Coming down to earth

Ours is a small place, it is a University town. Till about ten years ago it had been a quiet, serene and green place. My grandfather used to say he had passed this place in the 1940s and it been a barren hill. Over the years, a lot of change has taken place, but those changes were in keeping with the place. But now they are of a different kind. Valleys are being filled and mountains are being levelled, the whole world is being turned upside down. A concrete jungle is taking the place of a live, green jungle. All this for apartments and shopping malls and cinema theatres. Educational institutions and hospitals are acceptable but not the others . Ironically these buildings are given the names of the very trees that have been destroyed. It is as if this is the beginning of the End.

Recently, my husband’s student came here after a long time. He told us he had heard about the changes and had kept away for a long time as he wanted to retain the memories of those earlier days. Most people who had lived here earlier feel the same. We miss those days. I suppose the same is happening everywhere. In the name of ‘development’ so much is being destroyed.

Last month, I had been re-reading a lot of books by Isaac Asimov. I just finished reading Foundation and Earth. It had been an exciting journey across the galaxy visiting different planets. The hero is searching for Earth. The time is twenty thousand years from now. He and his companions find Earth but there is no Life. Earth is completely radioactive. There was a hollow feeling in the heart when I read this. I know it is only a story. It may not happen. But so much of what Science Fiction writers have been writing has come true. And the road we are taking may make our planet a dead one some time in the far future. We who are here now will not be there then.

But still…

In moments when such thoughts come to mind, I am all the more grateful to all those people who are doing their best to protect and conserve our planet. This proverb which I had read quite some time ago is so apt.
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient American Indian Proverb

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. I feel the same way about so-called ‘development’, Lakshmi. We have many similar issues here in the UK. I think we must do all we can to protect our natural environments and the wild creatures that live in them. I agree so much with the sentiment of the old Native American proverb. We should be guardians of the earth – we do not ‘own’ it.

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