Green ob­ses­sion

India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE -

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.

Con­tact: raghu.t.me@gmail.com

sec­ond opinion

“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.”

SAN­JAY RAM­CHAN­DRAN

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