They really grabbed my attention when I was working in Goa as branch manager of Avery India Ltd. I was living in Porvorim and the office was in Panjim. I had to cross the Mandovi Bridge both in the morning and evening. On the steep slope leading to Mandovi bridge there are rows and rows of these trees on both sides of the road. In the months of April, May and June they were in full bloom and there were thousands of bright red flowers on the trees. They looked so cheerful and fascinating that I forgot all the problems I had during the time I drove up or down the slope under the thick canopy of those gorgeous flowers.
Now in Kochi, where I am living, these tress are there but not in rows and rows as I saw them in Goa. Yet I am fascinated by this tree when it is in full bloom. They seem to challenge and defy the mighty hot sun during this season with their beautiful flowers. I wonder how many of us can face a difficult situation with courage, confidence and never say die attitude.
I salute this tree. I think this tree is called the May Flower tree.