Shisham tree


Shisham tree

***** Location: India
***** Season: Topic
***** Category: Plant


Sheesham ਸ਼ੀਸ਼ਮ is a state tree of Punjab.

Common name: Indian rosewood,
Shisham शीशम (Hindi), Sissu (Manipuri), Sitral (Bengali)

Botanical name: Dalbergia sissoo
Family: Fabaceae (pea family)

Photographed in Delhi

Shisham is a medium to large deciduous tree, native to India, with a light crown which reproduces by seeds and suckers. It can grow up to a maximum of 25 m in height and 2 to 3 m in diameter, but is usually smaller. Trunks are often crooked when grown in the open. Leaves are leathery, alternate, pinnately compound and about 15 cm long.

Flowers are whitish to pink, fragrant, nearly sessile, up to 1.5 cm long and in dense clusters 5-10 cm in length. Pods are oblong, flat, thin, strap-like 4-8 cm long, 1 cm wide, and light brown. They contain 1-5 flat bean-shaped seeds 8-10 mm long. They have a long taproot and numerous surface roots which produce suckers. It is primarily found growing along river banks below 900 m elevation, but can range naturally up to 1300 m.

Shisham is best known internationally as a premier timber species of the rosewood genus. However, Shisham is also an important fuel wood, shade, and shelter. With its multiple products, tolerance of light frosts and long dry seasons, this species deserves greater consideration for tree farming, reforestation and agro forestry applications. After teak, it is the most important cultivated timber tree in India, planted on roadsides, and as a shade tree for tea plantations.
source : www.flowersofindia.in

In Punjab it is called tahli in the villages.
Talhi Sahib
Tahli is a thorn-less and highly water-dependent tree. It has small round leaves of about one inch in diameter.
It is used by the Sikh guru Ramdas and others to sit below it and meditate.

The encyclopedia of Sikhism
source : books.google.co.jp

Worldwide use

Things found on the way


flowing river
stretching upward
the sheesham tree

Sandip Sital Chauhan


the sheesham tree -
her unborn daughter
buried beneath it

Kuljeet Brar

Sex-selective abortion
is the practice of terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of the baby. The selective abortion of female fetuses is most common in areas where cultural norms value male children over female children, especially in parts of People's Republic of China, India, Pakistan, Korea, Taiwan, and the Caucasus.
Sex-selective infanticide is killing a child based on the child's sex, usually shortly after birth (sex selective neonaticide). In 1994 over 180 states signed the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, agreeing to "eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl child". In 2011 the resolution of PACE's Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men condemned the practice of prenatal sex selection.

A 2005 study estimated that over 90 million females were "missing" from the expected population in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Taiwan alone, and suggested that sex-selective abortion plays a role in this deficit.
India's 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven - activists believe eight million female fetuses may have been aborted between 2001 and 2011.
... Sex-selective abortion has been seen as worsening the sex ratio in India, affecting gender issues related to sex compositions of Indian households. According to the decennial Indian census, the sex ratio in the 0-6 age group in India went from 104.0 males per 100 females in 1981, to 105.8 in 1991, to 107.8 in 2001, to 109.4 in 2011.
The ratio is significantly higher in certain states such as Punjab and Haryana (126.1 and 122.0, as of 2001).
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a silent shriek
of an unborn baby girl ...
ultrasound scan

blazing sun...
her baby girl leaps into
ultrasonic waves

empty cradle...
her lullaby pierces
the dark night

Sandip Sital Chauhan


against foeticide campaign--
a bunch of beggar girls
good for photo-op

save the girl child campaign--
strong spring wind
puts out the earthen lamps

Manu Kant


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***** . Haiku from Punjab .


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