Posts Tagged ‘urban’

#MannKiBaat on Yoga

Monday, March 27th, 2017
Image : Isha Yoga

Image : Isha Yoga

 

Honorable Prime Minister : Sri Narendra Modi ji ,

Namaskaram ,

In your #MannKiBaat on 26th March 2017 you spoke about #Yoga and asked for suggestions on promoting it .

Yoga is a rich treasure of our culture . Practice of Yoga can help create a more calm and joyous world .

I would like to share some ideas on promoting Yoga in India and internationally :

-       Yoga should be taught in schools and colleges across India . This will be an invaluable gift to students . Studies in USA have shown how Yoga when taught to children has had dramatic effects on their well being . Children in India are currently being denied their heritage by way of an education system where they spend 15-18 years and are never taught yoga.

-       The world of today is way more complex and competitive . Children are subject to huge amount of pressure , stress and distractions simply because the world is a very different place . Imagine an army that has powerful weapons yet sends it’s soldiers to war without ammunition. We’re doing that to our children in India by depriving them of Yoga in our education system.

-       All Indian airports should have a meditation room where people can practice Meditation / Yoga / Pranayama .

-       This will help those who already practice it to continue even when traveling

-       It would inspire other travelers to explore Yoga / Meditation

-       Larger airports like Mumbai / Delhi should have larger spaces for this where trained teacher & videos to basic yoga can be made available.

-       Progressively train stations and large bus stations ( as have been recently inaugurated in Gujarat ) should also have this facility of a space where people can meditate / do yoga . This should become part of specs of any future transport space of a certain scale .

-       Govt of India can take up spaces in international airports – especially those that are vibrant transit hubs like Singapore , Dubai , London , Qatar etc. Passengers often have long transit at these airports . Mostly people shop / eat or go on city tours.  GOI can take up spaces that can be managed by organizations like Art of Living / Isha Foundation where there can be an introduction to Yoga by way of videos, Live classes by a trained instructor.

Organizations like Isha Foundation / Art of Living  have an international footprint . They would be able to arrange for trained yoga teachers in various locations . A common curriculum can be evolved so that irrespective of which org manages the space – the structure and content would be largely common . It would be a powerful way to present Yoga and India to the world . This would have a positive impact on Indian tourism .

( I have listed 2 org for the purpose of illustration . There may be several more who can participate ) .

I thank you for your vision , zeal and efforts to promote Yoga in India and internationally .

Kind Regards ,

Savitha Rao

 

#IndiaPositive

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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What’s a typical routine on #RepublicDay ? Wake up . Watch the #RepublicDay
Parade on TV , buy a flag,  go for flag hoisting in the building or work place , sing 
the Anthem, hear patriotic songs everywhere , feel super patriotic .By evening
it is back to life as usual.How about we change that this year ? 
 
For most of us we are seeing a new sense of pride in India . Across India
and in Indians across the globe. Visionary leadership at the helm is changing
India’s destiny and culture .
 
There are some like Prime Minister Modi who have dedicated their life to
India. There are amazing folks across India who made a huge contribution
to India – dedicated teachers , activists , doctors , philanthropists ,social
entrepreneurs and many more . Every action counts.Gratitude to each of
the unsung heroes for their selfless contribution .
 
There are millions of us who can participate tangibly . What held us back ?
 
- busy in earning a living ?
- feel that it is the job of the govt to build the country ?
- would like to do something..but not sure how ?
- never thought about it ?
 
This #RepublicDay  let’s pledge to consciously and actively work towards
building a nation that is truly ‘Sare Jahan Se Accha’.
 
Every week do ONE #IndiaPositive act for India and your fellow citizens. 
 
- A taxi or auto driver can give a free lift to an aged underprivileged person
- a college  student can help a local Ngo
- a working professional could help a student , a bank official  official can make
   people aware about insurance and inspire them to go for it
- a housewife decides to make her home plastic bag free
- appreciate and support the social workers in your area
- pledge to stop littering
- support education for a child
- join the green initiative in your neighborhood
- start a laughter club
- use your writing skills to help a cause
- plant saplings , start a herb garden
- ensure food is never wasted – donate
- car pool
- visit elderly people in your neighborhood and spend time with them
- retired folks can volunteer at a local school
- do your bit to ensure India is a safer place for women and children
- the MasterChefs among us can share healthy cooking ideas to help those around us live healthier lives
- People can use their core skills to make a difference. e.g a doctor treats at least 1 patient a week free of cost ,
a nurse tends extra care to a patient who does not have a family.
Get creative about the ways in which you can help to create a better country with your #IndiaPositive
action.
This is not an elitist initiative only for folks with smart phones and social media profiles . Spread the
word. Involve everyone you know . Kindness has no socio-economic barrier . Think of this as a way
to crowd source ideas by Indians for Indians to make a better India.
 
When a person does something consciously and ongoingly for the country – they will become more
engaged & aware citizens. 
An engaged & aware citizen is less likely to litter India , to let women be brutalised , to watch anti national
elements try to fragment India. Our police and armed forces will have 1 billion new recruits. Today overseas
Indians know that if their message reaches Ms Sushma Swaraj they can expected to be helped . Imagine a
India where Indians in India know that  they can rely on their fellow citizens .
 
Share your ideas . This could be something you already do . It could be something you now commit to doing.
The key is ACTION . We don’t want words that don’t translate into action.
Keep it simple e.g I pledge to never ever litter #IndiaPositive 
 
One #IndiaPositive action a week
One Billion Indians. 52 billion potential #IndiaPositive actions . One Awesome Nation 
 
Each One of can make a difference . Together we make an India that is ‘Sare Jahan se Accha’ .
 
#IndiaPositive #RepublicDay #CleanPlanet 
On 31st Jan 2017 we will gift 50 awesome Indians for their contributions . The real gift , however , will be
a committed you creating a better India one #IndiaPositive action at a time.
Jai Hind .

Indiegenius : Handcrafted accessories

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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At Clean Planet we love all things sustainable and handcrafted . Our eco handcrafted range is contemporary , stylish and impeccable.

From Ikat to block prints to Khadi to hand embroidered accessories – the range represents the diversity of India’s rich textile heritage. Craft and contemporary styling come together as stylish totes , clutches , pouches , gift bags , slings .

Look out for this vibrant tag on Indigenius handcrafted products !

Clean Planet : Made in India. To Make a Better India.

 

 

 

 

 

We Vote Everyday

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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Most of us think we vote once in 5 years . The truth is that we vote everyday for the kind of world we wish to live it through every purchase we make . This is equally – if not more important that the government we elect .

Want a world with less trash ? Buy better products that will last longer . Want better health ? Buy fresh, organic food that is nourishing rather than canned food . Want a world where businesses are responsible ? Support responsible businesses.

Whether we are conscious of it or not – we do vote daily .

Vote wisely.

 

 

Celebrate India – pouch

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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Our love for India and the planet manifested as an eco-friendly , first of it’s kind typography pouch that celebrates the diversity of India .

Smart , contemporary , planet friendly – this is our tribute to all that makes India a vibrant , glorious , magnificent nation .

Since it’s launch the ‘Celebrate India ‘ pouch has received much love from Indians and even people of other nationalities !

Buy your ‘Celebrate India’ pouch here http://bit.ly/1Qnptgc

Jai Hind !

 

India Kuch Kar – Put a Stop to the Drop

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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Water is a precious natural resource . Essential in every aspect of our lives . Growing population , climate change are putting a big pressure on this life essential resource .

Across India – in homes , offices , public spaces – we have considerable opportunity to save water by being vigilant and pro-active . Conscious effort to fix leaking taps will save liters of water that can help your neighborhood and city .

We cannot afford anymore to be indifferent to the water crisis in India and across the world . Individuals , businesses and governments will need to do everything they can to be water efficient .

In his #MannKiBaat yesterday Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the need to conserve water .

We invite our readers to save water in every way you can . And to spread the message . Pl feel free to share the above ‘India Kuch Kar‘ poster . You can download it from the post or from our twitter handle .

Thank you for choosing to make a positive difference.

 

Shloka Pouches

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

shloka pouch

 

At Clean Planet we believe that words have energy and power . Everyday living objects can be imbued with purpose , meaning and positivity . A pouch can be so much more than a pouch .

The Indigenius Shloka pouch is a bundle of positive energy crafted impeccably from 100% Cotton . It has the elegant charm of a wise sage .

Look forward to more of these in the coming months and beyond.

p.s – share your thoughts with us at hello@cleanplanet.in

 

 

 

Indiegenius – Handcrafted Clutches

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Ikat clutches

 

India has a rich legacy of textile culture that has nurtured over centuries . The diversity and depth of India’s textile heritage is unparalleled anywhere in the world . We pay a tribute to the crafts of India with “Indiegenius” – Handcrafted accessories – which are smart , stylish , contemporary and planet friendly .

The search for special fabrics led us from Andhra Pradesh to Sikkim to choose the best fabrics for the Classic Black & White series.

Only the finest of materials finds place in Indiegenius – handpicked handcrafted fabrics , genuine leather , metal trims . All lovingly crafted into an impeccable clutch that you can carry in style anywhere from Mumbai to Rio . Think of it as a modern day heirloom !

In our urban world – we often end up saving our special attire for special occasions . With this we see less and less of our rich craft legacy in our everyday lives . With Indiegenius accessories you can carry a part of India with you – everyday.

Buy your Indiegenius accessories here http://bit.ly/257n40g

 

 

Eco Gift Bags

Thursday, May 19th, 2016


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For most urban residents – a gift means purchase of a product and then getting is wrapped in paper / laminated film. And then place it in a paper bag . Multiply this 30 millions times . The scene is that of an environmental horror film of a growing pile of paper and plastic .

At Clean Planet we are always looking for cool ways to marry sustainability with style . We have pioneered a range of delightful eco friendly gifts bags . Our gift bags not only help to give the gift in style – it also doubles up as a second gift !

Each time the recipient uses the bag – he / she will always remember that they received it from you. A totally planet friendly way to share your love.

Head here to browse and buy http://bit.ly/1exNYBr

Happy Gifting !

 

 

 

Ocean of Change

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

water on Earth

 

As mankind we have trouble comprehending what’s going on at land . The oceans have consequently been ignored . On a planet that is 71% water – of which 96% is oceans – ignoring the oceans is not an option anymore .

A recent article by the National Geographic profiles the loss of Oxygen from the oceans and it’s consequent impact on marine life . We would encourage everyone to read it to understand in detail the rapid changes that are taking place in the oceans .

In the last several years there has been a growing understanding of the impact of disposal of waste and pollutants into the oceans. Marine life and birds either undergoing mutation or painful , untimely death as a consequence of mankind’s chosen way of life. The risk to marine life does not end there . Marine life need oxygen which they imbibe from water . Natural changes compounded by climate change are resulting in a rapid increase of low oxygen areas . This is pushing marine life closer to the surface , putting certain species at risk . Imagine if we had a sprawling city – but ALL of it’s residents had to live only in 3 neighborhoods . Something like that is happening in the oceans .

The discussion on this can easily degenerate to allocating how much of this is due to climate change . In doing so we will be deluding ourselves .

Our everyday choices as individuals , households , businesses are shaping the Planet . An Ocean of Change is needed to ensure sustainabilty for mankind and other species .

As individuals and households we can make a vast range of choices that reduce disposable waste which choke the planet . As businesses we have even greater responsibility to make choices that go beyond the next quarter results and nurture the planet. Produce responsibly , sell responsibly , buy responsibly . Let’s take good care of the one Planet that is our only Home .