Volunteers who attended last weekend’s deweeding sessions at Puttenahalli Lake admit it was hard, but satisfying work. Though we had dissuaded children from “working”, there were several who accompanied their parents and finally joined in.
Here is what some of the volunteers had to say, after putting in a good few hours last Sat/ Sun morning.
Shankar Iyer It was a great feeling to get down to the surface of the lake and “de-weed.” I had a feeling that Mother Nature was asking for a small assistance from our side to help her bloom and extend “her healing effects of calmness” on us for the coming monsoon season..! It was also a great place for making new friends from the neighbourhood who had just pitched in with their assistance during their regular morning walk. I was delighted to observe children (5 to 15 years) scraping away and transferring the sackful of weeds energetically. Even though de-weeding the entire lake surface is a challenging task to be completed before the onset of monsoon, but I believe anything is possible provided we have the drive and the passion for it. Personally I’m committed to it as I would like to have the same experience which I had last year walking around the Puttenhalli Lake. The lake in its pristine beauty with the birds landing smoothly on the calm surface of water, fish frolicking around on the surface, brought calmness to the mind and emphasised that nature was still beautiful as it always has been. The only effort we humans have to put forward is to create space for nature to bloom in the current concrete jungle of our city life!
Shome Sengupta The men and women, boys and girls of our neighbourhood are taking small steps in protecting and nurturing the lake. Planting trees to prevent soil erosion. Weeding the waterbed to let the soil breathe. And the reason we feel so enthusiastic is that we can see our actions as firm steps towards rejuvenating the lake. in our mind, we can see the ripples of water this monsoon, and a safe haven for migratory birds in the winter.
Shana Gokul It was nice to see a good number of volunteers who despite their busy schedules decided to spend some time for deweeding the lake. The work in itself was not easy but all of them put in their full effort and managed to clear a substantial portion of the lake in few hours. I am glad that my 10 year old son showed interest to join as a volunteer for deweeding the lake. It is exam time, still, in his enthusiasm to join us he did all his studies the previous day itself. I could make out his excitement on seeing big earthworms, rescuing fishes, was listening when one of the volunteer was explaining about the fish, though he was exhausted being in the sun, he enjoyed himself thoroughly and at the same time helped in whatever way he could. I am glad that I could take him to close to nature and experience it first-hand. I am definitely coming next week with my son again and I wish more volunteers could join us in the next week’s cleaning session.
Vidula K Deweeding the Puttenahalli lake was a hands-on experience, rather unique and not given to all. We were a group of people on the lake bed, under the rising and heating sun uprooting the weed that was quietly killing the lake. I didn’t know the others till afterwards but for those two hours or so we, one child of 6 years and the rest of us, adults worked in unison with determination and absolute love for our neighbourhood lake. I will go again next weekend and do my share to ensure that the killing weed is removed, that the fish have more room to swim, that sunlight falls on the water, that our lake thrives once again.
Please join us again at Puttenahalli Lake this weekend – Saturday 16th March and Sunday 17th March 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please bring a cap and drinking water for yourself.