What’s happening to the world ?

Look what we did ! Scientists , research scholars , medical institutes all fail today as Corona virus strikes the world .Helpless we stand , for it strikes country after country varying in its vengeance.

We lost balance someplace between development , medicine , science , technology and research . A lay person does not understand what hit him – just that he is petrified that the life of his loved ones could be at stake !

Let prayer heal the planet , let medicine find a solution soon .

Lessons of nature that man is not all powerful . We bow time to time in the history of civilisations to the mighty repercussions of our misdeeds and messing up .

Going Green on Valentine’s Day

A winter morning in Uttar Pradesh , India ,we got together 600 kids from a school in Ghaziabad and celebrated Valentines Day !

It was one of a kind – “nature festival”where kindergarten kids planted trees of Jamun , mango and neem in their school premises ! Hundreds poured into the huge playgrounds with the school gardeners giving in to the excitement of the children ! The teachers were kind and joyous . I requested them to just let the children be themselves , leave the ques, enjoy the plantation and feel connected to Mother Earth ! The kids loved the free spirit of the whole experience .

We chatted and planted , watered the plants while I casually took a promise that they would look after their trees !

I also had the opportunity of an interactive session on Environment – “How about going green , a social responsibility to our planet “with the middle and high school children ! They were attentive and responsive with hordes of resounding clapping in between our session . Our NGO Tree For Life gifted each student two trees to plant wherever they wished – home , school , park or neighbourhood .

Such fests inculcate responsibility in children with a promise of a green , clean and plastic free world ! Grateful to all faculty of Vidhan Public School . My zest multiplies when our tiny programmes are mighty successful ! Cheers to a green Earth !

Republic Day 2020

The country celebrates its 71st Republic Day . India is drenched in patriotism , the heart of every Indian beats today for its soil.

It’s a national holiday so it’s a relaxed day for most of us . But there are lakhs who are rushing to the Republic Day parade in Delhi . Every city , every mohalla has a flag hoisting ceremony . The national anthem jan gan man fills each heart with pride.

My throat chokes a bit when I sing it as if the love and devotion to Mother India swells up at that moment .

Many awards are given by the President on this day – soldiers , martyrs , children , artists and so on .

The leading Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran organised a series of programmes of flag hoisting , cultural extravaganza and awards to citizens all over the country . I am humbled to share that in the field of naari shakti and environment – I was felicitated . My journey is 11 years old now and with such encouragement from the society I’m sure to go on for years to come !

Jai hind , Jai Bharat

Asking for too much !

Elections round the corner , people busy with n number of things ,the capital is a freezing storehouse with temperatures dropping as low as 3 degrees ! Delhi is blessed twice with the air polluted to the level of smoking 5-6 cigarettes a day and cold which bites the heart out !

Cannot fathom how the poor and homeless are surviving the nights . Donot want to preach at all – would be good charity if we would give away at least our old and discarded sweaters , shawls , caps , jackets ,blankets . A gentle deed would be to share the warmth with the poor whether it’s a cup of tea or a meal . 2019 is going , this act could be your last good karma for this year ! Let’s open up our hearts !

Who has the answers ?

AgendaAajtak2019 , a superb platform with biggies of Indian politics right there with you ! The India Today group organised this at Le Meridian on the 17 th Dec and it was a houseful event .

I particularly enjoyed sessions with Piyush Goel and environment minister Prakash Javadekar . Had a few questions for him but they winded up early . Have to go to the Ministry to seek the answers ! Cinema is integral to all things happening around us . We had filmstars like Deepika Padukone , Akshay Kumar and Ayushmaan Khurana too .

Special applaud to the team of Kalli Purie for bringing burning topics of India to the forefront in the conclave !

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Everyone wants it !

Two of my running campaigns for environment , namely Go Green and Say No to Single Use Plastic are gearing wings . We moved to Jaipur , Rajasthan and got citizens involved . Beautiful , because it was easy ! People are willing and ready for the change – seems they were just waiting for someone to initiate . NGO Tree for Life @myforests is taking this campaign all over India .

The Go Green campaign proposes planting trees , no littering and no chopping of trees , segregation of garbage , recycling and reusing , and keeping the environment clean .

Say no to Single Use Plastic speaks for itself . The health hazards of plastic use in food and daily life , the emitting of toxins in the atmosphere and littering the oceans and mountains , rivers , villages and cities . It also talks about substitutes to a plastic living and encourages organic and traditional methods used by our grandparents , like copper vessels , steel , earthen pots , dauna – pattal , banana leaves etc for a healthier life .

We spoke to complete families , men , women , husbands -wives , grandparents , children and youth and got smiling faces supporting and promising the greener cleaner version of their cities ! It’s a tiny step but one step at a time is how we learnt to WALK , right ?

Justice not delayed this time -PriyankaReddyMurderCase

Justice delayed is justice denied – I quoted to a journalist who came home to take my input regarding the PriyankaReddyMurderCase , rape case !

As if the gods were listening to the prayers of millions of parents , brothers of the country or was it the frustration of the common man displayed in dharnas all over India that shook the fabric of justice ? We can’t say but the four accused were shot dead when trying to flee from the police at the crime scene .

It came as a morning shocker – because we are not tuned to such fairness ! There are more cases – millions pending ! “Nirbhaya “is 7 years old now – no justice yet ! Look at these little school girls , how innocent and happy -we do want safety for all women and girls in India . After all that is what the Betibachaobetipadao is all about !

We look up to the constitution to make an amendment which ensures the fastest justice route so that rapists shudder at the very thought of it ! No mercy here !

Justice not delayed this time -PriyankaReddyMurderCase

Justice delayed is justice denied – I quoted to a journalist who came home to take my input regarding the PriyankaReddyMurderCase , rape case !

As if the gods were listening to the prayers of millions of parents , brothers of the country or was it the frustration of the common man displayed in dharnas all over India that shook the fabric of justice ? We can’t say but the four accused were shot dead when trying to flee from the police at the crime scene .

It came as a morning shocker – because we are not tuned to such fairness ! There are more cases – millions pending ! “Nirbhaya “is 7 years old now – no justice yet ! Look at these little school girls , how innocent and happy -we do want safety for all women and girls in India . After all that is what the Betibachaobetipadao is all about !

We look up to the constitution to make an amendment which ensures the fastest justice route so that rapists shudder at the very thought of it ! No mercy here !

Green Fest

NGO Tree For Life with Volvo and Big Fm celebrated the mind ,body ,soul Fest Soul Setu at Gurgaon , Haryana on 1st Dec 2019. Our vision of a green , clean , plastic free and pollution free India relates the story of Swacchh Bharat in our own little ways.

We made everyone take a pledge to “go green “with us , plant trees and distributed saplings . I shared my efforts with the Volvo representatives and gifted them a cloth bags with the message of Say No to Single Use Plastic ! Ofcourse electric cars are the future – we are looking at the motor companies to come up with clean fuel options , hybrids and electric versions ! Me and my team personally spoke to people at the Fest , one on one about the vision . Many a happy souls were impressed and drawn to our mission ! Many more miles to go !

The NO Singleuse-plastic campaign

The promises made at the COP14 and UN climate summit were encouraging for a green planet .India came forth as a promising world leader about  environment and we thought we would pioneer in a few projects ,now on .

Our NGO’s” Say NO to singleuseplastic” was planned on the same lines .A tiny campaign in which we spoke ,shared ideas ,distributed cloth bags to people on the streets ,slums and the educated lot to get the campaign rolling .Everybody we met was open to the idea of cutting out plastic from their lives! It encouraged me a lot when the media too did their articles and tv  shows regarding the same .

We have some challenges though – we do not have a ready substitute for  factories ,food delivery companies ,packaging industry and so on ! Enough recycling units have to be set up in India itself to meet the demand .Our waste disposal systems are weak and disorganized .Oceans and landfills overflow with plastic stuff .Tourists and local people together mess up beautiful lush hilly areas .Everything we eat ,touch ,gift or receive ,somehow has plastic associated with it .What to say of movie halls ,home delivery food chains ,biggies like Amazon , Nestle ,Zomato ,Swiggy and Flipcart !

There is a delay in the total implementation of the government campaign.My little vibrant NGO -Tree for Life @myforests is running the GO GREEN social awareness campaigns with great zest .You could be a part firstly by chopping off extra plastic from your day to day life ! Be the change !