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“All I need is the air that I breathe…”

November 8, 2007

The Hollies had a point with this lyric… breathing brings life. In urban India breathing brings an early death. Good air quality is not a priority in a country where the infant mortality rate is 68 (UK is 7). However, I think pollution is a causal factor in the poor health of pregnant women and […]


October 22, 2007

Being newly exposed to South India and Hinduism, my understanding of the icons, festivals and rituals is slowly developing. Visiting the Mylapore Trio last week during the Golu-doll-Goddess-worshipping festival of Navarathri helped my understanding deepen a little. Navarathri is a 9 day festival that worships three Goddesses (Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi) for three days each. Similar […]

How do you start your day?

October 16, 2007

In South India, millions of Hindu women start their day by painting a prayer called a Kolam on their front porch. These intricate symmertical designs are drawn with rice flour (food for the ants and crows). If you’ve ever seen one being drawn, you will have been amazed at the speed and precision that these […]

Why Treepu?

October 4, 2007

My employment in England consisted of a wide range of social care jobs and having been in the field for 8 years, I was feeling burnt out. With the prospect of moving to India in July 2007 for my partner’s research job, I thought I would take the opportunity to try something different, but I […]

Farmers Suicide

October 3, 2007

2nd October. An Indian National Holiday to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday. AID and Youth for Social Change used this public holiday to hold a vigil for the suffering that is currently going on in the farming communities of India. Farmers in India are in extreme social and economic distress. They are faced with huge inflation […]

What is Mindfulness?

September 27, 2007

… awareness… breathing… concentration… connectedness… I believe in mindfulness because it is universal and can be omniscient. … mindfulness, precisely because it is not formulaic, and because it has to do with the quality of our experience as human beings and the degree to which we can pay attention to our lives, is truly universal […]

Planting Celebration!

September 24, 2007

I am very proud to be covering this event as a blogger, it’s really good news for the environmentalists; the project is simply blooming with positive action. Project Green Hands is an ecological initiative of Isha Foundation with the aim of creating 10% additional green cover in Tamil Nadu (the heartland state of southern India). […]

What is this poster referring to?

September 18, 2007

Any ideas?