Nature has been particularly generous in her gift of sylvan treasures to our country. Laxuriant forests
abound in all parts of India and the variety of trees growing in our land is truly rich. These trees may be
classified broadly into four major types: (1) Timber trees; (2) Ornamental trees; (3) Trees yielding
edible fruits; and (4) Trees that blossom forth into colourful and sweet-scented flowers.
My purpose in writing this book is to acquaint the common man and children, generally, with
our prominent trees. A few years back, I had written a similar book in Hindi which had a good reception.
Encouraged by its success, I decided to write this book in English for non-Hindi-speaking readers. It is
not a scientific treatise on the subject; nevertheless, it tells all that the average reader would like to
know about our trees, their peculiar characteristics and their usefulness. I hope it would interest the
readers to know that almost all our trees have medicinal value and most of them are of commercial
importance too. In India, trees have been not only objects of utilitarian attraction, but also of reverence.
Since the hoary past, when the Vedas were composed and the Puranas written, many of our trees have
been worshiped and destruction of green trees is looked upon with disfavour. On the other hand, planting
of trees has always been considered as an act of virtue. These ideas show what great importance we, in
this country, attach to trees.
I would feel my labour amply rewarded if this book is able to create interest in our trees
among the common readers and the children of our country. We could, indeed, feel proud of our
country’s great wealth in terms of trees.
In conclusion, I would like to express my gratitude to Shri R.R. Lokeshwar who has helped
me greatly in the preparation of this book by looking into the text and making useful additions therein,
and by helping in the selection of photographs and colour illustrations.
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