Is water simple?

The idea of simplification is idealised to an extent where we often tend to simplify what is purely complex. Take emotions: we think there is logic to it. The logic being simple and linear, we tend to think emotions follow the same rule too. Emotions are associative to a large extent. But how does simplicity…

How asking for a lift could be a great exercise in seeking help

With these thoughts, I settle down into another day at Bhoomi with a fulfilling smile and a lot of gratitude for the person who helped me reach in time for class. It feels good. And then I had this thought — what if I can build the habit of asking for help by simply asking for a lift when I need a ride?

Anubhooti: Engaging head, heart and hands

According to the Gaia theory, all organisms on Earth and their inorganic surroundings are closely integrated in a single, self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. This theory was formulated by chemist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s.  On the 17 and 18 of June,…

Exploring food systems

On May 28 and 29, Bhoomi College conducted Anubhooti, a one-and-a-half-day program on food systems. Anubhooti translates to feeling, and the program gives people the space to explore their feelings, question their beliefs and expand their thinking about food systems.  At Anubhooti, a group of 21 people came together to deepen their relationship with food…

ये क्यों है?

ये क्यों है कि आँखें मूँदे बस दौड़े जा रहे हैं जब मंज़िल का कुछ भी ना ठिकाना है तो गति थोड़ी धीमी कर ले रे पगले क्योंकि ये सफर तेरी चाल का दिवाना है | ये क्यों है कि किसी के इंतज़ार में तन्हा बैठे हैं जब हर मुसाफिर को एक मोड़ पर बिछड़…

Waste Not!

I was 15 years old when my friend told me “Choo, please promise me one thing. You will never throw any waste on the ground”. I remember feeling annoyed. What did he think of me?!  Of course I wasn’t littering or throwing things on the ground. But anyway I went ahead and made that promise…

Wells Talk to Us, Taps Don’t

In a small town called Vijaywara in Karnataka, farmers are using untreated wastewater and fecal sludge to grow mulberry leaves. On these leaves, silkworms thrive producing silk yarn, which is then woven into beautiful handloom silk sarees by the local weavers. Can there be a more productive use of city sewage water, which is a…

From Fast Foods to Past Foods

As children, we all recall enjoying going to the kitchen and lending a helping hand. I remember sitting on the cold floor mixing chapati dough. Putting all the energy that I had into kneading the dough, and then rolling it into kutti chapatis. The yummy aroma of the thadka and hot food would always draw…

The Unsung Metamorphosis

The moment I sat down to write about my experience of Inner-Outer Ecology (IOE), I recalled the first day when we were asked to bring elements of nature that we feel most connected with. I went out of Ananda Hall and picked up some soil, few leaves, a twig and a flower. The flower had…

Green Thumb Warrior

Several years ago, one evening I was helping my mother in the kitchen when she suddenly discovered we did not have curry leaves. She asked me to get curry leaves and I got annoyed. I went on a rant about how she would not stock up the fridge and it is not fair for her…