Ruskin Bond writes new poem on the degrading environmental loss in Dehradun, Mussoorie
Ruskin Bond’s new poem ‘Dirge of Dehradun’ laments the present environmental degradation on ‘the twin cities of Dehradun and Mussoorie
His beautiful quotes on love, life, friendship and happiness have always convinced us that there's still some beauty within the world despite all the conflicts and lives being lost but this World Environment Day, India’s most loved storyteller – Ruskin Bond, drew the attention towards the environmental loss in Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand and Mussoorie which were once picturesque towns in the foothills of the Himalayas. Bond’s new poem “Dirge of Dehradun” laments the present environmental degradation in “the Twin Cities of happiness” which are now crumbling under rising population, rapid infrastructure development at the cost of ecologically sensitive areas, decaying water bodies and poor waste management.
Taking to his social media, the 87-year-old author shared an image from Natraj, The Green Bookshop which is one among India’s oldest independent bookstores in Dehradun. The picture featured him sitting with his friend Upendra as the two sipped on cold coffee in the backdrop of shelves loaded with books , giving a '90s feel.
Bond revealed in the caption, “With my friend upendra @natrajgreenbookshop dehradun .On the occasion of the World Environment Day it is our pleasure to share a poem lamenting the current situation of Dehra Dun and Mussoorie (the twin cities of happiness)”.
Dirge of Dehradun
I wonder where the green grass went,
All buried under the new cement.
I wonder where the birds have flown,
They have gone to find another home
I wonder where the footpath’s gone,
Right underneath your car, my son.
I wonder where the old folks go,
The nursing homes GB surely know.
What grows so fast before my eyes?
A garbage dump, a million flies.
Is this the place you celebrate?
In prose you made it sound so great!
It was……..before I knew it was fate.
Bond concluded by writing, “Stay safe. Stay lucky and stay in love with nature. Warm regards.”