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A Celebration of Indian Trees

Ashok S. Kothari (Author)
Synopsis 2007 marks the Golden Jubilee Year of the National Society of the Friends of the Trees. The society decided that the most appropriate way of celebrating this milestone would be to publish a book showcasing India's tree wealth. One of the main objects of the society is to inculcate a love for trees and plant life in general among people, and it is hoped this book will further that aim. The author has included over 140 species of trees here--indigenous trees as well as introduced species that have become part of the Indian landscape. The book is intended as an identification guide: the text on each species describes the distinctive features of trunk, leaves, flowers, and fruit, and the photographs are chosen to complement the description. Interesting facts and traditional Indian beliefs about the tree are included where relevant. The names of the species in various local languages and dialects are also provided. The author being a medical doctor, details about the medicinal value of various parts of each tree have been carefully noted, besides listing its other benefits. The book is profusely illustrated with spectacular images. Almost all the photographs have been taken specially for this book by the author at locations all over the country; some have been provided by other photographers who are tree enthusiasts. The pictures will inspire readers to appreciate and preserve living specimens and experience the fullness of their beauty.
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About the author

Ashok S. Kothari

Dr. Ashok S. Kothari has been practising medicine in Mumbai for the last three decades, simultaneously pursuing his keen interest in nature and travelling extensively in India and abroad. Under his leadership the National Society of the Friends of the Trees and the Rotary Club of Bombay seacoast have organized large-scale and successful tree-planting drives, and he is known as "Dr. Green" among tree lovers. He served as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Library Sub-committee of the BNHS for many years, led several nature study tours, organized five exhibition of rare books on India and Indian wildlife (many from his own vast collection), and co-edited Salim Ali's India for the Society. He is now working on a Gujarati translation of The Book of Indian Birds.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Celebration of Indian Trees
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.02.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Marg Publications
Language: English
isbn 8185026831
length 196p., Illustrations