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The relaxing sounds of nature to soothe and help you beat stress - birds of Bangalore

Updated on February 2, 2012

Beat the stress and the strain with nature's relaxing sounds 

The soothing sounds of nature may not be new to you; however we seem to have gone so far away from it all and are leading lives that are so stressed. As I sit here sipping ginger tea (my personal favourite, made from freshly grated ginger) tapping ever so lightly on the keyboard, I hear the call of the cuckoo. Coo coo she goes on and then from a far away tree comes another call coo coo. I close my eyes recline on my very comfortable chair and listen. The sound now seems to be coming from closer quarters and at shorter intervals. It is such a soothing sound to my ears. I feel my muscles relax, especially the ones around my shoulder and back. I keep listening to the calls and wonder how much we have lost, in our effort to keep up with the Joneses.

The purple rumped Sunbird
The purple rumped Sunbird

The Birds of Bangalore - their soothing sounds

The sound of these lovely Koels or cuckoos in the morning is my wake up call. I refuse to get out of bed without hearing them. The sight of the slanting rays of the sun shyly filtering in, the golden glow around me, makes my day. The musky smell of Jasmines blooming in a nearby garden fills the air with it’s enchantingly and unforgettable fragrance. Minutes later I hear the sounds of the purple rumped sunbird almost like the tinkle of delicate bells and I watch them fly about, golden yellow with purple black wings. Isn’t it enough to make your day? Wait, the coppersmith barbet now sings in his silvery soothing honeyed notes. It is a joy to listen to in the morning, it sets your mood for the day. Call it your mood music. These lovely little birds are golden green with those catchy red spots on their heads and throats, I can watch them flutter around at such speed and sing to me all day long.

The white cheeked Barbet
The white cheeked Barbet

The free and soothing sounds of nature - listen to the songs of birds

The white cheeked barbets now take their turn with their more guttural tones and sing in unison. It is the melody of nature mixed and blended to perfection to soothe and revive your worn out nerves. These emerald green beauties are such a soothing sight to your eyes. They almost blend with the sacred fig tree leaves (pepal tree) as they devour the fruits. The green bee eaters also chime in with their music, these little lighter green birds are again a soothing sight in the mornings.

The Green Bee eater
The Green Bee eater
The Mynah
The Mynah

The mynas, now twitter-tweet and then, as if they realize that it is time to hurry up with the days work, go on a chattering spree. Their incessant chatter is now orchestrated and echoed by the naughty squirrels that run across the tree trunks and the cables that mar the skyline of Bangalore, hanging precariously, yet chattering and renting the air with their high pitched noises. What a way to star the day in nature’s lap of luxury.

The spotted doves these tame little birds rather sober, compared to the brilliant gold and greens of the finches the barbets and the bee eaters are also a pleasant sight during the day. Their sounds are so sweet and naturally soothing to the ear. The mourning of the blue rock pigeons can help you go to sleep if you are not too close too them. Well they can get rather irritating with their mating noises that never seem to cease.

the Roseringed Parakeet
the Roseringed Parakeet

Relax with the sounds of nature - naturally

The shrill tweets of the parakeets, especially the rose ringed parakeets so common to Bangalore, fill the air as they fly around in huge flocks and dot the rather blue skies of Bangalore with spots of emerald. These curt calls, that can be heard in the evenings as they fly home to roost is rather soothing and perky at the same time.

The Elements , the wind the rain and the thunder - the sounds of nature

If this isn’t feast enough for the ears, you have the sound of the April rains falling softly, after the heat of the day. The steady drumming of the raindrops on the roof and the tinkling noises of water dripping from the leaves could soothe any nerve that is racked by the stress and strain of the day. Have you heard the sound of thunder and the crackling noises of lightning?Even those can be soothing when you are well wrapped in your silken quilts and the lights are all switched off. Just watch the magic of the flickering lightning and listen to the drum beat of the occasional thunder; with the constant harmony of the rain drops falling on the roof is soothing enough, to make you sleep for more than the eight hours that you need.

The sacred Fig - The Peepal tree
The sacred Fig - The Peepal tree

The soothing sound of rain and wind among the leaves

I love the sound of the rushing wind, rustling through the palms and the coconut trees with their hypnotizing jungle beats and rhythmic magic through the open spaces. This is magic to your ears. The recurring clatter and clinking of water on the leaves is another variation of the same magic. The whistling of the wind is sometimes eerie when it moves through open spaces, but among the leaves, the wind purrs and melts and drips in symphony and harmony.

Have you heard the sound of wind rustling the leaves of the peepal tree or the sacred fig?(Ficus religiosa) If you haven’t, then you really should. It is a soft rustling sound and a strange tinkling mixed and blended to produce an effect that can be mildly described as hypnotizing. The patter of rain on those leaves produces the same effect of the music of the Jal tarang a Hindustani classical music instrument which means ’waves in water’. The sound is produced with bamboo sticks padded with cotton, on bowls filled water. A tantalizing sound, that can weave magic on your mind and leave you floating in the seventh heavens. Well if you don’t believe in the seventh heaven, it will still leave you floating in air, such is the sensation of the soothing sounds of nature.

Leave the stress behind revel in the sounds of nature

This is a far cry from the screeching of ambulances and fire engines that rent the air in this city that I live in. The traffic noises and the blaring television and music of the noise loving Bangaloreans pale into insignificance as I focus on the soothing sounds of nature.

I cannot think of a better way to relax than to tune into nature and her wondrous sounds. Recuperating from some serious food poisoning a few days ago was so easy by just tuning into these sights, sounds and smells of the this beautiful city. Lying in bed, I never ceased to listen to the music of nature’s healing and soothing voices. I can never dream of living far away from all this, I love these soothing sounds of nature that keep me happy and contended all the time. It is almost like being cocooned in a blanket of love.

Take time to walk into a park or sit in natures lap and listen to her soothing sounds. Let the stress and the strain of the world behind you and be filled with inner contentment and quiet peace. I am sure you envy me now… well open your eyes and ears and you will find nature's gold mine of soothing sounds around you. Take care, all is well.

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    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Nell, I am glad that you started your day very much the way I do, with the soothing sounds of nature. Honored to have you bookmark the hub. Thank you for the read and the lovely comment.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is beautiful, what a wonderful start to the day, I loved the video, I am going to bookmark this, lovely! cheers nell

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Eiddwen, glad to hear you love nature and anything to do with her. It is always a joy to find someone who will relate to your experiences. I am delighted that you did enjoy this nature's treat served from Bangalore and thank you for pushing the buttons. God Bless!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi sofs,

      I love anything and everything to do with nature so this one was an absolute treat for me.

      Thank you for sharing and I push all buttons here.

      Take care


    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Ruby, I enjoyed writing this hub so much because this is indeed a very beautiful part of my life. To live, breathe and enjoy the abundance of beauty that is around us is soothing indeed. I am glad that you like the sights and sound of Bangalore. God Bless you Ruby, Thank you for your kind words. :):):)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Uma, I feel honored. You do have a Bangalore connection, this is indeed a beautiful place. The birds in my backyard are a pleasure to watch and listen to. I stand in awe of God and his handiwork each day. To be able to be one with nature is sometime like being one with the creator. Thank you for taking the time to visit, comment and enjoy Bangalore with me :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your writing is soo soothing to the senses. The birds are beautiful..My favorite, the Parskeet. I watched the Green Bee-Eater..What a treat. Thank you for sharing


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      7 years ago

      Sofs, I HAD to visit this hub. God's creations can leave us mesmerized. I have lovely memories of Bangalore as I started my first year of kindergarten there. But was too small to understand the beauty of nature. The beautiful pictures of birds and green leaves during rain are indeed a pleasure to watch and have left my heart filled with joy. Great hub! :)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Fay, welcome to my hubworld. I am glad that you visited this very special hub of mine. Thank you for enjoying the sights and sounds with me, I hope there is a way of getting those smells across to you!! Thank you for your visit and comment, it is much appreciated.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Paradise that Lovely is so expressive. I love it thank you!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Tim, coming from you these words mean a lot to me, I know your love for nature and photographing her many moods. Yes, my heart and my soul is here, I am so in awe of nature, whether it is the birds or bees or the elements, it is a glorious day for me when I wake up to the bird call!! Thank you for enjoying this hub. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      What a lovely hub. up/beautiful

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York


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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Thank you for these beautiful words and pictures, sofs. You really do put your heart into this hub, and rightly so. I too enjoy the sounds of birds as I go about my day. Now that spring has arrived, I can hear the birds singing as I awake. You can't beat the sound of nature's symphony, whether it's the animals or the elements. Really well done.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Camlo, now you know my little secret...:) How can I not be happy with such beauty and serenity around me? My Dawns are indeed the happiest part of my day with such lovely music of heaven around me:) Thank you for taking the time to read and appreciate.. It was like sharing that lovely part of my life with the rest of the world. I so enjoyed it :) Thanks once again and God Bless!

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      Camlo De Ville 

      7 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      Hi Sofs!

      No wonder you're always happy with all these wonderful sounds to enjoy.

      Sirens, cars, buses and lorries are the predominant sounds here - I don't hear a single bird. But I do get to appreciate the sounds of weather - I love thunder storms, heavy rain and strong winds.

      A Hub to meditate with, and some beautiful photographs.

      Enjoyed it very much!

      All the best, Camlo

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Welcome to my little world here Paradigmsearch, thanks for reading and rating it up here, there and everywhere. This hub so consumed me with passion and I lost myself in it, writing about all that is so dear to me. Talk about nature and I am lost her beauty...thank you for the link. I honestly and totally appreciate it:)

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      Person of Interest 

      7 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub. I have rated it up here, there, and everywhere. And I am posting a link to it in the forums.


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