The Odyssey Of Hill Woman

The Odyssey Of Hill Woman prose poem

Uploaded by Dr.Indu Nautiyal

For ages, her life has been
A journey of endless strife
Most of the times unrecognised
Generation after generation

Beautiful as a part of nature itself
In whose lap she is born and brought up
She grows up to attain mature womanhood
Very often rather early in life

Imbibing the essence of hills and vales
She learns to live in the midst of hardships
Getting tough to face the varied challenges
That are part of life in these regions .

A unique admixture of rare attributes —
Diligence , courage and perseverance
She braves all odds that come her way
Climbing up and down the rough terrain .

Living in close contact with nature
She treats it as a friend and supporter
The jungles and trees and rivers and streams
Are her fond companions forever

And long before others she had realised
That forests are lifelines of the hills
And waged a battle against felling of trees
By clinging to them in ultimate protest

The hill woman’s crusade , now a global concern
Is a belated recognition of her vision and intent
That to save environment forests must be preserved
With all their flora and fauna intact .

Life and work of late Gaura Devi , the renowned mother of Chipko Movement in Uttarakhand , India .

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Dr.Indu Nautiyal

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I have been a teacher for about four decades ,but even more than that , a student and learner all along --literature being my favourite subject with special love for poetry , a trait I seem to have inherited from my father,who was a very good poet ,it was he that instilled in me a deep love for poetry early in childhood . Starting as a science student ,I shifted to literature after graduation and and worked on Emily Dickinson's poetry for Doctoral degree. I don't claim to be a poet ,but do admit my inherent love for poetic utterances as and when I find them and sometimes feel inspired to give vent to my own emotions in words that seem to convey them .Honestly it happens quite effortlessly and also leaves me with an immense satisfaction .If it can be termed poetry ,all the more rewarding. .
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