Art Culture Society / Biodiversity / Children / food and nutrition / policy / shodhyatra / Uncategorized / women

Searching where is the light is: Focus on hotspots of sufficiency to seek answers for malnutrition

There is an old apocryphal story of an old women. She had lost a needle in a dark place. But she was searching where the light is. She is lampooned for this seemingly irrational act. True, under the lamp post, she would not find her needle but may be, she might find something else, may … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Creativity / policy / social innovation / Start-ups / technology

Menstruation: a curiosity gone astray

Conversation about menstruation, despite  very ably made film, Padman has not yet started in the right earnest. I am not sure how many parents have talked to their children around the dining table (if they have one) or in the chuaka, the cooking place about why biological processes are dirty or polluting per se. We … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Biodiversity / Creativity / Innovation / Research / shodhyatra / social innovation / technology

A kurta without a stitch (39th Shodhyatra)

Imagine wearing a kurta in which there is no stitch, it would be difficult for us to think of it.  But, a weaver Karna Mehr had actually woven a kurta as a cylindrical cloth.  Another weaver  Chukmani Mehr had woven poetry of Shri Gangadhar Mehr in the Barpali saree.   Bhikhari Mehr had woven the Hanuman … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Children / Ecology/ Environment / education / Ethics

Slum Shine (Shining every poor)- Biren Padhya

  Mr. Biren Padhya has been successful in educating & schooling children from 17 slums across Ahmedabad through his venture Slum Shine. He also focuses on protecting environment by carrying out several tree plantation drives as well as provide animal helpline services. He has also recorded sound of 150 different birds & has also made … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Ecology/ Environment / education

Shared spaces: enriched culture, community and civic life

With increasing pressure on urban and rural spaces, there is a looming crisis ahead of us in the next few decades. How will we negotiate scarcity of physical spaces with our cultural, emotional and spiritual spaces for “the other” getting squeezed more and more. There is a major onslaught on pluralistic vision of future living … Continue reading