The Road to Heaven

Sambhu Nath Banerjee

“Way back in 1962, Rachel Carson cautioned in her book Silent Spring, about the ill effects of pesticides on the environment. The title was inspired by a line from the ballad by John Keats ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’. The burgeoning world population poses the gravest threat for our mother earth. More people create more demand for agricultural and industrial products, more fuel consumption leading to increased entropy and erratic climatic changes. It is high time that we curb the population growth and go back to the lap of nature for the cleaner air, land and water, which would sustain our future generation.

Light so bright
Dazzles the tower
And the sky
Like glittering gold!

A sight so lovely –
Wraps me with
Joy profusely
As I behold.”

Sambhu Nath Banerjee (Ph.D. from University of Calcutta) is associated with the Department of Plant Physiology (Ag), CU as a Guest Faculty. He has a great passion for travelling, writing and photography. He writes on diverse topics like Nivedita, Satyajit Ray and films. His poems have been published in Muse India and Borderless.