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Lend a hand!

For the second consecutive Sunday I went out Birding with friends; we were doing our bit to gather valuable information that could help Conservation Scientists and Planner take crucial decisions to protect our fragile Earth.

Last weekend it was Trichur and this time we were at the marshes, jheels and a Salt-pan of South Tamil Nadu.

When our group, consisting of four enthusiasts, stopped at the Salt Pan a young fellow walked up to us and asked what we doing with the binoculars and cameras. When we said its called Birding he said there are just mynas in the area. We showed him a dozen species through the lenses and he got interested. He tagged along, took charge of my binoculars and kept looking at the birds as if he was Dr. Salim Ali.

Sivashankar, that’s his name, showed us around the pans – the strongest bunds and the best routes. We discovered that he is in high – school and can ride the motor cycle well.

He asked us to send him a copy of his photo that we had taken.

Off we went to another jheel not far from the salt-pan and another local man took interest in our activities. When he heard that we were here to see migratory birds he gave us a kist of locations of other ponds in that area – and insisted that we follow him to one location.

He drove his bike ahead of our car and took us well over a kilometer to a place were we saw a number of birds. He even gave us his phone number and said we can call him as guide the next time we are in the area.

What made Sivasankar and the other person take so much trouble to help? They weren’t expecting anything in return. I think such actions come from the ability to find joy in helping others.

It’s an attitude – to associate with another person, to communicate and to be of help. They were genuinely happy to help us.

As professionals we too get a lot of opportunities to build bridges, to associate, to come to the aid of people. How often do we grab such opportunities to create a favourable impression or seek to experience the pure joy that comes from being of use to a fellow human – being.

I know it’s a great feeling ….. Reach out!

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  1. Jamy
    January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm


    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 4:17 am

      Thanks, Jamy!

  2. January 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    so meaningful J

    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 3:44 am

      Thank you, Sajan!

  3. Raaj
    January 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Good work Jayan

    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Hi Raaj, thanks a tonne!

  4. Raaj
    January 16, 2012 at 2:20 am

    You never know Jayan, you may have made more than a casual impact on a couple of lives… and may have changed the course of their lives.

    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 3:46 am

      Never thought of it that way! But won’t it be fantastic if that would happen.

  5. bikramadittya
    January 16, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Can’t be more true. Found people like this all over India and in Arabia too. 🙂

    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 5:41 am

      Fantastic! There are good people all over the world – we find them when we are good too!

  6. Suresh
    January 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

    The difference between the two was that Sivashankar was ignorant of his surrounding but had an open mind to learn. The other man on the motorcycle was observant about his surroundings so was able to recall and take you to those locations.

    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Hi Suresh,

      That’s right! The factors were different; Siva was inquisitive and took a fancy for the equipment we carried. So he tagged along to get an opportunity to use them. And hopefully some of the messages shared would stay with him.

      The other man who was a flower harvester – and he knew what he was talking about.

  7. January 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Next time when I’m there I want to go out for birding too

    • JayadevM
      January 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Paul, you are welcome.

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