June 26, 2019

My ideas

My ideas about life were vague, my thoughts and acts were frayed.
There is nothing I could do, except fall in love with you.

Seen life, but learnt nothing yet.
Felt it, but missed the queue. I am truly on a wild road now.

June 19, 2019

Ode to GKW

I stood at the edge
Waiting to be engulfed
I waited for the moment to come,
When I could be nothing and yet be all done.

I felt the clouds pass by,
I felt the air rush.
I heard strangers all around me,
and heard God whisper by.

I heard the power of music,
I saw her laughing loud.
The Jogin was all there for me,
To touch my destiny.......

I waited, waited for a chance,
A chance today to die.
But suddenly the winds died,
ANd said, Lead a New Life.....

June 14, 2019

Forest Parks for Fighting Pollution

Cities in India need to shift to a paradigm shift in maintaining parks in neighbourhoods.

Most parks in big and small cities have tonnes of green spaces left in the form of parks. But these parks are insensitive and water guzzling in nature. The cost of maintaining a green cover by artificial watering is immense. I had conducted an experiment myself once when we tried greening a park of 3 acres for the entire summer using tap water. A quantum comparable to two tankers were required to keep the park green. Nevertheless, I learnt my lesson.

But most of our countrymen and women have not learnt any lesson. Year after year, we spend hundreds of millions of water for an artificial aesthetic sense of human fulfilment. These dead green zones are an opportunity in plain sight to recover the climate in our cities.

Already, some small cities across the world are emphasising the need to have forest parks. These parks are meant to provide a sense of the wild inside a city, in the lines of Cubbon Park in Bangalore and Central Park in New York.

However, in the Indian context, these parks must have immediate legislation passed to cover at least 50% of the park as soon as possible. Within a few years, the pollution levels in the vicinity will come down, within a few more years, the entire landscape will become comparatively more attractive as its immediate neighbouring areas and within a decade, these forest parks will be acknowledged as the Ultimate Warriors against Pollution. Question is, our planners refuse to adopt a landscape approach while working in cities and it will require supreme patience to convince them to act accordingly.

Utter Chaos All around

June 13, 2019

Without numbers for sometime

With my cell phone blacked out and me having lost all the assorted numbers, some of which had needlessly occupied space in my phone anyways, it sure is special.

The experiment, if it were to be called so, confirms that one does not need too many numbers and I have got along well since that day, more than three weeks ago.

Neither is the absence of membership to an assorted list of organisations and social networking sites done any harm to my breathing pattern and best of all, the removal of the number of visitors tab from the blog is a social walking past the tense moments one would have upon clicking on that tab.

June 11, 2019

Forests for whom?

Forests mean many things to many people. It is a source for food for some, a supply of medicinal plants for others and a valuable economic source of timber for many. All these are traditional demands that have been met by the forest since life began on earth. There were infact few forests that did not usher benefits to either man or animal. This role of the forest as a mutual agent of assistance is acknowledged by millions. For them, forests are the omnipresent philanthropist.

However, over the past decades, the importance of the forests has been acknowledged by people who receive remote benefits from them. The person sitting in a large urban town is now forced to pay higher amounts for that piece of furniture that was a fraction of the price some years back as compared to the present. He, now realises that forests need to be conserved, for whom is the question. Is it to be conserved for the benfit of him and many like him in distant markets or is it to be conserved for the people who live adjacent and subsist on them, or is to be conserved to protect the invaluable wild flora and fauna that are critical for the health of the ecosystem.

These issues are related to the ownership, use and management of the forests. How will the resources be utilized and by whom, for whom. The state representing many interests including that of the demand of the distant consumer has larger concerns in mind and often brings about changes in forest to meet its goal. Dams, logging, mining and large projects are undertaken to meet larger goals, goals that permenantly alter these areas and their ecology. However, it is difficult to ignore the communities who have traditionally lived by the forests and accessed it for their livelihood. Can they be made partners in forest management and continue to protect its resources, undertaking the least damaging activity of NTFP collection, rather than large scale mutilation of forest regions.

Recent advocates of conservation promote exclusion of forest dependent people from their homes for the large interest of the society as opposed to groups who actively promote encroachment of displaced groups claiming that these forests are their own.

There is a mind numbing variety of choices, people have made to themselves, forgetting that the forest inherently comprises of three elements – flora or trees and shrubs, fauna or animals and man. These three are intrinsic to the very identity of the forest. But in the ideological divide between so many interest groups, it is always easy to focus on the importance of either these three components, though always in conjunction with the needs of the consumer dependent upon the forest for its timber. Lost in the noise is the increasingly less importance being paid to the original concept of the forest that comprise flora, fauna and people. Through an isolated window, focus on either of the three is likely to lead to an immediate collapse of the forest ecosystem, forest will then cease to exist as it does now and remain but a mere plantation or a forest village or a zoo or a research station.

June 10, 2019

A Cat and Monkey story

Azam was a silent kind, the one who never took to heart - emotions that would tear apart others into a gobbledygook of mental frenzy. He was also an observer - so much so that his friends always called him Mr. sponge, for his capacity to observe everything around him.

He was witness to a strange incident today and that is what he told me to tell all today.

It was late in the noon when the cat he had been feeding milk to started meowing madly and he had to come out of his house to put an end to all the hullabaloo.... Whoa! he saw a troop of monkeys anxiously staring at the cat and the cat staring at them equally anxiously. Now, he being the observant kind settled down to what he anticipated would be an hour long drama of the animal kingdom.

The monkeys vastly outnumbered the cat - atleast 80 to 1 and besides it was just a house cat and not a tiger in the wild. But it seemed that a wave of silence had engulfed the usually boisterous simians. They were all on the roof and the cat was on an alley close to the neighbors tea field. The saw the cat before she could see them and they hushed into silence when all of a sudden, a rather excitable monkey jumped in front of the cat and startled her. She jumped and landed right back where she stood. Then she took guard and the all the monkeys followed the youthful simian to protect him from a possible war. As they trooped to assist their comrade, the cat began to realise that she was outnumbered and she started shirking back, a step at a time. The monkeys saw this and started hissing at her and she hissed back. Outnumbered, she did a dramatic thing - she began to stalk them, already having scared a few of them. They saw this and this created a general sense of crisis and the monkeys in their effort to escape jumped over one other and a few of them fell on the ground. But in a minute, all but a few brave ones had scampered under the the tea bushes. The cat saw this and stalked even more threateningly, making the rest also run for their lives. She went under the bushes and chased the monkeys and all one could hear was yelling monkey sounds and the sharp hisses that a angry cat shrieks.....

Over in some time, but does it really happen. Will cats always fight back or will they seek to escape especially when there is an entire troop in front of them.... Can't say but Azam claims to have seen this happen and I happen to believe him.

Hampi Uninterrupted