22 Jul 2011

Dr Shirodkar Road, Parel

The art of killing trees.

"Only before us does death strike fear.
Behind us
it is suddenly all beautiful and innocent.
A carnival mask in which,
after midnight, you collect water
to drink or, if you are sweaty, to wash."

- Milan Rufus.

That is why the smart ones do not hack down trees. They are afraid that people will object. There are several methods we have perfected to kill an old tree without axing it. It would make a very interesting book. They have methods that make trees die a long cancerous death wherever a brand new high rise comes up.

How do they kill this one? Chemotherapy? Or was it passive smoking because this one stands next to a hotel owned by ITC?

Or do the tress decide to kill themselves. Instead of being trimmed off balance and fall?


Marijke said...

Lack of food Or bad air From IT guys lol
Ur on ur back taking these snaps?

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

no no. Just had to look up and click.

Anand Vishwanadha said...

Oh yeah, its done everywhere...one of the easiest way is to dig all around the trunk and pour acid...another is to surreptitiously saw it halfway (as close to the ground as possible so that no one can make it out)and I am sure there must be other "hi-tech" ways too like injecting pesticide into it...maybe its time someone started a SPCT to stop cruelty to trees!

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Very sad indeed :(
And Anand, thank you for introducing me to poetry :)

Debanish said...

Powerful images. Like the dark mood. These days even in Bangalore a lot of trees are being cut.

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Yes. Big hungama there in Sadashivnagar

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