What exactly is a Golden Rain Tree, you ask? Well, it is this magical tree (scientifically known as Cassia fistula) that has great significance on the eve of the Malayalee new year, also known as, Vishu, when enthusiasts of upholding traditional values make it a point to get to their homes a bunch of the precious yellow flowers the otherwise neglected-around-the-year tree bears in order to have it adorn the other symbols of prosperity they see first thing in the morning as part of what is known as the ‘Vishu kani’. And I wrote a poem about it because it has been a day after the festival and frankly, who else would?
Golden rain tree:
Where have you been all this time?
I’ve been waiting to be touched
Before you can forget about me the day after tomorrow
Come nip me in the bud
I will be long forgotten
Only curious biologists will make time
To pick me, study the type of inflorescence
How unlucky-my fame lives a short life!
A bonus blog post deviating from my routine fortnightly updates in the spirit of celebrations here in south India and elsewhere since I find myself in the mood for embracing my Keralite roots!