14. The final output- a one page comic

After trying to incorporate some of the feedback received on the first rough draft on the final version. The following is a short synopsis of the comic: ‘The comic illustrates the state of the river Mithi in Mumbai. Besides the known fact that the river is very polluted, encroachment has been a major reason for … Continue reading

13. Exploring Media Options

After brainstorming for possible media options, I narrowed done to doing a visual news story that would be published in a newspaper or a magazine. The list of newspapers and magazines was exhaustive, but I wanted one with a specific focus on Mumbai. Doing a story for a national would impose on me to show … Continue reading

12. Second Jury Presentation

After organizing, understanding and analyzing the data I collected, I made a small presentation for the jury. These slides are not completely self explanatory. They were made to assist me as I presented my case to the faculty in the jury. The first one is a brief summary or an overview of the situation. This slide … Continue reading

11. Back from hibernation

After the first few weeks of active research, I (sort of ) went into hibernation and the Project Mithi and this blog kind of took a back seat.  Now, after some four months,  I realized that I can procrastinate no further. I need to go through the data I collected once again to come up with … Continue reading

10. Preparing a questionnaire

After talking to a few women in the train, I came back home and wrote down a few questions  that I mailed to a lot of people I know to which about some 32 people responded. 1. Do u have any idea about how many rivers do Mumbai have? u could take a guess…Could u … Continue reading

9.Talking to women in the Mumbai Local

A majority of the facts I found out during research were new to me. And I felt most others wouldn’t know about them either. But I could not just blindly make assumptions that everyone is as ignorant as me. So I decided to ask around. I needed to see the awareness level of people towards … Continue reading

8.Research to kiya, ab aage kya? (chat with Vinod, Sanjeev and Poshika)

 I spent a week meeting people and some more days reading the various articles written on it. And talked about it on campus to whoever cared to listen. here is a very very rough pooling together of info i collected-   I was feeling quite overwhelmed with all the information I was getting all at … Continue reading

7. Paryavaran Mitra

Having heard of Public interest Litigation or PILS, I wanted to know the procedure of taking any legal action against a project that a citizen feels would affect the lives of people. Paryavaran Mitra is an Ahmedabad-based, registered Non-Governmental Organization working on socio-environmental issues since 1997. I came across their website by chance and the … Continue reading

6. Back to School

On the morning of March 22, 2011, I did something I haven’t done in years. I visited my school. It was World Water Day and I wanted to know how much do people care about the local water bodies. So I approached a few teachers that take Geography and Environmental studies (Miss Feeja, Miss Sangeeta … Continue reading

5. Meeting Rishi Aggarwal

                              On the evening of 21 March 2011, I met Environmentalist Rishi Aggarwal at Infinity, Andheri West, Mumbai. (7: 30 pm – 8:00 pm) Rishi is Joint secretary at Mangrove Society of India (Mumbai Chapter). He has been involved with environment … Continue reading