we have a lesser known man who enjoys gardening and see the flowers bloom in their diverse colours. It’s a pleasure to catch a glimpse of Hibiscus flowers of various colours and shades in the tiny garden of Mohandas Nayak, who lives in a small rented house at Kasturi Bai compound near Lower Car Street.
He happily exposes the secret behind the colourful Hibiscus flowers in his garden –the grafting technique. In Nayak’s garden we can find the rare chocolate colored, violet, peach, blue moon and Sudarshan (grey centered hibiscus with red lining) coloured flowers neatly arranged in the pots on the narrow space available on the walls of the compound and small backyards of neighbours. An employee of MLA Yogish Bhat and marketing executive for Ayurvedic medicines, Nayak spends his leisure time with his favourite plants and flowers. He has a huge collection of nearly 150 varieties of single and double petal hibiscus plants. Nayak has also been a winner at the flower show organized by the Bendoorwell Horticulture Department for three consecutive years from 2007 to 2009.