Pain

Why is it that we are always in pain, is it something that we like or something that we deserve? No matter what we think; no matter what we say, we derive certain pleasure from being in this state of feeling pained. It makes us aware of our presence and I guess that’s what makes us realise the importance of little yet frequent moments of  Happiness. I’ve somehow come to the conclusion that people like being part of this act of Masochism; deriving pleasure from our own pain.

Do we need a reason to feel pain? Well, not really. We are capable of feeling it just by triggering our senses. Pain can be derived physically, mentally or emotionally. People moreover prefer the last one, this being the easiest one to realise I guess.

What’s the purpose of all this agony? I can’t tell, even when I sometimes like to think that I’m hurt and pained by someone or something. But I don’t think that it’s particularly bad. Its actually useful, but only if this pain is borne and felt in solitude, where only you can contemplate on its cause & effect and how it helps us. Comprehending the reason of our being and confiding in our self when in need…

-Self

Ye Dil (Hindi)

Dil aaj kuch udaas hai,
Najaane kya baat hai,
Shayad kisi ke intezaar mein,
Ho raha ye Nirash hai

Kyu essa hota hai,
Nadaniyo mein kyu ke khota hai,
Kitna bhi samjhao isse,
Phir unhi raho ki aur rukh modta hai

Aaj phir woh dard utha,
Jiski na mujhe talaash thi,
Par kehna nahi manta ye kambakht,
Ye dard shayad umeed ka ek ehsaas hai

Ab apne bas mein toh kuch nahi,
Karne deta hu isse mannmani,
Asha hai ye sambhalega,
Meri iss udaasi ko ye samjhega…

-Self

A Birthday Worthwhile

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I was born on this very day,
Born 27 years ago,
This day comes every year,
When I fare the previous year ado

Every year its just a routine,
Routine of getting wishes,
Routine of returning the same,
But this year it was different game

Friends gifted me something,
Gifted me some unique memories,
Memories that can be preserved,
Memories previously unseen & unheard

I don’t know what I did different,
Different from last time,
Sure enough I don’t deserve it,
Amazed I am for this new life line

Where would I go with all this affection,
All this love directed my way,
I guess I will bask in this sunshine
While it lasts, while it stays…

-Self
(24th November)

Love Conundrum

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No matter how practical you seem to be, no matter how objectively you think, when it comes to the matter of heart you always tend to flow with the emotions and forget about all the technicalities which were once holding you & acting as a shield against the cruel yet thriving world. Now the question arises, Is this the right thing to do? It’s not like we’ve an option here, but it’s worth pondering over this question.

I’ve myself been part of such a conundrum, realizing it beforehand that it would make me think irrationally at times, yet I fail to figure out the reasoning behind it. Perhaps, it’s the enduring feeling of love, getting to know someone closely and sharing part of your being, your soul with him/her, or maybe the feeling/fear of losing someone which makes us act erratically. Emotion after all is the most powerful factor which guides us in our decisions.

Moving on from the argument of this phase being right or wrong, we have to realize whether it’s worth the while. I believe that if it helps you pass your day on even a slightly better & positive note, it’s absolutely worth it. For me, sight of her smiling, voice of her laughter, watching her feel joyous while at work, makes my day. We don’t know whether there’s a life after death, why don’t we find our heaven here itself then? Personally, it’s fine to me if she’s not with me for this life time, although it pains me to even think that, all that matters is for her to be happy which in-turn will make me feel blissful. It might seem selfless act of love at first, but there are only few deeds that are more selfish than this because this moreover soothes your soul and it is you who gets a purpose out of it; purpose being his or her happiness and prosperity.

-Self

 

Nature

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Behold the beauty of nature’s creation,
Every bit every particle is whole,
Purity is its soul,
Truth is its story untold,

Heart melts at the sight of it,
Soul blends in with its melancholy,
Helpless spirit does nothing but wander,
In search of such a beauty to own,

Uniqueness is its bitter truth,
Randomness is its only goal,
Trying to get hold of this rare a beauty,
Leaves me stranded all alone, all alone

-Self

Corbett National Park: Nature at its best

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Ailing Tigers Of India

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According to the data on Wild tiger deaths released by National Tiger Conservation Authority(NTCA), 63 tiger were killed in India in 2013.  It’s slightly less as compared to 72 Tigers lost in 2012, but the number itself is a major cause of concern. The graph below shows major reasons for tiger loss in 2013 with corresponding number of tigers lost due to it.

Tiger Deaths

For further details, one could read the article published in, The Hindu Newspaper, on 2nd Jan 2014.

India is known to have had 40,000+ tigers in beginning of the 20th century, but the hunting done by then ruling British Government officials and Maharajahs of India in name of ‘Sport Hunting’ lead to sharp decline of Tiger population. Advent of fire arms, during the British Raj in India, had a major part to play in decline of Tigers. On an average 380-400 tigers were killed annually just for the sake of hunting expeditions, and later on the wretched creature’s skin was kept as a trophy.

Another reason for this downfall was rapid encroachment of forest area. Before Independence, deforestation was carried out as wood was required for British Naval ships etc and open area was required to setup new colonies that could house Britishers. In 1947, India got independence from the British rule, but the rapid growth in Indian population resulted in even more encroachment; more land was needed for farming purposes as there were more mouths to feed and almost all the rural population was depended on wood from the forests to support their daily livelihood. But it didn’t stop the Tigers from getting hunted. According to some reports, a tiger was killed just for a bounty of Rs. 30 to Rs. 45.

This is important to mention that, when on one side some Britishers were hunting for Tigers just for the sake of the sport, on the other side some Britishers were advocating against it. Two of these men are, F.W.Champion and Jim Corbett.

India was not far from initiating special measures towards Tiger conservation. In 1973, as per request and advise from a WWF trustee, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi initiated “Project Tiger“. During the inauguration of this project, she spelt out her political will:

” But the tiger cannot be preserved in isolation. It is at the apex of a large and complex biotope. Its habitat, threatened by human intrusion, commercial forestry and cattle grazing must first be made inviolate. Forestry practices designed to squeeze the last rupee out of our jungle, must be radically oriented least within our national parks and sanctuaries and pre-eminently in our tiger reserves. The narrow outlook of the accountant must give way to a wider vision of recreational, educational, and ecological value of totally undisturbed areas of our wilderness. Is it beyond our political will and administrative ingenuity to set aside about one to two per cent of our forest in their pristine glory for this purpose?”

As one can see from the graph below, since the beginning of the project, the tiger population showed tremendous growth till 1990’s. There was a sharp decrease in 1993 and this number was somewhat maintained till 2002. But shockingly, there was an exponential drop in 2006 and the project is still struggling to increase the numbers bit by bit. Main cause for this downfall is attributed to increase in poaching activities, which was a resultant of increase in demand of tiger body parts for production of traditional Chinese medicines etc. And ofcourse, the number released by the government bodies cant be fully trusted, as we learned from the Sariska Reserve cover up.

Tiger count

All things said, various initiatives launched by tiger conservation authorities, like National Tiger Conservation Authority(NTCA), have resulted in increase in tiger population since 2006.  And now the new tiger census measure launched in 2013 by NTCA will help us have a better idea towards the actual number of tigers in India. Every tiger spotted in the 2013-2014 census will have to pass through three tests including camera trap and DNA testing of tiger scat to minimize duplicate counting. The new population estimate will also help the NTCA to expand its digital database of tigers and make a first comparative analysis on individual tigers. Every tiger caught on camera will be given a unique identification number based on their stripe patterns using computer software and a database maintained for the entire country. They already have picture database of 80% of tigers living inside 42 reserves.

In the end, we can only hope that all the measures taken and efforts being made toward tiger conservation works out. As they say, charity begins at home, by publishing this small articles i am taking another step toward making people aware of the appalling condition of our Bengal tigers. I believe you’ll do your part too.

Peace!

-Self

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