People, Planet and Profits!

Paper from Poo!!! August 16, 2009

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Whats on your mind?

What's on your mind?

No, I am not talking in any way about “Winnie the Pooh”, that is Pooh with a “h”. Yes, you are seeing it right, there is no apparent problem either with your computer screen, with your eyes or with your spectacles. Now don’t say “Eeeeeeeek!”, that’s very impolite 😛

That was the cue for the “Oooooooh” to be said out aloud. Anyways, let me try to Ooh you with some more information about these environmental initiatives that have been started across the globe by a few people. Most of the information that I am sharing here has been lifted, filtered and supplied to you in brevity from the websites of PooPooPaper, Creative Paper, Mr. Ellie Poo and Haathi Chaap.

Did you know that just in 2005, the avergae consumption of paper across the world was 54.48 kg/person/year (Source: FAO). Staggering figures.

These are some of the companies that have taken upon themselves to make this globe a little more colder if not a little less warmer. They make paper from Elephant Poo, Sheep Poo and a company in Wales even claims to produce it from Rein Deer Poo, Ho Ho Ho.

1. This paper is organic.
2. It does not smell of poo (it would have been a stupid idea to sell a mishy-mashy product which stinks of poop and expecting you to actually write on that, no matter how a big a greenhead you are)
3. Lots of dung produced, dung full of fibre, paper production needs fibre taken traditionally from different waxes and saplings, Voila! imagine how much paper can be produced from all this dung produced. Imagine how many trees can be saved from being cut.
4. No artificial colours are generally used, these people are smart enough not to spoil the goodwill that they might be generating for the Organic-products lobbyists! though some of them did accept to trying various imaginative if not a bit eccentric feeding practices to induce more colour into the poop and so in the paper!

They don’t just sell notebooks, rather they have a very large repertoire of goods that based on paper that they sell either online or through some specialized/environmentally conscious stores.

If you are staying at New Delhi and want to have a look at these products, the products made by Haathi Chaap can be bought from Tatsat at Hauz Khas.

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Teej Bazar August 10, 2009

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Here is a short video (1:00 mins) on the recent event, “Teej Bazar” organized by Tatsat along with AADI.

There was a small problem with a few policemen who hassled the organizers in search of small bribes. But, it was sorted out, though they did not allow any part of the event to be organized out of the store at Hauz Khas. Guess who had the last laugh, Unfortunately!

Another event had been planned for the International Youth Day with a small street play by a group called “Khoj”. Guess who is the party-pooper again, the local police wala. Unluckily the performing group is not ready to go through the process of getting a proper police permission, probably because of the immense amount of red-tape involved. Even a garden sale of books was planned for the International Youth Day, I will keep you updated about any more such plans.

P.S. If you have read this post, I would suggest that you better comment, It helps you in going a long way in garnering good karma in your life :D. So long!

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This Feels Like a Dream…. July 22, 2009

I am just into my second post and it feels like I am already hitting my writer’s block! Or has this become a cliche to put it by every aspiring writer who has got nothing to convey but is excited to do so……!

Why am I excited??

Cadbury has started a new This feels like a dream campaign. Cadbury Dairymilk has officially become Fairtrade certified. It has already started working with various NGO’s and trusts in Ghana and also built 365 well inthe communities there. Trying to make a statement i guess.

And to top it, the Teej Bazar at Hauz Khas is about to begin in less than 24 hours! For those who still have no idea about Teej Bazar, it is being organized by Tatsat, AADI and Ujala members. AADI is an NGO working with people with disabilities around New Delhi. There will be a SHRINGAAR (which is a henna and bangles event) and also a Painting Exhibition, “Monsoon Mystique” by Sanjay Biswal. Even if you cannot make it tomorrow that is the 23rd, not to worry, this even is on for two days. If you are in facebook, here is the link to the event and this is the link to the group Tatsat. We also have a fan page here.

Isn’t it ironic that the country whose most famous icon had sung praises to the virtue of cottage industries is poised to leap into the stratosphere to find a place among the Titans. Isn’t it even more ironic that like the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, our country has two Indias. One India Shining….the India that is poised at the precipice of history, to grab the pen of fate to make its own history and share it with the rest of the world, and, the other India which is still coming to terms in living with this stark adversity in the rural areas, in some corners of the country where there isn’t even electricity. Some of the parts have been unfortunately dealt by the hand of fate to be in the”epicenter” of terrorism as Mr. Chidambaram puts it. If not terrorism, there is naxalism or separatism or other kinds of desi-isms like (babudom, corruption and bribery) which have eaten into the dreams and aspirations of these people. I was going through an article from Times Of India where the person says to the journalist in question that he (read journalist) does not understand the life there (the village). How farther shall we go before we can unite again? This disparity exists even in the more developed regions of the country!

With such a scenario developing, it might actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise that the USofA sneeze has made the whole world to catch Swine Flu. The economic crisis which is decreasing the exports and foreign demand has forced the government to look into its largely untapped rural segment of the population which has also been dubbed as the Sleeping Tiger in an era of epithets where our erstwhile economy was compared to the Elephant compared to the chinese economy which was dubbed as the Dragon!.

So the world should be beware of the Tiger which is atop an Elephant! Hopefully the new Indian economy which rises by the time the crisis has been deemed over to make the new and real India to be poised not just to share a table with the titans but also to be one of them!

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Hello world! July 16, 2009

This is my first post for Tatsat. Well Hello World! Few things are better than doing what one likes to do! And probably this is how it feels when doing such things, that heady feeling of emotion, anxiousness and……and confounded speechlessness!

Now if you are an environmental person, one of the greenheads, this year should be an exciting time for you, even the economic crisis does not seem to hamper the governments which are slugging it out to arrive at an agreement that will have wide reaching and long ranging impact abour how our civilization is going to chart its growth on our planet. So Copenhagen we await!

And well even if you are not one of those damned treehugging greenheads, so what? You might still be having atleast a small bit of space in that rock called heart of yours which might think twice about the people who are being given exploited. Yes there is exploitation in India, atleast for sure in the unorganized sector where the victims are being given the short-hand probably because of their illiteracy or just probably as a result of the circumstances.

If so you should have heard about Triple Bottom Line………..

Errr whats that eh? Then Triple Bottom Line or TBL or 3BL is a ratification provided by the United Nations which measures the organizational and societal success (Source: Wikipedia): economic, ecological and social or better put as People, Planet and Profit. Corporate Social Responsibility is different again, don’t get muddled up with all these names!

You can go through the article about Tatsat by Garima Vohra from the recent 16th July edition. If you are interested in art, then do visit the Teej Bazar on 23rd and 24th July at C-50, Shop no. 3, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016. There is going to be a painting exhibition, “Monsoon Mystique”, by Sanjay Biswal.

Hindustan Times Article dated 16th July

Hindustan Times Article dated 16th July

Teej Bazar by Tatsat on 23rd and 24th July

Teej Bazar by Tatsat on 23rd and 24th July

Fair Mart Exhibhition May 9-10th, 2009

Fair Mart Exhibhition May 9-10th, 2009

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