Flash Post 224!
Button, I’ve suddenly become fascinated with trees. When we were in Shimla some months back, the tall statuesque eucalyptus trees actually made me notice their presence and that’s when I realised that while trees stand rooted to their spots, they have a unique charm and beauty all their own and, if you see closely, you’ll find that no two trees look the same. Each has a unique formation and, maybe, even different personalities. Like you and me. Like human beings and animals. Like the birds and the bees. We are all physically unique. And have unique personalities as well.
Even inanimate things, like buildings and bridges and flyovers are unique. No two buildings look the same, except for row houses and government blocks. There is no similarity whatsoever between the Howrah Bridge and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Since then, every time I travel, I make it a point to notice trees and I am amazed at how unique and stunningly beautiful each and every tree is. Even the bald ones.
I see your point.
Do you think our government will now go out and issue Adhaar cards to each and every tree like they have tagged us? While buildings and bridges have names and addresses, I don’t think trees do!
Won’t that give our trees an identity so they are not hacked down at the whim and fancy of our builders and politicians? If our government ever did that, what do you think would go into those cards?
I guess the name of the tree for example, Banyan, Peepul, Mango, Jamun, Tamarind, the address, meaning where that particular tree stands and their ages.
A Banyan tree in Kolkata
The Baobab tree
A giant Pipal tree
A bald tree. The trunks look like human sculptures holding hands.