‘Cleaner India’ – Not a dream anymore!

fter planning to go on a shopping trip to a place called ‘T-Nagarshopping street in Chennai with my girlfriends, I truly regretted the decision. Not that I am not used to the whole unclean situation, living in India, we tend to adapt ourselves to the environment and ignore the nasty odor that follows us everywhere. I MEAN EVERYWHERE WE GO. How many of us throw the trash after finding a dust bin in the premises? The fact that you won’t find one is more likely. I suggest that we drop it in our pockets or handbags and later on trash it when we find one. Isn’t that a simpler solution than adding the extra chips packet or juice carton to the already mounting pile in the street corner!

You can see ample amount of overflowing trash cans with no one to attend to it throughout the day. The trash collectors with the huge trash trucks arrive only early in the morning or after midnight to avoid the traffic. It is not that we can blame them as they do their jobs. But an argument can be made for extra garbage bins to be placed on every street, catering to the needs of the rising population.

The debate for a cleaner India has been going on for ages and we do it all the time, in inter-collegiate competitions or just when a bunch of friends hang out with one another. There is always this one guy who extinguishes the fire by saying that we can’t do anything about it or India is NEVER going to change. Though, you can’t really blame the guy for ending the ‘mundane’ conversation. It does bore you after a while but that really passionate guy gets put off for his excellent comebacks!

Recently, the people who live on our street started to throw their trash bags right in front of our house, as there is an abandoned old office and no one uses it anymore. Some ignorant dunderheads threw their garbage wrapped in polythene bags from their third floor windows! Can you imagine the repercussion of such an instance? Well, I’ll tell you what happened. The street cats and dogs had a magnificent feast laid out for them to rip apart and have some party fun. The cows didn’t stand back either and delved right in, not forgetting the midnight visits of various rodents and insects.

My husband freaked out and registered a complaint on the Public Grievance and Redressal System under the Corporation of Chennai Portal. He even requested for extra garbage bins within the street and distributed posters to avoid the cluttering of the waste bags in the street corners. To my surprise, the authorities showed up and they installed two extra bins within the street and the malicious neighbors were even fined! There is hope left for a cleaner India after all! All we have to do is abide by the rules and take the first step in making it a better place to live.

The National level campaign Swachh Bharat or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims at doing exactly that, all we got to do is join hands and materialize that dream! The #AbMontuBolega campaign commenced by Strepsils targets at invoking the spirits of the people of India, directing them towards raising their voice and making a difference in our country. If we believe in eliminating ‘all that is dirty in our country’, we can do so by uniting our voice as ONE. Let us start ignoring the rebellious desire to break the rules and stop littering our land of opportunities.

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Food for Life

Do you remember those five agonizing minutes? You know exactly what I am talking about! Before you rack your brain any further, I will tell you what the fuss is all about. Those precious five minutes that stands between you and the recess period that follows it. When you can feel your fingers twitching towards your lunch box, wondering what your mother might have packed in it. When you can hear that unheard call from you lunch box, egging you to find out what is inside. When you practically hear the growling of your stomach, pleading unto you to tear upon the bag in which the lunch box is neatly wrapped.

Oh yes, I remember it as if it were yesterday. I used to curse any teacher who would take those treasurable extra five minutes out of our break, which only lasts TEN MINUTES IN TOTAL! I mean where is your heart, lady?

It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adolescent, hunger pangs affects us all during classroom hours, hindering our concentration in our lessons. It is that physical essentiality that needs to be satiated when the time comes. Imagine that one day when you forget the lunch box at home and you have to share your friend’s box during the break period. Nothing is more excruciating than the feeling of not being satisfied entirely, especially when matters of food arise. It energizes us and literally makes us listen to what is going on during the lessons. Think about how you feel after the recess period, when you are relaxed and are good to go.

Sadly, most of the children in India are not bestowed with that privilege. Hunger is highlighted as one of the major reasons for young children to drop out of schools. Instead they focus more on the jobs that can feed them and even the parents seem to encourage that notion. Can you imagine a situation like that?

Even though the government has come up with many schemes such as the Midday Meal Scheme (MDMS) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), majority of the kids go unfed and ungratified. Why does it fail to meet the needs of so many children?

We need to step up and contribute to the society that beckons for a reaction from us. It doesn’t have to be much really, it can be simple steps that help to eliminate hunger of those innocent children. We can think more of avoiding wastage of food, as we are blessed to be provided with three square meals a day when the millions of others suffer.

We can even donate to Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organisation that implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The Government of India supports this organisation steadily in association with various State Governments and other organisations.

Whenever my friends and I go out to have meal or if it is someone’s birthday party, we ensure that we pack up the extra food and distribute it to the kids who need it the most. You simply don’t let the excess food go to waste and instead, somebody gets benefited out of it. The same can be applied to the lavish wedding ceremonies where plates clattered with food are dumped in the trash, heartlessly. Why not pack them up and distribute them to the hungry mouths who crave one square meal a day?

Don’t forget that for every blog post you write, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of their Bloggers Social Responsibility. So what are you waiting for? Get writing now and blog to feed a child!

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Not a fan of the ‘5 o’ Clock Shadow’ (#WillYouShave)

Stubble portrays the ‘devil-may-care’ attitude, sending a strong message to the beholder’s eye. What we see, may often project a deceptive connotation but we have our own judgemental thoughts roaring through our brains because what we perceive matters at the end of the day, whether the dude is a Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes or a freaking rock-star who doesn’t give a damn to shaving in the morning.

We notice men every day in our daily lives, and trust me when I say this; a clean-shaven man does not look like the one who got his heart broken on a sprightly Monday morning. It simply means that we have the opportunity to judge a man’s character by simply glancing at his face as we don’t have the time or luxury of getting to know him better. A glimpse of someone is enough to form a coherent opinion in your head and no matter what happens you stick to it to the very end. That is obviously in case of not being provided a chance to get to know him in the future. Doesn’t it happen when you take a train and the person sitting next to you looks like he might drop out of his seat any minute because of his shabby demeanor?

Stubbles are like thorns decorating a man’s face, sending a negative message to anyone around him. The vibes from him are usually are that of a hangover or that he is a failure at having a stable love-life. It is when that impression grows stronger and bolder, not benefiting him in any way. If he shows up at work looking all ‘thorny- faced’ with an aura of unprofessionalism, I think his secretary would wish him ‘good-morning’ with a wayward heart! Why do you think the girlfriends and wives nudge their boyfriends or husbands to SHAVE before the ‘meeting-the-parents’ ritual?

Theme :

  • An instance when a stubble came in the way of a man’s chance to make a good impression.

This post is a part of the #WillYouShave activity
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