Thursday, October 12, 2006

A concrete hug

As part of my fitness regime, newspapers have replaced dinner dessert for me these days. No dessert has ever been as indigestive as this article titled "No place to hide" by Lalit Mohan that I came across in the Times of India yesterday.

The excerpt from this article that had my eyes bigger than ever was.......

"I recently visited the Field Museum of natural history in Chicago. They have a section Evolving Planet, which starts with the birth of the Earth and through the last five 'mass extinctions', traces evolution to the present times.

At the end there is a large plaque which says that since life began on the Earth, the rate of extinction of different species has increased from about one in every four years for most of the living history, to four every hour, today.

At 2:55 pm as I exited from the hall I saw the digital clock which said: 'Number of species extinct since 8.00 this morning: 026'."


1 in 4 years to 4 in every hour! That means the extinction rate has increased 140256 times! Mind-boggling, isn't it?

But how many of us read these things, feel genuinely sorry about them, but don't really do anything about them?
Most of us, I guess. And maybe some of us just stop having dessert. But there are some people who go out of their way to show their love for nature.

Like this builder who built this apartment somewhere in Mekhri circle. This apartment stands out because of an old coconut tree. One side of the apartment balconies has been built to embrace the coconut tree so that it can raise its head to the firmament as always. The builder would have definitely had the cut/not cut decision to be made years ago. And something made him go that extra mile and not chop that old tree. What could have been that tipping point?

Vastu shastra? Astrology? Or was he a mallu who always wanted a coconut tree around?

Or could it be a genuine love of trees and nature?

Reminds me, I haven’t hugged a tree in an awfully long time. I did caress one last weekend though.

20 comments:

Ranjeeth said...

Good choice of topic.

dinu said...

don't replace desserts with news paper.. the carbon in the ink is not good for human body ;-)

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Dinu,

That has to be your worst attempt at a joke! :)

~£i~ said...

Whatever you have writen shows that he's obviously crazy and loves coconuts trees. (may be byproducts like oil as well). The guy whould be a Mallu :) like all of us :) . BTW You are on the right way to fitness by moderating the food that goes inside . Of course me too in a fitness freak mode now :)

Irvin said...

hai
seen ur blog !

i like the way u use the language and the accent of urs any way !
keep it up all the best !

iam also from Katangal near niit .

ok bye !

Irvin said...

ok bye the bye can we be friends That is blog friends !

visit my blog at www.irvincalicut.blogspot.com

raised hand :-( said...

all said, well and good.
but the question is how many of us are ready to take that seldom trodden path and how many of us have done that.

tailpiece: no offence meant:-)
i have seen many so-called ardent advocates of nature making 'convenient compromises and adjustments' when the nature vs. man issue arises. very 'natural' - came the explanation too!

pri said...

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Cheers and keep posting!! :)

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Anonymous said...

i think the way u calculated that extinction rate is not correct.it should hav been 365*24*4/(1/4).and also is it not possible that new species are geting created or are getting evolved.things get complicated then.

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hi Anon,

Looks like someone forget about leap year.

Anonymous said...

i made a mistake ,u are right i did miss the leap year.

Anonymous said...

Hey girl with big eyes,

What you saw at Mekhri circle is characteristic of buildings in Southern Karnataka. The coconut palm is considered a divine tree (Kalpvriksh) and it is believed that grave misfortune befalls the person that commits a sin as big as cutting down a coconut tree.

You may also be interested to note that there is a concept of "Devara Kadus"(Sacred forests) which helps conserve forests in Karnataka.

humbl devil said...

what you saw was the plain old mallu going about his ways...hehe
the coconut tree uncut would be more profitable to him than the other way round...

and in the rarest of rare cases, it might also be possible that he let it remain for the sheer love of it...

Anonymous said...

come on write something .iam mising my favourite author.u got a good reader.

Nikhil Narayanan said...

Hey! I wish u were still in IIMK....
frequency of posts has come down.....
this one was short and sweet....pakshey...angu pora...
plz write pazhayathu poley!!!
regards

aqua said...

he he 'mallu' without a coconut treeeee.. impossible to find!!

SOORAJ said...

hi,
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Nariyal Chutney said...

Rest in Peace . Amen :)

XXX said...

Its so disappointing to find your blogs trail off at october 2006..
it was interesting to read your blog. please dont stop writing..

God Krishna said...

nice blog... field muesuem sure is a good place to visit.. neways the data surely is remarkable and calls for real "affirmative" action from everyone!!