Project Roohie # 15
How are you my fellow Soul-Searchers? Did you have a good weekend?
Here’s the next story from our Project for you all, something to think deeply about. Hope you like reading it!
“I come from a small town, by the banks of the Brahmaputra, and grew up always in the midst of nature. There was no dearth of greens, leisure time meant running amuck with neighbours, plucking flowers and building imaginary worlds out of twigs and pebbles. Till the age of 5, I had an evening ritual with my father to go watch the sunset in a nearby dyke. We named it “dhunia thai”, meaning ‘beautiful place’, and it was as simple as that.
Which is why, perhaps, I struggle living in a concrete jungle with no space for greens. It will be wrong to say I have not had pleasure discovering the other stretches of civilization, living in colonies and galis teeming with people from all corners of the country, across class backgrounds, from diverse cultures. No denying the growth this kind of living allows, of attitude and perspectives and learning to adapt and adjust. Yet, the peace of having a river body close by (there’s something water, especially a river, does that calms me to the shell), or a frontyard with maa’s meticulous flower beds and lemon trees, the delicious aroma of greens, leave with a constant longing for space and quiet and solitude.
It will not be wrong to say much of adulthood so far has been a tussle between these two contradictory pulls of what my soul craves for and finds in two wholly varied curves of existence. A friend who loses sleep over things like plastic waste as much as me recently told me she has started composting her kitchen waste and upcycling old clothes. It’s not hard to imagine how simple decisions such as these if taken by us all could significantly alter our city landscapes over time. That waste dump you see on your way to morning walk could become empty at last, and maybe offer itself to a community garden of sorts.
I picture a garden each in all the waste dumps that have been created in the neighbourhood I live in. Can we make our cities greener with collective effort?”
P.S. More reads on
- How we can care for our nature in little ways everyday
- My evening ritual
- How green therapy helped this young lady recover.
Project Roohie is an archive of traditional and contemporary wellness tools and practices rooted in the aesthetics of organic living and sustainability. We welcome recipes and regimes of self-care, health, and diet from your family, community, and cultural lineages. This is a collaboration project undertaken by The Soul-Searcher with House of Noorie.
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