An epic tale called Saalumarada Thimmaka


Saalumarada Thimmakka (Pic: SH)

Rarely do we leave the world richer while dealing with an emptiness within.

A childless couple, instead of brooding over what life has not given, leaves behind a living green heritage this world had never heard of.

82-year-old Salumarada Thimmakka is a native of Hulikal village in Magadi taluk of Bangalore Rural district. Many decades ago, she trekked 3 kms every day carrying two pitchers of water to nurture the banyan saplings she planted along with her husband Chikkayya on the Bangalore-Nelamangala highway.

It was a calling she answered for 45 years even after Chikkayya passed away. Nearly four hundred banyan trees, massive carbon sinks and home to millions of birds, silently salute her undying spirit and selfless contribution.

Benefit to the environment? Priceless! Her life? An epic tale.

Thimmakka has received numerous awards and recognitions. A US environmental organisationThimmakka’s Resources for Environmental Education— is named after her.

I talked to her on the phone recently to inform that she was conferred upon the IGBC Green Champion award. She expressed her inability to travel to Bangalore to receive the award, but asked if it would help her get her long-standing demand—a hospital for her village—materialised.

I had no answer.

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    Greetings from the Bhoomi Magazine Team

    Eternal Bhoomi, is a quarterly magazine which is committed to offering holistic and cutting edge perspectives on sustainability by renowned writers and thinkers from around the world as well as practical ideas and examples of earth conscious living. The Bhoomi magazine is brought out by Bhoomi Network, a not-for-profit organization committed to education and action for sustainable living. At present some of our contributors include The Dalai Lama, Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar of Resurgence, Jonathon Porritt, Helena Norberg Hodge to name a few. Our website http://www.bhoomimagazine.org will give you an idea of Bhoomi’s work till now.

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