Returns favour with ‘The Nature Store’
Lockdown resulting from COVID-19 was making 55-year-old Jagjit Singh edgy, earlier than nature got here to his rescue within the type of birds. Resident of Baghat Barzulla, Singh fell in love with birds. A lot in order that he used to come back out of his balcony day by day and observe them for hours.
As he has a ardour for images so he started clicking his flying mates.
“I’m an ardent lover of nature. Once I had nothing to do within the lockdown, I shifted in the direction of chook images and started posting photos on social media,” remembers Singh.
Folks on social media started to love his image. They have been amazed to see quite a lot of birds – which individuals didn’t know existed in Kashmir.
Then in the future considered one of his acquaintances from a social media account requested to fulfill him as he wished to supply him one thing. Although the chook lover initially had reservation within the assembly, he nonetheless went forward with it.
“He favored my work a lot that he wished to provide me one thing. At first I denied assembly him, however in a while his insistence I met him. He gifted me a ravishing chook home. It was so lovely that I instantly posted it on my social media,” remembers Singh.
The second he posted the home on his social media he received loads of requests from individuals to purchase the identical. Regardless of Singh clarifying that it was a present and was not on the market, nonetheless individuals have been placing forth their requests.
Seeing the admiration for the home, Singh determined to do one thing about it.
He determined to utilize his little store in Munawarabad, Srinagar, which he redid and named it, “The Nature Store”, the place he began promoting the chook homes.
“Initially I requested individuals to purchase the chook homes from e-commerce web sites, however resulting from lockdown individuals couldn’t and after some months when issues started to normalize I began to obtain them and offered them at my store.”
At his store, Jagjit has additionally stored chook frames for exhibition and sale functions. He has additionally began a library which is once more about birds.
“The store is for like-minded individuals like me. Up to now I acquired an excellent response from the chook lovers within the Valley. I wasn’t anticipating such a response, however individuals go to my place and luxuriate in nature,” he mentioned.
His love for nature didn’t cease right here, not too long ago he launched seed pencils.
“These pencils are plantable pens with herbs and flowers. It blossoms your backyard with smiling saplings and flowers. These pencils include a seed at its finish. So when the pencil exhausts you get a seed which you’ll be able to plant in your backyard. Its objective is to boost the love for nature in youngsters,” Singh defined the rationale behind the initiative.
Apart from this he additionally has quite a lot of eco-friendly or recycled paper pencils produced from previous newspapers. He says that as a present it’s sustainable and inculcates environmental thoughtfulness.
“It inculcates life abilities of ‘write me, present me and develop me.”
Singh who can also be into biking and trekking runs a camp in Aru, Pahalgam often called Aru Eco Resort. Apart from that he additionally runs a restaurant in Pahalgam.
He on and off goes for trekking, biking and birding to click on the photographs of birds.
“With the photographs I put up on my social media, I need individuals to get motivated to maneuver out to get pleasure from nature. Folks come to go to Kashmir from exterior, however we individuals dwelling right here don’t realise its significance. Folks get so amazed with the photographs I put up that they ask me whether or not these birds are actually from Kashmir — such is the lack of know-how about nature amongst us.”
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