#DontLetHerGo

There is a new effort to raise awareness about littering and waste in India and below is the Bollywood production of a television ad to promote it: What’s interesting about this ad is the use of religion and culture as a means to push people to change their behaviour. There is quite a bit of … More #DontLetHerGo

Poetic garbage

I haven’t ever been to Mumbai, but these poems make me feel like I’m right there. Here are some terrific poems that capture the way one poet sees the problem of waste in his city. Arun Kolatkar from Kala Ghoda Poems. Mumbai: Pras #38 (2004) “Song of Rubbish” Grapes, as vineyard wenches crush them underfoot, aspire … More Poetic garbage

Nagaravaridhi Naduvil Njan

Last week I was on a Dulquar Salman kick; we downloaded several of his films, which we’ve been enjoying. I was especially excited to see Njaan, which covers a piece of Kerala history I wanted to learn about, but I downloaded the wrong movie. Instead I downloaded Nagaravaridhi Naduvil Njan. We eventually downloaded Njaan and watched it (and it’s a … More Nagaravaridhi Naduvil Njan

Waste Land

Yesterday I saw the mesmerising documentary, Waste Land, which features Brazilian artist Vic Muniz. It follows his journey to the landfill, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he begins a project photographing those who scavenge through the rubbish for recyclable goods. Those photographs get enlarged into pieces of art that … More Waste Land

Garbage art

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ve seen some very interesting depictions of garbage in the past few months, many of which tell the story of the things we throw “away”. The first is from artist Chris Jordan’s series Running the Numbers. He has made some very provocative pieces, each of which figures a … More Garbage art

Trashy stories

For the last couple of Garbology classes I shared stories with the children that are part of the Garbology curriculum. Like all the activities in this curriculum, there are various levels of activities one can do with the stories in the classroom once you read and discuss them. The first story is called “Jala–The Plastic … More Trashy stories