When the weather is unfavorable, one is reluctant to go out for walk. Even a short distance appears to be a Herculean task! But, the other day we managed to overcome the reluctance mainly because it was a trip to a temple and the short distance was not by walking but in a taxi cab!
But, soon I overcame the dull moments mainly because the ‘scenes’ unfolded on both sides of the road reminded me of the good old days when the villages we lived in were encircled by rivers and channels and palm trees.
On top of all these wonders, the atmosphere in the beautiful temple was a serene and inspiring!
The sun was at ‘His’ best… All smiles and warm. One wondered whether ‘He’ was taking advantage of the “cycle gap” between dark clouds which have been active all along. Anyway, ‘Whoever’ was powerful at that time, I was enjoying the warmth of the sun and tempted to go out for a brisk walk. Of course it was an aimless walk but the presence of the glorious evening sun tempted us to go on and on, unmindful of the possibility of a few showers.
Suddenly, I saw a bunch of birds landing on the roof of a building as if to tell their kids, “yeah, kids, it’s clear right now… The dark cloud are on the move…. His majesty is still there – favoring only his favorite colors…” The little birds seemed to say, “off we go!” as they took off!
The other day, it was a huge, multi colored arch, maybe the biggest rainbow I have ever seen but slowly it disappeared and the sky was all-set for a heavy down-pour, though what followed was a hide and seek!
This afternoon, the sky held a huge, wide-open black umbrella which was a clear indication that a heavy rain was on its way. But, when I looked at the sky after a cat nap, the sky was yet to get the green signal for a heavy downpour! Maybe sky derived some pleasure by snubbing the weather forecasters of the earth!
Anyway, the best way for us is to abide by the rules of the nature which has set apart seasonal changes and rely on our umbrellas, warm clothes or whatever is suitable for the occasion.
Urbanization, invariably, results in construction of new houses in rural areas or even in agricultural lands available in urban areas. It is a clear indication that business is flourishing in and around such places. All these developments rob the charm of rural areas especially when trees and plants are mercilessly cut down.
Anyway, even now, there are still places where urbanization is not at the expense of charming trees and plants. The other day I happened to visit such areas where there are houses, houses all the way… big and small but they could not outshine the trees and meadows. Moreover, even the new houses looked more like the good old houses of yore!
When Indian intellectuals scholars and sports persons (notably cricket) hit the headlines, they become notable persons not only in India but in other countries as well. But, going beyond such achievements our youngsters and elders have to pay great attention to peace and prosperity without which, all our efforts to achieve top positions will wither into oblivion.
One problem in India which needs to be overcome as quickly as possible is petty quarrels between neighboring states which bring everything to a standstill, resulting in destruction of public properties, specially buses and lorries.
Political parties seem to be incapable of solving such problems and resort to violence. As such, one would expect those who are in favor of “unity in diversity” to make their presence felt by spreading the slogan, “peace and prosperity”.
Twinkle Twinkle little starts
I don’t wonder what you are!
Down below the world so near
Like the start of yore.
Still, I can’t hide the fact
That you are a million times
smaller than the real stars!
Most of the countries in the world have frequent problems with the neighboring countries and some are wise enough not to let such problems snowball into a crisis so that their internal problems could be tackled by and by.
As far as India is concerned, the nation does have such problems but, the frequent regional problems between neighboring states have to be handled in a friendly way bearing in mind the good old adage, “United we stand, divided we fall”. Apart from this, all the political parties should do their best to abide by certain principles so that the positive side of all good and bad happenings would be more visible. On top of this, all the political parties should make it a point not to draw school an college students into “protests”, which occur frequently.
The latest version of the Olympic games [the ancient Greek athletic festival held every 4 years or the international revival of this] were as exciting or breathtaking as ever, though Usain Bolt stole the show! As far as India is concerned, millions of sports lovers watched events despite the fact that our “stars” were outshone by other athletes.
While the real sports lovers of India are still hopeful of the fact that the days are not far away when our stars will out-shine other stars before long, there are certain traditional fault finders who see Indian cricket as the real cause for our poor performance!
What they fail to understand is that cricket in India became very popular because it kept on producing its superstars who were free from self-pity or undue personal expectations. Apart from this, we have to bear in mind that Indian Hockey touched the Himalayan heights when the one and only Dhyanchand represented India.
Though the world has undergone a sea change during the past 40 years or so, certain developments seem to remind us of the adage, “old habits die hard.” One important matter which made it easy for economic and technical developments during the 40 years or so mentioned above is of course the attitude of almost all countries which are more concerned about creating a peaceful condition for such developments.
The so-called big powers may have their own reasons to retain their status but it will be wise on their part to rise above petty quarrels and make the world an ideal place for development on all fronts in order to make it clear that all countries have their own talents – be it movies, sports or any such facet.
When the nonstop rain withdrew from our area, much to our relief, the trees and plants of our area invited us to watch their dance program. I felt like saying, “You guys are just dancing to the tune of the wind which appear and disappear according to their whims and fancies.”
To my surprise, I heard the reply of one of the trees, “That means, you have no aesthetic sense or any interest in the role played by us (the trees and plants) in creating the movements required for various kinds of dances which keep you spell-bound.”
“Absolutely!” Be it Bharathanatyam or any Indian or western dance, each and every movement has something to do with these breathtaking movements of trees and plants.
Just watch them, you will realize the parts played by trees in various type of human dances!
Hats off to trees and plants! Cuckoos and Kuyils also deserve our praise for their songs!