2 DAY OLD BABY GIRL THROWN IN A BUSH.

 

 

The Times of India (delhi edition) news this morning SHOCKED me.The baby it said was thrown out by her MOM.Why??…Who would do such a wicked deed?The article went on to say,the child was wailing loudly and passers -by called in the cops. It’s really hard to understand why humans act like this.What cruelty!  How can a mother Discard her kid like trash! For the full story log on to their online edition.

The child is 11days old now , If her parents can’t be traced or refuse to care for her she may be  given up for adoption.For now,the authorities are taking care of her.In India these stories pop up from time to time and it never fails to shock us each time.But why??Surely there are adoption centers/orphanages? The problem is a complex one,and I’d rather not get into that now.It’s a well known fact that here folks prefer boys to girls.Sons have always been given importance in eastern societies.Much is expected from sons,they carry on the family name and  are expected to shoulder the family’s responsibility.Sons are a prized possession and with the dowry system still thriving here-A son’s marriage will flood the family with new money.
The girl’s family has to give a  dowry,whatever the groom’s side demands they try to give or there’ll be no marriage.Though illegal,it’s still thriving.So, you see girls are considered a liability-money flows out of the family,whereas boys bring wealth.That’s the general belief.  

 

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LIVING IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE!

Today I woke up to a new day and my very first post here.What should I write about? I have too many thoughts waiting to get out of my head.The first thing I see when I look out of my window is highrise  apartments lining the street,infact everywhere I look I see CONCRETE structures.Yes,there’s a little grassy patch here and there  and a few trees along the roads,but where have most of the trees gone?There are laws here regarding tree felling,people are supposed to plant saplings…..but it will be a long time before they grow into huge trees. Such fine buildings all over and more being constructed.This is a residential area and having trees around would add to the charm of this place.I mean big huge trees.Why! they may even cause neighbours to live in harmony,trees are known to reduce aggression.  

All I see is huge homes and sometimes no space to even park a car-the car is parked outside in the sun,as there are more cars than trees.The home owners have fenced off areas around their home and planted ornamental plants on public land.Sure these gardens look lovely!But…..
Trees have been cut to make way for buildings of every kind,shops,homes…how very sad!  I’m no expert ,but why can’t we have more trees and fewer buildings?

Trees add value to our lives-they help in times of flood,prevent harmful uv rays from reaching us and cool the environment around us.Trees also help reduce our electricity bills for power companies use less water in their cooling towers.Air quality too is improved considerably as trees filter out pollution.The benefits are numerous and the sooner we realise this the better.I’ll leave you with a quote .

“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine 
and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon 
a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me 
blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our 
modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.  
Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and 
benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the 
coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall 
from me – I am happy. ” 
–   Hamlin Garland, McClure’s, February 1899

 

 

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