The Serai Blog

vol 8
Connecting With Nature
2013-02-12

Once upon a time, and there was such a time, we would wait for the postman to ring twice with promises of long awaited letters from sons and lovers. Summer holidays meant climbing mango trees and jumping bare bodied into the pond near grandma’s home. Long drawn-out conversations with friends on hot summer nights. An uninterrupted, unplanned siesta. These montages seem to be almost a relic from a world gone by.

Today, we respond with nanosecond immediacy to multiple e-mail communications-handling a reply to the office, a forward from a friend and mundane queries with consummate ease. Summer holidays are power packed workouts where our children zoom from cricket class to various camps, leaving them with no time or open space to play. Conversations now have four people sitting at a table, each of them talking on their individual BlackBerry. Siestas are now blissfully interrupted by calls from credit card companies offering loans and such. We are always on the go, go, and go demanding that one right answer.

Interestingly there is a sudden demand, for yoga and spirituality. We want our quick nirvana fix. A trip to the forest then, teaches us many life lessons and forces us to connect with ourselves.

On entering the forest, you realise that you are under the mercy of the laws of nature. Just when you think that you have understood it, it decides to change. Its moods are unpredictable. A trek on a bright hot sunny day, can suddenly turn into a downpour. The crescendo of bird and animal calls which you wish to record can suddenly stun you into deafening silence. That you want to spot the big cat, but the forest decides to show you five spotted deer and a peacock. That you close your eyes in despair, only to find a leopard watching you in utter disdain. For a brief period, the ‘I’ in us begins to fade, and we surrender ourselves to a force higher than us. This is meditation at its best.

The forest is a prime example of two principles. The first is, unity in diversity. Huge gigantic mammoth trees stand next to shrubs and thorny clumps of grass. Each has a specific role in the environment and thus there is no competition for one to emulate the other. You witness the web of life that scientists and philosophers have talked about.

The second law is that we take only what we need. I remember, on one of our wildlife trips being amazed to watch a tableau of deer, bison and birds drink from a watering hole watched by a leopard. ‘But why does he not kill them…’ we ask in awe. ‘Because he is not hungry’ comes a pat reply from our naturalist! The forest shows us that in times of need, comradeship can emerge between the most unlikely of bedfellows!

Often we feel the need to find or offer an explanation for everything, especially to our kids. The forest after a while lulls you into silence. Initially when we entered the forest, we found ourselves explaining and naming everything we saw. However, soon a silence descended upon the group. The children were not asking but merely observing and this space is important for them to make their own connections and meanings. It is in the silence that we slowly began to drift from what we know to what we don’t know. A new way of defining ‘knowledge’.

We need to preserve the forest for various reasons. Perhaps we need the forest more than ever for the reasons beyond definition. For the simple fact that they are a vast oasis that we can dip into, to remind ourselves of what it truly means to be alive.

-Anuradha Shyam

Writer & Special Educator

Deciphering the ways of nature is like putting together a big jigsaw puzzle. This is how the idea of paper art struck us-to illustrate the article by Anuradha Shyam. The above picture was created using handcrafted paper on a lazy Saturday afternoon!

bandipur

Leave a Reply

#INSPIREDRESORTS
Recent Posts
The Serai Chikmagalur
Top Tips for Foreign Travellers!
The Serai Chikmagalur
Facts about Leatherback Turtles
The Serai Chikmagalur
Into the Wilderness - Explore Kabini
The Serai Chikmagalur
What would your dream vacation look like?
The Serai Chikmagalur
How to Pack for Hill Stations
The Serai Chikmagalur
Looking for an holiday? This photo contest explains, Why you need to book a stay at Serai today!
The Serai Chikmagalur
Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
The Serai Chikmagalur
Spectacular Sights In & Around Chikmagalur
The Serai Chikmagalur
5 Amazing Aquatic Animals of the Andamans
The Serai Chikmagalur
Into The Wild
The Serai Chikmagalur
Fun Facts About The Indian Elephant
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 First-Aid Essentials for Travelers
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Must Visit National Parks in South India
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Beaches You Must Visit in The Andamans
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Exciting Activities at Kabini
The Serai Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur - Inspired by Coffee
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Exciting Activities at Bandipur
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Essential Tips for Travelers
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Hidden Treasures of The Andamans
The Serai Chikmagalur
5 Exotic Birds Spotted at Kabini
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Hotspots for Trekking Around Chikmagalur
The Serai Chikmagalur
Five things to do around the Andamans
The Serai Chikmagalur
Kabini - Legends of the Land
The Serai Chikmagalur
Top 5 Wildlife Sightings at Bandipur
The Serai Chikmagalur
Bean to Cup - Make Coffee With Your Own Hands
The Serai Chikmagalur
Unplug & Unwind
The Serai Chikmagalur
Belur and Halebid - The Seat of the Hoysala Empire
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Travel
The Serai Chikmagalur
Kabini - Inspired by the waterfront
The Serai Chikmagalur
4 Photography Tips for Beginners
The Serai Chikmagalur
Baba Budan Brings Coffee to India
The Serai Chikmagalur
Meet Rajan - Beach No. 7's Most Loved Resident
The Serai Chikmagalur
5 Wildlife Books for Children
The Serai Chikmagalur
A Malenadu Favourite: Akki Roti
The Serai Chikmagalur
Do's and Don'ts in the Jungle
The Serai Chikmagalur
5 reasons why every coffee lover must visit Chikmagalur
The Serai Chikmagalur
Memories at The Serai!
The Serai Chikmagalur
Behold: The Queen of the Jungle!
The Serai Chikmagalur
A cup of Coffee Please!
The Serai Chikmagalur
Ooty: The Antique Trail
The Serai Chikmagalur
Connecting With Nature
The Serai Chikmagalur
Can You Spot The Spots?
The Serai Chikmagalur
The Cuisine Of Coorg
The Serai Chikmagalur
Karnataka: Home Of The Feathered Friends
The Serai Chikmagalur
Tribal Art Of Karnataka
The Serai Chikmagalur
Tryst With The Wild
The Serai Chikmagalur
The Magic Of Monsoons
The Serai Chikmagalur
Circle Of Life

Make a Reservation

The Crest

Our guests at the Serai are special, exclusive and discerning, like the resorts themselves and for you- we offer our loyalty programme- The Crest.
The Serai Shutterbug 2016 workshop is the photography experience. We encourage and train budding photographers to capture nature in all her beauty without disturbing life in the wilderness.