TRAVELS SOUTH (PART 2) BY Brij Kaul

Chennai   The Safest City Of India.

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Just on the last leg of our long South India sojourn we have been camping in Chennai for last fortnight.

Chennai is the gateway to South and is ranked the safest city in India by the Mercer Quality 0f Living Survey of 2016 February by the low crime rate and the law enforcement parameters.

It is also “Health capital of India “ as nearly 45% health tourists from abroad and an equal percentage of domestic health tourists visit this city to address to their various health problems.

The medical facilities are comparatively cheaper but medically advanced on World Class Parameters.

Chennai has-largest expatriate population in India, estimated at over 100,000 . Majority of the expatriates are mostly from Europe and Tourism-guide publisher Lonely Planet listed Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015.’

Chennai was ranked the best city in India by India Today in the 2014 annual Indian city survey.

 Chennai is nick named as “The Detriot of India” having more than one third of Automobile industry based in the city.

Chennai has flourishing industrial base in Automobiles ,computer technology specially in hardware manufacturing, and is probably India’s second largest exporter of Information technology(IT) after Bengaluru.

Nearly the Country’s 40 percent of automobile industry is located in and around Chennai, and more than 45 percentage of automotive components are being manufactured here . It is hub of manufacturing for large number of   big worldwide names of automotive industries ,Royal Enfield, Bosch, Nissan Motors, Ashok Leyland, Ford, BMW, Mitsubishi, Bharat Benz, Komatsu Limited, Yamah Motors and many others.

Ranked as the 4th fast growing companies ,Chennai has industries to the tune of 35,000 in its 15 industrial zones . Its nearly 24 companies are having a net worth of more than US$1 billion.

Leather Industry

Chennai also contributes nearly 50% of India’s leather exports. Chennai as per Confederation of Indian Industry to US$ 100 billion by 2025. India has global presence in world Leather production to the of 13% being second producer. manufacturing nearly2.58 billion pairs of foot wear every year, the second largest foot wear producer after China.

India is fifth largest exporter in leather goods and its related accessories .

To promote and give fillip to leather industry making it more globally competitive ITPO(INDIAN TRADE PROMOTION ORGANIZATION) in combination with CLE (Council for Leather Exports) is organizing International Leather Fair (IILF) 35TH 2020 Chennai scheduled from Ist to 3rd February at Chennai Trade Centre, showcasing Indian products along with other world products and technologies of the sector.

The capital of Indian state Tamil Nadu, Chennai is located on south- eastern coast of India ,Coromandel off the Bay of Bengal.

It is eventually the cultural economic and educational Centre of south India.

Three rivers span the city ,Koovam river through the center, The Adiyar river to the south and the third one Kortalalaiyar runs through the northern part of the city.

The rivers ultimately mingle into the Bay of Bengal seas.

The rivers as usual are polluted with effluents wastages from the Industries.

Buckingham Canal approximately 4Kms runs parallel to the coast thus linking the Koovam and Adiyar rivers . Here a protected estuary has been a natural habitat for plants ,animals and different species of birds. local as well as migratory.

Estuaries are deep and with faster currants , Lagoons are shallow with much marshy land, hence easily accessible.

The city of beaches ,Temples, Churches, it is most livable and has good network of local transport to

travel around without much hassels.

If you are an early riser, it is quite mesmerizing experience to watch Sunrise on any of the beaches around the city.

Sunrise Panorama

Yesterday I walked down the Kapaleeswarar blue beach , just at a stone’s distance from Deepali’s house and I had dawdled too long for watching the Sunrise panorama above the sea beach.

Finally I was here to watch the live bewitching thrill of the Nature’s ecstatic moments.

The night was breaking into dawn and a glimmer of light shone from apparently the farther expansive sea horizon , transforming the whole prospectus into an orange glow and slowly the red ball jetting out as if from the bosom of sea waters reflecting the early dazzling rays into a colourful rainbow Palette .

By and by the Sun rose scattering its maze of rays all around mingling into sea waves presenting a dazzling spectacle of Nature being at its best.

It is hard to present this ecstatic state in words  describing the jubilation and astonishment of the panoramic  view.

While in Chennai if you had not seen Marina beach you have perhaps not done anything worthwhile in life.

Early in the morning by 7.30am on a sultry Saturday we braced for a city round in the newly BMW car bought by Sathish , after moving over on the thinned traffic road for a while ,we halted near a restaurant for our breakfast. My daughter knows I should have my yummy breakfast by 8,3o morning. It was already ten past nine .

The restaurant was crowded one and we were directed to move over to upper floor for bigger space.

After having sumptuous typical south Indian niceties we went straight to Marina beach for a grandeur stroll.

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Marina Beach  in Chennai

Marina beach is the second longest Natural beach in the world. The beach stretches over a distance of total 13 kms length having breadth of nearly 437 m on the coast of Bay of Bengal.

I took a walk with my wife around the bustling beach with variety of food stalls ,shops selling their nice cookery items to Saturday crowds.

Deepali and Sathish along with Ananya ,Vedika following behind.

The air was pleasant and the wind blowing had nip in it.

Ananya was reluctant to go for a horse ride along the long shore line.

The beach is thronged in the evening hours. The crowds enjoy the cooked, fried fish specialities in the evenings and watch the cascade of high low tides in the chilly winds for hours together.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has launched an ambitious programme of nearly one million tree plantation in and around Chennai in a period of five years since 2019. Chennai abounds in having exotic trees all along to be one of the greenest urban cities of India.

The trees with high salt tolerance like the native Thespesia Populena trees at the Marina beach have withstood the conditions for years together. Another species Kigelia Pinnata having dense broad branches with leaves  spreading like canopy providing shade to passers-by , have been planted in the main thoroughfare of the Marina. These trees being planted some 30 years back stand to the salt tolerances.

A large number of Thespesia  Populena ,tubebuia rosea and millingtonia hortensis plants have been planted on East Coast Road. Such plants also grown in abundance from Vadanemili to  Kovalam  with an object of making green Chennai.

The return ride via Mount Road was exhilarating through broad fully macadamized roads lined both sides with vantage high rise buildings still looking awesome irrespective of age .

As we plied on the broad road the hustle and bustle of the crowd , the horn blaring of the vehicles added a little chaos but even then the streets looked clean and yellow white –painted.

Driving along the road bordered with trees made me feel better. The leaves gobbling the heat from the bright sun and stocking to release it slowly to make the   environment pleasing one.

The roadside fruit sellers were stacking baskets of red juicy apples along with oranges and native fruits. My wife wanted to buy the oranges apples, we did stop to buy some to nibble at. The apple were juicy and sweet.

The clouds suddenly started hovering overhead and the sun hiding behind the fluffy clouds , we drove down a bit speedily to enjoy the cool breezy weather.

Finally the long sojourn coming to end as we fly out to our sweet home in Pune. A journey so valuable and one more learning experience to prize on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GLEAMING MORNING byBrijKaul

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The gleaming morning is revelling

refreshing,

re-imagining the nuances of love.

The Sun is up the mountain peaks

glinting through the dense bushes

On to her ruddy cheeks

behold

my love , my only lovesome love

pretty perky to look at

tripping jostling by the rushes

Torqueing like a bristling dove

carrying that perennial smile

spinning at spectacular speed

lithe

swift-footed gracefully agile.

scantily attired holding my hand

lustily moving on the grassy land

‘Ooop’ a splash in the lake

swam across wrinkled waves

    deep passionately underneath

          lapping up to our clenching teeth

 sensuously in tight clasp

      like fishes like birds we make

love .

          The Setting Sun scatters its rays on

           waters of the Yercaud lake azure

blue

creating a crimson cool hue

       demurely she walked through lagoons

beckoning me to emerald woods

 pretty perky dear one

   my only lovesome love

bristling like a dove

    in this gleaming morning

so

revelling refreshing.

BIRDS ARE BEAUTIFUL by BrijKaul

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                           FLOWER SHRUB

 

Birds are beautiful bountiful

birds are brunette brown

red, yellow blue dark

Ticking together like a clock

flying high in a flock

from distant far away land

unlike

Humans united they stand

against vagaries of weather

slithering dark clouds together

moving around in a flock of feather

romancing the colourful environ

chirping cooing on the rhododendron

in my

enchanting green backyard garden

Fragrant flowers tingle little brains

birds flutter the wings and off to

some other place in pouring rains

bringing for a moment so charm

sanguine sensuous and warm

birds are beautiful bountiful

birds are brunette brown

red yellow blue dark

flying across the temple spire

cooing murmuring soft prattle

with no rancor or desire

Ticking away in a flock

       like a moving celestial clock.

birds

are beautiful bountiful brown

fluttering the tiny wings

over the valley- glades

rivers oceans forests

smiling singing together

in cool or hot weather.

birds are beautiful brown.

some with colourful crown

Nimbling away

  at the yellow downy hay.

 

THE OLD MAN by BrijKaul

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path to the garden of Roses.

                                                 

               The old man hobbled down the cobbled street

                   perspiring profusely with intense prickly heat

ambling on languorously

A fleeting

moment to relax a while

standing around stile

A stranger with broad smile

holding old man’s hand to climb

over the small fence into park.

A sprawling one with huge trees

the birds chirping on the branches.

Listening to the cacophonic gaiety

the old man enjoying the filial piety

The symphony

of the mellifluous singing

rejuvenated his low spirits

in a flash he picked himself up

trudging along the path to peep

through the garden of the roses

intoxicating scent enlivening old man

to sensuous divine sleep.

  with wide open eyes

looked askance up

into

the deep blue skies.

 

 

 

THE SNOW FLAKES by Brijkaul

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                                                             The Snow Flakes

Every dawn , a dusky dull day all

Clouds scudding across the horizons

the

wind growling howling groaning

Evening chilly breeze sprinkling dew

over the rose petals green trees

Inclement weather heralding a snowfall

Snow Snow Snow white flakes

drifting dancing rapidly downwards

drooling mountains,trees, forests

folding valley in its clasp

as single soft white alabaster

The severe winter ‘Chillai Kalan’

showing its grinding teeth

by forcing men women children

old and infirm one and all seek heat

draping ‘pherans’ loose robes warm and hot

huddling around ‘Bukhari’ a fire pot

to

combat biting intense winter’s wrath

like a group of smooching sloth

the birds flock to the window sill

to keep warm away from the chill

waiting for snow to stop

so that the mother sparrow

would fly out to hop

from tree to tree to look for

some twigs food picks

to

feed her squeaking pretty chicks.

 snow snow snow the snowflakes

drifting dancing merrily downwards

to cool the fraying tempers

of the earthly whimpers

City of Peace by Brij kaul

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City of Peace

 

Pune

city of peace and promises

people of large hearts

overflowing with milk

of human kindness

A

 city  agog with lively crowds

young springing youths,

giggling frolicking ones

exhibiting libido, elegance of

dress, design fashion

with

aspirations dreams   desires

of touching skies .

Old citizens on early walking tours

dangling staffs while sprinting

for awhile at a leisure

to their great pleasure.

A

city of love and liberty

with no rancor or remorse

towards one and all

The enthralling environs

with green spectacle all over

distant rolling hills beckoning

one and all into its bracing breezy

embrace.

the

breeze a lilting soothing one

but

sensuous intoxicating caressing

the mind and body for a

yearning longing to merge

                                                               in its eternal beauty.

WHY NEHRU CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN ___ by Brijkaul

For any Indian brought up in Nehrus’s India it is hard to imagine, believe anything other than a democracy.

JAWAHARLALNEHRU was composite personality of erudition, rationality, diversity, humanity and above all a true liberal democrat.

India’s first PM was his own vocal critic .That served democracy well and became his guide line to keep check over executive power being more than just constitutional .

Under the pseudonym of Chanakya he wrote in Mdern Review “ A little twist and Jawahar lal might turn a dictator sweeping aside the paraphernalia of a slow moving democracy. He might still use the language and slogan of democracy and socialism, but we all know how fascism has fattened on this language and then cast it away as useless lumber”

Indian Republic was fortunate in its teething years of 17years to be steered by non other than Nehru , a great man immensely honest and dedicated to the cause of building a strong India , thus winning the faith of countless Indians despite facing a relentless campaign against him for not being culturally rooted so on and so forth.

It was his this typical ability to deliberate on his own shortcomings that stood him in good stead to lead the young Indian democracy to great heights.

The greatness and popularity of Pt Jawahar lal Nehru was insurmountable in Indandacross the world., hence could not be gauged by any gadget and it is beyond the comprehension of the present generation to fathom the veracity ,magnanimity of his greatness, compassion and love for the nation.

Though JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU being strong liberal nationalist was a rationalist as well.

His agile mind’s spiritual quest was strong and he was quite adept in the philosophy of the Vedanta.

He wrote “ I can appreciate to some extent the conception of monism ,and I have been attracted towards the advaita (non- dualist)philosophy. The diversity and fullness of nature stir me and produce harmony of the spirit, and I can imagine feeling myself at home in the old Indian pantheist atmosphere.”

He abhorred the superstitious and dogmatic beliefs. he believed in ethical approach rather than demonstrating some  particular doctrines.

With his scientific temper and progressive thoughts he  ushered India into technological era  rather than seeping in completely in the tradition. He blended modernism into dynamism of taditions and thus pulled off  successfully  all  the sectors of society towards progress and prosperity.

Along with the institutes of technological and nuclear energy he created autonomous institutes of drama ,fine arts, music films . He set up space launching center ISRO currently making voyages into space and onto the other planets like Moon and Mars.

currently with the inputs from the Govt and people India is really on the march towards being one of the top Nations in the world.

Conclusion

Now on his 130th birth anniversary, children’s day we need Nehru’s teachings of brotherhood, unity to propel India towards prosperity progress and overcome the fissiparous tendencies to break away from the idea of inclusive India.

JAWAHARLAL “the jewel of India” as Mahatma Gandhi called him did not disappoint either Gandhiji or the people of this great Nation.