“He is not worthy of the honey-comb,
that shuns the hives because the bees have stings.”
I don’t know where to start today. It’s my first post for the month of April, which knocks at my awning, stretching me beyond my limits. But some times it’s a good thing to stretch one’s limit, then to be caged in the eye of a storm.
Eye of a Storm
I had a bit of an accident recently, where the left eye was bruised – badly, but fortunately not without repair. It’s times like these that I believe there is some kind of divine intervention always at play. Some force which protects us from the worse to occur in our lives. The vision is fine as of now, say the ophthalmologists. The bruises will take sometime to heal, so I walk around looking like a black-eyed zombie.
The good news is my screen consumption came down drastically, though I have mostly been on a tech detox.
I have even contemplated getting an eye-patch; which might make me look like a lady pirate. It might look better than sporting the huge sunglasses. I have no issue with the black eye, and I like wearing sunglasses only in the sun!
I move around outdoors with the black eye mostly. It’s just that I’m averse (for a better choice of words) to the worry riddled on people’s faces, and the volley of questions thrown my way. They worry that I am a victim of abuse. My adorable, ever caring DH can only squirm, while I laugh it off casually telling them I am doing as good as it gets. I’ve been home mostly. A one eye vision and a limited one in the other; can be fairy disorienting and disconcerting all at the same time.
It feels great to be back in the blogosphere. Writing is my redemption, and writing online after 10 days of being out of action is calming to say the least.
Save the Bees
Today I really wanted to write about the mission that I have taken up. A mission to save the bees in my condo to begin with.
This effort eventually could someday help the NCR region – National Capital Region. There are no Bee rescuers/relocators in this area that covers Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. The last 2/3 weeks have been spent trying to find a sustainable solution to save the innocent, life giving bees, without spraying them down with insecticides. Various parts of India like Maharastra and South India have expert Bee handlers who help relocate them safely to the forests without harming them.
There is a large hive which comes up on the floor above ours every year. To me it just proves one point – we live in an abundant natural surrounding where bees, birds and other flora and fauna can thrive. But what has pained us beyond words is how the hives are brought down mercilessly, killing thousands of bees that lie lifeless and dead, strewn all over our balconies. 🙁
The practise has been going on for as long as I can remember – over a decade. In 2017, my book Travel Epiphanies had a chapter where I wrote how I wished to bring about a change. I have been meaning to assist the community here forego this cruel practise of bringing down the bees; snuffing out their precious lives and destroying the hives.
In a blink of an eye, 2022 is already upon us. I couldn’t let this year also pass without finding a sustainable solution to save and relocate the bees.
“If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.”
I am surprised that the Delhi NCR region which is buzzing with so many activists and environmentalists; still doesn’t have any constructive solution to save the bees; without the use of chemicals or smoking them out.
I shall continue to write the second part of this post again in the next few days. The eye demands rest; as does my body.
My friend, Damyanti once told me; sometimes our best answers can be found by tuning in to our bodies; and that has hit home. Sometimes I forget, as my passion to stay active supersedes my desire to just be. But I’ll go with this lesson. Because in just bee(ing), I have always found my bliss. 😉
My WOTY is also a reminder towards the same: Balanced flow.
Signing off by checking with you if you know people in National Capital Region (Delhi/Gurgaon/Noida) who can help relocate bees, or are keen to help do so? Please pass the word.
Sending each of you good vibes, love, light and laughter.