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Once there was a river. Rather, there were many rivers. And then there were none.
In the run up to Arappor Iyakkam’s Sakkadai Thiruvizha, a citizen awareness program to highlight the problem of sewage being let into Chennai’s water bodies, two young photographers — Raghavan Lokesh and Mohan Kumar Karunakaran — volunteered to travel along Chennai’s rivers, and capture images for our readers.
The pictures are heart breaking. Let us take a minute to view, and mull over, what we have done to the lifelines of this city.
[Raghavan Lokesh is an entrepreneur and has been volunteering with Arappor Iyakkam since 2017. Mohan Kumar Karunakaran works with Royal Bank of Scotland. Moved by the state of a water body in his neighbourhood, he has been volunteering with Arappor Iyakkam over the last few months, seeking to impact the city in a positive way.]
As part of celebrations and events leading up to Madras Week, a walk along the Buckingham Canal, led by historian D Hemachandra Rao, was organised last week. Bhavani Prabhakar joined in, only to discover many fascinating trivia related to the history of the Canal and the landmarks around it.
Students of the NSS wing at Ethiraj College for Women are volunteering enthusiastically for the “Talk to a Granny” programme launched by Chennai-based Senior Citizens Bureau, with the aim to cheer up elderly women battling loneliness in the big city.
Its inclusion in PDS supplies had made the nutritious and protein-rich Urad Dhal easily accessible to the urban poor. Its withdrawal over the last year has meant a forced change of food habits among many. Is the National Food Security Act to blame?