Every year, the harvest festival brings excitement and colors to the skies of India. This is especially true for the state of Gujarat which is filled with variously shaped and colored kites during the week starting from January 11th. Uttarayan is an international Kite Festival celebrated with immense zeal across Gujarat. In fact, this festival is an eminent attraction to tourist from around the world including UK, Canada, Brazil, Japan, France etc.
Nin Taneja is the perfect instance of how small lifestyle modifications can make huge difference to our environment. Hailing from Delhi, she’s an artist by profession but with NFS, she’s become an inspiration bird conservationist.
She confesses to not spending more than five minutes each day to save sparrows but we can swear by bit that these precious minutes have proven more than sufficient to accomplish the improvement in sparrow movement. She spends hours of her day looking at their movement, a cost-free relaxation.
“With the sparrows, I see a lot of other birds visiting the (bird) feeders’ every day. The number keeps increasing and with the sparrows a major change has happened in me and my family. There is always something to look forward to in my small balcony which has about 8-12 sparrows and about 20 Munias visiting for food and water all day through”, she proudly narrates.
The onset of Sparrow and her chirps has had a transforming effect on Nin’s everyday routine. Today, she gets up at 5:30 in the morning to the sweet sound of Sparrow chatter.
But it wasn’t easy. A commitment from her part is what made all of the difference and gradually her family and friends came together for Sparrows. She reminiscences, “With the hectic city lifestyle, it looks nearly impossible to be around nature so I decided to put lot of plants in my balcony and the feeders with water around. After a long wait of 8 months which was well worth it, I had the sparrows coming in. The numbers grew and with them munias, doves, bulbul, magpie, babblers, oriental white eye, tailor bird, sunbirds followed. I have made it happen for me and these are my sparrows. At the same time, I feel indebted to NFS for putting me in this direction.”
Today, she’s not only happy on making Sparrows a part of her life but also become a bird conservationist in her own right. Her gifts now comprise of bird feeders and bird nests that she personally installs for them and in her spare time, she can often be found talking about birds and their conservation at an individual level.