Thursday, June 25, 2015

Agra-Lucknow Expressway: Potential Wildlife Hotspot

The much talked about, Agra-Lucknow expressway is not only to bring two cities closer but it would also connect the scattered green fields of UP and serve the purpose of Wildlife Hot-Spot.  The ‘Greenfield’ Expressway is about 308-km long and it would pass through many cities including Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Kannauj, Unnao etc and it would made the travel easily possible between UP west with UP east.

Pic for representation

The expressway will provide faster transport to agricultural producers, handicrafts and small industries etc. Development of 4 agricultural ‘mandis’ for milk, potato, grains, fruit and vegetables along the expressway has also been planned by the government.

Agra-Lucknow expressway would literally work as a treat for eco-tourists who would be interested to see the amazing wildlife of the area in its own habitat. The edges of the expressway are expected to have farms; small patches of trees, Ganges plains etc, which are home for Sarus Crane, state bird of Uttar Pradesh.  Tourists who would drive on the highway will notice a huge range of birds, animals and reptilian species.

The length of the expressway will be 308 Kilometre and it will be the longest access controlled 6 lane expressway in the country. The width of 6 lane expressway is 110 meters which can be expanded to 8 lanes in future based on requirements.

The highway would link about many sanctuaries and hotspot while passing through the different districts of UP. Near Firozabad district, tourists may able to see the colonies of storks in future. Saman Bird Sanctuary in Mainpuri district, Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary Kannauj, Sarsai Nawar in Etawah would also come in the range of the expressway. The bridge on River Ganga would also give spectacular view to the commuters.

What I m expecting is, people may be to witness flocks of Sarus Cranes, Moorhen, Open Bill Stork, many egrets and herons etc. On the high trees a variety of raptor birds would also be visible. People might also able to see Nilgai (blue bull), Jackals, Cheetal deer, Wild Hare etc.

UPEIDA (UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority) planned to restore and develop new wetlands near the roadside area which would sustain the wildlife. Underpasses for cattle, coverts for wildlife, green belt etc are also being developed for the wildlife protection.

As part of the suggestion, I would say development is a regular process, no one can deny it. But if the development proceeds in a sustainable way then it will create more opportunities to save wildlife. The roadsides area would buzz with life, if the expressway would develop smartly.

Here are some ideas to make the Greenfield Highway actually Green;

*Different types of butterflies, native insects, and even birds would feast on the resources which may generate by flourishing native flowers.
*Roadside plantation would reduce the impact of pollution and can hold water during the monsoon season.
*Instead of mowed grass, native medicinal plants could be planted, near road edges.
*Wildlife corridor should develop to join larger areas of similar wildlife habitat. Corridors would allow the movement or trespassing of the animals without disturbing the vehicles.

Hope you guys like the post! Keep me updated how we can make our area more green and eco-sustainable. 


Monday, June 22, 2015

Laughter Yoga: Laugh and stay healthy!

International Yoga Day - Special Copy

Living with disability is a challenge and it can be overcome by true determination. One need to change according to the conditions and people should try to find alternative ways to cope with the disability.

Laughter Yoga comes up as an alternative for those who cannot perform tough ‘Aasanas’ due to lack of aptitude, ability or age issue. Yoga Gurus teaches Laughter Yoga to people who are living with a disability (either physical or mental), but wanted to stay fit!

Laughter Yoga is a different way to fulfill the health targets, without getting hard on the body. Laughter as people say is the best medicine because it reduced the depression and frustration.

Laughter Yoga works in the same mechanism, people laugh on different frequencies to cure different types of diseases. Different types of laughter levels reduce pain, anger, sadness, upset mind, anxiety.

Laughter Yoga provides immediate pain relief; it is an ideal exercise that helps one to accept the disability and provides relief from negativity. Laughter Yoga also provides an immediate sense of safety and security and give courage to combat any problem. But everything depends upon how hard one can laugh... :)

Laughter Yoga is helpful for those who have disabilities, especially in Mobility. Those who are physically incapable due to injury, disease or age factor should perform Laughter Yoga while keeping in mind to laugh as real as possible.

Laughter has so many pitches and each types of laughter help to heal different type of disease. It is scientifically proven that laughter helps to heal heart, lungs and brain related diseases. So don't worry about life, combat the situation with open high pitch laugh :)

Thanks you for reading fellows :)


Friday, June 19, 2015

Holy month of Ramadan

Holy month of Ramadan began on June 18th, 2015. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, and of utmost importance to the Muslim ummah - community. Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is mandatory for all the healthy Muslims to fast everyday from Dawn to Dusk during this holy month.

The holy month is celebrated worldwide by fasting. It consider as a time for soul cleansing and for strengthening spiritual bonds, it is a month of Quran recitation, and introspection. Muslims, gather to pray at the masjid - mosque every day.

The fast begin with eating Suhoor (morning meal) and fajr - morning prayer and the day long fast concluded with Iftar (evening meal) with family and friends and Isha - evening prayer.

Most common way to break the daily fast is with a few sips of water or something sweet, like an odd number of dates. Eating date while breaking the fast is a Sunnah (Deed of Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) which Muslims follow generally and especially during the Ramadan.

Ramadan is the holiest month of the year according to Islam because this is the month in which the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In this month, the gates to heaven are believed to be open and the gates to hell closed. Muslims are instructed to fast in the Surat Al-Baqarah, the second and longest chapter of the Quran.

Technically, all healthy Muslims are expected to fast, but there are a number of exceptions including children, elderly people and pregnant, post-natal, breastfeeding or menstruating women. Travelers or people who are physically or mentally ill  are also exempt. Non-fasters can compensate by fasting at a later date or can feed a person in need, as an alternative.

The date of Ramadan is determined by the lunar calendar, so it falls about 11 days earlier each year than it did the year prior. This month of fasting culminates in massive celebration with the holiday, Eid-al-Fitr, which again would be decided according to the moon sighting, after 29 or 30 days of the month.

On a much lighter note: The month comes with so many blessings, while children enjoying, mothers and sisters cooking for Iftar, relatives and friends visiting more frequently, family praying and fasting together.... 

I wrote with my limited knowledge, all goodness goes to the creator and all the mistakes are mine! Thanks for reading friends... Wish you all a Happy Ramadan ahead!! 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hitchhiker on Road!

I wrote this when Aakash was in Agra, talking with me face to face... he is probably reached his home but that doesn't mean I should avoid this post! He is a real hitchhiker, the 20 year's lad made me feel proud! After Esha, Aakash is another real time traveller who impressed me! 

Currently I have this small post about Esha (Chick here) - Esha: The Lone Gal Traveller, who was began her journey (an all-India tour) on her bike, to tell the world that India is safe, for everyone!!

Esha and Me
(Self Note : I'll write more about this adventurous girl)

About Aakash: To discover various dimensions and beauty of ‘Incredible India’, Aakash Mishra, a 20 years old lad from Indore, visited many destinations, across India, via Hitch-hiking. The adventurer was in Agra for two days (2nd-3rd June -2015) and met me at my office (HT, Agra).

In his own words he is a discover, a learner and an explorer. Aakash talked to me and shared his experience of being a roadie, “I believe in practical learning which means believe what you see. Since childhood, I heard a lot about Taj Mahal, fascinating stories about Agra, that once use to be the capital of great Mughals. I wanted to witness the charm of the city by my own and not by You-Tubing about it. I wanted to set a network in this city, so that I can visit it, whenever I want.. that's why I choose Agra, as part of my hitchhiking journey destination.

I asked him, why don't you use money and stay in a comfortable hotel, ride in a car? He said, “To be honest, I am just a regular students and I don't have enough money to see the entire world. I live with my mother, who supports my each dream, but I don't want to be a burden on her. I have a dream to see everything without troubling my mother.

With the aim to visit Agra and Delhi I began my hitchhiking on May 29th. Hitch-hiking, an interesting and free means of traveling in which a person could reach the destination by getting lifts by the passing vehicles. In simple english, by hitchhiking, I don't have to pay for my traveling or even for the lodging,” shared Aakash.

I asked again, how this hitchhiking works? “Hitchhiking could be only possible by asking people/strangers, for a ride in their vehicle. While hitchhiking I met a lot of interesting people and get to know them. I talked to them, listened their experiences and also learned that with polite talks a person could get great amount of help in India,” he said.

While remembering his journey from Indore to Agra, Aakash said, “I had both good and bad experiences that prepared me for the future and developed my personality. I got to see places that I never thought I would visit. I pushed my limits, learned that money is something but not everything. I learned that humbleness and good behavior is more powerful than money.”

Aakash covered almost 770.2 kilometers, between Indore to Agra. He spent four days between hitchhiking, from Indore to Agra. Aakash’s future plan is to visit more cities via hitchhiking and to explore different natural and cultural aspects that India (that too for free, am I jealous, could be).

Thanks for reading fellows, pack your bags for the adventure and don't forget to visit Agra while going from one end to another :)


Monday, June 15, 2015

Neem: A bitter elixir

A single tree of Neem has over 130 different biologically active compounds, from anticancer benefits to keeping environment cool; Neem is known as bitter elixir among users. Agra city is recording high temperatures in the summer but in those areas where Neem trees are present, those areas are found much more cooler.

I likes to call Neem as a ‘Natural Cooler’. Neem trees are naturally equipped with the coolants. Neem can cool down the environment at much higher rate than any other tree.

Agra has a most diverse kind of climate. City witnesses chilling winters, fulfilling rains and tremendous heat in the summers. To reduce urban heat islands within the city, it is highly recommended to plant Neem sapling road sides and near buildings. 

The tree is useful to ‘save energy’ as well. Neem generally has a big canopy and directly shade the building properly. It certainly decreases the demand for air conditioning. Neem tree is not only a natural cooler but also an air purifier.

Plant a tree near your house and you will witness drop of at least two-three degrees. Trees and vegetation with the less amount of canopy, such as ornamental plants can not help in temperature reduction. Neem on the other hand could reduce the temperature, even if the plant was planted only two-three years ago. No botanist can deny the importance of any type of plant, so even ornamental plant is beneficial to the some extent, but Neem can cool the ambience quicker.

About Neem we already know that it helps to heal many diseases as well. Leaves, bark powder, roots and fruits, which means all the parts of the tree are valuable for us. The tree also possesses excellent medicinal properties. Neem is no doubt a bitter elixir for humans. It is advisable to plant Neem before Monsoon, as the chances of its growth doubled with regular water supply.

Thank you for reading, do let me know if you know more benefits of Neem.


Friday, June 5, 2015

World Environment Day – June 5th

World Environment Day – June 5th

Creating personal green space in and around houses to sustain the environment; denizens of Agra are aware about their Environment-Social Responsibility (ESR). On June 5th when world is going to observe the World Environment Day (WED), citizens of Agra could proudly say that they are not only aware about the problems but actually doing something about it.

United Nations (UN) annually celebrates the ‘World Environment Day’ (June 5th) to recognize the importance of the environment and its role in keeping humans alive on the planet. The theme of the WED-2015 is ‘Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care’.

As per the theme of the WED-2015 goes, People are dreaming for a sustainable future. But to make it's a reality people must take action and must take their Environment-Social Responsibility seriously. If together we join the hands, the planet could remain perfect for the years to come.

There are people who are actually bringing the change in society rather than cribbing about the heat waves, untimely rain and other climatic problems. A wonderful step was taken by the forest department of Agra to plant about six lakhs trees in and around Agra. The planting would begin soon so that during the monsoon, plants will grow at the higher pace.

Plants are always beneficial no matter where people placed them. A bonsai plant inside the house not only increases the beauty but also creates a healthy environment for the residents. There are over 300 species of medicinal plants and 60 varieties of bonsai flowering plants that could be cultured in the indoor gardens easily and that would increase the oxygen circle with in the house and also adds up the personal green space.

According to the World Environment Day program run by UN, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption. But can we afford that? I don't think so, so I believe in restoration of the resources that are naturally occurring on the earth.

These days’ people consume more natural resources than necessary. Although the planet have the a self sustainable mechanism and gradually earth and other elements restore themselves, but sometimes it is like stretching the band so much that if falls apart. World Environment Day is a reminder for everyone that people should do whatever one can.

Many people have their personal garden at home with flowers, medicines, vegetable or fruits trees. My suggestion is, try to plants trees that are shorter in height and took less space. Once the trees will grow, even in summers the home could remain cooler.

Thank you for reading, my humble request to all my readers, try to plant tree, reduce the waste, re-use the product and do whatever you can, so save the mother earth!