Impact of Uttarakhand Forest Fire

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Wildfire

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A few weeks back I had written a poem on Forest Fire.  Here is a following  write up by Reshma Gandhi, elaborating upon the impact of the Forest Fire and the related environmental concerns.

A fierce forest fire blazed across the state of Uttarakhand in May. Ruthless and punishing it created havoc and disaster. Several viewpoints emerge to get us thinking. Was it the aridity of the forest that prompted it? Did the combustible chir pine trees attract it? Political greed too seems to be the motive behind this relentless destruction.

What triggered the Uttarakhand fire is yet unanswered. Read more

On the shore – A Tanka

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On the shore – A Tanka

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Seagull

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Seagulls spread their wings

to surf on the beach, Sun peeps

through the curling waves

that roll over and break

on shore at start of the day

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Raghuram Rajan

The economy was in tatters, inflation was sky high

When, Raghuram Rajan was placed at the helm of the RBI

While the nation swooned on his charm

he had to prove his mettle, walking on a rope tight

challenges were aplenty; he put up a tough fight –

 

His actions bore the fruits – the situation is no longer fragile

Inflation has halved, reserves have swelled, and currency stabilized,

It was but natural that people were keen

that Rajan would hold his second term on the Mint Street,

for a time window in which the economy would completely heal

 

Yet as he bids goodbye, the send-off is left unexplained

People are upset, feeling the sting and pain

As a few in the power seats glee, and corner his credit

It seems that perhaps he refused to play the game

For the whims and fancies of some, merit loses yet once again

 

The exit of Raghuram Rajan as the RBI Governor has left people shocked.

Yu can find the article on ‘Why Rajan’s exit has people worrying’ on this link on Eonomics Times   http://goo.gl/Y5B84m

 

 

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Feline Quotes

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Feline Quotes

“God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger.”  ~ Joseph Mery

Sometime back, I had written a post on ‘Po’ – The Little Kitten. It happens so that the playful kitten Po, now grown up by a few months, has landed up at my house, and is keeping me on my toes.  As we are adjusting to each other’s presence, most of my time now goes in watching its antics.

The kitten has peculiar habits with strange feline ways of communicating and emoting. There is a silent mystery about the creature as it disappears within the flash of a second and sneaks into the weirdest corners of the house, finding a new place to hide every day. At other times, it makes itself particularly endearing by playfully rolling on its back and rubbing its head on our feet and purring, on being petted.

It butts its head, suddenly comes running and bumps me, sits on my desk, does high five, stares continuously and then blinks, curls up and sulks when scolded.  Going by the saying that when a cat bumps you and rubs against you, they “claim” you by leaving a bit of their musk on you, ‘Po’ seemed to have claimed our house with the inmates.

Po Kitten

There are moments when Po exhibits bursts of intense dashing through the house for reasons best known to him. He plays the hunt and chase game with paper balls or soft toys and is very curious about everything that goes on inside the house. Yes, he also scratches furniture for territorial marking, and jumps out of the windows at the first opportunity but is extremely scared to go out of the door.

Most of our discussions at home these days are oddly centred around the cat.

While trying to dig out about the behavioural traits of cats, I came across several quotes on cats. I am listing here the ones that I found particularly interesting.

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Rain- A Haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

rain

The first drops of rain,

earth sweetly smiles looking at 

the glum face of sky!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Lake District

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Lake district, Cumbria

Beneath a dewy sky

quietly the lake flows by

beside the rolling hills; 

– over sprawling green meadows

light and mist play hide and seek

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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