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Recording Urban Lifestyle During Monsoon in Delhi

Recording Urban Lifestyle During Monsoon in Delhi

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The Monsoon this year has been prolonged and undoubtedly it provides an interesting platform to comprehend the way we interact and associate with environment and seasonal change, how our lifestyles revolve around seasons and how certain patterns of climatic culture evolve over a period of time. Tagged with the word ‘monsoon’, various activities and events are carried out that relates different stories and different aspects of people's lifestyle. Very briefly, the following post will cruise through some of the interesting aspects we found this monsoon. Seasonal terminology is common in the Indian sub-continent with regard to the changing seasons. The Parliament Session during July every year has long been referred to as the ‘Monsoon session’.  This year the monsoon session of India’s
Invite: BSA Hercules India Cyclothon 2010 on 29th August

Invite: BSA Hercules India Cyclothon 2010 on 29th August

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India Cyclothon 2010 is a mass participation cycling event for professional, amateur and casual bikers. The event intends to promote the cause of cycling and its various benefits, namely heightened environment consciousness and health. BSA Hercules India Cyclothon is the only excuse you need to get up and go have fun on your bike! Whether it's traffic-free mass participation rides through our cities or cycling as a competitive sport to encourage excellence among the best in the country, Sport18’s India Cyclothon presents opportunities for elite and amateur cyclists, for beginners, children, families and even institutions to express their solidarity for a cause by saddling up and cycling in traffic-free mass participation rides in urban areas. Date: Sunday, 29th August 2010 Ven
Delhi Monsoon and the Commonwealth Games 2010

Delhi Monsoon and the Commonwealth Games 2010

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It is raining debates and discussions in the parliament since the Monsoon Session of the Rajya Sabha rolled off. The hottest topic so far has been the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 and price hike. The opposition has built strong arguments around CWG and the ongoing constructions have flushed away many a foundations of the UPA Government. Adding to this, what seems like the voice of the ‘aam aadmi’ is the declaration of the Congrees’ own Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar that he would be happy if the "Games are spoilt". Coming out of the Monsoon Session, Mr. Aiyar told the media, “I am very happy with the rains, firstly because it will ensure a good agriculture for the country and secondly because it will ensure that the Commonwealth Games are spoilt". Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar seems to have gi
CM Shiela Dixit Launches Online Youth Portal

CM Shiela Dixit Launches Online Youth Portal

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With an objective of mobilizing the Delhi youth and involving them under the existing Bhagidari scheme of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Chief Minister Shiela Dixit recently launched YouthPortal.in. With "connect for change" as its punchline, the portal is a socio-entrepreneurial venture aiming to connect young ideas for social change through the Internet. The Bhagidari initiative, started by Hon'ble Chief Minister has constantly endeavored to promote citizen's partnership in governance. It has over the years grown from 20 Citizen Groups to more than 2300 as of today. With the launch of the portal, in partnership with The Electronic Youth Media Group, the CM believes that, "the city's youth can collaborate their ideas online for enabling change on ground and continuously work towards improv

What Monsoon Means? Down to Earth Editorial by Sunita Narain

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There is one being-Indian-thing, which spans the urban-rural and the rich-poor divide: our annual watch and wait for the monsoon. It begins every year, without fail as heat climbs and the monsoon advances. The farmers wait desperately because they need the rain at the right time to sow their crops. The city managers wait because by the beginning of each monsoon period, the reservoirs that supply water to cities are precariously low. All of us wait, in spite of our air-conditioned living, for the relief rain brings to the scorching heat and dust. This is perhaps the only time when the entire country is one in desperation. It cannot exhale till it rains. But even as I write this several questions come to my mind. How much do we really know about this phenomenon so important in every India...
Rain Rain Come Again Another Day, Little Johny Wants to Reach Home Today!

Rain Rain Come Again Another Day, Little Johny Wants to Reach Home Today!

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Well, that’s what many people seem to be reciting during this year’s monsoon. The reason for such a wish being the menace caused by rainfall that leads to traffic havoc and raises people's irritation level even as it brings down the city’s mercury level. Since the announcement of our new campaign “Delhi Monsoon 2010”, the graph of excitement and anticipation for this year’s monsoon has been going up and down...down and up. The scanning of news on monsoon and how the city is interacting with the hide and seek game of the monsoon has brought out some interesting facts to study and discuss. The long-awaited monsoon reached the capital on July 5, Monday after a six-day delay. According to B.P. Yadav, Director of the India Meteorological Department, "even though the city missed its us
Let’s Clean Up DELHI this July

Let’s Clean Up DELHI this July

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This July, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has taken upon itself the task to clean Delhi city, which is in an excitement rather disturbed state, preparing for the Commonwealth Games 2010. MCD cannot neglect the aesthetic nature of our city and hence the need for necessary beautification. Also, the monsoon cannot be allowed to play spoil sport this year, because this is the year we host the Games. A sanitation drive by the MCD will cover railway stations, bus stops and major markets  starting  July 1st and will continue up to the 15th. Major landmarks in the city which cater to a large population of the city like the Old and New Delhi Railway Stations, Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), airport, markets, religious places and major road junctions would be cleaned and treated wi
A Peacock Welcome Dance for the Rain Gods!

A Peacock Welcome Dance for the Rain Gods!

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A peacock opens its feathers in Delhi to welcome the brief spell of showers that transformed the city weather overnight. Delhi has been facing more severe heat waves each summer and owing to several urbanization impacts such as the urban heat island effect, construction works, etc. The monsoon in the city is thus much awaited and its importance is felt even more each passing year. Water is indeed a limiting factor when it comes to sustaining urban development. Going by the drying of lakes and water bodies in and around the city, a successful south-western monsoon has thus become critical for survival. Image courtesy Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar Also Read: Burning Delhi Awaits the Delayed South-west Monsoon
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