Actions speak louder than words … so they say !
… and TheUntamedEarth is very happy to bring to you this wonderful story, all the way from a small village in Assam. The vision of a father, the pain and also the passion of a young boy which blossomed in to an unwavering love for nature and above all the benevolence of Nature, all combine together to make this fabulous tale !
In an era of instant gratification and instant results … this story unfolding over almost three decades, highlights that there are also some different and perhaps more divine measures of Time!
“My Own Forest … a delight forever !”
It was a cold winter morning. My father was inspecting the timber which had just arrived. A typical “Assam Type” house construction was going on. I was a small boy of std. V, standing behind my father.
“This will be the last one” … father murmured.
“Why?” … I asked.
“Because there will be no Sal trees left.”
I kept quiet … Unknowingly I felt some deep pain somewhere.
“Then….? What shall I do?” I asked.
“ Plant trees.” Father said.
It was the early Eighty’s …
The next day father brought some saplings and gave me to plant it. I planted them … one of them was an Eucalyptus, which is now visible from miles away. After few days I went to a nearby social forestry office and requested for saplings. I received around forty of them. Father told me to plant them in the remote corners of our compound. It was the beginning. Later on planting trees became a hobby for me and I planted trees in every possible place.
… Slowly my own forest began to shape up.
I had to leave my village after std. X for higher studies. Eventually I could not return home except during college holidays. Once on job, visiting home become even more rare, may be twice or thrice in a year. Still on every visit I used to plant trees as required (as many plants died).
Now almost three decades after that process began, my forest has matured enough.
Size wise it is small, rather very small. Main plantation area is of about two Bighas. In Assam, a Bigha is 14400 ft2 (1337.8 m2). My initial plantation was mostly Gomari ( Gmelina arborea ), a few Sisu (Dalbergia sissoo). Later stage, I planted Teeta Champa (Michelia champaca ) and Teak ( Tectona grandis ). However most of the Gomaris are now no more ( attained maturity and eventually used for its timber).All of the Sisu, except two, died because of some unknown reasons and both of them are outside the main area. A few plants are in the boundary of our compound but boundary is mostly covered with bamboo cultivation.
It is now home to many birds and also offers food to many visiting birds. Spotted Doves, Tree Pies, Magpie Robins, Common Mynas, Jungle Mynas, Pied Mynas, Brahminy Mynas, Hawk Cuckoos, Tailor Birds, Sunbirds, White breasted King Fishers, Woodpeckers, White browed Flycatchers, Monarch Flycatchers, Gray Headed Canary Fly Catchers, Great Tits, Orioles, Munias, Drongos, Hoopoes, Koels, Shrikes, Owls, Bulbuls, Babblers ,Barbets, Waterhens, White Eyes, Warblers … etc. can be seen anytime.
Most importantly, my forest hosts a big family of macro life. In fact, it is now an excellent place for macro photography.
Many times one has to return from reputed national parks with no significant photographic activity. Even on one of my own safaris, I could not press the shutter even once. But my forest never disappoints me … I always return with deep satisfaction … only to calculate the date for my next visit !
The ’Macro’ world from my forest.
“ I am working as Senior Manager (ATM) in Airports Authority of India and presently posted at Guwahati Airport. My passion for nature photography stems from my ardent love for nature.
“Care for nature and she will return your care forever – is my firm belief ! ”
Flat No C – 2, Govind Apartment
Azara, Guwahati – 17