The name Anaarkali in the present context has many meanings - Anaar symbolises the anarchism of the Bhils and kali which means flower bud in Hindi stands for their traditional environmentalism. Anaar in Hindi can also mean the fruit pomegranate which is said to be a panacea for many ills as in the Hindi idiom - "Ek anar sou bimar - One pomegranate for a hundred ill people"! - which describes a situation in which there is only one remedy available for giving to a hundred ill people and so the problem is who to give it to. Thus this name indicates that anarcho-environmentalism is the only cure for the many diseases of modern development! Similarly kali can also imply a budding anarcho-environmentalist movement. Finally according to a legend that is considered to be apocryphal by historians Anarkali was the lover of Prince Salim who was later to become the Mughal emperor Jehangir. Emperor Akbar did not approve of this romance of his son and ordered Anarkali to be bricked in alive into a wall in Lahore in Pakistan but she escaped. Allegorically this means that anarcho-environmentalists can succeed in bringing about the escape of humankind from the self-destructive love of modern development that it is enamoured of at the moment and they will do this by simultaneously supporting women's struggles for their rights.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Water Saved and Air Cooled
There is an ideological side to this kind of a conservation effort. All these plants and trees and the leaves falling and littering the house require a considerable amount of labour to tend to them and so this kind of living requires a commitment to the environment. Only if one believes in natural living can one implement such a system. A video of this water saving and air cooling system can be seen here
Thus despite living in a reinforced concrete structure in a city we have with our use of cycles and public transport and our minimal use of energy succeeded in keeping our ecological footprint down to the unit level - that is we consume and waste only that much that is sustainably available on the planet. The only worrying thing is the plastic waste. Try as we might plastics do come in to the house and then they have to be taken to be incinerated in the dumping grounds which is an environmentally hazardous practice.
When our adivasi friends come in from the villages they too enjoy themselves because we have a wooden stove in a room on the roof where we can cook with all the wood that is collected from the loppings of the trees. Thus on many an occasion we have bivouac parties on the roof which has a sylvan ambience with all the creepers dangling from the trellises.