My friend Rahim, who works as a forest ranger, took me along on one of his trips into the jungle. I had wanted to experience for myself first-hand what he had always spoken about.
The moment we entered the jungle, a sort of semi-darkness enveloped us. The sky was almost completely shut out by the canopy of leaves high above us. At ground level, thick vegetation grew in every direction. The air was damp and had a peculiar smell to it.
All around us were the sounds of insects, birds and animals. Though we could not see them, except for some birds, we knew they were there. The sounds echoed all over, making the jungle feel eerie and strange.
I had no idea how Rahim could find a way through the bushes and trees. He said he was just following a path used by the aborigines. As far as I was concerned, I could not see any path. I realised then how easily an inexperienced person could get lost and perish in the jungle.
Nevertheless I followed Rahim as we trudged along slowly. The most uncomfortable thing about being in the jungle were the leeches. These little bloodsuckers never gave up. Despite thick boots and clothes, they still managed to bite me.
For the first time in my life I saw strange birds, insects, huge spiders, snakes, trees, flowers, vines as thick as a man's hand and various animals. The experience was unforgettable. I was awestruck by the might of nature.
When we emerged from the jungle I felt as though a great weight had been lifted from me. The clear blue sky was a welcome sight. Outside, the world was definitely easier to cope with. The jungle made me feel hemmed in and helpless. It was a good experience but I would prefer to remain outside it.
I am going to share with you my exciting experience of my visit to the farm. Recently, my sister and I and our family friends, went to an organic farm. This place is called “Urban gardening”. It is in Vengal, which is about 100 km from Chennai. We went in a bus. It took a long time to reach there. I was excited to see the farm and the different kind of plants. We were welcomed by the owner of the farm and he took us around. This organic farm was divided into sections. He told us that each plant has to be planted in a section. He taught us how to pluck ladies fingers. It had to be cut off with a sickle in one go. We also got to taste the lady finger raw. And then, we went to the corn field. My friend, my sister and I ran around and played together in the corn field. To pluck a corn, we need to twist and pull it carefully. Then we saw flat beans, which also needs to be twisted and pulled out. Finally we saw groundnuts and watermelon…Yummy! It was fun to pluck the groundnuts, as we had to pull out the whole plant. Finally, went to the watermelon patch and pulled out huge watermelon. We also ate the watermelon. After seeing all these plants, we got into the bus and came back home. I enjoyed my trip to the farm and if I get a chance to visit the farm again, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
P. Athreya III N PSBB School K.K. Nagar.