A philosophical view of problem of climate change.
Environment damage is no more a question of debate. It is a fact. Hot and humid September in New Delhi and people under attack by Dengue is another example. Weather is not the only symptom. Depleting water table, polluted ground water, near extinction of vultures etc. are many pointers.
Why this mad rush to buy more?
Human race has out lived its welcome on earth. Consumerism which was attributed to west is now equally prevalent in metro cities of India, China and elsewhere. Consumerism and consumption are taken as actions of living. Sadly consumption is no more for living but consumerism is living. Buy buy and buy more.
Are we not guests?
Death would be a subject which may seem unrelated to environment and consumerism but it is not. Continue reading
Gardening as a subject and as a hobby happens to be least popular. May be too plebeian. It also requires a regular commitment. Living in apartments amidst an ocean of polluting fumes, eclipsed in the nave of concrete jungle, we often do not miss the plants. Last year when I was in Bombay on several occasions, another congested and populous city, I realised how hideously un-green that city is. Air filled with sea moisture and obnoxious smells typical of closed places. Back in Delhi, I was glad that it looked like a big garden with roads. The pollution here seemed non-existent notwithstanding the fact that 20% of the city population has symptoms of asthma, at one time or another.
Coming back to gardening, it is awful that schools that waste so much time on science projects, laboratory experiments and cramming benefits of trees for environment besides moral science, show nothing about gardening. Continue reading
(A short story)
Spirituality is often a blue print to ascend to heaven. While I retired to bed comfortably and fell asleep, I had not anticipated that I shall wake up in heaven. But that is what happened
The air was pure. Landscape in its pristine green with bushes of flowers all around. Chirping birds seem to be playing to discreet composer. Sun was bright but pleasing.
It smelled like spring, felt like summer and soothing as winter.
Present day movies inherit its present form from various sources. English Theatre, Russian Circus, Opera and Indian Nautanki. It appears that the last one has now attracted the attention of the movie makers all over the world.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru ki bijli ka mandola is a typical masala movie on nautanki tradition. Little story but too much ado and a few socially relevant issues which entitled it my attention. Lots of new clichés in dialogues which are on Bhojpuri cinema tradition, while making essentially a movie on the back drop of State of Haryana. Continue reading
Winter which descended with a bang on Christmas 2012, seems to have stealth its way out with a spoof. For last five days, here in New Delhi, temperature is consistently rising. Today it is comparable to Sydney, Australia. It is said that temperature all over Asia is unusually high as part of environmental upheaval. First there was absence of dust storm in New Delhi, during summer. Then there was unusual heavy rain on Dashahra/Vijaydashmi Day. It never rains in Oct-Nov but this year it did. Now this warm Lohiri. Any way:
HAPPY LOHIRI 2013.
Whatever the temperature, the bonfire would be lit and enjoyed even if we have to pull out half sleeve shirts and knickers from the closet or to postpone it from early evening to early night. Life goes on.
© Sandeep Bhalla