28 July 2006
Normally I sleep very light, I wake up to the slightest of sounds, but the mind is strange, I am used to the ceiling fan noise and I sleep very well in the trains with deafening railway track noise.
But the soundest afternoon nap I ever had was under such a roof, my friend had to kick me to wake me up.
This year everybody is complaining. Heat is too much to bear even in the colder countries.
We are all still sleeping
Don't know when we will wake up.
Here the lady is making her own roof out of a coconut branch, Its not very complicated as you can see.
This is our future.
Ends up here like the picture below. A weather beaten roof. Cool inside, you don't need a fan or air conditioner even at the peak of summer.
Cool ? No we don't need that, not very good, There will be no water to make it anyway. All the rivers would have gone dry by then, most of the rivers in South India have gone dry already.
Urban planners like Sonal Sundari can make them look more elegant and attractive with some fashionable designs, Cheap, energy saving, made with material locally available.
Here the walls are made out of bamboo strips, They can be made leak proof.
This is Rajasthan, these mud walls are incredibly cool. But these houses are a bit dark inside, Sonal Sundari will think of something to make the interior bright. Here the lady is applying a fresh coat of mud. The floor is usually coated with cow dung, Don't say EEEEKS. It doesn't allow insects and mosquitos inside, believe me, it doesn't smell of cow dung at all. Imagine long queues to buy cow dung, Cow dung rates going high in stock market.
Cow dung is used as fuel for cooking and heating the interiors during winters.
Invest in cow dung, this is our future.
Ah! Sweet Sindu will have a ball on such walls She'll go wild, She's a terrific artist. Each member of your family can have their own huts and they can use their own imagination to decorate the walls.
My dream recording studio will have mud walls, A small concert hall with such mud walls will give very good sound effect without amplifiers.
Well ! they are happy, We'll be happy too, We'll learn to live, as there will be no other options available to us.
These are very well insulated as Rajasthan expereinces severe winters.
Dried grass is the roofing material used here. This seems to be our future, and Here is our future mode of transport.
Who is wise ?
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