A panoramic view of the large empty plot (in the far background) being developed for the impending “Navi Mumbai International Airport” amidst the ever beautiful hill ranges, mangroves and various streams, as viewed while descending from the Kharghar Hills one fine afternoon.
It would be fun to watch how many airplanes would fly out of this location in the coming years and how ‘wise of a decision’ it was to make an airport in this particular location in the first place.
A Land Crab carries its eggs in its undercarriage across a dry stream at the valley section of the hills at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
What would seem as easy situations for us would often be the hardest and a matter of life or death for the residents of the hills. But inspite of all the trouble they come across, natural or man made, their ability to work past it slowly but steadily is a sight to be reckoned and a life lesson to be learnt from.
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A Land Crab makes its way across a stream at the hills in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
Though the rains seem to be making a late entrance this year, the hills and its residents have started preparing for the monsoon in full swing. These crabs who spend the previous seasons underground have now surfaced in large numbers, dotting the semi moist streams and muddy trails of the region.
A group of greater flamingos take flight during noon, making their way towards the next destination for the day after a brief halt at the backwaters in Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.
A flock of flamingos make the final descend to join the rest at the backwaters in Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.
Watching these birds fly in from miles away, making formations with such discipline, precision and perfection, finally landing in the pond to join the rest of the troupe is an experience to be reckoned with. After watching their landing procedure, it was clear from where our aircraft had derived theirs. Nature is possibly the only thing we need to learn from to live our lives to the fullest.
The universe is chaotic. There is something or the other happening in some part of it, each and every moment.
Though some find peace in this very chaos, ‘most’ see it as an obstacle to ‘peace’.
A very few from the ‘most’ set out to restore order and bring that peace to the world.
Finally an insignificant fraction of this ‘very few’ come to a point only to realize that this very peace and order they sought coexisted in the same chaos they wanted to run from and set order to.
Though by now this revelation would have been a journey of a lifetime, the wisdom from it was worth the effort.
Chaos and peace have been two side of the same coin, coexisting ever since. Chaos is just as beautiful as peace is. And always will be.
A forest fire ascends a segment of the Kharghar Hills, a rather common sight during the winter season.
‘Why exactly one would do is?’ is something I still haven’t found a concrete answer to. I did get a few answers along the years. But to honest, the answers do not do justice to the amount of damage such incidents have caused. But ironically, the real damage has never been to the hills neither to its real residents. It has and always will be to those guests who came down to the valley looking for shelter and sustenance, eventually forgetting the gift of life they had been receiving all along.
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A small fishing wharf on the creek side, next to the Kamote township amidst a misty backdrop that had taken over the area due to intense rain that day.
This image was made two years ago when I was passing by the area one rainy September evening. The sight was so beautiful and dreamy that I stopped on the rickety bridge (far left side, in a non obstructing manner) to make a few images in spite of the heavy traffic buildup a few meters ahead of me at the toll. A few months later, work once again took me past the area and I was rather dejected at the fact that a pipeline was being made through the mangroves, from the Kamote side to Kharghar. And ever since I never managed to ‘stop and stare’ at the sight, perhaps consciously preventing me from seeing the scars that took over ‘the Dream that once existed…’
Two Gull Billed Terns take turns to scope out fish while hovering over the holding ponds at Seawoods during early hours of the day.
The holding ponds at Seawoods and much of the area, in and around the creek harbor a vast number of marine and aquatic species. The area also has a decent mangrove cover (which is slowly depleting due to many factors). Aquatic and Marine birds are often found flying in the region and the place is visited by migratory birds during the season.
But given the fact that these wetlands and similar natural hotspots (around Navi Mumbai) are considered as ‘wastelands’ by people, the place slows get ‘developed’ and much of the region turns into a concrete jungle. The quarrying activities at multiple points on the foothills of the Parsik Hills range, the MIDC area, the Palm Beach Road and Seawoods are some proofs of that ‘development’. While making way through the Palm Beach Road, one can often see signs like ‘Proposed Golf Course’ (near Seawoods or Akshar Building Signal) or ‘Proposed Public Maidan’ (before Nerul or BBQ Nation signal) which are put up by CIDCO. If these projects materialize, pictures like the one above would only be a memory and end up in archives of a long lost past. No, it wouldn’t be the final nail in the coffin but it sure would be step closer to that.
And after all it’s man who needs a coffin