Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Real Estate, Team India & Test of Character!

 









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“In our personal and professional lives, we are constantly hit with one adversity after the other, most of which we have no control over. But the four things we have total control over is how we react, how we adapt, how we breathe, and how we take action”... Diamond Dallas Page

Dallas Page, better known by his ring name Diamond Dallas Page, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, fitness instructor, motivational speaker, and actor. And no wonder a wrestler turned motivational speaker only can say such words about adversity & above words are actually most needed by none other than the real estate! And indeed the year 2020 was one of the night merest year for most, on personal as well professional fronts but in the last week of the year end one incidence happened which I feel is a must to share & it’s about Indian cricket Team i.e. Team India! Ok, before coming to real estate, here is something I wrote to my team i.e. my office & site team, will share that....

Sharing 1 (on whatsap so, pardon me as I have kept the language as we use on whatsap)

Dear team,

U must be wondering for laddoos i.e. sweets. Today is a great day not because we are doing good at flat bookings & one more flat at prestige has been booked, that’s there but more is for the historic test match win by team India on Australia that too on the Boxing Day match i.e. a match which starts on next day of Christmas & has always been a pride for Australian team!! And do mind team India has faced humiliating defeat in earlier  test matches by getting all down at their lowest ever test match score i.e. mere 36 runs!! And entered in this match without their captain virat kohli who was the maximum run maker in the last test!! Nobody has put money on Indian team but that is what differentiates the winners & normal team! As it's not who says what about ur capacity but  what u believe  about yourself is what matters in the end & exactly this is what team India did, they remain focused, they believed themselves & they delivered what they had best in them on ground!!
This is what we have to learn from such games; it's not that Australia played badly but its team India which played their best!! This is something we also have to adopt as we must put the bad times behind & keep giving our best & victory will be ours!!...

Sharing 2

Greatest Draw I have witnessed in recent cricket...

It was best of the test cricket, battle of not just bat & ball but its battle of attitudes, it's a fight to get our own best from within...if there was pujara making 77 in some 200 balls, there was rishabh pant making 97 in  112 ball & then 6th pair in the form of ashwin & hanuma vihari playing for 41overs facing some of the best attack in world cricket& when they both were injured physically & Vihari was not in best of his form is young & under pressure to maintain his place in team while ashwin wasn’t even considered as reliable batsman as he is a bowler; what this bunch showed was a combination of aggression, grit, determination, patience & courage, this is what makes present Indian team so special & to be not just of proud but to learn from it!  If the earlier test win was historic, this is a historic draw as sometimes a match drawn is better than a match won!!  I always love test cricket as that's like life, it makes you face every aspect in the journey & tests you from all dimensions & makes you know yourself better with every day of that five day journey!!
Jio Team India, keep fighting!!...

 

Well, most readers will know the reference as in this country where movies & cricket are like oxygen & water for human living yet there always are few exceptions, for them, first sharing is about Indian cricket team winning 2nd test vs. Australia while first test we lost with the lowest ever score in our cricketing history. And the second sharing is we saved the third test fighting against all odds & the test is draw i.e. no team won yet the moral victory is of Indian team!

 

Now, one will ask what’s big deal, it was a game & games are to lose as well to win so sometimes you win sometimes you lose, what’s it related to real estate or say industry or our life? Indeed , my team (work team) also must have got this question in their minds when I distributed sweets to them for the victory in second test match but they didn’t asked (unfortunately though I am a regular boss, yet in this country you don’t ask questions to your boss, may it be a home or office, is a unsaid, unaccepted fact) yet I know the questions along with many other, in their mind & so there are many people around, even from real estate also who must be wondering about the co-relation between team India’s performance & situation or real estate industry!  Let me clear, first, this sharing is indirectly applicable for not just real estate but any profession or business or even normal life also & second, it’s not about performance or win or draw of team India but the attitude they displayed during these two games! As winning a game & drawing another doesn’t necessarily makes you best team or takes you to top of the world but then no battles is ever final, but it’s what we learn from that battle, surely is! This is exactly what I wanted to share as same like team India while real estate enters in to a New Year, the past (very recent past I mean) is like a nightmare with every possible negative thing happening on polices as well turnover as well hurdles front. The future looked even darker with unrest or say unease created due to unsuerity in the perspective buyer’s mind which directly getting reflected on their decision to buy a thing as costly as a home. At the same time the commitment under the hanging swords like RERA to the existing customers keeps hanging on the head along with the constantly ticking interest meters of the finance taken for the ongoing projects! And is this is not enough then there is no clarity if the policies regarding rules controlling the real estate like same development control rules over the State (as usual barring a few pockets) & merging / demerging of villages (I am referring to Pune real estate) so you are not sure whether to get your plans sanctioned & from which authority, & many more such aspects, all combine demoralizing to even the strongest of the developer (financially I meant)! 

 

And all such back-ground not just some pandemic but even the govt also keep charging on the industry like pace attack of Australian team testing the builders with short pitch deliveries along with spin magic of policies like a googly i.e. zero stamp duty for the customers & builders will pay that stamp duty to the govt if they avail the 50% discount on premiums! Well, well, what you can expect when the policy making squad includes our nemesis like Mr.Deepak Parkeh (sorry with due respect with his intentions & knowledge I said it) & then the very govt expects developers to make the homes affordable to the common man. One interesting thing is when it’s doing something good for real estate(making policies I mean), Mr. Parekh & all such names never suggest or come up with anything about reducing prices of basic material like steel, cement or say finance interest rates for real estate, I wonder why so! Anyways, that’s another aspect of sharing & if all this is not enough then there are local Bhai’s (Netas) ever demanding punters as well Right of Information Act named blackmailers (again keeping due respect to the genuine ones) whose only interest is fill their pockets than unearthing the wrong doings at the sites! Oh, yes then there is a monopolistic system of unending NOC’s & sanctions from many depts. (govt who else) which tests not just patience but every breath of the builder to get through that spell. And lastly there are clients (these are new age clients) which are ready to use their free Wi-Fi & go all guns behind the builder on social media for smallest mistake  he makes while communicating with them (again with due respect to the genuine problematic cases by the builders)! And then there is age old poor infrastructure issues right from delay in supply of electric meters to water supply & many such for which the builder is hanged by the clients & the media while fault lies with the system named govt!

 

And on such background the builder has to face the New Year where he is expected to fulfil his commitments about possession of the projects along with making some money for which he or she is in the business of real estate; isn’t the story line matches with team India’s battle going on recently in Australia! This is why I chose the example of team India’s attitude towards game which the real estate (read as builders) must adopt towards the business, as try to win the match is make some good money (no harm in it) & at the same time show enough grit to survive in the business as that is equally important because if you stay on the crease, only then you can win the match, is simple logic of the game! And for that as a builder one has to follow some basic rules of the trade which most of us has forgotten in last few decades! Don’t rush for any land deal as it’s the last piece of the land on the earth, don’t commit something which is in not your control or capacity (especially about infrastructure like roads or water supply types), try dealing in present & not in future. And most importantly be transparent with your customers & vendors & staff about your way of working & the goal you want to achieve as well keep be particular in communication!

 

Fortunately by now the vaccine is in market & that’s a big morale booster for the masses yet don’t forget this lock-down & pandemic has made a far bigger impact on the mindsets of the people than physical & though the wounds will heal yet the scars will be there for longer time than any one has expected. The spending will be value for the money & indeed residence of own will be a priority but home buying will be need-base strictly. So, while we buy any land do mind the needs as well budget aspect of the prospective home buyer while we design the project on it, something which we have forgotten to do in the past or say never needed to do in first place! As the govt also has burnt its pocket (reserves of the country) & will try to recover it by two ways, one is by taking out from our pockets by taxes, premiums & sess & at the same time by increasing FSI so more & more avenues will open for the development. But it’s a two way sword as more supply in the market means more options for the home buyers & lesser margin, I am sorry I am not some Warren Buffet to comment something on economy or finance but then when you are on pitch facing attack from both ends then it hardly matters whether you are playing for team India or for your own business team, all that matters is to save the team you are playing for & progress towards the target, isn’t it!

 

For the home buyers also this is testing time as if on one side they have to care for their career, future planning of their kids as well ever increasing expenses then on second side this is best of the times to buy home as everybody wants them to buy one, even the govt! Just do mind, when there are many options then to chose is more difficult than when there are fewer options as you have to choose wisely now! To conclude, I will recall reading a wonderful comment by historian Michael Woods about our country, “History is full of Empires of the Sword, but India alone created an Empire of Spirit”! Well, real estate, the team India has shown how to live by this quote, it’s time for us to show we too know to fight with the Spirit for the good cause & what better cause there can be than of a good home for everybody!

 

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Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.


Please view my sharing about real estate in Pune at U-Tube link below..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xX7eopH5o&t=5s

 

Please do visit my blogs to know about our philosophy at Sanjeevani ! (Click the links below)

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-good-home-is-good-deal.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Amur Falcon, Guests of Nature & Human Hosts!

 


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“In the nature every specie has its own way to live but only the humans live by making others life miserable”... Me.

Lol, above words are by me only (who else can be so sarcastic!) though these words are not an outcome of frustration (fortunately) but amusement whenever I get to observe our race’s (read as human) behavior towards other species! And recently once again I got to witness though the reason was not wrong (this time), without stretching your curiosity, its about Amur Falcon's sighting in a town Lonavala near Pune which is more known as hill station! Indeed Pune is famous for its nature & wild life lover's & of late the money as well stability has made many well settled people to become birder & many youngsters are also part of this league ! Nothing wrong rather I always think it’s a boon as the money spent to buy fancy cameras & other gears is finally going for nature conservation only. And then due to access to this money only, the so called birders' & wild lifers' can visit many places which common man or the tourist won't ever think about venturing in to! And when the place is so nearby & the object is something like Amur Falcon which hasn’t been ever seen in these part of the country then no wonder it has become talk of not just Pune but entire central India. As wild lifers (birders) flew in flock faster than any prey or hunter birds to capture this bird at Lonavala. For those who are thinking that internet (FB/ Insta) has go mad with images of this bird & Kestrel i.e. another prey bird in the same habitat, well Amur Falcon is a resident bird of China Siberia border (Mongolia) & travels nearly some twenty thousand plus kilometres every years in winters to Africa & on route it stops in India in Nagaland! That makes Amur Falcon unique as no other prey bird travels to such distance every year!  In the process, thousands of Amur Falcons every year visits Nagaland  in India & if you want to see this bird then you have to go to Nagaland which is nearly three thousand plus kilometres from Pune or Central India! Now you can imagine why all these people are rushing to Lonavala to click Amur Falcons as it’s cheap & habitat is grass land which isn’t the case with Nagaland which is thickly wooded to make photography difficult especially that of the birds! 

Now, one will ask what’s big deal, just one bird & why so much hohallaha like it’s something coming from Mars! Again I don’t blame to all such question raisers as when its nature & wild life, there are only two categories in this country (even world), one is, which really cares & wants to do something for the wild life & other is which just don’t care as they are ignorant & thinks that the wild life conservation is baby of affluently rich people who has done with their all needs or of the people who are crazy in their head (scientist types) & again I won’t blame the other category people for their this logic as they are right in a way! As in those who calls themselves as wild lifers are two categories, one who really cares & wants to do something for wild life conservation & second more recently evolved specie is of well settled personalities from the city life for whom this is new in thing as well get away from their so called successful city or urban life! But that’s ok unless & until their hobby or get away is beneficial for the wild life no harm if they encash it with some publicity of social media & takes pride in getting labelled as wild lifer! 

Problem with this second category of the wild lifers is they want to click the wild life & show-case it more than to conserve it & in the process agreed tourism & allied activities does helps people around wild life gets their earning but the over enthusiasm to get the better shots does bothers the actual wild life i.e. the habitat including the object, may it be a Tiger or Amur Falcon, this is my cause of concern & sharing! As the moment news spread about sighting of the Amur Falcon in Lonavala in a habitat which is grassland patch among hills & part of backwater of a dam which is under control of Tata Group & not under forest dept or any govt dept, the place is flooded by wild lifers of both categories. And agreed nobody wanted to harm the Falcons or other birds but the way we invaded the place it may be harmful for the birds over there in the long term. As first it’s a grass land with lots of wild flowers & shrubs things & all sorts of vehicular moment is happening there to capture the best shot, damaging the grass itself because of this moment! Then more people means more garbage & thrash attracting birds like crows & kite & stray dogs to thrive on this garbage which in turn will be a big threat to not just falcons but their prey base, driving them away from the place which they must have chosen as a safe base! This has to be controlled & managed in proper way is the only concern as no harm in admiring the falcon in our area & give it popularity by clicking its shots (and in process get yourself also popular) but if we want this bird & many other make this habitat as their home & visit here every year then we only should make their stay comfortable, right? As the migratory birds or animals are like guests in our home which we love & want them to visit us again & again & that will happen only by we treating them in nice way so that they should feel to visit us again, is the simple logic!  And on that front we are useless as a host for not just the Amur Falcons but for any specie, is what I wanted to point out. Because it’s not about falcons & the grass land & Lonavala but there are such thousands of spots in our State & the country which has been gone to dogs (literally) because of our carless & ignorant attitude towards our guests which are in a way form of the nature itself! We don’t know how to treat our guest & take care of their stay with us thus we either drive them away or make them extinct many a times. Classic example is in our Pune city (shall I call Smart City) where the rivers Mula & Mutha used to have many migratory birds as visitors & we polluted the rivers to such an extent that now there are no such visitors we get! And this list is endless right from kawdi paat (an eastern suburb of Pune) where many birds used to come & pollution of water body has driven them away. Under the name of beautification we changed the biodiversity of Pashan Lake, another wonderful holiday home for migratory birds & now they have deserted it! And then we have such hundreds of spots around every town & city in the form of water bodies or grass lands or hills which have been used as a vacation spot by many species of birds every year which we didn’t protected properly & are now abandoned by all these wonderful visitors!

I think instead of playing the usual blame game; let’s focus on how we can undo the damage done to such patches of land which are actually habitats for many species around. As the sighting as well publicity the Amur Falcon has got is actually a ray of hope in the darkness around, that still we have got some places available which make our nature’s guests happy & they are willing to come & stay with us for a while! It’s not about whose job is it to protect such lands, it may be a forest dept or Tata employees or wild lifers or common citizens, as for the birds we as human are one specie only! Joke is the birds & other animals can understand & acknowledge we the humans as one specie but we ourselves haven’t understood it & keeps differentiating among ourselves & fighting within us only thus making our home (read as earth messy) a non welcoming place for our guests like Amu Falcon, hope we will achieve the wisdom like the birds has, some day; amen, with this note!

Below is something I posted along on my flicker account with images of Amur Falcon & which was the inspiration behind above sharing!

 

Sanjay Deshpande

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"If you listen to birds, every day will have a song in it"... Kyo Maclear

 

Kyo, is author of the famous book, Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation & no wonder that's why she can write so fondly about the birds! Well, many wonder how I suddenly started birding or got interested in birds, simple, for me birding is just one face of wildlife as what's wild life without birds chirping & alarm calls! Indeed the birds, all types of them are very much part of wild life, it's just that they don't have a glamour like a tiger nor has got size like the elephant which can display it to attract tourists yet without birds any habitat is incomplete & that's why when I started clicking birds for me its wildlife only! And indeed it’s difficult to locate a bird & to click it by identifying it as they are fast, they are small (in comparison to the mammals) & they can fly so they can be anywhere & that's what makes  sighting & to click a bird more interesting. For me bird photography is not just using a big lens & taking a close-up but capturing its habitat, its space as then only we can conserve that bird by knowing its needs!

 

 Recently a small flock of Amur Falcons is being sighted in town Lonavala near Pune & is a rare thing because it's not a bird you get to see in this part of the country. May be on its travel from Mongolia to Africa it has decided to take a stop & has liked the habitat which is grass land along back water of bhushi dam among hills which are fortunately still green! Jungle Belles, an organization run by Aarti, Anuj & Hemangi arranged our trip to the location & here are few clicks, mostly of females. They are bigger in size & seem to be bolder than the males. Will share more of the male Amur falcon images soon (hopefully)!  For anything you can contact JB at... 

 

junglebelles.pune@gmail.com

 

team Sanjeevani is proudly associated with jungle belles & wildlife conservation... sanjay deshpande

 

Watch some moments in the wilderness of Amur falcon at the link below & share if liked...

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65629150@N06/albums/72157717697861306

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Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.


Please view my sharing about real estate in Pune at U-Tube link below..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xX7eopH5o&t=5s

 

Please do visit my blogs to know about our philosophy at Sanjeevani ! (Click the links below)

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-good-home-is-good-deal.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


Creating Togetherness; team Sanjeevani Way(Click link below) 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Real Estate, Santa Claus & New Year!

 










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“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”... Charles M. Schulz

 

Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time & no wonder as only the kind of brain Schulz has which can define a big thing like Christmas in so simple words! Indeed Christmas does set the tone of the year end & mere sight of that "Ho ho ho ho" signature laugh Santa Claus has the capacity to lift the mood of the masses across the society going beyond the self created boundaries such as religion, caste, gender, color or class! And especially on the background of the worldwide lockdown, this Christmas has special meaning as in any way its year end also, giving hopes for the upcoming New Year. Out of above list if someone needs the Santa & his Christmas gifts with best luck most, then it’s the real estate (with due respect hospitality industry also), in not just Pune but the entire country. As usual many people will frown  saying, "aa gaya apni jaat pe"; sorry guys here “jaat’ doesn’t mean any caste neither I believe in one but it means fraternity I am in i.e. builder or say real estate & I don’t blame them! As why I said real estate not just because I am from that industry but the spectrum of the society it covers & the importance of the same which no govt has yet acknowledged on many fronts of which revenue & employment are two main! Of course along with these two aspects buying a home is every individual's basic right too & not just need, again something we have never seriously thought about & outcome is the cancer not just to the real estate but to entire society i.e. illegal housing or slums! 

Now, one will ask what relevance of Santa Claus or Christmas with this, well nothing, just a coincidence & after all what a person keeps going on but hope of which Santa Claus is a symbol! Now coming to the scene of real estate & what it needs at the start only I must say Santa Claus has gifted the real estate many things even before the Christmas arrived i.e. reduction in stamp duty (though for limited period) is one such & then UDCR i.e. simplification of development control rules or we can say just DC rules for entire State (barring few regions) which is like a Bible for the real estate, also came in existence. As well, the latest gift from Santa Claus is now you can pay the development charges as well premiums to the local body which is our beloved PMC in our case in installments & that to at mere 8.5% yearly interest rate! And housing finances (please note, to the home buyers only) have been offered at easy terms & at lowered interests & many such gifts  have been showered on real estate (not just builders) by the govt which has acted like a Santa Claus for this industry! Again, one will ask what more you (read as builders) want, do you expect the Santa Claus will sale or buy your flats also that too at your rate! Well, surely no, that much sanctity is there in the builders (at least till now) but what I was pointing at is the scene in real estate wasn’t very lucrative even pre-lockdown era. The uncertainty among the production industries which is directly connected with real estate & the impossible equation of keeping home prices in control of the home buyer (just like infamous Duckworth Louis in Cricket where some team ends up with a task to make 30 runs in 1 ball to go) same situation was (and still is) present in the real estate.

Uncontrolled land prices with no Govt interested in doing something about it & in addition to hiked rates of essential materials like steel & cement is one issue. And then various premiums as well development charges by the local bodies including many of them illegal also (road development charges for e.g.) , the delay in implementing right policies (such as Metro FSI or TDR on less wider roads & many such)  along with delay in obtaining hundreds of NOC's from different departments  & on top of it step child treatment from the financiers (read as bankers) & many such things has literally broke the backbone of not just builders but of the entire real estate already. And as I said real estate doesn't mean just builders, indeed they play a pivotal role but right from govt to banks, to professionals like Architects, Charted Accountants, Advocates to various Service’s Consultants to suppliers to contractors to labors & finally home buyers, all of these are associated with this industry in their own way & whenever we say real estate, just mind its future of all these segments is at stake! Agreed, all of them have earned their fortune in past by their association with real estate, yes even flat buyers also as or else if they go to sale their respective flat today, will any of them be selling at price below market rate just because they have got their flat at lower rate in past? Well, we all know the answer & that does get reflected in present redevelopment deals by the existing flat holders the way they try to encash their present flat’s potential! Now, the issue is not about existing flat holders or the builders who have had their piece of cake but of today’s or say new genre of both fraternities i.e. builders & home buyers, as its their future we are talking about here!

Now, with all positive (read as good things) I have written which Santa Claus alias Govt has showered us with, one will surely ask, what more real estate wants! I repeat, I don’t say govt to buy the homes build by the builders & help them making profit, as even if Santa Claus asks you ask for your wish you should not be a that fool to ask for the Sky & the Moon; all I am asking is, govt to make the policies such that the common people will be able to buy the homes build by the builders & the builders will be able to make those homes at the affordable price for everyone & not just for the few lucky ones! This is possible only when govt will make the policies thinking on these lines as well do its job what it is meant to do i.e. provide proper infrastructure evenly to all around the city which includes roads, water & power supply & basic civic amenities like education & public health. As well the govt must stop allowing illegal homes to be built which is direct threat to the legal homes as well entire social & physical health of the city! I think this is definitely not asking for the Sky & the Moon! As more infrastructure in place means more land available for development & livable homes creating more turnover which in turn helps to all the segments related to the real estate, indeed appreciation may not be (should not be actually) much but the volumes will boost entire economy & faster!  

As for the builders, lets realize gone are the time of doubling your investments (read as builder's financiers too) in one or two year time, instead buy the land (and tdr) at a price where you can think of selling the homes on such lands at affordable price of the needy customers. As well for the home buyers, don’t just go for the per sq ft rate the bleeding builder can negotiate or the lavish specification but look for what you really need & is a good home in first place! These are good times to buy a home if you have money but before that understand what a good home means & for that you will need a good builder too! And for the landlords (read as redevelopment society members too), no harm in encashing your piece of land as much you can but do mind over greed is what has landed most builders in trouble along with their investors & especially if you are thinking of redevelopment of the society then think more as apart from your own home you will be part of the society which you will be living in! No need to tell about the margins to the suppliers or the contractors as they are the one who knows to survive yet be rational while dealing with any developer is all I will say. And the bankers or the financiers, please do mind if the real estate industry survives then only you all will make money, so do look at the real estate needs from this vision or attitude instead either treating it as milking cow or untouchables! The govt also must understand that it also is directly party to the profits or losses of the real estate & it needs to boost the morale of not just the builders & home buyers but even the laborers also which makes a big part of the real estate. The benefits must be passed on to them as well think of their welfare which includes labor children's education & some permanent home making for them! 

Lastly, all those who are related to the real estate & expects Santa Claus to bring gifts for them in the New year ahead, we all has to play  Santa Claus for some lesser unfortunate segment than us & if we fail to do that then we don’t have moral right to ask or expect gift from the Santa Claus, that’s all! Let’s welcome the New Year keeping the greater good for the real estate in mind then definitely we all have a Santa Claus keeping our gifts with us even in the darkest of the night! 

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Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.


Please view my sharing about real estate in Pune at U-Tube link below..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xX7eopH5o&t=5s

 

Please do visit my blogs to know about our philosophy at Sanjeevani ! (Click the links below)

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-good-home-is-good-deal.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


Creating Togetherness; team Sanjeevani Way(Click link below) 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65629150@N06/albums/72157627904681345

For any of your complaints about city, log in at link below

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Bison, Saint Dnyaneshwar & Smart Citizens!

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“Much of human behaviour can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”... Suzy Kassem  

 

Suzy Kassem is an American writer, poet, philosopher, and multi-faceted artist of Egyptian origin. The granddaughter of a well-known sage in 19th century Cairo, mysticism and wisdom run through her blood just as the water of the Nile flows through her veins.  Well, the last lines are not by me but in Wikipedia & once again when my mind was & is too numb to start the sharing, her above words came to my rescue. And if you are wondering why my mind is numb (which is more often a state, now days) then it’s the murder of an Indian Gaur (mistakenly called as bison) in open day light by none other than the humans which are smart citizens of the Smart City named Pune which is also called as Oxford of East & cultural Capitol of The State of Maharashtra which again is supposedly one of the most progressive States in the country! Well, by now people have forgotten also as there was shooting of supposedly a man eater leopard which has taken nearly ten plus lives (human of course) & leopard is more celebrated specie than a gaur & then next there will be some tiger & we will forget the man eater leopard also! And then next week some another animal will do something & news papers will keep on getting head-lines, TV channels will have their bytes & we all will have whatsap forwards of such animal encroaching on human's settlements & outcome is death of the animal & the story keeps on! Yes, in between there was a female elephant who has been feed a pineapple full of explosives & who was pregnant & it died along with the baby inside after consuming the pineapple! 

I wonder what kind of animal species we are as no other animal kills another specie or so is ignorant (read as careless or ruthless) about another animal's or specie's life. In the nature one animal kills another animal, only for need-base & the need can be hunger or territory ownership in the case of a tiger & that too again is for survival as two tigers in one territory mean food shortage or fight over prey! But take example of this latest bison (I am referring it as a bison as most people are familiar with that term in actual there are no bison in India) episode, as first how it ventured so far in the city like Pune where in nearly hundred plus kilometres there is no known habitat of the bison is first question & second is, it wasn’t a man–eater type animal (fortunately bison & elephants & rhinos are vegetarian) neither it has attacked any human person even by accident yet the crowd killed it! Yes, I used right terminology i.e. the crowd killed it is the word as we may not have beaten him by iron rods or shot it with a gun but we didn’t allow it to rest or feed or cared for its thirst which an animal like bison needs most & it died with exhaustion! Exhaustion of running from the public & shamelessly we were busy in shooting videos of poor fellow running all around just to have some peaceful moments. On the top of it we were so ignorant that instead allowing (if not helping) the forest officials to capture the bison & treat it  we were busy in taking selfies with it & in the process the bison has to run all the daylong & eventually collapsed with exhaustion! In recent times I haven’t seen more inhuman act than this & we are just not bothered about it, is the saddest part! Now the question is, to whom we will charge its murder with as right from the media to police who were supposedly provide protection to forest officials in time or the forest officials who are not trained to handle such situation in the Smart City as well have not made masses aware how to behave in such times or the society which exhausted it to the extent of death or the bison itself, as why it ventured out of the forest & came in the human’s city, so its bison’s fault only that it has to die eventually! 

This bison venturing in the city may be just one incidence but it has exposed our limitations as civilized citizens & ignorance towards wild life conservation seriously. The hohallas (hungama) of the crowd, the fun making attitude of grown up people, the casualness of the authorities & the news hungry attitude of the media all of this indicates only one thing that we are a bunch of animals which has just learnt to stitch clothes & wear them or else we are worst than any of the animals around! As nobody was interested in making the bison comfortable & then capture it which was the right course of the action neither we were ready to give space & time to the few such personalities who could have done it. The failure list is topped by the forest dept (sorry guys but bison is a wild animal) as if any terror attack happens whom we blame but police (I mean, first blame) so the forest dept must take up a drive to make city or urban people know about their duty towards wild life & such incidences. Indeed the job is toughest as the animals (read as humans) who has to be forced to wear a helmet or a mask for their own safety, to teach them about face the situation which may arise once in a while & think about other animal’s safety, is near impossible task but that’s what forest dept has to do! Then the failure is of the media which takes up news regarding wild life only when something bad happens that too, to the wild life! Media, may it be digital, print or TV never takes up seriously any campaign regarding wild life conservation nor gives publicity to such initiatives as there is no glamour or money in it, is a bitter fact!  Then the police, which has already enough on their platter yet to give protection on priority whenever any wild life related incidence happens is something all police dept must know, after all forest & police both wear same colour i.e., Khaki!

Lastly, we the people, lesser I say is better as for few of us wild life is just clicking snaps of tigers or birds with big lenses & fancy attire & for rest all others it’s on Nat Geo or Animal Planet as they have enough other troubles to face with than a leopard falling in well or a elephant eating explosive filled pineapple or a bison running around their city & dying because of exhaustion! Problem is we are growing in numbers (population) & we are giving space for no other specie to live or survive & outcome is this bison & many such incidences!

Guys, still there is hope, open up eyes & mind & make a life style which will have policies, rules, laws where all species will have opportunities to survive & live happily! There is one story in our folk tells about Saint Dnyaneshwar making a Bison utter Wedas (sacred words) when he has been challenged about his Holly Powers & made the Bison to speak the Sanskrit Wedas! Had there been Dnyaneshwar alive today even he would have given up looking the way we so called learned & educated human beings treated this Bison as he would have said I can make a Bison speak human’s language but to make the humans’ speak Bison’s language is beyond even my powers! That’s all humans, agreed it was a folk tell & we don’t have a Dnyaneshwar to teach us to speak language of a bison but that’s why we are human right, so go ahead learn the language of the wilds, which is the simplest language as its language of the nature & learning that, is the only hope of your own survival, mind it!


 

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Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.


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