Meet the warriors

You better ask the Vegan.

I have been planning this article since very long and I am glad that finally, I got to do it. This article is for all those who are from India and would like to know how it feels to be an India vegan and what all things one might actually have to go through to adopt veganism. It is better to ask all this to a Vegan.

Saurabh is a vegan whom I know through Instagram. The thing I like most about his vegan food posts is that they are genuine and very practical. You too can follow him on Instagram @vegan_saurabh for more.

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Here are some Interesting Qs and As between me and Saurabh:-

Q.1 Were you a vegetarian or non-vegetarian before adopting veganism? How long have you been a vegan?

A: I have been vegetarian through all my life owing to the lifestyle of my parents and grandparents. I adopted veganism in 2012 which means I am a vegan from past 6 years.

Q.2 Being in Mumbai for 24 years the only lifestyle I have seen around me is… work 9 to 8, travel in local trains, hogg, wear the latest Bollywood fashion. What made you adopt this lifestyle which does not even exist for many?

A: I am a seafarer by profession, In 2012, I was on ship and I came across an article on veal and I got to know that it’s the by-product of dairy industry and this lead me to search more about this topic and then I got to know about the horrors associated with dairy industry and I could never go back to eating dairy products again

Q.3 Veganism means quitting milk and milk products. This list includes bread, chocolates, cakes, butter, ghee, Paneer etc. These are some of the favorite foods of people, what would you like to tell them? And how is the experience of quitting all this?

A: I would be lying if I say that I don’t miss them but knowing that I am not causing any harm and that the food that I am getting is cruelty-free is such a good feeling that it doesn’t bother me at all.

Q.4 Being a vegetarian is enough disturbing when it comes to socializing. People don’t want to hangouts with you just coz they don’t consider you a good company to eat. How difficult was veganism for you?

A: Turning vegan has been nothing short of a nightmare when it comes to being accepted by society, forget about friends and other relatives my parents were so sceptical that they thought something terribly wrong has gone with me and took me to a baba for jhaad phook session and made me sit in front of 2-3 psychologists to cure my veganism fever, when nothing worked they started emotional blackmailing me by crying in front of me I tried my best to spend as much time on ship as I can and slowly but steadily they came to accept my terms and are much better now, though my mother still keeps on asking me to start dairy again but, she knows that it is never happening.

My friends use to make so much fun of me that I have become numb to their jokes and they don’t bug me anymore. Also, Thanks to my profession I learned to like my own company long ago and I still prefer to sit in my house alone and watch a movie or show then going out. 

Q.6 Being an Indian we are so used to take Prasad at temples which are most of the time made from milk or ghee. What do you do in any such case?

A: I am an atheist so I don’t believe in god or power of Prasad. Sorry, I don’t mean to hurt anybody’s sentiments but just telling my views.

Q.7 Milk and honey have a lot of importance in Ayurveda. It seems impossible for veganism to become a trend in India. Any comments?

A: The problem with India is here people are vegetarian by religion and not by their own conscience, I believe vegetarianism should not be confused with religion and people should learn why they are the way they are. 

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Q.8 People are converting the vegetarians into non-vegetarians by saying all the dumb things. They always make fun of vegetarians so I cannot imagine how it would be for you to hang out with such people. How do you manage that?

A: Last I checked I have two ears one to listen and other to let go of all that is not required. My friends do this all the time we are together to agitate me, but I have learned to not respond to such people and slowly but steadily they have considerably reduced making such comments as they were not getting the kind of reaction the expected

Q.9 Has it ever happened that you are hungry and there was no food available other than milk 7 or eggs (This is a stupid question :p but still let me ask you).

A: Yes, this has happened quite a few times, I go to bed and sleep. I can control my hunger.

Q.10 What do you eat if you ever go to any restaurants?

A: I usually opt for south Indian food if I have to eat outside but even then I make sure that no ghee or butter is used because here in north India no dish is completed without same. Or else I eat Chinese.

Q.11 Do you always have to plan the meal?

A: Negative, Mamma cooks very good food i.e chapatti and sabzi. When I am out on the ship I get to eat the same onboard as I usually travel on ships with Indian cooks.

Q.12 Your favorite Vegan dish?

A: Rajma rice

Q.13 Can you tell us some best easily available replacements for milk and milk products?

A: rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk (try roasted almonds milk that’s way better), soya milk.

Q.14 Will you suggest people adopt a vegan diet? If yes, then tell us few things that would really inspire people to adopt it.

A:  Yes I have tried to tell people to try this lifestyle and to see the change themselves. One of my friends tried it but she left after two weeks. I think the vegan food industry needs to get better here in India for people to opt for veganism, if we can get companies like “so delicious” (a U.S brand) and dairy food products (that deals in vegan cheese) if we can bring companies like this to India it will be much easier for us people as we will have plenty of options to explore.

I hope you all will find this useful and inspiring 🙂

All you need is a strong will to do what is right. Take a step and make a conscious choice.

 Also, I take this opportunity to share the link to The Eco Trunk – A cruelty-free Vegan Shop Who has recently launched VEGAN CHEESE. So hurry up Vegans and Non-vegans too and give yourself a nice treat of cheesey delights

– Pooja Navale

 

 

 

 

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Planted several trees, taking care of more than 300 trees from 4 years- Salute to these Green Warriors.

Living in a small house in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India and spending most of the time searching for sustainable options as well as writing blog I tend to forget the world that exists beyond this. Even while walking on the streets I notice only the litter and how people are careless about it. I feel lonely and looking at the big mess our human society is I also feel like giving up. I get comments from people saying I am doing a good work, but they don’t try to change their habits. I don’t do this for appreciation or attention I do my work to show people that they as an individual have lots of power in their hands and can do a great many things to help the environment. And when you get out and meet people (Green Warriors) who are doing certain things for the environment then there is no better feeling than that.

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The driving range- Road that connects to Kharghar Hills.

 

Here is the story of unsung heroes that I came across while on a walk at Kharghar Hills a day before my Plastic Collection drive. I went for the inspection of the Kharghar Hill area near driving range so I could plan about the plastic collection rally.  On the way I noticed lost of tree saplings, few were very young, few were a bit older and few quite old. These trees were not the random trees that grow there on the hills but were carefully chosen trees, like Neem (Azadirachta indica), vad (Banyan tree), Karanja also known as Pongame oil tree (Millettia pinnata) and pipal (Ficus religiosa). Few also had a fence around it. Then it occurred to me that someone must have planted them. There was not just 3 or 4 trees but many, I could see at least 30 trees in one area. While I was shocked and was staring at them I saw a senior person who must be in 60’s watering a tree with a can in his hand. I couldn’t resist asking him that what he was doing and who has planted so many trees that too in a hilly region. This is what I came to know.

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View from the Kharghar Hill. This soon will become green because of the trees planetd on both the sides.

 

The person who was watering the tree is Mr. Veerkar who is a retired person and has been coming to water these trees on the hill from past 3 years, twice daily. He told me that a few years back there had been a tree plantation drive by some college students in that area and they planted several Jamun (Syzygium cumini) trees. Later Mr. Balaram Patil belonging to the village sarpanch family took the initiative of watering these trees because he saw that there was no use of just planting the trees, the small sapling would die without water and protection. He started watering them daily, but somehow couldn’t save all the trees, later many people saw his effort and joined in. They not only water the existing sapling but also have planted new saplings and started taking care of them by building a fence around them. Mr. Patil has been doing this work for past 4 years now and later as the number of trees increased he constructed a water tank in that area. Even now he pays for the water tanker to bring water on the hill and fill the water tank. They have a big group now but the regular members are Mr. Saatu Veerkar, Mr. Anil Sing, Mr. Shekhar Randiev, Mr. Dande and Mr. Patil. Except for Mr. Randiev, all are above the age of 6o and it’s an inspiration for many young people like me and it also makes me feel ashamed that we as youngsters are doing nothing compared to this.

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Can you see the green plants? They are the planted sapling who have grown pretty well now.

 

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Mr. Veerkar has also planted three trees [Vad, Pipal, and Umbar (Ficus racemosa) ] 3 years back in another area in Kharghar and now they have become big. Still, everyday from past 3 years he waters them and spends some time there.

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Salute to these Green Warriors from Go.In.Green 

Also, read Trees for all occasions 

I would like all the people from the nearby area to join them whenever possible and do your service towards mother nature. Till then pledge to Going Green 🙂 by following me.

-Pooja Navale

 

Priyank Badola- A Mountaineer and Green Warrior.

Here’s an Insight of Priyank’s life as a mountaineer. I always loved his travel posts on Instagram and decided to ask him about his amazing journey. I hope you like him and his work as much as I do. All the Love and Success to you Priyank …


Priyank Badola is a

  • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Trip Leader India
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • NOLS Alaska Mountaineer

To know more please visit his website: –  Counting Summits

You can also follow him on Instagram:- @countingsummits and Facebook: – Counting Summits.


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Priyank Badola- Alaska.

  • Tell us about yourself and your work in brief.

I was born and brought up in Mumbai, but my roots trace me back to the foothills of Himalayas. In 2015, I made a choice of leaving behind my cushy banking job to follow my passion. Since then I have traveled to some of the remotest corners of Uttarakhand, Himachal, J&K, and Sikkim. By profession, I am an adventure trip leader, a mountain guide, and an outdoor educator. When I’m not on my personal trips I lead and guide treks in the Himalayas. Other than that I document my travels through my photography and cinematography. I encourage people to experience outdoors, find their connect with nature and make them understand what they have been missing.

  • What is that inspires you to be a mountaineer?

Although I belong to Uttarakhand, I was introduced to the mountains pretty late in life. When I made my first trip to the greater Himalayas, I could feel a surge of positivity and energy in me. And it so happened that every time I went up north to the Himalayas for road trips or treks I could feel the power of the mighty mountains. Their sheer magnificence with utmost humility was the thing which inspired me the most.  They gave me a glimpse of my own potential which I was totally unaware of. They taught me things which no school or college could ever teach. All these things made me think about what I was doing so far and what I should be doing. The decision was pretty clear in front of me to step into the outdoors full time and inspire others with it. That’s when I chose to get into mountaineering so that I could get as close as possible to the mountains!

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Goecha La Mountain In sikkim- Priyank Badola.

  • How is it to be so close to nature all the time? 

Being close to nature has got to do a lot more than just scenic views and relaxation. It is a place where once can learn a lot about their own selves. When you are out on the field there are a lot of things which you end up doing unknowingly. Soft skills like communication, judgment and decision making, self-awareness, vision and action, tolerance to adversity and uncertainty and backcountry behavior, all develop in a much more effective way. The way you act and take risk management into account is again something which works wonders in the outdoors. And when time comes to head back to the front country, all these skills amplify in the best way possible to make you a much more confident and self-sufficient person.

  • Is love for nature one of the reasons for you te be what you are today?

Oh absolutely. Almost a decade ago when I had gone to Yosemite National Park in California, I still remember telling myself, “how I would love to get lost in a place like this!”. And when the ‘Himalayas’ happened, it struck the chord in my heart and I decided this is where I want to spend most of the time. I have seen myself grow in the past few years since the time I have started being close to nature. My vision has become clear and action more purposeful. There is a reason why in the early days the rishis and the sages used to head up to the mountains to seek inspiration and solitude. I too feel connected at some level to the mystics which the mountains provide.

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Markha Valley – Priyank Badola

  • Any experience or story that you can share with us about the importance of conservation of nature? Have you ever contributed to such an act? 

Since the time I have started my journey I have witnessed how nature is being misused by the people. In the name of commercialisation, large-scale developments have been taking place and the access to even the most remote locations is getting better by the day. Because of this, every year people are heading to those places in large numbers. The thing I would like to say is that, even though it is good to know that people are making an effort to travel to offbeat locations, their travels should not be confined to just clicking pictures. People must understand the responsibility of not littering the place and make sure they carry their waste back to a place where it could be disposed of properly. Just being a tourist or a traveler won’t help anyone. One needs to know how to provide a helping hand to the locals. It’s an appeal to the audience to take part in drives which support the local population. Monetary funding is not the only way to contribute. There are many institutes and organizations which offer volunteering opportunities. You get to experience the local way of living and also be a part of a bigger cause. 

I personally am a big follower of Leave No Trace principles. These are simple ways by which we humans can minimize our impact on nature and play a part in its preservation.

  • Any incident that changed your life?

The decision of leaving a job and following my passion was one of the key incidents that have brought me where I am today. It was a tough one as there was no foundation set and I had to start from the scratch. I knew the journey won’t be easy and will have its own share of challenges. But I came up with a plan took some right steps while doing my ground work. As time passed by, I started my own travel blog, ‘Counting Summits’ through which I portrayed my journey to the people. I went again and again to Himalayan treks some of them which I lead and guided. I was fortunate enough to bump into so many wonderful people who offered me help in some way or the other. I had a dream which I dared to follow, and now I am glad I am able to inspire others through my work.

A moment when I was really proud of my work was when I was made the youth ambassador of the NGO for which I have been working since 2011. Through my climbs, I spread the message of “Proud To Be Tobacco Free” and raise awareness of the ill effects of Tobacco consumption among the youth. I was also made the ambassador of the Adolescence Education Program run by Apeejay School. It is really rewarding to touch hearts of so many people and I am glad I can make a difference.

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Valley Of Flowers- Priyank Badola

  • Any message for all of us?

My message to the people would be to go out there and make a genuine attempt in doing what you love doing. Unless and until you try you will never know how far you can go. There will be times when you will fail even after multiple attempts. But trust me, failure is one of the best things that can happen to you. You can either run from it or learn from it; the choice is yours. It is not always that your passion will materialize and turn into something which can sustain you for the rest of your life. But it sure will broaden your horizon and open doors to a lot of many things! So, Dream. Dare. Inspire!

-Pooja Navale

Seema Pardeshi Khandale-Care for the environment.

The aim of this blog is to raise awareness about the on going environmental issues and to give solutions on individuals levels. On this journey of achieving sustainable goals, I keep meeting various amazing people who are true eco-warriors. Today I am going to introduce you to one such eco-warrior named Seema Pardeshi Khandale who is a social worker and the founder of  ASHAY SOCIAL GROUP (NGO- registered in 2015). Seema Pardeshi khandale started working towards sustainable development by making cloth bags out of old used sarees and distributing them to the public for free. Another great work being done by her and ASHAY SOCIAL GROUP is the promotion of menstrual cups. The program named as RUTU is being carried out in association with a group of youngsters working in the field of sanitation called – PERIOD OF SHARING (community).

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RUTU- A program by Ashay social group and Period of Sharing.

 

The menstrual cups are not only an environment-friendly option but also good choice to make when it comes to health and hygiene of the females. They educate women about the menstrual cups through organizing lectures in schools and colleges in the city as well as in rural areas.

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Different types of Menstrual Cups.

 

I decided to solve a few doubts which I have and you have about the menstrual cups by asking few questions to Seema.

  • Why are regular sanitary napkins bad?

Seema – Sanitary napkins are basically made up of plastic, dioxins, synthetic fibers and other petrochemical additives. This restricts the free flow of air and can trap heat and moisture promoting bacterial growth in the vaginal areas.

  • Why menstrual cups are a good choice?

Seema – Menstrual cups are a healthy option for us as well as the environment as they are made up of  100% medical grade silicone. Silicone does not react chemically or releases any chemicals hence it is the best material to be used inside our body. Most of the body implants are made up of silicone as the research shows they are totally safe for us. They are reusable which also makes them environment-friendly. One menstrual cup can be used for 8-10 years.

  • Is it uncomfortable to use menstrual cups?

Seema – Using menstrual cup is very easy. It is a bell-shaped cup and very soft and flexible. It has to be inserted in the vaginal canal and there are various methods of doing that. One can choose the method which is comfortable for them. Once inserted the cup get properly adjusted according to the shape and collects the fluid. Depending upon the flow of it can be removed, drained and washed to be reused again.

  • Are there any side effects of the cups? Like irritation or pain?

Seema – There are no such side effects. In fact, we don’t even feel the wetness. It is also rash free. One can also go for swimming wearing it. It’s so comfortable that people forget that they are wearing it especially when the flow is less.

  • What if we forget to remove the cup?

Seema – The cup can remain there for 12 to 24 hrs also. It will not cause any harm.

  • Can the young girls who have just got their menarche use it?

Seema Pardeshi- Yes! In fact, they should be the first to try this as it will not disturb any of their regular routines which are hampered due to the discomforts during periods. It’s easy to clean and totally harmless. This is also a sustainable choice that the young generation should take into consideration.

  • How can we contribute to your work?

Seema –  The best you can do is switch to menstrual cups. We also take many lectures and seminars on this in various colleges sand different societies, you can join us as volunteers.

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Seema Pardeshi- During a seminar on menstrual cups in college.

 

  • How do people react when you talk to them about feminine hygiene during periods and make them switch to cups? any funny moments?

Seema – In India the concept of a menstrual cup is new. We get many interesting reactions from people. Inserting cup into the vagina is beyond people’s imagination. More than funny it’s disturbing to know that many of the girls don’t even know the difference between urethra and vagina.

  • What are your goals through RUTU?

Seema – We plan to raise as much awareness as possible among people about menstrual cups and sustainable living.

We really want to do our share towards the environment by making less waste. 

You can contact Seema Pardeshi Khandale on WhatsApp:- 9930025807  for more information on the use of Menstrual cups.

-Pooja Navale

Prabhat Mishra -The Red Tape Movement.

Hello friends, very happy new year to all of you. I am glad that I am starting this year by such a great blog piece which i know you are going to love. I am not the first one to write about Red Tape movement, there are many articles on internet and newspaper about this. But let me tell you why this is special for me. I accidentally came across Prabhat Mishra , the founder of Red Tape Movement on Instagram and who is a very humble person to give me a short interview.

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Let me start by telling you that planting trees is the need of the hour and we have already heard it several times, also we have participated in it directly or indirectly. Red Tape movement aims to protect the trees by tieing red ribbon around a tree in order to save the trees and the biodiversity of that particular area. We often forget that planting new trees is not the only solution. We also need to protect the one we have. The old trees does much help to the environment than the young trees. So to maintain this balance its very important to protect them and it will indirectly protect the wild life of that area. The Red Tape Movement is one such movement in Etawah started by Prabhat Misra [Assistant director National Savings, Etawah].  This movement started by one person with the help of the few villagers has become a big movement and has been recognized by IUCN. You can read more on this here…

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National biodiversity Teach-In

For latest news you can follow the Red Tape Movement on Facebook and Twitter.

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Students of Elgin High School, Illinois in 2014.

Talk with Prabhat Mishra (PM)

Q.1 Can you tell us about that one incident that made you start this Red Tape Movement?

PM: Since childhood, I have always had a great love for nature. But it was only when I
was transferred to district Etawah (Uttar Pradesh), and got a chance to see the ravine area of the National Chambal sanctuary and the Yamuna forest areas, I realised that deforestation, the depleting biodiversity and climate change threatened their very existence. So, on June 5, 2008, I started a peaceful, non-violent movement to generate awareness about the importance of trees to our environment.

Q.2 One experience of yours while working to save trees that would inspire people?

PM: Interestingly, my journey, which started in a place where dacoits were a major concern has come full circle. In 2015, I met former bandit Seema Parihar, who was keen to join the movement. So, on March 21, 2016, when an NGO the ‘Sri Kalptaru Society’ organised an environmental awareness event in Jaipur, Seema Parihar, herself organised the red tape activity, which attended by former dacoits and bandits Renu Yadav, Malkhan Singh, Preetam Singh “Gabbar Singh”, Pancham Singh, Pehalwan Singh.

In December 2015, Founder of Chipko Movement, Magsaysay Award winner and Gandhi Peace Prize awardee Chandi Prasad Bhatt also tied Red Tape on an Ashoka tree, which he had planted himself, in Etawah.

In 2014, students of the Elgin High School in Chicago, conducted an ecological project in the vicinity of their school. As part of the ‘National Biodiversity Teach In’ project, they tied red tapes on trees throughout the school property to raise awareness about their ecological impact. They also advocated this activity to other schools.

Q.3 What were the major challenges that you faced while working for this project?

PM: Initially, cooperation was low. But with continuous awareness campaigns, especially in villages, attitudes started changing. So far we have visited many villages of Etawah and have tied red tapes to over on more than 10,000 trees trunks and planted over 2000 trees.

Q.4 What message would you like to give today’s young generation to save our environment?

PM: My experience about this movement is very positive and energetic. We are living in a world which is under “transition and transformation phase” of energy and facing the problem of Climate Change. So, we must develop a better and natural “GHG Sink system” to achieve 350 ppm CO2 level in the atmosphere. Trees are “Best Natural Sinks” of CO2 and will be helpful to tackle with Climate Change.

World Community should keep one fundamental rule, while making any planning, that, “United We” can save earth from Climate Change, through such peoples participatory grass root level awareness movements. This is MUST to save our beautiful Earth from Climate Change for our future generations to come. Red Tape movement is now spreading at grass root level and peoples are supporting our move to protect and save trees and bio-diversity.

Such movements will be helpful to add people for the establishment of green society, sustainable development, forest transition, carbon sequestration and finally fight against Climate Change.

Q.5 What can people like us do, to help and support this movement?

PM: Under this movement, especially on a holiday, we choose a village and go to this village and do plantation and tie the red tapes on existing trees trunks. There, we give the message that to cut the trees is lethal for our present and future generations. We also make villagers aware about Climate change and importance of forest and biodiversity conservation. This movement does not accept any kind of financial help & is a self-run movement with the help of grass root level people.

-Pooja Navale

Srushti Dudhankar-And we say Global warming has nothing to do with us…

We never realize the impact of little things in the environment have on us. We have read about droughts and scanty rains in monsoon season many times. We don’t really suffer from this as we have big houses with air conditioner and proper inbuilt tanks for storage of water and we also get clean drinking water whenever we want.

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By Mileesh

We are not farmers who are eagerly waiting for rains to quench the thirst of the lands. We are the ones who sat comfortably in evening in front of TV with a hot dinner plate in hand watching the news about meager rains and farmer suicides. None of us cared and none of us cares.Never did we think that it is a cycle which starts affecting everyone, if not immediately but soon enough.

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By Mileesh

Now, why did I say scantier rains will have an impact on us (me and my family)? Let me tell you my story and how my family has been affected.
My father is a Valuer. He values properties for loans. Farmers are our main clients. They mainly keep their lands as a mortgage for loans at the start of the monsoon to buy seeds and fertilizers. All in the hope that it will rain normally this year and they will reap a profit. But this year the farmer’s didn’t approach the banks for loans, well they had given hopes. They were certain it will not rain. Never did we think that it will affect our income as well. 20% of clients approaching banks are farmers and us never before had noticed that it’s going to affect my family income.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA- Himanshu Dudhankar

Global warming has gripped everyone in its fists. The process is slow and it is going to have an impact on all of us. Had we foreseen that our lack of concern for the environment is going to have its impact on all, rich or poor we would have been more considerate of our mother nature.

-Srushti Dudhankar.

Omkar Jadhav-From Green Ganesh to Green Darshan.

 

The concept of Green Eco-Friendly Ganesha’s is being accepted by a growing number of people as various initiatives like Big Green Ganesha, Times Green Ganesha, Tree Ganesha are kicking off. Some initiatives which have started over a decade ago haven’t yet become a standard but the awareness has definitely grown.

Just like green Ganesha which can happen on an individual level (at our homes) as well as on a larger scale (our neighborhood, buildings, and societies), so can the darshan.

Introducing a classic green way to enjoy Ganesh Darshan this year and in the coming years.

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Girgaon.

As I already commute on the cycle everywhere in the city whenever I am traveling alone. I decided to visit few Ganpatis on my cycle on the second day – which is the last day of ‘One and a half day Ganpatis’.

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Ganpati Darsha – Chirabazaar

I had still to visit around 5 friends and relatives who keep the Ganpati for one and a half days. Since the visarjan for these ganpatis begins early in the evening around 4 pm I began the Green Darshan by leaving my place at 12:30 pm.

I started off with the two Ganpatis in my area in the neighboring society, which were just few hundred meters away. Then I rode to the third Ganpati which was 1 km away from the first two. This took me under 10 minutes to reach there. Then I headed to the fourth Ganpati which was barely 2 km away located in Chira Bazaar.

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At Marine Lines.

After that before visiting the final Ganpati, I rode to Marine Lines to meet the Chira Bazaar friend who wasn’t at home when I took his Ganpati’s darshan. He was on the train coming home from Andheri. As he gets off at Marine Lines I decided to meet him there before leaving for the final Ganesh Darshan which was in Worli around 8 km away. This I had to finish before 4 pm as that’s when the Visarjan begins. I did reach the final destination in time.

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Met my old friend.

I covered around 18km on my bike till I reached home and visited 5 Ganpatis in total, all within time. The same number of Ganpatis I visited on the first day, but that was in my car as I had my family along.

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So on a personal level, I would definitely opt for a cycle darshan especially when visiting bigger Ganpati’s of prominent areas where the crowd is large and the traffic proportionately heavier.

This would save a lot of time and space and of course cut down on pollution, if many adopt it. Plus it will definitely be an immersive experience, where you get to see the sparkling city up close and soak in the entire festive atmosphere more openly.

My Ganpati Darshan Day 2 ride as recorded on Strava App.

Ride link: https://www.strava.com/activities/702549756

The entire journey took me around 1 hr 30 mins, excluding the time I spent at each one’s place for Darshan and chit-chat.

From #GreenGanesha to #GreenDarshan. Ride along and experience Ganesh Utsav this year differently.

– Omkar Jadhav, Search of Life