During the early years of my life, I lived in an apartment with a huge verandah. My mother is fond of gardening and she started collecting and growing ornamental plants in pots. Soon the plants grew and made our verandah a favorite amongst my friends for evening playtime. We used to spend most of our evenings and summer vacations playing amidst the beautiful plants. These plants are called ‘patabahar’ locally. Later while studying plants I came to know that these plants belonged to the Euphorbiaceae family.