Pottering around the garden with his mother when he was a boy should have been the first indicator that Tenkayala would grow up to have a green thumb. In 2004, Tenkayala interned with the NGO Eco-watch, where he found out that there was always a legal hurdle to overcome problems related to the environment. So he enrolled for an undergraduate degree in law which he is only days away from completing. In the meantime, he continues to be involved with ‘green’ projects.
ECO LOGIC Unlike most young people who have to deal with job hunts and money matters, it’s the chopping of trees in the city that gives Raghu Tenkayala sleepless nights. “It makes me so angry when I think of the recent changes in front of The Atria Hotel,” he says. “About 150 old rain trees were cut down on either side of the road to create more parking space for cars.”
GO GETTER With a group of friends, he planted 3,000 trees in the city last year in residential neighbourhoods and on land that belongs to Indian Defence establishment. Tenkayala has also worked as a research associate for The Krumbiegel Project, that invloved publishing a book about the life and works of German horticulturist, G.H. Krumbiegal.
“His interest in a subject is genuine and he’s the kind of per
son who does something instead of complaining” SURESH JAYARAM, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF 1 SHANTHI
ROAD, A CREATIVE SPACE IN THE CITY
“I’ll be riding on my bike and I can’t see a road for a road. I’ll be thinking, you could put a tree here, you could put a tree there.”