HOW I BECAME A TREE

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Author: Sumana Roy
Publisher: Aleph Book Company (8-Feb-17)
Edition: 8-Feb-17
ISBN-13: 9789382277446
Publishing year: Aleph Book Company
No of pages: 244
Weight: 449g
Language: English
Book binding: Hardcover

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Sumana Roy writes from Siliguri, a small town in sub-Himalayan Bengal.

In this remarkable and often unsettling book, Sumana Roy gives us a new vision of what it means to be human in the natural world. Increasingly disturbed by the violence, hate, insincerity, greed and selfishness of her kind, the author is drawn to the idea of becoming a tree. ?I was tired of speed?, she writes, ?I wanted to live to tree time.? Besides wanting to emulate the spacious, relaxed rhythm of trees, she is drawn to their non-violent ways of being, how they tread lightly upon the earth, their ability to cope with loneliness and pain, the unselfishness with which they give freely of themselves and much more. She gives us new readings of the works of writers, painters, photographers and poets (Rabindranath Tagore and D. H. Lawrence among them) to show how trees and plants have always fascinated us. She studies the work of remarkable scientists like Jagadish Chandra Bose and key spiritual figures like the Buddha to gain even deeper insights into the world of trees. She writes of those who have wondered what it would be like to have sex with a tree, looks into why people marry trees, explores the death and rebirth of trees and tells us why a tree was thought by forest-dwellers to be equal to ten sons.