What can be more fulfilling than being know as one of the pioneers in greening and landscaping in the Garden City? The honour goes to M. Obalappa and Sons, established in 1885, one of the old merchants dealing with plants and seeds.
The propreitor Vasuki D Soumendra says: "My great grandfather actually used to sell liquor. He then thought it would do harm to his children and grandchilren; hence the transition to the plant business. I belong to the fourth generation of the Obalappa lineage and our growth has been phenomenal since our humble inception.
The obalappas actually owned a part of Lalbagh before the british acquired their share to expand the garden. They then moved across the street to where their office stands today - a small, inconspicuous small building on the busy lalbagh road. The family has had farms in several locations in the city. However, it has had to move several times, thanks to the city's unbirdled expansion, with the urban jungle overwhelming their green niches.