Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Recently I spent a few days in Garhwal hills.
It was not jungles.
Those of us who live in Metro cities with all facilities like transport, power back up and most the basic infrastructure might find living in place like Garhwal hills very different, amazing.
One can walk for miles in clean pollution free atmosphere,without diesel fumes something which one can't even think of doing in Delhi or Mumbai.

One day, I had gone for a walk and having done that for a few Kms,I saw a man walk down  the hill........Bidi  in hand, whistling away to glory, a bag on his shoulders, shoes in bad shape, a small tin box carrying tools like a screw driver etc, singing a Pahadi song. Out of curiosity I asked him as to where was he coming from? Stove repair…smilingly, was his answer. This man walked up and down that steep hill to a house to repair a stove. And what did he charge for repairing a stove? Rs 5/ ?.This man claimed that he earns almost Rs20/day out of such repair jobs and is able to provide for his family.
He owns a house.

Compare that to living in Delhi or Mumbai.
It is living in concrete jungle.
Visit charges of an electrician or a plumber are Rs 150/
Apartment costs nothing less than a couple of Crores.
No day is complete without having to inhale diesel fumes.
Pollution levels are something one can actually feel.
Noise pollution is deafenning.
Walking down the street could be a fatal.
Try and figure out if stress has let you whistle in recent past.

How I wish I could spend my retired life there up in the hills.


                                       MY PICTURE WITH THE MAN OF THE MOMENT



b k chowla


Unknown said...

It is heartening to see that our hill stations have maintained their virgin beauty. Far from the madding crowd the innocent habitants live in the the world of their own.

dr.antony said...

We enjoy those things that are not readily at hand.Those who live there might find life terrible.

S.R.Ayyangar said...

true but now hill towns are also catching up with towns and cities. Trees and jungles are being removed to make way for hotels,shops and more hotels. This I observed on my trip to Simla last year.

anilkurup59 said...

I noted my comments but they seemed to have vanished.
Better be careful as the daily earnings of this guy Rs 20 is far below the mandated figure of Rs 26 set forth by Mr Montek Singh.

BK Chowla, said...

Usha Menon,
It was heavenly.

BK Chowla, said...

I liked it.

BK Chowla, said...

There wasn't a sign of all this there as of now.

BK Chowla, said...

Already replied

Bikram said...

long way to go yet sir, hope we dont spoil these remote areas tooo


Rama Ananth said...

Even, I have visited some such places, which is totally free of any kind of pollution, and everything green, with people happy with whatever they can earn, no grudges, rat race.
I often wished, I could live like them.

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