I am blessed to be living in a community where the residents are plant-lovers and gardening enthusiasts. The sizes of the gardens vary but not the enthusiasm. A terrace garden is tended with as much care as a large garden. So, there was a lot of excitement last night, on the 7th of June, 2021 … Continue reading The enigma of Epiphyllum oxypetalum/ Nishagandhi – one that blooms in the night ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
If you go by the several articles published on food last year, many homes seemed to have awakened to the benefits of home-cooked food. Moreover, a large section of society was inspired to get back to whole foods. There is a new found awareness when people started to look at and read food labels. A … Continue reading Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
Disclaimer: The priority right now is to tackle SARS-COV2 according to WHO guidelines. This article is to highlight why bioenzyme-based cleaners are a better choice to keep pathogenic microbes at bay and keeping our water sources free from chemicals.
As I write this piece, most countries are under a lock-down. The SARS- COV 2 Virus (Covid-19) has changed our lives in recent times like nothing before. Yes, there have been wars, natural disasters, but this occurrence is a truly humbling one, where a small virus has brought human kind to a grinding halt. The advisory to halt the spread of the virus includes thorough hand-washing with soap and water.
But think about it -does everyone have access to safe water? According to World Bank estimates over 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of hygiene practices. Further…
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Last week, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Govardhan Ecovillage located in a small hamlet called Galtare that is located on the Manor-Wada highway in Maharashtra. It us about 2.5 hours to traverse the distance of 106 kms from South Mumbai early in the morning. As we entered through the gates … Continue reading The Govardhan Ecovillage – a model for perfect sustainable and spiritual living
A few weeks ago, I had attended a retrospective of the late actor, director and Kannada writer Girish Karnad at the Films Division of India located at Pedder Road, Mumbai. The auditorium was packed and the event was inaugurated by film producer and director Anand Mahendroo, who reminisced about his mentor and teacher. This was … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action- The National Museum of Indian Cinema ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
https://www.deccanherald.com/supplements/travel/visiting-black-beauties-747967.html Read about the black-necked cranes of Phobjika in the Gangtey Valley of Bhutan, in my article published in the 20th July issue of Deccan Herald Travel Supplement given in the link above. Here I share more pictures of the valley. Pictures Courtesy: My husband, 'Venky' Venkatesh 🙂 Thick woods of Phobjika Valley Snow capped … Continue reading The Black-necked beauties of Phobjika ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
Today, June 5th, 2019, the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of World Environment Day. No time is more opportune to unearth the wisdom our ancestors possessed of the value of Earth's resources and their prudent use. So have we unlearned wisdom over the many centuries for our selfish needs? Samudravasane devi, parvatastana mandite, visnupatni namastubhyam, … Continue reading Towards a Green Awakening – A Spiritual Message on World Environment Day- June 2019 ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
https://www.womensweb.in/2019/02/at-the-oscars-period-end-of-a-sentence-feb19wk4sr/ The following article was first published on Women's Web on the link provided above. Tomorrow, the most awaited film awards across the globe, the 91st Academy Awards or ‘The Oscars’ will be honouring some of the best cinema that has been made in the world this year. Along with the who’s who of Hollywood, Indian … Continue reading Indian Short Film Shortlisted At The Oscars. Will It Take Indian Menstrual Taboos Global?©Sangeeta Venkatesh
I recently learned a new word - Kokedama (pronounced Ko Kay Da Ma). It was at life skills trainer Nisha Bhimaiah’s residence in North Bangalore, where she grows beautiful ornamental plants out of moss balls, that I learnt about this wonderful Japanese technique of propagating and growing houseplants. Loosely translated, ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ … Continue reading Infuse tranquility in your living spaces- Bring home a Kokedama©Sangeeta Venkatesh
Film Maker: Shekar Dattatri Time: 45 minutes English 2002 It has indeed been very disturbing to read some of the news pegs last week in various Indian newspapers about the Olive Ridley turtles. The Times of India mentioned on 29th January 2019; ‘Pregnant Olive Ridley found dead in Kanyakumari’. The headlines in The New Indian … Continue reading Film Review: The Ridley’s Last Stand © Sangeeta Venkatesh