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


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

  1. Aswathy November 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    How a Kanikonna can light up the bleakest of settings! Even in a photograph! 🙂

    • Soni Somarajan November 30, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Thank you, Aswathy, for coming by. Very true about Kanikonna 🙂

  2. Rajesh November 30, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Glad to have you back active again online after your treatment. Konna has always been one of my favourite trees. I classify trees as happy, moody or sad depending on how they make me feel. Konna, Pera[Guava] and Muringa[Drumstick] somehow convey happiness. The mango tree if flowering with lighter color small leaves is also happy. A coconut tree swaying in the breeze conveys happiness and laziness. The Mango tree with darker leaves sometimes conveys sadness

    • Soni Somarajan December 7, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      This is so right, I agree with you completely. Thx for coming by, machu!

  3. sulakshana December 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    glad to see you back in action…

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