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Saalumarada Thimmakka (“saalumarada” – “row of trees” in Kannada – is an honorific people have added to her name) and her landless labourer husband Chikkanna did not have children. So one day more than 60 years ago, they started planting trees.
Thimmakka, aged 101, is a native of Hulikal village in the Magadi taluk of Bangalore Rural district in Karnataka. She has an unsurpassed credit to her name – some 1000 plus sturdy banyan tree…