Saturday, May 15, 2021

Mother'S Day, Jungle Belles & Hope for Wild Life!

 









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“One individual cannot possibly make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference—all the difference in the world!”...Dr. Jane Goodall

Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees, Jane’s above words carry so much weight & do mind she was just one woman then, some fifty years back when she decided to go in the wild Africa & study some monkeys which later got famous as Chimpanzees! Indeed there were such crazy women (mothers) & there are still, keeping the hope alive for the wild life which is purest form of the nature! Recently Jungle Belles, an organization started by Aarti & Hemangi, two of city (urban) women & happens to be my forester friends too, for making city women aware as well make trips to the forests & forest means not just tiger projects like Tadoba or Kanha but the local habitats also are in a way wilderness! The task is extremely challenging for two reasons, as first in our country anything when you target keeping exclusively for women (except some Sale i.e. Shopping Festival) then the women (even so called independent ones) has hundred of reasons which includes their office work front to home front (read as kids, in laws, husband & if nothing then the maid on leave) & I do respect every such reason! Second is, when it’s about making time for outing in the nature (forests), exclusively for the women then again the basic question arises, “what’s the need now”?

Yet one must praise Aarti & Hemangi for the efforts they are taking in  pushing the concept of exclusive women exposure to the wildlife & in these lockdown times when everyone has been tied in their own concrete jungle they took on the virtual platform to bring the forests to the women at home. And no harm in making some money while doing this, as it’s a good start-up business too, which is the best way to make the concept sustainable! In one such webinar recently which was on the occasion of Mother’s Day, there were five women of different age group, background & profession, were the guests & they shared their journey on the path of nature! The guest ladies were, Vaijayanti Gadgil, who runs a nature group on FB & travels a lot in wilds with few her women friends. There was Samntha Sirohi, an entrepreneur by herself & actress too & there was Swapna Marathe, house wife which has developed liking for wild life photography. There was Shilpa Deshpande, partner in a media giant in Pune (Setu Ads) & has been a forest goer for a while with birding as passion. Lastly there was a young girl Paridhi Jalan, yet a student but understands her role in nature conservation as well wants to take up environment as her career! Amazing lot they were & I deliberately didn’t mentioned their age (not a gentleman thing to do with ladies) but barring Paridhi all are Mother also along with their individual responsibilities that were most important aspect of all the sharing!

Many will say we have already Women’s Day, so what big deal in having a Mother’s Day along, are we not glorifying women a bit more by doing so, as being mother is just one part of womanhood, right? Indeed, “kuch to loag kahenge” (read loag as men) but guys remember what we refer to the nature by; well it, “Mother Nature” right! Do I still need to elaborate the importance of the role as a mother by any woman still? And indeed whatever way each of us grown-up i.e. good or bad (individual’s perception) but it’s the role of mother which gets the credit or debit the way we end up as. Exactly,  that’s why role of a woman as a mother in the nature conservation is important as when a man becomes wildlifer or wild life photographer or conservationist, it’s he alone (most of the times) do it & has no other responsibilities & he takes it as his dedication of passion. I am not insulting men by saying so or their passion for nature  as even it may be individual effort but it counts, what I am saying is, when a woman (read as mother) takes up nature conservation  it’s the entire attitude about the conservation gets changed. As first, the woman has to find time out for nature (forest) & this she has to convince the entire family (and office too) that, the nature is most important aspect for us to survive. Because when a woman who is a mother too, when takes path of forests as her passion then she has capacity to make one family (if not entire world) to follow that path along with her, this is why more mothers should visit forests & this is why Jungle Belles work is important & this is why the episode of sharing of nature outings by these five women is important!

As none of these five women were a world class photographer or an authority on the wild life but that’s not at all required in the first place! Take example of Vajayanti madam, she happily retired from a well to do business & has a settled life with two girls married & a good life with a farm house as second home. But she took the time at hand as her passion & started exploring forests & not just that but is encouraging fellow women to do so & she is a wonderful photographer too, her clicks of birds & other species which are regular visitors at her backyard in the farm house, vouch for her photographic skills! Samantha on the other hand has never been to forests of any such outings till last just one or two year but now she is a regular member of Jungle Belles outings in the nearby habitats of Pune & enjoys it very much. Swapna even being a house wife is pursuing her wild life photography & that’s really wonderful change for her. Shilpa, who is or else busy in figures of balance sheet now speaks about camera shutter speed & exposure type things & is proud to display her passion of birding. And Paridhi, at such yo0ung age speaks about sustainable development & future of earth, an age in which I even didn’t know these terminologies, isn’t all this just wonderful! I think the men (and other family as well work members) must encourage every mother around to spare some time for herself & that too for nature conservation, at least that much we can do!

And all the five women gave one common message, the time they take out for the nature or forest outings is the best time for their own self also & it’s like rejuvenating themselves once again! Indeed even a mother also needs recharging & along with it if she is making the earth a better place to live, I think that can be the best thing for the forests & thousands of species! Thanks Jungle Belles & all five lady participants to make the Mother’s Day special by their sharing about nature & sure many more mothers will be joining them on this path ahead, as that’s how the Hope is alive for the Nature!

I am happy that Team Sanjeevani is proudly associated with Jungle Belles & Wild Life Conservation!

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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 blog links below to read about real estate & home buying! 

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2021/01/post-lock-down-real-estate-home-buying.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


Creating Togetherness; team Sanjeevani Way(Click link below) 

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

One More Tigress Killed; How Many More?

 








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“You may kill for yourselves, and your mates,

and your cubs as they need, and you can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and
SEVEN TIMES NEVER KILL MAN.”... Rudyard Kipling

Well, after a long I get to use the great man’s quote & how apt they are especially when the topic is about killing! By the way Rudyard Kipling is the one who actually made Indian Forests known to the outer world by epic Mowgli & his Jungle Book. The entire Jungle Book has been wrote on the backdrop of forests of Central India (Kanha & Pench both claims it) & no wonder Kipling knows language of the wild better than any human! His above words are said not by a human but by Baghira the leopard who has shown mentor of Mowgli a human kid among wild animals & this is how Baghira teaches Mowgli rules of living in the forests. Jungle Book has been wrote some fifty years back & then also the war was on between humans & the animals though the wisdom animals has then also the humans haven’t learnt it even now, is the sad part & is main problem for wild life conservation!  Never kill for pleasure of the killing & don’t kill a Man ever (seven times means remember it forever) & till today may it be a tiger or a snake or a leopard, unless they are threatened for their life (may it be hunting or hunger in some case accidentally) no animal on their own kills a human, definitely not for trading human body parts!

What Kipling wrote are the rules followed by the wild animals individually & by the pack but humans, they make their own rules which are followed at individual’s will as seldom our rules become laws & more seldom these laws are respected, especially when other species are involved! Yes my sharing is about (again & again) a recent tiger’s rather specifically about a tigress’s even more specifically about a tigress pregnant with four cubs not death but brutal killing by none other than humans! Many will say what big difference is whether it’s a tiger or tigress, pregnant or non pregnant which got killed (hunted, poached)! And I am not surprised as the society (it includes each of us) which is careless or ignorant about a pandemic & killing it millions of the humans itself, to expect sensitivity from such specie about detailing of an animal like a tiger which lives in caves & hunts for living, is daydreaming or my own foolishness, I know that by now! Yet let me tell you there are fools like me which cares for other animals too & more for a tiger as in entire country there are 1350 million humans but only some 3500 odd tigers & that makes death of one tigress which would have given birth to four tigers making it five tigers equalizing to death of nearly 19,28, 571 humans, sorry for the figures but check it by yourself if I am wrong, even one digit here & there yet its death of 1,92,857 humans (though I am right with figures)! And for such thing with humans, we have a lockdown for more than six month in entire country & the Supreme Court on its own intervenes & orders governments to look in the matter! Again people will laugh at me for such foolish comparison but time will tell who is real fool is all those laughing faces I want to tell as the day when there is no tiger in the country will seal our fate with nature! Though thankfully as I said I am not the only fool, there are few left so there is hope for tigers & if you are surprised why I am referring only tigers well its apex of the nature’s chain in the forests & if a tiger (or a leopard or wolf) survives in any habitat means the entire wild life chain is secure!

Oh, ok, sorry, as the whole my hue & cry is outcome of news I came across on FB post by die hard wild lifer friend Sarosh Lodhi who is founder member of wildlife group named CLAW on FB! It has an image showing partly burnt carcass of a tigress supported by details that the tigress was using a cave near town Pandharkawada, Yeotmal district in Maharashtra & a forest guard found on his routine patrolling that the tigress has been dead in the cave. As usual there was all sorts of claims & reclaims, funniest is the statements by local officers (with due respect to their funky position), just see the news cutting along, the officer wasn’t sure she was pregnant or not, killed or died naturally, when the news also said the claws of tigress were cut-off from the body & were missing as well there was fire at the mouth of the cave & there were clear marks of stabbing on tigress as well around her neck! Agreed post-mortem report is a must but a tigress was seen around that cave over a month by locals & sure forest guards does knows to identify a pregnant tigress is she is carrying four cubs in her belly & yet we provided no protection to her as it wasn’t a protected forest so human interference was bound to be there, isn’t it? As well it’s not just about safety of the tigress, it’s about people living around also as thankfully the case is of clear poaching from visual evidence itself!  But it could have been an accident also as if the tigress by mistake has attacked some innocent human for e.g. some firewood collecting lady or cow dung collecting small kid going too close to the cave or stumbled upon the tigress itself on her way back from waterhole & got killed; I wouldn’t blame the angry husband or father of deceased going to hunt down the tigress, which eventually has been the same outcome except selling her parts, which has happened in the reality!

I have full sympathy for the deceased tigress, for the people who live around such tigress & I have part sympathy for the forest people which works outside Project Tiger & yet have to deal with tigers! I am saying part sympathy is because one forest dept is always given step-child treatment from the “Mai Baap” govt especially other than blue eyed project tiger staffers! Imagine you are a forest guard & your job is to protect not just a tiger from the humans but to protect humans also from the tigers & you have neither authority nor power (or machinery) to do both, what will you do? It’s not some stray-dog you are monitoring, it’s a tigress that too pregnant, she has to feed herself as well cubs in her belly & you don’t have even a gun to protect yourself or any such thing nor you have enough man power to surround her hiding place & not allow any person to gone half a kilometre near that place & this is in day time! At night time when you can't see anything & you know a tigress can see clearly in darkness & you can’t use event light so not to disturb the animal as well you don’t know the poacher’s numbers or weapons they are equipped with & both the tiger as well the poachers are ready attack on you if you come in their respective tasks, in such case how many of us will do the job of protecting the tigress with full dedication? And then about the prosecution part as the said poachers are captured is also a news, I appeal to all the honorable judicial system, please mind the statistics of numbers of tigers vs. numbers of humans I gave above while you write the verdict for the poachers which killed a tigress with four cubs & use that logic for every wild animals killing by the humans, change the laws if you can’t go beyond what’s been written in your wrote law books!

I know many wild life lovers will despise me for my logic about the forest dept but that won’t change the reality, this is why I said part sympathy for the forest dept as this situation they themselves have landed in as why they can’t demand (read as top bosses) enough man-power with proper machinery like guns or protection shields (just example) type things to every forest personnel & on other side we discuss things like satellite surveillance on Project Tiger forests, pathetic lot we are! As imagine a single guard (van-rakshak) living among the natives some of which are the poachers and are keen to half of the villagers, how you expect a single guard going against entire village? As well, it’s a small place (most of bastis or settlements) around forests & poaching even that of wild boar can’t go unnoticed, how come you allow that & doesn’t inform to your superiors in time to avoid further damage like the tigress got injured by the trap for wild boars, is what statement of one of the respective forest officer! At the same time a tigress doesn’t start living in some cave overnight, right? She must have been made this particular cave as her habitat over at least a period of few months or been seen or used those parts of the forest & many other must be knowing her existence including forest dept. What kind of awareness programs has been conducted among the native residents regarding the tigress is something I will like to know about! Also to all the so called NGO’s, again keeping due respect, what we all were (and are) doing except visiting sanctuaries & clicking snaps & giving guards & guides tee-shirts & caps (food packets also) but what about making people know there lives a tigress in this respective cave & she needs to be protected from us same as your lives needs to be protected from her; where we were till the tigress got killed? So many questions which we ask only after a tiger gets killed & wrap them like we wrap our fancy cameras when we are back from the forest trip & again asks same questions only when next tiger gets killed just the way we open the camera bag for next forest trip!  Guys, keep asking the questions at-least & keep shouting over such every wild animal’s killing the way tiger keeps roaring in the forest to make the forest knows that there exists a tiger in it or else you never know which will be the last roar of the last tiger, till then god bless the tigers! 

 

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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 blog links below to read about real estate & home buying! 

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2021/01/post-lock-down-real-estate-home-buying.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


Creating Togetherness; team Sanjeevani Way(Click link below) 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

PMRDA, Infrastructure & Hon CM of Maharashtra!

 









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An open letter to Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, for PMRDA region’s infrastructure such as water, road, electricity & many others; 

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April 21

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Hon CM Sir,

"People always want welfare, development, and good governance. As long as you are delivering, people are with you"... Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to by his initials LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969, and previously as 37th vice president from 1961 to 1963. He assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Well, to take over from a name like JF Kennedy wasn’t an easy job as he was probably the most loved (not just popular) President of USA & when Lyndon took over above were his words for the nation as he knew people will love you for what you are but they will respect & remember you only for what you have done for them!

Respected Sir, we understand that these are the hardest of the times & considering the political situation in the State, it's a really tough job for you to balance all the fronts & you have a panicked State to look after too! Yet Sir, just to bring in your notice, Hon CM of this State is Chairperson (read as to boss) of a body named PMRDA i.e. Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority & it’s probably the largest such planning authority with near about 5000 sq km (may be more) area around Pune & Pimpri Chinchwad Corporations under its jurisdiction! Well, our today’s letter is regarding one word in the name of the PMRDA, yes, it is Development which stands for the D in the short form of PMRDA. It’s now been over six years PMRDA has been formed & a very right step taken at the right time it was indeed because considering the status of jobs & business & career all over the State (well, that’s separate subject of sharing) scene is from all the State as well neighbouring States, youngsters & grown-ups were & running towards Pune region is a fact. Reasons for the growth of PMRDA region can be many but one sure thing is; education is here, jobs are here & yes weather, culture & most important Water is here at least as source in first place! You can check history & it will tell us all over the world cities have been built & prospered around water, either its sea or rivers & Pune region has plenty of rivers to cater the need of water for humans as well for machines i.e. industries!  Problem is, allocation of this water & a distribution system in place which is missing! CM Sir, post this pandemic one thing is sure, more & more people will rush towards Pune Region as exactly that’s the reverse scene we have observed in this lockdown (pandemic wave) & last year’s lockdown. And that is, last year most people including white collared which we call middle & higher middle class fled from the city towards their native towns but this time they have stayed & even got their parents here to them from their respective native places! The only reason is Pune region offers the best of public facilities (in comparison to rural parts of the State) & people feel safe here! The trend will continue & then jobs are here so is education now all one needs to settle down is water, roads & electricity (basics) as then rest social things follow!

Frankly this was the reason why PMRDA has been formed as Pune & Pimpari Chinchwad (Read as PMC & PCMC) are getting saturated already & prices are out of capacity for many migrants in Pune region & PMRDA can fill that gap between the demand of the affordable homes &* the home buyers, was the thought process. And so it has happened, only problem is the homes got (getting) built in PMRDA region but there is no proper water supply source, no road infrastructure, no open spaces, no amenity spaces, no power (electric) grids & this is just physical infrastructure, is a plain truth! Yet people are living here because of connectivity to their work places, to PMC & PCMC, to schools-colleges, to IT parks & many such & at affordable prices! The PMRDA has got probably the biggest potential for growth considering all the good aspects of living for careers of millions but all we need is support from the Govt in the form of all above infrastructure development. Actually even the Govt can earn huge revenues in the form of premiums which will be collected from the projects in PMRDA as well people living in these homes are actually raw material for the IT Parks, Factories, Service Industry, Educational Institutes in & around PMRDA & again a revenue generation via the expenses all this population will be making for their livelihood! As well the Ring Road crosses through the majority of the PMRDA region & again will be a boon for connectivity to other cities also making that population to migrate here.

The fact is, right now PMRDA is a planning authority & they are doing a good job on that front but even the best of planning usually end up in a mess unless it is backed up by a better execution team, which is missing here barring a few works. To give an example, you yourself can ask for the number of projects with numbers of flats in these projects sanctioned & given occupation certificates in PMRDA since its birth & also get the revenue figures earned. And on other side ask for the list of development works carried in PMRDA regions on just two fronts i.e. Water & the Roads! I am not yet touching the aspect of schools, public health, environment, public transport as that usually follows but forest water & roads need to be in place. At the same time we need to allocate dedicated quota for the water from the Irrigation dept as per present & future demand of water in PMRDA region. We request & do take review of what’s happening on that front as well keep some time for visiting the growth as well development of this region especially around PMC & PCMC as unless you see it by your own eyes & meet the people here you won’t be able to understand importance of this issue in totality! CM Sir, this pandemic has been an eye opener for us (only if we are willing to open the eyes in the first place), exposing our lacunas on fronts like public health infrastructure. But before we reach that level if we don’t have proper roads or water or electricity like basic factors in place, we can’t even hope for the public health & education type things, which is why this letter! Sir, the PMRDA residents (not even the developers) knows when the road network will be developed here, there is no street lights like basic safety thing (CC TV on roads is a Mirage) in place & most important nobody has any clue (not even govt agencies) about the source of water supply which will take care need of entire PMRDA, yet there is growth because there is potential in PMRDA!

CM Sir, please take this infrastructure issue on priority is a humble request, as for the residents of the PMRDA region you are like a single parent for the child named PMRDA, is all we can say!

Sincerely yours

PMRDA Residents

 

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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 blog links below to read about real estate & home buying! 

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2021/01/post-lock-down-real-estate-home-buying.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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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

New Normal, Breaking the Chain & Real Estate!

 









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“Stop blaming outside circumstances for your inside chaos.”... Steve Maraboli.

Steve Maraboli, is American internet radio commentator, motivational speaker and author. And no wonder as, no motivational speaker will hold responsible to someone else for the mess you have created & high time we the people of Smart City Pune & Maharashtra understand this basic principle of life! Well, Lockdown Season two is here & so is second wave of the virus & no other region or State or country has witnessed the ferocity of this wave (rather we should call it as Tsunami) than we the most progressive State of the country is Maharashtra! Not just that but no other society or the govt has faced this virus wave so miserably (read as foolishly) the way we are facing it! Mind me, I am saying “We” & I am not blaming anybody as the virus doesn’t recognize the body its attacking same way a bullet fired by the enemy from across the border doesn’t recognize the Jawan’s colour, caste or religion or regiment! And that’s why entire Army or Military or Armed Forces shows the discipline & togetherness while fighting a battle which we have conveniently forget or ignored! Unfortunately, in the war there is no excuse for your ignorance however innocent you may have been while fighting with sincere attitude, the bullet doesn’t knows that, all it knows is you have exposed yourself & bang, it will hit you!

Ok, coming to first aspect which of course is related to my field or work or business i.e. real estate which people like to call as “Builder” (I have no shame or regret nor ego as it’s my bread & butter)!  Approximately from last September i.e. nearly eight months back the patient numbers started reducing, the first season of lockdown ended & the New Normal has been declared. Already two industries has been hit worst than any other in Pune as well in Maharashtra & those were Hospitality (Restaurants) & Real Estate as these two opened up last & it’s in these two industries, maximum migrant work force (manual labour) are employed & most of them are from other States where the situation wasn’t grave & the respective works were already started from Mid July. I accept even more than real estate the hotel (eateries) industry got worst hit as the nature of their product vs. their investments as in real estate at least the product is not perishable & land usually appreciates only with the time, slow sometimes but it does! But then in real estate stakes are very high, here I always give example of automobile segment that every common middle class or higher middle class’s person dream is to own a car & a home, right? So, when a higher middle class man (or woman) goes to buy a car does he looks for a Merc or Audi which starts from basic range approximately some Rs. 40 lakhs, answer is a big No rather he looks for something Rs 5-8 lakhs budget car, is a fact! But when the same guy goes for a decent two bhk home, which starts from Rs 50 lakhs (in Pune region) & yet he is ready to shell that amount, this is the difference between real estate & any other product. This is why stakes as well as risk factors are very high in the real estate though unfortunately most people (even builders) see only profit side of the industry & lands in trouble!

Let me clear in the start, this is not to justify about keeping real estate i.e. site’s work going neither I disrespect efforts of govt authorities as well everybody to fight with the virus wave as well I fully understand the seriousness of the pandemic spread & panic it has created! But at the same time let’s not forget about nearly some half a million people (5 lakh) in Pune region which are dependent on real estate’s construction & equale numbers of people seeks their homes in these constructions. At the same time though official figures are not available (as usual) but imagine the turnover related to real estate in PMC, PCMC & PMRDA jurisdiction at total halt, agreed life is more important than money but whose fault is there in forcing the lockdown like situation on masses & which lives are paying for other people’s mistake, isn’t it high time the real estate should ask this question to the govt? As last year we accepted lockdown & suffered its effects without any complaint & govt also supported real estate ( a bit) via schemes like stamp duty reduction & other types but the this lockdown two, is going to hit (already hit) real estate on both fronts, one is setback to entire construction process as all other States are open, so the work force has already weary to work here & now those which are working here they are also running back to other States. So the lockdown & curfew may be for one month or more but the panic & setback it gives will affect nearly next five to six months for the construction process as to gather all work forces again & restart is not a mechanized thing! And second is, the entire sentiment of the market (read as  home buyers) get disturbed due to such on-off policies about lockdown as its uncertainty of  the future which makes people refrain from concluding on decisions like home buying which is one time & costliest purchase for the most & I don’t blame them! If this is scene for residential segment then the commercial segment (projects) are in more panic mode which actually is not necessary but that’s what panic does even to the toughest of the minds & real estate is no exception to this logic! Many industries has announced work from home is a fact & then many other segments (tourism, hospitality) has seen big layoffs, even production industries also, resulting less demand in commercial spaces is a fact but its temporary phase! Because a commercial space at proper location is like gold, its rate may seem stable or demand may be less a times but gold is gold, right? Same way, the pandemic will be over some day & life will be “New New Normal” at that time, those which will be holding commercial space at right location in right city & own a home (what better than Pune) are bound to get benefitted of having ownership of such space, that’s how real estate has been always! And I am not saying this because I am a builder I am stating sheer logic as in real estate you earn money only when you look at right future (its bit risk agreed, but that’s part of the game) & take the steps accordingly in the present! We the Indian’s are never comfortable with “work from home thing” as we want to meet people & it’s not just work for us but a social gathering also, is a fact! Already the ill effects of work from home are being witnessed in many families as husband wife tied to their gadgets & kids online, surely not a healthy sight is in any home. So, sooner or later the office going work culture is bound to be there as soon the so called IT & Service Provider giants will realize the work from home culture is actually affecting their revenues (reduced output from the eployees), is again my logic! And then commerce is where people’s needs are there & needs will be where people are there, so are they in the Pune region!

Pune region is present & future of entire State & post pandemic also people will hereafter choose to live in a city which has public health infra in place (even private) which Pune has got! And that’s why from entire Maharashtra the patients are coming to Pune for health treatment, making entire public health infrastructure of city collapse as well spreading wrong news about the Pune city in the country!  And future or this region’s commercial as well residential spaces is brightest among any other competing regions in the country, as this region has water, culture, public health infra & brain power all of which makes a perfect combination for the growth of the business, this even a trainee of a commerce branch will tell you!

Actual scene in Pune is, it’s much more safer than any other city & with best of the public health facilities & people here are also much aware than other regions about their health, it’s the confusing policies from the top brass (Mai Baap Sarkar) is what making things chaotic. First we say New Normal, then we realize it’s out of our hand now we say Break the Chain & then we keep Breaking the Chain with every day new circular! And about real estate the scene is worse as site's construction is allowed but only with site residing labours, is it a joke? As what small projects will do as well not all labours reside at site even in townships, so they won’t be allowed to work, what will they do? At the same time shops & showrooms of all construction related materials are to be remained shut neither offices of the consultants like structural designers etc are allowed & you say run the sites, wow!  Why can’t there be holistic, practical, simple & clear cut guidelines about real estate ever by any of the govt authority (one more my Mungerilal dram), is something I never understood! Same way high time again to think for things like stamp duty reduction scheme as well reduction in premiums like fire & many others at least for coming few two or three years if the State govt is also a stake holder in real estate’s money! Not just that but as a beneficiary, the State govt must fight with Central govt over pinching issues like income tax, interest rates as well GST type things for real estate in the city or else there will be buyers for the office spaces & homes but no builders to build them, till then, amen real estate!

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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 blog links below to read about real estate & home buying! 

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2021/01/post-lock-down-real-estate-home-buying.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Aranyanaad, Anuj & Music of Wilderness!









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“Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head”.... A. R. Rahman

Well & who better than Allahrakhha Rahaman, a name which changed the course of Bollywood & Tollywood Cine Industry’s music, making it richer by his creations, can speak about the passion, success & humbleness! And when my topic is about exactly a personality which has got all above three things then I felt relieved to get such words to start this sharing; yes, it’s about one Anuj Khare & his book Aranyanaad. Anuj is passionate about wildlife, he is humble & about being successful, well for people like him if you are trying to count their (his) success in the figures of bank balance or assets or empire they have created then please don’t read the remaining part of this sharing is all I will tell at the start itself!

And speaking about assets Anuj has infinite of it & it’s in the form of people which included guides like Roopchand & RP Omre from the remotest parts of the forest to Mr Pravin Pardeshi & Mr Atul Kirloskar & many such whose names entire country knows, oh yes Ambanis’ too are in that asset list of Anuj! His assets is displayed by the images which he has used, clicked by his freinds which happily shared those for him & the names are like Mohan Thomas, Clement Francis, Vinod Bartakke, Viram Potdar, Rajesh Bedi (It’s his image on the cover  page of the book ), Dhritiman Mukharji who has written preface also for the book & many such (Well, happy that Anuj has used some of my clicks also in the books, let me tell you Anuj, its an honor actually for me to have myslef in above big names)!

And speaking about creating empire, Anuj has entire forest of the Maharashtra & many others all over the country as his empire which no money can buy ever or no army can conquer as its nature we are referring too & you can conquer it only by being part of it which Anuj is very much!  And then he has weapons like hard work & knowledge to conquer this empire of nature along & with all such things fame is bound to be there as if there has been a tag like Super Star in wildlife then Anuj would have been contender of the same for sure & will all this he is humble, living by the words of AR Rahaman!

I am sure with all these things Anuj’s fans would surely agree with me  & Anuj will be very embarrassed as humbleness is a curse to a few as they can’t take their praise even it’s a fact, anyways!Well, Anuj Khare , popularly known as Anuj dada in many wildlife seeking youngsters & just Anuj to many more, is a MBA marketing & a person who has dedicated to wildlife his entire life via his organizations/associations like Nature Walk (what else name he could have) , Jungle Belles & many such fronts on wildlife! Don’t ask how  he makes for living & all that stuff as a lot I can write about Anuj but sometime later as for now it’s about his book! Recently Anuj has written a book named Aranyanaad which is in a way like his mini biography also along with his experiences, observations about his wildlife ventures! Anranyanaad as the name (its Sanskrit) says; Aranya means green and bountiful forest; signifies fertility, abundance, plenitude, generosity, resources, prosperity & Naad is sound created by speaking or music. So, in the nutshell Aranyanaad is music of forests & what better Anuj could have chosen than this name as for him forest is life & its language or music is what he is master at (there is one more version about meaning of this name which I will tell at the end of this sharing, lol)! Well, right from the Author’s words you get to know how simple & reflective Anuj is, as he doesn’t hide anything & he has no regrets for surrendering career of MBA marketing, has no shame that he couldn’t follow the traditional so called success & fame track of Medical Science, like his parents & gave up art which he has mastered i.e. of Tabala playing & end up as a wild lifer! Here, I remember words of Jim Corbett, “there are no regrets or no sorrows in the nature it’s just plain acceptance of the reality” & how perfect Anuj has adopted this philosophy may be that’s why when he speaks about forests, words just flow through him like a spring jumping through the valleys & rifts!

Though Anuj has traveled extensively in most habitats (forests) of the country yet he has chosen few selected forests in Aranyanaad & mainly of Central India or say Deccan Plateau as one this is where he begins his wild life ventures & two Aranyanaad is first book & we will have many more episodes of it for other forests. Biography, experiences or expressing oneself, a man always starts with something which is close to his heart & no wonder Anuj started wilderness journey even in Arnayanaad with Melghat & Kika i.e. Kiran Purnadare, Tatya Saheb ie Vyankatesh Madgulkar (Veteran Marathi writer about nature) & WWF as all these were like his foundations of the empire named wilderness! Btw, my journey also started with forests from Melghat as I am from a place named Khamgaon which is on the Akola-Buldana side border of Melghat & that part is just the same which it was some forty years back! And no wonder Anuj & myself gets along well (even with many differences between us on working style, lol Anuj, that was Pune 30 in my blood from mom’s side) as with Melghat as first love for both of us & forests in totality!

I read every page, every line, every word of Araynanaad & the best part is, it’s like Anuj sitting in front of you & telling these stories as I could see his face overflowing with enthusiasm, excitement & joy when he speaks about forests, “Aaarree dada, you must visit this place, itaka bhari aahe na ,booal kadhi jayacha” types! Sometime I felt it’s an audio book & not the read format & I think that’s how the book should be especially when it’s about nature. Another good aspect is Anuj hasn’t much indulged in figures like numbers of tigers, years, dates, sq kilometres or percentage of forest cover & many such as you can’t describe nature in figures, you just live the way it is! And that’s what Anuj has done in Aranyanaad, he has make the readers live in the forests using his words as instruments the way you create a panting or music, so you not just read the book but listen to it & see it also!  And then the book takes you through not just Melghat but Nagzira, Pench, Dajipur, Koyana backwaters & yes Tadoba too making you relive who has been to these places & making others pack their bags & start for these forests, that’s the power of his sharing!At the start of Pench chapter, Anuj writes, “you must visit this forest & its so close to my heart” & then he writes ahead, “you must be wondering why I write these words about every forest” & then he only explains because every forest is special & different, that’s why; that simple, isnt it!

One more thing, Anuj hasn’t focused on just tigers or leopards (well, his tourists do, as that’s unfortunate part of wildlife tourism) but right from sloth bear to the birds like crested hawk eagle he has tried to make the readers know about every aspect of the forests which makes the wildlife complete! At the same time he has been specific about locations (detailing is very important aspect of wildlife), situation, season & timing of everything he has encountered. And  then Anuj tells us, forest teaches you to sharpen your senses like seeing, hearing, smelling & feeling too as in our city life we has almost stopped using all these things & they do help you in making you a better person in your daily life, even in your concrete jungle!   At the same time Anuj’s humbleness makes him mention names of many people like RP Omre, Roopchand & guides in the forests to Mr Murthy & Mr Alok kumar which are senior officers but all linked with one common thread i.e. wildlife conservation! And yes Anuj is a foodie to so you get to know what’s best local dish available at these forests & where! And Anuj has given justice to the places around the forests along as no forest is made of just trees & tigers, it’s the people, places, stories all of them makes a forest truly alive & that's what Anuj has taught us through his writing!

So, all in all, Aranyanaad is not just another book about forests but it is, “The Forest” by itself of which you can make a safari of sitting in your living room or in car! One name needs applauds for the book & that is Omkar Bapat, who has been Anuj’s bestiee as well he has  really given life to Anuj’s words & that’s not an easy job  as you can’t just cut paste nature, which Anuj is!  Well, “Aranyanaad” I have explained the literature meaning of it earlier but keeping Aranya as forests,“Naad’ in Kolhapuri Marathi means an addiction, so Aranyanaad in other way is making forests your habit, & I think Anuj too will agree to this version more! All the best Anuj, just remain the way you are as forests are our future & you are a living forest, is all I will say!

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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 blog links below to read about real estate & home buying! 

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2021/01/post-lock-down-real-estate-home-buying.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


Creating Togetherness; team Sanjeevani Way(Click link below) 

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