Keeping it Clean DOTTED throughout Bangalore are hundreds of Dhobi ghats. Forests of sheets, towels, shirts and pants, nestled in pockets of suburbia. The hanging laundry billows in the wind, and the madiwala – traditional washermen – can be found slipping between these rows of linen, weaving their way through it, bundles of clothes in their arms. In … Continue reading Keeping it Clean

Waste Not WASTEWATER. It’s common enough in a bustling city such as Bangalore and yet one man’s waste holds untapped potential for another. In the small town of Vijayapura, nestled on the edge of the city, water scarcity and distribution are a daily struggle. The farmers of this vibrant little town have been among the first to … Continue reading Waste Not

Digging Deep THE BHOVI have long been shapers of Bengaluru’s landscape, digging into the once arid Deccan Plateau to create one of India’s largest hydraulic civilisations. They were the first to dig the iconic lakes of Bangalore connected with a network of intricate waterways. But today, it is their centuries-old practice of well digging that is bringing … Continue reading Digging Deep

Cleaner and Safer

Story by Tanya Awasthy “Apna to life hi badal gaya” - our lives changed completely, says Kalpana Sampatrao Kamble, 60, about the transformation Tulshet Pada saw about 15 years ago. Located in Bhandup, Tulshet Pada could well be a quintessential suburban Mumbai slum, except that it is remarkably clean.  The lives of its residents saw … Continue reading Cleaner and Safer