The splendid sight of the Laburnum tree at home in Kerala,fully bloomed was a gorgeous sight.But I remember with fondness a laburnum tree,at our home,which was cut down later because the inner wood was becoming hollow by some insect eating it out.Even the last vishu before it was cut,it used to flower.We used to have a swing around its arms.The old laburnum which was around 50-60 years,who rocked us in its arms,is no more.Its refreshing to think and dig memories and also feel lonely when we have actually walk down memory lanes.
Vishu has always been a much awaited day in my life since childhood.I still do hope the days come back to me once again.So much do I hold my memories close to my heart.Do remember helping my grandfather to clean the pooja room,and helping him to set up the Kani or the auspicious omen that is set up the previous night .It includes fruits, the indispensable laburnum flowers called kani konna', vegetables, jewellery, kodi vastram (new clothes), all spread in a bronze vessel (Uruli).A Typical Vishu day starts with my mom waking up all of us and reminding us ‘not to open our eyes’ (funny it might sound to those who’ve never celebrated Vishu).We are led to the Puja room with our eyes closed. And then, the opulence of the Kanni is silently revealed to us. As our eyes take their time to adjust to the radiance of the oil-lamp lit kanni, The elders give money as a token of good fortune….the only day when kids are legitimately showered with cash. This is followed by a sumptuous lunch. The food used to be heavenly prepared by my grandma,mom and aunties together.There used to be the typical Kerala sadya with two kinds of Payasam(Kheer) and then it was day full of stories to be heard,movies to be seen,games to be played and it was fun.
As the Kanikonna around our house have just bloomed ,it seems to me that its only nearing Vishu.I waited for them to bloom so that i can enjoy the new year with those pretty ones.
Sitting Miles away in this scorching hot weather ,memories like this drop you years down the lane, make you refreshed and leave you there,with eyes full of tears and an yearning to see all loved ones.........By the time i wipe my tears you enjoy Vishu and Laburnums.