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.
AND NOONE TALKS POLITICS.
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.
AND EVERYONE TALKS POLITICS.
How I wish I could spend my retired life there up in the hills.
BUT,I CAN NOT REPAIR STOVES.
DESH UBAL RAHA HAI.
PAPPU JAAG GAYA HAI
let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW
b k chowla