“When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.”
— Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulations  (via thaumatropia)

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Chaata (Telugu) — A very important tool in the villages of Andhra & Karnataka. Using this is a skill, that village girls learn and master. Chaata is used for cleaning households and for cleaning grain in different ways.

These are Telugu names of different methods (ways it is used) that I can remember:


2. Nemedi
3. Addapattedi
4. Kodedi
5. Toorupettedi
6. Oodchedi

However in the urban households, where people are now accustomed to buying cleaned and packed food grains off the shelf, it is out of use and has become a relic. Though it still surfaces during festival gift exchanges among women, it is fast being replaced by plastic bowls and boxes (read Tupperware).


Going by our Intelligence Bureau (IB) and some of the voices in the government, anyone asking for the protection of the country’s forests, its rivers or its coasts is anti-national and destroying the country’s economy.

I have spent the better part of my life working to save India’s natural wealth from the assault of development (largely in vain it often seems). I told successive governments that the hundreds of big dams planned in the Himalayas are not only ecologically destructive, but also make little economic sense, given that climate change is going to drastically affect the water flow.

I have fought against highways and tourism projects inside protected areas, asking that these few remnants of wildlife be left alone. And I have campaigned for the protection of the few tigers we have left today from the onslaught of development in their remaining habitats. I guess, according to the IB, that makes me part of the anti-national brigade. So be it. We are in good company. Baba Amte, Padma Shri and Magsaysay award winner, would be anti-national too — he vociferously fought for the rights of Madia Gond tribals threatened by the Bhopalpatnam and Inchampalli dams planned for the Indravati River. Sunderlal Bahuguna, Padma Vibhushan awardee, who has been opposing the clear felling of the forests and the construction of dams in the Himalayas for decades, is another one of those anti-nationals.

What the IB and its masters in government fail to realise is that there can be no economy without an intact ecology. If you want to set up a factory, you need a viable water source. If that water source is polluted, you need to invest money on filtration systems. If the air is too polluted, productivity is lost as workers take more sick days. If our catchment areas are degraded or destroyed, floods and mudslides, followed by drought, are inevitable, dragging down the economy.

A sound environment is a must for a sound economy. You don’t have to take it from one of us ‘environmentalists’ — the World Bank, which ironically has probably done more than any other agency to destroy India’s environment, recently said that environmental degradation costs India 5.7% of GDP. The same report also said that strategies to reduce environmental degradation would cost less than 0.04% of the average annual GDP growth rate.

Greenpeace India and other similar NGOs are simply asking that we protect our natural resources, that we avoid repeating the development mistakes others have made, that we compete in the global clean energy race that is underway, while stepping away from the dirty energy sources of the past. If that is anti-national, then I am proud to say that I too am anti-national.

— Indian environmentalist Bittu Sahgal, in response to a report published by India’s Intelligence Bureau claiming that foreign-funded NGOs are “negatively impacting economic development”. (x)

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“I’m going to love
no matter how much I lose.
I cannot give up.”

Basket Vendor - Vietnam.


Giovanni Battista Camuccini (1819–1904)
Study of a Tree Limb (1840s)
oil on paper, laid down on canvas 29.2 x 27.9 cm

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“The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.”

Amiri Baraka  (via westindians)

I’ve posted this before. Worth re-posting.

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“Finding one’s voice isn’t just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others but an adopting and embracing of filiations, communities, and discourses. Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”

The Gift by Lewis Hyde

[rereading this right now and can never get enough of it]

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I like the book a great deal. Far from flawless, but great ideas worth coming back to again and again.

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Anyone knows what tree this is?

“Don’t believe our outlines, forget them
and begin from your own words.
As if you are the first to write poetry
or the last poet.”
Mahmoud Darwish, from “To a Young Poet,” trans. Fady Joudah, Poetry (March 2010)

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The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.

~ Ezra Pound 

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punks not dead

Heosemys spinosa is an endangered species.

punks almost dead

That is not a Heosemys Spinosa,its a Graptemys nigrinoda.

they are in the low risk list, therefore, not endangered.

Punks not as almost dead as we thought.

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