At a very young age I got to
travel and a lot and understand my country and the environment
At school When I was at school in Kirkee Military
Station, near Pune, I had a wonderful teacher named Mrs. Williams
who taught us geography.
She inspired me to plant trees. In 1977, at the age of 10, I
started planting trees and planted my first tree on Range Hills Road
at Kirkee Military Station.
Today, I am 49 years old and have planted over 12 million trees
across the country.
Journalist I completed my post graduation in English Literature
in 1988 and a post graduation program in Mass Communications and
Journalism in 1989.
For 13 years, I worked with newspapers, media agencies and
corporate communications with multinational companies.
I left the corporate sector on July 31, 2003 to take to planting
trees as a full time work.
Why Peepal? I had been planting Peepal trees in large numbers and
gradually came to be popularly known as Peepal Baba.
My focus is on planting shade trees instead of ornamental or
landscaping trees. Our work is totally managed by volunteers.
Our network of friends across the country helps us plant and
maintain saplings even in remote corners of the country.
Osho Camps I started conducting Osho Meditation Camps in 2003 for
Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir.
For nearly four years, I travelled through the state interacting
with soldiers and civilians.
But it was my work of planting trees in the state that gave me
People easily connect with trees.
It is a secular subject. It does not bring any god or religion
I started talking of trees and gradually introducing Osho into
the lives of thousands of my friends and followers.