The Telegraph
Sunday , November 30 , 2014

Flower power: best of waste


Fifty volunteers got together at Burdwan Rajbari recently to learn how to recycle flowers. The workshop presented by Earth Day Network focussed on collecting flowers discarded by temples and hotels and turning them into commercially viable products such as Holi colours and incense sticks.

“Recycling discarded flowers is also in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat so that rivers are not polluted and less waste ends up in garbage dumps. We invited Madhumita Puri, a socal activist from New Delhi, to interact with representatives of 20 NGOs,” said Karuna A. Singh, country director of Earth Day Network.

Urmi Basu of New Light, who attended a curtainraiser for the workshop, said, “This is a noble enterprise. A lot of differently abled children and adults can find a vocation through this initiative.”

Organisations such as Manovikas Kendra, Ishwar Sankalp, Hamari Muskaan, Safe, WWF and Premashree attended the event.

Spot the stripes

He has been to the Sunderbans no less than 70 times and on one such visit he came face-to-face with the elusive big cat. The shot of the tiger floating in the river was part of a photography exhibition on the Sunderbans organised by Aranyak at Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala. Tanmay Choudhury, a cardiologist by profession, was one of the eight photographers whose works are being showcased.

It was in 2007 or 2008 that Choudhury had spotted the stripes. “I was in a boat along with a rather noisy group at Dobanki forest station. Suddenly I spotted a woman crying in another boat. I was told that her husband had been taken away by a tiger and his body was yet to be recovered,” he recalled.

“A little ahead, we spotted the tiger. It was initially on land but later jumped into the water. At one point, we were really close to the tiger. Despite the boat turning wobbly, I managed to capture the tiger before it glided past.”

The exhibition, on till November 30, also features the works of Dhritiman Mukherjee, Arghya Adhikari, Partha Mukherjee, Kaustav Banerjee, Abhishek Halder and Shruti Ghosh.

A tram painted by students travels from Ballygunge tram depot to Rajabazar. The budding artists dabbled in both the traditional and the modern sides of the city, as part of the Sprite Till I Die graffiti initiative. (Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya)

(Showli Chakraborty and Chandreyee Ghose)