Reading the excerpt reminded me of the recent blog by Ikebana expert Ilse Beunen from Sweden who was on a visit to see the gardens in Kanazawa. There the gardeners take such care of trees that they actually nurse a dying or sick tree to life. Strange that Sumana Roy’s narrative touches at some point with reality. The gendering of a tree is symbolic and creates the sense of oppression and frustration that a silent sufferer endures. But the subject of sexual life of a man an a woman, altered by religious / social pressures when they become and wife is a vast unexplored field. Not adequately explored. It becomes a place of the greatest oppression at times.