Take Care of Nature

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Nature has many moods

It rains when it cries

Shines when it smiles

Storms when it rages

And erupts when furious

Quakes when it’s repulsed

Thunders when it argues

Snows when it’s aloof

And breezes when content

It dries up when helpless

And floods when baffled

If we keep nature in a good mood

We can enjoy rest, air, water, and food

Else nature has forceful ways

To decimate all without trace…

Earth Day

 

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A ‘mogra’ plant has sprouted several buds.

 

What does Earth Day mean to me?

I pondered over it an entire day

 

If I can feel or establish

A connect with earth

Then every day would be Earth Day

Not just for me, but for everyone

 

Having a terrace garden of my own

With a few flowering plants and herbs

I had a chance to observe

At close quarters

The behaviour of plants.

And it is helping me

Develop an intuition

About their condition.

 

“Why are the leaves yellow?

What are ants doing on this plant?

How come water is draining away?

When will this bud bloom?”

 

I have activated a connection

That can deepen

And help me scale and work out

Self vis-a-vis Earth

Have you thought about You vis-a-vis Earth?

Tic, tic, tic… Plastic.

Pollution from plastic

Can have neither agnostic nor sceptic

Plastic needs regulations drastic

Phrases caustic

Laws bombastic

Ideas magnetic

Activities hectic

Commitment quixotic

Pace frantic

Lifestyles minimalistic

Governments energetic

Solutions frenetic, genetic, any-tic

Involvement from every rustic

And mystic and urban tic.

Then, only then, we may be optimistic

About results fantastic!

Tic, tic, tic…

Time ticks over Plastic.

Must we ostracise every superstition? — my thoughts on Water

Some superstitions are left well alone.

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In an earlier era—when “science” as we know it today was not rampant—people in ancient societies such as India had coined beliefs. These beliefs were passed on and followed for generations, before being dismissively termed “superstitions” and discarded disdainfully.

One such is: “If you save water, you will get wealth; if you waste water, you will lose wealth”. I still remember, as a little girl a few decades ago, being promptly admonished whenever I let water run and had this “superstition” lectured to me. In retrospect, how much meaning and potency that superstition has!

Yeah, so just save water and count your currency, is that it? 

Water and wealth perhaps have no direct correlation. But, today, pure water costs! For countries like India that are hot, hotter, hottest through the year, water as a divine deity, not to be treated haphazardly, had long-sighted meaning. Even for other countries, we are seeing that a thoughtless, heedless and proprietary attitude towards this invaluable resource is having consequences. I read recently bottled water tested in western countries has plastic particles.

Had we held on to the superstition, “If you save water, you will get wealth; if you waste water, you will lose wealth”—had we in fact promulgated it, had we revered and saved water, thinking it would affect the state of our wealth, would water paucity still have been a concern?  Would our rivers be dirty? Would one section of people be wasting litres and litres in washing machines and dishwashers, while another was sitting at a river bed scrounging for the precious elixir of life? Would animals and birds be travelling all those extra miles to quench their thirst and dying en route? Would wells go dry and fields be parched? Would farmers be shedding water from their eyes? I can’t get this thought out of my mind. I can’t help pursing my lips at unilateral science and our short-sighted stupidity.

Some superstitions are left well alone.