Indraniladhri Hills. From current trip at Vijayawada, India.
A macaque monkey engrossed in wild almonds. En route Hyderabad.
Saw him/her plucking out tufts of leaves along with the almonds, and there were several leaves lying scattered under the tree. That’s Monkey Business for you!
This porcupine quill is a keepsake in my home.
My son found it as a small boy many years ago, during a trek in some woods while on a school trip to a hilly region.
I accidentally poked my hand on it today and realised why even the big cats are wary around porcupines!
When you can chuck your lunch packing with a clear conscience. A delicious feeling! Pun there 😏
In India, especially in temples, we get food packed in leaves stitched together with twigs. Truly divine food, won’t you agree?
By the way, this here is spiced tamarind rice.
- A Pelican looking wise and sage.
2. A Pelican in flight
3. A pelican couple guarding their nest
Note: The first time I saw pelicans (many years ago), they were swimming. And looking at their bulk, I assumed they could not take off into the air or if they did, cannot sustain their flight. How wrong I was!
What if you looked big and clumsy?
You do everything an agile creature does
You fly with grace
Rest atop a tree with ease
Build a nest on a brambly bush
And guard it with care!
You tell the world
To look beyond looks
Which is a lesson
One seldom finds in books!
Note: Our Indian culture is rooted in ‘lokhA samasthA sukino bhavanthu’ which translates roughly into ‘May all the worlds be happy’. However, in the past several hundred years, our land has faced and evolved—I believe disadvantageously—through multiple invasions (Islamic, British).
After observing fellow Indians, I personally think we have moved away from our roots, which has Spiritual Connectedness at its core. People were trained to look at the bigger picture and put others’ welfare ahead of their own. This meant all the fundamental civic courtesies/etiquette were taken care of, automatically.
But in these times, we have imported a confused and twisted view of what our highest goals/pursuits must be. Hence, we have become more self-centred (reflecting what is going on across the world). At the same time, we have failed to adopt even the most basic civic tenets the rest of the world generally has.
Well, I have woven these thoughts into some verse that relates to simple, day-to-day life. There are of course other macro things, but that’s for another time.
Hope this poem strikes a chord and gets people thinking.
A milieu of apathy and greed
The (current) besetting bane of India’s creed
An unhealthy combo of east and west
Has led to an attitude far from the best
The ‘Tolerate what comes’ of eastern philosophy
Meets the ‘Desire everything’ of western audacity
And results in “Do what you like
Don’t fret whom it might strike”
Chuck things on the road
Cling on the bus footboard
Without a care
Treat public spaces
As private terraces
Use civic amenities
The list just grows
I will not write more rows
Why can’t we consider the nation’s property
As more precious than individual liberty?
Patriotism is more than the ‘Jai Hind’ slogan
Country’s welfare must be our top concern!
A male and female koel have a literal face-off here—I mean, they have got on the same rod, but seem unable to see ey-to-eye! Why? I wonder… and did they make up their differences? Well, I didn’t get to see how it all ended!
Here is an afternoon scene from Beach Road, Chennai, India. A man rides by on a white horse, while a bunch of lads watch.
Usually, it is Prince Charming who comes astride white horses. Well, quite possibly, this person is someone’s Prince Charming and is trotting up to meet her!