Dusk seemed to excite the avians, flocking in hordes to the mango tree. Life was abundant, energetic, and vocal, threatening to burst out of its green shelter in a cacophony of sounds, colours, and shapes. The mango tree seemed to pulse back and forth with the activity within, like the very core of the planet it inhabited.
In a world consumed by the doomsday complex, with a ubiquitous lost paradise narrative, I imagined I should let them know of this wondrous exuberance of life. There were no ominous prophecies, no visions of smoggy, barren landscapes strewn with human debris, no mass migrations of dense and diseased conglomerations of society, and none of the desperation of a struggled existence. Certainly this packed and rising city couldn’t have escaped the fumes. It had held strong, thrived even. The birds in the tree were an ode to the resilience, not of the people but of the planet.
I had my paradise, for now.
Author Bio: Rahul Shingrani, is an Entrepreneur and a Biomedical Devices Pioneer who lives and works out of Bangalore.
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