Delhi is flush with beautiful yellow flowers these days. Amaltas is in full bloom.Driving down certain streets, you can see yellow canopies as far as your eyes go.Parks, gardens,school grounds,colonies - Amaltas has left nothing untouched.It is amazing that a tree which is hardly worth noticing during the rest of the year suddenly comes into its own around May- as if to compensate for the scorching heat of Delhi.Most people want to avoid the city during this part of the year when it is in the grip of ferocious hot winds. One of the few things that may cheer you up at this time is Amaltas in its full glory.
When Amaltas blooms, you can hardly see any leaf on the tree for a few days. It is all yellow with no hint of green.Amaltas does not give its flowers away in a miserly and ready-to-prick manner.It gives voluntarily, cheerfully and in plenty.The flowers fall on the ground in droves, laying a welcome yellow carpet beneath the tree.Amaltas knows no holding back.
I like the name 'Amaltas', although I don't know its meaning.It is so different and so musical. It aptly reflects the beauty and tenderness of the flower.
I feel, we tend to neglect Amaltas, because it is easily available. We would have appreciated it much more if it were not as generous as it is.