Posts Tagged ‘Ayurveda’

Gold abloom: Cassia fistula

April 22, 2012

I never knew yellow is my favorite color until I saw amaltas (Cassia fistula) some 8-9 years ago.  It might be Summer of 2004.  A friend—he was three years senior to me—introduced me to these beautiful yellow flowers.  We were students of Ayurvedic medicine and medicinal plants were a part of our syllabus—we often used to discuss about them.  I have always been fascinated with plants and their Latin names since.

The yellow flowers behind the veil of green leaves.

The other day, about a month ago, I was quite enchanted with yellow.  I was in the office and wherever I could see, I was finding just yellow.  There was something yellow everywhere I had never noticed before.  Even the calendar page with a detergent ad had a yellow lemon on it.  I severely yearned to find an amaltas that day.

I wandered all around the area near my former hostel.  I saw many amaltas trees, but not a single one was blooming.  Perhaps, it was too early to expect gold.

I saw this amaltas tree yesterday while coming back from office—very Golden bloom of Cassia fistulanear to my place.  It was after sunlight hours, my camera has no flash, the place was too crowded, and the next day was a Sunday—I postponed my plans for a few hours.  The first thing I did today after getting up was I took my bike and rushed to the place; it would be too crowded after a few hours—it’s a marketplace.  I’m quite happy that I’ve made it.

One thing I want to make clear; this is not a photography post.  These flowers are just lovely and I love them.  I wanted to share them with you all; and preserve their beauty for me if I loss myself somewhere in the future.

Heavenly beautiful mixture of yellow and green.

Random Notes:

1.  I don’t like the Latin name of this beautiful tree.  Even in English, it’s called purging fistula (courtesy Wikipedia), do we need to connect every yellow thing to purging?  And fistula?  Shut up!  Yellow is beautiful.

2.  Sanskrit name for this tree is Aaragwadh (आरग्वध), which can be literally translated as something that kills the diseases.  Its pods are used as mild laxative (another thing to relate with purgation).

3.  Though amaltas is seen frequently here in Nagpur, I had never seen it before coming here.  It is not found around my native place, some 300 km from here.

4.  I noted an interesting point about this tree on a Google group eFloraIndia.  If you try to plant this tree in the middle of your lawns hoping to get a beautiful bloom during the summer, you will meet with a failure.  The dry, hot weather of summer helps this tree to get and maintain this bloom.  Strange!

5.  The tree pictured here is the one peeping out of Shree Ayurved College’s compound.  For the curious ones, a picture of the whole tree with a view of surrounding area is posted here on Panoramio.  Cassia fistula does not grow too big.  It grows up quickly, but remains always a medium-sized tree.

6.  I think I should try to find some more Summer flowers of Nagpur.  The post about Gulmohar (Delonix regia) on of the brighter side was too short.

 

The search of self: A brief questionnaire

October 13, 2011

Just had a very interesting talk with Gaurav.  I was sitting a kind of upset, badly wanted to talk with some, and I wished if I could find Gaurav online.  He rarely uses GTalk, so I was kind of uncertain if I can find him there.  I tried Windows Live Messenger, but it didn’t work, so I came back to GTalk, and lo.. He was there.

This was my first chat with him per se (we had had a 2-liner brief chat earlier, but I had abruptly cut it off).  I told him about me and he told about himself, then about our blogs, further plans, and so on…

The most interesting thing of it was a shootout question series by him:

Why do you blog?
To express myself.  I can’t live without writing.

This is absolutely truth.  Why do I blog?  Because I want to write.  I have a long habit of writing.  It started with my writing diary about 13 years ago.  Initially, it was a kind of routine for me, but in 2002 as I came here at Nagpur, life got too much tumultuous.  At the same time, I started to get a lot of leisure time and privacy in hostel.  Fading out of an old love, finding a new one, having breakups, going through its melancholy, getting into a couple of another relationships, again falling into a new one — this material was enough to make me write.  I wrote, and I wrote a lot.  I wrote diaries, poems, ghazals, blogs… Then everything stopped.  I had a long break of about a couple of years.  Ghalibana was an exception in between, but still writing the heart could not happen for long.  So in the earlier part of this year when I found I cannot write diary anymore, I decided to start a new blog and thus started The Blog of Reflections.  So, I write to express myself.  Because I can’t live without writing.

Next question:

Was medical a choice of your heart?

Because I didn’t know what else to do.  I had grown up since childhood listening being a doctor is something great.  Otherwise, I loved math.

Choosing medical field was an simple choice for me, because I never had any other options.  Can you believe I didn’t know till 12th grade what engineers actually are?  I only knew they either build buildings or computers!!  No one ever told me that Pure Sciences can be a great career too.  My parents were not that educated to advice me and I was an ugly duckling for my college professors.  That being said, I enjoyed my work as a physician.  I worked with surgeon for about 2 years, assisted a lot of surgeries on a daily basis, literally assisted in saving lives.  But I was a BAMS (Ayurveda graduate), I knew I can only be an assistant at most, I could never perform the surgery.  I had no intention to pursue my post-graduation in Ayurveda (even the 13,000 p.m. stipend could not allure me).  I didn’t even try to appear for the PG entrance, I had already had enough in my 5-1/2 in graduation.

Third question:

Which quality do you have that’s very special according to you?
I am a good man.

This was my answer without any hesitation, without a second thought.  It is the only reason I am alive, because I know I am a good man.  The day I lose this feeling, I will lose everything else.

So can you say you are unique in some way?
Yes I am, but I am not sure if I can explain it right now. I am unique in a lot many aspects, but still, I am a good man should be enough.

I know I am not one of the flock.  I wish if I could tell how much I long to find someone like me, and I know, it is not an easy job.  That’s the reason I hardly be friend with anyone.  I never understand what to talk with people.  In my 27 years, I could find only a few people who I can say have a part of me in them.  (In fact, I am chatting with Gaurav only because I find something like myself in him).  There are only a few people with whom I feel like myself.  (Don’t frown up, you are in the list by default, take care to keep it free from viruses).

The conversation then turned to be a bit personal; I am not going to publish that part of it (I don’t want to make Gaurav feel awkward telling that he had a broad 🙂 when I answered “Yes” to his “Did you have a girlfriend?”)  Stil, it was a very interesting talk.  Hope we can continue it some time later.

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