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This time of the season is supposed to be dry , windy, cold and just like any other, homely, in Kerala. I happened to visit Kochi this December 2014. The time is ripe for celebration of Christmas, New Year and what not. I had high hopes to get atleast two cakes. Cakes that people eat, and not smear on faces, is available in Kochi. These are often called plum cakes, if you do not know about cakes. Some plum cakes come with icing on it. This competes with the traditional palada pradaman on the sweetiness and creaminess of it. Nowadays, since cakes are mostly used as play – thing to spread on a birthday guy’s face, the real creaminess of cakes are lost to time and trend.
The first cake I got looked like unniyappam. It was primarily cup-cake. Find the photos here.
Then there was some free time to look around and buy some groceries. I got myself out of the cosiness of home. Hit on the road, fill my nose full of dust, ear full of noise and head full of ache.
I was surprised when my mother said that it is Vishu in here now. I could get the gravity of it. Working of Low carbon emissions can blur out the sense of reality.
When my mind was more free I noticed that Kochi was hotter than Chennai this winter. Chennai was cold, windy, rainy. Kochi was .. I was sweating. I got out of the shop to have a look around. There were many kannikonna (Cassia Fistula). In full bloom it looked as if it is Vishu in Kerala. And the tree is quite famous to bring prosperity with Vishu. It blooms only during the summer near April. April 14 to be exact.
This phenomenon of Vishu at Christmas in Kerala could be considered as the merger of celebrations. May be the Vishu wants to celebrate Christmas, or vice versa. This could be attributed to global climate change. Why else a botanical phenomenon so much revered and attached to a regional festival should happen at an unprecedented time.
It was a rare sight, a sight for thought, a thought for caught.
Green and sustainable technolgies are the mainstream topics now. The most commonly used words in this genre are smart buildings, smart systems, energy efficient systems, green computing, reducing carbon footprint.
Cutting down trees for paper have been proven as a myth. Most good paper companies have there own special trees grown in special places. They are grown to be cut. They are like broiler chicken. In case of chicken it is not killing a wildlife/ natural species. The same applies for the trees.
I have been tempted to use walking or cycling as a mode of transport. The other forms take more energy from non-renewable resources, viz coal and gas. Hydro electric power projects change the local climate of a region and displace large populations and natural habitat. Thinking on the other lines:- Cycling requires steel and rubber to be manufactured, they also consume energy from the same sources. In addition, there is the iron-ore mining and chemical treatments of rubber. Don’t these add to the carbon footprint? Besides, the cycle runs by human effort. The human driving the cycle has to eat and expend the energy. What about the source of energy for growing fuel for the human. This includes the agricultural land are that is made out of forests, intensive agriculture that damages the natural underground habitat. Also, there is the temptation for the cyclist to consume more food, thus escalating the problems. So, it could be said that being a urban human is a worst crime towards the plant. We as a human race are a tiny expendable speck on this planet. With copious other species and resources hitherto unknown to human knowledge called science, humans do not change anything?!
It is possible that the theory of thermodynamics that says total entropy keeps increasing holds true. The entropy or disturbance is in terms of human nature. Devoid of multiple and / or empathizing eyes, the humans are limited by vision and act.
Michael Crichton’s State of Fear generates lot of unanswered questions regarding climate change and its impact on earth. Murphy’s law may hold true.
What does an individual do in such ostensible preposterous nature of developments?
To comment or not to needs a rethinking. Rather than commenting on the fly or even after a sagacious pensive, the implications and the implicates turn the normal activity into pure and absolute junk. Inadvertently, climate consciousness turns into a negative connotation for some.