Serendipity in Dharwad

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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.

  • Community cooking is an integral part of our culture Many
    1 week ago by smokelesscookstove_team Community cooking is an integral part of our culture. Many tribal communities get together on occasions to cook together. There is also singing, dancing and games along side! Through our work at Smokeless Cookstove Foundation, we get to be part of many such occasions, giving us a fascinating glimpse of food and culture. In this picture, group of women belonging to Korku Tribes in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh get together to cook on our Smokeless chulah for a tribal food festival.  #tribal   #culture   #food 
  • According to a recent research Adivasis represent 86 percent of
    2 weeks ago by smokelesscookstove_team According to a recent research, Adivasis represent 8.6 percent of India's population but account for more than 40 percent of those displaced since independence. They experience the highest rates of poverty, malnutrition, and child mortality. And yet, their struggles are often hidden from the public eye. India's 73rd Independence Day has to be; needs to be more about everyone! It definitely has to be more about women and children; about inclusive development for marginalized and remote communities! We bring some beautiful pictures of our work with the Vasava tribes of Dediapada, Gujarat during our pilot project of eliminating smoke from
  • Quoting Desmond TutuPeople of conscience need to break their ties
    1 week ago by smokelesscookstove_team Quoting 'Desmond Tutu'.."People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change... It makes no sense to invest in companies that undermine our future" because we need to now build a Life-Sustaining Society! Photo courtesy:  @rhea .gupte in Dharwad, Karnataka  #smokelesscookstoverevolution   #ngo   #climatechange 
  • Her kitchen is where she spends most of her life
    2 weeks ago by smokelesscookstove_team Her kitchen is where she spends most of her life... And the other half is spent in gathering firewood to light the fire in her kitchen! India's 73rd Independence Day has to be; needs to be more about everyone! It definitely has to be more about women and children; about inclusive development for marginalized and remote communities! We bring some beautiful pictures of our work with the Vasava tribes of Dediapada, Gujarat during our pilot project of eliminating smoke from their kitchens! Pics shot by our volunteer  @shad___fatima   #independenceday   #india   #sdgs 
  • How about some Smokeless chulah cooked chai on a pleasant
    16 hours ago by smokelesscookstove_team How about some 'Smokeless chulah' cooked chai on a pleasant Sunday afternoon??? Less smoke, less wood consumed but the same earthy flavours and a beautiful rocket fire!  #smokelesscookstoverevolution   #ngo   #maharashtra 

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