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.
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.”