I am back in Hyderabad, the city where I was born and brought up, after living in different parts of the world for over a decade and feel that the traffic in Hyderabad is probably one of the worst in the world. The vehicular traffic has increased and the number of cars on the roads has also increased but it is a big mess. People tend to blame the roads but the roads have been sufficiently widened despite some bottlenecks. The problem is not the roads it is the people who do not have the sense of driving. People have the money to buy fancy cars and put them on the road but the people who are driving these cars have no civic sense. People just don't seem to understand traffic rules and traffic lanes. They lack the basic idea of a Queue (First in, First out). If one has started after me then they should understand they will reach after me. There is no miracle that is going to happen to put them ahead of me unless they break the rules. These breaking rules, cutting lanes, not yielding, creating virtual non-existent lanes are the root causes of the mess. How do we educate these drivers? The sad thing is most educated people also break the rules and behave like junglees. I guess it gets on everyones nerves. So get away from all this madness to the quite and peaceful camping site at GreenAcres.
With the industrial revolution, technology and automation has dramtically changed the lifestyle of humans. Despite poverty in some places around the world, my observation in the last decade has been that people's basic needs of Roti, Kapda aur Makaan (Food, Clothing and Shelter) are being met very easily and that seems to have changed the people's mindset. Nobody wants to work hard any more and everyone wants to get ahead of the others. People are looking for shortcuts - get rich quick schemes. Everybody seems to be busy chasing their wants - the greed that never seem to end. Is this mindset sustainable? I don't think so. We are consuming more than our share of the basic needs and depleting our planet's natural resources much faster than it can regenerate. Like Mahatma Gandhi said: "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed”. We need to end this madness and change our ways. Like Albert Einstein said: "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive".
It is just so beautiful to see the vast expanse of the clear sky and the stars. It is such a humbling experience making us realize how small we are and how insignificant we are, yet we seem to think otherwise. Sleeping in the tents and breathing fresh cool air in the open relaxes our bodies and actually allows us to wake up early. You will not need any air conditioners since the trees and the breeze provide natural air conditioning. So no wasting electricity there! It is just a wonderful experience of connecting with mother nature and yet feel safe inside the tents.
Say "No" to plastic bags and plastic bottles. Everyone can go their bit to save the planet and protect the environment from getting totally wasted. Use reusable bags and bottles. Get over the "Use and Throw" culture and move to more sustainable lifestyles. What has not happened to the planet in thousands of years, we are able to do it in a century. Growing populations and growing needs are draining our natural resources leaving very little for the future generations. We all need to be sensitive to the fact that we are all contributing to the so called Climate Change and excercise caution. Simplicity is the way to go. Nature has a way to course correct itself and at times it could mean wiping out an entire polulation or species. Let's not wait for that to happen. Let's avoid using plastic and trashing the planet. Let's plant lots and lots of trees and have a clean and green environment.