Monday, September 15, 2008
Adieu Lehman Brothers
I was drawn to the centre-piece. Other lobbies have grand flower-arrangements. Lehman Brothers had a small jungle overhanging a pond, like a botanical garden with fewer species. You’d expect lizards, butterflies and crocodiles to be in there somewhere, or Stanley seeking out Livingstone. Still, none of this impressed.
If you looked carefully, you could see a tall man tending the greenery, his long hair tied back with a bandana. There were hoses and watering-cans discreetly stashed in the undergrowth, but the man was not watering. He was unhurriedly cleaning a Peepal tree, leaf by leaf. This species of banyan, ficus religiosa, is famous as the Bodhi Tree, under which Siddartha Gautama had vowed to sit until he found the Truth.
Lehman Brothers had a Dharma Bum on their payroll. That impressed me.
Posted by Vincent at 10:20 am