In Search of Greener Pastures

Except on rainy days, I go out for a walk in the evenings, all alone. I avoid busy and noisy streets and as I move along roads that are not frequented by human beings and well protected by a battalion of plants and trees on either side, I listen to birds which are at times noisy and restive, flying from one tree to the other apparently in protest against something. I was under the impression that the birds are just capable of making some sounds which are music to our ears. But no, I have learnt their language. They are in fact discussing serious matters and mainly on human encroachments. When trees and plants are cut down by human beings to build houses, now that there is a construction boom, the birds have to leave their places in search of greener pastures, which are very rare these days and over crowded. So they seem to say “cant help, we want a shelter. The human beings are destroying our shelters mercilessly and systematically…”

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

One Commnet on “In Search of Greener Pastures

  1. I agree with you too. Birds need ample space and it’s high time humans stopped encroaching on their territories.

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