My amaltas Tree

Posted on June 23, 2008
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Raza Rumi

I grew up watching an amaltas (Cassia fistula) grow in our side-garden in Lahore. Each spring would bring flowers on the creepers and shortly thereafter the Amaltas would start blooming with yellow flowers setting fire to the little garden adjacent to my room. Lahore’s roads would also glow in the summer adding much zest to a loveable, hot summer.

Heat would make one yearn for the rains. So the cycle of seasons would continue with Amaltas at the centre of transitions and unforgettable for the colour and unfathomable beauty.

In Dhaka, Delhi and so many South Asian cities I have watched Amaltas trees in full bloom. The picture above (taken in Islamabad by a newspaper correspondent) today brought back all those muddled memories. Luckily, where I live now, Amalatas exists with a different local name.

Comforting, like an old acquaintance, it is still there in my life. It has not abandoned me.

A version of this post also appeared at Lahore Nama

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19 responses to “My amaltas Tree”

  1. اگر اٹھارہ کروڑ پاکستانیوں میں سے ہر ایک 20 درخت لگائے تو 5 سال کے اندر ہم پانی کی قلت ، گلوبل وارمنگ عالمی حدت ، اور ماحولیاتی مسائل سے چھٹکارا حاصل کر سکتے ہیں۔
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  2. huma says:

    its awesome

  3. Ayesha says:

    We also had one of these trees in our house in Lahore. I always loved it most and when I was young I would put the little yellow petals in a glass bowl of water to float. You have brough great memories back.

  4. Raza Rumi says:

    Auk: ha ha – many thanks. I will be visiting W-Cantt soon..

    Alvi Saheb: your comments were wonderful – such are the pleasures of remembering the good old days..

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