Why ‘No Crackers’ & Why Not ‘No ACs’, ‘No papers’? Nature has to be saved each day !

‘No crackers’ goes the message everywhere in schools. My kid comes with the message saying we won’t use crackers this time.

I felt proud. On Holi also, he had said we won’t waste water for Holi. But I wonder why teachers never teach him ‘No ACs’ or ‘No Papers’? Why they never say that let’s stop using air conditioners in summers. Why they never make them learn plant saplings around which can grow up to give them shade under scorching sun?

I also wonder why they ask them to submit tonnes of projects on paper sheets and why they never argue that let’s preserve paper!

I also wonder why they keep making choices according to their comfort and not go calculative! I see entire nation pleading for no crackers, but why no one is going to the root cause of forest depletion, drying rivers, soil erosion and so on?

Is the goal of sustenance only meant for a day or a two or is it meant for each day? I think we are confused! and I remember Mansoor Khan, Bollywood producer, who produced QSQT and JJWS, opining that schools are teaching delusions these days and here lies the problem.

Mansoor Khan, renowned Bollywood producer in his Acres Wild Farmstay

It might be because growth is of paramount importance to us and this is why we are asked to compromise on certain parameters.

And so we obediently compromised and allowed the growth to progress at the cost of lush greenery, forest depletion, drying of rivers, depleting natural resources and vanishing soil components from ground!

But is this real growth? Are we really growing by killing our own natural resources?  Should we genuinely follow this growth model?

At a time when the brain starts asking such questions, I suddenly remember my discussion with Mansoor.

Speaking to him for one of my stories in Rail Bandhu, Rural rustic Charm, he said, “Cities form centres of cancer and tumour. They build nodes of cancer, suck everything like salt, water etc and pollute the surroundings! By killing everything, these cities take us on developed path.”

It was twenty three years back, this man left the life of Mumbai to start his living in lush green surroundings of Coonoor.

Here he is indulged in organic farming and teaches cheese making to his guests off from the city life, he has hills surrounding his residence.

According to him, it’s interesting to share knowledge, encoring people to shift ideas. His opinion is that dwelling in village life is like imparting a real education. By leaving no water, no soil, no resources, no relationships, what are we leaving for our future generations?

 A real life lesson: Kids are happy when introduced to rural life!

On present education system, his views were quite surprising. “Schools are teaching madness, we are running after growth model and this model has failed everywhere. Name any country and see how far it has been able to sustain this growth model.”

So don’t you think it’s the time to think for long-term sustenance of resources. Let’s build eco-friendly measures not for one or two festivals but for each day or else we are going to be big losers. Let’s not allow growth to take us on de-growth path.

We need to learn from tribals who have preserved their resources despite all challenges. A time to think seriously!


As their folk music keeps fading, they sing with a pinching pain

There is an international group all set to rock the stage! While the guitarist is an Australian, the tabla player is an Indian artist residing in Australia. The other two hail from a small village in Rajasthan and are experts to engage the audience with their mastery in their folk music. The duo belongs to Langa and Manganiyar community. While the first two bask in pride of their performances, the other two folk singers sing with a pinching pain, narrating the tale of their sorrow to see their age-old folk music lying on ventilator, sighing on a death bed.

 This group comprises Jeff Lang, Asin Khan Langa Bobby Singh and Bhungar Khan Manganiyar. It was in 2011 when they introduced Maru Tarang, a music band which came into existence in Mehrangarh Fort.

All four of them are from different regions, enjoy different culture, have different roots, yet they form one entity! The local folk artists gel well with Australian artists and prove the fact that music knows no boundaries. They travel together, eat together and sing together!

When they assemble on stage, rendezvous of melodies flow with harmony of music and a feel factor is developed which keep enthralling the audience!

Despite differences of culture, they share an understanding which allows them to perform together.

Meanwhile, Asin Khan and Bhungar Khan are not well-versed in English speaking skills, but they feel one factor, which is taal factor(rhythm’) while performing on stage.

dsc_0034They sing, they sing with heart, but there is a pinching pain in their voice, a pain which narrates the sorrows of their community, of their folk music which is dying a silent death.

The two artists narrate how this art is leaving its roots as the schools who used to train them are vanishing, disappearing in want of sufficient funds from government.

They are in dire need of funds! Are the NGOs listening?

Hoping against the hopes, they have taken their art on global arena, dreaming, that some day, their art will manage to rise from abysmal depths to mark a mark on the global stage!

Let’s reinvent kitchen with clay-made vessels

Am going back to basics! Surprised? Ok, now let me elaborate! I am reinventing my kitchen which is sure to go for a makeover.

My steel and aluminium vessels are slowly going off the shelves and are being replaced by clay-made utensils. Yeah, you can say that I am revisiting those old good days.

While chapatis in my kitchen are now being  cooked on a reddish brown clay-made pan, curd and milk are also being kept in the same-kind vessels.

earthern-vesselNow, you must be surprised why am I doing so! It’s because clay-made vessels help us in maintaining our health. it restores the natural taste of food being cooked and also retains its nutrient value, which, at times, get lost in aluminium and steel vessel.

Moisture and heat circulate easily in clay pots due to their porous nature. And hence the vegetable gets cooked slowly, maintaining its natural taste.

Also, as clay has alkaline nature, it balances the PH factor of food by interacting with acid presence in the food.

So try different this Diwali! You know you will be take care of your health and nature by getting a makeover of your kitchen!