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Friday, 20 March 2015

A BYGONE FRIEND!

By: POOJA PATTNAIK

Written by:- HARI PRASAD SWAIN

2ND YEAR, 4TH SEMESTER, I.T


Gone are the sunsets of summers when sitting by the window, I rejoiced in your melodies. Watching you soar high in the deep blue sky filled me with wonder. Observing you flutter your fluffy wings amused me beyond measure. On solitary afternoons when you sat chirping with your friends in the lofty branches, I felt one myself.


Long ago sparrows were a common sight. Probably that is why we took them for granted. Today most of us will find it hard to  reminisce about the last time  we heard a sparrow chirp in our garden. Therefore we observe World Sparrow Day on March 20, every year (since 2010) to celebrate the bird with whom we share numerous memories and of course an inherent association over generations.


We are all so smitten by the exotic that we become oblivious of the bio diversity in our own backyard. A decade ago, nests of sparrows were a prominent spectacle in almost every household, markets, and railway stations where they dwelled in groups. Our friendly winged  mates fed on food grains , insects, and worms.
Presently, house sparrows are not an imperiled species, but they are facing a crisis of existence in their  natural habitat.

 With increasing urbanization and the 'mall culture' usurping local markets , sparrows, struggle to survive because of lack of insects that are crucial for its young. Electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone towers interfere with its reproductive cycle and obliterate its habitat. Creating awareness about them seems to be the key to their survival. That is why  a 'World Sparrow Day' . May be we should reassess our ideology about 'smart cities'. Instead of constructing concrete forests , I wish we built a sustainable ecosystem where man and nature co-exist in absolute harmony!


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