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Encouraging Eco-friendly Commute/Work in Bengaluru

Corporates/companies in Bengaluru can look into encouraging environment-friendly commute/work options. Bengaluru needs individuals as champions to handle the challenges of bumper-to-bumper car traffic, as well as for taking care of the polluted environment.

In this direction, at a policy level, companies can think about facilitating the following



Bicycles to commute

  • Dedicated parking for bicycles/bikes at the campus.
  • Incentives/discounts/waivers for buying bicycle/bike related gear (personal body wear/helmets/hand gloves/guards etc.)
  • Recognize bicycle commuters through billboards/internal emails during company functions, etc.
  • Include a parameter in the performance ratings for CSR in which the employee is rewarded points for their bicycle commute.

Work from home

With the advent of cloud and desktop/laptop work monitoring apps, not everyone need to really come to the office. Many can work from home. This saves office space which can be allocated to newly hired people who need to be in the office.  This also increases productivity of the employee because of avoiding strenuous commute.  Dedicated work space at home with UPS and a steady internet connection can be arranged.

  • Facilitate Work From Home through Cloud technology (where the work does not involve physically handling hardware, physical signing in, etc.)
  • Include a parameter in the performance ratings for CSR in which the employee is rewarded points for Work from Home.

Public Transport

  • Incentives for BMTC and Metro users (free bus pass, free Metro refill upto a certain amount, etc)
  • Pickup buses from main Metro stations and BMTC bus stops by corporate buses
  • Include a parameter in the performance ratings for CSR in which the employee is rewarded points for using public transport.
  • Recognize public transport commuters through billboards/internal emails during company functions, etc.
  • Car pooling for employees going to the same area through cab companies
  • Company buses

Hope corporate/companies make these policies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and make Bengaluru a better place to live in!


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The Awesome Page Of Millet Recipes Links!

Greetings!

There are several individual blogs and pages that have millet recipes.
I wanted to make a momma of all pages for the millet recipes, so that
you can get all at the same page!

To start with, I have compiled the currently active pages that have the
millet recipes. In the future, I want to update this blog into sections for
breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets, occasional recipes, so that you can quickly
find the ones that you are looking for.

Here we go! :

https://in.pinterest.com/whiskaffair/millet-recipes/
https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/recipes/millets/
http://cookingwithmillets.com/
https://www.sharmispassions.com/millet-recipes-indian-millet-recipes/
http://vegrecipesofkarnataka.com/siridhanya-millets-recipes.php
https://www.archanaskitchen.com/tag/millet-recipes
https://www.padhuskitchen.com/p/millet-recipes.html
https://www.masalaherb.com/millet-recipes/
https://verygoodrecipes.com/millet
https://cookpad.com/in/search/finger%20millethttp://millets.res.in/m_recipes/Millets_Recipes-A_Healthy_choice.pdf
https://truweight.in/blog/food-and-nutrition/millet-weight-loss-recipes-health-benefits-side-effects.html
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/16729/ingredients/whole-grains/millet/
https://www.hungryforever.com/top-10-millet-recipes-for-breakfast/
http://swayampaaka.com/category/millet-recipes/
https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/millethttps://millets.wordpress.com/recipes/
http://www.jopreetskitchen.com/millets-recipeshttps://draxe.com/millet-recipes/
http://archive.gramene.org/species/setaria/foxtailmillet_recipes.html
https://www.huffingtonpost.in/archana-doshi/the-15-millet-recipes-tha_b_6442068.html http://vegetarianindianrecipes.com/recipes/indian-millet-recipes/
https://www.subbuskitchen.com/millets-recipes/
http://www.spiceindiaonline.com/category/recipes/millets/http://www.nithyas-kitchen.com/category/millet-recipes
http://farmtotable.colostate.edu/prepare-resources/millet-recipes.pdf
https://www.tarladalal.com/recipes-using-sanwa-millet-1157
https://www.goldenprairieinc.com/gluten-free-recipes/five-minute-millet.html
https://detoxinista.com/millet-veggie-burgers/
https://cuisineindia.wordpress.com/tag/kodo-millet-recipes/
https://earlyfoods.com/blogs/baby-food-recipes/tagged/millet-recipes
https://shasthaonline.com/blogs/news/millet-recipes
https://www.allaboutfasting.com/millet-recipes.html
https://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/whole-grain-millet-recipes-zmaz08djzgoe
https://www.healthsutra.in/recipeshttp://www.itsfuntocookbn.com/category/millet-recipes/
http://www.youreverydaycook.com/2014/07/millet-recipes-at-glance/
https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/millet

Standard disclaimer: As with anything that you intake, you should consult with your doctor/nutritionist/dietitian on your personal health circumstances on what is appropriate for you.

Thank you!


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Millets: The Proso Pongal!

So, We had tasty, tasty Proso Pongal today!

What’s Proso Pongal? 🤐

Have you heard of Millets, by the way? Some of us would say No. Because we have forgotten.

Well, Millets is a staple food, just like rice and wheat. They consume just 10% of water compared to rice while production.

Millets are rich in micronutrients and better for health than rice and wheat – it releases sugar in the blood very slowly. Guess what that means? Less risk of diabetes and better diabetes management.

Now, about Proso Pongal… the recipe is the same as traditional rice Pongal, so no need to rack your brain!

Go get Proso Millet from your nearby retailer for around 70 rupees per kg. It’s a bit expensive than rice, but it’s all worth it considering the health benefits and the social cause of water conservation!

We have decided to skip rice Pongal from now on, and going for Millets Pongal at our home. How about you?!

 


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The Water Problem – Episode 4 – The Heroes

Local people taking the responsibility of water resources in their area in their hands is the pinnacle of effective water management in India.

The town of Moodbidri northeast of Mangalore is a shining example of how they take care of their water sources, and came out of perilous situation that prevailed before. You can read about their story here: https://www.thebetterindia.com/159078/moodbidri-water-revival-karnataka-news-india

Together, as a community, Moodbidri has restored 18 water resources!  They worked on reinstating the old water storage bodies by cleaning them and making them hold pure water!  That’s gold!

India is facing huge water shortage because of real estate, agriculture, and mindless human reproduction.  Local efforts like this give us hope. We will continue to create awareness about how to take care of ourselves.

If you are inspired by this story, please share it far and wide in your social media circles and talk about it to your contacts through word of mouth.

Love always!

Photo by Linus Nylund on Unsplash

 


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Book Review: A-Z Of Minimalism – A Practical Guide to Freedom by Upasna Sethi

This is a professional book review of “A-Z Of Minimalism – A Practical Guide to Freedom” by Upasna Sethi.  This book has been placed under ‘Hoarding‘ and ‘Non-Fiction‘ under Amazon Kindle ebooks.  The audience of the book would be anyone who is looking to declutter their spaces as well as their minds, and lead a simple yet fruitful life.

The catchy, simple cover of the book invites the reader to open the book to read.  The book has been organized into small chapters, which are digestible and makes the reader ponder over the content after reading a chapter.  The exercises provided at the end of each chapter are helpful.  The graphics interspersed with the text look good and provide a colorful look to the content.

In each chapter, the author provides helpful tips on what they did to minimalize.  I especially liked how the author impresses upon the reader how the quest for shopping is insatiable and one keeps buying more and more!  But, I could not quite agree with the author’s suggestion to delete shopping apps from the smartphone, as apps for grocery, medicine ordering, cab booking, etc, are a reality of today’s life, and one cannot avoid them. I presume the author’s advice is for addicted shoppers and not for all.

Also valuable is the suggestion to celebrate minimally by being together rather than making huge and expensive arrangements.  Thus, each chapter provides a very valuable tip on how to minimalize, which the reader, in general, would be able to relate to and implement in their own life.

There are several mechanical errors in the book, which could have been avoided by careful proofreading. For example, an unwanted hyphen next to the word ‘by’ in the phrase “step by step” on Page 1, unnecessary capitalization of the first letter in many words throughout the book (“Life of a Minimalist” on Page 1). These errors give an impression that the author is a juvenile one, in spite of the mature, valuable theme of the book. This reviewer recommends a thorough proofreading in the next edition of the book or the next book of the author.

The font of the Table of Contents could have been a bit larger. It would help the reader to provide the page numbers against the chapter names.  I have to mention about the formatting. There are unnecessary lines between sentences, and the formatting looks too awkward.  A sense of completeness in reading is lost because of lack of properly paragraphed text.

Overall, I found this book valuable for someone who is looking to cut-down on their shopping, life style, and in every sphere of their life. We all realize that too much is very stressful and makes us unable to manage things. Consumption has to be cut down, as it is very important for our own well-being, for the environment, and for our mother planet Earth.  In this regard, the author has done a pretty good job in bringing together the tips that the reader can readily follow.  The formatting and the mechanical errors have to be taken care of, to make the book more presentable to the reader.  Owing to the overall value that the book provides to the reader, I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

You can order the book at Amazon at the following links:

Amazon Indiahttps://amzn.to/2wnij9r
Amazon UShttps://amzn.to/2Lut3rj

 

 


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Why natural calamities will have multi-fold effect on India Population

Kerala is reeling under floods. More than 100 people have lost their lives just yesterday. The shutters of all the dams in the state have been opened. Though Kerala gets heavy rains every year, this year, the quantum was too much.

A study showed that the effect of extreme natural conditions on the population will be too much because of two reasons: more and more people moving into low-lying areas because of lack of space, continuing land development because of which drainage paths and canals are being blocked due to which flash floods happen in unexpected land areas.

The root cause is very certain. We have become too much in number. We need to stop the reproduction, otherwise, nature will be nature and it won’t show mercy on anyone.

Adoption, instead of reproduction is a sensible option: http://cara.nic.in

Thanks for reading.


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The Water problem – Episode 3 – The Heroes

Whenever we talk about big issues like population, food, or water, all of us are taken aback on what we could do on a personal level. In fact, we restrict our efforts to very minimal, get satisfied that that’s all we could do. While every small efforts are appreciated, we need to think out-of-the-box, open up our minds and look at things at various angles on how we could help.

Many of us are well-educated, with degrees on various subjects, and will be able to help in several ways. Many heroes are inspiring to me in how much we could help. I came across one inspiring example today in Times of India – in the article about how a 82-year old man constructed 14 tanks in an arid region to keep his hill green!  In fact, he had invested whatever he had just for this cause!  Such ingenuity and enterpreneurship is the need of the hour – to solve our big problems!

If a man with very scarce resources can do so much, imagine how much we could do! It’s just a matter of heart. In today’s world of instant reachability and abundant resources, I don’t think it would never be a problem for us.

More to come!