January 8, 2018


I pick the tree-lined streets in my cycle commutes across London. The air is cooler, the glare is less, and if there’s a breeze, the ear can tune into a gentle rustle of leaves over the humdrum of the city.

I know certain groups of trees well – some now for over half a century – having lived in the borough all my life. They are majestic friends, heroic in their resilience to almost all weathers, with lofty canopies and textured or fissured bark encrusted with liche...

October 18, 2017

In recent years, the practice of burning garbage in open spaces has proliferated within neighbourhoods of Bengaluru.  However, the practice is not uncommon in other cities of India either. The burning of waste has the potential to change soil compositions in urban areas and affect both environment and human health.

Burning garbage in a vacant lot, located along the Hessarghatta Road, Bengaluru (Author, 9 October 2017)

Residential areas in Bengaluru can be seen scorched with bur...

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