Anecdote

The ShaikhSpear Himachal Diary 2016: A Historic Tree

Between Majhot and Bagh, Himachal Pradesh, India, 11 September 2016, 12:15 pm

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A little above the Nallah, we came to a small junction with one road going up towards Bagh and the other to join the main Khatnol road. This location is more well known locally as the Khanoor/Kanor (Horse Chestnut) tree.

Although the tree is believed to be many hundred years old, it had a special historic significance for Mela Ram Uncle’s family – Uncle’s father (Late Shri Moti Ram Sharma) was born under this very tree. Uncle’s grandmother was coming from Dandi Bagh to the old house in Majhot for the delivery. Her sister had left from Majhot to meet her on the way. By the time she reached the Khanoor tree, she went into labour and as her sister had reached the same spot, the delivery happened under the tree itself. The newborn child was wrapped in a chunni and carried on here to the village.

For city folk in today’s world, it all sounds unbelievable and really amazing; However, for the women of the hills, who ate the most unadulterated and natural food, and breathed the freshest air, and drank the purest mineral water, such a journey and such an event was normal.

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