Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Friday, September 17, 2021
I must have met Malvikaa only once, briefly. It was so worth keeping in touch to see her amazing journey in the mountains of Bandipur. On a really bad day, watching any of her videos just lifts up my spirits.
Malvikaa Solanki is one of the heroes of our time - reviving not just the land, but also our tradition of working together as a community for the common good. We forget so easily that we are all interconnected. The video is just 5.53 minutes long. I promise you it will change your day.
Transforming landscapes through Agroforestry Systems
The 1000 Tree Project:
To know more about her and her work, watch these short videos:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
There must be better ways of spending your mornings than sitting under your favourite Hongai tree and listening to the small flowers falling, like the first drops of approaching rain. But thankfully you don't know of any of them. :)
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In the evenings, if you sit and wait patiently in your city balcony, you get to see the changing of the guard at sunset. The kites circle lower and lower and then come down to roost on the huge trees in the West. And once the kites have cleared the golden-gray evening sky, the bats come flying in from the darkening East, wave after wave, hundreds of them. Without fail. Day in, day out.
A change of guard that is so easy to miss, because it happens in total silence. When you sit quietly, the world is a different place.
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I felt in need of a great pilgrimage.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
"A small one covered in Hongai leaves would be perfect. 😍😍
With every passing year there are more flowers in our city. Because more trees have now grown into maturity, and have started flowering. We sometimes fail to notice things that get better, because we are only tuned into Doom station.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
- The person should be able to speak reasonable English. Later on we would like to do this in vernacular languages too, but trying to get this off the ground for now, following Silver Talkies guidelines.
- Would need a family member/friend with them who can help them get on to the Zoom call that Silver Talkies will set up, keep them company, ask questions, explain questions if needed etc. And if it is in the form of a conversation with the old person, they will also feel more comfortable.
- It will be a 1-hour session. Open to anyone. You could forward the Zoom invite to all your family and friends. This is free of charge.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
"When the lockdown started, all of us from the old college batch made a promise that we will dig up the phone numbers of our teachers from 20 years ago, make a list, and sign up to call and check on each one of them. They were incredibly moved. And so happy to hear from us. Some of them were in tears.
- Make a list of people you haven't spoken to in ages. Old friends, classmates, teachers, neighbours, acquaintances, distant family members, ex-colleagues. People whom you like or respect, but haven't connected to in ages because you have just been too busy with your own life.
- Get their numbers if you don't have them.
- Call at least 2 people from this list every week, when you and they are not in a hurry. Or just 1 if you can't make the time.
- Spend a good 20 minutes at least catching up. Listen. Ask the real questions. Get to know what they are going through. How they have also smiled and wept and walked through the fire while you were busy with your own journey. Share how you have done the same. Look beyond and really see the human being behind the words.