January 16, 2016


It boggles the mind to see how fast time moves. It feels like just yesterday that Natesa Iyer and I, backed by a whole troupe of vibrant, energetic and charmistastic people undertook the 450km walk from Pondicherry to Ooty, to raise awareness for Fair Trade and Climate Justice.


 Nearly a month and a half afterwards, I wanted to share with you a quick summary of the most important outcomes from the walk.



 Without people, this walk would have no meaning. From the people that poured their heart and sou...

January 7, 2016



This day when the world leaders were yet to come together and the Sherpas were working arguing furiously about who should take what responsibility for the historic contribution to greenhouse effect and global warming, the citizens and netizens who were energetically supporting the cause in the Nilgiris and across the world were in no doubt of the urgency and the action for adaptation and mitigation regarding the climate impact. The call for justice was heard loud and clear.




January 6, 2016

As the walk of Day 20 carried on with full ebb and flow, soon we met Prashanth of the now famous Dunsandle estate. In an evening that we spent with his family and friends, team  and committee, we  were left convinced yet again by our searching interactions with the aforementioned members of the community, about the very substantial value of fair trade and the potential.




What was an important off shoot was the unexpected but very valuable presence  of  Anjali, representing fair trade from a business...

January 5, 2016

In the preceding days, patchy communication with the base, notably, Ramya Rajanna, who was herself caught in the midst of the great Chennai floods of 2015, with no power, no water and pretty much no everything, had prompted Mr.Alwaye to quite literally, step in with his team members ( from Coimbatore onwards). He was also invited to do a speech at the Bharatiyar University event in which, I was accommodated for a special evening session before the cultural event unfolded with great dances and other folk ac...

January 4, 2016

Friends, firstly apologies for not updating the blog earlier, chronicling the final two days of December 2015, which was spent in Ooty. Although it was only days, so much happened so quickly that it is difficult to write all of it in one post. I summarise the happenings of the individual days separately, starting with the morning of December 9.




In the morning of Day 20, a meeting at the NAWA office, with many trainee teachers to substantial stakeholders of the town had been assembled by the inimitable M...

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