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    Why Do People Cage Birds?

    Let me try and guess some reasons why people catch birds and lock them inside a cage. Birds (like pigeons and parrots) are harmful, hence people want to protect themselves by locking birds in a cage. Birds are soooooo beautiful and soooooo cute. In order to permanently immerse their eyes in all that beauty, people lock them in cages and keep it close to them. By keeping the caged birds in balcony or foyer, others can also immerse in all the colors and finery. Since the house is silent, birds help add some sound. The constant chirping of birds is like music (to their ears). Caged birds are a status symbol.…

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    The Green Bazaar, Chennai

    So I went to the inaugural edition of Green Bazaar, an expo on green, organic and sustainable living in cities organized by The Alternative, last Sunday, Sept. 07 @ SPACES, Besant Nagar, Chennai. If you are following this blog, you know that I am passionate about green living/sustainable living practices. I have an entire category dedicated to Sustainable Living articles. How then could I miss an event that brought various green living aspects under a single roof? I just had to go.

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    Reusable Cloth-based Sanitary Napkins: Eco Femme

    Video Introduction – Eco femme Cloth Pads: The disposable sanitary napkins are useful to a lot of women. But, did you know that these disposable pads are made mostly of multiple petroleum-based plastic layers, and hence take 500 – 800 years to decompose? Or that they can’t be incinerated (burned) at temperatures lower than 800 Deg. C, as they can release toxic chemicals into the air? Or that they affect the health of rag pickers who come in contact with them while clearing dump yards? Or that, they are not as healthy as you thought they were? Or that, they are expensive on the long-run? That’s why, Eco Femme, an organization based…

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    Handloom Cotton Clothes with Vegetable Dyes maybe better?

    At the recent Green Bazaar, Chennai, I attended a talk hosted by Bindu Kasinadhuni of Chakra Design Studio & Preethi of Krya. In this talk they asked: Why not use Handloom Cotton clothing made using hank yarn & natural vegetable dyes, instead of the machine made clothes & chemical dyes? Frankly, I never knew Handloom was an option for me. Second, I didn’t know its advantages. Have a look at some:

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    Sanjeevanam Restaurant : Healthy Eating for Happy Living!

    Can you go to any restaurant and say, ‘Hey, I am going to be healthier by the time I come out?’. Rare. Very rare. Sanjeevanam restaurant in Chennai (part of Medimix group) aspires to be among that elite of restaurants where customers get to eat fresh and healthy food! The best thing about this restaurant is – they don’t use refined foods (like maida, white sugar), they don’t use red chillies, tamarind, garlic, ginger, etc. Needless to say, they don’t use artificial/chemical coloring agents, preservatives, taste enhancers, etc. (It seems many restaurants use ajinamoto, banned in most countries as it is a harmful taste-enhancer). They don’t do deep frying, they buy…

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    Water Bowl Project: Quench the Thirst of Animals on the Street!

    Blue Cross of India is an organization that is involved in rescuing, protecting and caring for animals on the streets. They are based out of Chennai. I visited their premises on Saturday, to know more about their Water Bowl project. Before a few years, I accompanied a foreigner who came to India (for the first time). While traveling in a taxi, he pointed to some roadside dogs and asked me, “Who cares for these dogs – how do they grow up?”. I must admit that such a thought never occurred to me earlier and I just shrugged my shoulders. The concept that dogs could be left on the streets, was…