Monday, August 10, 2009

Goodbye, Friend


Sunrise, 2008

One of the victims of this year's drought and failed monsoon was our Kala Siris, or Albizia Chinensis tree. It was the tallest and grandest tree in our bungalow. My husband loved it like anything. Today, a team of trained workers chopped off all the branches. Tomorrow, the trunk will go and the roots will be dug out too. We'll miss it. So will all the crows - it was their favourite perch. A blue-throated barbet nested in it last cold weather.

Here's an excerpt from an entry made some time in September 2008:
...the splendid creature who dominates our front garden year round is this towering specimen of Albizia Chinensis. We call this tree 'Kala Siris' here. It is a variety of mimosa, and in the months of May and June it produces lovely scented 'shaving brush' flowers which are light green in colour. The species is prone to canker, and a goodish bit of the tree had to be lopped off two years ago. In spite of that, this grand old tree still towers at around 60 ft and hasn't lost its beauty.

The last sign of life the tree showed was in June 2009 when it put out new buds. Within a week, they all died. We'll miss you in the garden.

10 comments:

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

So sad. I don't like it when trees die.

Marilyn Miller said...

How sad to lose a beautiful tree. There is a beautiful tree in my life also and I would shed tears to lose it. So I can imagine how sad you are today.

Happy Kitten said...

Even I dont like it when trees die or are cut down...

it must indeed be sad to see the death of a tree whose presence you enjoyed daily. the drought must have been terrible if it was able to bring this giant down...

nd just today I read a Minister's claim that the number of trees in India have increased....

flowergirl said...

So, did it lose all its leaves....what does the canker do?

RIP.

Gardenia said...

The canker eats into the tree and kills it slowly. The affected parts rot and die and they have to be chopped off.

Roy said...

The tree hasnt died ! It will grow again from the hundreds of seeds it has given out. Nature is wise !

Kamini said...

How sad - although I do hope that Roy is correct.
Your words were a magnificent ode to a magnificent old tree.

Viji said...

How sad Gowri even I feel the loss for I remember the grandeur of the tree. But as Roy says let us have faith in the wisdom of Nature's ways ...life goes on even though men and many more die

Fight Global Warming said...

Hi Gowri,

Sorry to hear of the loss of the beautiful tree :( I have a huge neem tree right outside my apartment in Delhi. Its branches reach out to my third-floor balcony. I love the breeze that filters through it and touches me in the face. The tree is home to colourful birds that chirp in unison at dawn and dusk. I love the tree, and can read through your emotions at the loss of your favourite tree.

Vimarsh
vimarshbajpai@gmail.com

Sunita said...

Thats terrible! To lose such a grand tree to drought (or any reason at all)must've been heartbreaking. I hope you get a sapling to replace it.