Posts Tagged ‘plastic’

Plastic in my lifestyle

May 24, 2017

I like to think of myself as green, but apart from plastic bags, here’s a partial list of the things I use and see around me , which have plastic in them…the list goes into the hundreds each day. I started with the morning and moved through the day:

My bedside lamp.
Toothbrush/Toothpaste tube.
My “home” slippers.
A lot of items in my kitchen…spatulas, jars, containers
The containers of all my cosmetics, my combs
My mobile phone, my earphones and my bluetooth device
All the electrical/electronic devices at home (refrigerator, television, modem, laptop, wires, and so on)
Since I don’t want to use leather, all my handbags/backpacks, luggage, and shoes/sandals
My umbrella
All the electrical switches
Parts of all kinds of motorized vehicles and cycles, too
My timekeeping gadgets: watches, clocks in the home
My water bottles
The packets of various food items, snack items and sweets
The covers of magazines that are delivered or sold
So many components of the public transport that I use
Reflectors on the road, advertisement banners, sheets used as shelters

I stop at this point, as the list seems unending. Plastics are here to stay, and we cannot be hypocritical and say, “Ban plastic”. I don’t think it’s possible…it’s too useful and cheap material. We can only try to regulate its use.

Six-footers in trouble…

July 19, 2012

On the nature trail at Ragihalli, we found, in the rain, that this carelessly thrown plastic cup was full of rainwater….and two insects were swimming, literally, for their lives….

I video’d them and then rescued them…When are we going to stop littering, and especially, littering with plastic?

Galibore and Kanakapura Road

December 17, 2007

Let me start with a nice picture of a RIVER TERN on the Kaveri…

river tern on kaveri galibore 161207

We took our huntin’ friend to Galibore to check out the angling, rather than take him to Bheemeshwari. We hadn’t seen the JLR property there, and the last few kilometers would be through the scrub jungle of the Kaveri valley. Unfortunately, I don’t think, overall, he was very happy with the trip. He is petrified of eating anything outside, having been warned by eveeryone…and definitely not open to new experiences the way some of our other American visitors have been. He really starved through the day!

I think it’s a basic difference between tourists and business visitors; the first lot are here by choice, so they are willing to experiment with food and travel. But the business visitors are here for work, and they may not be keen on new experiences.

But KM and I managed to have a really lovely day. The Kanakapura Road is still really picturesque, and the Kaveri valley very beautiful….

for more pictures and the tale, click here

We can’t keep our environs clean…though we can put up boards…

November 27, 2007

The Plastic Cleanup Drive at Muthathi, with Clean and Green, and Oracle Global Volunteer Days 07

September 25, 2007

Here’s my account on Metroblogs:

Anyone in Bengaluru who would like to join Sandeep’s band of Clean and Green volunteers can contact him at

or email me and I will provide his phone nos.

Sandeep, Adarsh, Avinash and I were the people from JLRNTP on the cleanup drive.

Wildlife and the many dangers it faces…

June 22, 2007

I am uploading the pictures taken during our wonderful trip to Nandi Hills on 19th June, and the short visit to Madivala Lake on 21st June… but want to post, first, these graphic pictures of what our wildlife faces….

We were climbing up to the top of Nandi Hills when, almost as if wanting to give us a great show, a pair of Egyptian vultures began soaring right overhead; we scrambled to get good shots. Satisfied, we were just lowering our cameras when this bird struggled past:

Black Kite with Plastic bag 19Jun07 Nandi Hills

In this shot, too, you can see the bird’s talons caught in the plastic bag. It repeatedly flew close to the ground in an attempt to try and work the plastic bag off; obviously, the bag was hindering its flight…

Black Kite with Plastic Caught in Talon Nandi Hill 19Jun07

A little later, we also saw a black kite with a string of faded flowers trailing from its leg, trying to shake it off in exactly the same fashion, with another kite actually trying to help it. We went a little further and found a large trash dump, which was where the kites were feeding, and getting entangled in rubbish…

And when we went to Madivala Lake yesterday, we found this juvenile Pond Heron, with a broken leg…and with three people just waiting behind the perimeter fence to take it away for their evening meal….

Distressed pond heron Madivala Lake 21 Jun07

The hunched posture, the lack of shine in the feathers, the nictitating membrane pulled over the eye…they all told the sad story. We called up
People for Animals , the animal shelter that we visited earlier, which has been doing great work for the past ten years. Finally, sainath, sanath, and I brought the bird home to my place, where I wrapped it up in some soft material and put it securely in a cardboard bag, and Sainath delivered it to a shelter volunteer. Alas, it was all in vain. The bird died early this morning, and Dr Somnath, the vet at PfA, said that the fracture was not in the leg, but at the hip, and was a multiple, compound fracture, which must have happened 2 or 3 days ago. The young bird really didn’t stand a chance, he said.

The bird actually had a piece of dirty cloth tied to its leg, and we are still trying to speculate how that could have happened.

Yes, if the bird never had a chance, perhaps it was better for it to die…but now I am really wondering…would it then have been wrong, as we thought, to let those people take it home and make a meal of it? Would that not have been its fate had a predator seen it before we did? It might have fed a poor family…the answers are never black-and-white to such dilemmas….

Not even the fact that one song from my Carnatic music concert was aired on “Suvarna” TV channel this morning, and that I have got it (without any colour though!) on my 12-year-old VCR, makes me feel good about these things.

Nandi Hills photographs coming up soon…GAWD it takes EONS to download from camera, crop and zoom, upload to Flickr…HOW do these other photographers EVER get anything else done, I wonder.