Monday, September 30, 2013

The Breadcrumbs

So it's been a very long time since I have posted anything.  On 28 I went to Dresden with my friends. Dresden is the capital of Saxony Bundesländ (State). It's a very beautiful city even though it suffered a lot of damage in war.

During my visit near the Brühlsche terrasse I saw that a group of sparrows were concentrated in one part of the terrasse. The thing about that part was that there was a couple who was siting there and feeding the sparrow's breadcrumbs. The sparrows would literally fight for the fallen breadcrumbs and the winner will enjoy the prize in a secluded corner although not peacefully on certain occasions. This is quite surprising for me as sparrows in India are very afraid of human. In fact they would fly away even if you try to approach them. However here they were dancing around the tourist's feet hoping to get gift from heavens.

Now I have never underestimated the power of breadcrumbs especially in finding your way in the maze. However the fact that a small habit of a small group of tourist significantly affects the behavior of the entire group of sparrows is just exhilarating from socio-environment perspective. The fact that people complain that the act of one person does not ripples in the society should try feeding his/her local Avis.