Friday, May 2, 2008


Many a time your eyes caught hold of objects and happenings that seek answers but being in a hurry and preoccupied with other things in mind, it was brushed off. Such pursued answers remained a mystery or query, only making us less knowledgeable by an iota of a fraction. Multiply it successive times it may tantamount to a knowledge gap.

On May Day, being a public holiday, we were in a small border town and came upon the palm tree as in the picture above. Standing inside a building, it cannot naturally be a natural tree though it looks like one. On closer looks it discloses many characteristics and foremost it speaks of ingenuity, craftmanship and business acumen. It stood errect because its a concrete 'trunk' comouflaged with genuine palm fronds. Thick, treated, cut fronds are arranged as natural as possible around the concrete trunk from top to bottom. Any signs of nailing, joinery etc are painstakingly hidden from view. The broad palm leaves at the top escaped our perusal but they look as natual too. Had it stood in a more natural setting no one would bother to have a second look trusting that it is a natural palm tree. Imagine when large quantities are exported to countries which cry out for such natural vegetation with unquestionable affordability. Creativity with perseverance by no mean vouched for financial gain.

I thought I have seen a row of similar trees at Dubai International Airport, never giving a second glance then. I would'nt be surprised that they came from the same source. So we have it. Hardwork, perseverance and creativity will certainly reap a good harvest sooner or later. Nature surely captivates us and not surprisingly natural and native products have become epitomes in the tourism industry . Next time you are in a tourist market see the choice of souvenirs that visitors prefer and bring home as momentos. Of course, the wealthy one will not refrain from carting home the palm as seen above.

Row of Palm Trees at Dubai International Airport welcoming you to the desert kingdom


Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

Pak Non

Dubai airport is amongst the pioneers in being a retail/fully commercialsed airport. they used to have lucky draws for passengers who shop there (giving out luxury cars as prizes) as early as the early 1980s. when the do something, they go all the way the Dubai people..

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