The 360º Project | The Cassia in a Hospital Window at 33º

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Cassia / Kanikonna | Photography Credit and Rights: Soni Somarajan

There is a pervading romanticism to a flowering tree. All the more if your hospital window looks out to one.

In the weeks past that I have been in a hospital, the Cassia (Kanikonna) outside my window has been a feast for the eyes. A shock of resplendent yellow – the plume of flowers à la bouffant – and my mornings made purposeful by the sheer sight, the hangover of sleep taking a scram.

It did remind me of O.Henry’s short story – The Last Leaf, though not entirely in the poignant way. More of a surprise – these trees seldom do flower in November.

The Cassia lent colour to a time otherwise morose, healing the torment of enforced seclusion, taking the edge off the bitter potions and the stares of unfamiliar people.

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