The temperatures in Delhi right now is hovering between 40 and 44 degrees C. It is difficult to get out into the open and walk around. The sun rays hit you with a vengeance and the hot and humid air treats you like hot oven. A 10 min walk would drain out the entire water from your bio-system!!
Amidst all this, there is reason to be happy. When I do venture out in the early morning for a quick walk, what delights me most these days are the yellow flames of fire! Yes, Delhi streets are dotted with these golden yellow coloured trees called Amaltas or the Cassia fistula tree. It springs up on you as a sudden surprise.
It is a beautiful sight to behold. The bunches of yellow flowers drop like raindrops, hanging and filling the entire tree. It is such a cool sight to behold in such hot times.
However, these flowers bloom for only a very short while. In about a week’s time, the color fades and almost becomes an off-white color and ultimately just drops off in huge yellow piles below the trees. And that is why I specially love going out these mornings to witness and gather in this beautiful sight.
The tree also called the Golden Shower tree however, apart from exuding this beautiful elegance is supposed to have a whole host of medicinal value.
The leaf and fruit are used in various ayurvedic and medicinal preparations and is considered to be good for skin treatments, cancer, constipation, diarrhea, etc.. Well, it does have a soothing effect on my eyes!