A month after DefExpo, citizens spot trash and debris strewn at the site, and traffic police go cashless for payment of fines, an international rail expo draws enthusiasts and experts alike, and there are encouraging signs of solar power use in public buildings. The week that was!
Any inclusive dialogue at a city level requires public spaces that make participation possible and fun. The success of Kuppai Thiruvizha, that sought to create public awareness on issues of waste management in Chennai, brought a few such spaces into focus.
Chennai has a total of 162 libraries open to the public. While the Anna Centenary Library is the most popular, for its modern infrastructure and ambience, others are also putting up a gritty fight in the age of tablets and e-book readers.
As Mylapore prepares to celebrate the annual Panguni Thiruvizha, conscious citizen volunteers band together yet again to send out strong messages to the public, requesting them to avoid food wastage and dispose of garbage responsibly.
The very first edition of Mandram, a platform that seeks to promote creative imaginations in Tamil, brought together six people from various backgrounds to share their perspectives. Here is their first video of the talk by educationist and social activist Balaji Sampath.
Art exhibitions, lake festivals, safaris and citizen engagement in the commons along water bodies — Chennaiites are coming together to raise awareness about water management and conservation in different ways.
Meet Kowshik Palanisamy, an engineering student at the College of Engineering Guindy, who recently won the World Silambam Championship in China as he talks about his journey, his passion and his desire to make Silambam more popular.
In Chennai to talk on river restoration at the DAMned ART festival organised by the Goethe Institut, Dr Rajendra Singh, popularly called the Waterman of India, repeatedly emphasized the role of citizens and community.