My Kind Of Activist

The virus and the resultant lockdown have not changed people much, but perhaps would have given time to think about everything.

That’s what exactly happened to me. And if I can take it to the other side when we come out of this, I could still be a better person, and an activist- my kind of!

I have been a social media activist. But when everyone else also became activists, i learned to ignore much. And I learned to delete, yes a delete activist, deleting in bulk.

Something I followed in there have stuck- self love and self challenge. These I will be taking with me. The first one will make me capable of loving and the second to fine tune the lifestyle.

‘Finish your dinner, there are people starving’ the mother’s dictact is practiced. I learned to extract even remnants of food from plates so as not to waste. There are people starving now and they will be there afterwards too.

Bought essentials without looking at the price! on seller’s terms. There were no street vendors, only big players, playing with our handicap. Don’t bargain ever with those poor street vendors afterwards.

Nature is interested in co-existence. In fact a monkey family visited me in my living room. Just sat there and looked at me as if saying ‘peace’. Have to understand and respect nature!

TikTok is the best invention. Always brought a smile in people. So do everything TikTok!

signed

Your Activist

My Kind Of Activist

A Beautiful Visit From Nature!

My cousin sent me this photo of the lovely peacock visiting his house in Koottikkal, Kerala. That’s my mother’s house and we used to spend most of our childhood holidays there.

Those days we could see a peacock only in the zoo in Thiruvananthapuram. Even now it’s very unusual to find one in our interior Kerala.

This visit is special. This is nature enjoying the peace, the forced isolation of humans is providing. Look at it, it’s stunningly beautiful. And at ease.

Fond memories come back. Though peacocks were rare, we had wildlife and birds rivalling a bird sanctuary. And the adjoining river had cristal clear water and varieties of fish.

The childhood association with peacock had been romantic. The feathers that the peacock shed, were in great demand. We used to keep them in school books and it’s said, it used to multiply.

Usually it’s the girls who used to get to see the peacock feather growing. The reason is simple, when we get the beautiful feathers, the overpowering desire was to give it to the beautiful girls.

Believe me, no other gift had the power to generate that most beautiful smile on her face and if I am not mistaken, the ability to colour the cheeks pink.

Priceless!

A Beautiful Visit From Nature!

Nature in Focus.

The ‘stay at home’, ‘lockdown’ etc have given us an opportunity to observe nature in a true and relaxed way.

The photo, taken just now is the tree at a handshaking distance outside our balcony in Jayanagar, Bangalore and another tree, of the similar size and age, but slightly away from the building.

The tree close to us is in full bloom, early, compared to some seven others in the vicinity. The other trees are just starting to flower while the one close to us has been with flowers for sometime now.

I am reminded of one of my friends telling me that the coconut trees around the empty house of theirs were bearing only few coconuts. But the bunches started growing in numbers ever since they moved into the house and now they are full of coconuts.

Nature wants to co-exist with us. It’s happy to be among us. We are ignoring it and worse hurting the nature by cutting the trees, littering rubbish all over the place and replacing forests.

This is an opportunity to think and do the sensible thing of agreeing to CO-exist with nature and other species.

The story about the swans and dolphins returning in large numbers to the Venice waters with the pollutant humans are staying away trying to protect themselves from the unfortunate virus threats is hitting headlines.

Let us be mindful of this once we become free of the forced confinement by God’s Grace.

Live and let live!

Nature in Focus.

Nature provides the leveller.

Stay at home to prevent the virus spread is a noble thing for own and others safety. It’s actually not very easy. And that include us, having been sort of stuck in Bangalore, away from our usual home in Kochi.

With borders between Indian states getting closed, we may be staying in Bangalore for longer. And I took stock of the situation, briefly.

Bulk delete of group forwards resolves the ‘forwards’ attack along with losing some of the genuine communication. But the social and economic impact on daily wagers, street vendors and other marginal sectors is a concern. I hope some effective relief measures will be taken soon.

Apparently swans and dolphins returned to Venice waters, with humans confined to homes. Perhaps the nature is bringing in the equilibrium.

And I took a closer look at the nature as seen from our balcony. The greenery, flowers and the serenity are soothing to the eye. There’s even Bangalore’s own cherry blossom in the frame.

Beautiful nature.

A friend just forwarded this video. It’s very relevant and please watch. It’s priceless.

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0x5NIhIiJ5ETbhm1Ugwl47ZsQ#Bangalore_-Nimhans&_Mantri_Pride_Apartment

Nature provides the leveller.

A Beginning To An Ambition

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.

A Beginning To An Ambition

There’s Merit in Getting Back to Ancient Wisdom

I am not talking about the wisdom of great philosophers, gurus and teachers. I am referring to simple day to day living practices of our ancestors.

Olden times, hunters spend time to gather food for the families, groups and clans. And when the food was brought, everybody assembled to eat.

Probably the hunters spent 16 hours to catch enough food so that everyone could eat for the rest of the time. And that’s exactly the, now popular, Intermittent fasting.

Olden times food was raw, fresh, natural and without external stimulants. We now advocate fresh, unprocessed and organic food.

Humans and animals had the ability to identify and use natural herbs and medicines. Though we lost the ability to spot the right herb, there’s a quest for herbal medicines.

Animals, however haven’t lost their instinct, but the challenge is destruction of nature for them to spot remedies.

And we make a hue and cry about this destruction and replacement of virgin jungle with concrete jungle.

Basically the challenge now is to acquire the animal instinct, back.

There’s Merit in Getting Back to Ancient Wisdom