Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If only you were here

If only you were here Ma, you could tell if I look pretty? I see my reflection in this basin and wonder why do I look so different? Where are the rest like us? I feel so lonely...





I like this woman though who keeps water for me outside her house. She feeds me too. One day I courageously flew and sat on her shoulder. She told me then, she is sorry that mankind destroyed our homes and that she would take care of me because I'm the only one left.

Is this true Ma? If only you were here...

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100 words written for Write Tribe's 100 words on Saturday ' If only you were here', This weeks prompt was provided by Kajal Kapur of Rainbow Hues.

You would agree with me that Sparrow sighting has become a rarity in the Indian Capital Region. There was a time when our gardens and pathways would be bustling with their chirpiness, but with the growing urbanization, pollution and population these dear petite birdies are nowhere to be seen. An article in Deccan Herald states that India is not the only place where Sparrows have disappeared. This trend has crept into the Netherlands, France, Germany and many more cities. It is disheartening!! Delhi's Chief Minister in August this year announced Sparrow as a State bird in a bid to save the species. But not much has been done till now. With this post I urge you to do your bit to save our dear friend. You can keep a bowl of fresh water outside your homes, plant trees, discourage use of pesticides, use your kitchen waste to feed them....what else?? Have any innovative ideas? Please do share in the comments section below.

Last but not the least a huge shout out to TexWisGirl aka Theresa who blogs at Run*A*Round Ranch and who graciously let me use her pictures for this post. In the picture is actually a dainty eastern Phoebe, who I thought resembles a lot like a Sparrow. Life is good at Run*A*Round Ranch, from horses to turtles, from doves to phoebes, from snakes to varmints, all of them seem to love to pose for Theresa. For some excellent and refreshing views hop on to her space. :D

38 comments:

  1. that was so sweet...and bittersweet. bless you.

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    1. Thank you so much Theresa for letting me use your beautifully clicked pics! Lots of love :)

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  2. like the way you've written it. its sad to see that not a lot of people come forward for doing this. but hoping that changes.
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    1. I hope so too Aditi! We need to do our bit...welcome to my space here!

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  3. Loved the extraordinarily creative use of the "if only you were here" prompt. Very rare to find a series of pictures being used for a writing prompt which is not a photo challenge :D

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    1. :) Thanks Jairam. All credit to Theresa for letting me use her pics. Cute no the bird is :)

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  4. beautiful use of the prompt...lovely pictures and a wonderful mesage.

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  5. Beautiful captures and lovely narration!!

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    1. Thanks! Captures all courtesy Theresa :)

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  6. Indeed so true,Humans are on rampage destroying the Nature,habitat of many animals and this is the sorry state of today's world..

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    1. It is Harsha :( hope mankind understands this and does something about it! Even small steps count!

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  7. Wonderful take on the prompt. This bird is so cute.

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  8. Good take on the prompt, very creative.

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  9. A perfect tribute, Aditi and sensitive post:)

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  10. Touching tale! Well captured the emotions of birds in words… placing bird feeder and nest box will also support the birds. House sparrows are still exists at the backyard of my grandmother’s home and I too have installed feeders and nest box

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    1. Thanks Jeevan! Yes both really good points...bird feeder and nest box...noted!

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  11. How sweet...and sad at the same time :)

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  12. So lovely and heart-rending at the same time...

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  13. Beautiful and sensitive! The selection of the beautiful pictures has made the narration very impactful.

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    1. Thanks! Do chk Theresa's blog for some amazing ranch pics!

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  14. A sweet and sensitive post. Yes, we need to do our bit. I lay a bowl of water and a plate of rice grains in my balcony too. :)

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    1. That's great Jyoti...bet the birdies lv u :)

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  15. Ho God! U weaved in that story so welll n drove home the point too! Beautiful..

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  16. loved those pix and the story weaved beautifully into it.

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