Amitabh Bachchan has been much attached to the minute things that are a part of his ‘Prateeksha’ and has been seen sharing stories about it with his fans. Recently, the veteran actor shared the story of a 43-year-old Gulmohar tree in his bunglow ‘Prateeksha’ which was uprooted a few days back during the rains. The actor also shared some unknown facts about the relevance of the tree and how the house was named based on a word from one of his father’s, Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poems.
He wrote his latest blog with some unknown facts about the tree and the story behind his house, ‘Prateeksha’. “The day in 1976 we moved into the first house that this generation had ever bought and built, and called its own.. it was planted as a sapling, a mere few inches in its height.. in the middle of the lawn that surrounded the property.” He said, “a Palace in the desert land of the North” had given him the inspiration to plant it where he wanted it to be.
Sharing the story about the house, he wrote, “Babuji saw the house as we invited him and Maa ji to now lve with us and named it.. Prateeksha.. it came from a line of one of his works. “Swagat sabke liye yaha par, nahi kisi ke liye prateeksha”.. welcome there is for all in this abode, but we are not waiting for anyone.”
He also shared the fact that his son Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai got married near the same tree and how all the other festivities took place in its shadow every year. The Bachchans used to celebrate Holika Dahan near the same tree and all other ceremonies were also performed there.
He wrote, “The children grew up around it.. as did the grandchildren.. their birthdays and the festivities of festivals all decorated this Gulmohar beautiful tree, with its brought orange flowers that bloomed during the summer..the children did get married just a few feet away from it.. and it stood guardian above them… its branches bowed down with the weight of grief and sorrow when the elders passed away.. Babuji, Maa ji.. their prayer meet on 13th and the 12th day after the passing all within its shadow of grief.. the holika.. the burning of the evil forces a day before the celebrations of Holi, burnt about it.. as did all the lights of Deepawali adorn its branches.. the pooja’s of Satyanarayan and the havans for peace and prosperity, within its watchful grace.”
Amitabh Bachchan’s last movie was Gulabo Sitabo which was released on Amazon Prime Video last month where he played the role of a grumpy landlord.