The Last Stalk Standing at Cubbon Park

The Withering Bamboo Grove

Be Like the Bamboo
The Higher You Grow
The Deeper You Bow

– Chinese Proverb

Bangalore’s sprawling Cubbon Park was teeming with people as usual. Quintessential young couples lost in their world. Fitness enthusiasts sprinting while chatting breathlessly. Nature enthusiasts Instagramming away.  Photographers doing portfolio shoots of one too many expecting moms (a new trend). I spotted one lady lying down on her back, toys placed all around and on her, an assistant blew soap bubbles while the photographer tried various angles, while the husband and the mother in law displayed a sea of emotions.

A furlong ahead a family played throw ball. A group of theatre actors was practicing a play nearby. I walked on towards my favorite spot, the dense Bamboo cluster. Over 200 Bamboo trees were planted here, 40 years ago.

Today the grove looked different. The green plants had all browned and many had fallen down. Recently they had blossomed into delicate white flowers and now seemed to be at the end of their life. I was reminded of the mythical Thorn Birds, who are said to sing the sweetest song while dying.

The trees were still alive with the whisper of the wind and melodious birdsong. I stood there in silence. Sunlight filtered through the remaining delicate leaves and shoots creating a symphony of shadows on the ground. The Bamboo stalks swayed gracefully – a strange dance of strength and flexibility. This delicate, artistic plant has a greater weight-to-strength ratio than steel. It bends with the wind but refuses to break. It broke my heart to see them withering.

Karnataka High Court
Karnataka High Court, Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park Bamboo Grove

Cubbon Park Bamboo Grove

Cubbon Park Bamboo Grove

Cubbon Park Bamboo Grove

Cubbon Park Bamboo Grove

Cubbon Park Bamboo Grove



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6 thoughts on “The Last Stalk Standing at Cubbon Park

  1. I have been to cubbon park many times, but the black and white photos really capture the beauty of the bamboo trees! Wow!

    Side note: expectant mother photo shoots? that is new to me! World is becoming more and more weird!

    1. Thanks, Meena. Yup … one sees new and sometimes very strange things daily! Facebook and Instagram have changed photo requirement needs drastically.

  2. I was wondering why the green plants browned and many had fallen down. Is because of the weather? Or is it a process of evolution? The visuals captures the ambience in such a sombre soothing manner.

    1. Thanks, Pradeep. What I read is that the Bamboo tree dies after flowering. It takes a few years before bamboo plants produce seeds again, leaving a bare exposed soil.

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