The Lost Treasure

It was nothing big, but important all the same. It had been there, he grew up beneath it, but never realized its worth, instead cursed it for always littering his garden with brown and yellow leaves.

As long as it was there, he never thought of giving the value it deserved, and today after destroying it, he lamented over the gap left by the big banyan tree standing tall with its arms outstretched, protecting his children from the sun when they were playing in the courtyard.

Now he missed it, such a vital part of his childhood – uprooted without a trace.

 

Linking this to the 100 Words on Saturday Prompt @ WriteTribe : Lost Treasure

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing to me is therapy, it frightens and comforts at the same time. Liberates like nothing else. A book in my own name is a dream, but a bigger dream would be to write something that haunts the reader even after the last page is turned and the book is shut. I enjoy reading and music, spending time with family whilst battling my social awkwardness.

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42 thoughts on “The Lost Treasure

  1. It reminds me of my own grief of losing a tree I loved… My mom used to recount the story every year on my birthday, when she brought me home from the hospital and the Chinese elm in our backyard was just starting to bud. Every year on my birthday its first buds would appear. The tree grew with me throughout the years, until it became so huge that is was chopped down to my dismay. It was a heartbreaking loss. Thanks for the story. It is really touching.

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  2. Bhavya,
    how could he cut a Banyan Tree…
    that’s like hacking your grandparents mercilessly and then saying..oops..I shouldnt have..cruel comparison..byt thats how it feels..
    Bhavyakutty I am not angry at you..I am angry at the negative character you potrayed so well that I want to slap him right now..

    • I know Dee, a tree is not just a tree. It might have lived for more number of years than you, have seen the world and sacrificed itself n number of times. It makes me feel so sad when in the name of development the first thing they do is cut down the trees. 🙁

  3. Bhavya,
    how could he cut a Banyan Tree…
    that’s like hacking your grandparents mercilessly and then saying..oops..I shouldnt have..cruel comparison..byt thats how it feels..
    Bhavyakutty I am not angry at you..I am angry at the negative character you portrayed so well that I want to slap him right now..

  4. Oh that made me soooo sad. Khaled Hosseini’s new book And the Mountains Echoed has just such a tree. I’ve written a review on my blog. But I haven’t mentioned the tree.
    Great writing.

    • Thank you Kalpana, I am yet to read that book though. I’ve read his other books and loved them, so I am hopeful the latest would turn out good too.

  5. As much as i liked the prompt, i liked your take on it. You have put forward such an important issue and it is high time that we understand and value the importance of nature. Else it will be too late as it is already late. And yes, your storytelling like always is powerful.

    P.S: As much as I liked the prompt, I enjoyed writing on it too. Do have a look as see how I crafted my story around your excellent prompt.
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  6. We really know the value of Certain things once it is lost… 🙂
    And the message of caring for Nature and The Environment is so clear…

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