If only trees could talk, what great historians they would be!
Tall and sturdy, their leaves gently rustling in the wind, trees form the backbone of life on Earth. They never discriminate between life forms while shielding them from the heat or showering them with their bounty. But these providers of life have always been taken for granted, chopped down or burnt to ashes to accommodate the march of modernity.
In this book, Ruskin Bond gives a humane touch to these gentle giants, from the legendary willows, who do more than ‘weep’, to the godlike deodars, who are forever trying to reach the heavens to live up to their name. Through captivating quotations and classic illustrations, The Trees of Dehra will remind you that endangering these silent chroniclers of the past will endanger the future of our planet too.
Ruskin Bond has been writing novels, poetry, essays and short stories for over half a century now. He has also compiled and edited a number of anthologies over the years. He was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 (for English writing in India), the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Delhi Government’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.