Sardar Inderpal Batra was fascinated with nature since childhood. 16 years ago, he happened to see a heartbreaking scene when a little sparrow became homeless. A tree, which was the habitat of the sparrow, was cut to build a house. Inderpal decided to do something for them – his home in Srinagar colony in Benaras in Uttar Pradesh is an abode to hundreds of sparrows.
The Messiah of sparrows
His penchant for nature is visible in his eco-friendly home. He has planted trees and placed mud-pots as a natural habitat for sparrows. “Today there are 20 nests for sparrows inside my home, and I have made around 200 nests outside the home as a natural habitat for these sparrows,” Indrapal Batra told The Logical Indian.
At first, Indrapal planted bougainvillaea and shami. When these plants grew, he put dozens of mud pots with clothes, cotton, and grass kept inside it. Within few days, sparrows started coming in and today, people of the neighbourhood wait to see this morning bliss.
“Many people from south India and other parts of the country visit Benaras and today, many of them visit my home to see this natural settlement for sparrows. Some of them even bring biscuits and other foods for the birds,” Inderpal Batra said.
It seems his family has taken up looking after sparrows as their mission. His daughter, Amrita Batra, who is currently pursuing B.com in Delhi University told The Logical Indian that she is very fond of nature. “My morning starts with them and night ends with them. All my family members – my father, mother, and brother look after the sparrows with utmost care. If we are out of the house, we entrust our maidens to look after them and feed them properly,” Amrita told The Logical Indian.
While many people often visit hill stations, mountains and seashores to experience the nature, this man made his home a natural abode to keep himself connected with nature. Inderpal Batra and his family members are open to having visitors in their home. It is a wonderful deed to take care of birds that lose their natural habitat due to urbanisation. We hope that many more are inspired by this family’s story and undertake similar initiatives to protect nature.