The lonely tulip was wavering in the stiff breeze; its petals tattered and torn but still hanging in there with a brilliant hue of red and yellow. Others in this small planting of spring bulbs had succumbed to the cold and wet weather, their stems broken and lying upon the ground with flower heads wilted and brown. A few stragglers encased in tight buds and somewhat stunted may never bring forth their suppressed illumination.Ice pellets fall upon the earth’s surface, cooling the lingering effects of the evasive late April sunshine. The ground struggles to warm as the changeable weather arrives each spring day. A battle within nature itself wears upon all inhabitants of the region, from the lonely tulip to birds, reptiles and humans.Another cold storm enters our space as it has many times in the past. A repeat, an encore, a submission to yet endure the fickle and folly of the unpredictable season is called to order.Snows high in the mountains also blanket the multitude of wildflowers yet to awake from their now quite long slumber. Unlike the lonely tulip left to survive on its own, these sublime creations of nature will eventually sprout upward as the protective blanket of snow retreats. The rest of us bundle up and go about our means, sometimes wavering like the lonely tulip but waiting for the reappearance of the springtime sunshine. The warmth against our skin and the re energizing of our souls will come as well.
The Sixth YES Bank and the Consulate General of Argentine International Polo Cup which was held recently at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course featured a thrilling match between the Argentinian and Indian (Amateur Rider´s Club) team that ended in a tie.The event was organised by YES bank together with the Consulate General and Promotion Centre of Argentina and the Amateur Riders Club. Hosted by Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank; Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Acting Consul General; and Suresh Tapuriah, President, Amateur Riders Club; Rajashree Birla, Cyrus Poonawalla; Radha Kapoor Khanna and Aditya Khanna were the Guests of Honour and also presented the trophies to the winners at the prize distribution ceremony.A gathering of about 1000 guests flocked to the game in their polo-best ensembles, fascinators, and hand-fans to beat the heat. The guests included Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprises; The Maharaja of Jaipur, Padmanabh Singh; celebrity fitness expert Namrata Purohit, actresses Kim Sharma, Tanishaa Mukerjee, Tara Sharma among others. Also in attendance were the Chief of Protocol, Bajirao Jadav and Deputy Secretary to Government (Protocol) N S Bhoge.Acting Consul General Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Consulate General and Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai, said, “We hope to continue bringing polo players from Argentina that are the best in the world with an aim to share our sporting culture with India and of course to continue this six-year long tradition that we have started.”