Thursday, July 10, 2014

Candles in the wind

Pic clicked this morning, at Bangalore, India.


And this was how my day started this morning.

With hundreds of candles, swaying gently to the breeze.
Not a single one went out. They just danced in rhythm.

To say it was beautiful would be an understatement.

It was sheer bliss, peace and tranquility.
And a feeling of gratitude for every little blessing received.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, it helps to remember that it shall soon pass. And it also helps to remember all that is going well in your life right now, and be grateful for the blessings.

Not everyone is as fortunate, you know.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Of sunsets and dead bats


The above is how I usually work. Right now too, as I type this, this is exactly where I am seated and my arm is resting on my dog, who is curled up, fast asleep, with maximum body contact with me, as is possible. The doberman is called a 'Velcro dog' because they love to stick really close to their owners. I can vouch that is true. She is like my shadow, and even if I move for a cup of tea, she has to follow me to make sure I am okay :)
 Click here to read a beautiful article on what it is like to live with a doberman.

Of all the really odd things that my dog has found, what she found today takes the cake. She found a dead baby bat today. And it was wedged between the glass and the ledge in my study---my usual working place.

She barked and tried to get it with her paws. I investigated, and sure enough the bat was there. She wanted to probably gobble it up--I don't know, but she sure was itching to get it. I quickly scopped it up with the nearest piece of paper lying around which happened to be a print-out of the periodic table, that belonged to my son.

The periodic table was put to good use today. I scooped up the dead baby-bat with it, and have safely given it a respectful send-off that does not involve a doberman with sharp teeth.


After that I made myself a cup of tea and  sat on my terrace for a long time, thinking about many things, as I watched the sun going down and the cloud making many shapes. Needless to say my dobie sat with me  and watched the clouds as well :)



It was mesmerizing.

Sometimes you have to learn to let dead bats and sunsets co-exist.

That is the beauty of life.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

So much to say.


Satish is on his way back from work. We speak to each other most of the days. Either he calls or I do. (yeah, we still call each other three or four times a day. We're mushy like that :) )

Actual conversations that happen:

Me: 'Baby-- you know what ....Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, and then you know what happened, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah'

Satish; 'Okay '

Me: And you know what baby,  blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Isn't that great ?'

Satish: Hmmm

Me: ' And I forgot to tell you, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah and blah blah. So what do you feel?'

Satish: I don't know.

Me: (a bit indignant by now) : What do you mean you don't know? You must be feeling something right?

Satish: I really don't know.


I bet half the married people can relate to the above. Leave me a comment if  conversation between you and your spouse goes like this :) I really want to know if this is a universal phenomenon or something unique to us.

And let me run now---he just walked in and I have so much to tell him :)


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Make a small difference. It goes a long way.

The newspaper reports that I have been reading about the waste dumping in Mandur, Karnataka really upset me. There was a front page report about how a senior citizen had died, unable to bear the stench of pollution.

So what can we do to prevent this? How can we help reduce the waste?

The thing is, generating this much of waste can easily be prevented. All of us can  put in that little bit of extra effort and sort waste at source. All of us can take responsibility for our waste. All it takes is a teeny weeny bit of change.

 Mine is an almost-zero waste household.The only waste that comes from my home is hazardous waste, that I cannot  compost at home. I also live in a community that segregates it's waste. We have a green-management team that does a splendid job on spreading awareness about waste segregation. We have red, blue and green bins, and  every single person in our residential complex  sorts out their waste at source.

I had blogged in detail about home composting. It is not hard to do at all, once you get the hang of it. It is really easy. Please click here to read that post.

If you live in a community that does not yet segregate waste, please do take the initiative. Form a core team. Start the segregation process. Educate the people involved, and most importantly educate the help that sorts the waste.

Here are the  simple things that you can do to contribute to manage waste better.



1. Refuse plastic bags and carry your own bags when you go shopping. This a really big step, if you think of the number of plastic covers that will be kept off the landfills, if every single person followed this small step.



2. Invest in a home composting bin. Compost all your kitchen waste. Home composting is really easy. The picture above shows my home compost bins. 



3. Re-use that stuff which comes only in plastic covers. Eg: Dosa batter that comes only in a cover, can be used as a planter. Same for Atta covers. (remember to make holes at the bottom and cover it with a stone for water to drain)  Or in case that is too much trouble for you, then rinse them out, collect it and give it to the raddiwala---where you can be sure it will be used.






I even re-use the Chinese takeaway containers. See picture on  the left.







 The metal containers can be painted with bright colors and used as a pen-stands or knick-knack holders. Look at what I have done with one of the metal containers. I just peeled out the label and reused it as a pen holder.




. The bottles can hold lovely money plants.  Above  is what I did with a few of mine. It makes a great centre-piece on my dining table. Here is another picture:




Where there is a will, there is always a way. It is easiest to be just indifferent. But the right thing to do is to start making a difference. Even a small one, in a small way.

Start doing your bit for the enviroment and let us all live in clean, beautiful surroundings. It is possible  with just a little effort from all of us.

And it begins by reducing the garbage we throw out.

Do leave me your thoughts on this. It is an issue which really bothers me. And I think collectively, we can all do our bit.(and make it  that much easier for the Municipal corporation that handles so much waste that they are reeling under the amount we collectively generate).
Agree?
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