Commonly known as the Indian Cork tree, the Akash Malli can grow to 80 feet. Its fragrant flowers remind one of Jasmine. The jasmine-like fragrance and the tremendous height of the tree has earned it the name Akash Malli or ‘Jasmine of the Sky.’ The stem and roots of the tree are believed to have medicinal value, and its bark is used as a substitute for true cork.
How many confused and overly eager environmentalists does it take to plant one dainty sapling? That’s right… six!
One of the lucky planters shares her experience,
Here’s one of the heart-warming poems penned by a resident at the ashram on the occasion of Earth Day.
You are baked like clay,
In the scalding oven of day,
Parched into dust,
Wandering with every wind gust.
The fragrant summer rain
Makes the fever wane,
Melts both you and me
And leaves me light and carefree.
Now, you are soaked, soft and cool,
Dark and moist beneath the pool,
Squishy between my toes
Harboring secrets nobody knows.
Luscious soil and bare feet
Mother and child meet.
Which is me and which is you?
Are we same, is it true?
Blessed to be in your embrace,
Want everyone to feel your grace.