Posts tagged "India"

Beach Cleanup Fertile For Turtles

Hatchlings from a vulnerable turtle species have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.

At least 80 Olive Ridley turtles have made their way into the Arabian Sea from nests on the southern end of Versova beach in the past week, protected from wild dogs and birds of prey by volunteers who slept overnight in the sand to watch over them.

Versova has undergone what the United Nations has called the “world’s largest beach cleanup project” over the past two years, transformed from a shin-deep dump yard for plastics and rubbish to a virtually pristine piece of coastline.

Header photo: Jeremy Bishop


PADMAN: the Singing, Dancing Bollywood Film About Menstrual Hygiene

Is this a new trend of socially conscious blockbusters in India? (Or is it just Askhay Kumar’s new deal?)

Following Toilet Ek Prem Katha, comes ‘Padman‘, tackling menstruation taboos.

It’s based on the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who helped to dramatically raise awareness on menstrual hygiene in rural India by producing low-cost sanitary napkins using small machines and locally sourced products. (Largely from the short story from Twinkle Khanna’s book “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land.”

So far reviews are looking good! Here’s Time, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, and Times Now,  which praises the music.

What, you don’t think a musical about menstruation is marketable? Bollywood’s bigger than Hollywood, and the film is having synchronized world-wide openings.