of the Banyan
12.5 x 18.5",
acrylic on paper
banyan tree has always been worshiped in India as the tree of wisdom
fulfilling one's wishes. I like to believe that the great banyan gets
its wisdom from the women who worship the tree. Women who pray and
smear its roots with turmeric and saffron. Women who tie little
cradles to its hanging roots, praying they be blessed with children.
I too have tied such a cradle and prayed for such wishes on the
Sholingur hills. And while I cried I felt the angels of the banyan
showering me with strength and comfort."