It is the birds that wake us up each morning to another vibrant day, filling our lives with renounced hopes, joy and passion with their enthusiasm disposition. Some also say that it is the bird is man’s best friend. And though a world without our feathered friends seems impossible to imagine, the state of these creatures is passing through an unfortunate phase – one that is marked by the confinement of greenery to a handful of places as a major part of the land has been converted into what some may refer to as a concrete jungle. In such a scenario, a 54-year-old Avinash Nigam is providing bird-shelters under the banner “Swadesh Seva Sansthan”, an NGO registered in 2011 and was initiated by Sushila Devi, mother of Avinash. When asked about the motto behind his service to the almost forgotten part of nature, Avinash Nigam said “It’s easy to earn money, now let’s earn happiness,” a phrase that has become the basic punch line of his organization. “My mother, Late Sushila Devi, was a part of my inspiration in working for saving birds. She used to travel long distances to feed birds and her care and love towards nature was inexpressible in words,” he added. He has a small garden outside his office at New Bhopalpura, which has a total of 15 breeding installed which are permanently occupied by around 12 sparrows, 2 Indian Robins and a single Brahami Munniya. Other than these, a number of bird platforms have also been established for feeding. In a span of one year, Avinash has installed thousands of artificial bird nests at various locations, which include Gulabagh, Sajjangarh as well as many other places of Udaipur. These bird nests are ideal for breeding as well as hatching. Swadesh Seva Sansthan is also involved in manufacturing and supplying these bird nests, which are made of wood, water proof ply, mud and bamboo. Each nest varies in size and shape in order to accommodate various types of birds. “Birds are an integral part of our ecosystem and are vital as a solution to many problems that we face today, whether it is planting trees or warning us of natural calamities,” said the passionate social worker. “We have a non-profit organization and supply nests for a marginal amount ranging from Rs. 175 to Rs. 350. There are around nine types of breeding huts, three bird platforms and eight bird cages. All of them have been installed by our team, after a brief survey of the type of birds available in the localities.” Avinash is also working with RTDC as a House Assistant along with his work for birds.