DIY Eco-conscious Living

Here are a few things I made from corrugated paper boxes and other junk. These are superb in function, easy and fun to make, arty yet cheap and most importantly environmentally conscious products for environmentally conscious people and their lifestyle.

Shoe rack from general packing box

Bedside table from printer box, shelf from cooking pan box

Flipflops from general packing boxes and id card string 

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Dust bin or trash bin from coffee urn box

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Pots for plants from half cut milk can and ‘use and throw’ plastic box

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Pen stand from milk carton

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Letter or bill organizer from partition from a cold drink carton

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Well it does not need  fancy equipment, just a cutting knife, a good tape (I used Gorilla tape and transparent cello tape) a pencil and lots of brain 😉

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Alamere Falls, Point Reyes

Postcards from 8 Mile Hike Alamere Falls in Point Reyes, California (May 2016)

IMG_1551Map: Palomarin Trailhead
2On the trail

3Overlooking the Pacific

4       Walking through shade and sun

5             Bass Lake

7Into the woods

8 Poisonous Oak

9              The final stretch

12              The final stretch

10      The Alamere Fall

11                The Alamere Fall joining the Pacific

13         Seagull

14            Flying together

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Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Postcards from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh (October, November 2012) – Ziro, Hong Village, Hapoli, Shivling (A.P.), Guwahati, Nalbari, Hajo, Sualkochi, Majuli, Tejpur, Khatkhati, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji (Assam)

‘Here to stay’ A cloud settled in the Ziro Valley

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Rice fields – Ziro valley

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Hong Apatani Village 

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Hong Apatani Village

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Sidheshwar Nath Temple, Ziro

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House in Ziro

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Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

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River Brahmaputra, Guwahati 

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House in Nalbari

Haju Temple

Hayagriva Madhab Mandir (temple),Hajo

Durga Puja Pandal, Dhemaji

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Tea gardens, Khatkhati

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House in Khatkhati

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Kids, Khatkhati

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Village life, Khatkhati

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River Brahmaputra, Golaghat

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Crossing the Brahmaputra, ferry from Golaghat to island Majuli

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Majuli

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Satra, Majuli

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Satra in Sualkochi

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Exhibit displaying silk weaving, Sualkochi (Manchester of India)

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Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary 

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Costumes from different states of North East India.

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A City During Kumbh

Postcards of the city and common people during Kumbh Mela, Nashik 2015.

DSCN9384Table shops in front of a house selling plastic Kamandalu

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A working holiday: Little girls selling traditional confectioneries

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A Sadhu

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Pilgrims

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An old ‘wada’ (building) with grill having Netaji Subash Chandra Bose’s motif.

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Dispensary in a Tent

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Temples, pilgrims and the river Godavari

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River Godavari with pilgrims on both the sides.

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A holy dip

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Pilgrims

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Basic amenities

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Marketing meets Spirituality

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A sadhu blowing his conch

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Taking a quick break

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Filmychakkar

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A colourful gathering

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Fiji

Fiji: Nandi, Suva, Kula Ecopark, Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Yanuya Island Village (July 2012)

july12 - fiji 229Bula! Musicians welcoming the passengers at Nandi Airport

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Local transport at Nandi

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View from Indigo, Port Denarau

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Hay murals at Port Denarau

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Inside a shell

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A street in Suva

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Kovu: A traditional Fiji Cuisine

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Flowers looking like ghost from the Garden of the Sleeping Giant

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Sea Spray Cruise: towards the CastawayIsland

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Yanuya Island Village

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Pristine Fiji Islands

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Early Morning

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Local Vegetable Market Nandi

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Folk Dance

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Wooden Artifacts

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Planning Death

For the first time I was feeling like a hero; more like Shah Rukh Khan from Kal Ho Na Ho or Rajesh Khanna from Anand to be precise. Strangely could not remember any popular movie where in a leading lady played a similar role.  I was lucky to know how much time was left with me to stay on this beautiful planet.

Never had I felt so free and don’t know about heaven or hell but I was already few feet above the ground.  I could now hear the birds tweet, appreciate the colourful flowers on my everyday route to the office and wondered where have all of them been before? The arguments that felt disgusting and irritating now seemed funny. For the first time I was not worried about my savings account nor about my impending promotion or increment. I was feeling so every enthusiastic about everything may be glowing with the eternal bliss. The only thing I wanted was to make the most of the available time.

sand-clockLike our filmi heros I was fantasizing spreading happiness and smiles to ‘babumoshays’ (people) around me. But how and when will I get time to do so was something that bothered me as neither Shah Rukh nor Mr. Khanna had to worry about transferring gas cylinder onto another family member’s name or about filing nominations for bank accounts or about the ‘will’ – distribution of wealth that I had collected by slogging out everyday or about insurance policies ‘zindagi ke sath bhi zindagi ke bad bhi’ (with life and also after life). .. After life?d1

My mind went into a fast forward mode and I could visualize that my family would feel bad (hopefully) because I will not be there but worse for doing all complex paper work and formalities involved in eye donation, closing my income tax account, professional tax account, claiming insurance, cancellation of adhar card, passport ..the list seemed endless. I could not imagine what will happen to my email, facebook and linkedin account, blog, my followers on Quora and the huge data that lay ‘password protected’ with my computer.

I prepared all the documents; for once I thought of submitting these documents myself  however death certificate was missing. Relaxed I was as I thought 90% of the work has been done. Suddenly I remembered my grand parents who played a very important role in my life but when I wanted to tell them about it and how much I loved them, they were not there.

m6240090_763x260-contact-locate-loved-onesSo before I was gone I wanted to tell how much I loved and say a big thank you to my  family for being there! Wanted to meet them, have fun see places and enjoy delicious food. Most importantly I wanted to thank god for letting me know when I was going to die; undisputed it gave me an opportunity to LIVE!

P.S.: Needless to say this is a work of fiction and written on a lighter note. However in this complex world we die everyday to live but can a thought of that one death make us  live?

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Victoria, Australia

Places: Melbourne, Philip Island, The Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell (April 2013) .

 

2013 1034The famous Melbourne tram, this one for F1

2013 1074An Emperor Penguin in the Melbourne Aquarium, Photo: Sachin Mirashi

2013 1385The Melbourne Cricket Ground

2013 1145Southern Ocean along the Great Ocean Road, Photo: Sachin Mirashi

2013 1191Surfers at the Bell’s beach

2013 1148A washroom with Aboriginal art at the Bell’s Beach.

2013 1297The Twelve Apostles, Photo: Sachin Mirashi

2013 1334They call it The London Bridge, Photo: Swapna Mirashi

2013 1431A Kangaroo at the Swan Lake, Philip Island, Photo: Sachin Mirashi

2013 1522A chocolate collage at Panny’s Chocolate Factory Philip Island.

2013 1639Striking a pose: Koala at Conservation Center in Philip Island

Penguin-2-700x476The Penguin Parade at Philip Island. This photo has been taken from http://www.visitphillipisland.com/listing/penguin-parade/ as photography during the parade is strictly prohibited.

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