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St. Anne Church In Talaulim, Goa

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Green is new Black!

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Rapid Urbanization is leading to bigger cities; meaning increased density of people and expansion of Concrete jungles.
A tree in a city is a rarity. It was not always like this. I remember while growing up, each house was surrounded by open space and at least a few trees would be in it. Slowly, the house gave way to apartments and trees simply gave way to 'Development'. Cost of land increased so much in the urban areas that no one wants to leave any open areas, leave alone planting or retaining trees.
As a kid, my dream was to see a tree outside the window of my room. If one wants to see a tree in a city now, one has to travel some distance. 
A study at the University of Essex has concluded that just 5 minutes of physical activity in a green environment provides measurable benefits to self-esteem and mental health. The greatest jump in mood and self-confidence in test subjects occurred in the first five minutes, and the effect was even more positive in areas with both greenery an…

Lime rice (Andhra style)

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Is it clean or what?

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Is it clean or what?
'Cleanliness is next to Godliness' .... goes the proverb. We have all heard it. It could mean that God resides in a clean place, or clean place is divine. 
A neat and clean house, clean kitchen and a clean front yard is a welcoming sight. This we all agree. We also agree that clean surroundings look pretty and even beautiful. Keeping things clean is a huge part of hygiene. 
But look around our streets, neighbourhoods and countryside. It is anything but clean. When we know cleanliness is good for us, why are we not able to maintain our surroundings clean? I had been to Madikeri a few months back. Near the famous Abbey falls, so much trash was strewn around by the tourists even though there was a bin close by! It was an eye sore, and the bad part of it is that all the plastic cups, carry bags and packets are also being burnt there. 
  Trash being burnt next Abbey falls This not an isolated incident; everywhere from outside our Residential buildings, to Roads, open …