City Season - Leaf Fall, Around Town

City Season – Leaf Fall, Around Town

Autumn in March. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is a particularly friendly tree in Jacobpura in old Gurgaon, under whose shade the area’s cart pullers would sit for a few minutes of repose. But today the place is…

City Season - Semal in Bloom, Around Town

City Season – Semal in Bloom, Around Town

Red blessings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The glass-concrete office complex in Gurgaon’s Shankar Chowk is gigantic beyond belief. On the other hand, the prettier pavement tree stands some distance away. It is glossed with thick red flowers…

City Nature - Saptaparni Flowers, Around Town

City Nature – Saptaparni Flowers, Around Town

Winter’s bloom. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Winter is here. Those feeling homesick for the golden-yellow flowers of the amaltas must resign themselves to a long wait for the tree’s summertime bloom. Some interim relief will however arrive…

City Nature - Monsoon Blush, Pilkhan Trees

City Nature – Monsoon Blush, Pilkhan Trees

Time of their life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do trees blush like we, humans, do? When the face turns red out of intense shyness? Well, these days some of Delhi’s trees, the pilkhans, are in full blush….

City Season - Gulmohar Blossoming, Around Town

City Season – Gulmohar Blossoming, Around Town

Red rising. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s fire raging these days across the city. The gulmohar trees are in scarlet bloom. Their flowering tend to be unpredictable. Sometimes they’re just a few vines of blossom in the…

City Season - Amaltas Bloom, Green Park & Elsewhere

City Season – Amaltas Bloom, Green Park & Elsewhere

A season of loss. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tree is clothed in golden-yellow, but of a very pale shade. Amaltas flowers are known for more glow, more flamboyance. This tree, here in Green Park, must be…

City Nature - Olive Trees, Italian Embassy

City Nature – Olive Trees, Italian Embassy

A bit of the Mediterranean. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It might be dry, dusty and polluted, but Delhi is home to 252 species of trees. (New York has 130.) Right now, the bloom of the semal’s red…

City Season - Leafless Tree, Lodhi Garden

City Season – Leafless Tree, Lodhi Garden

Look this season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Leaves are falling. As brutal summer inches closer, scores of trees across Delhi have started shedding their leaves. If it’s windy the yellowed leaves drop continuously in a gentle shower….

City Season - First Semal Flowering, ITO

City Season – First Semal Flowering, ITO

Red spring. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They fall down with a thudding sound one after another, the red semal flowers. Their blooming marks the arrival of Delhi’s most pleasant, though most brief season—when it’s neither cold nor…

City Season - Floss-Silk Flowers in Bloom, Lodhi Garden Lake

City Season – Floss-Silk Flowers in Bloom, Lodhi Garden Lake

Season’s gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Pink, but slightly faded—this is their colour. The flowers of floss-silk — or kurejia — trees are blossoming across Delhi. A brash display stands near the ITO crossing. Another is showing…