Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mountains of the Monsoon in Animal Planet

Watched the episode on the Western Ghats ("Mountains of the Monsoon") , featuring wildlife photographer Sandesh Kadur in Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. It is a television series for the Animal Planet. Watch it people!!.it is terrifc, it is inspiring and I am totally in love with Eravikulam National Park. *sigh* :)

(PS : I think the Animal Planet logo is interesting with "Surprisingly Human" written next to it.)

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Love the Whole World

Its such a BRILLIANT place..Boom-de-ada-Boom-de-ada.:)

Belated Earth Day Wishes to All!

(Src:Youtube-Discovery Channel Ad)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Not the Story of the Poor But..

Lines from one of my readings for a class:
"The problem is not that the forest people are poor, but that they are politicaly weak ( and the problem is not that the forest is environmentally fragile but it is politicaly marginal). The problem for the forest people is that they inhabit a resource which is coveted by groups that are more powerful than they are (while the problem for the forest is that it is inhabited by people who are too weak to insist on its sustainable use)".
( Src: Dove.R.M, 1993, "A Revisionist view of Tropical Deforestation and Development". Environment and Conservation, Vol 20, Nr:1)
These lines maybe old but still holds true.
Attempting to illustrate the point..
The Challenger-

On the way to Koraput. Utkal Alumina Industry Ltd. Rayagada, South Orissa.

The Challenged-

Tribal folks -Rayagada and Koraput, South Orissa

Saturday, April 17, 2010

One Man, One Cow, One Planet

Found an nteresting documentary at the Uni library-"One man, One cow,One planet..".The documentary is on "bio-dynamic agriculture".I found it rather exotic and mystical on the whole. I was almost convinced until the cow horn manure part came up. But people who have been practicing it are obviously experiencing succees and so it may not be all "hocus-pocus" as someone I know commented. I suppose it is something we must keep an open mind about . Anyways, talk about timing but I just started work on a project where we are looking at the potential of "conservation agriculture" in improving soil quality, increasing crop yields, improving livelihoods and promoting indigenous seed biodiversity. It is different from bio-dynamic farming but more close to natural farming (as in Masanobu Fukuoka's method of farming). The difference, as I understand is-Fukuoka's method is pure 100% organic farming whereas CA is flexible and external inputs to improve soil conditions and crop yields need not be organic/natural. However, there is one thing common among all of us working and promotnng these different sustainable ag approaches- we all seem to hate Monsanto! :).

Anyways, enough with my lecturing. I just hope that whatever may be the method adopted, ultimately it yields good long lasting results and help the communities involved.

Two people told me I must read 'The One Straw Revolution" I must read it.

And you folks out there-eat healthy and live healthy,wise and wealthy(optional)

(Video Clip Src: Youtube)

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Angadi Theru"

Saw it yesterday..

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A New Acquisition

Actually to me this machine represents the uncool part of what I do for a living. Nevertheless, giving credit to its creators, it is a nice little piece of machine.