Sunday, April 26, 2009

sprits revoked! oh mighty periyar!

hi guys!
i'm sending a mail after a long while!
last day i went to udl school to have a basketball game with my
classmates and during my return journey caught a glimpse of the
periyar!the colour of the river was a mixture of yellow and brown!
and thts when i realized that this river is in far more danger than
anyone wud've guessed!and to think that the whole of ernakulam is
drinking water from this very source!
i tell u a plague awaits us!something grave!something that wud go down
in history lyk the minamata!its tym we saved our own lives and get our
act together!this is water we are talking bout!pls consider this as
request ! A plea! i'm begging u to save my life and the lakhs that
depend on this mighty river!
i'm not saying by joining the community anything is gonna change!its
tym we act!and fast!
pls forward this message if u care for ur own lyf!those who depend on
well, pls do remember the underground water system!
we are hoping to gather sometym in may to discuss the grave problems
and find possible remedies!
regards nevin.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

greenpeace- inspiring the world

Happy Earth Day!

We are celebrating Earth Day with the release of a new video - 'Inspiring Action' - which we would like to share with you as part of our thanks for your continuing support of Greenpeace.

When you've finished watching the video we are also hoping that you'll be inspired and help us to share its message of action on behalf of our environment by taking some online action yourself ... and helping us recruit 3 million people to become climate activists. Yes, you read it correctly. 3 million. It's a big number because the Earth needs big action this year.

Here's what you can do:

First: Enjoy the video. Click on the YouTube logo at the end to rate it and leave a comment!

Second: Share it with your friends and family

Third: Take action for the climate this Earth Day by signing our online petition: ask our world leaders to take personal responsibility for the future of the climate and attend the UN Climate summit at the end of the year. But not just attend, they need to ensure a good deal for the climate.

Here's to a future that's green and peaceful. Together we can make it happen.

All of us,

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Every Day is an Earth Day.............

Every day is an Earth Day...........

I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn. ~A Chieftan from Nigeria

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. ~Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. ~Henry David Thoreau

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben

I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior. ~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughn, quoted in Jon Winokur, The Portable Curmudgeon, 1987

For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death. ~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977

A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence. But if a world mother doesn't reply, Her excuse is simple. She never claimed conceited omnipotence. She has countless others clinging to her apron strings, including myriad species unable to speak for themselves. To Her elder offspring She says - go raid the fridge. Go play outside. Go get a job. Or, better yet, lend me a hand. I have no time for idle whining. ~David Brin

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. ~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963

Take nothing but pictures.Leave nothing but footprints.Kill nothing but time.~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle, 1855

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, July 1972

After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world. ~Pam Shaw

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.~George Carlin

Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away. ~Stephanie Mills, ed., In Praise of Nature, 1990

Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind. ~David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978

It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times.... What the Dickens is going on here? ~Denton Morrison, on chemicals, technology, and risk, quoted in National Academy of Sciences, Improving Risk Communication, 1989

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. ~Juvenal, Satires

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,There is a rapture on the lonely shore,There is society, where none intrudes,By the deep sea, and music in its roar:I love not man the less, but Nature more.~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. ~Brooke Medicine

EagleYou can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

"There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace." Bourke Coekran

"I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours." Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

"What is the use of a houseif you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" Henry David Thoreau

"The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions." Daniel Webster

"... do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of livingon this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth." Dave Foreman

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Native American Proverb

"Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it." Charles A. Lindbergh


Saturday, April 18, 2009

MAD recruitment drive 09-10

1. Do you have friends who want to join MAD??
2. Is there someone you know who could really contribute to MAD??
3. Do you know someone who is passionate about social work and interested in giving back to the community??

Here is your chance to provide them with a platform to do so. Go out there and spread the word and get your friends and family to join MAD to experience first hand all the excitement, happiness and satisfaction that comes with working with Make A Difference.

M.A.D, Cochin's annual recruitment drive for the year 2009-2010, will be held on April 25th and 26th at Rotary Bal Bhavan. Invite your friends and give them a chance to be a part of the fastest growing youth network in the country!!!

MAD Cochin is growing this year to include 3 new childrens' homes under our operations: St Joachim's, Crescent and Pallu Big Boys. Apart from our expanding English and Computer teaching volunteer base, this year we are also planning to have non teaching volunteers. Volunteer requirements are huge so bring as many friends as you like.

Volunteers can contribute in one or more or the following areas:

Teaching: English & Computers: Will be in charge of teaching English/Computer skills, based on the MAD syllabus, to a group of a children for the coming academic year

Time Requirement: Minimum 2 hours a week

Bunch volunteers: Those interested in providing non-teaching support can do so by joining one of our bunches

Placements bunch: Organizing Career awareness programs and camps

Time Requirement: Minimum 2 hours a week

PR bunch: Helping us maintain awareness within and outside MAD

Time Requirement: Minimum 2 hours a week

Fund raising bunch: Ensuring that funds are available to conduct all MAD programs planned for the year.

Time Requirement: Minimum 2 hours a week

Details of Event
The event will kick off at 10:00 am on the 25th of April, and will conclude by 2:30 in the afternoon. Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend subsequent sessions on the second day.

Below are the details of the event. Please feel free to contact me if you have any doubts or questions.

Event: MAD Recruitment Drive 2009-2010

Date: April 25th

Venue: Rotary Bal Bhavan, Panampally Nagar

Timing: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (Selected candidates will attend an orientation and process training session on the 26th at 10am)

A MAD volunteer will soon contact you to get the details of your E1B1 contacts.

contributor:- shehnaz @ MAD

Monday, April 13, 2009

futursim:- my first contribution to 'N'guy's blog


futurism is an art movement of the early 20th century.i kno theer are many who would say " wat nonsense"...
trust me, i was one among them...but lemme tell u it isnt as boring as u think...
u'll really enjoy if u observe things there are few things which the designers had made in the past which depicted the future.for those who want to design something differnt from others this is an alternate yet a great way to start off..
lemme ask u all wat comes to ur mind wen u hear the word
computer,robots ,,in short the technologies ryt...
this is exactly wat the futurists did during this movemnt it was all about speed ,technology,youth and many more.
there are many designers and design houses who worked on futurism like
christian dior
Pacco Rabanne
andre courreges
and my favourite Hussien chalayan
hussein chalayan's work is simply awesome.
the materials that he used to depict futurism are superb...he used lights in his garments...his garments were usedas tables and chairs...
one of his best work depicting futurism is "Inertia"...
these designers had made products for the future taking inspiration from the past designes...
lets take an example of the mughal empire..
u can see many garments depicting their culture....but this has become a common thing these days ..
wat i have observed is that people try to project the same thing but in a futuristic way where the future finds it intresting nd attractive...

shus :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

a letter from greenpeace

In three days, General Motors spends the equivalent of Greenpeace's global annual budget. In two days, British Petroleum makes more in profit than Greenpeace receives in donations in a year. And in just one day, the Tatas earn 100 times more than what Greenpeace's 55,000 Indian supporters give in an entire year.
In other words, we live in a world where environmental activists and profit-hungry corporations have never been more unevenly matched.
And yet, Greenpeace can print the kind of advertisement that we did recently in Financial Times and International Herald Tribune, the two newspapers Mr. Ratan Tata reads.

This ad wasn't just seen by Mr. Tata, it has embarrassed the Tatas at a global level. It's been blogged about, talked about on major TV stations, and written about in newspapers and magazines, in India and abroad.

Now, to ensure that millions of other Indians also get to see this ad, and ask the Tatas to stop the port just like you have, we need to run this ad in a major Indian newspaper next week. Sadly, this seems to be the only way to get corporate-controlled media to talk about this urgent issue.

Running an ad in the national press is going to cost us a fair amount. But if every single one of our 110,000 cyberactivists donated generously, we could raise that amount.
to donate pls click here!

this is the copy of a letter from ashish fernandes:-Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace India

ps:Greenpeace has never taken money from corporations, governments or political parties, and we never will. And that's just what gives us the guts to pressure all of them. We are answerable 100% to people just like you. Please become a supporter and help us protect this planet not just for your generation, but future ones as well.

Friday, April 10, 2009


ok so lemme publish this small post! this is the first official survey of the unplugged blogger society[thts wht i call myself :)]
so what is the greatest invention of mankind? a very thought provoking Q indeed ryt?
well i started with three uncles, all of em who are my mom's colleagues.
they all dittoed " computer"! boo!what a tragical start! so ok! computers have made lyf easier lyk hell!its the core of everything thts happening around the world , but computers? somehow the answer isnt that cool ryt! just dont ask me y!it just isnt!
so i moved to aunties! they always think of good answers!
one aunty called me the greatest INVENTION! LOrd lets not get into tht issue here!
one said "wheel"! hmm thot prvoking!at least here is some thing that influence me a lot!
life has always been circles for me and certainly "wheel" or rather the circle is quite a fascinating invention! maybe its the sun or the rolling stones[not the band, the rolling stones from mountain tops etc.]that influenced this invention!
anyway its such a fascnitaing figure! ok so trivia here. y are manholes round in shape?
cause someone built it that way and ppl followed it :) ever heard of herd psychology?
well circle is the only shape that has the same dimensions form any side! i.e if manholes were square there wud have been at least one way to put the lid thru the hole but since circle has the beautiful property it cant be put inside!
anyway no: one in our greatest invention list is "circle/wheel".
language!thts what the next aunty suggested! ok yet another gr8 invention!if it werent for language i wudnt be making myself a fool writing in a blog with the expectation tht someone wud read it!
thts number 2!
i went on asking lods of ppl but they all had answers thts somehow related to these two!many said books!but the language ryt? ipod,camera,cell phones blah blah! wht not!but somehow i dont consider them the ultimate!
well back then i used to have these driving classes!i had a very enthusiastic sir as my tutor!one day he decided to show me the interior of a car.
he pointed towards ablack object next to the wheel and asked what it was ! i answered "thts a differential!'
he was so stunned and happy ! he was also all praises for the youth of the nation.
poor old man dint know tht the only part i knew in a car was a differential!but trust me he certainly thinks that the greatest invention on man is the differential!he says he wudnt have thot of it himself :)
anyway i was really disappointed with the outcome of my survey and complained to my pal.
so he suggested "condom"!
wow!so condom isnt computer! it isnt language!it certainly is not circle! so thts somethong new.
it has ehanced the sexual relations, and has helped in controlling the population growth and even safeguard us from sexually transmitted diseases!
so here goes the poll
which among these is the greatest invention of man?

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