Monday, December 7, 2009

The Sparrow

Once upon a time there was a species called sparrow among birds……..This would possibly the starting line of a story we share with our kids or grandkids in future.

The house sparrows, spotted doves, bulbuls, bats and kites are in the verge of extinction and may disappear in a few years from now. In fact these birds are rarely or no more seen in many cities.

The reason??? We use cell phones!!!

"Birds are known to be sensitive to magnetic radiation. Microwaves can interfere with their sensors and misguide them while navigating and preying,” says zoologist Mr Ranjit Daniels.

The new generation kids are not aware of many bird species. The days are gone when sparrows, pigeons and many other birds visit homes to feed on food grains and built nest in our courtyard, roof top and tree tops. We now have ‘secured’ and ‘neat’ apartments and ‘homes’.

From time immemorial we learned a lot and still continue to do so from the animal kingdom. Right from making the lunar space shuttle which is designed in the shape of a spider for more security and stability in the alien land; Adopting the behavior of ants to solve the Traveling salesman’s problem (To find the shortest route to visit each location and returning to starting point) which helps to do business in a cost effective manner.

Researches states that one among the ants is deployed to search food for a group. This spy ant goes around in different directions in search of food and once finding the food, it returns in the shortest route possible to lead the group back to the place it found the food. What a strategy and a sense of selflessness!!!

Are we moving ahead in the right direction and our advancement in technology leading us to a safer and greener tomorrow?

(pic taken from net)*


Vancouver, Canada said...

Beautifully written Nar. Hopefully it resonates deep within everyone that reads it so that we can make tomorrow a better one and protect and preserve God's Beautiful Earth.

Thanks for sharing sweetie :)

Rajesh said...

As a kid I used to see lot of sparrows in the back yard. Today it has become a rarity. Advances in technology and comfort at what cost?

Bhojeshwar Temple, Bhojpur

Indrani said...

Great thought provoking post and a beautiful sharp picture.

Escapist said...

Hiya !
Very informative......and the picture is gud.

claude said...

Hello !
I do not use aften neither my micro waves nor my cell phione at home. That is the reason why I can see a lot of birds in my garden
( Yes I live in the countryside) Sparrows, Doves, Titmouses and so on.

Greener Bangalore said...

Thanks You Sandy, Rajesh, Indra, Escapist and Claude......and very glad to know that Claude

Glennis said...

it is a thought provoking article, we also have a serious decline of Sparrows in NZ, they are not scarce just greatly reduced in numbers. Cells phones on the other hand are not in decline! I feed the Sparrows so we do have quite a few round our home, but I also seldom use my cell phone and then only for texts.

Tina said...

oh no that is so sad for the birds. i never knew that about the phones

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Jain said...

I might trade it all--go back to stone and chisel--if wildlife could be restored to pre-industrial times. But then, we wouldn't be sharing ideas online. Technology is a mixed blessing.

I'm happy that you visited my blog and thank you for your comments! "Jain" is an adopted online name, taken out of respect for compassionate Jain philosophy.

I'll enjoy looking through your earlier posts. Namaste.

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Glennis dats so nice of you feeding them and thanks for the visit and comments. keep visiting.

Yes Tina..its sad but true.....

Hi Jain....glad to know that your respect for the Jain philosophy and thanks for the visit and comment...keep Visiting.


Spiderdama said...

Great post and wonderful photo of the bird!
Wish you a nice day:-)

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.