The concrete jungles are growing at a fast pace replacing the green cover at alarming rates has been a challenge over the years. The ecology of our cities which could soon remain a history is documented in the book Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities by Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli. Thriving on chaos might not be new to to the city dwellers, but trees that garner the roads and housing colonies become a muse with their declining numbers posing a sustainability challenge.
The book talks about the common trees found in the heart of our cities and their history. From the tree planted by Sarojini Naidu at Dehradun’s clock tower to those planted by Sher Shah Suri and Jahangir on Grand Trunk Road, trees in India have served, above all, as memory keepers. Native and imported sacred and ordinary, culinary and floral, the trees around us could be classified without taking taxonomy into consideration and just the stories and the history they have to share.
Drawing on extensive research, ‘Cities and Canopies‘ is a book about both the specific and the general aspects of these gentle life-giving creatures. They indeed provide a quintessential character to the cities of our dreams.