Saturday, November 22, 2008

internalizing green

of late, i find a lot of space in the media devoted to going green.
there are also many books and even major corporations that talk of going green - getting carbon credits etc.
and a lot of talk of sustainable architecture.
when i saw this on the road yesterday, while waiting for the traffic light to turn green - i was wondering..

the picture may not be very clear, but what i saw was this.
the driver of the car ahead of me was smoking. I guess a car is not a public place and hence the new no-smoking rules may not apply..
what he did was what triggered this thought:
he put his hand out [with the cigarette] and was dumping the ashen tip on the plants growing on the divider!
i am not sure if it is the bangalore traffic that makes one behave differently on the road or is all this talk just another fad being promoted by the media?

how do we bring about the concern for the environment to where the rubber meets the road -  where it can make a significant difference?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Quizzing again

after many many years, i participated in a Quiz competition.
organized by a bookstore, it was more of an impulsive decision, as a third member of a three member team - the other two being my niece and son.
waitlisted 30, after the organizers stopped confirmed entries after 400 - yes, 400! we were not sure if we would even get an opportunity to participate in the prelims.

we did get in, to a packed house at the chowdiah hall.
we debated some of the questions as to whose guess would be right and chose one.
some were very clear answers and some were tricky.

there were many 'professional' quizzers participating as well as school children, some of who were very very serious about quizzing.

having gone that far, we wanted to take our chance anyway.

though we did not stay back for the prelim results to be announced, it was a very refreshing experience.

brought back memories of college days - particularly the IISc days - and the quiz club.

quizzing is a simple but effective way to get people participate and also learn collectively.

in case you were wondering - we made 15 out of 40.
could have got a few more right - but after a quick discussion, we chose the wrong answer :-(