The Fire Star
Agni Nakshatram ("Fire Star"), an astrological period after which this blog was named, is traditionally the hottest period of the year. It began on May 4, and continues until May 29.
We've been suffering fiery weather for several weeks already this year -- whether it's because of global warming or not, when you live in the tropics even a slight rise in temperature affects you immediately. I'm too enervated even to describe it.
On the plus side, mango season has begun. We have two mango trees, of two different varieties, in our garden. The mangoes from the larger tree -- the gardener goes up to the roof-terrace to pick them -- were harvested last week when still green, and put away in a dark place to ripen. The ones in the photograph are not quite ready yet. Our mangoes are never very good, but I always watch with pleasure their progress from sprays of tiny white flowers to green buds to full-grown fruit. (And then I go to the store and buy a box of Alphonse mangoes from Maharashtra.)