“A revival of sorts has been initiated by D S Jaspal, a senior IAS official… he has discovered that a large number of historic gurudwaras bear names of indigenous trees which grew there. “.
-Khushwant Singh


“A captivating documentation Jaspal has travelled the state with his Nikon camera and captured on film 17 species of trees that have 48 of the most sacred Sikh shrines named after them “
-India Today


“D.S. Jaspal, Principal Secretary, ventured on a journey to discover his religious roots in gurudwaras across India and Pakistan.”
-The Times of India


“Hats off to you, Jaspal, for such a unique, brilliant effort to highlight the role of Sikhism in promotion of enviornment”
-Tarlochan Singh 
ex-Member of Parliament


“The exceptional features of the Sikh religious way of life have been brought out for the first time in Tryst with Trees- Punjab’s Sacred Heritage–a project undertaken by Mr Jaspal.”
-The Hindu, Delhi


“Jaspal has highlighted connection between spirituality and nature in South Asia.”
-Express Tribune, Lahore


“Jaspal believes that increased interaction between young people in India and Pakistan will help establish peace between the two countries.”
-Dawn, Lahore


“Jaspal’s exhibition shows that the shrines are sacred because of the trees around which they are built.”
-Daily Times, Lahore

“Mr Jaspal’s pioneering work expands the meaning of heritage to include trees & nature.”
ex-Prime Minister of India

“The central role of trees in the evolution of mankind as been beautifully portrayed”
-Dr. Manmohan Singh,
ex- Prime Minister of India

“What a beautiful book! Let me thank D S Jaspal for this extremely valuable work – showing the power of nature, of peace & the great religion of Sikhism”
– Erik Solheim

“This wonderful book highlights the intimate bond between religion and conservation.”
– Maharani Preneet Kaur

“Mr Jaspal’s book represents interfaith harmony and highlights the common heritage of Pakistan & India.”
– Abdul Basit,
High Commissioner of Pakistan to India

“An important contribution to an unexplored aspect of our heritage.”
-Faqir Aijazuddin
Principal, Aitchison College, Lahore

“Mr. Jaspal’s book draws attention to the common spiritual heritage of India & Pakistan.”
-Kuldip Nayar,
Eminent journalist, author, diplomat.

“By writing this book Mr. Jaspal has rendered a great service to humanity”
– Rana Jawwad
ex- Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan

“The book reveals the organic relationship between nature and religion.”
– Gautam Bambawale,
High Commissioner of India to Pakistan

“Tryst with Trees is a great work of environmental activism. I congratulate Jaspal.”
-Mr Ujjal Dosanjh,
ex-Premier, British Columbia, Canada


“Tryst with Trees is a timely reminder of our rich environment heritage and the need to preserve it.”
-Rajinder Sachar,
former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court.

“Jaspal has done a great service to the cause of Sikhism and environment protection by compiling this book.”
-Justice Kuldip Singh
Former Judge, Supreme Court of India

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