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Forest Man

Posted by Muthu on December 24, 2014

One man, our own Indian, over a 30 year period, has created almost single handedly a forest of 1360 acres. Yes you read it right; it’s a huge forest created by one committed man.

I recently only came to know about Jadav Payeng.

His story has been made a film “Forest Man” and has won a best documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

After reading him about in detail from various sources, I wonder why he has not been given the highest civilian honour of the country. The least we can do is to recognise such fellow humans.

What he has done is humongous and very inspiring.

Success stories mentions about him as follows:

“Patience and persistence are the greatest virtues that weigh more than merits and brains. Patience steels resolve to stay consistent in hostile circumstances and rig them in your favor, ultimately leading you to success.

Jadav “Molai” Payeng single-handedly transformed the 1,360-acre barren sandbar into a lush green forest with 30 long years of his remarkable persistence and patience. His incredible journey started in 1979 at the age 16 on an eventful day when a fierce flood dragged snakes away with cruel current of water and left their lifeless bodies on the shore. On declining the water level, he witnessed several species of reptile lying dead across the sandbar. The scene was so heart-rending that he cried for prolonged time. He realized that if that place had plenty of trees where they could have taken shelter, they wouldn’t have died so brutally. The event was an awakening call that initiated him to dedicate his life for saving wild life from further gruesome death.

At first, he contacted the forest department and requested them to plant trees but he received the discouraging answer, “It’s a sandbar, nothing would grow there” and weary and consoling suggestion to try planting bamboo on his own. As it was a painful and considerably difficult task, nobody agreed to help him. Instead of wasting time on how he could make it possible, he jumped on for his plan and started planting trees. After 30 years of rigorous and consistent works, Payeng finally saw his creation, a lustrous green forest that embraces him with open arms every time he walks it through.

He transplanted ants to the increasingly blossoming ecosystem of forest to reinforce and nourish its natural synchronization. Today, it is the home of a variety of reptiles, birds, rhinos, deers, tigers and elephants. It was 2008, when forestry officials came to know about his creation of the new forest and recognized his noteworthy dedication.

He surmounted all the discouraging difficulties that consistently occurred from nowhere by the force of patience, determination and moral persuasion. The seeds of hope and compassion he sowed with remarkable passionate endeavor transformed a barren sandbar into a green blooming forest, the shelter of thousands of animals.”

You can search web and find lot more about him. His life can be an inspiration to all of us in many aspects including investing.

Patience and persistence are the traits we can learn from his life.

2 Responses to “Forest Man”

  1. rajivahuja said

    Word Press doesn’t take my comments that is why I am writing here.

    Nice article.

  2. lakshmipathy said

    Thanks for sharing it across

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