Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Obit

Sunday was a very very sad day for me. How can people be so heartless and they say they did it because she is causing them a lot of problems.. How? I ask. What did she do?

For those who are wondering what I am freting about - well my complex people cut down a young rain tree. I wrote about her last year. And now, when I was eagarly waiting for her first flower, these blasted people cut her down.. I could not do anything. I was a mere spectator as the wood cutter pluged his axe into her and cut right through her. She fell down with a great thud and that was the end of her. Leaves, until then green and gay were now drooping and dead.

Hmm.. I will miss her. Good Bye, Oh Tree! I will plant another one in your memory.

18 comments:

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

why did they bring it down?

Naveen said...
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Naveen said...

Hmm..Is there no apparent reason for cutting the tree??..One side, ppl are planting trees in Chennai and on the other side, such incidents happen!

gils said...

athenna obit??marantuku vacha pera?

Neema! said...

Ithellam thaan nammalukku chinna vayasuley BP varathukkey karanam!!!!

dominic said...

Vidya,
I know how degrading it is when something dies before our eyes.
Well! Whenever something like this happens in future just keep this in mind.
"Never worry about things that die today, bcoz it is already tomorrow in Australia"
Manytimes this saying keeps me away from worries.

Your Vakil said...

looks like all the rain trees u talk about are getting cut down!! pona vaaram u talked about our school, now in ur complex!! on the one hand, they have tags on the tree cages saying "maram valarpom" and on the other, they keep cutting them down !! senseless people...

Vidya said...

@Vijay - coz it was hard to maintain the complex clean as there were way too many leaves falling

@Naveen - hmm.. atha dhan naanum keetein

@gils - Obit is an english word for Death Notice. It can also be called Obituary

@Neema - Hmm.. maybe u r right

@demonic - Hmm.. nice thought.. but it still hurts

@Mukund- ya I noticed that too..

dominic said...

Hey,
I'm not demonic, I'm actuall dominic.

Vidya said...

hmm.I can feel your pain. I had planted 5 plants last spring. And now 2 are alive. I did my best to protect them over the cold winter, though it was not all that bad this year.

Though the reasons why the plants died are different, I can understand the feeling !!

Vidya

KS said...

Good Post.

--Kartik

gils said...

oh...hmm...obitna ipdi oru short form vera irukka...hmm..enga office kitta oru sooper tree irunthichi...we used to call it as cvraman nagar circle as we have to go around the tree to enter our campus..its a HUGE one..really HUGE....yesterday wen i came to office..it looked barren..to avoid traffic congestion BMP had removed it :(..the road looks really sad now....as if..hmm...bald?...at this rate..garden city wud soon be blore desert

Demonic Dude said...

what hurts more is the helplessness, isn't it? the feeling that you should have done something about it, but couldn't..

it's the helplessness that i hate.. sometimes wish i was superman :)

gils said...

hmmm...sometimes i wish people where simply more human...rather than super human...n this is all LEGAL fyi...or rather govt ordered...

Mowgli said...

sorry abt ur tree ... but what is a rain tree?

Anonymous said...

Well, it is a always a sad thing to see something that is huge, beautiful and living killed and the life snuffed out of it. But there is a time and place for everything and everyone. Maybe this is how mankind evolves into extinction. When something depresses you, look at the silver lining behind this. With this tree gone there is reduced maintenance, lesser cost for people in the complex, huge trees are not usually good when they are too close to foundations of structures, the act of cutting down this tree and selling it might have fed a couple of families maybe for a couple of days.

Atticus Finch said...

Can commiserate... BIG time... There is nothing as heartening as seeing a young plant/tree take life. And to let it got must heart...

Reminds me of a Lonely Planet show I caught recently about a former lumbering co workman who fell in love with trees and lives atop one in the Redwood Forest...

Keep writing... Feels like a face-up walk in the rain to visit your place on a workday afternoon :)

Vidya said...

@vidya- Good so two of the rose plants are still alive is it?

@KS - Thank you

@gils - hmm.. wonder what is gonna happen

@DD- true it is the helplessness that hurts most

@gils - hmm..

@mowgli - Rain tree is also called toongu moongi maram in tamil.. I dont know its hindi counterpart.. Please enlighten me if someone knows it

@anon - true no point brooding.. But somethings just touch u at a deeper level that u cannot be rational at that point

@Atticus - thank you ..