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Voices of the trees of the cities

[This piece draws its roots from the previous article In Forests Trees Fall, and focuses on the trees particularly of cities with an insight into their existence; their past, present, and, if ever bleak, the future.]
I faintly recall the last time I clambered up a tree to fetch a juicy fruit – it was probably more than fifteen years ago, in the heart of a wooded city which was then less a city but more than a town. When I was a kid, I was told that our co-operative housing society boasted largest number of trees of the city – indeed it did, for it was also supposedly the largest co-op housing society of Asia. It had old, really old – some over 25 year old trees; if they stood today they would be nearing their half a century of existence on this planet. Fortunately, a few still stand. And all these trees were, as I later came to realize, exotics – Gulmohar (Deloix regia); Copperpod (Peltophorum pterocarpum), Rain tree (Albizia saman), and Subabul (Leucaena leucocephala). Back then, tho…