Go Easy on them, they aren’t for entertainment 2 1678

There’s a huge change when people go to the zoo. Have you ever wondered what the animals think or feel beyond the edge of the other side? I think zoos all over the world play the same role, obviously animals aren’t happy, but we can admire them and respect them rather than moving violently and being careless.

One being a sadist against those beautiful creatures made by God, choose their existence equal as a human being. We should treat them like our friends. Today, however, the story is very different. Thankfully, the conditions of the animals in captivity have improved.

Over the years, there are loads of improvements in order with our behaviour while we walk through their temporary home. The behaviour of mankind may seem unnoticed, it’s sad to notice that it always has been there. Only now the voices are heard.

Tiger
Photo Credits: Rishi Ragunathan

Visitors throw stones on basking crocodiles to check whether they’re alive or dead and enjoy the animal’s reaction, parents and teachers note that their children, who are on their school trip at the zoo, shouldn’t imitate and tease animals; most of the animals do not like loud voices.

We don’t have to wait for our government to make it right, they are trying to and soon will. It’s quite a slow process, especially for those who don’t show any slight movements to show some respect.4

I also had a doubt in my mind whenever I watch and observe the zookeepers. Is it their duty to only look after the animals or is it to wholeheartedly take care of them?

What if I told you it’s not “US “or “THEM” but it’s, “US & THEM” .When we hurt animals we hurt ourselves too.

I believe there’s a missing link and this link which is going to help us is called love and affection.

There are two types of love towards these animals:

– The curiosity to touch these majestic creatures, the feeling of wanting to touch them.
– Focusing on the animals first before mankind.

In the end we will protect only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught
– Bada Dioum

A heads up to keep your zoo visits interesting. Observe and capture them in your lens, not in actions, read the information about the endangered animals and be lucky that you are present. One who is lucky to see these creatures, those creatures might get extinct and who knows, in future you might not even see them.

People get some ideas about the animal’s behaviours and they can educate people that the wild animals are vanishing. Let’s get together and join hands in admiring and loving them abundantly.

The extinction of one animal species will break the whole chain.

There is wildlife everywhere around us, take time to observe and listen, you can’t have animals on demand, and sometimes you can’t even see them. Then, all you have to do is stare at a tree and you notice that technology is evolving swiftly, this is the virtual reality to participate walking from your living room to your bedroom. Can you imagine that?

Written by
Tharunya Thimmaiah

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  1. Well said!
    When we have leaders at the top from developed countries, who still do not believe in climate change, days aren’t far when humanity existence will also be in question and may be, one day other species will also be amused at us throwing stones in entertainment prison…

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A Magical Trip to Europe – The Eternal City Rome 5 6040

Welcome to the ancient city and Italy's capital – Rome. It is one of the world’s most romantic cities. The beauty of the amazing city will melt your heart and will make you fall in love with the country. Though it can be hot during the peak summer and overcrowded there is so much incredible, ancient history and heritage to be explored.

The Eternal Land of History

It is a city with nearly 3,000 years of history with globally influential art, architecture, awe-inspiring ruins and culture on display. It is a magical place for photography – when you think about the ancient streets, the world famous Colloseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and many more.

The country has a long history, as Rome was founded in 753BC. After the Roman Empire broke down in 395AD, there were many separate kingdoms and cities evolved. It has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine including fashion Capital Milan and other major cities Florence, Venice, Naples and Pisa.

The city of seven hills

The city of Rome was built on seven hills (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline (where city hall is), Esquiline, Palatine (where the big archaeological digs are), Quirinal and Viminal). There are lots of must-sees and several activities to do here giving you a solid senses of its past. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, you will be treated with sensational views, world-class attractions, a history lesson and scrumptious food. It’s always been a synonym for "mouth-melting food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors and aromas. Enjoy the amazing Roman pastas and Fettuccine ai Funghi which is our favourite.

Now, Let's dig into 10 phenomenal must visit sights in Rome (aka Caput Mundi - Capital of the world) -

  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Circus Maximus
  • Piazza Venezia & Altare Della Patria
  • St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums
  • Trevi fountain
  • Piazza di Spagna & Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Stadium Olimpico
  • Bocca della Verità & The Mouth of Truth

The Colosseum

It is the world's 39th most popular tourist attraction with roughly 4 million tourists a year. The construction began in the first century under the rule of the Roman Emperors: Vespasian (69-79 CE), Titus (79-81 CE) and Domitian (81-96 AD). These three Emperors are known as Flavian Dynasty and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). It is the largest amphitheatre and was capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators who came to see a whole range of games:


1] Animal hunts- This was an event of shooting animals with bow and arrows.

2] The Bestiarii – The gladiators fought with wild beasts such as tigers and leopards here. They were trained animal-handlers and killers.

3] Criminal fights - Criminals were also sentenced to fight wild beasts but without any skills, weapons or armour.

4] Velites - Spear Fighters fought each others.

The Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus

From the Colosseum you can walk to the Roman Forum, which is a very short walk. The ticket to the Roman Forum is free if you have the Colloseum ticket but the other way round… Well it’s not exactly true; you cannot visit the Colloseum if you have bought the ticket for the Roman Forum.

The Roman Forum is an impressive sprawl of ruins. In the Middle Ages it was known as the Campo Vaccino ('Cow Field'). At the end of the path, you'll come to Via Sacra and the Tempio di Giulio Cesare. The Roman Forum Mark’s where Julius Caesar was cremated.

You can extend your walk to Circus Maximus which is in very close approximately. This place is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium which was built in the Roman times; it was a huge engaging stadium. Lots of people visit the chariot stadium every year. The Circus Maximus is an amazing place to visit and an open air area where you can sit down and have a break.

Altare Della Patria

Italy became one nation only in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily (a must-see beauty) and Sardegna (a jaw-dropping sight). Victor Emmanuel was the first king of Italy. In honour of his name, this wow-inducing monument was built in Piazza Venezia. It is 135 metres wide and is 70 metres high.


There is a little walkway on the road in front of The Emmanuel palace where the view is amazing. Sometimes the soldiers march around in the palace. This palace also holds the tomb of a soldier. It is right near the Roman Forum and the colosseum.

Vatican

Vatican City is a separate and the smallest country and also has St Peter’s Basilica - the home of the Pope. This major Papal basilica is one of the world's most famous church in the whole, wide world and in Vatican City. It marks where Peter was crucified by Roman Emperor - Augustus Caesar. It is located in Piazza San Pietro.

 

Castel Sant’Angelo - also known as Mausoleum of Hadrian - is a castle in the Vatican City. It is commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for him and his family. A secret corridor (Passetto di Borgo) connects Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican. It is located near the River Tiber and the castle is currently a museum with turbulent history. The drum was covered with an earthen tumulus topped with a statue of Hadrian driving a quadriga.

Vatican Museums is a well-liked visitor destination with more than 4.2 million tourists per year, making it the world's 37th most visited destination.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi is the most spectacular fountain in Rome. In the centre of the fountain is a statue of Oceanus, the Greek Sea God, standing under a triumphal arch. His chariot is being pulled by two sea horses, one wild and one docile, representing the opposing moods of the sea. Two Tritons are leading the horses, the older Triton holding a twisted shell to announce their passage.



If you’ve been to Rome you would have probably been to Trevi Fountain and tossed a coin over your shoulder and into the water. The legend of the Trevi fountain says that if you throw a coin into it, you will return to Rome or Italy one day. Trevi fountain is free to visit. Approximately 3,000 Euros are tossed into the fountain every day and an estimated €1.4 million was thrown into the fountain in 2016. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain though it is illegal.

 

A walk from the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon

The Spanish Steps, a great place to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City, consists of 138 steps. At the bottom of the steps you can find a fountain called Fontana Della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. The best time to visit is at the evening. On the 20th March, 1986 the very first McDonalds was opened in Italy near the Spanish Steps. Starting at the Spanish Steps you can also visit the Trevi fountain and this walk can be extended to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Stadio Olimpico

As we know that everyone likes football Stadio Olimpico will be a good place to visit as lots of matches take place there. Stadio Olimpico is the largest sports attraction of Rome and is the home stadium of two major football teams which play for serie A – SS Lazio & AS Roma. The stadium boasts roughly 80,000 spectators. It is one of the five European stadiums to host the FIFA World Cup.

The Mouth Of Truth

The Mouth of Truth is a marble mask which stands against the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. The Bocca Della Varita “The mouth of truth” is simply one of the best sculptures in Rome. It is the face of a man with its mouth, nostrils and eyes wide open. If you put your hand in the Mouth of Truth that is said to bite the hands off of liars.

Other legend was told in the Roman times, it said that the rich wife of a Roman man was accused of committing adultery. The woman didn’t accept that she did it but her husband wanted to put her to the test by making her hand go inside the stone mouth Bocca Della Varita. It is so famous that even Hollywood gave it a place in a film about the city called Roman Holiday. Even now lots of people line up to see this amazing monument.

 

A Tour

Well, you need to visit the City of Love and other cities in Italy at least once in your life. And stay there to explore the blissful landscape – from the snow-capped mountains of the Alps to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. After the first trip, am pretty sure you would love to visit again as it’s the best travel choice and there are plenty of places to see and things to do. And most importantly famous for its beautiful cars. Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini are known to everyone. And, also it’s a great place to travel by Europe’s fastest train. Italian High Speed FRECCIAROSSA trains travel the length and breadth of Italy, reaching speeds of 400 km/hr, entering into the heart of the major cities and shortening distances.

 

Enjoy your holidays in Rome and return home with the best souvenir and a memory of your incredible adventure.

Written by
Siddharth & Akilesh
(Junior Authors)

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