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#96 – Plastic-infused roads – Kerala

Given the sheer scale of plastic usage, the earth does not have space to accommodate this growing mound of plastic waste. Unfortunately, plastics have become an unavoidable part of our lives. For this, many Indian states are coming up with innovative methods of combating this menace. For instance, Eraviperoor Panchayat in Kerala has implemented a … Continue reading #96 – Plastic-infused roads – Kerala

#94 – Chocolate boy’s hidden talent – R Madhavan

We all know 50-year-old chocolate boy R Madhavan and his roles ranging from Karthik in Alaipayuthey(Tamil) to Farhan Qureshi in 3 Idiots. He has always been vocal about the environment and social issues. He has given a few motivational talks given in schools and colleges as well. In the recent past, while his contemporaries were busy cooking, … Continue reading #94 – Chocolate boy’s hidden talent – R Madhavan

#89 – The Retired farmers – Thankamani and Narayanan

Thankamani and Narayanan open their eyes at the first stroke of sunrise. They both wake up to birds chirping and mild sunrise with their sight (and smell) falling on the 20 varieties of jackfruit trees including, Vietnam Early, Chembarathi, Sugandha Varikka, Seedless Jack, and Rose Varikka. It also features 30 varieties of bananas including, West … Continue reading #89 – The Retired farmers – Thankamani and Narayanan

#87 – Pahari-Style Miniature Paintings – Vijay Sharma

Vijay Sharma, 58-years-old, is excited and nervous like a schoolboy.  Why? It boils down to when the Himachal Pradesh government asked him to make a miniature painting to honor the renowned lyricist, Gulzar, during a conference in the state.  Now, he was going to meet his childhood idol, Gulzar. Even though Vijay Sharma had won … Continue reading #87 – Pahari-Style Miniature Paintings – Vijay Sharma

#84 – A Gardener – Vipesh Garg

Vipesh Garg, a gardener by heart whose childhood fascination for gardening cemented his graduation in Agriculture Science and did his Masters in Vegetable Breeding. Since 2014, he has been working with the Punjab State Government in various capacities. Not just professionally, personally as well, Vipesh’s love for gardening drove him to nurture his garden, which … Continue reading #84 – A Gardener – Vipesh Garg

#79 – Life of Lake Rachenahalli – Dr. Shobha Reddy

100 acres of Rachenahalli Lake found behind the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy & Development (MGIRED) in Bengaluru is beautiful. Just that it has no fencing; it has tall weeds, mounds of garbage, people defecating in the open, and sewage flowing in from surrounding areas. But five years later, all that has changed. The … Continue reading #79 – Life of Lake Rachenahalli – Dr. Shobha Reddy

#77 – The future of Pashmina – Ladakh – Part 2

In recent years, Ladakh has focused its efforts to reclaim ownership of the pashmina trade following centuries of outside dominance. At the forefront of this; is the all-women startup called Lena Ladakh Pashmina. Started in 2016 by Sonam Angmo and Stanzin Minglak. The duo started making apparel in a distinctly Ladakhi manner with a commitment … Continue reading #77 – The future of Pashmina – Ladakh – Part 2

#76 – The History of Pashmina – Ladakh

We all know Ladakh for its sun-kissed mountains and the frozen lakes. But for centuries, this region of Ladakh, particularly Leh, was a layover along international trade routes— Mongolia, China, and Tibet in the east to Kashmir, Central Asia, and Europe in the West. Salt, grain, pashmina or cashmere wool, charas or cannabis resin from … Continue reading #76 – The History of Pashmina – Ladakh

#75 – A 1,000 Surangas – Kunjambu

Said to have originated in Iran, Surangas–a sustainable water harvesting system is now sadly overpowered by borewells. Many of the existing surangas have become futile. But it has found a saviour in 67-year-old Kunjambu, in a village in Kerala’s Kasargod district. Digging through the ‘suranga’ cave wells is one of the oldest water harvesting systems … Continue reading #75 – A 1,000 Surangas – Kunjambu

#73 – Magnificent Godavari Revival – Devang Jani

Rivers are free-flowing spirits. But when man interferes, it can cause more harm than good. Today’s Something Good, though, has a good ending. Read on! Take the example of the Godavari River, the second largest river in the country after the Ganga, originating about 25 kilometers from Nashik in Trimbakeshwar.  It’s largely a free-flowing river, … Continue reading #73 – Magnificent Godavari Revival – Devang Jani

#71 – Barren Sand to Orchard – Ishwar Pindoria

Ishwar Pindoria, born in a village 20 km off Bhuj, one and a half hours away from the Great Rann of Kutch. He owns a hi-tech farm spread across 40 acres. The man has been growing exotic Barhi dates, local elite-colored varieties of dates, pomegranates, and the famous Kesar Mango using various Israeli farming technologies … Continue reading #71 – Barren Sand to Orchard – Ishwar Pindoria

#70 – Living Architecture – Morningstar Khongthaw

For eons, Meghalaya has had the unique distinction of being synonymous with natural beauty. The jungles of Khasi and Jaintia in Meghalaya are home to unique living root bridges that can seemingly last forever. These living root bridges, for centuries, have sustained life on the southern slopes of the hills. For generations, these bridges have … Continue reading #70 – Living Architecture – Morningstar Khongthaw

#64 – A mother to all – Sulagitti Narasamma

She is known to India as the Mother of all; she was an Indian midwife who won the Padma Shri in 2018. She delivered more than 15,000 babies for seven decades, without ever asking for a single cent. Who is she? She is Sulagitti Narasamma – where ‘Sulagitti’  is a Kannada term which translates to ‘delivery work.’ Narasamma began the … Continue reading #64 – A mother to all – Sulagitti Narasamma

#62 – The History of Tattoos in India – Part 3

(This is a continuation of a 3-part series on Tattooing in India. If you haven’t read the first part, you can read it here. You can read the second here.) We’ve looked at tattoos being used across India for different reasons. Here’s another interesting reason: In the recent past, Ramnamis of Chhattisgarh fought caste discrimination with full-bodied ‘Ram Ram‘ tattoos, … Continue reading #62 – The History of Tattoos in India – Part 3

#58 – Silicon Valley to Mathalamparai – Sridhar Vembu

Sridhar Vembu wears traditional veshti and moves around on a bicycle in Mathalamparai in Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu. But calls himself more of a teacher these days. But who is Sridhar Vembu? Sridhar Vembu is the founder of Zoho Corporation, a Silicon Valley star valued by Forbes at nearly $2.5 billion. But that’s not what today’s … Continue reading #58 – Silicon Valley to Mathalamparai – Sridhar Vembu

#55 – The Art Village – Raghurajpur, Odisha

Puri in Odisha is very famous for the Jagannatha temple and the Rath Yatra.  But just about 10 kilometres away, lies another not-so-popular-yet-unique village on the banks of the Dhaudia river.  The moment you enter Raghurajpur, you’ll see rows of houses with walls canvassed with paintings. After all, every villager is an artist and every … Continue reading #55 – The Art Village – Raghurajpur, Odisha

#52 – Revival of the Indigenous – Coorg Mandarins

Think about Indian coffee and you can picture the coffee estates in Coorg. But did you know that Coorg is also known for its Oranges? Today’s ‘Something Good’ is regarding these delicious fruits. Read on; you’ll know why.  Coorg Oranges or Coorg Mandarins are a man-made hybrid that is typical to that region because they … Continue reading #52 – Revival of the Indigenous – Coorg Mandarins

#49 – Rainwater Harvesting – Uma Maheshwara

Bengaluru – founded by Kempegowda, the crown jewel of the state of Karnataka, was gifted with beautiful lakes and gardens. It is known for its weather. But years of urbanization, poor water management, pollution, and an accelerated population, the army town has become a city of traffic and concrete, with falling groundwater levels, and dry … Continue reading #49 – Rainwater Harvesting – Uma Maheshwara

#47 – Odisha’s First Eco Village – Muduligadia

Muduligadia – A tiny town in the Nayagarh district with barely thirty-five households holds a unique distinction. Situated on the banks of the Mahanadi river, and adjoining the Satkosia, it became the first village in Odisha in 2019 to attain self-sustainability with zero-waste and 100% eco-friendly initiatives of livelihood. Credit goes to Anshu Pragyan Das, … Continue reading #47 – Odisha’s First Eco Village – Muduligadia

#46 – A startup for forests – EasyForest

91-year-old Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki is renowned all over the world for pioneering ‘The Miyawaki Forest Method’. This method was initially introduced in Japan and is now spread the world over.  It was in 2018, during their engineering days in Pollachi, that Ramachandran (21) and Karvendhan (23) were introduced to this method of growing self-sustaining … Continue reading #46 – A startup for forests – EasyForest

#43 – Tamil Nadu’s first woman ambulance pilot – Veeralakshmi

It started as a desperate measure during a financial crunch, but it ended up being something unique. A woman driving a taxi is less known as it is; but a woman driving an ambulance–a first in Tamil Nadu; a very very inspiring first. Here’s 30-year-old Veeralakshmi’s story, who finished her diploma in automobile engineering and … Continue reading #43 – Tamil Nadu’s first woman ambulance pilot – Veeralakshmi

#39 – A strong resolve on water shortage – Angrotha Village

We are all hearing about water shortage in different parts of the country, or even the world. The silver lining is that many are avidly searching for solutions and viable options. With that in mind, today’s inspirational story is about Angrotha. This village in Madhya Pradesh is no different and is facing a shortage of … Continue reading #39 – A strong resolve on water shortage – Angrotha Village

#37 – The Recycle Man of India – Binish Desai

India produces around 101 Metric Tonnes per day (MT/day) of COVID-19 related biomedical waste, as per a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in the National Green Tribunal. This medical waste is in addition to the biomedical waste of around 609 MT/day that the country generates. While the menace of medical waste is … Continue reading #37 – The Recycle Man of India – Binish Desai

#35 – Waste turned to bricks – Zerund Bricks

Startups all over the globe have been given a massive push. India is slowly getting onto the bandwagon and giving impetus to financing and encouraging startups — startups like Zerund Bricks. Three young engineering graduates from Guwahati, Assam, David Gogoi, Rupam Choudhury, and Mousam Talukdar are using innovation and low cost to create a new … Continue reading #35 – Waste turned to bricks – Zerund Bricks

#34 – Wasteland to Model Lake – Rajokri Lake

The requirement for clean water is necessary for every one of us. And from individuals, governments to independent foundations–all are taking steps to rejuvenate lakes, rivers, and ponds all over the country.  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the Delhi Government is no different and doing its bit in cleaning up the water bodies in and … Continue reading #34 – Wasteland to Model Lake – Rajokri Lake

#33 – Building the difficult road – Meena Gayen

In West Bengal’s Sundarbans delta, women in a village built a brick road to make their village accessible. The force behind this? Meena Gayen, a 36-year-old woman from Tridibnagar a village in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal. Villages in the area are surrounded by creeks and tidal rivers making it difficult to construct … Continue reading #33 – Building the difficult road – Meena Gayen

#32 – India’s first solar-powered island – Diu

At a time, when there is much talk about carbon emissions and climate change, the Smart city of Diu became the first city to be completely powered by renewable energy during daytime in 2018. Even in the country, solar-installed capacity in India has reached 20 GW in February 2018. That means India’s solar-generation capacity increased … Continue reading #32 – India’s first solar-powered island – Diu

#31 – The Seed Mother – Rahibai Soma Popere

54-year-old Rahibai Soma Popere is a self-made expert in the subjects of agro-biodiversity, landrace conservation, and several innovative techniques in the cultivation of paddy crops. Hailing from Kombhalne village located in Akole block of Ahmednagar district in the state of Maharashtra, she has no formal education; has worked on farms all her life, and has … Continue reading #31 – The Seed Mother – Rahibai Soma Popere

#29 – India’s first fully-powered Solar Village – Dharnai, Bihar

In a small village of 2,400 people, the villagers struggled with a lack of electricity for years. After a point, the people of Dharnai near Bodh Gaya in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, decided to take matters into their own hands. With the help of Greenpeace, the village installed a solar-powered micro-grid, which provides round-the-clock electricity to … Continue reading #29 – India’s first fully-powered Solar Village – Dharnai, Bihar

#28 – Kilo of plastic waste to Kilo of Ration – Project Mumbai

For the past few years, every country has been fighting a menace to the environment – single-use plastic and plastic waste.  From vegetables, groceries to ordering food, the plastic entering our homes has increased exponentially. While India has committed to phasing out the use of single-use plastic by 2022, the use of plastic products in … Continue reading #28 – Kilo of plastic waste to Kilo of Ration – Project Mumbai

#26 – The Architect turned farmer – Eldho Pachilakkadan

“Swargam Medu is a wild fruit forest – it is a book I am taking lessons from about the ways of nature and how it sustains itself, so I can apply it elsewhere” Eldho Pachilakkadan, an ex-architect hailing from Trivandrum, Kerala converted 10 acres of barren land into a wild fruit forest to learn the ways … Continue reading #26 – The Architect turned farmer – Eldho Pachilakkadan

#25 – The fisherman who removed 3.5 tonnes of Plastic: Priyesh KV

In the past few years, Priyesh, a 30-year-old Fisherman from Calicut, Kerala has managed to catch more than just fish on his nets – Plastic waste. Embarking on a personal mission, Priyesh has managed to remove about 3.5 tonnes of plastic from the sea all by himself in just two months! A native of Azhiyur, … Continue reading #25 – The fisherman who removed 3.5 tonnes of Plastic: Priyesh KV

#24 – The Father of Indian Radio Astronomy – Govind Swarup

Govind Swarup, known as the ‘Father of Indian Radio Astronomy’ passed away on 7 September 2020 after a period of illness at the age of 91. He was the person behind the launch of the Pune-based National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and building two world-class radio … Continue reading #24 – The Father of Indian Radio Astronomy – Govind Swarup

#23 – The boy who harnessed the wind – William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba was born in penury or extreme poverty in Kasungu, Malawi in 1987. At a young age of 14, he successfully built a wind turbine to power multiple electrical appliances in his family’s house in Wimbe, 32 km (20 miles) east of Kasungu, using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a … Continue reading #23 – The boy who harnessed the wind – William Kamkwamba

#22 – A mere chaiwala to Padmashri chaiwala – Deverapalli Prakash Rao

“Service to mankind is service to God” That is the motto with which 62-year-old Devarapalli Prakash Rao from Odisha has lived by all his life. Not only does he provide education to slum kids, but also helps the needy with essentials at a hospital. Despite being a mere chaiwala, his wondrous efforts have led him … Continue reading #22 – A mere chaiwala to Padmashri chaiwala – Deverapalli Prakash Rao

#21 – World’s smallest Inhabited River Island – Umananda Island

One of the strongest and beautiful features of the North East in India is the 5,000 km-long Brahmaputra River. Largely undiscovered, the North East offers us a wide spectrum of beauty from landscaping and mountains to amazing people. In fact, the North East is considered tourism-friendly across all weathers. One such beautiful spot is Umananda … Continue reading #21 – World’s smallest Inhabited River Island – Umananda Island

#20 – The Teacher from Breswana, Kashmir – Sabbah Haji

Sabbah Haji is the director of Haji Public School in a tiny village called Breswana in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. She saw that nearly two generations of villagers had no education due to the apathetic attitude of the government and militancy. With the help of her parents, she set up this not-for-profit … Continue reading #20 – The Teacher from Breswana, Kashmir – Sabbah Haji

#19 – Amazing India Series: Woman’s Only Market, Imphal

Every day over 5000 traders come in and meet at the market with their farm produce and sell them. The specialty is that all 5000 traders are ‘FEMALES’. Mother’s Market or ‘Ima Keithal’ or ‘Nupi Kiethal’ are some of the names of the 500-year-old tradition seen in the State Capital of Manipur – Imphal. In … Continue reading #19 – Amazing India Series: Woman’s Only Market, Imphal

#18 – The World’s Highest Post Office in India – Spiti Valley

There are few interesting facts about India that a handful are aware of and one of among those is that the world’s highest post office is located in India. In a beautiful village called Hikkim in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh; the World’s Highest Post Office rests at an elevation of 4440 m (14,567 … Continue reading #18 – The World’s Highest Post Office in India – Spiti Valley

#16 – The city where shops don’t have shopkeepers – Mizoram

The North-Eastern states in India have always remained a relatively unknown territory for the rest of the country.  Mizoram, the southernmost North-Eastern state sharing borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar, is one of them. The name is derived for the natives living there called the ‘Mizos’ and Ram meaning land; thus the name ‘Land of the … Continue reading #16 – The city where shops don’t have shopkeepers – Mizoram

#15 – The first and oldest Cardiologist of India – Dr Padmavati

Dr. Padmavati Sivarama Krishna Iyer or fondly known as Dr Padmavati passed away this past Sunday due to Covid-19 at the age of 103.  She remained a very active woman right till the end, advising patients and doctors and contributing articles to 300 medical journals. She also kept active physically by swimming till the age … Continue reading #15 – The first and oldest Cardiologist of India – Dr Padmavati

#12 – A man’s dream to develop the village he grew up: Golakh Parida

A 45-year-old CA-turned-Businessman, residing in Chennai with special permissions from the authorities, moved back to his village–Jalahari, Orissa with his wife and 2 kids at the start of the lockdown.  Initially, his move was only to spend time with his family but within a few days he saw some unfortunate scenarios like lack of food … Continue reading #12 – A man’s dream to develop the village he grew up: Golakh Parida

#10 – Eco Friendly Houses: Dhruvang Hingmire & Priyanka Gunjikar

Everyone of late has Bengaluru (Bangalore) in their list of perfect cities to settle down due to weather. Now imagine if you could have a home where the outside weather isn’t ruining your mood or day. You have a home that remains cool without an air conditioner or a fan. This Pune-based couple–architects by profession–is … Continue reading #10 – Eco Friendly Houses: Dhruvang Hingmire & Priyanka Gunjikar

#7 – Versova Beach Cleanup: Afroz Shah

In October 2015, a Mumbai-based lawyer, Afroz Shah started an ambitious project, that would eventually be lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also awarded ‘Champions of the Earth’ by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) The project: Cleaning of Versova Beach, the first of many such projects or drives running in Mumbai. All because … Continue reading #7 – Versova Beach Cleanup: Afroz Shah

#6 – The first 100% organic state in the World: Sikkim

Sikkim a beautiful North-eastern state in India, neighboured by Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet.  Occupied majorly by the Himalayas, this state only has 10% farmland. Sikkim’s traditional way of farming is mainly rain-fed with bare minimum external inputs. It can easily be called an organic farming method. This ambitious project was spearheaded by the then-CM, Pawan … Continue reading #6 – The first 100% organic state in the World: Sikkim

#5 – The only Carbon Negative Country – Bhutan

Let’s start with the phenomenal things this amazing small country does for their people:  Free Education, Healthcare, Electricity (for its farmers), Environmental subsidies.  Now, for the world, Bhutan has so many trees that it is negating some of the CO2 (carbon dioxide) or carbon emissions produced by other countries.  Bhutan has 72% tree cover and … Continue reading #5 – The only Carbon Negative Country – Bhutan

#4 – The tree planting search engine – Ecosia

Hello… So the first 3 stories were inspirational in some way. What I am sharing today is a website, The tree planting search engine – Ecosia. In a way, you can do something good. This Berlin, Germany-based search engine donates 80% profit towards planting trees.  It’s a non-profit organisation run by founder Christian Kroll since … Continue reading #4 – The tree planting search engine – Ecosia


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