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Zero-Waste lifestyle : This fashion Designer shows you how

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The planet and nature can be saved only by the collective efforts of everyone but the difference can be initiated by an individual. Mrudula Joshi, banglore based fashion designer who started practicing Zero-Waste living has inspired 100’s of people to adopt a sustainable life-style.

“India generates 62 million tons of waste per year — That’s nearly 170,000 tons of waste per day. It would be apt to say that India’s cities are drowning in their own garbage. The government has stepped in on circumstances with clean-up programs to withstand overwhelming urban waste. But we need something more. Our cities need strategies that address issues beyond visible cleanliness,” said Mrudula while explaining the need for Zero-Waste Strategy.

Zero Waste is an ideology that motivates the redesign and reuse of products that sustain the goal of aversion of the trash from the landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. Apart from the definition, Mrudula described Zero-Waste as, “The need of society to understand the use of discarded material and also their economic importance. It is the urge to design a circular way of living. A zero-waste lifestyle enables us to question the linear economy and its drawbacks, where items are only designed to be discarded. Zero-waste encourages the idea of sharing economy and re-purposing of resources.”

So, next time take a minute for the inspection of contents in your trash cans before throwing them out of your house. While this might not be the most pleasant (or pleasant-smelling!) activity, doing so can contribute you with the information you need to know for living a healthier, leaner and lighter life on this planet. And it may create fruitful results by saving your money over the long haul.

Advantages of Zero-Waste lifestyle:

“What is the importance of keeping our homes sparkling clean when most of us step out on roads and produce piles of garbage?” Mrudula said.
Further, she portrayed the advantages and importance for society of living a Zero-Waste lifestyle. “Greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production and use of goods, including food products and packaging. 3 R’s (Reducing, reusing and recycling) will conserve that energy and dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. Reducing and reusing also means fewer products are made, as people will buy less, the products are made to last. And recycling keeps waste out of landfills and incinerators.
A zero-waste nation builds a circular economy, where one person’s “waste” is a resource for something new. This establishes good, green jobs as resources are endlessly recirculated through our economy instead of being used once and then eliminated or eradicated.
Provoke more jobs opportunity in rental and sharing businesses (e.g. car-sharing, tool rental), repair and tailoring, and reuse businesses which also lead to maintain local money within the community and keep a check on spendings don’t leave a community to buy imported products. This will also boost the nation’s economy,” she explained.

The adoption of a new kind of lifestyle:

Zero waste sounds like an aspirational goal, but if implemented that’s something worth aspiring too.
“When I first started practicing the Zero-Waste lifestyle, I was completely unsettled due to the non-availability of sustainable products and demotivating statements of people around me. While I wasn’t related to any kind of environmental studies, YouTube became my inspiration and I followed several individual womens practising such strategies. During my journey I used Instagram handle for presenting a report of my progression and soon I realized people are getting motivated to drill into a sustainable lifestyle. So, I dropped my job and started a website called ‘Ullisu’ which means ‘To Save’,” describes Mrudula.

In the 21st century where 62million waste is generated every year, it’s urging need of an hour to change our way of living.
She says there is no need to stop utilizing each and every product used in our home and recommends some of the initial steps which can be carried out at ground levels.

Ask for no straw in your drink order when out.
Don’t leave your house without a full reusable water bottle.
Ditch tissues for handkerchiefs.
Always say no thank you to free promotional items. They tend to be cheap and break easily.
Donate unused items in good condition to support the second-hand market.
Think second-hand first when purchasing something.
Sell your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush.
Buy food without packaging or minimal packaging.

This way we can ignite the change in our surroundings.
“We need to learn the skill of silent revolution, without getting affected by thoughts of people, progressing on our goals. And when you will get excited about zero-waste living, you’ll amend your shopping manners and reduce the amount of clutter and unreasonable packaging or goods you bring into your home in the first place. Whether you’re an experienced zero-waster or a beginner, there’s always something to learn or ways to improve,” she said.
For more such steps and guidance you can reach out to “ullisu.com”. Where you can find 100’s of ideas and solutions to tackle the hassles on your path of Zero-Waste.
A common doubt provoking while we talk about sustainable living is the use of products which are not decomposable but needed in day to day workings. Clarifying the doubt Mrudula suggested replacing the product with a different brand that assures sustainability. Also, the idea of minimalistic use of such products can be addressed. “On the present day there are thousands of brands who provide alternatives to almost every product we use and you can reach to my website where I had mentioned such brands after my 2 years of research, ” said Mrudula.

Why is waste management such a challenge? Even, India invests a huge amount in waste collection and management.
“First, garbage is not traditionally separated out at the initial stage, meaning in our homes, offices or businesses, before it goes into a collection bin.
Second, few funds only left for managing the waste itself after cutting the cost of collection of wastes. Last, we are only dumping the waste, there are no formal mechanisms for processing and disposal, ” Mrudula explains.

Just suppressing waste by dumping it out of sight a few miles further away or burning it is neither a viable nor sustainable solution. There’s much better work to do. She explained, “We need to look at investing in decentralized, cost-effective systems that support segregation. Also, the government should support local vendors, small businesses that have a viable option for reducing the proliferation of waste. There are many private composting companies, waste segregation departments trying their best. We need to focus more on social engineering, which will imply bringing strides not only in infrastructure and technology but also in changing social priorities and behaviors in our communities. We need to make waste management, as usual as brushing our teeth, a necessary habit.”

“We are in the deed to switch from this concept of, ‘Well, it’s OK, it gets composted, ‘ as composting will also cause environmental impact.
Let’s change our perception to look waste, let’s treat it as a resource just similarly to anything else we pull out of the ground, ” says Mrudula as she sings off.

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Dussehra (victory of good over evil)

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Dussehra Is celebrated to represent victory of good over evil means prabhu Rama over Ravana in famous hindu epic Ramayan. Also it means the end of durga puja & Ramlila. In Ramayan, Ravana kidnaps god Rama’s wife Sita, as god Rama & Laxman cuted of the nose of ravna’s sister surpanakha so to claim vengeance on them Ravana kidnapped sita. To get back maa sita prabhu Rama & Laxman faught battel against Ravana with the help of hanuman, subriv & other vanar sena. In this battel Rawan’s brother Bhibishan also helped him against Ravan . at the end of prabhu Ram wins the battel and rescues sita. Thereafter this victory is celebrated by burning the statue of Ravan, kumbhakarn, his son meghnath. Dasehra is a climax of long day celebration of Navratri.

           The nine days of Navratri is the time to reflect on oneself, observe silence & practice fasting. Fasting cleanses the body of toxins and silence purifies speech & mind. what does dasehra means das means ten and hara means take away. Which came after Navratri means nine nights if darkness.  On each day of Navratri we pray to that form of goddess durga to take away that darkness of ignorance within us and after that on tenth day on the occasion of dasehra we burn all the evil, bad things, thoughts, bad habbits inside us in that fire in the form of Ravna as evil inside us.

Ravan is not the demon or evil outside you it is inside you. In the battel of Ram and Ravana, god ram had been invoked durga to help him win the battel against Ravan, And he won. We also should invoked god durga to help us in gaining back our sita. Now what is sita?  It is awareness inside is which has been traped in maya surround us. To make our soul clean and pure we have to burn the evil in the fire by wining the battel against it which lies inside us that’s what dasehra symbolize.

It is a supreme festival of Hindu culture with true meaning. It also symbolize the feminism as the battel is to gain maa Sita again back as Ravan has kidnaped her. whenever  man crosses his limit and try to hurt marayda of stree. She will become god durga and make him to death. When the Rama wins then there is only light. So choice is ours. Either we become Ravana & get entrapped in the worldly pleasure or become Rama (A spiritual being)

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Know what you have celebrated these 9 days!

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The Celebration of Good over Evil

Navaratri is the opportunity for removal of vanity and evil influences and learning to achieve the ultimate truth and meaning of life through spiritual means.

Navaratri (Nava-nine; Ratri-nights) is usually celebrated, as its name suggests, within a span of 9 nights and 10 days. It falls on the Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. It celebrates the victory of good over evil; the defeat of negative energies by the righteous or morally upright. The rituals performed during Navaratri is dedicated to Devi Ma, the divine feminine. Each night is dedicated to the worship of nine personalities (Navadurga) and express gratitude to the Mother Divine. Devi is considered as the omnipresent cosmic energy. Devotees often fast, meditate, pray and perform certain rituals.

The rituals are followed by external festivities such as cultural functions and fairs. Cultural functions include Garba/ Dandiya nights and other social functions whereas rituals include Ghatasthapana and other spiritual activities. Women gather up in various societies and perform their rituals together.

But things have changed amidst this Pandemic. People are avoiding social gatherings. They are visiting temples with their masks on and abiding by the guidelines of the Government by following the social distancing norms. Most of the relatives are greeting each other via online platforms and celebrating this auspicious occasion by face-timing each other.

According to sources, many cities (like Indore, Raipur, etc.) have cancelled Garba nights, thus, leaving the hearts of many youngsters broken. Each State Government has taken precautions not to let more than 100 people assemble anywhere.

Jagaran reports that Prayagraj is celebrating Shardiya Navaratra in a unique manner. Famous singers across the city are preparing for devotional songs and performing them via online platforms so that people can get access to the divine celebration by staying at home as well.

Navaratri’s focus is to show reverence to the creation which is a gift of Devi Ma and it is rightly done if we start respecting our Mother Earth in the right terms.

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Why do we have blood types?

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Blood is bodily fluid that circulates through body and deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to every cell of our body.

For thousands of years nobody really understood blood. A greek doctor from 200 BC believed that blood was created from food and liver, this thought lived nearly 1500 years. It was early 17th century when a British ‘Dr. William Harvey’ discovered that blood circulated circulated through body. This experiment spawned the age of blood transfusion. In 1665 an english physician successfully kept one dog alive by transfusing blood of another dog into his body. Later after two years doctors experimented transfusing animals blood into human body in which the human patient died due to blood clotting.

It wasn’t until 1900s when ‘Dr. Karl Landsteiner’ understood that animals even humans have different blood. He later researched on blood and developed a system to categorize blood type known as A-B-O blood group system. Dr. Landsteiner traced transfusion complication like death and blood clot is caused by two things Antigens and Antibodies. Antigen is anything that triggers our immune system to respond. Usually viruses and Bacteria fall in this category, usually our immune system recognize these invaders and deploy antibodies to destroy them. Antibodies are proteins produced by our immune system that can recognize, investigate and if needed can destroy Antigens.But our own body also produce some Antigens called Self-Antigens which our immune system leave them alone. The whole A-B-O group system  is based upon these sugar based Self-Antigens and corresponding protein based antibodies. 

Depending upon the presence and absence of these Antigens and Antibodies our blood is divided into four types. Type A blood has A-antigen on blood and B-antibody in plasma. Type B blood has B-antigen on blood and A-antibody in plasma. Type AB has both A-antigen and B-antigen with no Antibodies in plasma. Type O has both A-antibody and B-antibody with no Antigens on blood. 

The positives and the negatives after our blood type is given by detecting the presence or absence of Rh protein based Antigen. Presence of Rh protein gives positive sign after blood type while absence gives negative sign after blood type. 

Blood is foremost the most important fluid in our body. By understanding our blood we can ensure tranfusing right blood type to the needy ones.

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