Instead, it was the slim trunk of an Albizia julibrissin, or silk tree, which Mehta planted in Griffith Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the L.A. Mumbai Sister City Affiliation. The tree was obtained by the city Department of Recreation and Parks through the Million Trees Los Angeles program.
Mehta, who maintains a home in Bel-Air, was born in Mumbai and is a long time friend of the L.A.Mumbai group's chairperson, Mira Advani. Here for a week with his wife, Nancy, he arrived in a limo at the park's pony rides, where the tree now stands in a large brick-topped circle near the concession stand.
After shoveling on dirt and watering the base, Mehta lined up at an Indian buffet, spooning onto his plate chicken tikka and aloo gobhi supplied by Mantra Indian Cuisine's Temecula location. The carbs -- naan and potato samosas -- were tempting, but Mehta bypassed these to splurge on ice creams from Saffron Spot in Artesia.More »