“I do wonder whether there will come a wastefulness- chemical wastes in the rivers, metal wastes everywhere, and atomic wastes buried deep in the earth or sunk in the sea. When an indian village became too deep in its own filth, the inhabitants moved. And we have no place to which to move.”
Well, the situation in our Country Capital is pretty much same as mentioned in the above quote. We have created a mess for ourselves and now we cannot escape it. We have no place to go, as how to run away from a place which gives us our bread and butter.
We build empires, make investments in form of gold, property and bank balances, for our future generations, but amidst all this we have forgotten to provide our kids with basic amenities or would rather put it this way, ‘that we have taken away the rights of our children, with implanting of concrete jungles and cutting of the natural ones.’
And now by not sending them to schools in this smog situation .
Its a pity, that water they drink is loaded with impurities, the air they breathe is full of toxins and food they eat is either junk or laced with chemicals inform of fertilizers.
Festivals like Diwali come as monsters, making our children sick, making then prone to respiratory disorders , followed by deadly smoky winters. The chill of winters is not about enjoying the warmth of quilts and blankets, but rather making rounds to the doctors.
Diwali does not make us any richer , anymore, as Goddess Laxmi, herself feels threatned by the pollution and dust of Delhi, and we end up spending more after Diwali, by paying visits to our doctors/paedetriians.
The ‘never say die spirit ‘ of Delhi, can be seen clearly on festivals like Diwali, where we burst crackers non-stop and burn money with thrill and cheer. May be this is the reason , we end up offending Goddess Laxmi, and spending more on masks, air purifiers , nebulizers and puffs.
Economy is booming with sale of above mentioned products, but at whose cost, well the answer is clear, it is the health of our children which is at stake. Exposere to pollution, traffic chaos, to much use of nebulizers and deadly winter months are affecting the health of children residing in metro cities, especially Delhi.
The Capital of our country , has become more like a crime capital and a place housing deadly diseases like dengue, flu, or, allergies or repiratory disorders.
During winter months spotting the Sun amidst the smog, once in a blue moon, is like finding the hidden treasure.
Our children apart from being deprived of fresh , clean air, clean water, are also not getting the required Vitamin D for healthy growth.
Malls and high-end shops of Delhi can provide any expensive items to children , but they are unfortunate in terms of getting the free basic bounties of nature.
No amount of tablets or capsules can make-up for the natural sunlight, or fresh air of the trees.
Trees and plants in the park and nursuries amuse us, as if we have seen something alien. We have ourselves deprived us from these free luxuries.
We cannot even ask our children to play in the open, due to dust and smog, earlier there were less of playgrounds ,now we are not able to utilise those also.
For how many days can we stay outside Delhi or run away from the problem??
Well our politicians are busy putting allegations on each-other and mud-slinging, thus adding on to more enviroment pollution.
So the onus lies on us , the common man, to protect ourselves and our families , by taking right measures, to protect our future generations.
For mommies , some simple steps or home remedies I follow:
-During these dreadful months of winters in Delhi, try moving out to the hills for a week or so, if possible.
-due to space constraints in Delhi, we all cannot afford lawns/gardens, so please keep more of potted plants near your window sill, regularly checking the water, as mosquitoes breed easy.
-plant more of neem trees in the close vicinity, to keep away from insects and mosquitoes.
-plants like basil, allo-vera, garlic, curry, money plants and even peepal plants which can be spotted easily anywhere , all these can be planted in the pots and kept inside the houses.
-Use more of jaggery and herbs in tea.
-use of organic tumeric in milk for adults or children can work wonders against cough and cold. (yes tried and tested)
-giving a mix of basil, ginger and honey every morning to children is very effective.
-bay leaves, black pepper, fennel seeds, cardmoum, cloves in luke warm waters during winters can keep us healthy and away from cold and cough.
But the most effective step would be planting as many trees and plants around your house, or keeping pot plants.
These are few steps/suggestions , for keeping away from polution in a natural healthy manner.