Saturday, May 27, 2006

Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide by Pradip Krishen

"Sar Santey Rookh Rahe To Bhi Sasto Jaan"
(If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it) - Bishnoi saying.
In 1730 in a small village named Khejadli in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan three hundred and sixty three women, children and men of the Bishnoi tribe laid down their lives saving a grove of khejadli (Prosopis cineraria) trees from axe-wielding men sent by the Maharaja. They had orders to cut down these trees but the villagers hugged these trees and took the axe blows upon their own bodies.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences - Robert Green Ingersoll

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the Universe, the less taste we will have for destruction - Rachel Carson.

Poems are written by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree. - Alfred Joyce Kilmer
American poet who was killed in World War I

Pradip Krishen, former film director (Massey Sahib, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones, Electric Moon) has spent four years tree-sleuthing (as Sandeep Unnithan describes it in the Authorspeak column of India Today, May 29) and collecting material for Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide (Dorling Kindersley). Pradip's book is supposed to be a must-have for all nature lovers. I haven't yet seen the book but the reviews I have read have convinced me that I should pick up a copy. Click here for more info on the book.

The article by Sandeep Unnithan also tells us of two projects that Pradip is currently working on. One is the rejevunation of 70 hectares of wilderness in Jodhpur into an ecological park and the other is the creation of a botanical garden in the Garhwal foothills. Here's wishing him all the best in his efforts to green the planet.


Blogger Rajesh said...

It's a lovely book and my constant companion!

3:44 AM  
Blogger Dev said...

Hi Rajesh. I have finally ordered a copy for myself through an online bookshop. I am looking forward to enrichment and enjoyment from this well researched and well presented book.

2:08 AM  

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