It was most unusual!
During today (30 May) evening, there was severe strong wind just like in a storm in Delhi before the rain. Many trees have fallen unable to resist the strong wind.
It happened in front of BSNL staff quarters also where I am staying. All of a sudden a portion of the neem tree with several big branches fell down touching the parapet of the next quarters and then to the ground. Our neighbor was sitting there in a chair and some how he escaped from the falling tree. The heavy tree branch trunk fell exactly in the short space between a scooter and our car, with out causing any big damage. Usually the children will be playing in the courtyard where the tree has fallen. Today all of them have gone out to the house of their relative or so, just about half an hour back. Their car which would have been completely crushed if it was in its parking area also has been taken by the family. All were saved.
Of course some electrical wire has broken and small damage to the scooter. But not more than that. The blockade of the way was cleared by the workers in the IQ by hard labour for about one hour. Now almost everything is almost OK.
There was a proposal from the neighbour to cut the tree a few years back, but we decided not to cut. Did the tree understood that? May be. Any how, though the branch has fallen in the storm, we were saved without any accident or much damage. Thanks to the Neem Tree, which always gave us coolness and also shade in the time of strong sun and has saved us now.
Report in the Media about dust storm
After a spell of extremely hot weather, Delhi witnessed a massive dust storm and rain this evening.
Many trees fell across the city due to the strong winds. Power cuts were also reported from some parts of the National Capital Region. (See Pictures)
Traffic jams were reported at many places; the dust storm also disrupted Metro services for close to two hours. The Yellow Line, which operates from HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri, saw a train halting near the Vishwavidyalaya in North Delhi. (Read: Dust Storm Disrupts Metro Train Services During Rush Hour)(Courtesy: NDTV)
Udaysingh Gour Nanded said:
I came to this blog article of yours not by accident. I searched if someone has experienced the way we experienced the ‘compassion’ and ‘protection’ that our tree gave to us. This happened a couple of years ago, in this particular season of monsoon, our huge neem tree, which was having base circumference of not less than 3 meters, fell down one night suddenly. It was raining that night, but there was no storm or wind. When it fell, on one side there was a shed like structure and on the otherside a small rcc structure and it fell exactly between the open space without harming anyone or the property around it. There were vehicles also and a power supply cable from nearly supply pole, nothing was even touched. Even the leaves remained green for a couple of days as we could not arrange to clear the space because of some holiday we were short of labourers. I felt I was having some kind of bond with this neem tree as I grew playing under the shade and always felt that the tree showered happiness upon us. We are a joint family, atleast 6/7 children between the age group of 3-13 always use to play in our compound under the neem tree. There were several incidents of storms and windy climate in these 45 years of my life. One or two minor incidents of branch breaking we have experienced, but we never even imagined that such a huge tree would fell down so quietly that we never heard any sound of tree felling down. May be this was because of the rain we did’nt hear anything.
I am not good in expressing my self in words, that too in English, but I am still trying to sketch the experience to share it with others who have strangely experienced similar ‘grace’ and ‘mercy’ shown by a tree. I want to hear more such experiences so that we can establish and explain the live connection between the living things in nature. I now strongly believe that trees can sense and they have their own receptors. They are more friendlier and merciful than other living things. I remember on scene from ‘Tare Zameen Par’ in which Amir Khan narrates a lecture about natives in the Solomon Islands, who – when they want to get rid of a tree – gather around it and curse it, so it withers away. Did someone cursed my tree?
I am writing this in loving memory of my tree and seek the same compassionate blessing to lead a meaningful life.
Thank you for your comment explaining your experience