Can You Hear The Voice Of Nature? An Emotional Connection…

Voice Of Nature

This is the question I have often asked myself…

Nature speaks to us through its ineffable beauty; its voice is powerful and intense in all its forms.

And I have learnt to hear beyond the whispering willows… the whining of Mother Nature.

I could immediately relate to the veiled laments when my dear blogger friend Nihar asked the same question in his book… “Voice Of Nature”

So could Haiku, the little protagonist of this book whose innocence mingles with the wisdom and perception of his new friends who want to live with the same dignity they were born with.

The story of this book is set in Nandankanan Zoological Park, a 400-hectare zoo and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

A critique on our relationship with flora and fauna, how we respond to them and how much of spontaneous love children develop for them, forms the basis of this book.

Haiku, a little boy is symbolic of human apprehensions, which often dilute at the altar of self-importance, pleasure and leisure.

Haiku’s own loving relationship with Mogli, the white tiger, Bani uncle, the ancient banyan tree and Kuki, the little bird speaks volumes about the future of our connection with nature.

The fact that Haiku can understand the language and emotions of animals, birds and trees symbolizes that we can hear the voice of nature if we possess the inclination and the disposition.

If we can think beyond our own interests!

If we want to nurture our relationship with Mother Nature.

We love to visit zoos; we have created such places to gloat about the care we shower on our animals but we forget that we keep them caged for our own amusement in the name of saving them from extinction.

Animal Love

Caged Mogli is the center of attraction but he yearns for those old days when he was free!

The banyan tree has been a witness to the disengagement of mankind.

Kuki, the little bird is trying to decipher the reasons behind all this. Her shouting at the tree cutters proves inconsequential.

None of them are familiar with the words ‘selfish’ and ‘profitable’!

It is ironic that the banyan tree is rooted yet it has gathered all the knowledge about the people who visit Nandankanan Zoological Park and the white tiger has been confined to one place yet he is expected to put up a pleasant face! Both of them seem to be hopeful and the hope lies in the little boy.

If we could “find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment”, as Pat Buckley said, we would think more like Haiku!

Nihar’s book inspires us to understand the divine bond of harmony, which exists between nature and man. It grimly reminds us, “There is a blurry boundary line between nature and civilization.” We must redefine it.

Albert Einstein also exhorted us “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”

I would like to express my immense gratitude to Nihar Pradhan for sharing his book with me before its publication. I read it with great awe and admiration. It raises the hope that the younger generation would enhance their efforts to restore the lost glory of Mother Earth.

It also reminded me about my visit to Sariska National Park in Rajasthan, India where I could experience the beauty and bounty of wildlife and plant life. A home to numerous majestic animals including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger, this Park was said to have 25 tigers, living in their natural habitats but we couldn’t spot a single one!

Doesn’t it show that they possess a better protection sense?

Please share this post at your favorite social networks to express solidarity with this noble cause.

Thank you for your support. Please add your valuable comments, they are much appreciated.

Balroop Singh

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21 thoughts on “Can You Hear The Voice Of Nature? An Emotional Connection…

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Nature lovers do look forward to such doses of awakening to evoke love and compassion for Mother Nature. I am glad Nihar has taken the lead to remind us and repose hope in the next generation.
      Thanks for sharing your view.

  1. Nihar is a great writer, and no doubt his book is an amazing book. Who doesn’t love a zoo. Incredibly insightful how Nihar weaves the thoughts of the animals throughout the story and tells the plight of the animal kingdom – and nature – through a non-human perspective. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Balroop 🙂

    1. Hi Mabel,

      Yes, Nihar’s story has a child-like charm and he drives home the most relevant point without forcing it down our throats. That is what makes a good writer and Nihar has all those virtues. Lets wish him all the best for his book and many more to come.
      Thanks for taking time off from the busy schedule of finalising a book to stand by and share your perspective. Much appreciated. 🙂

  2. What an excellent review and concept of man and nature. I know nature speaks – I just wish I could listen to it’s voices. Looks like Nihar has done that for us – where can we pick up a copy of this book, Balroop?

    1. Hi Vishnu,

      Thanks for lovely words. Yes, nature definitely speaks, whispers, roars, beckons…only if we spare some time for her, sit in her lap and watch the serene mountains, the ever-flowing rivers, the wandering clouds, the soft breeze, the hues of dawn and dusk…the scenes are endless to savor!

      As I have already mentioned, the book is still in making. Nihar has shared it with few friends and will soon come here to clarify when will it be available.

  3. Hi Balroop! I wanted to stop by and say hi though I’m still on leave from blogging. This sounds like it will be a terrific book. I too love Mother Nature in all forms that she presents and surrounds us with on this Earth. And as Vishnu said – to just listen to her voice 🙂 I hope the summer is treating you well so far, my friend! 🙂

    1. Hi Mike,

      What a pleasant surprise! Where have you been my friend? Hope you are enjoying your blogging break. 🙂
      Looking forward to that book, which you have always contemplated and you have been told to write.

      Yes! Mother Nature…our first love, the first voice that we hear and all the lessons she teaches us! I am glad you too love her voice and spend some time with her too.
      Thanks for your much valued visit!

  4. At the outset, extremely sorry for a delayed conversations. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful perspective on the “voice of nature”…

    Indeed the voice was coming and have been coming louder, we are increasingly becoming immune and we were keeping ourselves mute to the agonizing pain expressed by our nature, and it all comes in the form of natural calamity and we react to such situations but never do we respond to protecting and preserving our nature…we as human beings have to change our nature and start nurturing nature…we have ignored and avoided for all, if we keep distancing we may miss the opportunity to do our bit for the nature…nature will never forgive us.

    Yes, I also have visited Sariska National Park, but unfortunately it is left with no tiger and one has get contented with those few deers here and there…one then thinks that zoo is better than a National Park and animals are more safe in more confined places than the open places and threat is no other than man himself, so whom to blame and where do they do…

    I so happy that we are all trying to do out bit in passing the message and doing what we can do to save our nature and understand the divine bond of harmony…
    Thank you so much once again for going the book and sharing such insightful and valuable thoughts…
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    😀

  5. Hi Nihar,

    You are right, the voices do keep us calm and we like to hear only the pleasant ones. The moment we feel our contribution is required, we look the other way, concentrating on what would benefit us and we are very good at inventing excuses.

    I am glad there are a few persons like you who try to awaken some who care to read about such issues. The more popular articles are those, which talk about self-love and self-improvement and human relationships. Hardly do we realise that our basic relationship with Mother Nature defines all other.

    Thanks for your kind words of appreciation, always valued.

  6. You would remember I wrote about saving some of the endangered species in one of my recent posts…nature has an immense role to play in our lives too. Imagine life without trees, hills, beaches etc…I can’t even think about living then!

    1. Yes Alok, I appreciate your insights…no life without nature, so true!
      It is high time that we do our share of caring for her in whatever little ways we can. Writing about these issues goes a long way in creating awareness and reminding everyone what we owe to our flora and fauna.
      Thanks for standing by and sharing your view.

  7. That’s a beautiful review of Nihar’s thought inspiring book. I like the term ‘whining of Mother Nature’ ‘veiled laments’. It’s high time humans heard it.

    I’m sure this insightful book will touch the hearts of young and old.

    1. Hi Alka,

      Thanks for such kind and nice words! All nature lovers are hearing those laments but very few care to stand by and say something! I had written another post on blessings of Mother Nature, which didn’t receive much attention.
      Yes, Nihar has done a wonderful job in writing a book! I would call a very brave act!

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