On 22nd March , it was World Water day . I spent the evening along with like minded people to raise awareness about water sustainability and the importance and preservation of lakes around the Sarjapura area . My friend , Shubha Ramachandran had organized the event at the banks of Kasavanhalli lake .Shubha is a Water sustainability expert and has been working extensively to implement rain water harvesting at many location in and around Bangalore.
I have been staying in Sarjapura area for almost a decade and i was taken aback when I visited this beautiful lake . Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have and for experiencing the same nature we travel hundreds of miles to be a part of it. Here is a shot from the lake , where we were having such an interesting discussion. The sun rays streaming down gives an ethereal feeling to the whole ambiance
There was a discussion on the lakes around the whole area and how they are inter connected and their survival is essential for the survival of whole eco-system . When there is illegal construction in and around the lake bed , we actually kill the lakes ultimately as through that area the lake actually gets the rain water. There was a poem recital where the volunteers recited poems of different authors . The event was being coordinated by author Nandita Bose and she was at her eloquent self . I had also written a poem for the recital and everyone present loved it. I wrote it in just a couple of minutes and did not have the time to think about the title too.
After the recital and discussion there was a painting competition for kids and definitely the theme was Water . I and a Painter Friend were the judge for the same. The kids did a great job and came up with some great paintings .And we chose the best among the best as each painting was artistic and really unique. It was a great evening in the lap of nature and we enjoyed every bit of it.
This is the poem which I wrote :
The poem personifies Water and written as monologue to us humans.
I am the deep blue sea
And the gurgling waterfall
The perennial rivers and lakes
I am the gift of the almighty
I am the ambrosia of life
I swing in the blue clouds
And travelling afar land
And I wander over the arid deserts
When I rain all eager to reach
I am embraced joyfully by mother earth
You sing , you dance and you rejoice
Everyone welcomes me with an open heart
But for your selfish ways
You pollute , you defile
Throwing garbage in my soul
Making me the bearer of all your filth
I am the messenger of god
I am the cyclone and the Tsunami
And If you don’t mend your ways
Soon I will annihilate you all.