Walk, an endearing gift to man
Among all living beings, only humans have the ability to walk on
their hind legs. A myriad of actions too could be performed with the
Man can walk briskly, leisurely, with hands in his pockets, chatting,
exercising, gesticulating, carrying children or heavy bags while at the
same time, see what's happening around him.
The only bird that can walk on its hind limbs is our tuxedo-attired
Arctic/Antarctic domiciled penguin, a flightless bird that walks on ice.
Of all the walks, we recall with reverence, the walk of our celestial
teachers, the hallowed walk on seven lotus flowers by Prince Siddhartha
and the walk of Jesus Christ on the waters of the Sea of Galilee.
Then, the walk of our hallowed teachers on mother earth preaching
their immortal words to all mankind while their disciples walked amongst
The pious followers of the Buddha walked serenely, looking at their
toes. Devotees walk round the Holy Kaaba in Mecca or walk round the
sacred Bo trees in the island, or up the Holy Mountain Sripada, or even
up the hills simulating the walk of Jesus Christ up to the summit of
Humans walk round the corridors of the temples at Trichendur,
Thirupati, Kataragama and make a walk up to the sacred relics of
Gauthama Buddha in Kandy. All these walks are brought to our mind while
walking down memory lane.
The walk makes a triumphant entry into the lives of human beings
during their short sojourn in this life when we take our first step on
mother earth perhaps amidst smiles, tears, clapping and clicking of
Then the grandparents take their new 'gem' for a short walk. A
snail-paced walk for all three.
The grandparents may need walkers at times.
The word has many suffixes and prefixes and phrases that give many a
meaning. A walking tour perhaps with knapsack on your back. A
mouth-organ or melodious mobile phone makes walking enjoyable.
While crossing the road, 'Never run', they say. We know that if the
road is clear, to walk briskly, after looking to the right and left for
Under normal circumstances, man is unable to foretell where and when
his last walk would be. We cannot avoid it. A walk is a cherished gift
Let us hope that this system of perambulation by man would be a
source of relaxation and joy till the end of time.