Imagine this scene. A group of walking trees, each one looking somewhat like this


They lumber (he he) towards a shrine of sorts. A gigantic ancient fossilized banyan tree actually. The home of their god, Kloro Philo, the giver of shade and knowledge alike. Since it is customary to make offerings to the deity when one visits a temple, the trees first seek out their God’s favourite offering. Flowers. They go over to the nearest human settlement and carefully and deliberately remove reproductive organs from men and women alike, place them in a large bowl made of dragon bone and chant deep, bassy, tree-like verses as they place their offerings at the roots of the the great Kloro Philo. Today also happens to be the wedding of Elm Ezhumalai and Teak Thangadurai and their wedding podium is flanked by 4 dead men, placed standing on the 4 corners of the podium, hands raised up.

“Now, that is an unfair, sensationalist and illogical comparison. And 4 dead men standing with arms raised up is not quite the same thing as 4 young banana plants. And reproductive organs? Sheesh! ” shrieks the left side of my brain

“Why so? Flowers are the reproductive organs of a plant, aren’t they?”, wonders the right side of the brain.

“Let’s ask the blogosphere”, offers the Corpus Callosum.


9 thoughts on “Offerings

  1. ‘unfair’ because we happen to sit on top of the darn food chain?

    or should I just beat my brain (both halves, callosum included) into pulp and go sit in a corner? 😕

  2. @Priya,

    I am not the spiritual types, but this verse from one of the Upanishads seems to have got hold of me and refuses to let go –
    We are born out of food. We live for food. We die for food. In death, we become food
    When we say “top” of the food chain, some bacteria are going – “Excuse me?”

  3. JC Bose will do the twisteroo in his grave if you tell him that.

    Thank you krish for twisting my brains permanently into thinking of all manner of abhishtu things whenever I see a bunch of flowers

  4. The concept of ‘food chain’ was derived by looking at the pattern of food sysytem of species from past few milleniums. It is not like there was a ‘food chain concept’ ever existing and the species followed it.
    The food and lifestyle develops in due course of time. It is not a sudden thing to appear from nowhere. If the ‘trees offering humans to god-concept’ had to be real, then there would have been a different ‘trees’ and different ‘humans’ evolved.

  5. @Astroshiva,

    You are right. This was just a thought experiment on what it might have been like if trees had been sentient, like the Ents in Lord of the Rings. Just a slight diversion from the anthropocentric highway we all overspeed on.

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