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Little things that can make you smile from within

What can you do to feel good from within!

MEET A CHILD IN PARK

Go out in your vicinity and look at some of your neighborhood kids playing in the park or ground. Step out and meet your next door neighbor with a kid. Talk to them about their hobbies or play with them for a while. When you engage with little children who are innocent and naive, you will feel certain emotions of simplicity and joy. This will let you unwrap your head around the complexities of grown up life.

GO FOR A WALK WITH ELDER PERSON

It may not be easy to find a joyful elderly person who engages in cheerful conversations and insightful talks. However if you can get hold of one who can talk about life in a broader sense, then make sure you stay connected and meet often to talk about things in life. It may give you perspective of life from a viewpoint that you may eventually realize after going through many things. You can then avoid repeating the same things to learn something from the elderly.

LOOK OUT IN NATURE

You can spend time with birds either looking at them from far in their natural environment or feed them if they are casual around humans. Being able to feed the birds and listen to their musical sounds will uplift your mood and make you feel one with nature.

Nature has in store for each of us, something that can make us feel alive! It’s just a matter of time we open up to such experience.

If you have pets then spend time with them. Get the most of your time by taking them out for a walk, bathing them or cleaning them. Build a house for them and decorate.

If you can spend some time out and have access to natural environment like waterfall, woods, river or hills then go over weekends and spend some quality time with family. Pack your favorite foods and some games to get the most of it.

BINGE WATCHING

If there is no access to outside world, then you can resort to binge watching your favorite movies or series. Invite your closed ones or friends over for a weekend and cook some fancy stuff. Indulge in relaxing and light music. Grab some food and enjoy the movies. Play games to mix active mood.

Over the period of time, things will become a natural habit to have a mix of everything and life will seem beautiful.

Let the energy of life work for you

There is a constant energy being transferred in the Universe. Some energy reaches the Earth in the form of Sunlight. One which is very necessary for life to exist. We humans consume light as well. That gives us energy in form of Vitamin D.

In life, there is a constant flow of energy from people in your life, the places you go to, your work place and your neighborhood. Often you meet a small cute child on your way out of your home and you smile. The innocence and cuteness of the child makes you feel a certain kind of emotion.

At the same time, while you are traveling in a bus you get squeezed in the crowd or it rains on your way to an important meeting, there is a different kind of emotion running through you. What if you have ordered a pizza on a hungry night and you get a cold pizza delivered late. You get so flabbergasted.

But when you sit in a park on a Sunday morning and look at the people going around. The chirping of the birds and the animals running around. That vibrant situation creates a sense of positive energy in you. You can feel some type of energy going through you and everything else in the world is not reaching you.

It is not everytime things are smooth. But one the simplest effort we can make in feeling the energy around us is to smile and connect with the nature. Let the momentum gain. Be one with the things and stop struggling within.

For once believe in the flow of life and continue to embrace as things happen in your life. Be like the child and be curious to know and experience life. Everyday will be exciting and new.

When you let the energy flow through you, you feel stronger than you were. There is always a guiding force working for you. You will meet new people who are there for the things you need in your life. When you seek, the things are arranged in the way it must be.

So follow your rhythm of life. Be one with self and others. Don’t struggle within. Embrace the nature and it’s signals. Smile within and out. Life will nurture you like its own child. Stay blessed.

Snake Catcher | Snake Rescue in Surat

Today early morning cleaning staff was going about the errand in the society as usual, when they spotted a snake in the compound. They called in the Supervisor and informed the community via online message to avoid going towards the compound corner. They started making noise when I went to see.

Snake had made it’s way into the compound via the trees overhanging on the wall. In the backyard there are many trees and a waterhole. Snake used to roam about in that place usually in monsoon. They tried to contact anyone who would help rescue the snake. After about 10-15 minutes they didn’t seem to be able to find any way out.

I stepped in to avoid anyone taking wrong action against the snake. I made some calls to the animal rescue teams and one of them told they will find someone in our area and update. After 10 minutes I got a call from one of the nature volunteer and he asked for address. They reached in about 15 minutes.

The snake had hidden behind some steel planks near the wall. We waited around to see if the snake didn’t escape anywhere. Once they came in, they asked for the person who saw it. Asked for the size and colour. First plank was removed and nothing seen. People were doubting if it had left from somewhere. After removing the second one, snake jumped right out it and started to crawl ahead.

One of the volunteer just tried to hold it but it went pass by. Another volunteer held it from the tail and slowly started to let it flow. Within a minute he got good control on it and it was moving freely. Meanwhile they asked for pillow cover and one of the occupant provided them. They let the snake slip into the pillow cover and tied it properly. They just left after that.


Few people resort to hurting the snake, which is actually not required.

Whenever you spot a snake or someone around you spots any snake, try to remain calm and inform animal rescue team immediately. Do not hurt or overcrowd the place to avoid any accident. Provide all details clearly about the snake, location and keep a watch on the snake.

To call Snake rescue team in Surat try below organization as they are doing commendable work :


Prayas Team Environment Charitable Trust

“C-110/Commercial Complex”,
Udhna Udyognagar Sangh, Central Road No. 10, Opposite Bank of Baroda,
“Udhna”, Surat, Gujarat, INDIA.
Pincode: 394210

Phone – 9825119081

http://www.prayas-india.org/


Things you must do in heavy monsoon and flood-like situation

  • Look before you leave on Maps
  • Do not panic if you find any route blocked or in water
  • Try to avoid street roads or shortcut roads. Take main roads and known roads.
  • Don’t go out unless necessary
  • Keep yourself updated with the situation by local newspaper, local news channels and your contacts in the city
  • Order online for things that you can
  • If you are stuck in somewhere, follow the herd and avoid taking any individual route. Follow the basics. Keep sanity and stick to the norms.
  • If you find anywhere water is sipping or rushing fast, avoid going that side.
  • Use a stick or some support, if you are walking in water. Keep high alert and keep calm.
  • Keep contact of emergency numbers handy like local fire station, rescue helpline, NDRF helpline, Ambulance and Police. As well as corporation helpline.

Indian Robin – Birds in Surat

The Indian robin is sexually dimorphic in plumage, with the male being mainly black with a white shoulder patch or stripe whose visible extent can vary with posture. The northern populations have the upper plumage brownish, while the southern populations are black above. The males have chestnut undertail coverts and these are visible as the bird usually holds the 6–8 cm long tail raised upright. The females are brownish above, have no white shoulder stripe and are greyish below, with the vent a paler shade of chestnut than the males. Birds of the northern populations are larger than those from southern India or Sri Lanka. Juvenile birds are much like females, but the throat is mottled

Indian Robin in Surat

Often seen in the branches of trees or green areas chirping similar to sparrows but distinctly loud and consistently musical sound. They are dark in colour slightly larger than sparrow and identified by their tail which is kept upright.

In my observation of these birds over the last two years, I have seen them grow from around 2-4 birds to now nearly over 15 in number. Couple of months back the Corona Pandemic led lockdown all-over the city. During that time one couple found an old scooter that was not moved. They built their nest in the front storage compartment. Which was dark and cosy so suited them. They used to daily cross over the compound wall and come over to the other side. They would catch some insects or worms in the open ground and fly over to the compound fall. Then see left and right for any danger and rush into the nest. Both the male and female worked in tandem. When was on the wall, other would fly to catch some food in the ground. And as the other went up. The next one went out. It was so coordinated effort. And they did so for an hour or so in the evening and early mornings. As their chick grew big enough they would make sounds asking for more food. Within two weeks they were able to hop over the nest and fly into the bushes.

Monsoon in Surat – July 2020

June 2020 – Even though Monsoon arrived during the second week of June, there was not much presence during the month of June. Sky was cloudy and it seemed that it may rain anytime. However apart from some pouring for few minutes, there was no full-fledged entry of Monsoon.

July 2020 – By the second week of July, Monsoon has officially begun in Surat. It has been constantly pouring heavily at nights with thunderstorms. Open lands have become muddy and filled to form waterholes. Low lying streets are getting water clogged everytime it rains for an hour or so. The trees have turned all green and the grass is growing well.

Water birds are making the best of it. Due to pandemic people have restricted movement. No one is seen going out apart from some work or essentials. Things are slow and lazy.

555 mm rainfall has been observed till 15 July 2020.