Gods vs Tradition

20130804-PIK_0969INDIA one of the earliest civilization, and what do we see here?
What exactly is happening? India is filled with lot of Gods and tons of superstitious beliefs. What you see here is one of them. There are some auspicious months in Tamil calendar and this is called Aadi festival falls between mid-July to mid-August.
People who have faith in God carry God idols on their head walk around the streets, people get blessings from the humans who carry the God. Mebbe it was a practice in old days, but I feel today its more like for the sake of doing it.

Aadi

Why would I say its for the sake of doing it? What does this photograph say
A guy wearing colorful garlands?
Smoke coming from plate?
People watching them?
One guy talking on phone?
You can see youngsters here, I am happy that they are following Indian traditions, they have faith in what they are doing but my question is why do you need a mobile phone when you are doing a service to god?

may be Lord is on call I guess – winks …

Apart from these there was this musical band leading the people who carried God to the temple.

India Tradition

People performing rituals for the human who carried god

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Apart from all these, he caught my attention suddenly

India potraitWe are talking about tradition, culture, faith look at him, look at his mustache his clothing, that’s the tradition we need to follow and the legacy we need to leave.

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These shots were captured on my street – 2013 Aadi festival

Sustainability, hidden truth

Sustainability, hidden truthSustainability seems an old word now. Tom, Jim, Ravi, Kamala, amma, appa, each and everyone talks about it. The word Sustainability is Fashion now. People try to be sustainable, they try so hard sharing someone else photographs on facebook and twitter, giving free ideas to others on sustainability. I am happy that people are trying so hard to be sustainable, but what they forget is – what they really have to do is not to try, they have to practice sustainability.

Sustainability is not a big badhaaa magic to do, it’s just a simple lifestyle followed by our great grandparents everywhere around the world. They lived a normal life style which was sustainable by itself. They had cows to get milk from, now a day’s we get milk in plastic covers. They grow vegetables in home and ate healthy food which made them live longer and stronger, why are we not doing it – because we don’t grow vegetables anymore at home.

Just because we don’t have cows or we don’t grow vegetables anymore at home, we are not going to harm mother earth to a big extent. So where’s the starting point for destruction?

Tracking back decades, why are we not growing vegetables anymore, why are we running out of space at homes, why is air polluted, why is earth in such a mess. One reason we could figure is the Industrial revolution that took place, Designers of those days dint think that whatever they designed can ruin the earth at later stage. They were so busy building ships that throwed waste into sea and left gas in the air that polluted, factories that again polluted, Trees was cut for papers, animals were killed for products, we started living a lie. When industrial revolution took place people wanted to make more money, villagers had lot of job Opportunities, they thought it was good for them, they were offered money. They were willing to relocate to places where they started working with families. Cities started developing around them with schools, malls and everything. Who takes care of villages now, agriculture was losing its grip, Lands were emptied for factories, tree’s were cut and much more.

When plastics was invented it was all made from organic polymers like egg shells etc., but because of some selfish chemical factories plastics took a totally different shape in 1950’s after world war 1. What do we do now, we cant do anything, plastics are out everywhere in air, sea, water, landfills. And we talk about bio-degradable plastics today – We are again in circles.

So ultimately we can see one thing. Sustainability is not something new, it was a lifestyle followed already and we have to follow them again. Obviously we cannot stop running factories but still if each and everyone of us start consuming less and take individual responsibilities for a sustainable lifestyle. We can make earth a better living place for our future generations.
How to practice sustainable lifestyle on my next blog.

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