Ashish Rai - Sector C-9 Vasant Kunj Delhi

In Vasant Kunj, and generally in Delhi, I have stopped seeing sparrows and swallows. Maybe pigeons are hardier, so have survived.

Many years back, we had hired a driver to drive us outside of Delhi to attend a function. While crossing Dhaula Kuan flyover, to my horror, the driver ran my car over a mynah hopping on the flyover!!! The fact that a mynah appeared from nowhere, onto the flyover, itself shows how much man has expanded into open spaces. While I winced at what had happened, the driver didn't even flinch. When I reprimanded him, he merely said, "uski kismat!" His 'kismat' will also catch up with him!

Where will all this mindless and insensitive development, where mass produced, lead to, when our biodiversity has less than halved in the last 40 years?!!?

On World Sparrow Day today, let us heed the chirping of the sparrow to remind ourselves that man's greed is killing us and we need to slow down and introspect on our actions in paving and concretising every space that nature has given us!