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Tuesday , February 5 , 2013
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Petal pat for homemaker

Name almost any category and you will find only one person as the winner at the 18th Dhanbad Flower Show that concluded on Saturday.

A former teacher, Chaitali Sarkar, indeed stole the fragrance, er, prizes at the event held on the campus of Indian School of Mines. Impressing a panel of four judges — Dheeraj Kumar, A.K. Gupta, S.N. Das and N.V. Suramaniam — Sarkar took home 22 prizes, including the Champion of Champions Trophy. Mili Nandi was declared the runner-up.

Among the institutes, DPS topped the scorecard followed by Tata Steel, Jharia division.

ISM students (above) appreciate the potted plants at the 18th annual flower show in Dhanbad. Pictures by Gautam Dey

Speaking to The Telegraph at her residence in Teachers’ Colony on ISM premises, Sarkar said: “Every year, I try to do something different with flowers and greens. This time, I used the root of an abandoned tree to create a fountain and managed to plant four types of succulents in the form of a basket. I also created the ambience of an auditorium with cacti, using a different type each for the chief guest, audience and the microphone. I really love such unusual combinations.”

Sarkar’s love for flowers is evident even in the way she has done up her house. The place is almost an abode of flowers with a gurgling fountain containing water lillies being the main attraction. Over 400 potted plants that include exotic orchids, strawberries, palms, a 30-year-old bonsai banyan apart from organically grown vegetables complete the pretty picture.

Asked what inspired her to take up gardening, Sarkar was quick to give the credit to her upbringing. “My father was in the army and army men have houses with sprawling gardens. The green stretches always attracted me and gradually, I picked up the art of gardening,” said Sarkar.

However, the fluctuating temperature in Dhanbad makes her worry about the well-being of her plants. “It is extremely difficult to protect the plants from the blistering summer and foggy winters. But, that is the challenge,” she smiled.

Talent hunt

An aspiring dancer poses for t2 at Baridih High School. Pictures by Bhola Prasad

What: An inter-school competition, christened Rainbow-2013, at Baridih High School
When and where: January 29, school campus
On show: Student from 10 schools pitted their talents in an array of competitions — dance, song, rangoli, skit, yoga, pot painting and elocution. The theme of the daylong event was Back to Nature
Wise words: “The event was a pioneering step towards paving the way for development of communication skills among students. It also helped in bringing out the latent talent of students of various age groups in extra co-curricular activities,” said Sangita Haldar, principal of Baridih High School





Young genius

Handicraft items up for grabs at the exhibition at JH Tarapore School

What: Creative Minds, an art and craft exhibition organised by the primary section of JH Tarapore School
When and where: January 29, school campus
Creative show: From beautiful pots to folders to pen stands to flower vases — fruits of hard work and some serious brainstorming by students throughout a year were on display at the daylong exhibition. The students were really happy — they got a platform to showcase their talents while the visitors had a chance to marvel at the creations of young minds
Learn as you do: The school, which has adopted the “Learning by Doing” method as its mantra, believes that such activities help in developing the skills of students and encourage them to be more creative and innovative
T2 picks: Colourfully decorated pots and attractive folders were the hits of the evening. A charity corner, set up by teachers, also drew a huge footfall. The school authorities later said all proceeds generated from the sale of various products would be used for helping various charitable organisations