Author: Preeti Parekh

Dailydump : Managing Kitchen Waste the Eco-Friendly Way

The world today consists of environmentally-aware citizens. After CFL lamps, eco-friendly vehicles and green buildings, we can now turn waste matter into compost from the comfort of our homes. This idea was introduced into India by Poonam Bir Kasturi, founder of Dailydump, a company based in Bangalore. According to Poonam, the average urban household generates more than 750 gms of solid waste every day. This kitchen waste is discarded along with regular house-hold waste and makes its way into landfills or reaches the sewers and is never recycled. Dailydump has shown that a small investment in a household composter can turn about 25 kilos of monthly kitchen waste into 3 kilos of nutrient rich compost, suitable in gardens. By using terracotta vessels for composting at home, one can make a significant contribution towards reducing landfill waste. In the process, the waste turns into compost which can be used as a source of nutrients for a kitchen garden. Practical waste management Dailydump not only provides composters but combines it with educating people about the environment. The …

Routes2Roots : Promoting Peace via Music and Cultural Exchange

Routes2Roots is a non-profit organization that aims at building peace between South Asian countries through art, music and cultural exchange. Countries of interest include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan. Preeti Parekh caught up with Routes2Roots founder Rakesh Gupta over a phone call. The excerpt of their interview follows: Preeti: What motivated you to start Routes2Roots? Rakesh: India is a large country. It has strained relationships with its neighbors, mainly Pakistan. However, for centuries before this one, we have shared a common history and culture. We decided to bring together people, cultures and values across South Asian countries, in particular India and Pakistan. Via these exchanges, we hope to promote greater harmony, understanding and brotherhood between nations. Preeti: And how exactly do you achieve this? Rakesh: We organize events that showcase talent and culture from both countries that participate. The events introduce talent from the fields of film, fashion, sports and music. We identify and promote known and upcoming artistes/performers and cultural workers from South Asia. Also we do not charge …

Football Prevents Child Marriages and Drug Abuse

This is the story of a football club, where the only criteria to join is compulsory attendance to classes in basic English, Math and Hindi. How kids drop out of school to marry young Ashok Rathore was born to a family of fishermen in Mumbai. He went to a Government school along with his friends. Students in these school easily make it to Grade 4 without having to study. There was no real pressure to study or to pass exams. In grade 5, the kids are introduced to English which they are expected to pass, since they are not habituated to studying, most kids drop out at grade 5 in order to work on the street. Selling fish on the street was quick money for most of Ashok’s class mates. Half the money they made, contributed to household expenses while the rest was spent on alcohol, gambling or substance abuse. The parents did not mind the extra money, and encouraged these kids to work. However, when things got out of control, the parents in an …