“Dreams are seeds, seeds of tree
Tree of life, full of style
In the night, the tree is yours
the seeds are there, just for you”
I actually wrote these beautiful lines when I was around 15 years old and still can relate to them as if its a yesterday memory, a little blurred in edges but the rest is vividly imprinted on conscious.
The first thing that streaks across my mind are the children stories that i read in Enid Blyton books and specially to “The Magical Faraway Tree” series. The stories were about an enchanted tree in middle of a magical forest, its so huge in size that its upper branches touch the clouds and it act as a gateway to different fantasy lands. Those stories always lead to a beautiful dreamy sleep and stroked the imaginative fire in my mind.
As we are talking about the magical trees, let me share one for instance with you. it was a story that i had heard from one of my school friend years ago, who had heard it as a folklore in his native village and with the kind of seriousness he had narrated the tale, i actually got the impression that the villagers really believed in that. the story goes like this :
“High up the Himalayan mountains, where there is no human population and only wild animals roam in the vast forests, sometimes unwary travellers gets lost and if they are unlucky enough, they might encounter a speck of light shining brightly in the forest. believing that they have finally found a way out, people rush toward it blindly with hope but when they reach it they realise that its coming out from a very small hole in the truck of a beautiful tree. bubbling with curiosity regarding the source they try to have a look inside. what’s really there is, the inside of a miniature house and next moment you realise that you are actually inside the room, shrinked to fit. in front of you is an old man standing, who tells you that for the next 12 years you are stuck in this hollow with him and his wife. he cautions you not to look back as his wife is just standing behind, she is one of most beautiful women presented on the earth but for her any new guy coming into the hollow is just an intruder and should be punished accordingly. so she keeps on screaming curses and when you look back to face her, her looks removes the very soul from the body and you get stuck to that hollow for the rest of your life as a mindless slave. On the other hand, the gentle wizard tries to make it worthwhile by granting you the wish to learn any skill / knowledge that you find desirable of the outside world from him. Most of the guys turn nuts within the first year but the survivors return to this world after the tough twelve years with priceless knowledge in the minds.”