I am a humble soul in love with the Nature and its sentient beings! I am a ‘World Citizen’… The whole Earth is my country, my motherland!! I love it whole-heartedly…without compartmentalizing it into countries, counties or kingdoms. And whatever transpires in the nature or around me…brushes past me. Whatever big or small…minuscule or enormous…touches my heart. It envelopes me and nudges me. Some events force me to think and analyse and yet others transform me. And knowingly or unknowingly I become…’the Indulgent…Bystander!’
Today, as I woke up in the morning, I could hear the joyful chirping of the birds. I closed my eyes for a few more minutes to enjoy the melodious exuberance. The ‘lock down’ has made me more appreciative about the gifts of Nature and I am sure the same goes for you.
The ‘lockdown’ began last Sunday. Almost all human activity STOPPED, but the mother Nature kept working diligently. The birds were chirping today, the way they were chirping yesterday and the day before yesterday. The lockdown has minimized the noises, the hum-drum of the daily activities of humans, to a minimal. It is in this moment of solitude we notice that there is life throbbing in the background, all around us. Nature is constantly working like a 24X7 channel. The only difference is that it doesn’t create noise as it takes on its daily chores. Neither does it make claims of the favours it does for you and me.
Since the lockdown, I have noticed few posters like this one, stating that the Earth is on the repair mode or it has slowed down, or it has ‘locked down’. It is just another misconception that we have created.
The birds are chirping. They are flying everywhere, to look for twigs and leaves to build their nests. Afterall, they have plans to increase their brood.
Every day new leaves are popping up on the trees and plants. They are breathing in the fresh air. They are strengthening themselves, to nurture the plant with the food they would eventually prepare.
The spring is still in in the air. The flowers of numerous colours and hues are blooming. They are enticing the bees, butterflies and other insects to their bosom. They too are making all the preparations to reproduce.
The ants are stowing away food for later. The bees are preparing nectar to sustain themselves. The insects are multiplying at the same rate as earlier.
And, and…the Earth is constantly revolving. The spring would soon give way to autumn. The rotation of the Earth hasn’t ceased. It is continuously churning out the days and nights.
The Earth is constantly, silently, diligently working!! The Earth can’t fathom the meaning of the word ‘lockdown’ that humans have created to save themselves!!
It is we, the humans who are in the ‘repair’ mode. Our lives had to come to a stand-still. We are the ones who were forced to punch on the ‘Pause’ button fervently, lest the Corona virus catches us unprepared!
Some people in their ignorance have claimed that the Nature is seeking ‘Revenge’! Really? Mother Nature is too magnanimous and mighty to resort to take revenge. While writing this line, the picture of my nani(grandmother) started floating in front of my eyes. Just like the Earth, she has nurtured us from the time we were born. She cooked sumptuous meals for us. She was always available with a big smile and arms out stretched to give a warm embrace. She would tell us stories (unfortunately my nani’s story bank was limited to Swarn hiran or raja Harishchandra) and sing lullabies. As we grew up and we became busy in our world, we forgot all the sacrifices and favours she did for us. In the teenage years, we must have rebelled against her. Slowly, the distance between us grew. She slowed down with the passage of time and we did not bother to press that ‘Pause’ button to walk besides her. But do you think she would ever avenge this indifference on our part? No! Never! Why? Did I hear you mumble the words, “she is too magnanimous and strong to take revenge”? Exactly!!
The same goes for our selfless, generous and forgiving mother Nature (supported by the Earth). It can never avenge our actions. The Earth has been here since billions of years. It supported the Ice Age, nurtured humongous dinosaurs. It also survived the impact of asteroids in the past. Then the Earth further evolved and humans started to walk on it. They spread their wings, claimed the bounties of Nature and later exploited them.
The planet is, was and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing.
We have learnt our lessons, realised our follies. And now, the humans are the ones who will heal the Nature. Yes, collectively we will lockdown our arrogance, our pride, our indifference and cultivate compassion, positivity to coexist with the other creatures on this Earth! The ‘lock down’ is the right opportunity. It has given us time to think, reflect and assess our actions. Our inaction is already healing the environment. Let’s make a firm resolve to be minimalists and live in harmony with the Nature.
We are all experiencing a ‘lockdown’ for the first time ever in our lives. The WHO has instructed social distancing to curb the menace of COVID 19. Invariably everyone is stuck in their homes. The Sapiens are using social media to stay connected. And the Zoom software seems the best viable solution.
I too resorted to Zoom. Afterall, there is no other way to bring the mini-minuscule world to you. Don’t be deceived though. I use the Zoom feature of a camera.
Look at the picture. Take a closer look at the area marked with the circle. And now I use Zoom!!
What do you see? Do you notice the white protrusions? It is the beautiful nest of a minuscule being. The nest was well concealed within the stalks. The question arises how did I notice the nest in the potted plant.
The answer to it is that firstly, I had ample time at hand all thanks to the ‘lockdown’ and secondly, I was certain that there was a reason why Mr. Spider was on vigil. It did seem that he was resting on the blades. But my inquisitiveness lead me to look up and look down. Soon, I saw the nest and figured out that he must have been left behind by Mrs. Spider while she was running errands.
I call my discovery the Durrell effect. Gerald Durrell, the naturalist has brought me closer to nature and its sentient beings. He introduced me to a world I never knew existed around me.
In this period of seclusion, you too go ahead, explore a new world. Use Zoom, the Zoom feature of your camera.
“Make physical connection with Nature while you practice social distancing with Sapiens.”
The world is gripped with the pandemic and there is fear all around. Even I panicked for a day two because my cousin who dines with us, had to be evacuated from Italy. But soon after a trek in the wilderness I was filled with positivity. That’s the power of nature and exercise.
Personally, I feel the best way to stay optimistic is to count your blessings. So, as earlier I started to jot down my blessings. Here are a few of them…
the bright and lively sunrise that I witness from my balcony
the colourful and enticing flowers blooming in the spring
new leaves taking life that are tantalised by the kiss of fresh air
the chirping of the birds perched on the trees around
the beetles, ants, and other insects scurrying in the nooks and boughs of plants and trees
the stray dogs who come for a belly-rub in the afternoon and later in the night demand their grub with all the right
the beautiful terrace garden of our house
the numerous trees to climb-on and receive the exquisite ‘Tree Therapy’ in these stressful times…absolutely ‘free’!
The admins from my trek group who remain upbeat
the jungles of Aravallis in the close vicinity of my house
the stress free environment in my house inspite of my daughter’s ongoing Board exams
my non-studious daughter studying diligently for her exams
having dinner with a jing-bang of 10-12 family members everyday…it is a perfect stress buster
ample time at hand while the students are not in school
getting time to strengthen the bonds with friends and colleagues
time to read books that I had stowed away due to paucity of time
a brilliant chance to stitch an intricate pattern for the next bedcover
a chance to appreciate and thank the medical fraternity and the government for their tireless work in these testing times
time to ponder and accept the magnanimity and might of mother Nature
my power to chant for the happiness and good heatlh of all the people
my decision not to forward any message that creates panic or makes people anxious
Gosh! I am amazed. The list is increasing by leaps and bounds. I am truly the blessed one.
You too, start counting your blessings to stay positive. Let’s beat the monster of Corona virus with our prayers, positivity and caution!!
Today, I received numerous Women’s Day messages. I am unable to understand the sanctity of this day…probably I have not lived through the era when the women were suppressed and ill-treated. In the past, some of they were made to realise that they were merely ‘paon ki jutti’! But come to think of it, they had an important role to play in the household.
They took care of the health and happiness of the family. They kept the whole family bound and rooted. The lady of the house suppressed her cries at the cost of keeping her family together. ‘She’ was always available whether in pain or with a smile, for her family!! Ever ready to cook a sumptuous meal for the family members and friends. To feed everyone with the delicacies, to their hearts content!!
Having said all this, I do not intend to convey that a woman’s place is only limited to the four walls of a house and she should take-in all injustice meted out to her. I do believe in standing up for ones rights.
But the women of today want to prove that they can do all that a man can do! Drink, smoke, party, go out at late hours, wear skimpy and tight clothes (I have not come across men adorning these attires though and that justifies why they do not get lecherous remarks!), being rebellious. Does all this celebrate womanhood…? Is this feminism? Nah!!
Moreover, why do we want to prove that we are a rung higher than the men… Why prove something that’s so obvious! Nature has made us more beautiful and much more empowered than the men. We are the anchors of our homes, we are the architects of the future, we have the capability to increase our tribe and also keep it ‘happy and healthy’. Only the women can cook with all the love and care that makes a man’s heart melt. Why else would the title of ‘Annapoorna’ be bestowed on a lady and not a man?
True womanhood would be celebrated when we the Women, celebrate Men’s Day with the same enthusiasm but minus the gifts on either of the days! We do not need materialistic things to make the other one feel special. Let the gifts be replaced with quality time and affection!
Women are known to be each others arch rivals. When one woman would respect the other woman in her life, be it the infamous mother-in-law or a jealous ‘she’ boss…it would be time to celebrate ‘Women’s Day’!!
The day a woman is able to realise that she is far better and much more mature than a man and she doesn’t have to rebel to prove it, she wouldn’t find the need to celebrate Women’s Day!