Several news articles highlighted the deteriorating air quality in Delhi and its impact on health. Many of my friends and colleagues started contemplating options that can save them from air-pollution. They discussed options ranging from buying masks and air-purifiers to shifting to a city with better air quality. These frequent news and articles about air-pollution made them really concerned. Mainstream media has an unparalleled capacity of influencing our priorities. However,…
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The Path to Serenity
In theory, there are said to be eighty-four thousand approaches, or entrance doors, in Buddhism. The large number is to indicate that, in fact, anyone can start wherever they are. To climb Mount Everest, you could set out from the traffic jams of a Parisian suburb or from the lush greenery of a Nepalese valley. The goal is the same, but the ways you might travel are different. In the…
Enquiry in the form “Who am I?” alone is the principal means. To make the mind subside, there is no adequate means other than self-enquiry. If controlled by other means, mind will remain as if subsided, but will rise again. Raman Maharshi
Don’t you want to be alive before you die? Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (via bookmania)
One of the most poisonous of the creatures is helpless in front humans. Undoubtedly, we are the most destructive species on the planet.
Testing whether the improved cookstoves are meeting “ours” and users’ expectations. #cleancookstoves #ics
Drilling down, moving forward A boring is being drilled in a village in Vaishali district of Bihar. The farmers are excited and curious; this boring will be used to install a solar powered irrigation pump.
A hut in a remote West Bengal village. The hut is abode of a very happy family that is not expecting much from our politicians or governments. They have learnt the truth: only their efforts can make any impact on their condition.