Which is your favourite tree?
Not for nothing is Bangalore known as the Garden City! Many parts of Bangalore still retain the green cover. If you just care to stop and look, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the trees around you.
There were some beautiful trees that I remember from my childhood. In our school, there was a breadfruit tree under which classes were held sometimes. The other was a lovely Jacaranda tree just near the school gate. In season, it spread out its branches and showered us with lovely mauve flowers. Unfortunately, both these trees were cut down to make way for the expansion of the school, but both of them remain in my memory.
In our township, there was a huge Belada mara, under which we played most of our games. There were a number of tamarind trees too, the perfect setting for all ghost stories. These trees of our township, thankfully, still exist.
[Photo from here]
Some trees are just there. You would not have even noticed it, but if it is cut down (as it so often is), you can immediately see that something is missing. But there are some trees which somehow just catch your eye. You just cannot miss them. One such tree (my current favourite) is the magnificent 300-year-old silk cotton tree in Lalbagh (see photo). Its canopy is unbelievable wide, and its roots – mammoth!
So which is your favourite tree?