2+1 Reasons on Why to explore the Wild Side of India?

A big shout out to all those lovely adventure loving people! We often lead a life of discontentment.  Most of us sssshhhh our inner calling to surrender to those half a dozen excuses that keeps us in the rut. Ah! Those deadlines, meetings and of course those hundreds of e-mails make us feel that the world shall stop to cease without us. Such a waste? As it is widely put- “Balance between work, love and play are the wheels to mankind”. I would like to point out that we Bharat vasis (Indian Citizens) are privileged to have the best of the best flora and fauna served to us on a platter. And because abundant natural wealth is available at our disposal we often take it for granted.

Wildlife lovers from all over the world travel to India to experience the taste of the rich Indian treasures. The Kohinoor here is the majestic Indian Tiger. The enigma of this stripped mammal is enough to stop our breath. Though our Tiger boasts of being the most photographed mammal on the planet, India is also home to the Asian Elephants, One-horned Rhinos, Asiatic Lions, Snow Leopards, Gharials and over 170 endangered species.

Here are 2+1 reasons to enjoy the rewards of being an Indian. Explore the best side of India… because yeh nahi dekha toh kya dekh? (If you haven’t seen this then what have you seen?)

  1.  Our Birding Sanctuaries are fab! 

India has as many as sixty bird sanctuaries. The smallest one being in Porbandar, Gujarat. It is as small as 1 square kilometer only! Within this area there is a fresh water lake that attracts over 150 species of birds. Some of these are the Spoonbill, Cranes, Flamingos, and Pelicans. The other famous sanctuaries are Chilka Lake Sanctuary in Odisha, Bharatpur Sanctuary in Rajasthan and Thattekad in Kerela.

 

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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerela

The Asian-Paradise fly catcher birds…..Aren’t they beautiful? The violet hues around their cornea’s are not to be missed.

2. We have the BIGGEST mangrove forests in the world- The Sundarbans !

This is the rawest wildlife experience one can ever have. Sundarbans literary means ‘Beautiful Forests’. It is not only a home to over 400 Bengal tigers, but it also accommodates about 10 roaring rivers and the beautiful estuaries (where the streams meet the tides). Watching out for the River Dolphins is another experience all together.

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3. We are super proud of our ever friendly Elephant and Rhino Parks!

Imagine herds and herds of these gigantic mammals! The Kaziranga National Park, Assam is located on the banks of Brahmaputra River. It has been a home to the endangered one-horned Rhinos and Indian elephants for over a 100 years now. The then extinct one-horned Rhino (only 12 were left in the world) has now grown to 2000.

Apart from wildlife, there are coffee and rubber plantations worth exploring.

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The Kabini National Park, Karnataka is another beckon call for us to heed!

The list of other wildlife sanctuaries is just a Google away. None of these wanderlust heavens can be substituted by Facebook or What’s App… or any other software on this planet. What say? This blog is just a teeny tiny peep into the lushness, the fullness that nature has to bless us with.

You may visit:

http://www.rathikaramasamy.com/

https://500px.com/shaazjung

Both Rathika’s and Shaaz’s work will assist to get a deeper insight of what we have and what most of us have yet to explore. Both these acclaimed photographers have brought justice to the magnificence of nature through candid images. Their work definitely speaks more than my words. Enjoy guys!

Much love- Nidhi

 

 

 

 

The Run

We planned,

And we planned more.

We fell,

We were hurt,

Our heart was sore.

So we decided to run away,

So as to never feel that pain.

We didn’t stop,

In sun or rain.

We drowned ourselves in work,

Or hid behind the cloak.

We let life slip by,

Imagine all the good fun we missed,

Just because we chose to be so dry.

We were so scared of that hurt again,

That we got stuck up in the bargain.

When the Universe gave us something so special,

something so sacred,

We chose to push it all away.

So this time we will do it different.

We shall follow our heart,

Right from the start.

Let the pain be felt.

We shall enjoy it.

Let love be felt.

We shall celebrate it.

We will be like a child,

The world will be our play ground,

To enjoy we have to be wild.

 

Nothing can be controlled,

So keep calm and listen to our soul.

You will know what is the best,

For only the Divine knows,

What is the next.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lopsided Affair

Affair, huh?….hmm… aha….! This must be steamy? Unfortunately NO! This isn’t about a romantic episode. Disappointed? Don’t worry I got news for you. This isn’t about the fiery passionate love But YES! It definitely is all about love. The love definition may not be as per the modern standards but it is the basics. It matches up to the Universal language of love. So please proceed to read this blog only if you believe in it and can help add your share of love.

This so called “Affair” started last afternoon near a Sandwich cart. Something banged into my car. I got off to see if anyone was hurt (was worried about the impact of the bang on my new car as well). A lump of mess stood there with her hands crossed so as to cover her face completely. She sobbed without waiting to catch a breath. I didn’t realise what had happened, until another Sandwich customer yelled at the teenage helper boy there. “Kyun mara be? (Why did you hit her?)”

“Pagal hain, customero ko tung karti hain (She is crazy, she troubles the customers).”

The customer threatened the boy that he would cancel his order for the way he had treated the girl. I took this a step further. I went and cancelled my order of ten sandwiches (already ready to be parcelled). I felt that the owner was equally at fault for not stopping his helper from the act of violence. He lost a business of Rupees Seven Hundred. The other customers sitting around also cancelled their orders, another loss of about Rupees Three Hundred (guessing the amount). Money isn’t important here, but it is a language people better comprehend too. A lecture given will not impact them as much as a monetary loss.

“Insaniyat kaha hain? (Where’s humanity?)” I asked the boy.

“Areee Madam, yeh pagal hain ( Madam, she is crazy)”

“Mujko tum pagal lagte ho, toh maru kya? (I feel that you are crazy, now shall I hit you?)”

Nothing much was said after that. Do you think that the boy was at fault? ..hmm.. No, he wasn’t, he was doing his job. The victim girl here, was actually bothering his customers to buy colouring books from her. His intention was right. All he wanted was his customers to be able to eat in peace. But his approach was wrong.

The boy did realise his mistake and offered a plate filled with sandwich and wafers. He also made an effort to nudge her to eat from it, before he returned back to his job. Her angelic face, which I could now see, was covered in grim and dirt (maybe she hadn’t washed it since months). Was she bathed and in a good pair of clothes, anyone would have thought she was one of the better privileged human beings trotting on Earth. This is the lopsidedness of our society. It would probably take another round of human evolution to stop this nonsense. And I would like to leave that for another day. Coming back to the little girl, she wasn’t giving up. She was all about self respect. She left the plate on the seat of one of the many parked scooters there. I couldn’t help but observe the girl. Every few seconds she would glance towards her plate and then turn her face around.

This little play of her’s with her plate of goodies could bring a smile to even the hard hearted ones. I called her and asked her in Gujarati, “Kem nathi khati? tane kharab lagyu ?(Why aren’t you eating? Did you feel bad?)” She was silent. She slowly raised herself on the tips of her toes, over the car’s side, to make sure that her plate was still there. She slowly nodded in affirmation. After she was convinced that the boy had realised his mistake and it was a cool thing to forgive, did she go back to her plate and began eating her crumb.

I felt powerful with the flow of positive energy that was now within me. I am no Mother Teresa, nor was the gentleman (who stood against violence) Saint Paul. But yet, something in the Universe had changed for that moment. The boy had learnt from his mistake, the girl’s belly was fed (temporarily), and I got my sandwiches. At least for a few minutes, all was well with the world.

I hope this “lopsided affair” at the Sandwich stall can inspire many. We wait for kindness and courage to come from others, the truth is that we, ourselves are well capable to be kind. If the motive of the human heart is true love, the courage to find and cherish it, will be there. The Universe is here to help us. Believe in the Divine.

Much Love to the believers of kindness and courage,

Nidhi

 

If You Have A Girl- By Nidhi Paneri

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If you have a girl,

Then talk to her,

Not once,

Not twice,

But everyday of your lives.

Tell her all those things you have wanted to,

For if not you,

Then who?

Tell her that she will be judged,

More often misjudged,

At every step that she will take,

Don’t take it personal,

If you do so, a mistake you will make.

Talk to her about how to write a journal,

Learn to pour your heart out there,

Cry as long as you must,

For true friends are also very rare.

This isn’t about you,

You are sweet and awesome,

Into a young lady,

You shall soon blossom.

Tell her she might be made fun of,

Be spoken behind her back,

She will be labeled and given an awful name,

This isn’t about you,

It’s a part of the unscrupulous game.

Tell her to keep her head held high,

Even if her heart has sunken deep below,

No one will hear her,

To manage her thoughts and feelings,

She must know.

There will be despair,

Be positive and rebel,

While others play truth,

You play the dare. 

Tell her to dream is great,

But if they shatter she must wait,

All good things shall all come back with leaps and bounds,

Have patience, have faith,

This isn’t about you,

A great woman has always had this trait.

Tell her to love with all her heart,

But before others,

It is from herself that she must start,

If what she does,

Doesn’t bring her joy,

It is time to look beyond,

Yeah, It’s quite a job,

Oh boy!

Tell her it takes a real man to handle a real woman,

Real women are different,

Real women are difficult,

A real man can handle you with ease,

No need to beg or plead,

No need to stoop low below,

If he finds you imperfect,

It is an illusion of his inflated ego,

Sometimes it is best to just let it all go.

Don’t try to change anyone,

For everyone fights their own battles,

Learn to care for everyone,

Despite your own straddles.

You are and shall always be awesome,

Into a young lady,

You shall soon blossom.

Tell her to keep her hopes up until the end,

Sometimes an end is just a new beginning,

Life will throw you a song,

You must keep singing.

Every sunset will have a new sunrise,

Be patient,

Be wise.

Hopes are your securities,

Fears are your obstacles,

Just jump over them,

Don’t stop to look behind,

All you will see are crossed over hurdles.

No one can tell her this,

It’s got to be you,

You are the only one,

Who she sees is true.

Before you know,

She’ll be gone,

So, don’t wait for the right time.

Tell her now,

For if  not now,

Then when?

So if you have a girl,

Then talk to her,

Not once,

Not twice,

But everyday of your lives.

Tell her all that you have wanted to,

For if not you,

Then who?