When the civilian and authorities get together…

An email from the Ugly Indian !


Hi fellow Ugly Indian!

Hope you had a fun fix.
Lots of pictures have been uploaded through yesterday afternoon on Facebook, and the response has been fantastic. Attached are a few Before-After pictures. If you have any pictures to share with us, please send to this email address and we will post on FB.
Some points about the Fix:
1. The impact of the work has been excellent. BBMP sent 1 lorry to clear the garbage yesterday from inside the fields, and they are sending 2 more today. The Executive Engineer has promised to send an earth-mover today to clear up the place too – if you are around in the morning, drop by to see the action. The best way to get the authorities to act is to come out and work quietly.
2. There are a few homes in Kora3B who still dump their garbage here – a few volunteers are going house-to-house to make sure they stop.
3. The kids have started using the newly created space as a playground – creating daily activity is always the best way to keep a place clean..
4. That corner used to be the place where BBMP sweepers dumped garbage every morning and used it as a transit point. Not any more. The pigs and cows found no food here the past 2 days and have moved deeper into the field for their foraging.
In our experience, it will take at least 7 days of daily vigilance and poking about to make a permanent difference.
If you have the time to come by for a little time on any days this week (ideally mornings), please let us know – so you can join the Follow-Up team to ensure this spot stays fixed!

Spot the difference

This is what we worked on at Koramangala today

I sat at the Times Of India meet, earlier this month smirking on how blogging or discussing can bring about a change. It cannot.

Its only actions that can transform a city !


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 !