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    http://www.hindustantimes.com/ViewsSectionPage/ColumnsOthers/The-romance-of-rain-in-a-resilient-city/Article1-1078651.aspx The romance of rain in a resilient
    Message 1 of 324 , Jun 19, 2013

      The romance of rain in a resilient city
      Smruti Koppikar, Hindustan Times
      June 19, 2013

      There are rain romantics and rain realists, those who see romance and beauty
      in the sheets of water hitting the city and those who treat rain as a
      function of the seasonal cycle that's initially a pleasant relief from the
      oppressive humidity of the non-rain months, but quickly turns into a


      What else is it, if not nightmarish, to negotiate tens of potholes on way to
      work and back, lose productive time due to disruptions and delays in the
      suburban train system, wade through filth as it mixes with rain water that
      doesn't flow through archaic storm water drains, send our children to
      schools and colleges in uncertainty? It's the same story, year after every
      lost year.

      It need not be so. Monsoon is not unexpected nor is the set of issues that
      accompany days of heavy downpour. Yet we cannot seem to get "monsoon
      preparedness", as the venerable Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation calls it,
      right. The reason is, partly, the entrenched cartel of contractors,
      politicians and bureaucrats that benefits from perpetuating problems such as

      Partly, it is this approach to "monsoon preparedness" that has kept us in a
      running-to-stand-still mode: same issues, same band-aid solutions, same
      weathering of the rains till the next monsoon. It's an extemporised
      makeshift sort of a response to an annual urban disrupter. It has surely not
      escaped our city's administrators that we live in an era of climate changes
      and extreme weather conditions are now par for the course.

      With all the available data, projections and models, how difficult is it to
      work out a forward-looking comprehensive disaster management system equipped
      to address all vagaries of nature rather than stumble from one season to
      another? It's time for chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and municipal
      commissioner Sitaram Kunte to start work on a long-term plan to secure the
      city against the annual average rainfall and other weather extremes.

      New York, with which Mumbai is often compared is being prepared for "rising
      sea levels and hotter summers" with a $20 billion masterplan that its mayor
      Michael Bloomberg recently announced. Mayors of 48 cities in the United
      States including NY, elected officers who discharge administrative
      responsibilities on par with our municipal commissioner, met earlier this
      week in Washington to adopt a one-page plan to build resilient cities and
      communities (http://www.resilientamerica.org) ) by addressing issues of
      climate preparedness, energy security and infrastructure renewal.

      Their key concern was that extreme weather events are becoming more and more
      prevalent and local government is really where the response-action is. The
      idea behind the one-page plan is that cities and communities should take
      urgent and long-term measures to avert or mitigate natural disasters rather
      than manage them and recover from them, which are very expensive. El Paso,
      for example, which saw unprecedented cold last two years has mounted a $100
      million programme to install solar panels on its buildings. Other cities and
      communities are adopting specific measures that they hope will allow them to
      manage extreme weather better.

      Mumbai's drill is familiar. As May draws to a close, there's a scramble to
      complete pre-monsoon work mainly de-silting drains and relaying/repairing
      roads. As the first rain hits the city, roads laid with all technologies and
      managed by all agencies develop potholes. When chief minister Chavan called
      for a briefing on "monsoon preparedness" in the end of May, only 60 per cent
      of de-silting had been completed and pothole-filling technologies were being

      If the authorities adopted long-term strategy and helped build a Mumbai
      resilient in rain, some of the romance and beauty of the season might return
      to our lives.
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      Achyut Palav wrote: Monsoon Special Umbrella Workshop Paint with Colours beyond the Rainbow Unique Calligraphy Workshop by Achyut
      Message 324 of 324 , Jun 24, 2015
        Achyut Palav <urja.calligraphy@...> wrote:

        Monsoon Special Umbrella Workshop


        Paint with Colours beyond the Rainbow


        Unique Calligraphy Workshop by Achyut Palav at Belapur on the 5th July 2015. 


        Rains… They enchant, they surprise, They delight. They have the power to charm & scare you. It can drizzle; it can pour… it can drench you with a shower or stir up a storm. Just one element of nature, yet so many forms.

        So this monsoon, try to capture its numerous Avatars or take a trip down memory lane to remember all those poems, sonnets & things that remind you of rains. Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy conducts its Annual Umbrella Workshop where you can make art come alive & capture the magic of rains on Umbrellas.

        This workshop promises to be an exciting event where you can do calligraphy of words, poems & nature’s ravishing beauty during the monsoons. Come enjoy the blessed union of calligraphic strokes &colors that is going to take place on 5th July 2015.


        Take home rains… Take Home Art


        Enquiry Timing: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.


        Venue: - G-203, Deck level, CBD Belapur Station Complex,

                        CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai – 400 614.


        Contact:  Ankita : 022 27891517


        For more details visit: www.achyutpalav.com    www.apsc.net.in


        Note: APSC will provide one umbrella per student including colors, breakfast and lunch.


        Register your name before 30th June 2015… Limited Seats!!!


        Achyut Palav


        Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy
        28/1, Welfare Chambers, Plot No. 73,
        Sector-17, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.400 705
        Tel: 022- 27891517
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