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.
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.
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.
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
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 ….
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.
On 3rd of March, Jamshedpur celebrated its founder’s day, birthday of Jamsetji Tata. When majority of the Indian cities are in chaos and disarray due to its unregulated and unplanned expansion, city of Jamshedpur (administered by JUSCO) can be a guiding lamp to them as where and how to go in the field of planning a city. It also holds the prestige of being the first planned industrial city of India.
It’s the same place where Tata Group has started its journey. A group which is India’s largest conglomerate with revenue of $ 103.51 billion in 2016, employees approx 660,000 people. A group known for it’s ethical behavior.
This city, previously known as Sakchi, was named as Jamshedpur in 1919 by Lord Chelmsford, then Viceroy of India in the honour of Jamshetji Tata. It is also known as Tatanagar. Contribution of Tata’s is immense in the nation building. So every year on 3rd of March city is illuminated and decorated to give it’s homage to its founder.
When I was kid, like any other kids in city, I was waiting for this day with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. We used to go to the Jubile Park to see the lighting, fountains and decoration. It was virtually like a Mela for us. After many years, as some of my school friends gathered they pulled me to go the same place. As I generally avoid crowd, I initially hesitated later persuaded by them, if not coerced 😛
Sharing you some of the photos, which has been taken from my cell phone. Photos quality will not do justice the actual euphoria prevailed over the place. However, it may give you an inkling that how special this day is for citizens of the city and for Tata’s.
Last weekend I was fortunate to have a visit in a village of West Bengal, few hours away from my home. As from some of my previous posts, you might have an inkling that I cherish the village life more than the cities, where they claim all the luxuries pervade. Reasons are quite simple: Fresh air, water, pristine environment, lush green fields and more importantly very simple people (in general:)).
Apart from many memorable experiences gathered in this short trip, the one which I would like to share is my time spent in a Byre or Goshala. Many of you must be aware that a Goshala is place where many cows are kept and served. In return, we get milk and other byproducts.
So when I stayed for some time there, I found myself closer to the nature. There were more than 100 Cows and each has got unique name such as Surabhi, Mala, Vasundhara etc. It was very confusing. Yet, the one who takes care of those cows knew each one of them by their name. And I saw when he called their name, they responded too 🙂 It was very thrilling to me.
Cows are companion of humans since ancient time and one species which have served humans more than any other animal. Especially in India, it’s not treated as animal but as mother, and rightly so. The cows are very simple, innocent, gentle, affectionate, emotional and intelligent. When you will see a calf close to her mother, the affection between them will give you peace in the heart, just by seeing how the speechless species responds to each other. In our ancient scripture, which we don’t have the time to read, is full of the glories of the cows.
Yet, when I come to city and hear that slaughtering of the cows are at full swing all over the world and even in India, just to earn money, it disturbs me. It disturbed Mahatma Gandhi too.
I am quoting Gandhi ji from the tabloid Young India, which he used to edit himself.
…The cow is the purest type of sub-human life. She pleads before us on behalf of the whole of the sub-human species for justice to it at the hands of man, the first among all that lives. She seems to speak to us through her eyes: ‘you are not appointed over us to kill us and eat our flesh or otherwise ill-treat us, but to be our friend and guardian’. (YI, 26-6-1924, p. 214)
…I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world. (YI, 1-1-1925, p. 8)
… My ambition is no less than to see the principle of cow protection established throughout the world. But that requires that I should set my own house thoroughly in order first. (YI, 29-1-1925, p. 38)
Gandhi ji was an avid promoter of cow protection. Even though it got endorsement of Gandhi Ji, there is a common sense so as not to kill cows, just for the sake of eating it and making money .
Cow protection why?
No one would like to kill his/her mother: This is an emotional appeal. Mother gives us milk for only two to three years after child is born. We are served, nourished by the milk of cow for much longer duration. Isn’t she is even better than mom in this aspect?
Economic significance: Even if you will say that, no I am not an emotional Man/Woman I purely believe in the economics, still there are reasons that one should not thrive for killing cows. Cow’s dairy product is an important ingredients in our food chain. From milk to cheese, from Ghee to Lassi and many more dairy products are just due to cow, which are rich in nutrients.
Cow helps in agricultural activity. And especially in India, where people are still deprived of many advances machinery and the size of fields are very small.
Even the waste of cow, such as cow dungs and cow urine is used. Cow dungs are used to produce organic manure. Unlike modern artificial manure, which helps to grow productivity initially and after frequent use it makes the land barren, the organic cow manure is having no ill-impact on the soil.
Cow’s urine is used for medical purposes in Ayurveda, which is gaining acceptance all over the world.
Religious aspect: Yes, since India is a home of world’s ancient religion and they are in a huge number, their religious sentiments matters too. In Hinduism, Lord Krishna is also known as Gopal, means protector of the cow. In many scripture, killing a cow is considered very sinful and ominous. Hence it’s the responsibility of the state to make such arrangement that cows can be preserved and not slaughtered.
Even though there are so many substitutes to gratify one’s tongue, I don’t find any reason why the people kills such an innocent species. During my visit, I was inquiring about various aspects and functioning of Goshala, then one of them responded to the question of cow slaughtering in a very interesting way. He said Lion or for that matter, any carnivorous animals prey not to gratify their taste, but to satisfy their hunger as, Lord has made them in such a way that they can’t be Vegans. But why humans kill animal is beyond comprehension.