The Champak Tree sends out branches skywards that resemble graceful dancers with raised arms. Its flowers are of delicate hues and an equaly delicate fragrence. Red, orange, purple or yellow, the Champak Tree adds a musical quality to any landscape.
The Jackfruit (Phanas) has fruits weighing several ki-los precariously hanging from its mainstem. This is a tropical tree for which Kokan is famous. The fruit has very thick skin that is scaly on the outside and sticky inside. Inside the ripe Jackfruit are seeds with golden-yellow fleshy coats that are delicious and hauntingly aromatic.
The Tulasi Plant has a place of honour in the Indian household. It has many varieties that grow in great abundance as forest undergrowth. Krishna’s Vrindavan was literally a forest of Tulasi (Vrinda) Plants.
The black and white dayaal bird announces its arrival with a distinctive warble. You rush to the window to find the pair that visits your garden everyday although very briefly.