Delhi’s underground workforce: Trees!

The Working Trees of Delhi!

“Not sure about my Hindi credentials – long hair and a Ferrari-red Santro don’t help much either – he explains with a touching indulgence that while living one needs trees, when one is dead one needs the help of a tree for the onward journey; this then is the strange spectacle of a tree.”

…is how Mr. Salil Chaturvedi begins to explain the invisible role played by the trees in Delhi.

Working Trees of Delhi

He rests his case with…

I can’t help but wonder, in this urban landscape, to whom does the tree belong? To the government that plants them? To the intended beneficiary: the citizen of the city? Or to the tinker or tailor who sets up shop under it? I wonder what the tree would have to say on the matter.

Click here or on the image above to read/view the short and brief story of the Working Trees of Delhi by Salil Chaturvedi

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Dr. Govind Singh

Dr. Govind Singh is an Environmentalist, Academician and Consultant based in Delhi and is the Co-Founder of Delhi Greens NGO. He holds a Master's and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi. Dr. Govind Singh has over six years experience of teaching in the University of Delhi and over twelve years experience of working in the Environmental Sector.

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5 thoughts on “Delhi’s underground workforce: Trees!

  1. this is amazing, important documentation by Salil Chaturvedi.. The photos in themselves tell such a poignant socio-economic story.. This article needs to be read by many people..

  2. the story is very well documented. it brings out the positive effect of deep observation and beautiful composition right from its visuals as well as from its words. the story throws light on on what we call it as ” secret lives of delhi”.. also the way the writer has inculcated various examples depicting the association of “trees” in different times with the people is very touching…. amazing!!!!

  3. ..The tree would have a lot to say on that matter…but only if we let it speak. We are cutting them all around the city. The working trees of Delhi is a good initiative..but I think another…The dead trees of Delhi is required now 🙁

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