|I’m feeding the birds their most favorite food, “Pearl Millet” on my rooftop|
Today it rained here in Lahore, Pakistan. We went for a walk in the park, the weather was still awesome, giving relief from the 50 degree celcius heat of the summer. I took some pictures … 🙂
I should do this every morning, I am sure jogging here will not only increase my physical fitness but mental as well !
I took this picture near my village last year. I wonder how so many bees can live and work in peace in such a small space yet mankind cannot live in harmony even in such a huge world. Who’s more civilized here, us or them? That’s the way of nature, to live in peace. But we never learn, and that’s why we always suffer and will continue to suffer until we change our mindset drastically, and respect the basic human rights and accept others regardless of race, language, religion or economical status.
Let’s lighten the mood here ! 🙂
There’s also a second lesson, which mankind HAS LEARNT from the beehives. Have you ever wondered why this Bee Hives are made in this particular shape and not like the nests of other birds? The shape of this beehive is a Honey Comb structure. This structure allows the optimization of construction material, in this case wax. So the bees are able to build a colony for themselves utilizing the minimum resources.
Man has also been inspired from the Honey Comb structure and that’s why its use has been known since 60 BC.
Honeycomb materials are widely used where flat or slightly curved surfaces are needed and their high strength-to-weight-ratio is valuable. They are widely used in the aerospace industry for this reason, and honeycomb materials in aluminum, fibreglass and advanced composite materials have been featured in aircraft and rockets since the 1950s. They can also be found in many other fields, from packaging materials in the form of paper-based honeycomb cardboard, to sporting goods like skis and snowboards.
Do you believe there is still room for mankind to learn from other species, even if they are seemingly insignificant such as small bees? 🙂
Last month i visited some local Wild Life Park.It was fun.What i never thought was that i would encounter a flashback of my childhood memories of Dalmatian Dogs by visiting the Park. I was 12 when i saw “101 Dalmatians”. A family comedy movie in which a woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.I really enjoyed it at that time . Since then,it was an unspoken and not so desperate wish to see some Dalmatian dogs but it was nearly impossible to witness any as they are not available in Pakistan. Dalmatians are a breed of dog whose roots are often said to trace back to Dalmatia (a region of Croatia) where the first illustrations of the dog have been found.They are very little in number in Asia. Almost extinct.But there i was,watching a couple of Dalmatians !
Dalmatian puppies are born with plain white coats and their first spots usually appear within three weeks after birth.Seems like GOD was in an artistic mood while painting them, throwing spotted strokes on the canvas to make a masterpiece maybe? Anyhow its interesting that this ” artistic” Dog is often used as a rescue dog, guardian, athletic partner, and most often an active family member in West. Next time you see a Dalmatian, try to whistle or call it, chances are high that it wouldn’t respond..Wonder why? Because it is reported that this breed of dog has a genetic predisposition for deafness,it is a serious health problem for Dalmatians; only about 70% have normal hearing.Deafness was not recognized by early breeders, so the breed was thought to be unintelligent. Even after recognizing the problem as a genetic fault, breeders did not understand the dogs’ nature, and deafness in Dalmatians continues to be a frequent problem.
I clicked some snaps of Dalmatians as i was rather excited to see them because the whole movie story was coming back to my mind and i was fantasizing about their mischievous and friendly gigs that i watched in 101 Dalmatians. It is interesting to know that particularly in the United States, the use of Dalmatians as carriage dogs was transferred to horse-drawn fire engines, although it is unclear why this link was not made in other countries. Today, the Dalmatian serves as a firehouse mascot and is sometimes used to educate the public in fire safety, but in the days of horse-drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity to horses. They would run alongside the horses, or beneath the cart axles.Dalmatian are like Darling Dogs !
Few months back,i got a chance to visit a Poultry Farm in a rural area of Punjab.It was a bright Sunday morning. I wasn’t in a good mood because my exams were near and all my student life i had been a complete restless geek who would get sleepless nights just because the exams were near-Well, a month away,but Near..
So,there i was, having a tour of the poultry farm which was quite boring on the upfront because there were no chickens in sight yet.Finally,when the boring tour of the outside shelter,the electric control unit,and huge exhaust outlets the guide took us to the Controlled Shed where chicken were kept. OMG! so many chickens in one place,stepping over each other like little balls of furrr.That was exciting and freakishly crowded.Smelly as well :@
Chicks were monitored by people who wore safety shoes and roam about in the shed to keep a thorough eye on them.i was surprised and pleased to see that they were treated like babies.Feed was pure,ample and frequently provided.Temperature was maintained and automatically controlled through sensors so that chicks could get warm and cozy environment.One thing i would like to mention here is that,there was a little “Hospital” portion for sick chicks where they were fed with medicines and diagnosed by veterinary doctors.How human of humans to be human with chicks!
Overall it was a good place to see but my curiosity to get to know more of everything insisted on staying there while everyone else moved out for lunch. i wanted to try something on my own,i wanted to interact with those chicks because they were stagnant in one place.Watching them in action would be fun. I thought to myself that they cant talk to me,they cant tell me how’s it going in there, so what should i do to see them in action. Aha! a water tap it is. Lets see who is thirsty today ! i opened the little water tap and WHOOF…so many thirsty little chicks ran down towards the tap.It was an awesome view.That view was worth sharing so i took a snap from my mobile’s camera.
So,i got the best of my tour with that view.I had enough.The view was fulfilling satisfying and it seemed as if my sole purpose to go there was to help those chicks to quench their thirst. Suddenly i was in a good mood. I went out and ate with others and then packed to go back to home.Life is all about chances, grab a good chance to do something good with your life,with others life,chick’s life may be.
While visiting my grandparents in village, I saw these two birds sitting on the wall. I had the camera in my hands so I clicked immediately. Looking at these birds made me wonder, humans & birds, no matter how different physically do share one common aspect in their ‘socioeconomic life’ – both have to earn their livelihood. It has been so since the stone age & will continue to be so till the very end of time. However, the way to do so has evolved for us over time but not for the birds. We started off like them, wearing the suit of nature, hunting for food with our clubs & stones in the early ages, but now our means to acquire food are more indirect, now we work for paychecks, our weapons have evolved, now we use computers, pens, books, musical instruments, cameras, screwdrivers, brooms, and we wear suits & ties, shiny shoes, trendy hats, makeover, and cool shades. So many of us aspire to reach the top of corporate world. To have all that money, the glamour, the fast cars, the huge houses. But what are we willing to sacrifice in doing so? Will we do it even if we have to sell our peace of mind, our conscience, our integrity, honesty?
On the other hand, have a look at these two birds. They are together because they have to work, may be they don’t like each other that’s why they are sitting together but looking in different directions, having different thoughts. But their souls are pure, they don’t have to lie, cheat or pretend.
If given a chance, would you want to be like these birds? Simple, straight forward, nothing artificial about you, not having to hide how you feel about someone. Or better yet, would you want to trade places with these birds? Why? Because they live a simpler life. The are unaware of the concepts so frequently used by the human society today, lying, cheating, backstabbing, dirty politics.
THINK! Let’s learn from nature, we can’t stop working but let’s try to be pure, if we have something in our heart let’s say it out loud and clarify and solve our problems to live peacefully, with purity, let’s live the way of nature!
By: Rashid Ali