Bengaluru this week
February 5th 2015
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city:
This week’s highlight: With BBMP booting out Forest Cell officials, trees in BBMP limits face danger
The BBMP has relieved seven officers from its Forest Cell. What does this spell for the city’s green cover? Read: Ghar wapsi of BBMP forest officials: Bengaluru’s greenery to suffer.
The BBMP council renamed several public facilities. Kaikondrahalli Lake will henceforth become Swamy ‘Vivekananda Parisara Dhama’. Read: Kuvempu, Vivekananda, rivers of India feature in BBMP’s list of names.
KSPCB will hold public consultations across the state to collect suggestions and feedback on climate change. Possible dates for Bengaluru: March 17th, 26th, 27th and 28th. Read: KSPCB to discuss climate change with public.
Living in the city
“Come to Malleshwaram during Navratri and you may need to get carted away on a stretcher. In fact, come Navratri, come Ganesh Chaturthi, come Ram Navami—any Hindu festival turns Malleshwaram into a madhouse of sorts.” Suchitra Deep takes a humorous dig at the new ‘happening’ areas of Bengaluru, while comparing them to one of the oldest, Malleswaram. Read: Malleshwaram, the grand old lady of Bangalore!
Made plans for the weekend already? Well, you might want to consider cancelling or postponing them. This weekend, come together to celebrate trees at the Neralu – Bengaluru Tree Festival. Participate in walks, talks, workshops and more.
Also read: Neralu School Project: Getting kids enthused about trees.
With many folks in towns and cities living in apartment complexes, the demand for expert facility managers is on the rise. What are their needs and challenges and how can they overcome them? Read: Now, trained managers to look after apartment facilities.
The heroes among us
Here’s something that proves that the children of today are indeed paving the way for a better tomorrow. Read: Students conduct door to door drive, street plays to change their neighborhood.
Camera in tow, Albert Arush Prakash roams the streets of Bengaluru on weekends looking for unsung heroes. Read: In search Bangalore’s 99 lesser-known faces.
Divya Setty, a teacher, talks about how she got the students of Environmental Science hooked onto the subject; so much so that they got together to distribute paper bags at the college canteen. Read: Here’s how a teacher makes classes interesting and productive.
Empowering the deserving
If you know of an underprivileged woman looking for her break in life, talk to her about the Lifedream skills program. Read: Make her employable in just three months, and more in the Whitefield Rising newsletter.
Join a 300 km cycling trip from Bengaluru to Gudalur to raise funds to support adivasis’ right to livelihoods. Read: Go! Make a difference.
A matter of health
Before a medical procedure, one should understand the risks and benefits well. Here are the questions that you must ask before giving consent. Read: Before you say okay to a medical procedure.
Arts and culture
Chitra Srikrishna shares her top picks for books on classical music, and opines that they not only teach you about music, but also a thing or two about life. Read: For your reading list.
Puppet shows certainly capture the attention of children. This Ranga Shankara play had handheld, human-size puppets as protagonists.
Events this weekend