The concept of giving gifts stem from an affinity to show affection to those we love. While, at times, some gifts are just bought and passed along as mere formality, others have a thoughtful foundation to them. These are gifts that can practically change our lives and our perspective towards it. Arundhati Mhatre, a software professional from Powai, Mumbai, received one such gift that molded the direction of her life.
Arundhati’s friend gifted her a shelter occupied by sparrows. The triggered a flow of love towards birds, butterflies and the nature. It even turned Arundhanti into an avid birdwatcher, helping in augmenting her knowledge in breeding and caring for butterflies and birds. And as a token of her appreciation, she decided to gift back to mother nature.
She started setting up bird shelters. In the past 4 years, she has set up around 100 bird shelters and has cared for more than 350 butterflies in her balcony. Along with providing food and water to these birds and butterflies, Mhatre also gives safe nesting area to the parakeets, sunbirds, etc. along with sparrows and a large variety of butterflies.
Mhatre believes that due to heavy urbanisation, people residing in cities are unable to stay in touch with the wildlife and nature and very few efforts are being taken towards its conservation. She wanted to share the happiness and closeness she felt with the nature after she received the bird shelter as a gift from her friend. With her initiative ‘Arenya’, that was conceived in 2013, Arundhati Mhatre is trying to inspire more people to take positive steps towards conservation of the nature and rekindle their relationship with the wild.
Mhatre has also earned a one-year PG Diploma on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Nature Conservation from the Ecological Society Pune. She buys the diverse and beautiful shelters from local communities that are made out of clay, bamboo and coconut. She also grows a variety of plants and flowers such as sadaphuli, marigold, kadhi patta, isora, rui, krishnakamal, mimosa, etc. in her home balcony to have a holistic ecological balance, right in her home.
PRAJWALA GHATE | TOC
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