Q9: For Karpagam, Sriram and DV: Our state Tamil Nadu has been making much progress in recent years, but I don’t see any improvement in public’s behaviour. Our sense of cleanliness, orderly traffic, friendly accommodation and hard work are missing. What can bring about a change? Do you have any plans to work towards that?
A: Sriram: Mad rush towards growth and development has made everyone insensitive to his surroundings. This is true for western world too; however their governments have a manageable number in terms of population which makes it possible for them to keep their cities clean. Weather and rain in the temperates helps keep the dust low. However we do not see the filth that big a problem. Inequality is the bigger problem. So is deforestation, migration from rural to cities etc.
The collective of individual action is what we believe in. Change won’t come by preaching but by living it.
A: DV: On bringing about change in others, Gandhi has conclusively said – [and which has alas become a cliche for being bandied without internalising], “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” So how do I prevent littering? I stop littering. That’s about all i need to do
Q10: For Sriram: Would you please ask your friend and college senior, Siddarth, who has joined you at pointReturn to answer some of these queries as well, please?
A: DV: So far as I can tell, Siddarth is even more into doing it, rather than talking about it, than the rest of us.
Q11: For Karpagam, Sriram and DV: Do you have any other interests beyond plants, books and the Internet?
A: Sriram and Karpagam: We like music – Carnatic and old Tamil and Hindi film songs. We also like movies – again not commercial but offbeat. We are big fans of Kamal Hasan and his films. So we are just normal people in our likes. Sriram likes sports.
A: DV: I enjoy thinking up simple problem-solving devises and gear, exploring design possibilities, keeping track of technology that would have
positive impact on earth.
I adore the Internet as the greatest republic ever created
Following questions came from readers of my blog, addressed to Karpagam and Sriram.
Q12: Have there been moments when you regretted or questioned your decision to move to pointReturn?
A: Karpagam and Sriram: NO
Q13: What was the incident or event which made them take this decision? Many of us have these thoughts but there must be some strong driving reason for it.
A: Sriram: No incident in particular.
Q14: Is there anything that they learned which can benefit a poor farmer. If so, are there any plans to educate them.
A: Sriram: We are learning and have a long way to go. As an immediate observation we feel farmers should grow multi grain crops and vegetables also for home consumption rather than growing only a couple of crops like rice/groundnut for the market and then buy their daily needs from the market. They should think about consuming their produce.