Under the tamarind tree 🌳


A story in Ruskin Bond’s book the Kashmiri Storyteller goes like this…

A man sees a walnut tree and a creeping gourd plant and exclaims πŸ€”

“Oh, Allah!” he said. “How strange are Your ways. You have given such small nuts to such a large tree, while the creeping gourd plant bears a fruit out of all proportion to its strength. Wouldn’t it have been more sensible to have made things the other way round?”

The Kashmiri Storyteller by Ruskin Bond

Just then a walnut fell from its branch and onto the man’s head. Rubbing the sore spot the man again exclaimed 😳

“”Oh, Allah!” he exclaimed.”Now I see the wisdom of your ways. You are right, after all.

If the gourd had grown on the walnut tree and had fallen on my head from that height, it might indeed have killed me ! Now I see your wisdom, greatness and power !”

The Kashmiri Storyteller by Ruskin Bond

Only Ruskin Bond can write such simple yet profound and beautiful stories ! 😘 While on the topic of big trees and small fruits, I have not seen a walnut tree; but probably one of the bigger trees around our apartment complex is the Imli tree (Tamarind tree) and it’s fruits are small, bean shaped and enclosed in a brown shell. I know it as Puli Maram (Puli meaning tamarind and Maram meaning tree) in Malayalam.

Imli tree (Tamarind tree)

The tree would have been there before the commencement of the construction of the apartment complex and it survives to this day. The big tree seems to have been spared while marking the boundary of the football field too. It stands in one corner of the football ground; a recent addition is a seating arrangement around the tree trunk, tiled ground around it and lights for the evening. You can sit underneath the canopy of the tamarind tree and enjoy the breeze, watch the kids learning football or simply admire the pretty leaflets that frame the sky.

It’s interesting to learn that it’s the Arab traders who named it “tamar-i-hind” translating to Indian Date. The fruit though is tart and no way near sweet.

Dark green leaflets of the Tamarind tree

The tamarind tree has two parallel trunks of almost similar girth growing from a common base; the bark is dark brown and fissured. It’s the leaves I like the most. Opposite to the tamarind tree stands a Gulmohur, with an almost similar arrangement of leaflets. The Gulmohur has leaflets that are more brighter and lighter shade of green, while the tamarind is more dark green.

Bright light green leaflets of the Gulmohur tree

The tamarind pulp from the fruit is indispensable in cooking the staple gravy dish made of lentils and vegetables – Sambar πŸ₯˜

Imli tree with its shady canopy of compound leaf and pretty leaflets

Age is something that adds to a tree’s beauty; the older they are, more endearing they become.

Till next post, take care !!

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