Saturday, September 14, 2013

A night to listen to waves' speak to the stars.

Last night was once again one of those nights were nature blows your mind away with its magic tricks.
The sky, very light stratus as my glider’s past was telling me, formed a sea, a ceiling of light clouds, where a half moon was merely showing, identifiable only by its red-blue corolla.
Like a rare hibiscus.
A hole in the sky, supernatural light... like Jason Mraz would sing, was allowing Cynosure to shine, to show the way, to direct the sails…
even though, that time, I was not sailing, maybe just in my mind!

When I arrived on meditation beach, in front of the ashram, the night was dark and yet... one could feel something was happening: shades in the dark waiting patiently for... a concert to start.
One of those concerts by Jean Michel Jarre, in odd, beautiful places, but a silent one… nothing to fake, nothing to do, to say, to jam along, to smoke... just to be!
Hence the crowd kept silent, muted by the beauty of the elements, tonight...
the waves…

Bright, blue, green, sometimes completely white fluorescent.
I had seen something similar before without even knowing what was going on.

The past 3 days, the Kerala coast line has seen an important concentration of plankton which in this season is putting on a show called: a homogeneous phosphorescence caused by the presence of blooming phytoplankton.

Each wave was leaving behind a trail of sparkling shades, foaming green... blue signals ….to the stars, it seemed.

Calling for UFOs?

The stars and the moon in return, reflecting afar into wrinkles of the sea, quiet ones, until they broke elegantly on the shore-break ..very peacefully last night.

Stars and moon speeches that only the Little Prince would translate but that hearts could be feel and be filled by.

An electro concert of green and blue phosphorescent lights, at the speed of light: imperceptibles movements making this fleeting beauty, this divine exchange... immanescent ... impermanent.

Like the fireflies in that oak tree one night at my grandparents’ place that made it fly ... with me on it!

Each curl, foaming exhalation of each wave was a shining invitation to swim and go with it... for ever

PS: now here is the physical and biological explanation to this phenomenon, even though the poetry of the moment needed no explanation last night.
Just so you don’t think I am more crazy every day!
Or chewing too much of this Pan parrar banded by Kerala state but which is still coloring many of locals' mouth, making them look like as many Devi Gods...or evils!

Marine phosphorescence, heatless light generated chemically by marine plants and animals. Bioluminescence is exhibited by a wide variety of oceanic organisms, from bacteria to large squids and fish. The light is emitted when a flavin pigment, luciferin, is oxidized in the presence of luciferase, an enzyme also produced by the organism (the chemical system is like that of fireflies). The light produced is usually blue-green, near the point in the spectrum of maximum transmission for seawater and most visible for many deep-sea organisms. Most of the homogeneous phosphorescence of the sea, the glowing wakes, is caused by the presence of blooming phytoplankton, notably the microscopic dinoflagellate Noctiluca miliaris, as well as some jellyfish. Many small crustaceans, such as the Cypridina hilgendorfii, which is 3 to 4 mm (about 1/6 inch) long, also emit phosphorescence when disturbed. Many squids emit luminous clouds when threatened. Some species of fish emit light in distinctive patterns or at regular intervals, permitting individuals to form or maintain schools. Some deep-sea fish, notably the anglerfish, possess lights in or near the mouth with which to attract and illuminate prey.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Back in Amritapuri...writing...reading academic articles...loads of statistics...

quite an ascetic life, and a hard exercise of concentration...and focus.
Yet running and swimming almost every day, keeping fit, taking care of myself in the craziness of Amma's birthday preparations, it agoraphobic franticness.
Praying a lot in front of Her.
Fully aware of the work I need to do, the choices, the routes I only can take, not expecting anybody to hold my hand to: read, write, synthesize, compare, critic... compile... and then take decisions... state opinions...make proposals to Gujarat institutions for example...

help yourself... Amma will help you!

So here is the 2nd article on its way:

Working title: Institutional responses for Waste management in India: from empirical examples to theoretical economical frameworks, matrix of institutions efficiency

as well as a proposal of Integrated Waste Management System as well on the desk of key commissioners in SUDA (Surat Urban Development Authority)... and Coimbatore.

I thought I would have the time and the energy to do an panchakharma so I... started! but got only as far as ...the haircut!

And it gets really cold... up there...
so I covered my head, and am now waiting for some quieter times to continue with the Ayurvedic treatments that come with it.
At least the haircut, the shaving I should say, is in a way, helping me to get more inside...deeper... to stop looking at mirrors, let the image fade away, the need to feel the looks, get confirmations...
only to smile more... at get closer to inner-self and a better understanding too...

And more time just as well to thank the grace I am currently feeling in some of those projects starting ....
with the Government of Gujarat, the 2 articles on major national publications, a strong push to the belief I pursue and the model I am developing of an Integrated Waste Management Integrated System...

after having taught in 2 -3 of the most prestigious universities in India: IITM, Nirma Uni in Ahmedabad, and workshop in IIMA...
a long journey between waste sites and classrooms, with key meetings at the highest regional institutional levels.

It feels like I have crossed my own desert this year and the inner journey is finally helping to get a clear vision on my own academic and SE pursuits...
but not a path paved with flowers!!

I can only bow, thank the Divine and carry on working even harder now that some senses are back...

Ayurveda (in Sanskrit Āyurveda means "life-knowledge) or ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine
By the medieval period, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived (or reportedly derived) from ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine, and, along with siddha and Traditional Chinese medicine, form the basis forsystems medicine.
Jiva Ayurveda provides authentic Ayurvedic treatment and medicines for all kinds of chronic and lifestyle disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, stress, migraine, high blood pressure, skin diseases, asthma, spondylitis, obesity and sexual disorders, among others.
Ayurvedic medicines mainly comprise of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils, etc., which are prepared from natural herbs, plants, and minerals. Panchakarma comprises a number of Ayurvedic therapies involving detoxification, therapeutic cleansing of the body and rejuvenation as a treatment for many chronic conditions.

Examples of treatments:
·       Patra Pinda Sveda-Leaf bundle massage 
Pamper yourself with the freshness of herbs packed in pouches, warmed in herbal oils and massaged onto the body.

Curative: muscular pain, inflammation and injuries

·       Pizhichil-Oil bath 
Indulge yourself lavishly as therapists pour warm oil and simultaneously massage your body with rhythmic hand movements.

Rejuvenative: supple skin, calm and relaxed mind

 general weakness, paralysis, nervous disorders, rheumatic ailments and muscle weakness

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

And some more waste... with COC

this time... here in Chennai (COC: Corporation of Chennai), we are taking a huge step up: 4500TpD, up to 5200TpD when adding building/construction waste; a dump fill of 550 acres, absolutely gigantic... and no treatment at all whatsoever... since almost 30 years!!!
Scary, really!
More in details: Population Chennai: census 2011: Chennai: 4,681,087
Solid Waste Management:
Solid Waste, Best Practices, Manpower, Media And Communication, Infrastructures Created, Vehicle Monitoring Portal
1.     Kodungaiyur Dumping Yard Portal
2.     Perungudi Dumping Yard Portal
Solid Waste Management Department:

Headed by a Superintendent Engineer, the department looks after removal of solid waste, which is a major responsibility of the Corporation. Every day 4500 MT of garbage is collected and removed from the city. Night conservancy is being carried out in all important roads and commercial areas of the city. Door to door collection of garbage is prescribed in all zones.
Per capita Generation per day: 700gms
Estimated Generation of Solid Waste Per day: Garbage 4500 MTs. Building debris 700 MTs

total SWM: 5200TpD
And deserving the nickname this journalist from The Times of India gave me: Frenchman on a dump fill!!!
Lets see what The Hindu comes up with!

In any case what a journey! from IITM, the indian M.I.T to one of the biggest land fill I have aver seen, 550 acres, 350 already used and no treatment whatsoever...

So far beyond writing academic articles my projects become even so more important to me, in terms of implementation, of awareness of bridges to build to find holistic approaches and hopefully teams of implementation!

What can be set, what can be done at grassroots level, implemented as alternatives to market-failure solutions, ill-defined property rights in terms of waste (sorry, becoming quite technical, that is the article I am currently writing on), maybe the 2 projects I am working on: an Integrated Waste Management System, a student citizenship project... and honestly... any implementation of any of those 2 would mean a lot more to me than a thesis well written!

and this day ending up ...after a very interactive class in IITM around Social Innovation and waste management... in the Hindu offices...for an interview: