Sunday, August 21, 2011
grrr.. too hot.. horrid mood..
got my tripod.. but it seems more of a pin as of now for the photography. hubbs keeping moving my set up and its tiring to put it all back again.. grrr.. thats defintely a space problem.. need some 200 sq ft to myself for the food photography set up which currently resides in the living room..
hubbs been extreeeeemmmly busy this week..
gotta finish up so many things... uggghh
On a happier note.. We put up some "Hot car is an oven for your Dog" flyers, with phone numbers of Seattle animal control and non emergency police, around the block and on alaskan, Hempfest was for 3 days and 2 days were going to be really hot. Last year a few dogs died in hot cars :( and some others were rescued by police breaking windows. Amazingly some people took the phone number flags from the flyers! I am so happy about that!! Of course, hubbs took out time to go on Alaskan way to put the flyers in the sun with all that packing tape!. some brownie points for that. now I just hope next week is a bit light for him else both of us will go a bit crazy!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Well Done Abba 2010 political satire Hindi film directed by Shyam Benegal, has a couple of storylines. One of them about, how a well that is to be built in a village, gets stolen.
Its not just a story or a film, it is reality.
Dad told me a story the other day. I dont know the entire pre and post circumstances and all the exact details. Heres what happened in short.
One of the NGOs decided to do something for a village close to our home town. So they decided that since sanitary conditions in most villages are below par, they should build some auto flushing toilets or something. So they got some experts together including Dad to go to the village for specs and numbers.
And guess what happened. They found that there was no drinking water supply in the village? On paper, there were supposed to be 9 Bore wells in the village and hence a decent water supply and distribution. The bore well money either from the the government or the World Bank, on paper, was used to make the bore wells.
But no bore wells! Hello Corruption! All of it went to god knows who. The officials, higher ups, panchayat (local village self governmental)?
The villagers used water from one dirty lake, shared by all animals and people to do all sorts of things.. Walk to the lake, boil and filter the water through a cloth and drink. What would they do with A self flushing toilet!
Ironical isnt it. Luckily Dad informed me that they challenged the authorities, and while the case would go on, they also got some hand pumps installed. Some part solution for this village... but what about all the millions of small villages all across the country? And we wonder why the farmers commit suicide.
This story is not to make you cynical of the country, people and corruption. The story is about small changes, and not giving up. Though it is difficult for one person to deal with the big problem, a set of people working tirelessly towards a cause do make a change however small. The cases and investigations might take forever, the laws against similar issues might also take time to be passed and then later implemented, but there can be short term solutions. We just have to get together and find them. Help thy neighbor and help each other.
Friday, August 12, 2011
V's Mom M: Should I send u ghee and wheat laddoos?
V: We dont eat Ghee(clarified butter) anymore
M: Why not
V: Coz it is an animal product
M: but you will get skin disease, if you dont eat ghee
V: No mom
M: It is essential for health
V: no mom
M: and you will get skinny
V: no mom, it gives you heart disease and is not needed.
M: Ok, so what about milk
V: We are transitioning to non dairy milk
M: what is that
V: almond, rice , oat, etc milk
M: but cow gives milk since ages to humans
V: no mom, the cow is kept pregnant and then the calf is killed as soon as it is born.
M: on no.. they cant kill the calf
V: Then what will they do with the calf
M: oh my god. I am not going to visit the US. they kill calves there...
conversation got interrupted at this point, else it was going to go towards how in India, the number of calves killed per year is 10 times that in the US. (8-10 million calves per year in India)
Sunday, August 07, 2011
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