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Wife makes man live on trees!

Gayadhar Parida, 83, living in Orissa, left home after he had a quarrel with his wife around 50 years ago. Read on...

entertainment Updated: May 01, 2006 11:07 IST

A man in Orissa has been living on a tree for the last 50 years after quarrelling with his wife.

Gayadhar Parida, 83, a resident of Kuligaon village in this district, around 239 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar, left home after he had a quarrel with his wife around 50 years ago.

"We quarrelled over a tiny issue and that is why he left me and promised not to live with me and return home till his death. I have tried a lot and forced him to come back, but he has refused all the time." his wife said.

Since that day, Parida has been living in a makeshift shed on a tree, located half-a-kilometre from his house. The makeshift house, where he has been living is five feet above the ground. While many would consider this dangerous, Gayadhar feels quite safe.

However, Parida claims that this experience has led to his spiritual growth. "I had come to stay in the garden after disturbances with my wife surfaced. But after some days, I felt spiritualism had developed within my body."

According to Parida, he has often spent days and nights on the tree without any food, coming down only to take water from a pond in the garden.

"Earlier, I was staying on a mango tree nearly 15 feet above the ground, but when the tree collapsed in storm I came down and had to prepare a makeshift shed." He also added that many poisonous snakes often pass near him without causing any harm.

While Parida accepts food offered to him by family members, no amount of coaxing has convinced him to leave his "tree house" and live in a conventional home with his family.

Villagers claim that he has neither attended the wedding ceremony of his son, nor his grand daughter's.

He is also said to have braved all hardships and continued to stay in the garden despite the massive cyclone of 1999, which left thousands dead and devastated large parts of the state.

"I have gone to the garden several times to woo him back home, but he vehemently refused to return. Hurt and dejected, I had to come back home. I cried a lot but in vain," said 55-year-old Babula, Parida's only son.