Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ambo and the Amaltaas tree

The story ...

Ambo got her name for her love of mangoes. In Punjabi, Amb means mango. She was also called the 'tree lady'. Visitors found it to be outlandish, a tree growing on a human head! But in her village people didn't find it strange anymore. They had seen her being born, with a tiny sapling sprouting from her head and slowly over the years it had grown into a vibrant tree bursting with yellow amaltaas flowers. In days of intense summer heat, they would sit in its shadow, the children loved to play under it and the birds filled it with their beautiful songs.

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