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Instead of birthday candles, a thousand splendid saplings

C. Jaisankar
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Resident of Gandhi Thiru Nagar distributes saplings on his birthday

A green birthdaySenthil Kumar, for his 31st birthday celebrations, on Thursday, distributed 1000 tree saplings to his neighbours in Gandhi Thiru Nagar at Muthrapalayam near Puducherry —Photo G. Krishnaswamy
A green birthdaySenthil Kumar, for his 31st birthday celebrations, on Thursday, distributed 1000 tree saplings to his neighbours in Gandhi Thiru Nagar at Muthrapalayam near Puducherry —Photo G. Krishnaswamy

A resident of Gandhi Thiru Nagar at Muthrapalayam near here has decided to celebrate his birthday by distributing 1000 tree saplings, so as to contribute towards transforming the barren hamlet to a greener pasture.

The villagers, friends and relatives who were invited by I. Senthil Kumar for his 31st birthday celebrations on Thursday, just thought that it was going to be the usual cake-cutting ceremony with common feast.

His birthday party did include that, but there was much more. Besides feeding them and planting saplings in the village, he also handed over fruit-bearing saplings to each one of them by making a fervent appeal to do their best to grow the sapling in front of their house so as to support mother Earth.

“The idea is to motivate people to do their best to save Earth. The sapling is a gift that should last a long time and help to create greener and healthier places for people to enjoy, for generations to come. My village is badly in need of greenery to fight pollution as it is surrounded by a number of industrial units. I know the difficulty in raising tree saplings. But I am confident that at least 35 to 40 per cent of the saplings will survive in the long run,” says Mr. Kumar, who works as a technician in film industry, and, who, recently worked on the sets of the award-winning Hollywood film Life of Pi .

He had decided to distribute at least 1000 saplings every year on his birthday to improve green cover and reduce carbon footprints to provide local people with opportunities to live healthier and stronger.

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