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If Only Trees

The Devdar tree by the rock
The Fir and the Pine
must have its memories too:
after a thousand years,
see how its branches
lean towards the ground

Only if I could get enough
away from people
where there was much more sky
seen through the leaves above
meeting trees from this and other
than land,
high risers.

I see,
by the day
the grass is going brown or red in places
Under the broad shadows of the Chinar tree
Sometimes now, here, everywhere
I am talked to,
is by silence

Yet, If
I could only
get closer to the light
where most of it is light.

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


  1. Beautifully sown together, pieces on sublime beauty of trees, times gone by, the majestic mountains and the last line- “I hope someday we could stop celebrating (a) day named after Environment. Where have we come?”…- Mother nature shall soon take control 🙏

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  2. Trees are one of God’s creations that bring us closer to Him. From the Garden of Eden to the New heavens and new earth in Revelation, trees permeate the Scriptures and hold significance to our relationship to the Creator. See Reforesting Faith by Dr. Matthew Sleeth (the “Dr.” is a “real” doctor, MD, not a PhD! 😁) Good stuff in his book!

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  3. This poem inspired by trees is as poignant and as interesting as the poem on Love was,
    it invites the inner questions, especially now when planting trees is a must in view of alarming climate changes. Narayan’s words make one think that we should plant the trees even if we don’t expect to sit under their shade, just as the ancient people had done before us. His poem as indeed all his writing connects with our hearts and souls.

    It reminded me of the words of Khalil Gibran:
    ” Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper,
    that we may record our emptiness.”

    Thank you, Narayan, for such a wonderful poem that will stay in our memory forever.


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    • So true this is, Trees are indeed poems. But what we do to create our own is to first make them into paper and then fill them with emotions. It cannot be more dastardly,

      Thank you dearest Joanna for your kind words.


  4. Narayan, How majestic are the trees in your gorgeous photos! Your poem is a heart-touching reminder that we and nature are one. Humans should stop our self-destruction and show reverence for the wonders of nature, a precious legacy! ❤ All the best for a great week!


    • Yes, Cheryl. They are majestic. Humans and this crop of leaders have to fight the war dear Cheryl. There is no other way to peace. History is going to repeat itself.

      Stay well Cheryl, thank you again.


  5. PS, Thank you, Narayan, for the exquisite photography of trees and nature as they complement the words of your poem perfectly.



  6. KK says

    Amazing pics and equally beautiful lines! A beautiful reminder, Narayan ji.


  7. Beautiful photos. I also wish that “Earth Day” weren’t needed because we’d finally understand things that we don’t understand now.


  8. Your tree photos show magnificent trees.We have one on our property that is 150-100 years old. It is a huge maple. It survived our recent bad storm. It told me it has seen worse in its time.


  9. Susan says

    Beautiful photos and words thank you. I wonder if the Devdar is the same as the Cedus deodara tree, think the name means something like wood of the gods? It’s one of my favourites from the Himalayas which I plant where there is the space here.


    • Dearest Susan, thank you for writing in kind. Yes I imagine they are the same. Though this tree is native to Himalayas. Have you come to the Himalayas? Or Did you take some saplings of the tree there.

      Thank you again. Your comment delighted me as it surprised me too.

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      • Susan says

        I spent 6 months living around Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong many years ago. Really loved it there and intend to return one day. The tree reminded me of the Himalayas. It’s a big tree though so not many gardens can cope with that size of tree. I have a landscaping company and we order the plants from a plant nursery.


  10. I find myself connected to the trees, an inner spiritual journey through my senses and my pen. Thank you for sharing your heart. Sending peace and light 💕🕊💕

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    • Thank you Linda for writing. It’s only your own nature who knows and feels through you.

      Hope you are well and in joy. I have been on the road for past two weeks hence it took time to write.


  11. A wonderful poem, and marvellous photos too! Every day is “Earth Day” and we should celebrate every new day with every new breath! 🙏


  12. Stunning pictures. Yes, mankind has gone so far astray. Where is the soul in a city of high rises that block out the sky? I am so thankful there are people like you, Narayan.


  13. Dear Narayan, the way you speak and feel about trees totally speaks to my soul. A few days ago, as it happened to be a special day for me, my only wish was to be sitting under a tree and feel it’s wisdom and peace and so I did.


  14. Everyday should be an environment day. In fact, I don’t believe in all those days and the hype that goes with them. We are not thinking of the future. I read a book by Mamang Dai called Escaping the land. It is set in Arunachal Pradesh. one of the topics is about the cutting of trees. It is happening everywhere. Thank you for the wonderful photos.


  15. Those trees really look like they’re saying “If
    I could only
    get closer to the light
    where most of it is light.” Lovely!

    I agree completely about environment day. So much hype and so little action (or abstinence from destructive action)!


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