Monday, July 7, 2014

Ainthinai Tree Plantation Drive

Since childhood, I have always looked at this world completely awestruck because it is so beautiful and abundant of riches. Used to wonder how long we are gona keep developing and why to develop so much?  What are we finally gona receive after development? What is the ultimate goal? I always found the concept of development quiet bizarre because we develop to save time and end up thinking what to do with all the free time. Time passed and I too became a part of this system. Working and walking aimlessly, looking for comfort, taking a refuge to the tasty junks available all around. Villages and farms had become childhood stories to me. Then finally I ended up living in one of the most beautiful cities, Chennai. It used to be my dream city with all the trees and temples around. But it became a nightmare when I saw the filth around. All I could hear was the noise of horns. The city's lifeline, one of the best public transport system in the whole country, getting stuck in the middle of a mindless traffic. There was no escape from this concrete jungle. Went to St. Thomas Mount and saw the massive city. It had expanded beyond boundaries. This was actually a heart breaking sight because the whole city was nothing more than a pile of bricks.

Somehow I found my way to CTC and ended up working in a farm in Mailai. Met many likeminded people and the day started with the traditional Tamil breakfast of koozhu. Instead of having it in the modern mans instrument made up of metal, had it in the palm leaves. Felt that in the name of recycling we are still just using papers, rather than looking at the marvelous ways of nature for recycling and reusing its waste. Went ahead and saw many varieties of plants and trees. They are the habitats to so many different creatures. Man has built his habitat taller than the trees and yet it’s not self sufficient. Dug the pit, mixed the manure and fixed the sapling. Such a small gesture to Mother Nature. She was doing all this by herself till we poked our nose and tried replicating nature’s model to build a new habitat in the name of development and making this a better place to live.

Its ridiculous that people find it weird to live in villages nowadays. India is a rich land meant for agriculture but no. We want tar roads, glass buildings, pollution spewing vehicles all around. All the modern man inventions were made to make the life easy and not lazy. Going into economical language, the human life is following the famous bell shaped curve [Ref. – The Third Curve – Mansoor Khan] Development had made the life style reach the peak long back. Now we are the beginning of the unfortunate generations where all these riches are gona decline. Statistics show that how on the name of development we are successfully creating new diseases.

Oops. Too many thoughts shared by my fellow mates. But when we went for our lunch we all had the sense of satisfaction of having actually earned the meal that day. Not to forget our little star Jishnu who was a part of all the action and captured all these delightful moments.

With all these heavy words am just trying to convey that we have done enough damage to earth already. What we are doing now is just a little bit of effort to make up for the huge damage we have already done. If one wants to see the Jesus Christ mentioned in the Bible, then please look around. We have poked so many nails on the body of Earth and yet it is giving us more than we can ask for. If you want to see Lord Krishna for real, then look around for shower of all the riches in the world upon you from Mother nature. Take any other mythological character and you will find that it was all just our very own Mother Nature described in human form. Because it is always said that God is always around us and if we take a look it’s just nature.

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