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Few snaps from Namma Santhe March 11, 2010

So, here are few snaps from Namma Santhe. These snaps doesn’t provide a complete coverage as i was busy seeing stalls and enjoying the Nature food workshop. Nevertheless it gives one a basic idea on what all was in store at Namma Santhe..

To start with there was this old gentleman dishing out his pottery works on demand(literally).
A potter making pottery

If you had any doubt, whether the pottery were selling or not look no farther than the hand of this lady. This stall is from “Small Steps” – selling nice colorful light weight bags (you can see the bag to the right of the pic) for just Rs.100/- hoping to make a difference by encouraging the use of cotton bags instead of plastics.

Small Steps...

There were many stalls selling organically grown food materials like banana,coconut,jackfruit,black pepper and many more items…

Vegetable stalls

And there was some entertainment too in from of music from this troupe. Sorry, i don’t know the particulars of the troupe. May be some one can help here.

music performance

Here is the delicious lunch being prepared by experts conducting the nature food work shop. So, you guessed it right, they are not cooking anything here, just mixing so many commonly available food items into one great mixture. And it was yummmm… you bet! Had a great session from these guys with they selflessly passing on their wealth of knowledge of Indian traditional food and health practices.
lunch

Last but not the least, the gardener connection… After hearing about Sahaja Samrudha since so long (almost a year – since i started gardening) i finally got a chance to buy few seeds from the Sahaja Samrudha stall. The seeds are long Okra, Lavanga Tulsi, Chakotha Green Laves(great source of iron), Egg Plant, Lettuce, purple red beans and mullu badane (a type of egg plant ??). All are organically grown seeds as you probably can read from the label. Best part is all this 7 type of seeds cost me just 35 rupees (5 each packet). Well, that’s something i have been looking for since long time – affordable seeds for kitchen gardeners. Lavanga Tulasi seeds too make me equally happy as I have been thinking of planting 1-2 tualsi plants in each of my soil bed/patch for some time now to try and experiment on their pest repellent abilities. So, lets wait and watch 🙂

The gardener connection!

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Invitation for Namma Santhe! March 4, 2010

Quite often I read about fairs and exhibitions in news paper only after the day they have already taken place in Bangalore. So, there is nothing one can do to attend them. I always wished, the news papers to carry more detailed and prominently displayed information about the upcoming events rather than write reviews about the ones which have already taken place. Specially for events like these which doesn’t involve big names, actors, actresses, cricketers or the rich & famous. Makes sense ??

Well, then here you go! This is exact reproduction of the invite mail I have got from a friend about Namma Santhe, taking place on the coming Sunday, 7th March 2010. The event is being organized by Navachetana Trust and the schedule and the nature of the event is very clear from banners and the information given below. See you there !! (Note: I am not associated with the event, just that I am also interested to attend such events and learn more about green and eco-friendly ways.)
There is a registration fees of Rs. 150/- per head for people who would like to avail the facility of Nature Food Workshop for others it’s free.

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Dear Friends of Navachetana

Thank you for your unstinting support. We are happy to announce our first initiative for 2010, and promise there is lot’s more on the list.

2010 is International World Bio-Diversity Year. VanaBhoomi, the Environmental Community Programme from Navachetana Trust believes people WILL get together to support local produce and re-discover a natural, healthy lifestyle at our first

MONTHLY MORNING MARKET for organic and earth friendly products, that we hope will soon become a calendar event shared by all of Bangalore. You are warmly invited to join us in a celebration of nature on March 7th 2010, from 9 am – 12.30 pm afternoon.

Indigeneous slow food stall, ( ragi mudde anyone ) medicinal plants to buy for your window kitchen garden, vegetables, fruits and commodities, a NATURAL FOOD WORKSHOP, a Potters wheel for you to lend a hand to, coconut water and sugarcane juice to quench your thirst ( no aerated drinks ) a Wishing Tree to tie wishes to, a Speakers Corner to have your say..there’s lots more…

If anyone you know has a song to sing, a performance tucked away, please call us and volunteer it. We are also inviting local homeowners to participate with booking food stalls for homecooked short eats and tea/coffee. If you know a fabulous cook, tell us so we can request them to share it with the community !

This is our first initiative for the city of Bangalore. We cannot make it a success without you there.Please do come.PLEASE FORWARD THIS MAIL TO FRIENDS as a wonderful gesture of support. Do spread the good word.

We look forward to having you with us.

To get in touch, mail us at : vanabhoomi.navachetana@gmail.com /+91 89715 26906 Aliyeh Rizvi/Kushi Kushalappa.Navachetana Trust.
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Morning Market Evite


Nature Food Workshop Evite

Location Map

road map for namma santhe

Little bit of excerpt from material sent to me for Nature Food Work Shop
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NATURE FOOD WORKSHOP. MARCH 7TH 2010

RETURN TO NATURE. HEAL YOURSELF

All of us wish to live a healthy and happy life free from disease but very few of us make serious efforts in this direction. The life of modern man is far removed from nature. We lead hectic lives full of tension, inhale polluted air, drink polluted water, eat junk and contaminated food and indulge in all sorts of excesses, including a non-active lifestyle. We refuse to understand that a healthy life is possible only by living in accordance with the rules of nature.

SO WHAT DO WE DO ? Let Nature guide us.

Life is nature’s gift to us and we can respect this gift only by reverting to Mother Nature for guidance. She has provided us with a variety of food options, but instead of including them in their natural form in our diet, we process them in such a way that they get depleted of their life giving nutrients. It’s no wonder then that we require more medication to save ourselves from the harmful effects of unnatural foods and thus pour more toxins into our bodies. Not only do these drugs have side effects in the long run, but they also damage internal organs.

A diet of raw food helps us remain healthy. Raw foods contain a large amount of nourishing and disease fighting nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Raw food is also capable of curing chronic diseases and keeping our mind and body healthy. The results of experiments and research carried out in the area of raw diets are testimony to this fact and hopefully will provide a ray of hope for ways to achieve wellbeing and good health.

Today, people all over the world are realizing the importance of raw food – fruits, fruit juices, vegetables, especially those that are organically grown.

Our simple efforts are ongoing and aim to create awareness about natural living and natural eating. Being in the field of naturopathy, we firmly believe that organically grown food items will have 100% healing power if consumed the right way. Our Nature Food Workshop intends to motivate you to take a closer at food, and the relationship it has with your body.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

8.00 – 8.15 am : Welcome treat (Carrot Kheer & Sprouts )
8.15 – 9.15 am : `History of Natural Hygiene & Benefits of Natural Food `
by Mr. Mukesh Jain
9.15 – 10.00 am : `Dr. Diet ` – by Mr. T.Durairaja
10.00 – 10.15 am : Salad break ( Fruit salad )
10.15 – 11.00 am : `Prevention&Cure of Disease by Natural food `
by Mr. Dasaradhan
11.00 – 12.00 : Natural Diet Preparation – Demo
12.00 : Natural Lunch ( Sweet aval, Flavoured aval ,
Vegetable chutney & Vegetable salad )

To register, contact us at: vanabhoomi.navachetana@gmail.com./navchetananow.blogspot.com
Only 30 seats available. Rs. 100.00 per head.
Conducted by : Mr. Dasarathan, Dr. Mukesh Jain, Mr.T Durairaja.
At : Vyasa International School, Doddabommasandra, BEL North Gate. Bangalore.
Time : March 7th 2010. 8 am – 12 noon

PROFILES

T.Durairaja, N.D. P.G.Dip. in Yoga – Pondicherry (Diploma in Naturopathy )

* Learned ‘Natural Hygiene’ through All India Nature Cure Federation, New Delhi
* Got practical training on Natural Therapeutics at Tamil Nadu Nature Cure
Federation, Madurai and qualified as ‘Iyarkai Nalavazhvu Aalosagar’
* Orientation training at National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune.
* P.G. Dip. in Yoga at Annamalai University.
* More than 2 decades experience in propagating ‘Natural Hygiene’ in
schools ,colleges, Women`s Association Programmes and in conducting
Naturopathy camps.
* Professionally conducts Health Programmes on Diabetes ,Coronary Artery
Disease, Obesity to the Executives at Companies, Factories etc.

M.Dasarathan B.Com., P.G.D.Y,M.Sc.,(YOGA)

Former Asst.Adm Officer, N.E.B, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Nature Cure Association, Vellore. He conducts Programmes on Natural Living Awareness all over Tamil Nadu and is also a consultant for Nature Cure, Natural Diets and Yoga.

Dr. Mukesh Jain ( B Sc – Computer Sc, Certificate course in Yoga & Preksha Meditation, N.D.Y.D
( Arogya Mandi, Gorakhpurr )M.sc (Science of living ) Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan

Worked as a Yoga & Naturopathy instructor at the Prajna Yoga & Naturopathy Centre in Bangalore for 2 yrs from 2005-06 .
Worked as a Yoga teacher at Gyandeep English School during 2005.
Worked as a Yoga teacher at Saraswathi Vidyalaya and conducted weekly classes for teachers on ‘SCIENCE OF LIVING’ (2001)
Conducted 3 days camp as Yoga instructor at Ganadhipathi Engineering College,vellore
Attended many camps on Preksha Meditation at Bangalore, Chennai, Indore and Rajasthan
Attended many camps on naturopathy at Delhi ,Rajasthan, Kumbakonam ,Karnataka
Presently running PREKSHA YOGA &NATURE CENTRE in Gudiyattam from 2007