India’s Health Crisis: UNICEF’s “Poo2Loo” Campaign

What a catchy music video!

According to Time magazine, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) approached a major public health problem that India faces, defecation in public, with a focused campaign (1). This campaign, in the form of videos, public announcements, and online games is designed to target the serious issue of over 620 million people defecating in public (1). This informal yet catchy campaign “Poo2Loo” aims to raise awareness of preventable health issues resulting from microbial contamination of drinking water from improper waste disposal- in the form of public defecation (1). UNICEF’s Poo2Loo campaign, although relaxed, has instigated India to think about the negative effects behind public defecation.

It is unclear if the targeted 620 million individuals in practice of public defecation will have access to televisions, computers, and the internet to be aware of this campaign, let alone understand its implications. But perhaps a combination of UNICEF’s campaign along with Indian government sanctioned public announcements, and designs for waste management systems and implementation would result in an effective solution toward the problem.

While I agree that awareness campaigns designed to encourage individuals to use a proper waste disposal facility is a start, I think the lack of community-wide public waste systems and access to toilets is also something that needs to be addressed.

I hope the campaign instills in the targeted population, India’s community leaders, and the general population that if the prevalent habit of public defecation continues then the exposure to infectious, life-threatening diseases will continue to be upon the population.

It is a responsibility carried not only by the individual but by the Indian government, so here’s to hoping this campaign prompts for a change toward the good. Take the Poo to the Loo!

For more information about UNICEF’s “Poo2Loo” campaign, please click:  UNICEF’s Poo2Loo Campaign


Sources:
1. http://time.com/69122/video-unicefs-army-of-singing-dancing-poop/

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“Uyir”- My instrumental composition

Here’s an instrumental composition of mine that’s dear to my heart. Hope you enjoy.

Fun Fact: “Uyir” means “Life” in the language, Tamil, a Dravidian language spoken around the globe but primarily in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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The Caribbean Sunrise

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Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. The Caribbean sunrise.

A winding path lies before,

A river’s bends it wore.

The journey started slows for none,

the sands of time fall one by one.

Each step creates a ripple,

Changing the course of fate a little.

The inner voice served as guide,

But a vision did it rarely provide.

What laid ahead remained unknown,

Amidst the dusk loomed the dawn.

The fire within raged ablaze,

Keen to clear the daze.

In the chase to see the end,

The present has condemned.

The moment that is passing by,

is saying its last goodbye.

Standing firmer on the ground,

Unveiled an image so profound.

The sight that bore before,

Revealed a glowing shore.

Lost in the charm ahead,

Tears conveyed the unsaid.

For once the haste ceased to be,

The heart broke free.

Basked in the warmth of the Sun,

The weight of the world becomes undone.

The chorus of the birds beam,

At the emerging of the sea bream.

The swooshing rhythm of waves abound,

the voice within calmly drowned.

Standing before this foaming sea,

Waters blue,

and I, anew.

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

Just another day in the life of my Tom Cat

Carnival: The Fountain of Youth

What is it about the carnival that is so innately alluring to children and adults, alike?

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Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014. Ride: Scream!

Every so often the booming noises emanating from the bustling streets fade, and is replaced by the gleeful music of the touring carnival. The lure of the colorful stalls filled with games and plush toys; the heavenly temptation of sugary, deep-fried, meaty treats; the vivid call of adrenaline pumping thrill-rides; and the feeling of community and togetherness, all, budding from this one, universal celebration- the carnival.

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Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014, “Funnel Cakes” vendor.

Like a bug to a light, we are drawn to the flickering, beaming, luminescence displayed by the carnival. The dazzling ambiance turns even the most sophisticated of individuals into a child again. We emerge again, with a childlike innocence, eager to coalesce with the crowd and be rapt in the wonders that we out-grew long ago.

The carnival reveals to us, the innocence we have at heart, the thrills and unity we so seek. Unlike, the regular world, which is filled with a repetition of mundane tasks and responsibility. Bound by the strings of age, we float in stillness, and one visit to the carnival severs the strings and let’s us fly.

We fly high and far, to reach out and touch the stars, just as joyfully as would a child, lost in reverie.

Perhaps it is time again, for us to seek the next carnival, to rejuvenate our souls, in this fountain of youth.

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Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014, game stall.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014, game stall.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014. Ride: OMG!
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Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014. Ride: Merry Go Round.
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Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014. Texas Carnival 2014. Ride: OMG! In action.

Thanks for reading! 

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Journey into South India

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Paricel (Boat) rides on the pathway of Hogenakkal Falls, Tamils Nadu, India. Located in South India, on the Kaveri river. Often refered to as the “Niagara of India.” Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

I journeyed to South India in the summer of 2012. Pictured, are some events I experienced in my brief visit to the town of Pollachi, the Hill-station city of Ooty, and the town of Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu India.

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Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu, India. A friendly, and natural interaction between monkeys and the Human tourists. Just, hide your food! Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Paricel (Boat) rides along the pathway of the Hogenakkal Falls. Innovative idea of delivering refreshments to the tourists by Paricel (boat). Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Hogennakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu, India- Salesman by Paricel (boat). Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu, India- A paricel (boat) navigator resting after a long morning. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Tamil Nadu, India. A monkey, just enjoying the warm afternoon. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Road sign placed at Tamil Nadu, India. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India- interaction between nature, monkeys, and humans. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Tamil Nadu, India- Looks like a monkey successfully sneaked a juice container from a tourist. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India- Street vendors display their delicious products, in this case, Mangoes. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India- Street vendor serving warm, freshly steamed, corn. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India- a serene, agricultural land, with farmers hard at work. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Tamil Nadu, India- A monkey, waiting for a chance to sneak some food from the tourists. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India. Roadside vendors display their products colorfully to serve the on going traffic in the area. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
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The Ferris Wheel

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The Ferris Wheel blanketed by a thick veil of gray clouds. Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

Pictured, is a shot I took of a Ferris Wheel during a carnival event that was held in Brownsville, Texas back in March, 2014. The thick, gray, clouds behind the bright, vibrant, Ferris Wheel makes this shot so hauntingly beautiful to me.

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

Mahabharat (Star Plus 2013- 2014)- India’s Epic Tale

My recent source of entertainment and essential words of wisdom comes from Star Plus’s show Mahabharat. Mahabharata is a revered Sanskrit epic of India, which literally translates into- Great India. “Maha” means “great” and “Bharata” refers to the Indian King Bharat, so this story is about the descendants of King Bharat, from whom India attained its name.

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(Pictured, from Left to Right: Prince Dhuryodhan, Rajmata Satyavati, Lord Krishna, Queen Ghandari, Prince Arjun.)

The story of Mahabharat, in a jist, from my perspective, is a portrayal of Good (Dharm) versus Evil (Adharm). It portrays the many shades of mankind, from revered qualities such as love, loyalty, courage, integrity to the condoned qualities such as deceit, dishonesty, greed, and arrogance, just to name a few. Thus, this epic beautifully paints the picture of the dueling natures of man-kind, the extent self-righteousness and ethics drives an individual, and how nothing short of a Divine intervention puts the world into balance.

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(Pictured, from Left to Right, Top: Pitama Bhishma, Queen Ghandari, King Pandu. Pictured, from Left to Right, Bottom: Rajmata Satyavati, King Dhirdhirastra, and Rajmata Kunti.)

Star Plus’s Mahabharat show brings the magic of the epic to life. From the every-day interactions of civilians of the land, to the politically guided moves of the Royal elites, to the roles of the Divine to guide and purify humanity is all very well portrayed by the actors, writers, directors and everyone involved in its making. 

The dueling natures within ourselves, as we are not purely black nor white, rather we are encompassed of many grays, is superbly portrayed by the actors. Whether it comes to the formidable strength of Bhisma but his restriction to be bound by his oath to his father, King Shantanu, to remain a celibate for the wish of Queen Satyavati’s (Bhisma’s step mother) greed to make her lineage the rulers of the Kingdom of Hastinapur; or whether it comes to Karna (Son of the Sun God and Kunti) who by an unfortunate play of fate becomes the adopted son of a Charioteer (considered lower in caste to the Royalties) and struggles all his life, insistent to be judged by his abilities and courage and not by where he was born into.

The inner struggles and array of emotions one must face to be in such situations is so beautifully portrayed by these actors. Like, Pitama Bhishma and Karna in the above example, the actors who play the roles of Dhrithirashtra, Vikarn, Gandhari, Kunti, Shakuni, Dhuryodhan, Ashvathama, Dhrona, Krishna, Arjun, Yudshitir, Bheem, Nakul, Sahadev, Vidhur, and Draupadi just to name a few of the great charactersall bring the role to life!

Each of the characters were led by their own personal morality and faced many victories and many tribulations, and I am perfectly spell-bound by the beautiful performances each of these actors give while portraying each character, day in and day out.

While I am beyond enjoying the journey they all (actors and the entire Star Plus Mahabarat team) have portrayed so far, I am a little sad that the show will be coming to an end soon. But hey, all good things have to come to an end sometimes, right? But the result they will be leaving behind for us, is something that I will forever treasure! No doubt, I will be showing this entire show to my future children, someday!

Thanks for entertaining my musings!

– Surely, Sherley

Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.

For more exciting details about the show and cast, visit the official Star Plus website: http://www.starplus.in/mahabharat/

Catch live, thrilling updates and conversations about the show and the epic at the following Facebook pages, just to link a few:

1. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMahabharat

2. https://www.facebook.com/MahabharathamVijayTv

3. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mahabharat-star-plus/691562267532477