New Boy in the Town
It’s not the name of a book. It’s just about a boy who arrived in a town.
But, how do you arrive in a town ?
Majority of people shift to a new town in search of livelihood. Some people do it for fun or living life in a better place.
There is something called push factor & pull factor which explains that why people migrate to any place. It literally means that people are pushed from their comfort zone and pulled by the mirage of a better life in an unknown place.
It’s not that shifting to a new town is a recent phenomenon , it is believed that few million years ago people from Africa moved to Europe , Asia and later on to Americas.
So, our history is replete with movement of new boys moving into new towns or whatever they used to call towns at that time (02 million years ago).
But, the process always involves uprooting some trees of friendship or bonding with the place (both living as well as non-living entities). Nevertheless, it hurts when you leave a well-established home and move out in a jiffy.
You may have tonnes of memories of the place but it just becomes a folder in your flash drive.
That’s why every religion talks about renunciation.
Leaving a town without a promise to come back again is truly the highest form of renunciation. When you are well-off and belong to moneyed class, you sometimes think that if you leave the town , the town will go to dogs.
But, life plays games and you realize that not even a dog is bothered about your departure.
People come and go……every town resembles a railway station which only houses travellers for a specific period of journey.
I vividly recall the words said by a wise man long time ago –
The cemeteries are full of people who thought the world couldn’t get along without them.
So, a new boy arrives in a big town and first thing he realizes that the town is polluted. All sorts of pollution, be it air, water, soil or may be human psyche.
Living in towns is not a cake walk. The days of drinking water from fresh river and plucking fruits from trees are not feasible in a town. Even vegetable and flowers are grown in labs in towns.
How do people eat vegetables grown in unhealthy soil ?
Does it taste any good ?
New boy noticed a giant guava weighing nearly 01 Kg. each in a shopping mall. He learned that these guavas are sourced from Thailand and salesman informed that guava is tropical tree. It can be eaten as a fruit or used as an ingredient in drinks, smoothies as well as desserts. He told that guava tree is a highly attractive tree. Leaves and flowers are both mildly fragrant and attractive. New boy became happy to learn so many new things about guava, felt like a novice about fruit trees. He realized that the day is not far when ubiquitous guava trees in our villages will become extinct and our youngsters won’t recognize it. May be some exotic garden in big towns will preserve it for prosperity.
Think about it. If our fruit trees vanish , what will we eat ?
If we keep expending our natural resources at such a fast pace, the day is not far when such situations will become the norm and food items will become scarce.
What will happen after that ?
Artificial intelligence can’t manufacture fruits. What will we do with all our modern gadgets if there are no fruits to eat for anyone ?
It is projected that population of India will stabilize around 1.70 billion by the year 2101 (AD).
So , now imagine the amount of guavas needed for feeding that many stomachs ? I am just talking about 01 fruit and 01 country. You can multiply it with thousands of eatable fruits and more than 200 countries on the planet.
Big guavas are okay , they even taste like a potato, but can we produce enough to feed everyone ?
So, new boy in the town thinks about just 01 issue and is worried what will he eat in the town as there are no farmlands in the town.
Town is like a jungle but not made of trees. It is made of concrete and metal in abundant quantities.
It is devoid of trees and fresh water bodies which sustain our life.
Rich people living in glittering towers of towns go to mountains to find trees and fresh air.
The irony can’t be starker ?
Why can’t they make a town in midst of trees and co-exist with them ?
They drive gasoline-guzzling big & ugly SUVs. They take immense pleasure in pollute serene environs of small hamlets in mountains.
Trees and animals have the first right on natural resources.
We have to give them their share. Or else , doomsday is not far away.
So, new boy just thinks about the difference between living near bank of a river where dolphins swim in crystal clear water and on the bank of a foul-smelling, black and chemically- polluted thick river water.
That’s is the difference between Ganga and Yamuna.
What will new boy think about other issues in the town ?
That’s hidden in the belly of future and you will have to wait for a new blog.
Till then, keep reading.