Yana Danilova

Yana, you run a garbage management firm — Krich Cleaning. You have been in the business for the last two years. If Wikipedia is to be believed, India generates 62 million tonnes of waste every year, of which 43 million tonnes is collected. Of this 43, 31 million tonnes…


What brought you to India?

I was traveling across some Asian countries and then I bought a ticket to India as my spiritual guru lives here. I was to return to Russia in 2020, but then the lockdown started and I got held up. …

Luke Coutinho

It is common knowledge that sleep is essential as part of the rest to the body. Is it necessary to sleep only at night or does any other phase of the day also work?

Sleeping at any other phase of the day might be good for our minds, but…

Teja playing the didgeridoo

Didgeridoo is considered as the world’s most healthiest instrument. How has playing it changed things for you?

While playing the instrument, I get in contact with deep relaxed states of mind. I hadn't known such calmness ever before. The human mind is usually in beta state - active and…

Major, cycling his way through Methodist Colony

Which is a zero waste colony?

The one from where nothing goes to the landfill. Garbage has two components — biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Biodegradable garbage can be turned into manure, compost. While non-biodegradable such as paper and plastic can be recycled. …

Kavitha Mantha. In the picture, you can see her steel straw, steel bottle, and coconut bowl — all leading to a conscious life

It was a slow transition over a period of time that prompted Kavitha Mantha to adopt conscious food habits, so much so that she chose to turn it into her profession by building a food forest — the Baby Elephant Forest — along with her husband Ravi Mantha and subsequently established an organic eatery ‘Sage Farm Cafe’. We gain a quick access to her mind

Ratna clad in her naturally-dyed ikat saree

To Ratna Rao Shekar, editor of Hyderabad-based lifestyle magazine Wow! Hyderabad and author of The Purple Lotus, sustainability was not a conscious choice. Somebody who has worn handwoven fabric all her life, Ratna saw sustainability as a way of life around her. She speaks of her love for handwoven clothes and the ease of living in a house that is built of mud blocks

Ratna, you are known to wear only handwoven natural fabric. What inspired you to do so?

There wasn’t any inspiration. When I was growing up, there was only natural handloom fabric around me. I saw my mother and grandmother wear venkatagiri, gadwal, cotton, and I wore frocks and skirts of…


It’s a space that talks about conscious living. Attached is a store that houses conscious products — https://www.ataasii.com/

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