The Centenarian #ThursdayTreeLove

The Old Tree 

Rooted in the past and waiting for the future.

This magnificent banyan tree has been on the property that my mother-in-law grew up in. Silent sentinel  for more than a hundred years, overlooked three bungalows and saw it evolve into a multi storey building . The  gardener’s wife who lived in a shack beneath its shade,  used to tell my mother in law stories of a snake with a man’s face ( naagpurush )living among its gnarled roots.

Till today my mother-in-law believes this tree is standing watch, keeping all of us safe in its spreading umbrella.

I’m participating in Parul’s initiative #ThursdayTreeLove. Do join in if you like with    the hashtag so that Parul can link up and share your posts with other bloggers.

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


    1. I read somewhere that the Ficus ( to which family the Banyan tree belongs) is the primary tree family and includes the Ficus religiosa ( peepul tree) in its spectrum

  1. That’s a grand old tree, Sunita and like most of them, seems to have an interesting tale attached to it. The sight of old banyan trees always reminds me of wise words that elders often cite, of times past and days gone by. They’re beautiful vestiges of our past, aren’t they?!

    1. Thanks Parul for your encouraging words. This tree is in Mumbai and one of the few that are still left standing the way our concrete jungle is expanding

  2. brought memories of my childhood, these trees were so very common, we used to hang on holding their roots and swing… I don’t see it anywhere now.. Thank you for sharing!

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