Monday, December 9, 2019

A Game Named "Growing-Up"!




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Frds,

Every year on my birth day I write to my younger genre, it’s like my own letter to myself & I thought what better words I can write back for your wishes for me than these, you can choose to read just highlighted part also, or can go through all the crap, your choice  J

Thanks again for every good thing which has made my life wonderful…  Sanjay
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“It take guts to tell someone on face that  “you are wrong” but ittakes far more than just guts when that someone is standing in front of you in the mirror”...

Dear rohit, rohan, nikhil, ketki, rohit-M &, shruti, tanisha, siya & jr. gang, well I only wrote this quote so refrained myself to put the name of the author & then if it's a good quote then anyone can use it by putting his or her name on it, I don’t mind as each of us has to face every day any wrong things around including the person in the mirror! I think this is what I have learnt while reaching to fifty one & this exactly is the reason why I write to you on my birthday, as I see myself in all of you, in some way!  If my parents are my link to the past then all of you not just rohit rohan, but each of you are my link to present as whenever I think life is boring & now I am done with routine I think any of you & suddenly life becomes much more livable & vibrant, that’s what age makes the difference when you grow up!

Well, indeed most of you are “millennial kids’, a latest in term (actually used as slang) used by the so called adults & technically it means those who has born post 1990 i.e. in the Internet era! Interestingly, I always wonder what should be my genre called as, who are mostly on other side of forty & around fifty, because when we were kids, there wasn’t even TV (baring those from Mumbai/ Pune), wrist-watches were HMT & only for Dad, two wheeler was luxury & four wheeler was for super riches, the only phone was black long cabeled dialing system land line types & was sign of wealth. The only travels we had were in summer holidays to some relatives place that too for marriage of some distant cousin, shoes were that of given by NCC i.e. National Cadet Core. And these are just few examples of our exposure to outer world & that’s why most of us were on same platform while we grow up. Now look at your genre as you are born in Internet Area, for liking something, for e.g. a latest Nike shoe (sorry Underarmor now) doesn’t necessarily means you need to have seen that shoe in some showroom or on some friend of yours as you can see the shoe on any online shopping portal or on Insta post or Snapchat & you know such shoe exists & you know your dad can buy you that! Well, where the question of whether you need (I am not even saying deserve) that shoe or not come in between as unfortunately today’s most things are not need driven but greed driven, is what I think , when I look back my years.

And I don’t blame you as you don’t even understand what greed means, courtesy most of my genre who themselves have mixed needs with their greed or say has become part of rat race, confused? Ok, what is difference between need, greed & fear factor of society (read as rat race), need is something which you feel is a must do thing to survive or to perform better than what you are doing by using that thing & that’s why you want it or buy it. Means, you have a sport shoe or say chappal & you want to participate a running competition, so you need some good basic running shoes, that’s need. Greed is you already have good running shoes but you want better or costlier shoes just because you know about such shoes & you know you can have it & you buy it or you keep thinking about buying it. And social fear factor  is you are not needy neither you are greedy (rare thing) but you most or few friends have a shoe model & they make fun of you or you think they will make fun of you if you don’t buy that particular shoe, even when you can buy it & you end up buying that shoe! And this is just a shoe I am using as an example where as right from bike, jeans, car, job, home, holidays & even career, everything we are doing is either surrendering to our greed or chasing some social media created target just to prove others that you also can buy it or do it, the way others are doing! It’s like many people standing in a room covered by mirrors on all walls creating a total chaos where everyone is copying  other’s reflection in the mirror, thinking it’s his or her own!

This is what the biggest challenge for me or say my genre is I will say, as we were (and are) much gullible to the social media or Internet than you guys as we get hooked to it the way a kid gets hooked to some new toy but you are born with it & you are much more matured than most of us actually. But as usual picture is painted that most new genre is getting drowned with internet which isn’t a case. We grew where all were mostly same & suddenly when few of us went to USA or got some better things than others then unknowingly to match them we started running behind things which weren’t our need. If you see the posts on FB or Insta by the genre above forty, you will know what I am telling may be by now you must be laughing as you guys know it already! Now you must be wondering why I am telling you the things which you know already, well, I think that’s what age makes you realize that when we say someone is wrong then there is equally chance of our perception of wrong itself may be wrong, especially when judging someone! As you will say whole your childhood & even now I keep telling you about Disney & Marvel movies stories which resolves about good & bad but then there is difference between good & bad & right or wrong, this is what my gain while completing fifty one, is what I wanted to share! Definition of good & bad will never change, our understanding of good & bad which can change or say keep modifying but right or wrong, everyone has to define by his or her own! And thanks to all you younger ones who made me understand this very basic of life & this sharing is for you need not have to write about right or wrong when some day you will turn fifty one but something better than mine to your genre next.

Just know that no generation is free of challenges & like every Super Hero has got his or her own different villain, same way we all have our own challenges & fears & worries too! And with age also these villains changes their face, shape & strengths also. Actually it’s not like the virtual game where at every next level the intensity or power of the villain increases, making next lever game difficult for the player but it’s both ways in life. With age your body starts giving up but if you use your experience of playing the game properly (read as wisdom) then your mind takes over your body & still you can overpower the villain named challenges which are attacking you non-stop & more vigorously! And at the same time you can enjoy the game also, which is most important part of any game! I think this much dosage is enough, only if you have reached to this para by reading till now with patience! Thanks a lot for making me understand game of life & make me (read as keep me) able to enjoy it!

To conclude, you all ask me many a time, what you should gift me on my birth-day, well you have gifted me already the best thing & it’s Hope! A hope that someday you all will make your own definition of right & wrong as good & bad will be same always & when your right matches with good & wrong matches with bad, that day I will say our generations’ also have matched, as something never changes & I am happy for that!

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Sanjay Deshpande 
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Infrastructure, Development, Real Estate & Media!







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“Prayers don't build good infrastructures. They don't develop countries. They don't improve the poor healthcare system or the education system. God has placed man in charge of ALL.”… Oyekunle Bamigboy.

“Passionate about technology and how it makes life easier for all; I'd love to see Nigerian startups grow rapidly and become worldwide phenomenon. I coach and write on Growth Hacking, Social Media, Search Engine, E-commerce, Analytics and User Experience”, is what Mr. Oyekunle says about himself on his FB post & I was pleasantly surprised to read his thoughts about the word which is like “Sim Sim” to our dear country at present, is “Infrastructure”; because Oyekunle comes from a country like Nigeria, where Infrastructure is food & water, is all people knows about it! And reason I remember his words about infra because I was honored by Sakal papers by inviting me for a panel discussion in their yearly meet of editors of various publications as well many senior reports coming all over from the progressive State of ours i.e. Maharashtra! I am not an authority on the subject though I am civil engineer a branch which deals with most aspects of infrastructure (I will use Infra as short form of Infrastructure) yet whatever little I have understood about Infra in last many years working as a civil engineer, environmentalist, traveler, wild lifer & more that that a common man, I think high time for understanding the word itself! And what better opportunity there could have been than to jump in brain storming of media people itself who are directly connected with society (read as common man) for whom we build Infra in first place! Thus I accepted the invite & next day I was on the table amidst some twenty odd reporters & editors along with some very senior names in news media, asking me equally deadly questions about whatever little I know about infra. And these people were from entire cross section of State i.e. rural belt of Pune, Pune city then northern part of State i.e. Nagar District as well from dry zones of Vidarbha & Martahwada & so were their questions.
The very first question was how I correlate infra with current financial situation in business as general? Well, this one question itself can take entire day for discussion but I knew this was just first & then what followed was rapid fire, how I rate infra in our State, what are hurdles, why there is migration towards Pune, how this is affecting real estate (well, I am builder too), when the recession will end (sic) & lastly what role media (read Sakal) can play on this aspect? Well, this is just what I recall but enough to cover the subject I what I feel.

I took my stance like Sunil Gavsakar i.e. taking enough time to sink in all the questions & asked them, “What you think is Infrastructure or how you define Infra?” Obvious answers were; roads, dams, bridges, public transport, canals, Metro etc etc all this means Infra. I said right but just 2 marks for 4 marks question, as to list out Infra, first you have to understand meaning of Infra & then you can explain its impact on not just business but entire aspect of life on every citizen! For e.g. for a person in a small town of Vidarbha, Infra means drinking water, while a farmer in Marathwada may say Infra means water for his farm as well food for his cattle, an industrialist from Nashik will say electric supply at reduced rates for his manufacturing unit, a family from Pune will say Infra means public transport to save their commuting time to work or clean public toilets, a fisherman from Konkan coast will say Infra means proper docking arrangement as well cold storage & transportation in place for their fresh catch from the ocean to reach to the best markets while a Mumbaikar will say Infra means availability of affordable home & finally ask any young graduate (no gender bar) across the State what he or she means Infrastructure & they will answer a Job is what Infrastructure means for them!

Well, now you will know Infra is not a thing or a structure or some development, Infra is need & needs changes as per people, geography & yes as per time also. For e.g. few decades back Pune’s need for Infra was good educational facilities as well jobs & now today with both needs fulfilled (mostly) our today’s needs are public transport & affordable housing. And then there are more such as garbage treatment (nobody cares how garbage is generated in first place that’s another issue) as well safety & security which are byproducts of prosperity & Infra for that is good policing. Then the way we are growing, our next needs will be pollution free atmosphere as well good public health facilities, this is simplest example of how needs changes as the city or town or any human settlements grows with time. So Infra is something which we need at all the times to make our life comfortable & this is how it affects not just business but entire life style of a society. Because take example of rural Maharashtra or say Marathwada & Vidarbha regions which are underdeveloped. Today if we build dams, roads, homes, industries, hospitals, malls, schools, all such things here, does that assures these areas will grow & prosper the way Pune, Nashik & Thane belt has prospered? Answer is a big No as all these are physical things & we need people to use them in first place. Right now the scene in district places or towns of Marathwada & Vidarbha (including western part of State & Konkan too) is, even the smallest of establishments like a grocery shop or a small fabrication unit or a bakery are running in loss as there are no buyers & I am not exaggerating, you can visit these places or call any of your relatives or friends at these places & confirm. Indeed few units will be doing good as whatever population’s basic needs are there bound to convert in some trade but that’s all, no money spenders lives in most of district places or towns, I mean in volumes. Reason is all those who has a degree in any branch of education, has nothing to do for earning  there & then those who has a job or a business at these places, are not happy for the life style these places offers to its citizens. So, both ways the flow is on from every district of rest of Maharashtra towards Pune & now again you will understand Infra is beyond bridges, water lines or public transport etc etc & that is, social life which the city offers to the citizens. As first you need money (read as job or means of earning) & the Infra is which will create such opportunities to earn money & when the money is in, then the Infra is opportunity to use that money for comfort or leisure which we call as happiness.

And it’s all such aspects of Infra which makes some city become better for residence while others less preferred which we are witnessing today with Pune & outcome is only in Pune (in our State ) real estate is surviving, I won’t dare to say doing great! Because comparing to all other towns & cities Pune scores best on Infra scale & if this is success we are thinking as Punekar then as State this is big failure as rest all State is non-livable i.e. having poor Infra that’s why Pune is doing good & that’s definitely not a sign of healthy growth or development! And then with Pune also it’s only the unbalanced Infra which has caused rates of houses varying significantly depending upon Infra provide to the respective suburbs which again is bad sign of development. Because it make homes in certain localities costlier (read in demand) in compare with other locations, as Infra is not even all along the city.

Coming to role of media on this aspect of life, indeed media can generate (read create) pressure on the system i.e. Govt which in most cases is responsible for providing all above mentioned Infra & who actually generates this so called pressure, none other than the citizens only! But for that first the media must understand the concept of Infra & to achieve that the media (read as reporters) must speak to the masses & classes of the society, know their needs as well limitations. Because Infra needs money, to build as well to make it sustainable to run for longer period. Right now most of the Public Bodies in State (Nagar Parishad or Mahanagar Palikas) are either bank-corrupt or on the verge & sole reason again is no sustainable i.e. revenue generating planning of Infra. Indeed the scene can’t change within few months or even years but we need to find out ways to generation of revenue & find avenues like tourism for the same. Tadoba Tiger Park is best example, generating nearly some Rs 9 crores per year via tourism & this money is being used for the locals making their life better means no requiring them to leave their villages around Tadoba forest. Media can meet the ends making people understand their respective roles in building Infra & not just naming govt for lack of the Infra. Its media which must take lead & make citizens understand their needs & finding ways to achieve those needs with their active participation. Public toilets or garbage treatment units are the best examples where the end users must come forward to maintain such things in their locality as govt can’t do everything rather should not do everything. At the same time issues like property tax must be sensibly dealt as if we need good Infra then we need to shell out some money from our pocket & then only we can ask Govt to provide it as well run it properly. Its media which instead just printing head lines of farmer’s suicides, can try to reach them, unite them & work out solution which can be solved at their level, is what I personally feel!

I think this is the key aspect in building Infrastructure where media can (read as must) take lead & make every single person understand his or her responsibility towards Infrastructure. Because everyone need something or other for comfortable living but knowing what we deserve to have what we need, is what decides one’s fate & who better than news-papers can  make us realize this fact about our fate!

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Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

P V Sindhu, Gopichand, Cell Phone & Social Media!




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“Social media not only snatches your time, but it also teaches you attention deficiency.”... Neeraj Agnihotri.

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Well, I remembered this quote not to slam social media, neither I am of the types who loves bashing social media & Internet & use by themselves the same extensively; I remembered this quote as I came across this wonderful story which has been has been narrated by one of the best sports journalist Boria Majumdar about our Badminton World Champion P V Sindhu & her coach Gopichand & the pains they took to earn Olympic Medal! I have been always fascinated by such stories as these are not some writer's imagination, these are real life stories of the legends& these stories reminds us, no success is a fluke but its outcome of sweat, blood, thousands of hours spent in training, discipline, determination to success & most importantly trust in each other i.e. the player & the coach! The time freeze as it’s a world of two, the coach & the player with one target, the Medal!  We often ends up naming some player who are our idols for the poor performance & ignore the efforts they have put in behind those few hours of the game (sometimes even seconds, ask Usen Bolt). Indeed success or failure even after such hardship is part of game but while saying this sentence & accepting failure with smile one must be sure with himself or herself for giving everything one has to achieve the target set! 

Of-late we often come across discussions about use of social media & distractions it creates, especially with students as well young players (read as achievers). This story is eye opener for many as it’s not about banning use of social media, it’s about understanding social media's role in our life, as a student or even as achiever when we have already grown up! An addiction is bad may it for a youngster or for a grown up as it distracts you from your goals that's why it’s been called as addiction! Social Media may not disable or damage you physically the way smoking, drinking or the drugs do yet when you have set some target then your challenge is time & it’s this time which gets lost if not health when you get hooked to social media. It’s not bad to be social but it’s definitely not just bad but worst to let others define your identity by their likes & smilies! Like any other medium social media is a boon if used as a tool but then a gun or a sword is also a tool to win the battles, provided in right hands with right head to control those right hands!  Today I know even grownups hooked with social media & indeed many of them are successful also in their respective professions yet imagine what they could have done with this time they spent on social media as you can be just alone & do nothing, try it, its wonderful feel! We have forgotten to write (most of us), to paint, to sing, to dance, to admire a birds flight or to admire sunrise & many such small real life things under the tag of “I am busy” but we have enough time to check every single forward & re-forward the same which comes on our smart phone! We don’t admire our kid dancing in-front of us but we react with an emoji to some unknown fools absurd clip on Tik-Tok, we don’t get happy (if at all we realize) if our old mom or dad admiring us for our achievements but we are unhappy for not getting enough likes for our FB post, wow & yet we call ourselves grown-ups & expects our kids to keep off from social media!! And again,  if you are using social media to share your creativity then its fine but if you are judging your creativity by others likes then its defeat of your creativity as to post something is ok, to count likes, is you are addicted & any addiction is bad, is my personal opinion! And more than what & why you post on social media is what defines whether you are addicted to social media or not! Someone can use it for commercial purpose, it’s perfectly fine but what a student or a player can commercialize by social media at the cost of the time which could have put in training (read as studying) is something he or she must ask to himself or herself as well the students parents & teachers also should ask this question to the student! And let me share something which my genre too has faced & so has every generation, there may not be social media when I was a kid but then social fear factor was always there, like a trip is going to some place & most students are going, I knew my parents can’t afford it, so just by not going to the trip isn’t going to make me anti-social, is what I knew then also! Same is with play time, when I had exams (due to my engg studies erratic schedules) always when most boys from other fields had free time it was my study time & I too have this feeling of getting tagged as anti-social as I used to be forced to sit at home & study while entire colony’s kids were on play-ground! Well, I had my fights with my parents on this & I am sure thousands of others boys & girls must have had their own fights over this social aspect of student life! Every time when some kid has been refrained by the parents or teachers (read as coach) there has been friction & at that time you think your coach is the worst human being on the earth & most of such kids when grow up & look back, has thanked their coach for behaving the way in which they have behaved!

Today when I look back, I too laugh at my foolish concepts of being social & well I must admit today also I am a student when it’s being social! Today nobody can tell me do this or do that, I have access to unlimited internet data & allowed to be member of any social platform (thanks to the fifty years I have put behind) yet I ask to myself every time, what I really need in life, some likes on a B or Twitter on my post or some time for myself to set a new target in the form of a new challenge! I think till the time this question haunts me, I am ok to use the social media but the day I will be without any target or any challenge; that will be end of me as an individual mind, well social media has found another victim that day! And to set new targets, new challenges doesn't mean loss of peace of happiness, it’s just a sign that you are giving justice to your aliveness which you can do happily also, isn’t it?...

And then everything has its right timing as to my knowledge even today PV Sindhu is one of the most active personality on Insta & Twitter & inspires millions of kids by her posts but only when she is not having any tournament ahead, this is what Gopichand was successful to make her understood & she is successful to handle the tool named social media! Here is that story…

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PV Sindhu had just lost a hard-fought first round match at the Australian Open (2015) against former world No. 1 and London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang. But coach Pullela Gopichand wasn’t flustered.

Rather, with her sister Divya in Australia, Sindhu spent the next few days partying.

Gopi in fact temporarily removed all restrictions on food and late nights.

Those were the last few days of enjoyment. Soon after returning to India, Gopi handed Sindhu a letter. 
It was the first in their long association and listed the ‘dos and don’ts’ for the next eight months. Among them was a clause that a 20-year-old youngster would have to surrender her phone. Talent, he argued, needed to be honed to win an Olympic medal and he was determined to leave nothing to chance.

“Yes, I was a little worried about the phone because among all my students she is the fastest to respond to a phone message. But it was a distraction we could do without,” Gopi says while l ..
while looking back at the period that eventually made the legend of PV Sindhu.

“I didn’t think he meant it seriously. Definitely not about the phone .. How could I not have a phone! And yet when he gave me the letter, I instinctively said yes. So when I looked back in the evening there was nothing much I could do because I had already agreed to the conditions,” Sindhu laughs. 
Gopi was leaving nothing to chance. He had a full programme in place not only for Sindhu but every bit for himself as well. “In our house it’s always Vishnu (son) and Gayatri (daughter) who decide on the food. I really don’t mind. But not so then. For those few months, it was about me, and me only. I wanted food of my choice because I was afraid of falling sick and missing training. It would mean Sindhu missing training and such things weren’t permissible,” Gopi states with a smile.

By the time the duo reached Rio, Sindhu was in top physical shape. But Olympics aren’t only about being in good physical condition.

Pressure, nervousness and control of the mind was key to success. Sindhu, understandably nervous, was playing in her first Olympics and started poorly against Michelle Li (round two) of Canada losing the first game. She did play a good second game but in the third, she was down 1-4 at the start. Her Olympic dream was in the balance and Gopi, yet again, was  .. staring at a barren Games. It had eluded him in 2000 when he was in the prime of his career and it was threatening to do so yet again.

For months, Sindhu had been told to play one particular shot. In practice it worked but in match situations, she just wasn’t able to get it going. And now all of a sudden in Rio in what was in Sindhu’s words “the moment it all changed”, the backhand cross court defensive block came out. Balance, poise, positioning — it was a perfect stroke. As perfect as .. one could hit it. Even Gopi was surprised. Something indeed had happened and Li was soon shown the door 21-17 in the third game.

“That’s the stroke we had kept practicing for months ahead of the Olympics. It was one weakness I was determined to overcome and pushed Sindhu to play it for hours and hours. It would take opponents by surprise and if they didn’t attack here knowing she would play the defensive block, I was confident Sindhu would be in control. If you watch the semi-final in  Rio Okuhara tried it and bang — Sindhu played the stroke for a winner”, Gopi said with a smile of contentment.

“Gopi sir made me stand in the middle of the seven courts in the academy and screamed at me. He wanted me to shout and be aggressive. I hated it. Hated him and what I was being asked to do. And I started crying but wasn’t able to shout,” smiles Sindhu as she looks back at what all she did with fondness. 
But here she was in Rio playing the best she had ever played. Beating the super talented Tai Tzu Ying wasn’t easy and Sindhu did so quite comfortably to set up a quarter-final against Yihan. “On the morning of the match against Yihan, Gopi sir told me I was doing it for India. As we were going into the arena that day he showed me the massive queue of people making their way to the venue and there were Indians who had travelled to Brazil to see me play. It was very different from anything I had 
experienced before,” says Sindhu.

“Her warm up wasn’t the best before the quarter-final. Her shoulders were tight and I had to do something to get her going. You don’t beat a former world champion by just turning up and this was the Olympic quarter-final,” says Gopi.

Again, contrary to expectations Sindhu beat Yihan in straight games to make the last four. 
While entire country was celebrating, Gopi was starting to coil up. Feel more and more tense. Sindhu wasn’t assured a medal yet and Gopi just didn’t want to end up fourth. “I’ve always been one to soak in pressure. In the final against Carolina for example, I never felt any pressure. Even in the world championship final in Glasgow in August 2017, I was calm. But not on the eve of this semi-final. I didn’t want Sindhu to go through what I had suffered. And continue to suffer. I wanted that medal  .. remembers Gopi.

He didn’t sleep a wink that night. Paced the room and kept thinking. He just couldn’t let the medal slip away.

“When I got up in the morning Gopi sir was all ready to go out and train. He had showered and was waiting. I had this feeling he hadn’t slept. 
While he never said that to me I could sense he wasn’t his usual self,” recollected Sindhu while smiling at Gopi who by now was starting to look a little sheepish. “And when I won the semi-final I turned to Gopi sir and saw tears rolling down his cheeks. While I was delighted at making the final, to see him cry made me understand the enormity of the achievement.” And for Gopi this was his moment of reckoning. 
The pain of Sydney was finally behind him. India had an Olympic finalist for the first time ever and Gopi had finally achieved his dream. “Yes, the job wasn’t done yet. But at one level for me it was done. May be I was wrong because I did feel satisfied. May be if I hadn’t we could’ve planned the final differently. God willing that will also happen,” says Gopi. 
“The tears were genuine. Sindhu could now leave the sport a decade later with an Olympic medal. It was hers forever and there was nothing left to chance anymore. All those months of effort had paid off and I was seriously happy,” he adds.

The duo had done all sorts of things in Rio. Constructed a net with towels in their room in the Olympic village and practiced. 
Practiced in the morning and again late at night. They had simply given it their all and left nothing to chance as they had set out to do in Hyderabad when Gopi had taken away Sindhu’s phone and stopped her from eating ice cream and biriyani. Gopi was the guru with Sindhu his protégé and the Olympic medal their moksha. You can watch this candid sharing by Sindhu on U Tube link below about restriction on use of Cell Phone…

Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

BNHS, Birds, Express-Way & Us!








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The future is in the skies.” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Further he says…“Look at the stars. It won't fix the economy. It won't stop wars. It won't give you flat abs, or even help you figure out your relationship. But it's important. It helps you to remember that you and your problems are both infinitesimally small and conversely, that you are a piece of an amazing and vast universe.” 

Kemal Atatürk, commonly referred to as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, (Well, our History books introduced him to us as Kemal Pasha) was a Turkish field marshal, revolutionary statesman, author, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938 & it’s with character like Kemal Pasha, a country with dessert is now one of the best in Middle East making it as bridge between east & west! Today I remembered his words about wild life courtesy a news about seminar by BNHS regarding birds & their passages in sky & I know most people don’t even know long form of BNHS (sorry guys but that’s fact), Bombay Natural History Society, a pan-India wildlife research organization, has been promoting the cause of nature conservation since 1883. Its mission is conservation of nature, primarily biological diversity through action based on research, education and public awareness. Its vision is premier independent scientific organization with a broad based constituency, excelling in the conservation of threatened species and habitats. And I have taken these words from their web site though I know them & let me tell you very few organizations live with the words which they have used as their mission & vision & BNHS is sure one of them, when it comes to nature conservation. And what’s more important about BNHS is they work more on conservation of birds & not just tigers which most other wild or nature conservation organizations thrives for. And reason is simple tiger means attraction of media & tourists means money, name & fame while not many cares much ( read as give a damn) for the birds may it be a eagle or an owl or even a sparrow! And BNHS doesn’t just organizes seminar but backs up researchers, promote the youths to take nature (habitat) conservation as their profession & creates (read as fights) to make every specie (off course other than humans) survive on this planet & let me tell you it’s not an easy job as the enemy is none other than the humans only & powerful ones!
Ok, now in the recent news about a seminar regarding water bodies & the migratory birds I read, that BNHS is taking up task of conducting detailed study about birds passages & their way from their breeding grounds to the base (mean their origin). There are such studies done about birds’ migrations but not much in our sub-continent (read as India) & BNHS believes that such studies will help us in conserving the bird’s habitats as well make their migration journeys easier. For a moment I couldn’t believe that such fools still exists in today’s world & please all the nature lovers, don’t get angry & stop reading my sharing further or start typing me abusing reply for my above comment, keep patience & read further & then you are free to act at your will, is what I will say! So, after reading the complete news I believed such fools does exists which are ready to spend for studying about some unknown (or known, who cares) birds species & how they travel, why they travel, where they travels & then how to make their travel safe! As the news said this study will help we, the humans understand about difficulties in the travels of the birds & we can assist by accommodating this study in our planning (read as development) & thus will make birds journey safe & easy! I was speechless, thoughtless & whatever you call less with the noble thought of BNHS! Because I remembered another news in the very same news-papers as well social media postings about one single road (read as human passage) named Mumbai-Pune Expressway & the death toll it has achieved (humans deaths) along with damage of the vehicles & millions of hours wasted of equal numbers of users of the expressway (humans again) & the studies which has been put by not just govt agencies (they are best at it actually, study) but even by the individuals (read as fools again)who has lost their family members & friends on this passage we call expressway due to sheer negligence or bad planning of the makers i.e. Mai Baap Govt which also supposedly responsible to keep this passage in proper condition to make our journey easy & safe! And I have seen the fate of all such studies about express way & safety measures & yet this passage keeps on taking lives every day of the users (humans) as the system which we call govt ( we also are part of it) considers all such studies a waste & the people who studies & makes reports as fools!
Now tell me all my nature lovers, a system which doesn’t care a bit about passages of the humans for their travels & turns a blind eye on all the studies made to make humans travels safe & easy, can such system will ever care for travels of some birds (many of which are not even worth of eating) & improve its planning to make these birds journey safe & easy by accommodating (read as accepting) outcome i.e. suggestion of some study by researchers of BNHS? This is why I used the term as fools after reading the news & let me clear even if you are thinking I was wrong well, this is sarcastic way of putting your point, this is the way Punekars do it, so I used such tone & language, I am sorry if I have hurt anybodies feelings by calling BNHS as fools! But then issue is not what I call whom or saying sorry, that’s not going to change the scene around us, is what we have to fight. As in continuation of this seminar by BNHS there was one more news, that Maldhok (Great Indian Bastard) named bird’s habitats has been declared as Protected Lands by Green Tribunal as well Environment Ministry. Well, for non nature lovers (though nobody accepts this openly) it’s a  big bird & a rare one, as only one fifty numbers of Maldhoks have been left in the country which has human population of nearly one twenty crores, do I need to tell how rare (endangered) Maldhok is now! And let me tell, Maldhok flies (travels) to great distance for their food & the reason of their deaths is power lines, wind mills, mobile towers, high rise structures, oh yes aero plane’s flight pats also & many such. All these structures which are signs (some will say need also) of our development actually becomes hurdle in the path of flying Maldhoks which collides with these structures & lose their lives! And then we build canals, roads, industries, railways which cuts through the grass lands which are home for Maldhoks & if it’s not enough we use land for farming & we build dams sub-emerging thousands of hectors of land (read as home for Maldhok like birds) & what not, so even if a Maldhok is lucky to survive in flight from power lines or wind mills, it doesn’t have a home to breed & feed so end result is death!
And this is the story of not just Maldhok but thousands of species which have wings but that’s all they have as they don’t have hands, legs & a brain which we have to make our travels safe & easy. For thousands of years birds, animals, insects, fish are travelling around this planet happily by using their natural passages on land, in air & in oceans, for their basic needs like food & breeding, which nature has provided them (yes fish too, see the classic animation movie Finding Nemo) & has survived these travels & grown in numbers even when the humans were also around. But mainly in last two centuries, if our so called science & needs (read as greed) which has made our life happy (is it?) but it has made lives of these thousands of species miserable as neither their travel passages are safe nor their homes & the only tag they have got is Endangered! Because, we pollute as well obstruct Sky which is passage of birds, from their one home to another & we don’t spare Oceans & Antarctic from polluting them, making life of fish & other species not just difficult but impossible! And on all such background it’s the efforts for saving birds by studying their life style along-with fish, reptiles, insects and many more, from BNHS like organizations which remains as oasis in the dessert or a cool breeze in hot summer or a warm shelter in snow fall or a dry hut in hail storm, which in actual is the last hope, is all I will say!
I am not saying don’t make development or progress but then while doing all that don’t make BNHS type people fool is only I am appealing. This is a thankless job & there is no money in any thankless job is a bitter fact. If we can’t or don’t support or help BNHS as well its love (read as care) for animals & birds then at least respect their study, is what we can do. And that is possible only by accommodating their studies outcome in our developments in such way that no Sanjay Deshpande will dare to laugh at them as fools! High time for our urban planners to make biodiversity as focus of our planning before it’s too late & not just keeps this aspect of planning on paper but execute it also. As for namesake there will be space for BNHS study’s outcome in our development planning & on ground, as we all know what happens even with illegal structures here in this human-centric country! Unfortunately the birds & fish & snakes can’t build illegal habitats or don’t travel without ticket or by using fake passports, like we are expert at it!
Or else one day will come where God Read as Nature ) will tag we the humans as Endangered & that day there will be no BNHS to make study for our comfort & ease, mind it!
--
Sanjay Deshpande 
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