A news report in TOI student edition left a beautiful feeling in me recently. The news report read that a first grade student (child of 5 or6 years )went and hugged a tree refusing to allow the concerned authorities to fell the tree. The child told the authorities that his teacher in school had told him that trees felled mindlessly could lead to less rains and warm the planet, so he went and hugged the tree. How sweet is that!
If only all the people who cut the trees had or were stopped by a soft touch like that, perhaps the world would be a better place to live in.
Another mindless work which shook me recently was the mining of the River cauvery. As it is the summers had left the sand dry with no clue of water, the truck drivers drove their vehicles and were mining the sand. Illegal or legal, I don't know but it definitely left a sad feeling in me. For I have passed through the swelling rivers in the past and perhaps next time when i go , i would'nt be surprised to see some apartments or high rise spring up.
Many beautiful mango orchards have given way to the apartment culture on the banks or this river at SriRangam in Trichy district.
Perhaps, dense green forest, swelling blue rivers, clean crisp air and beautiful flora and fauna could all become a part of folklore in the near future.
Here is a beautiful prayer I read in Lotus pond, a lung space in Banjara hills Hyderabad. .( click on it to read)
Hear my prayer, Destroy me not!!!
Dry River Cauvery in the summer of 2012 at a place called Thaikal( thanjavur dist). This place is also famous for river grass mats. In the foreground between the bridge beams you see the grass being dried on the bed for weaving into mats
These glorious rivers whose journey opens up many cultures, beliefs and lifestyles are happily destroyed by some mindless beings in the name of human progress.
If only we listened to their prayers...