Sri Balaji Society is home to one of the prestigious institutes of management in India: Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Balaji Institute of Telecom Management, Balaji Institute of International Business and Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resources Development. With over 1000 students ordinarily enrolled in its four institutes, the society is a true force to be reckoned with in the field of management education in the country.
As we go about our daily schedule in the society – learning, unlearning and re-learning we may or may not notice the surroundings of the society, which are covered in lush greenery. This greenery is home to several crows, a.k.a the wisest and the smartest birds in the animal kingdom, flocks of sparrows, a bird that is extinct in almost all of the towns and cities of India, a few jungle crows and many songbirds each one colored in hues of brown and grey. Last but not least, there is also a unit of six and more Alsatian dogs who work hard to protect and watch over the grounds and the infrastructure of the society.
The SBS Lake is home to a flock of ducks which waddle, walk and swim around the lake and on the ground surrounding the lake as they work hard to keep it clean from aquatic pests. A pair of geese also calls the lake its home, as they look on the ducks quacking about on the ground and on the lake. They are housed in sheds for the night which protect them from the elements and provide a shelter from the sweltering heat of the summer, the dampness of the monsoon and the winter cold.
A keen observation also reveals groups of butterflies, bees and other beneficial flying insects who pollinate the flowering plants and trees in the society. It is possible to not to notice a few chameleons and lizards which occasionally walk and run about on the trees and bushes, their camouflage ability rendering them ‘un-noticeable’ by the insects they seek to eat. A food chain of sorts has been formed in the society with the worms and insects at the base of the pyramid and a small clowder of cats at the top.
It is important for us to understand the role played by the animal life, which we often do not see due to the complexity and hecticness of our lives. Every living being occupies a particular place in the ecological balance of life. We can learn from Chairman Mao about the devastating consequences of disturbing the ecological balance in nature. Live and let live as we can gain a lot by letting both the hawk and the eagle to perch on the same tree.
We can learn a lot from observing the animal life in the society. A bowl of food, a trough of water, a calm and peaceful place to sleep and friends to spend time with, this is all they seek from life. We too can gain from leading a simple, peaceful and contented life as our needs are few but we greed for many. None can take anything with us to the great beyond as a man lives on in his legacy, the sum total of the life lived by him. In other words, live good, be good and your future descendants will remember you for good.