I was back again in my hometown in connection with a function and one of the visiting relations quipped “it’s so green and calm”.
Yes it is. And we jumped into the river where the water was fresh with recent rains. We could relive the childhood days.
And my dream is to make my small piece of land along the river, a green forest.
The Avacado plant perhaps is the beginning. The sapling is a present from a friend whose daughter grew it in water using a technique of half immersing the seed.
There are plenty of fully grown trees in the land, which include a mango tree estimated to be 100 years old.
The river has a number of winged visitors. There were white storks, water birds and I saw two kingfishers flying across shrieking at top voice.
They were different, they were big in size, like the ones we had in the childhood days. They are back.
Two disappointments, one the river has good water only when it rains well, creating a swift flow to wash the muck dumped by insensitive humans.
The second is a thriving vehicle body repair shop with a dump of abandoned vehicles and polluting the river with waste water.
Nature has demonstrated umpteen times that it can bounce back like the kingfisher birds.
And we need to cooperate.