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A true companion
5 February 2017
I was privileged to be led on a walk at Delhi Ridge by Mr Pradip Krishen. Someone in our group made a reference about his latest book - Jungle trees of Central India . His first book about trees of Delhi is a classic - and he has retained the same format for Jungle trees of Central India, only increasing the paper size. (Pic1 shows the two books together).
It is structured such that, you can open any page and read about a particular tree. It offers all the cues to identify the tree; to a layman, this is the vital step. Each short write-up desribes the life cycle of the tree. Take the example of 'Doodhi' at page no 94 (pic). To the fans of his book on Delhi trees, they will relish the exhaustive chapter, 'the keys', page 46 to 92. It lists the visual cues -Bark (pic 3), flowers (pic 4), fruit(pic 5), leaves(pic 6).
After spening delightful hours over this book, I had to visit Madhya Pradesh to see those trees and chose Pachmarhi.
During a walking tour at Pachmarhi jungle I referred to my guide, Mr Krishen Lal about the book. Yes, he had his own copy.