Sugar Candy

How can a thiruvizha be complete without the sugar candy man?

This sugar candy (javvu mittai ஜவ்வு மிட்டாய் or Bombay mithai)  doll on a pole was spotted at the Mylapore Festival.

The candymen are known to make attractive shapes like elephants, swan, flowers etc with the candy to entice children (and adults!)

Those sensitive about hygiene will shudder at the way in which this is made and dispensed.

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The Hazards of e-Waste

Abandoned!
Abandoned among e-waste

While the awareness about pollution and its prevention are gaining momentum, the same can not be said of e-waste and its hazards. There are efforts in the unorganized sector to reuse and recover. However, these are harmful to the workers and the environment.

I was happy to note that there are organized initiatives from the private sector to manage e-waste. At a seminar which I chaired sometime ago, one of them even presented me a memento plated with gold recovered from PCB’s!

The picture of the baby doll among e-waste is from a wayside market in Pallavaram, Chennai.

[ A week after I posted the above, the Hindu carried an article on ‘A to Z of E-Waste Managment’ http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/what-about-e-waste/article24193081.ece

Very timely]