Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Innovative Waste Segregation

Mechanized house to house garbage collection at G.V.Residency Coimbatore:
Palani, the association's garbage man, collects garbage in segregated buckets fom all the houses in G.V.Residency (around 250 plus houses) and same is deposited in a central location. The association deals with the garbage suitably - bio degradeable garbage is converted to compost, while plastics, paper, glass & e-waste are independently disposed off to recyclers.
Earlier Palani was pushing a hand cart. Now he has been provided with an e-vehicle (battery operated) for faster and easier collection.Palani is a happy man now.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pichavaram Mangroves

After spending a restful night at Cuddalore we left next morning for Chidambaram.Around 10 Kms before Chidambaram we veered to the left and travelled towards the Bay of Benal and reached Pichavaram Mangroves around 11,00 am. The place was looking deserted barring us and a small group of foreign tourists. We decided to take a one hour boat ride to view the mangrove at close quarters, The ride was spell binding and enchanting and we were treated to some of the most spectacular landscape we have ever witnessed.As we traveled through the mangroves we felt a bit eerie as there was complete silence and it was a bit frightening. Mangroves act as storm barriers and protect the coast line from devastation.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Matrimandir Auroville (Pondicherry)

Early February 2016 we traveled to Chennai by road - a distance of 500 kms and a world class multi-lane highway. After spending a few days in Chennai we left for Auroville in Podicherry and spent a while there.The major spectacle there is the Matrimandir - a massive spherical domed structure constructed primarily for meditation. We had pizza`and fruit juice at a French managed eatery named Tanto. We drove on to Cuddalore and spent the night at the Circuit House.
Pizza at Tanto
The Magnificent Matrimandir Dome- Above and below

The Matrimandir Dome peeping through the shrubbery


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