Sunday, 27 November 2011

Embracing the Earth

 Have you ever wished you had a butterfly garden? Or wish to create art from waste paper and and old bottles? You could fulfill those dreams next weekend at the Sprouts Earth Mela scheduled  to be held  at the Maharashtra Nature Park Society, (MNPS, Dharavi) on December 3rd and 4th. The mela aims to increase environment consciousness in society, and is in its fourth year. This year,  it has  ‘Indian Forests’ as the theme and over the two days will have a wide array of adventure activities and environment related programmes. Some of these programmes include  organic farming, city gardening, lectures by eminent people  about reptile awareness and conservation,  short films screenings  on wild life, energy, industry, e-waste and waste management and more.  An energy management workshop explaining the awareness of five elements that rule our existence is taking place for the first time amidst a grove of trees and plants.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Positive Man

Many a depressed mind has felt energised thanks to a remarkable Lokhandwala Andheri resident, Girish Gogia. Known as Mr. Postive to many, Gogia has been a quadriplegic since 11 years. but has not let the ailment affect his zest to live and lift the spirits of scores of others who have met him. And it is this attitude that has won him the Karmaveer Chakra, a medallion for proactive citizen action instituted by i.CONGO( International Confederation of NGO'S) and CtrlS with the UN. This ceremony is slated to be held on -27th November-2011 at Gurgaon.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Fascinating Figures

Did you know that the longest word is a 47 letter lung disease called   Pneumononoultvamicroscopicsilicovolsanoconiosis and you can learn to spell it very easily and remember forever? What is 42 multiplied by 11? Or 27 multilpied by 27? Before you run to get your calculator, or mentally start doing sums, try this. Write down 4 and 2 and leave some space in between them. Then add 4 and 2 to get 6 and the answer is 462! When multiplying 27 x27, write the reverse of 27 which is 72, and then add 7 and 2 which gives you 9 and the answer is 729!

Friday, 11 November 2011

A Twisting Tale

 Mumbai boasts of two  national level players who solve the Rubik’s cube in less than fifteen seconds! Not only this, the cube freaks have even succeeded in speed cubing  with one hand and solve it blindfolded too! Kandivali resident- Dharmesh Shahu and Kalyan resident- Prashant Swarnkar experimented their dexterity with the cube and have made us proud of their achievements.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Advantage Paes

First, he was a Calcutta boy; then he became a Goa boy. And now for the past 12 years, tennis ace Leander Paes is a Bandra boy, sorry ‘Baandra’ boy as he likes to call it. It’s his little cove, where he not only meets warm and caring people, but one where he has noticed respect for the pedestrian’s right of way – probably one of the few places in India where one can see such road manners. Naturally therefore, for him, this queen of suburbs is where he finds himself in complete harmony with his surroundings. “Bandra is a magical melting pot of all cultures – a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. I love its beautiful heritage bungalows, churches, quaint hangout options, bakeries – it’s such a beautiful place,” he says. “ Bandra is a fashion hub- where you can see people sporting different looks, hairstyles and attires,”. In many ways, he feels Bandra  is symbolic of Mumbai and has dubbed the city, 'our big Apple'.