Nature as Teacher

Shubh Prabhatam!!!

I am sharing a photograph with you, that I have taken few days back, and you all have to do is to guess what exactly it is? Is it a field? Which crop is grown by the farmers in this field? If not, what is it? Take your time, don’t go bottom part, unless you have a guess.

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Guess What?

 

Have you guessed? Yes, No.

Anyways, since I have not introduced any prize money for guessing the correct answer, so even if you didn’t guess, no reason to be saddened.  🙂

Behold the second sets of Pics, which I have taken few months ago, precisely in Spring, and you will be amazed to see the contrast between the two as both the pictures are of same location, may be I have taken it from different position.

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Pristine Flow
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The game, which we all loved to play near the river

 

These photographs are of Swarnrekha, a major River of Peninsular India, in the mineral rich state of Jharkhand.

Since past two years, I am observing a phenomenon. During summer some part of the river is completely inundated by a weed called Nasturtium/(Jalkumbhi, जलकुम्भी ). Its growth is very fast. Weeds are those undesired plants which gives competition to the intended crop by taking nutrition from the field, which were actually meant for the growth of desired crop. Due to excessive Nasturtium, rivers loses its identity and seems like a pond. Dissolved oxygen in the water gets reduced which is unhealthy for marine ecosystem.

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Current status, from a different angle

Reasons for its growth: As we all know, unlike the Himalyan Rivers, Peninsular Rivers are ephemeral and mostly depends on rain. So few months after Monsoon and especially in summer the water in the river becomes low and its speed reduces drastically. A huge chunk of industrial and municipal waste is directly discharged in to the river generating an ideal condition for the growth of Nasturtium.

But, then comes the Monsoon, with all its might. Rivers banks are raised. Peninsular Rivers can be very violent and tumultuous in rainy seasons. Flow along with water level increases dramatically. Nasturtium grows only in steady water. Tremendous increase in flow results in washing out all the unintended weeds. Soon the whole river becomes pure and pristine and river gets it real identity.

Parallels in life:

It is said that nature is the greatest teacher. It teaches us the different lessons through its various acts, provided we monitor it carefully.

Some time in our life, our mind is preoccupied with many negative thoughts. They can be compared as the Nasturtium weeds in the river. They drain our energy and prevent us from displaying our real worth or character. Negative thoughts are just like weeds in the field which takes our limited energy meant for our enlightenment and progress.

But, like river receives Monsoonal water to which washes away the unintended weed, we also get many opportunities and instances in our life. River relinquishes the weeds in that force of water and attains its real nature. Are we ready to leave negativities to live in our true potential?

I think we are in better position than the river. Monsoon comes only once in a year, but if we desire, there can be many opportunities in our life to shed all the negativities and drags.

 

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Hello Friends!

Hope you all are doing well. Monsoon is yet to arrive in my city with full intensity. However we have experienced some Pre-Monsoon shower. Today morning was also cloudy and cool gentle  breeze pervaded in  the atmosphere.

I was up to my favourite task, which I always relish in these sort of weather  :), picked up my bike and went on for a ride. The ride was gentle until I came across a scene which was very poignant to me. I thought of writing about it and sharing to you all, but suddenly I changed up my mind. I have taken some shots through my phone camera (quality may not be very good) of that surrounding and thought sharing to you all. Because some time pictures are more expressive than the word itself and pics will give you the legacy of your own interpretation, rather than my point of view.

Do let me know your views.

 

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Havoc

 

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Pity

 

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Death and Destruction

 

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Hope

Overcast

Yesterday night we had a heavy Pre-Monsoon shower, here in my city. Morning too was cool and overcast, something which I love. I planed a ride in my city along with one of my friend and clicked some images of nature all along my journey.  All the photos were clicked by my phone camera. Hope you would also enjoy it.

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Sun overshadowed by the Cloud
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A brick kiln on the opposite side of a river
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An Ephemeral river, preoccupied by algae, waiting for rain to become pure
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Water Buffalo, going for a swim
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A park
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This road is made up of waste plastic, Isn’t it a good idea?

ओ मेघा !

 

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Clouds are building up in my city, Clicked it in the morning. A place, from where I love watching rains

ओ मेघा !

अलग सी प्रतीक्षा, अलग सा समां है

है आने को मेघा, सभी हर्षित यहाँ हैं

ओ मेघा!

इस बार मेरे छत के ऊपर

तुम आकर केवल मत मंडराना

जो दूर से आये हो तुम लेकर

उस जल को हम पर बरसाना


सूखी जमीं है, सूखा है तन

पीले पड़े पत्ते, रूखा है मन

ओ मेघा!

इस बार तुम अपनी भीषण गर्जन से

तुम हमे केवल मत डरना

जो दूर से आये हो तुम लेकर

उस जल को हम पर बरसाना


नदियां भी प्यासी, कुँए हैं प्यासे

बूंदों को तरसते, हम भी ज़रा से

ओ मेघा !

इस बार अपनी बिजली की चकाचौंध से

तुम आतिशबाज़ी केवल मत कर जाना

जो दूर से आये हो तुम लेकर

उस जल को हम पर बरसाना

…..अभय….

मैं और मेरी नाव

शुक्रवार की रात से अगर कुछ अच्छा हो सकता है तो वो है शनिवार का दिन, psychologically थोड़ा सुकून रहता है कि चलो एक और दिन तो बचे हैं छुट्टी के. आज सवेरे बाइक लेकर मॉर्निंग वॉक पर निकला :-P. जैसा कि मैंने पहले भी शायद किसी लेख में लिखा है कि मुझे नदी किनारे अपने शहर की मरीन ड्राइव पर, जो शायद 10-12 किलोमीटर लम्बी होगी, सुबह सुबह गाड़ी चलाने में मज़ा आता हैं. उसी मरीन ड्राइव पर एक स्थान ऐसा भी हैं जहाँ दो नदियाँ मिलती हैं. वहां बैठने का प्रबंध भी हैं. मैं अक्सर वहां जाता हूँ तो कुछ देर रुकता हूँ. आज भी रुका.

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I was discussing about the same place, It is known as “Domuhani“, meaning two mouthed. A term to refer meeting of the two rivers. Clicked it few months back.

वातावरण, जो दिन में आज-कल काफी गर्म हो जाता हैं, सुबह में काफी सुहावना सा हो रहा था. कोयल उसमें मिठास घोल रही थी. कल रात की तेज बारिश और तूफ़ान के बाद आम के पेड़ से काफी मंजर नीचे गिरे हुए थे, पर उनकी अलग से खुसबू अब तक आ रही थी, एक पका हुआ बेल भी गिरा हुआ था, मैं उठाने जा ही रहा था कि एक अधेड़ उम्र की माता जी ने उस पर दूर से ही चिल्लाकर कब्ज़ा जमा लिया, मैंने उठाकर उनको दे दिया और बोला कि मैं आप ही के लिए उठा रहा था 😛 😛 …..वो भी मेरे परोपकार को  समझ रही थी . उन्होंने मुस्कुरा के कहा चलो रहने दो , मैंने भी अपनी दांत दिखा दी.
उसके बाद कुछ देर बैठा, तो कुछ विचार निकले…फ़ोन पर ही ड्रॉफ्ट कर लिया. थोड़ी संसोधन के पश्चात आपके सामने प्रस्तुत है…अपने मनोभाव को मुझ तक पहुँचाना मत भूलियेगा

Boat
Google se uthaya

मैं और मेरी नाव 

मैं नदी के इस किनारे
तुम बैठी थी उस पार
बारिश का मौसम
बाढ़ थी आयी
नदी हुई विकराल
पर मुझे तो था आना
कैसे भी तेरे पास
तैरकर जाना मुश्किल था
नदी में प्रचंड बहाव था
सोचा एक नाव बनाते हैं
सहारे नाव के
तेरे पास हो आते हैं
लग गया नौका बनाने में
सुध नहीं रही ज़माने की
ऐसा व्यस्त हुआ कि
मौसम तक बदल गया
बारिश बीत गयी
ग्रीष्म चरम पर आ गयी
नदी बरसाती थी
तलछटी तक वो सूख गयी
आज मेरी नौका तैयार है
विडंबना ऐसी कि
नदी में जल नहीं है
न ही तुम खड़ी हो उस किनारे पर
मैं हूँ और संग मेरे, मेरी नाव ….

…………..अभय ……………

Pondicherry: A Short Trip

I had an opportunity to visit Pondicherry in mid January this year. One of my friend Abhishek, was staying there and studying at Pondicherry Central University. He had invited me to visit that place several times, but as this was his last year of academics in that varsity, so I finally decided to go.

Pondicherry was formally a French colony till 1962. When rest of the India was in British occupation, Pondicherry was an exception along with Goa, Daman etc. to name a few.

I landed in Chennai and from there it took another two and a half hour to reach Pondicherry. Though it was January, when rest of the Northern India was in the grip of the winter, days at that place especially in Chennai was hot. Eventually night was very pleasing in Pondicherry as the cold breeze from Bay of Bengal was blowing incessantly. I stayed there for 4 days and visited some Temple, Church, Aurobindo Ashrama, market places, Auroville, a nearby historic place called Mahabalipuram which is nearly 100 Kms from Pondicherry. But in evening I preferred to be in Gandhi beach and enjoyed the song of the waves when it came to meet the shore.

The trip was overall good and enriching, yet my last lap was adventurous. You must have heard that Jallikattu protest was in full swing in Tamlinadu in recent past month. The day when I had to return to Chennai, some political outfits has called complete shutdown of the state including transportation system. So virtually it became impossible to reach to Chennai Airport, yet through the grace of Lord I reached to the Chennai Airport just before boarding time. I came there by hitchhiking all along Pondicherry to Chennai. It’s a very interesting story, which, if I get time, will definitely love to write. Google Map came to my rescue at many occasions 🙂

If you are planning to have a visit in South India or especially in Chennai, do take out at least two days to visit Pondicherry. It’s beautiful. But don’t go in summer. I think November to January will be an ideal time to visit.

Sharing you some of the pictures, which I have taken from my Mobile Camera. Hope you will like them.

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Sunrise and A Trawler
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Other side of the Beach
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Sailing together even on turbulent waves, not only just when water is still & stagnant
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Gigantic Golden Globe. Got to know that people get inside the globe for meditation. Yet I missed it. 😦
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Many Roots of a single tree, Clicked in Auroville
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Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram.  Built in 700-728 AD by Pallav Dynasty. Architecture marvel
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Lord Shiva and Mother Uma inside the temple
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Lord Vishnu
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Guiding Lamp
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Bye Bye Chennai and finally Laut ke buddhu ghar ko aaye 😛