Graceful and down to earth, legendary actress Waheeda Rehman accompanied by Urvi Piramal of the Ashok Piramal Group, Archana Mariwala, Mr & Mrs Manojj Patodia, Mr. & Mrs. Micky Dalal and Himanshu Seth spent a day with us at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark in residence at Wild Mahseer. Inclined to experience the abundant flora and fauna and community conservation efforts in the region, the day included activities that were a mix of natural and cultural experiences.
A blissful nature walk under the canopy of the green forest, “jungle bathing” to soak in the fragrance of the fresh forest air and hugging trees to connect with mother nature. She also spent time at the Naturenomics™ store, where she participated in local weaving and understanding the fine nuances of curating exquisite handlooms and handicrafts, artisan skill and ethnic heritage. She spent time trying out different pieces of jewelry and handwoven scarves and stoles with intricate designs that tell community stories.
At the Naturenomics™ School, the team at Balipara Foundation took her through the journey of Rural Futures at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark and the inter-dependent relationship between nature and these communities. She was able to interact with the local communities and see how integrating rural livelihood with community conservation has multifold benefits for socio-economic and environmental development.
Impressed and touched by the simplicity of nature and lessons from the Ark on the nurturing power of forests to give back to those who nurture it, she planted a tree at the Nursery at the Ark adding a verse to the poetry of earth. She also mentioned that the Ark with its surrounding Tea Estate is the finest she has visited. Urvi Piramal, who is a wildlife and nature enthusiast and visits at least two wildlife sanctuaries every year, called the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark in residence at Wild Mahseer a paradise for nature lovers.