VIDEO: everything is everything

Originally posted on the urban geographer:

In August 2011, I delivered a lecture titled Everything is Everything as part of the amazing Fuller Terrace Lecture Series in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

That night’s theme was The Nature of Things, and I thought it the perfect opportunity to distill the messages of my undergraduate thesis, transforming them into more accessible and whimsical language and visuals.

Fuller Terrace Lectures recently updated their archives, including the entirety of the 2011 season. Please enjoy my lecture, and check out the others too!

Daniel Rotsztain The Nature of Things from Fuller Terrace Lecture Series on Vimeo.

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Forest in the Heart of City: Guindy National Park, Chennai(link)

Guindy National Park Entrance: Image Source-Wikipedia

If you are a green enthusiast and care about urban green spaces, Guindy National Park is for you.It is a protected Reserve Forest right in the heart of Chennai. The main gate of this park is in a small lane next to the popular tourist destination: Guindy Snake park and Zoo, after IIT-M and Cancer Institute campus gates (from Adyar). It is an excellent change from the concrete urban jungle around us!.But don’t go there expecting to see tigers, panthers, elephants, or giraffes roaming all around you.It is more like an urban green belt.

Like all national parks today, the Guindy Park was originally a game reserve. It was in 1958 that the area of 400 hectares was handed to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. Today the National Park has only 270.57 hectares.

The biodiversity within the Guindy National Park is quite amazing, despite the fact that it is a very small area surrounded by houses and habitation. The vegetation is mainly of the tropical dry evergreen type, and over 350 species of plants have been found including trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs and grasses. There are large numbers of Chital and Blackbuck that graze in the open grassland on the northern end of the park. Nocturnal animals include the toddy cat, civets, jungle cat, pangolin, and hedgehog. The dense forest, grasslands and water-bodies provide an ideal habitat for a large species of birds, some not seen anywhere else in Chennai. Apart from snakes, certain species of tortoise and turtles, lizards, geckos, chameleons and the common Indian monitor lizard are also found here.

Other than the Guindy National Park, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park , popularly known as the Vandalur Zoo (spread over a lush green forest area of about 510 hectares) also acts as a lung to the city.

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New Colourful Musical Fountain in Aligarh


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Delhi Government Hospitals that Offer Good Healthcare Services

In Delhi, health care facilities are being provided by both Government & Non-Government Organizations. In Delhi, you’ll find many Government as well as private hospitals. If you cannot afford private hospitals as they are expensive, then you may want to know the affordable hospitals in Delhi which offer good health care services. Author tried to go through the list of Government hospitals in Delhi to provide readers information about some of the general Government hospitals. Author hopes that this information will be useful. Following is a list of notable Government hospitals in Delhi. Some Details are provided about the hospitals with which the author has a personal firsthand experience.

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Safdarjung Hospital
  • Maulana Azad Medical College and G B Pant Institute
  • Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College
  • Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital (G.B.P.H.)
  • Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital
  • Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital
  • University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital
  • Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya
  • Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (I.H.B.A.S.)
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital (L.B.S.)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital
  • Guru Govind Singh Govt. Hospital
  • Mangla Hospital
  • ESI Hospital

Some Good and Affordable Hospitals

All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi (AIIMS Delhi) is a medical college and medical research public university. AIMS was established in 1956 and operates autonomously under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Though it is not a Delhi Government Hospital but omitting it will make this list incomplete.

Safdarjang Hospital is a multi-specialty hospital having 1600 beds and is located on the Ring Road in New Delhi. You may feel surprised to know it is one of the largest Government hospitals of our country.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital -is a 657-bed multi-speciality hospital situated in Rajinder Nagar, Delhi.Though it is not a government hospital, not mentioning it will not be right in author’s opinion. It provides excellent medical services to patients from all over Southeast Asia.The hospital’s Minimal Access Surgery department was the first such unit in South Asia.

Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital is a 1,500 bed hospital and is affiliated to and acts as the teaching hospital of University College of Medical Sciences. It is the first Delhi Government tertiary care hospital in Trans-Yamuna region, catering to the East Delhi population, as well as patients from adjoining states.

To cope up with increasing demand many more hospitals are being added to meet the health needs subject to the availability of resources.

If you want to find more Government hospitals in Delhi, then you should make use AskMe App. It will help in locating Government hospitals and General Hospitals in Delhi, medical stores and another health facility efficiently and will save your time and will make you able to provide the useful information to others too.

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Mumbai in Maharashtra, India

Originally posted on The Dreams Of Cities:

As part of their ‘City Visions’ programme, the Barbican ran a photography competition to find an image that summed up the programme. The winner was Mitul Kajaria from India.

Mitul says: ‘The photograph is taken in the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. It displays a dhobighat – a large urban space for washing clothes before a high rise residential structure. Mumbai, the most populous city of the country and the fifth most populous city of the world sees thousands of migrants entering the city every day. A city which has grown like a wild forest fire since the past few years, and with the diversity it holds, in terms of ethnic, cultural, financial, social, it can be termed as the city full of paradoxes.’

I love the image, it displays so clearly the points Mitul mentions above; a city full of paradoxes. The controlled and contained construction seen in the high…

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Death and Dying

Originally posted on Nouveau Southern Belle:

The theme song to the movie Flashdance was playing on the radio. I view Flashdance as one of the cheesiest movies of the 1980s, but the retelling of this story would move my mom to tears. MomShe also thought that Dr. Zhivago was one of the most romantic movies of all time; I however, missed the romanticism. It must have been Omar Sharif’s brooding good looks that was the appeal. Flashes of these memories are with me quite a bit as I often think of my mom who passed away a little over two months ago.

Her death has been one of life’s many lessons. Life has a way of surprising us. It puts our preconceived notions about orderliness and structure of life right on its head. I was not expecting her death, and when I last saw her, she did not have the look of a dying person in…

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