Letter from Bangalore: Mini-forests take root amid Indian city's concrete jungle

BANGALORE – Returning to my home town, Bangalore, in 2013 after years away, I took to reading the city pages of the newspaper like I was watching a horror movie. One eye shut tight in fear, ready to bolt, my heart pounding. Every few weeks, as if possessed, the city corporation was hacking down 100-year-old raintrees and slicing away green lungs.

I was not paranoid.

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