In Tamil it is known as காயா. The dye obtained from the fruits was used to stain inscribed palm leaves, which were the traditional method of keeping records in the temples. Memecylon flowers are generally seen in the summer after the first heavy rains, and fill the air with a heady scent during this period. Mother gave it two names, Miracle and Air of Auroville, and described it as "marvelous, strange, unexpected".
The poe Tree series was born out of an exquisite hand-made paper craft and the desire to present the richness of Auroville plants to children. "The Miracle" is the eighth book in the series.
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