Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, the son of Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, just turned one-year-old yesterday and the cutest kid of the tinsel B-town received the best gift he possibly could.  A forest of his own, that thrives and grows, just like little Taimur.

Away from the chaos, the Kapoors and the Pataudis gathered up at the Pataudi Palace in Haryana to celebrate little Taimur’s first birthday. While it may not be a grandiose birthday bash and was rather kept a close family affair, the gift Taimur received from his mom Kareena is possibly the best he could get – a forest. Yes, a forest. Many of us might be unaware, but Kareena Kapoor is a part of the community farming initiative in Sonave, near Mumbai and she named a forest after her son, as his birthday gift. On Children’s day, Saif decided to give Taimur a Rs 1.3 Crore worth rowdy swanky jeep, while Kareena decided to keep it meaningfully unconventional but lovely, with a thriving forest as gift.

Kareena, with the help of her nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, put up a forest as an unconventional birthday gift for her royal baby. Located just 50 kms from Mumbai, in Sonave, the forest is spread in a 1000 square feet plot with 100 different tree saplings cropped in. The forest thrives on intercropping and grows in diversity, along with Taimur, with a message for the nawab baby to celebrate a diverse society where people together through and due to their distinctions. Interestingly, all trees planted in Taimur’s little forest are just as young as the little boy, some even younger and each one of them is local, native and climate resilient specie.

With 3 jamuns, 1 jackfruit, 1 amla, 40 Bananas, 14 Moringas, 1 Kokum, 1 Papaya, 5 Seetaphal, 2 Ramphals, 2 Nimbu trees – the little forest will be a treasure of superfood signifying health. Besides all these trees, the forest will cultivate three types of pulses, chili, turmeric, curry leave plants, leafy green vegetables and the marigold flowers for a lush forest. The forest will become a home for pollinators like butterflies, bees, birds and earthworms, who will complete the eco-cycle to survive and grown on their own. As a part of Padma Shri Subhash Palekar’s zero budget natural farming initiative, the forest will grow symbiotically off another and thus is thrifty on one’s pocket. Isn’t it just the best birthday gift for a child! It has so much meaning and so much simplicity, and it just looks lovely, just like the munchkin.