Why you should take your kids out of school !!


THEY DISAPPEAR FOR HOURS. WHEN THEY RETURN, THEIR BASKETS ARE HEAVY WITH SMALL TREASURES OF THE WORLD AND THEIR HEADS ARE FULL OF SMALL STORIES OF THEIR WANDERING: THE MOOSE TRACKS THEY SAW, THE FORKED MAPLE THEY SAT BENEATH TO EAT SNACKS.

This phrase above mentioned in the article made me remember my childhood days.

As it further mentions:

It is already obvious that unschooling is radically different from institutionalized classroom learning, but how does it differ from more common homeschooling? Perhaps the best way to explain it is that all unschooling is homeschooling, but not all homeschooling is unschooling. While most homeschooled children follow a structured curriculum.

 

The first incidence of compulsory schooling came in 1852, when Massachusetts required communities to offer free public education and demanded that every child between the ages of 8 and 14 attend school for at least 12 weeks per year. Over the next seven decades, the remaining states adopted similar laws, and by 1918, the transition to mandated public education was complete and from there on it spread to world.

With recent rise in awareness about compulsory education, several movements and people have risen up to the challenge to provide better model of education for our people, making industrial model obsolete.

To know more about alternative learning spaces in India scroll down a bit in our Alternative spaces section .

To read this beautiful article about the homeschooling adventures of Fin and Rye “WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION”  click here.

Free energy generator from India, another hoax ?


With growing energy crises all around the world, and also search for alternatives there goes parallel search of FREE ENERGY. The concept is not new its mention dates back thousands of years, with its mention found in almost all ancient culture including Vedic, from which the great inventor Nicola Tesla was inspired and there were even claims that he did made possible to trap free energy from zero point.
There have been reports and claims from all around the world about free energy generators, but none came to light or was commercially produced, with added reports of big corporations never wanted such a invention to come out as would devastate their profits.

बिना ईंधन से चलने वाला जनरेटर!
So, well this time here’s another one from India itself, I am not sure if its another hoax or is true invention and this too will be suppressed  by big dominant corporate sector.

A 10th grade failure (failure according to present education system), have made energy generator which charges its own battery.

to read original news  : click here

Indian knife innovation


Jugaad has been integral part of Indian life style,  creating useful items from the limited resources is the basis of jugaad technology,   Check out this amazing Indian knife innovation.

 

Nature’s lap – herbal organic products


Looking for a safe and healthy alternative for your household cleaning.Nature’s Lap has come up with a solution that is safe, healthy, ecofriendly as well as effective.Now no more need of those harsh,chemical based cleaners.
Nature’s Lap Herbal Floor Cleaner is a concentrated formula that has powerful and effective cleaning ingredients. It is made of essential oils that makes it a completely natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternative for cleaning floors and surfaces. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, child-safe.Gives a smooth shine to floors and has a pleasant aroma of citronella.It is antibacterial,antifungal,repels mosquitoes and flies. It is cost effective compared to other cleaners – only a few drops required per liter of water. Ideal for use in homes as well as public places like hotels, hospitals and schools. Certified by CSIR CIMAP (Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: a Government Research Institute). does not contain any preservatives, chemicals, Artificial Colors and Fragrances.Usage: Mix 4-6 drops per medium sized bucket of water and mop floor. Can be used to clean surfaces as well. Safe for adults and children of all ages.

Nature’s lap also has other herbal products,
For details check http://www.natureslap.in/products.html
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Arthakranti – a socio-economic proposal for better India


The ArthaKranti proposal is a well researched Scientific approach designed to completely transform the current Indian socio-economic scenario. This approach will enable ‘Principled, Prosperous and Peaceful living’ for all citizens of our country.

Apart from strengthening the economy internally India will achieve the prominent position on global canvas. Such a position of strength will enable us to lead the world towards our long cherished philosophy ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world as a family’!.

We are sure that the time for this proposal has arrived, keeping in mind the current state of affairs. Of course, the Government will need to be petitioned and pressurised through our elected representatives.

The need of the hour is for every like minded citizen to contribute in speeding the process through their active support.

To know more visit : http://arthakranti.org/

Rainy filters for Rain water harvesting


`RAINY’ First of its kind Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting Filters with self cleaning and auto flush out arrangements.

‘RAINY’R Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting Filter™ is the result of over 10 years Continuous R&D done by the team of FARMLAND RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM, by studying the pattern of rain fall in rural and urban India, intensity of rainfall, type of houses, pipeline used for rainwater outlets, re utilization, recharging of ground water and Tube well etc. In the past decade we have witnessed phenomenal changes in global weather patterns. The unpredictable and erratic weather patterns have resulted in torrential down pours and rainfalls of very high intensity. These heavy duty Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting filters are so designed; keeping in mind the capture of rainfall loads varying from 5mm to 75mm/hour without affecting the efficiency of filter and the operating required less than 0.06 kg/cm2 (2 feet) so the filter can perform even in low Roof areas. The design, stability and filter function efficiency is directly proportional to the intensity of rainfall. Different models of filters were set in place to capture rainwater from varied rooftops. This brought in affordability, to all cross sections of households and Industry.

Rainy filters are designed with self cleaning mechanism and can be fixed to the wall by connecting Rooftop rainwater drain pipes. The rainwater along with dirt particles enters into the inlet of filter through the hollow pipe tangentially to the filter housing and rotating slowly along the periphery of upper housing so as to flow into the SS 304 filter element placed in lower housing of the filter unit in angular motion at specific velocity, which creates cohesive force and segregates dirt particles and clean water individually. However when the intensity of rainfall increases the high volume of water moves in circular motion with high velocity in the upper housing and creates a centrifugal force. In both situations, involving low and high intensity of rainfall , the working principle of the filter based on cohesive and centrifugal force respectively, aids the filter element to divert clean water into the cistern/ recharging well and simultaneously flushes out automatically sand, debris, and dirt particles through the drain outlet.

For more info visit – http://www.rainyfilters.com/rainy-filters.html

Alaknanda – rain water harvesting systems


Rain is an ultimate source of all water resources on earth. Therefore, all water in use is, in effect, rainwater-harvesting systems. The process of rainwater harvesting would include catching rainwater, filtering or treatment and directing it to storage or recharge. Storage could be in tanks, ponds or lakes wherever appropriate and recharge of ground water through well/tube well/bore well or a specially designed well. Rainwater harvesting or rooftop rainwater harvesting is the technique through which rainwater is captured from roof catchments and stored in tanks/reservoirs/ground water aquifers.

 

Rain Water Harvesting  Rain Water Harvesting   Rain Water Harvesting

To know more and request quote visit : http://www.alaknanda.co.in/rain-water-harvesting.htm

Desi (heirloom) seeds by Sahaja Samrudha


Sahaja Samrudha or Bountiful Nature, a brainchild of a group of organic farmers was born over a decade ago mainly out of concern to protect our mother earth. Sahaja Samrudha started as a farmer initiated to exchange ideas, seeds and share knowledge on sustainable agriculture. The formation of Sahaja Samrudha was the culmination of their individual efforts into a more exciting and powerful force to make sustainable agriculture a way of life of the farming community. Sahaja Samrudha has spread out its network on publications, workshops & trainings, organising different melas and on marketing in order to encourage more farmers towards organic farming.

To know more visit these links :

http://www.sahajasamrudha.org/

http://www.sahajaorganics.com/

facebook them at : https://www.facebook.com/sahaja.seeds.3

to know the prices of various seeds or teh price list email them at  – sahajaseeds@gmail.com

Pedal-A-Watt – stationary bicycle power generator


A DIY idea to make a power generator which can be made to produce power using any bicycle. just take it along with you anywhere in the wilderness and your laptop and mobile will never fall short of power. All you need to know is the idea , which you will get in this link and basic electronics and mechanics which you can learn easily on net by googling the terms charge controller or voltage stabilizer to supply constant supply of electricity to your device, asking help to your engineer friend would make things further easier. Setup is similar to small generators attached to wheel for lighting headlights on bicycles easily available on many diy sites.


So check out this link to get the idea of making your own power generator —  http://www.econvergence.net/The-Pedal-A-Watt-Bicycle-Generator-Stand-s/1820.htm

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TOXICS ALERT – An environment news bulletin


Each and every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, and water by industrial facilities around the world.This amounts to approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year.Of these, over 2 million tons (over 4.5 billion pounds) per year are recognized carcinogens. This amounts to about 65 Kg each second.

Toxic substances can range from naturally occurring toxics like arsenic and bacteria to man-made chemicals like flame retardants, or pesticides.We can’t help but come into contact with a range of chemicals in our daily lives. More than 70,000 chemicals are currently in commercial use and little is known about their effects on our health. Substances can pose very different risks depending on how we come into contact with them, the amount that gets into our bodies, and for how long and how often this occurs.

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Whether or not a substance poses a risk to our health depends on many things, including individual sensitivities. Sometimes we sense an odor in our environment that we think is making us sick, and even if we are not being exposed to toxic levels of chemicals, that smell can affect our quality of life.

To keep yourself updated about toxins and its affect in India follow this bulletin – http://enews.toxicslink.org/

Roof top gardening


There is an increasing awareness today about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables to build immunity and good health, as well as about the harm that chemical fertilisers and pesticides do to our health as well as to the health of the land.

The vegetables and fruits in the market look bright and shiny but we have no way of knowing what chemicals make them look attractive. Processed foods boast of ‘added nutrients’, but how nutritious can dead packaged food be? Gardening at home is a great way to help everyone at home to learn about the goodness of fresh foods – especially children who’s contact with nature is minimal in cities.
To get your own garden on your roof top contact -http://www.chhatkisabji.com
facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/chhatki.sabji

Everything about bamboo – Sampoorna bamboo kendra


Bamboo has traditionally been used for centuries as a building and engineering material and in everyday items in various parts of the world and in India.  Traditional artisans have recognized its benefits for centuries, yet the modern world of engineers, architects and designers has failed to leverage this amazing natural resource to the extent that it was once used. Commonly mistaken for being a wood, it is actually a grass and has a set of features that make it tremendously beneficial to use as an engineering material in the modern context.
India has the 2nd largest amount of natural bamboo in the world.
hence this plentiful supply of bamboo in India helps to keep price down compared to other materials.

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services offered by SAMPOORNA BAMBOO KENDRA ARE :

  • Construction of Eco-friendly Bamboo Houses & Buildings
  • Building of Bamboo Furniture & Products
  • Teaching of Bamboo Craft, Furniture & Housing Trainings
  • Consulting on Bamboo-related Topics.

To know more visit : http://www.sbk.org.in/services.html

DIY Rocket Stove


A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which ensures complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.

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The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations.
A rocket stove achieves efficient combustion of the fuel at a high temperature by ensuring a good air draft into the fire, controlled use of fuel, complete combustion of volatiles, and efficient use of the resultant heat. It has been used for cooking purposes in many energy poor locales as well as for space and water heating.

Check out this design made of materials easily found around any house or farm – http://devandhema.blogspot.in/2013/11/a-really-exciting-rocket-stove-project.html

The Aloe Vera Cookbook


Aloe Vera is really quite an incredible plant. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family (Liliaceae), the same family that garlic and onions belong to.
Different parts of the plant are used for different effects on the body and Aloe Vera has both internal and external applications.

Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids- no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies. The bulk of the Aloe Vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water.

Man has used aloe therapeutically for over 5000 years, and many traditional methods for using it has been developed.

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Here is one book in which we have collected some cooking recipes using this amazing plant —
  http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/aloeverabookfinal.pdf

Swapathgami magzine – WALKOUTS/WALKONS NETWORK


For those who have taken the bold and bright decision to walk out of schools, colleges, or other institutions of thought-control — and walk in to taking their learning and their lives back into their own hands…

for more info visit – http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/walkoutsnetwork.htm

UGERpads – CLOTH PADS FOR PERIODS !!


UGER, meaning “new beginnings” in Mewari, is a women’s group in Udaipur supported by Jatan Sansthan. Under the guidance of Lakshmi Murthy, they have begun an endeavor for menstrual health and awareness.
the UGER project aims to provide a healthy alternative to disposable pads, which contain chemicals and nonwoven polymers. The effects of long term usage of synthetic disposable sanitary napkins have not been determined, while cloth has been safely used by women in managing their menstruation for centuries. Traditionally women in India have used cloth, and many still do, so the concept of a cloth pad is not entirely foreign.
While creating a product that is helpful to the environment and to women’s bodies, the women of UGER are also engaged in enhancing their livelihoods and futures, as they earn income through the sale of the pads, and also learn valuable skills such as stitching, banking, and business management. Additionally, the project works to increase awareness about menstruation and end the silence and taboo surrounding the matter, through seminars in colleges and in discussions with different community groups, both rural and urban.

more information at – http://www.jatansansthan.org/uger/the-ugerpads/

prices list and contact – http://www.jatansansthan.org/price-list/

 

Kagzi – A unique paper making clan (handmade paper products)


Kagzis are more wholesome than just business people. They preserve a remarkable heritage that grew out of the interactions of Turks with India. Over time, this heritage has become unique to India, worth a sociologist’s attention.

Tucked away in a village near Jaipur is the world’s largest centre of hand-made paper!The variety that one finds in India is not just about different types of people and culture. There is surprise and variety in the number of economic activities too! Whole specialised craft-based businesses exist tucked away in pockets across the land. Each of these will narrate a fascinating tale.

read there story at – http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/traditions/kagzi.html

handmade paper albums  handmade embossed paper, embossed handmade paper  Handmade Batik PaperHandmade Paper Bags

products available are -

Handmade Floral Paper
Handmade Crocodile Paper
Handmade Batik Paper
Handmade Embossed Paper
Handmade Dew Paper
Handmade Leather Paper
Handmade Screen Print Paper
Handmade Paper Note Book
Handmade Paper Stationery
Handmade Paper Bags
Handmade Paper Boxes
Handmade Paper Photo Frames
Handmade Paper Album

To know more visit – http://kagziindia.com/index.html

Bhoomi magzine


Bhoomi Network is committed to a deeper understanding about various issues concerning Sustainable Living. It is a space for those who wish to learn, share ideas for ‘owning up one’s ecological self’, and engage in action individually, in groups or in larger communities.

They also publish a magazine which is focused on fostering holistic thinking about sustainable living, valuing Nature and fostering Earth Reverence in ourselves.

link | http://www.bhoomimagazine.org/magazine/current-issue


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