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Changing Times

Way back in the late 80s, when we came to live in this neighbourhood in Vikaspuri in West Delhi, there used to be rows of green patches of trees, shrubs, herbs, and flowers outside each house at ground level. Only one or two houses like ours had an additional floor.

With increasing affluence and expanding families, however, additional floors with internal parking spaces for accommodation of private vehicles were added to these houses. The green patches soon turned into concretized spaces occupied by more cars. You may wonder how these public spaces got concretized. Well, in its zeal to lay down new water pipelines, the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi), a Government agency, accomplished this objective after indiscriminately clearing up all the greenery. Very much like a juggernaut. The same agency distributes free tree saplings these days. But where is the space to plant them?

Those of us who love greenery are now compelled to indulge in our passion by growing trees, flowers, vegetables, and Tulsi plants in flower pots on our balconies and terraces.

If you look again at the pic on the top clicked from my balcony with flowers and a karela (bitter gourd) jutting out, you will notice how the rows of plants stoically watch the rows of cars below them ocupying the spaces that once upon a happy time were theirs…

But things are changing again. Parking facilities and roads are insufficient. Come November 2019 and odd-even rule will be in full force. Owning a vehicle is, in fact, a big hassle these days and moving around in a Metro train or an Ola or Uber cab makes better sense.

Well, who knows, what the future holds. We can only hope that the green patches return where they were earlier without subjecting the Indian automobile industry to the kind of extreme stress that it is reeling under at present.

Or perhaps, the concrete road will remain and people will keep buying cars; but there will be a hydroponic farm on every terrace…☺️

Pink Of Winter

Oblivious to the smoggy headlines all over the newspapers, these pink flowers smile and brighten our days…

Can anyone tell me the name of these flowers?

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A Meeting (Photo-Story)

1. An emergency meeting took place last week.

Agenda: Demonetization, pollution, and population control.

2. Meeting ended with no quick solutions in sight. The participants walked away in disgust, feeling very disappointed.

3. Going, going, gone…

City Lights

The Brighter Side Of City Life…

When a shroud of darkness descends over the city after sunset,

and the street lights start glowing, 

It fills you with a sense of great relief. 

For a few minutes, at least, 

you can easily let yourself forget 

how polluted the city really is

and wallow in the sheer joy 

of that lovely moment…

Pollution In UP, India

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Today’s Times of India (1 November 2016) had this to say about atmospheric pollution in Noida: ‘Noida Air 9 Times Beyond Safe Limits.

(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/Noida-air-9-times-beyond-safe-limit/articleshow/55170600.cms.

I was not shocked when I read this, to be honest. It simply had to happen. Just look around you in UP. No one seems to be doing anything about pollution. We are either passive spectators or carelessly contributing to it. Garbage is burnt daily all over UP with impunity. Immersions of dead bodies and holy idols into rivers happen daily and all through the year. Every Diwali, in spite of so many campaigns, millions of polluting crackers are burnt.

Governments must remember that without public involvement, anti-pollution measures will have no meaning whatsoever.  There seems to be a major disconnect here in UP and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav needs to steer his state out of useless politics and engage his people in more constructive activities.

Since I pass through Ghaziabad and Noida daily on my way to work, I feel concerned and writing this piece is my way of doing my bit for this situation as a writer. Take a close look at the pic above and you will understand what I mean.

Isn’t it sad, the way we vandalize our environment and let poor animals search for food in the ashes we leave behind?

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An Incongruous Visitor

Look closely at this pic. It was clicked at Noida, a town bordering Delhi. Apart from the buffaloes and garbage commonly seen in Delhi too, there is one more thing that’s an uncommon sight in Delhi. In case you are still guessing, it’s a white crane casually walking around!

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Gossiping Over Snacks…

I wonder what our so-called Gau-Rakshaks (bovine protectors) will say when they see this pic…This is at some place in UP (Uttar Pradesh), North India…

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Yesterday, on 25 August 2016, apart from the usual headlines on murder, rapes, and suicides, our national dailies (links given below)  were all agog with reports of our national highways planning to use mountains of garbage piled up at landfills like the one at Ghazipur.  It filled me with hope and optimism. Let’s see how it goes.

The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/nhai-to-use-solid-waste-from-ghazipur-in-delhimeerut-expressway/article8770832.ece)

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/NHAI-to-use-Municipal-solid-waste-for-construction-of-highways/2016/06/24/article3498377.ece