40 years back an Army official named “Sanjay” moved with his wife “Vibha” and two sons “Sameer and Sahil” who were 6 and 8 years old respectively to a remote area of Arunachal Pradesh, India named Bomdila. They were provided a very beautiful British type cottage as a quarter to stay. Getting posted in such a remote location was a matter of concern for them although the scenic beauty was great but there was little or no connectivity with other places. Snowfall with less food availability was a matter of concern too.
So “Sanjay and Vibha” decided to keep some cows for milk and chickens for meat. So they go to the nearby village to get few chickens and cows transported at their home. Initially it was difficult for them to connect with the locals due to language difference but finally they succeed at bargaining. They finally came back at time while the children were playing at the home.
As time passed by they made pretty close aquitances. After few days it was their younger son Sameer’s seventh Birthday. So Sanjay and Vibha planned a grand celebration for him. They went to their village aquitances and invited them.
Surprisingly most of them declined their invitation. It was kind of shocking and confusing for them as no one willing to visit them despite being close.
The very next day they get a call from one of their close friend “Doni”. He says Sanjay to come and meet him as soon as possible. Sanjay rushes at Doni’s place.
Sanjay asks Doni ” Hey! What happened??”
Why did you call me in such hurry??
Doni said “Please don’t be angry at us Villagers for declining your invitation!!. It is just that people are scared to go nearby the tree at your house. It has a spirit of an evil old man who lived at your current house his entire life. Many people feel him around them when they are nearby the tree. He committed many crimes and also killed his own son for marrying outside community”
Sanjay angrily tells Doni if it’s true why didn’t you all tell me before. I have already settled all my belongings. Now I need to search for a new house with the fear for my wife and kids.
“What if we cut or burn the tree!! Since the spirit is attached to the tree , he will be gone for good” says Sanjay. “What if the ghost harms you?” Doni says to Sanjay.
“I haven’t experienced any of that but I do believe in spirits and there must be something that’s the reason people were reluctant to visit our home. Better to get rid of it Doni” .
Doni says to Sanjay that he will arrange a priest next day so that the spirit will be captured while cutting the tree and there will be no more fear to the people.
That very night very strong earthquake occurred. All the houses nearby were destroyed and people came out of their homes.
Sanjay also came out with his family to save themselves. To his surprise he sees lighting and thunderstorms but only in his premises. The earthquake continued but only for the area in which he and his family lived.
All of a sudden all the metal pieces came flying towards them. Sanjay and his family tried to go back inside their house but the house fell down at a glance.
Multiple axes came towards them and Sanjay tried to protect his family despite knowing there is no escape. The weapons flying all of a sudden stopped and floated and then came the spirit of the old man for his revenge to make him go away.
Fear surrounded all of them. Then suddenly they realised the branches and roots of the tree grew bigger and removed all the weapons at a single hit. The roots grew in upward direction and surrounded the entire family in shape of a hut with fireflies inside it. Dewdrops oozed out of the tree, it cried of pain while using so much power to fight the old man’s spirit.
The “Soul of the Tree” saved them which they were about to cut and overpowered the old man’s spirit.
Note: Here the tree signifies the forest and the old man’s spirit is the pollution caused by industries. And there can be one more interpretation that the tree is the goodness inside all of us and the old man’s spirit is the evils which we have in our mind.