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  1. 1. HYDERABAD HANS Lifestyle Art & Culture WEDNESDAY 14 September 2011 Guide Celebrations As part of awareness programme, a stove displayed in Tamil Nadu. Mitigating drudgery in deprived homes Dr Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka C ooking indoors is a major cause of concern the world over. Indoor smoke kills more than 40,000 peo- A lot is cooking across the world when it comes to patenting new Patencheru, one of Asia’s most pol- luted industrial areas. His report on the Patencheru lake had helped en- ple, mostly women and children, products and replicating it for mass consumption, with the bottom vironmentalists in securing land- every year in the country. line being profits and more profits. But, here is a scientist from the mark judgments in Andhra Pradesh. According to a 2007 World Health After his graduation from the Organisation report, indoor air pol- city who wants to eliminate drudgery from kitchens in deprived Saifabad PG College, Sai Bhaskar lution levels in some kitchens in homes by popularising affordable, safe, and environment-friendly Reddy did double masters in Applied rural India were some 20 times Geology and Geography from the In- Wood-saving Magh I portable stove. higher than permissible levels, with stoves. The Hans India’s correspondent Venu K Kodimela dian Institute of Technology (IIT) the situation being bad even in the meets the scientist to see what’s cooking in his lab. Powai. For his Ph D, he pursued national capital. Globally, more “Environmental Impact Assessment than 1.6 million people die prema- Studies of the Polluted Water at turely due to indoor air pollution Cheruvu in Ramanthapur where he Patancheru Industrial Area, Medak caused by burning of biomass – grew up. “As child, I enjoyed life on District”. He was instrumental in wood, dung, roots, straw, apart from the edge of the lake. But, over years moving Public Interest Litigation coal in households. I saw how the lake was turned into petitions against pollution in the With the aim of developing low cost a housing colony,” says Dr Reddy. It city, along with environmentalist and fuel efficient stoves, Hyderabad- probably influenced him to work at (Continued P-II) based scientist Dr Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka converted his home at Ramanthapur into a lab seven years ago. He got down to brass tacks with a hammer and some tools to make A brick stove developed for Ekalavya stoves out of scraps and mother Institution. earth. After plumbing the depths of the relationship between fire and other elements, he zeroed in on workable models using, among other things, mud, cement bricks, tin, tin boxes and cement flowerpots. Dr Sai Bhaskar Reddy built Good Stoves Museum, the first of its kind, at Peddamaduru village in Devarup- pala mandal of Warangal district two years ago. He then purchased Dr Reddy interacting with the visitors at his Good Stoves Museum. half an acre of land, after one of his friends donated money to put his Energy Organisation (GEO) to prop- tions, governments, support organi- ideas into practice.   agate Good Stoves and carry on his sations, companies, industries and Today, Good Stoves, apart from re- experiments with biochar. He has philanthropists. moving drudgery in the kitchen,is launched a ‘One million good stoves Dr Reddy, who doesn’t believe in the byword for increasing fuel effi- mission’ to facilitate the distribution patenting his inventions, is an ar- ciency of biomass, cutting costs on of 1 million good stoves to the needy dent campaigner for Open Knowl- Magh Twister Stove is inspired by wind- fuel, reducing indoor pollution, and communities within the next five edge for common good. power of cyclones. taking the pressure off forests. years. GEO proposes to do this by He draws inspiration from nature, Dr Reddy also founded Geoecology associating with community, institu- beginning with the bank of Chinna A homemaker testing Dr Reddy stove in Uttarakand.AtreyarememberedA c h a r y a Atreya, whotouched thehearts with hissplendid lyricsfor over three-and-a-halfdecades, was re-membered onhis 22nd deathanniversary onTuesday. Fondly called Poet of Heart- Manasukavi- Atreya’s contribution to Telugucinema is immense, said S V Rama-rao, film critic. Writing lyrics with limited wordsand giving a wider meaning was hisstyle, he averred. Prof Gowrishankar, who spoke atlength on Atreya, recalled CNarayana Reddy’s words that had The Hussain Sagar lake is abuzz with activity as GHMC personnel have started removing the remains of immersed Ganesh idols and otherKalidasa been alive he would havehugged Atreya for his classic lyrical devotional material, which add up to over 1,300 tonnes. Some scrap hunters too are on the Atreya gave a lyrical shape tothe actual incidents that took placein his life, he said. He was a playwright, story-writerand dialogue-writer too. Lavanya Art Creations organisedthe programme. Helping to restore missing children to parents HANS TUNES About 10,000 children parents’ unwillingness to register complaints with the police. are reported missing A senior representative of an NGO Samudrala from the city every year in Hyderabad points out that almost and less than 3% of 30,000 girls from the State are them are ultimately pushed into the sex industry each year. traced. The Hans Andhra Pradesh is among the five India’s correspondent States with the dubious distinction Sridhar K Penna takes of having the highest rates of child a close look at the fac- trafficking, as the racketeers see it is a lucrative business. tors affecting the most A study by the NHRC suggests that vulnerable segments of low income families are the most population. vulnerable sections. The modus operandi of the traffickers includes one or more of the common methods T he figures are grim and dread- ful, but startlingly true. At least one child runs away from his or of drugging, abduction, persuasion and deception. Serious investigations and commit- her home every thirty seconds in the ted attempts to trace girls and chil- country! The reasons vary, but the A rescued woman and children with the representative of an NGO dren reported missing are few and experience is traumatic for parents far between. This essentially stems who in most cases are left with no child trafficking in which several the National Human Rights Com- each year in the State, including from the involvement of `re- You know he is my party clue to trace the child. Apart from well-entrenched rackets are in- mission (NHRC) and the National 10,000 from the city. Of these, spectable’ people in trafficking. cases of children running away from volved. Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), nearly 1,100 remain untraced. Heralding a welcome change in youth leader ! homes, there is the larger problem of According to figures available with about 45, 000 children go missing Some NGOs attribute this to the (Continued on P-II)