The ‘Residency’ in Lucknow is a township built by the Nawabs of Awadh for the British Residents, tracing back to 1774 AD. The 40-odd acre historical site consists of the ruins of several once-imposing buildings, and is one of the must-see sightseeing spots of Lucknow, having been declared a monument of national importance. It was the main centre of the revolt of 1857, and subjected to a five-month-long siege by the rebel forces in Lucknow.
It was September 1995. Veerappan, the notorious sandalwood smuggler (and his associates) was active in the forests of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, having killed several people who came in his way. Efforts to capture him and his team were being made by both state governments. With the forests being well guarded, it seems that the urban sandalwood trees were easier for them to access. Or so we discovered.
That night, the residents of Rose Lane, a quiet by-lane in Richmond Town, were woken up by a loud crash, that brought down the overhead power and telephone cables. The sandalwood tree in the Thomas compound had been cut!
Neralu – Bengaluru Tree Festival culminated in Bangalore today.
[Neralu = shade in Kannada]
My mom made a special effort to visit Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park to catch the Photo Project that had moved from the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) where it was last weekend. Though really a tree lover (we’ve got loads in our compound at home), her incentive to go was my photo of the metro on MG Road, that was among the ones chosen for display. I’d taken this from the thirteenth floor of Barton Centre during our visit to Bangalore/Bengaluru in December 2014. Check out the Neralu Facebook page here.
As one moves in Bengaluru’s Namma Metro track on MG Road, the dense foliage on one side could make one easily forget that one is in the heart of the city.