The sight of these blooming sarson (mustard) fields from the GT road --- in the vicinity of area, I currently live --- forced me to stop over --- and enjoy the view -------- a frenzy of thoughts went through my mind......
(a)..... the sheer natural beauty that is so refreshing and relaxing (especially in today’s world) --- yet we continue to ignore it !
(b)..... the vivid contrast of the wheat and sarson that is so soothing to .. eyes .. mind … and spirit !
(c)..... the advent of the spring --- a gradual transition --- Good bye winters !!
(d)..... the delicious “sarson ka saag” topped with butter … served with crisp (yet soft) "makki ki roti"
(e)..... and the melody “Phooly hay Sarson” (The Blooming Mustard) by Nayyara Noor from my childhood days.
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“Sarson Ka Saag” is a popular curry of Punjab region, made from sarson (Mustard) plant and spices. Usually topped with butter (unprocessed white) the curry is served with Makki ki Roti (Corn bread). Oil of sarson (mustard) is also widely used in the region, both for edible and other uses.
The old ber tree (Ziziphus mauritiana) in the foreground is a common sight in the region. Locally, the evergreen thorny shrub is called "bairie" and the ber fruits are popular in rural population.