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Native and imported, sacred and ordinary, culinary and floral, favourites of various kings and commoners over the centuries, trees are the most visible signs of nature in cities, fundamentally shaping their identities. Trees are storehouses of the complex origins and histories of city growth, coming as they do from different parts of the world, brought in by various local and colonial rulers. From the tree planted by Sarojini Naidu at Dehradun's clock tower to those planted by Sher Shah Suri and Jahangir on Grand Trunk Road, trees in India have served, above all, as memory keepers. They are our roots: Their trunks our pillars, their bark our texture, and their branches our shade. Trees are nature's own museums.

Drawing on extensive research, Cities and Canopies is a book about both the specific and the general aspects of these gentle life-giving creatures.

©2019 Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Those who see timber in trees (and electricity in rivers) should read a book, just out, that can only be described as beautiful. Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli have given us a riveting work - Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities."(Scroll.in) 

"A new book [that] combines scientific rigour with anecdotes and nostalgia to highlight the significance of trees in urban life." (Forbes)

"The book is a luscious romp through the fruit, fun, poetry, folk tales, history and healing properties of the trees we live with." (Live Mint)

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Very well composed and written. Loved the information, but didn't like the narrator's lack of research on the pronunciation of some words. The tone of many parts of the book was also totally missed/ignored by the narrator.

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good read so people to know the tree around

if you want to know about trees and its historical importance this is the book for you .