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‘Gray Days’ a poem by Fauzia Rafique

Each gray
reveals strong
bright shades of green
to occupy the fore
front of my vision.

Standing tall
hanging low

Winter after
the undying green
keeps shinning
from the seeds
thrown by the
salish people
the love
of this land.

Surrey BC, 2010

Share your memories of Marine Drive, Mumbai India

Marine Drive in Mumbai, with its windswept promenade, sweeping row of Art Deco buildings, and where many citizens take in a breath of fresh air and view the daily sunsets, is under threat.

From builders in collusion with politicians and corrupt government
officials, who are working systematically to destroy Mumba’s iconic

The last few years have seen numerous amendments and attempts to lift the legal protection available to this heritage percinct precinct from the CRZ and Heritage Regulations for Mumbai.

Are we soon going to be left with only memories of the “Queen’s Necklace”?

Amitabh Bachan has recently written on his blog about his memories of Marine Drive. Read at

What are your favourite memories of Marine Drive? Do share your thoughts and memories. Send these to These will be compiled and displayed on the Karmayog website.


PS: If you would like to help a group of citizens fighting to save Marine Drive, do mention that in an email and send us your contact details.

PPS: If you do not wish to receive emails, please inform us.

Hariyali Genda Teej, 12 August 2010, New Delhi

August 12, 2010
7 to 10 pm
72, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003

Presented by
Red Earth / Alliance Francaise de Delhi / Exhibit 320 / Latitude 28

Celebrate the traditional monsoon festival of Hariyali Teej with Genda Phool, the eternal marigold flower.

Swing: genda phool jhoola….
Shringaar teej-genda: mehendi, bangles, floral jewellery
Thela Mela 1: genda merchandise and groovy design on the Indian hand pushed cart
Sawan ka Khana, Sawan ka Gana: special teej foods, jive to monsoon music

Hari Bhari Genda Wari Dress Code: Wear the monsoony Indian Greens and genda colours – orange, red, yellow. Green and genda together! Bonus points for Sarees & Rajasthani Leheriya

Entry by invitation only.
For donor invites / details contact 41764054 /

Opening Event of The Monsoon Festival 5
Conceived, Curated and Presented by Red Earth / Himanshu Verma

Festival Partners:
Alliance Francaise de Delhi
Latitude 28
Exhibit 320
Take 5
The Wall Project


The Gulf of Mexico – 2010

These images are a selection from the Gulf of Mexico in June 2010. The impact of the spill from deep water oil wells is devastating for all living beings who live, work or earn from the sea.

After this, we must question the wisdom of bringing Albertan Tar Sands to British Columbia.

A hard hat from an oil worker lies in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana June 8, 2010.
(REUTERS/Lee Celano)

Brown Pelicans, covered in oil from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, huddle together in a cage at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras, Louisiana June 6, 2010.
(REUTERS/Lee Celano)

Marine reef ecologist Scott Porter works to remove oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill from his hands on Monday, June 7, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, Louisiana.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A dead turtle floats on a pool of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana Monday, June, 7, 2010.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Hermit crabs struggle to cross a patch of oil from the the Deepwater Horizon spill on a barrier island near East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana on Sunday, June 6, 2010.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana.
(Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Photographs on animal cruelty, care on display at UVAS

By Our Correspondent


THE Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in collaboration with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) organised an exhibition of photographs in a bid to highlight different aspects of cruelty to animals and their care at the university campus on Tuesday.

Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Secretary Jehanzeb Khan inaugurated the exhibition. UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz, SPCA Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, executive members and the university students were present.

Students, the university staff and livestock professionals placed their pictures in the exhibition. The pictures covered both the aspects-cruelty to animals and love for them-by society. Total 300 pictures were received for the exhibition while 80 best pictures were put on display. The three top position winners would get cash prizes of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively on the last day of the show. The exhibition will continue till Oct 30.

Speaking in the inaugural ceremony, Livestock and Dairy Development secretary called for creating awareness about the animal rights.

He said animals had also the right to live in the world with peace, adding that a coalition of animal lovers should be formed to work for animal welfare.

He sought suggestions to amend laws to prevent cruelty to animals and work for their rights, asking the SPCA to make a plan of action for the year 2009 and assured the government support in its animal welfare efforts.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said the UVAS was an institution dedicated to the welfare of animals, adding that the staff and students of the UVAS would continue giving their contributions in this regard. He deplored that animals were given less food, less water and were subjected to cruelty in society and stressed that animals should be used for research, experiments and other work in a humane way. He said the UVAS had extended its academic scope to other fields besides the veterinary and animal sciences and it was encouraging that even medical doctors and pharmacists were getting postgraduate degrees from the veterinary university.

Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry spoke about the set-up and functioning of the SPCA. He said the SPCA had its centres in 17 districts in the province, which had been working for prevention of cruelty to animals. He suggested that society’s scope should be enhanced by including welfare of animals in its functioning.

Trailing Rose Bush: Surrey Summer 2008

Trailing rose bush-1

Trailing rose bush-2

Photo by Saloo Durrani
Surrey, Summer 2008

The Monsoon Festival 3

The Monsoon Festival 3 – Webpage Uploaded

The Monsoons this year continue to bless us, and we are still celebrating the rain, and The Monsoon Festival 3! This year again, the festival showcases new creative expressions in fashion and painting.
The artworks have now been uploaded on the website, and the catalogue of the festival is out!
Visit The Festival Webpage Here

This year, the exhibitions include:
Monsoon Fashion 2
The Monsoon Chapter 3
Celebrating Krishna

In addition, browse through pictures of our fabulous Hariyali Teej Celebrations, and order some special funky Monsoon T-Shirts!

Keep celebrating the season of love, keep the rainbows blazing.

Happy Monsooning,
Himanshu Verma

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