By: Saleh Abdullah
Over the years I have formed a habit of watching the birds orchestrating the
song of life at the Muttrah Corniche. Watching them in full spirit of
extreme joy and happiness is a real soul elevating scene. You see them
celebrating the gift of life flying with agility and freedom across the blue
sky of Muttrah.
This scene is a daily joy for those who are fortunate to enjoy a walk along
the corniche . Their testimony will certainly speak loud to invite you all
to spare a few moments to appreciate this magnificently breath taking scene.
A scene, which restores ones happiness and proves beyond doubt that there
is more to life than being trapped in our daily routine.
The chirping of the birds attracts the attention of all the visitors of the
traditional Souq in Muttrah. As if it is welcoming them to enjoy the
serenity of the oasis of peace.
Their joy is elevated to climax of joy and lucidly expressed when flying
with speed spreading their wing to the fullest momentum.
They fly in flock as if they are in a racing mood. You see them exhibit
their skills with a sense of pride and proficiency and send out their
chirping to add a flavor to the fantastic atmosphere around them. Every now
and then they take some timeout to rest. They land on the shore and some
even land on the wall of the fence that separates the shore from the land.
You hear them chirping as if they are singing the song of life. Seeing them
gathered in one spot and dancing in circles at the shore is so mesmerizing.
Some choose to sit at the surface of the sea water as if they are meditating
and recollecting their thoughts. They are fascinated with the beauty of the
place around them. You see them rocking back and forth as if they are in
groove just like the boats around them.
Over the years an unmatched affinity developed between them and certain
people who admire serving them food. Many of these admirers come to see the
birds either early in the morning or in the evening. Their relations became
an odyssey that can be narrated over the years between many generations.
You see these people carrying bags of bread to feed the birds. Each has his
own style of feeding. Some of them like to throw at them small pieces of
bread while others throw slices. Their presence behind the wall noticed and
diligently observed by the bird. Once the bread is thrown at them, you see
them follow its direction. Their movement in search of the pieces of bread
is fast and focused. They race each other perseveringly to win a piece and
fly away to eat it peacefully away from the rest of the competitors. Such a
zeal and self motivation makes you wonder what if we the human being embrace
such a positive attitude. You do not see them bicker with each other rather
their team spirit is vivid and alive.
Sitting in one of the benches that are scattered along the side of the
Muttrah corniche with a touch of breeze blowing at your face is so
sensational. It brings pleasure and delight to your heart and makes you so
fascinated with the beauty of nature.
makes you think how lucky we all are to have such heaven that is sought and
visited by tourists from all walks of life. They all arrive to enjoy the
mystery of our beloved Oman. You could literally see them stunned with the
beauty of the place and the birds salute them by orchestrating the song of
life. They cannot help focusing their cameras to take as much photos as they
can. You see them chatting with each other with broad smiles and the Qahwa
(coffee) vendor Salim serves them a cup of his delicate Omani Qahwa
welcoming them with a hospitable touch.
Watching the birds rejoicing the song of life, rejuvenating the atmosphere
around them makes my young boy so attracted to them. He points his little
fingers at each scene that attracts his attention. When we go back to our
house walking on the corniche he narrates his reflections about the birds
and cannot help draw the birds to share with his school mates the next time
he meets them.
Life as short as it is ought to be explored, enjoyed and celebrated. We all
should watch these beautiful birds flying, dancing, chirping and rejuvenate
our spirit with a glimmer of hope that there is light at the end of the
tunnel. Let us all be positive, motivated and passionate towards life.