Meswak, a medicinal tree is disappearing fast from
Haryana because of industrialisation and its medicinal value. Its roots are
used as local toothbrush or are used in industries for making toothpastes. Its
twisted barks are the homes of many poisonous animals like gauhwera (poisonous lizard),
snakes and goha, a huge lizard. Even biju (honey bedger) loves to live in them.
Therefore, people in fear chopped this tree mercilessly. I want to plant this
tree in my garden as most of the birds love to eat its berries. They are
delicious and are available in attractive colours like pink, white, red and
I searched various nurseries for this tree. And
Alas! Most of them had never heard of such a tree though it is native tree of
this region. Surprisingly I tried near about 100 nurseries both private as well
as officially hold by government. I hunt for it not only in Haryana but also
across the length and breadth of the country. I explored Google for it but all
in vain. As this tree grows well by its seed dispersed by birds or by humans.
There is no tree near my garden therefore, this method was not feasible.
When I told my mother about my problem that I was
not able to find nursery of Meswak tree. She asked about its local name. I told
her it is also known as Peel, Pelu or Jaal and its botanical name is Salvadora
persica. She recalled that when we used to travel by rail about 30 years back from
Hisar to Rewari then on Jatusana railway station that fruits used to be sold by
local vendons in leaf donas. She suggested that there must be a forest
of this tree near that railway station and you might find some trees there but
preferably go there in monsoon season as baby plants will be easily visible.
Following her guidance, today I went to Jatusana and
found some trees growing here and there. Baby trees were not much there. But
found a few. I noticed some kikar trees, teent bushes and monsoon mushrooms.
The scenic beauty was awesome. Gigantic rocks were standing in
pride ready to tolerate the simmering heat of sun and waiting patiently to
gently kiss the clouds. It was mesmerising to watch nature’s creation. Although
rocks were cut in different shapes and sizes even then they were holding oneness
and unity. It was peaceful and calm view.
While returning home, I saw many purple moorhens
feeding in a paddy field. A day spent well! A fruitful day!! :)