The Ugly Indian Initiative

I was one amongst 20 other citizens of Bangalore that landed on a dump site in Koramangala to do spot fixing as part of the Ugly Indian initiative today.

905267_501248136601113_1766433512_oLook at all that trash ! Unbelievable isn’t it .

DSC_0232We started work at sharp 8 AM and finished by 11 AM. In 3 hours, we dug, collected piles of trash ranging from tooth paste covers , to used sanitary napkins and Durex covers. The stench was  unbearable

And no there wasn’t any anger about what I was touching. What was going through my mind was that napkin could very well be something I used . It made me realize one important question – What happens to the environment and our surroundings when we dispose napkins and condoms? Is there a better way they can be disposed off without being a nuisance to the surroundings and being a health hazard?

At around 10 AM, when the cleaning was complete, we picked huge stones, painted them and drew smiley faces and erected a board that read “Men at work”

DSC_0239I helped clean and repaint the pathway with yellow and black paint

Do you see new plants ? The team had planted them yesterday.

We were served coconut water which was indeed very sweet and refreshing for all that digging and collecting we did .

A midst all that mess and stench, the one that put a smile and a ray of hope is this bright graffiti – signifying HOPE for this city and this country


Right next to this yard is a family that sells cane baskets. The urchin kids looked on and  after about a hour or so helped clean the pathway for us to paint

These guys are homeless and just because we cleaned up the mess, does that mean they will not defecate there  again ?

It would be interesting to see if this plot remains the way we transformed it today

May be this project will have a phase 2. And I hope I can take part in Part 2 too. Me being a working mom to a 3 year old ,  have to think about Charity at  home too 🙂

How do you become a Ugly Indian

A)Like them on facebook.

B) Their upcoming events would then show on your news feed. You write to them showing your interest on the specific project

C) There you go ! they send back a email with their do’s and don’ts.

D) You fix breakfast and lunch @ home , waking up at 5 :30 AM and dash off by 7 AM  . As simple as that !

You aren’t in Bangalore but want to start one ? Go ahead and start one in your city. All you need is ideas and a facebook page – says the Team Leader !