March 17, 2009

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Vinayaraj.V.R, Mohanam, Melmuringodi, Peravoor P O, Kannur 670674

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Creating a tree-loving community in the anonymous world of Internet may not require much exertion or personal commitment but doing something ‘concrete’ in your own neighbourhood requires much greater effort of the sinew and will.  Vinayaraj, a clerk at the Kelakam Grameen Bank, Kannur is at home in both modes of social service: planting and nurturing trees in vacant lands near his home and creating an online community of tree lovers.

After getting a job Vinayaraj did not forget the shade giving trees that served him during his college days.  He could have planted a few saplings in his backyard and stopped with that.  But he decided to plant trees in vacant areas while proceeding to the workplace. 

In Perumpunna-Muringodi route there are 15 trees planted and fostered by him.  A sapling he planted three years ago near Muthappan Temple has become a banyan tree giving shade to many.  He says watching this sight gives him more joy than anything else.

Once he decided to gift away ‘Njaval’ saplings lying at home to the Bank customers.  When the 100 saplings that he brought on an experimental basis were all snapped up, he distributed up to 3000 saplings.

The realization that unity is strength prompted him to start a community ‘Plant a Tree’ in Orkut.  This online community of 3000 plus tree lovers is a forum for sharing thoughts on trees. 

His wife Rajalakshmi and son Mohan Krishnan support him in his endeavours.

According to him, trees do not need man but man certainly needs trees. 


Courtesy: Arun Ezhuthachan (text), Malayala Manorama, November 12, 2007
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