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Jungle is so nice….

August 9, 2007

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I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earths sweet flowing breast
A tree looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray
Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree
— Joyce Kilmer

Sunset at DajipurRecently I visited Dajipur Wild Life Century near Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India! I am a member of WWF India and it was a nature awareness camp arranged by them. Though the facilities provided by Government of Maharashtra were not up to the mark , it was a great experience.

I realized that jungle is just not about animals. Birds sighting, animal sighting is just a small part of jungle trail which might happen or not. But there are many other reasons to visit jungle. The cool breeze in the morning, sounds of different birds, insects, droppings of animals (Yes!), pug marks showing animal existence…. All these things make jungle trails a cool experience.

I realized how nature works in cooperation. How everything is dependent on everything else. We have been told not to displace even a stick. A small stick lying on the ground is also contributing to life at that place. So many ants, decomposing agents are dependent on that stick. The stick might be part of food to the nearby tree…. Its all so amazing! I am not getting enough words to express it.Sunrise at Dajipur

We usually walked about 10-15 kilometers everyday, but we hardly got tired. I think it generally happens in pollution free environment like this. But for people like me, staying in cities, it was one of the rare experiences.

There were 2-3 professors of Zoology, Botany in the group. So the trails used to be technical (rather biological). The use of jargons and Latin names for plants, leaves, birds, animals was a normal thing in trails. These guys don’t say “Leopard”, they say Panthera Pardus. It gets boring sometimes for a person like me who can hardly identify 5-6 birds and 5-6 trees by name.

I like to feel jungle. To be with nature, being natural, away from cell phones and computers and Internet. I don’t know if I liked this trip because it was small and a sort of refreshment. I don’t know what will happen if I need to stay at such a place for a long time. But one thing is sure that it was boring returning to city, back to work. Its so Unnatural!

(Photo Courtesy :My friend Aditya Bapat)

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3 comments

  1. Dear Vivek,

    Your article, ‘Jungle is so nice…’, is really so nice…,I congratulate you for the same.
    One can definitely feel to visit any jungle after reading this. Important thing is, You are not technical and unnecessarily informative with respect to language and sentences you used and also about jungle. Hence it is very fascinating and very naturally expressing all ‘Romance’ in the nature trail especially with ‘World Wide Fund for Nature- India’.

    I would also like to appreciate your satiric comment about the scientific language used by some people during nature trail and this is absolutely right atleast from a ‘sensible layman’ point of view, but I think those botanical as well as Zoological- binomial and trinomial- nomenclatures ( for e.g. Bos gaurus, Panthera pardus) are helpful in better understanding of the subject as these names themselves explain their family, order, genus and species. A person who are not interested in it can easily ignore the same.
    In this article, you can also mension about the activities regularly conducted by WWF- India, you can give hyperlink for ‘WWF website’, you can also talk about their aims and objectives, about Dr. Goldin Quadrose his leadership during trail etc.

    I request you to add some more ‘Jungle Photographs’, which will definitely increse the interest of readers in both the article and Jungle.

    I liked your other articles too, especially your way of expression of thoughts, Its so clear, easily expressed and the most important thing is, you are not at all showing ‘any paralysis of thoughts like philosophers’! ( as Feynman quoted!)., I again congratulate you for writting something- really interesting and readable ( as now, we can hardly see both the things together!), and also for maintaining your blog so nicely and neatly.
    Keep it up.
    Best Wishes,

    …aditya


  2. जे आपल्याला आवडते ते इतरांपर्यंत पोहचले पाहीजे.
    असा लहानसा प्रयत्न आहे.म्हणूनच मला वाटते .
    की तू सूद्धा आमच्या अड्डयात सामील व्हावे .
    एकदा येऊन पहा आमच्या ब्लोग अड्डयावर


  3. hi vivek,

    greetings

    article is great…

    Lets go WILD !
    now a days, this word sooths me than something like civilized, settled, static…

    Jungle is so dynamic !

    The term “jungle” is frequently used as a metaphor for a lawless situation where the strong may devour the weak with impunity…

    WRONG…!

    This is the description of the surroundings where we live…

    Jungle follows the exact lows of Nature
    It is pure EXPRESSION of existence…

    Stopping here, caused being in civilized(!) society, I have to follow my job

    But…ONE DAY WW WILL CHANGE THE SENARIO

    Bye for now,

    cheers

    amit
    …from the river bank, vikramgad, wada



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