Feast for Thought

Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Monday, November 19, 2012

"India Is", Incredible, and Unforgettable, and Much More

Complete the following:
India is .............................
a: Incredible.
b: Unforgettable, it stays with you
c: Wherever you are
d: all of the above.

Right, here are a dozen pats on the back for choosing option 'd' as the answer. To me and to you, India is all this and much more; India is also a paradox. If you were to ask me, all I'd like to say is: these people knew what they were talking about when they wrote or spoke about India - see Quotes on India and In Praise of India

However if you want something more than just several pats on the back, all you need to do is submit images for the India Is Global Photography Challenge

If your image conveys the essence of any of the above themes exceptionally well, your submission can get you -
India is"All-expense paid trips to India
  • Weekend Getaways all across India at Taj Hotels
  • Digital Cameras
  • Exposure in travel magazines such as Conde Nast Traveller India
  • Special photography Workshop Passes
  • Exclusive 'India Is' Goodies and much more!"

Tip: Be ready for rejections of your submissions. Go through the rules before you submit your entries. Last date: 30 November 2012.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Festival's Aftermath

Yesterday was the festival of lights. 
Perhaps the festival of noise, smoke, wasted paper and wasted energy too. Deepavali. 
Through my window, I heard enough the whole day. 
Through the same window, I hear the "music" of brooms cleaning up after yesterday's excesses. 
The sound of that music has just moved on, and yesterday's leftovers are out again, to create further leftovers. 
This in a city where there is no place to dispose of solid waste intelligently. 
They bought. They came. They celebrated. They bought more, They celebrated further. They left, but didn't pack up.
Then they came. They swept. They did their bit. All I can do is spare a thought for her and her colleagues, and hope for better attitudes and understanding next Diwali.

God bless them...
There is a lot to be said for "Moderation in everything. Everything in moderation", isn't there? 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012


With a TEDx edition happening in town, it was not difficult to get oneself a ticket (₹750 per session) to attend the event at the Trivandrum Technopark campus.

The newbie organizers did a great job though they must have faced several hiccups. One cannot but like the  convenient and attendee-friendly format (18 minutes per speaker) that TED events follow.

Have a look at the list of visionaries / thinkers / speakers:
Sabriye Tenberken of kanthari
Mathew Jose of Paperman
The one and only Sashi Kumar
T.P. Sreenivasan, a former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
Bina Paul of India Foundation for the Arts
G.Vijayaraghavan, a former CEO of Technopark.

The bonus at TEDxTrivandrum, on 10 November, 2012, was a video featuring Mallika Sarabhai's Nov 2009 TED talk  (see Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world), and a brief rendition of instrumental music by a local amateur group.

Here's what the group of passionate TED enthusiasts have to say about their offering -
"In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TEDxTrivandrum brings the unique TEDx experience to the city, with a view to host some of its most fascinating thinkers, doers and teachers to inspire attendees to create great impact with their ideas. In its maiden edition, it aspires to stimulate thought and conversation that would result in real problem solving in our community and lives. It aims to bring together, people who are conscious of our society’s evolution, and want to be a part of the change. The event hopes to provide its attendees some quality time to explore new ideas, get inspired by visionary thinkers and gain exposure to concepts and innovations they may not have ever seen before. So check-out from the day-to-day routine this November and enter an afternoon of intellectual adventure, captivating demonstrations and mind-blowing interactive experiences at Park Centre, Technopark"

After listening to TED talks, let me say - don't miss a TED event if it's happening in your town!

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