Train trash

Recently I took a trip from Bengaluru to Delhi by train. It was a wonderful experience, except for all of the trash. Travelling by train, not unlike flying in an aeroplane, means producing a large quantity of trash for many reasons, especially because of all the food and drinks served and consumed along the way. … More Train trash

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

Trash culture

The last few weeks I’ve been sharing aspects of trash culture with my students. I began with a song my father used to love to sing to me when I was quite young. It is Oscar the Grouch’s song “I Love Trash” from Sesame Street: Then I shared another favourite song of mine by Pete Seeger … More Trash culture

From Trash to Trees!

Over the past few months I’ve been working on raising awareness about the importance of composting and making sure one does not mix wet (organic) with dry (plastic, glass, metal, paper) waste. I’m still having trouble helping adults to understand the necessity of this, but the children seem to be very much on board. Last … More From Trash to Trees!