Friday, September 30, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Green Affair

GREEN is the color of Nature, Fertility, Life. Green symbolizes self respect and well being.It is also the color of Balance. It also means Growth and Harmony.  It is also the color of Mother Earth, our unique Planet Green in the Universe.

How does the color Green affect us?

It affects us physically and mentally.

It is soothing .

It helps alleviate, depression, nervousness and anxiety.

Offers a sense of  Renewal, Self control and Harmony.

The importance of conserving and protecting our Green planet is already aware to Mankind.  Two days in a year are earmarked to focus the Green Affair.  June 5 is celebrated every year as World Environment Day and April 22, is celebrated every year as Earth Day.

TEN Innovative ways in which we can go Green:

1.CONSERVE  Water, Electricity and Fuel

2. Use CFLs.Compact Flurosecnt Light Bulbs are cost effective way to conserve energy and save money.
 CFLs last up to 10 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb, and use 75% less energy.

3. Harness  Alternative sources of energy like  

  SOLAR Energy and WIND Energy. Wind energy is one of the cleanest forms of alternate Energy available.  An upcoming trend, you can vouch that it will become commmon in the coming years.


Reduce your Carbon footprint .  Buy Organic foods and other consumer products from Brands like 'Organica' and 'Fab India'.
5. The term “CARBON FOOTPRINT” refers to the amount of carbon (C02) we emit individually in any one-year period. C02 is produced from many sources and is the primary gas responsible for Global warming and the resulting alarming changes in our climate.


Old habits die hard.  and if we have to revolutionize the way we think and GO GREEN we have to mould  our children.  Friday is the day for Color Green.  So let there be a Universal anthem for 'GO GREEN' and let the school children across the world sing it in their Morning Assembly.


Patronize companies like SUZLON that are making efforts to make
our environment more Eco friendly. Invest in their Bonds and Shares. India has the Fifth largest installed Wind Power Capacity in the world.


Make a GREEN International Fair an Annual  5 day event.

Showcase the latest innovations in the world of technology  for a Greener Planet.

 Hold Seminars and debates. Screen documentaries from across the world, by Green enthusiasts.

 Exhibit Eco friendly and Organic products of daily use.

Cultural participation by school children on the theme GREEN.

Invite celebrities and local musicians and have a CONCERT for 5 days.


Recycle  Water, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard.


Reviving the CHIPKO  Movement  and Planting more Trees.

The Chipko movement or Chipko Andolan (literally "to stick" in Hindi) is a social-ecologicalmovement that practised the Gandhian methods of satyagraha and non-violent resistance, through the act of hugging trees to protect them from falling. The modern Chipko movement started in the early 1970s in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, with growing awareness towards rapid deforestation. The landmark event in this struggle took place on March 26, 1974, when a group of peasant women in Reni village, Hemwalghati, in Chamoli districtUttarakhand, India, acted to prevent the cutting of trees and reclaim their traditional forest rights that were threatened by the contractor system of the state Forest Department. Their actions inspired hundreds of such actions at the grassroots level throughout the region. By the 1980s the movement had spread throughout India and led to formulation of people-sensitive forest policies, which put a stop to the open felling of trees in regions as far reaching as Vindhyas and theWestern Ghats.

Volunteering in planting tees with social bodies like the Rotary club. Lion's Club and other organizations.

Besides the Ten  ways i have mentioned, there are numerous activities in daily life which can go a long way in creating the GREEN psyche.

The  thrust for GOING GREEN should be to inculcate 'Earth Friendly Habits'.  The more people treat Mother Earth well, the safer its inhabitants will be.  EARTH is the ONLY known planet  till date with LIFE.  let us not tip the natural balance and wake up now, and preserve Mother Earth.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Pipal Tree

 Ek pyara sa gaon
jisme Pipal ki chaon
gaon main ashiyan tha
ek chota makan tha
chod kar gaon ko ham
us ghani chaon ko ham
chod kar gaon ko
us ghani chaon ko
shehar ke ho gaye ham
bhid main kho gaye ham
ek pyara sa gaon
jisme Pipal ki chaon................ 

Every time i hear this song by Rajendra and Neena Mehta, i am transported back to my childhood in Allahabad. While i did not live in a gaon, i lived in a sprawling colony, spread over 106 acres,  in the suburbs of Allahabad, Bamrauli. We lived in CATC ( Civil Aviation Training College  ) Colony, where my father was in Government service.

106 acres is a lot of space, and the architecture of the colony was way ahead of its time. It was a self sufficient colony, complete with a huge Swimming Pool complex,  with an amphitheater where popular movies were screened, a KG school, A house club, Office and Training  space, and Residential houses. The best part was that it was a Green Colony which boasted of hundreds of nooks and corners and  gigantic trees of all kinds: Bargad, Pipal, Mango, Gulmohar, Neem, Jamun,  Imli, Guvava orchards and more.

Pipal, also called the Bo tree or Bodhi tree and Ashvatha in Sanskrit is also known as the Sacred Fig, its scientific name being Ficus Religiosa.  It is called the Bodhi tree as it is believed that Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment while meditating under the is tree in Bodh Gaya, India.

I have a stark memory of a giant Pipal tree which grew just three houses away from my home. A huge, gigantic towering tree, it was easily distinguished from  other trees for two reasons.  Firstly it was considered sacred,  and secondly its unique, heart shaped leaves with an extended fine tip made sure that we would never confuse it with another big tree.

As kids when we would  sneak out of the house for our little adventures , and  would pass by this tree and hear the sounds of its leaves rustling in the slightest wind.  The echo of 'sain sain' is still ingrained in my memory.

Almost every Hindu temple had a Pipal tree inside the boundary wall.  We would see women doing pradikhana ( circumambulation) of the tree as the tree is believed to be a symbol of both fertility and longevity.  A  Pipal tree in Sri Lanka , planted in 288 BC is still alive and flourishing and one of the oldest surviving trees in the world. Women also  tie  the sacred red-yellow thread called kaleva or mauli to be blessed with both fertility and longevity.

The shiny green leaves of the tree was very popular with camel and elephant owners.  On several occasions  we would see mahouts coming all the way from the nearby  village to take back huge bundle of leaves for their animals.

The Pipal tree which is a must in every village, as a meeting venue under its cool shade has great importance in Hinduism, just as it is revered by the Buddhists too.  It is believed that it is the dwelling place of the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.  It is also believed that  Lord Vishnu was born beneath  a Pipal tree.  

The sanskaars ingrained in we kids remain  with me till date.  Every time i visit my neighborhood temple, i pray to the Pipal and do pradikshna.

The tree has a lot of importance in Ayurveda too.  Its bark, leaves, roots and fruit are used to treat more than 50 diseases including inflammatory disorder, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, infections, diarrhea nd more.

Pipal is regarded as the King of trees as per Hindu mythology and  religious scriptures. It is believed to be a symbol of happiness, prosperity, longevity and good luck.  

I left Allahabad at the age of 12 and have never gone back.  The city is definitely on my Holiday list.  So when i do plan a trip there, ill make sure ill walk again on those roads, visit the nooks and corners, the KG school and above all, the Pipal tree which i am sure still stands there, a silent witness to the happenings of 35 years gone by,  and go back in time and relive bits and pieces of my childhood in that beautiful colony.

So if you have a garden, albeit a small one in the city, the  Pipal tree should perhaps be your first choice to plant in your garden.  It will surely bring all good blessings your way and it is a beautiful gift to leave behind for your grand children :)

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EkTitli.Org is a unique voluntary initiative where we showcase all the Positive and Constructive work happening in the ‘Green and Clean Space’.

Rustic Art is a brand of Organic, Natural & Handmade products in exotic fragrances. They are here to spread the ‘organic’ word.

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