We purchased this plot of land we are now living on in 2002. My father was a civil engineer and he made the plan for the house. We were living on the university campus from 1982 and shifted to our house in 2005.
We had seen some other plots but did not like them but it was love at first sight with this place.
There are so many trees here.
The previous owner’s father had planted ten coconut trees, two mango trees and two jackfruit trees. Unfortunately, we had to cut down two jackfruit trees and one mango tree at the time of building our house.
Now we also have two new mango trees and an Indian Blackberry. They are yet to give fruit.
The breadfruit tree has grown tall and there are breadfruits in it, but unfortunately due to the heat they fall when they are small. We get only a few. Breadfruit sambar is very tasty.
There is a kokum tree and last year we were able to pluck the fruits. We make squash and rasam with them. I use dried kokum peels in my cooking. They give a nice red colour.
One of our daily activities is to sweep the dried leaves of the jackfruit tree and gather them at one spot. When the heap grows large, I burn the leaves. My husband puts the ash at the roots of the trees and plants because it is nourishing.
The breadfruit leaves are big and the dried ones make good manure for the coconut trees.
Dried fronds of the coconut trees fall with a thud and it would be a disaster if we are beneath them. We make it a point never to park our car under the coconut tree. Falling coconuts can be a danger to life and property. We keep the fronds outside our compound wall and some of our neighbours take them, they are good as fuel.
There are three betel nut trees, which are palms like the coconut trees, straight and tall. One betel nut tree is a dwarf variety.
The Chikkoo tree bears deliciously sweet fruits.
The fruits of the star apple tree are ideal for quenching thirst in the hot summer months. We have been eating them for a month. My husband enjoys plucking them.
There was a wild cherry tree just outside our compound wall. Birds enjoyed the little succulent fruits. As it grew taller and its branches touched the electric wires, men from the electricity department kept cutting the branches and one day the tree died. Our grandson planted a cherry sapling in that place. We plan to keep the tree short and bushy.
Finally the Parijatha tree with its beautiful night blossoms. Their fragrance is oh so lovely 😍.