Serendipity in Dharwad

by  | Feb 20, 2018 | Workshops | 0 comments

A theoretical yet powerful phrase – ‘power of an idea’ – can it actually propel us into the direction we intend to travel to? They say that a single moment consists of over 3000 realms of thoughts. And here I was, face to face with one such thought – can we do something?..anything to make this world a better place? The answer for me lay in the thought brought to life by Russell Collins and his project – Himalayan Rocket Stove. And I found myself in Dharwad – a location I knew by my sheer love for Geography (often mocked in school for loving the subject). Idea of double benefit of saving the forest wood for the sake of fuel used in traditional stoves and the deadly indoor air pollution responsible for killing millions of women and children across India and of course globally. I have been romancing the first benefit quiet vividly for a few years through my personal travel experiences into the Himalayan region but the second one – HAP – Household air pollution, has been a shocking revelation. Sitting in our comfortable city homes, or even perfectly endowed resorts, we never really think that women while cooking foods are inhaling the smoke that’s killing them and the children surrounding them. But Russell’s sheer passion about finding a plausible and implementable solution has made me believe that the power of idea holds true. A team got put together by serendipity – a term I have been using pretty often after I quit my high profile corporate job. Me – ex corporate from Mumbai and now an adventure junkie who is only interested in packing bags and setting out…Tanzin, a do-gooder from Manali – I am sure I am connected to him and his family for a few lifetimes since I have often found myself spending time with some or the other member from his family and Rhea – a young dreamer with a heart of gold, well a blogger, creative artist, photographer et all. You can read about her experience by clicking on link below.

Rhea Gupte (The Girl with FUSS, writes about her experience with Smokeless Chulla Workshop In Dharwad)

We set out to do the smokeless chulla workshop based on invitation of Suresh Babu who started communicating with us because of our social media visibility. What was the common thought that bound us all?The give and take between the environment and our lives. We all believe that this relation is the only sacrosanct truth in order for us to create a better future. And for me the most heart-warming indication was the presence of children in our workshop. As Suresh Babu collected the participants, slowly but beautifully everyone’s story emerged. I found myself resonating with people from various walks of life whose objective is to find and sustain alternate living solutions. Harm less and consume less.

  • by smokelesscookstove_team 4 months ago
    In times of social distancing and maintaining absolutely high standards of personal and community hygiene, our thoughts are with the ones who are living through marginalized conditions and live through day to day livelihood...with already non existent basic amenities like food, water basic healthcare and electricity, how would these communities grapple with the situation?  #cleanenergy   #cleancooking 
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 1 month ago
    Ongoing pandemic has led to make shift community kitchens catering to food needs of thousands of communities on a daily basis. These visuals have been shared by our friend Anil Hebbar whose NGO 'Helping Hands' is running huge relief operations in the Mumbai City. While these kitchens are serving most basic needs of the community, they deserve so much better in terms of cleaner cooking solutions. Needless to say, that these kitchens fast run out of fuel to cook in addition to smoke these chulahs create. Our mentor enterprise  @himalayanrocketstove  is now developing solutions to cater to this gap. The
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 3 months ago
    For and with our farmers, our tribes!! With Vasavas in Dediapada, Gujarat... @smokelesscookstove_team  is trying to support relief operations carried out by our ground partners wherever possible! DM us if anyone interested to help out with funds!  #covidkindness   #ngo   #india 
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 4 months ago
    It's about time we make better choices for this world to become a better place. It's not just us...it also means every single being... #inittogether  Photo courtesy  @rhea .gupte Shot during  #smokelesscookstoverevolution  workshop at Bundelkhand
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 3 months ago
    Our Pre Corona project at Aarey (seems like a watershed moment for the whole world) is at a standstill. But we are supporting the crowdsourcing project for essential relief for vulnerable among tribals at SNGP. This is done by our awesome friends at  @gohalluhallu  Aslam a.k.a  @bombay_ka_shana  and  @mumbai_river_photo_project  and ofcourse my personal favourite  @mumbaipaused  Aslam came along as a volunteer photographer during our time at Aarey and we planned so many things together...now, we are praying that all that we dreamt about..will happen. Also, a big thank you to some of our friends who reached out to contribute through

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