Sunday, October 19, 2008

உணவுப் பொருள்களை “பேக்’ செய்ய பாலிதீன் கவருக்குப் பதில் வாழை இலை

உணவுப் பொருள்களை “பேக்’ செய்ய பாலிதீன் கவருக்குப் பதில் வாழை இலை: -இலங்கையில் கண்டுபிடிப்பு

This was the headline in Nitharsanam. My first thought was " what a big deal, Did we not know it always and followed it?' Another critic in me felt, it is good that this topic is getting the attention of the media, however small the viewership may be. 

I have always felt good eating out of the leaves. In hotels when they serve on the leaf, I used to feel comfortable, thinking that the chances of germs are minimised :-) . It also brings back those days when Granny used to see that we are fed on those easily bi0-degradable plates from her backyard. 

On visits to Chennai, I used to admire the food packets sold in Canteens, hotels , using the plantain leaves. After a few years, I was sorely disappointed to see foils and plastic boxes replacing the leaves.

After building a small little house, I impressed upon my husband to have the tree in the bakc yard. It grew so nicely , felt too good, but alas , our bandicoots in the area would not let the tree grow!

The market too is far away , but , I still look for it when I visit the area. Keep in the fridge and use it as much as possible. My family understands now, when I insist on packing in good old plantain leaves. 

Let us all bring back those good eco-friendly habits of our culture.

National Parks and preserving them

While on a trip to USA, what I enjoyed most was visiting nearby scenic beauties and also getting a chance to drive to nearby National Parks. Much has been written about them, the latest good blog I saw was here:

Balaji's thots brought back my thots on the subject. It was a kind of mild jealousy that I had when I visted those places in USA. The prestine air, the facilities without hurting the environment , the Park officials who were doing their work efficiently, and people  by and large obeyed the rules of the place.

We too have our share of natural resources, but one hears about the inability of Park officials to perform their duties without interference and the pressure on these parks by the public and other "bigwigs", and the slow degradation.

Why are we not 'vigilante' enough to preserve these for our own good?

I feel sad.