My story is rooted in small beginnings. Growing up like any normal girl in 80’s, I loved every bit of Bangalore – the climate, the people and the culture. I always wanted to be an Air Force pilot. I came close to realising my dream but fell short by an inch. Having had to let go of my aspirations, I reluctantly pursued studies and managed to complete an MBA. Life took it turns. Although I had a good career, working for corporates left a void. There was something amiss. I quit working after my marriage, a move that gave me enough space for myself. The birth of my child gradually changed my perspectives and thinking. We lived abroad for a while and travelled. This experience, coupled with yoga, helped me in the understanding of myself and the world around. Then came the crucial turning point. We decided to move back to India. This was in 2007
Using Nature as a Teacher
Over the past few years, Bengaluru has been facing a very peculiar yet worrying problem – the frothing of lakes. The foamy layers of clouds floating atop the lakes are visible throughout the year but get especially aggravated during monsoons. As the winds grow stronger and water levels increase, this polluted froth then spills over on to the streets and even houses.
The sudsy foam is a direct result of commercial and residential effluents being channelled to contained water bodies. Media reports state that the foam is not only toxic in nature but also carcinogenic, exposing the general public to known and unknown risks. Read More...
When you hear Priti Rao talk about growing her own vegetables, composting, making her own citrusy bio-enzymes to keep things clean at home, making her own moisturising creams, reducing her home’s water consumption by half, not throwing away any trash from the house except once in about 20 days, baking biscuits so she won’t be left with biscuit wrappers from store-bought ones, you would think she lives on some other planet. But no, she lives in our very own Bengaluru’s Banashankari.
What started as an experiment in her home about four years ago, has now grown a little wider to include adults and children who also want to learn about these things. Soil And Soul is Priti’s initiative that hopes to get people to understand and be involved in their own homes, apartments, communities and neighbourhoods about how they can reduce waste, grow and use products of local plants, reduce their carbon footprint in their own small way, conserve water and so on. In her eyes, all these are interlinked. Read More...
Our terrace is our laboratory. This wonderful laboratory, under the open sky helps us understand the subtle science of nature.
Our first experiment started with managing our waste. Segregation has always been our part of life, thanks to our schooling. Dry waste was always kept separately. Recyclable items were sold & the money collected went to an orphanage. Wet waste from the kitchen was disposed via municipal collection. Read More…
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