Domestic, Ooty, Travel

Thus far and no further, please!

When trees and plants disappear and new buildings appear in large numbers, we call it urbanization and asset than it is a welcome change or rather a sure indication that the poor are becoming richer and educated.
But, as far as the disappearance of trees and plants are concerned, it is time to say “thus far and no further”.
Beautiful hill stations which were heaven on earth and attracted tourists from all over the country are slowly losing their charm with the disappearance of greeneries. Of course when the world around us is growing rapidly the appearance of huge and small buildings in large number are unavoidable, be it the plains or the hills.
But we have to bear in mind that the strength and glory of the hill stations lie in their capacity to attract tourists in large numbers annually by being beautiful and serene.
Not long ago Ooty and the nearby hill stations were very attractive mainly because buildings were few and far between and we used to witness a steady flow of tourists.
Anyway, at a time when all around the hill areas or rather the plains, buildings crop up in every nook and corner, hill stations too had to bear the brunt but not to the extent of making them buildings, buildings all the way, thereby robbing the hills of those enchanting greeneries.

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.

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