A commitment to sustainability

How are we to think of sustainability in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives? What does it mean to us in the various stages of life – as a student, as a free youth, as a householder, as a parent, as an elder etc? Penning down some things I have picked up along…

Urban water saving

Post the Ekkirala Dwarakanath Jnaneswar’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course, we have been going about with a renewned sense of purpose and feeling empowered with new skills and knowledge. So seeing this common sight of excess fresh water overflowing beneath teh gate, we were moved to do something. This ‘drinking water’ is pumped daily by the…

Transformation of an urban vacant plot

Well, I have completed the Permaculture Design Certificate Course and am on to my research and project work. While I scout for the ‘perfect’ plot, I have taken up working on the vacant plot next to my residence which has the potential to become a good community garden. Below is a photo of showing the…

Rose tinted glasses

When parents enroll their kids in dance classes, it appears to me, they put on a pair of multicoloured spectacles, which they almost never take off. From then on, their vision of the world is tinted. Whether consciously or not, they imagine their child will be one day (in the near future, mind you) a…

Food mania

As I spend another lazy morning going over the dailies and weeklies I spot two parallel food trends in today’s world. One, prices are rising and so are concerns rise about the survival of those Below Poverty Line, Marginally above Poverty Line and such. Experts say that after enjoying the economic boom, we are just…

Why should one learn classical dance? part 3

Continuing from my previous post: The next 5 reasons to learn: #6 Indian Classical Dance requires intense and perfect body and mind coordination. e.g the variations in footwork -are based on rhythm/beat (Taala) cycles which run into mathematical multiplication & combinations. This develops higher mental abilities and students have been seen to perform well academically…

Why should one learn classical dance? part 2

So why should one learn Indian classical dance? As a student, teacher, performer and mother, I offer Ten reasons: #1 It is an excellent form of exercise as it includes yoga based stretching, aerobic and high-endurance movement levels. Besides the basic grammar of movement, in pure dance or nritta, the focus is on developing speed,…