This is the landmark tree (before the branches were cut) that represented my village, Thidanad in Kerala by standing tall and assuming the central position of the small town.
The story about the tree is truly heartwarming and ably narrated in the news channel video, the link of which is given below.
The video is in Malayalam, but please see. You wouldn’t have seen anything like this before, so please don’t miss seeing it.
While the story about the tree is absolutely stunning, my story linking to it is a cock and bull one. The common link is that both talk about being guides to people searching for the place, something like a manual GPS.
The video tells about the age old landmark tree at the epicentre of Thidanad which was sentenced by authorities for removal. And how the passionately loving villagers treated the stem with Ayurvedic meditation for revival when all the branches were cut.
The elaborate treatment process had 14 Ayurvedic ingredients applied to the wood for reviving it in about 6 months. But love and affection can do miracles, the tree sprouted with vigour in a few days.
Ingredients include milk, honey, soil, mud from anthill and others. Watch how the bark was treated in the video.
Seeing the tree, one can know that he reached Thidanad. But there’s a problem if he needs further directional guidance. That’s when my story comes in.
Thidanad was part of the area in Kerala known for alcohol usage. Since people were sort of drunk, a visiting stranger couldn’t get proper guidance if he wants further directions.
So the village chief decided to task one person to be sober to perform the duty. Since no one was willing, he decided to draw lot and I got the number and I became a teetotaller.
That’s my ‘Cock & Bull’ story. Things have changed since then. Now people are more charismatic, worshipping places are chockablock and people are polite and nice. Like all Thidanad born people I am proud of the place and the tree.