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Miscellaneous

Dr Thrivikramji KP,

thrivikramji@gmail.com

Emeritus Fellow, Dept of Geology,

University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus 695 581

All across the world, the coastal land is home to mega population centers and scores of smaller cities and towns, which are wide open to and practically defenseless against the most destructive forces of nature like, severe-storm-related hazards, hydrologic floods, beach erosion and tsunamis. Added to this, several coastal communities face massive threats to livability and property primarily contributed by anthropogenic actions, like green house warming induced sea level rise, land subsidence due to mining or withdrawal of fluids from subsurface, pollution of coastal waters, oil spills and sea water ingress into coastal aquifers.

That eleven of the fifteen largest cities of the world are located near the coasts of seas or estuaries is an indicator of the vulnerabilities. In India, state capitals of some littoral states (for e.g., Mumbai of Maharshtra, Panaji of Goa, Trivandrum of Kerala, Chennai of Tamil Nadu and Bhubaneswar of Orissa) are in the coastal land. Conterminous India, with its pretty long shoreline of 5700 km, (Kerala sharing roughly 10%) and being closer to the equator, has its own share of worries arising out of natural hazards. Vulnerability of the population in the coastal land to hazards is directly linked to the morphology of the coastal land (elevation), population density and proximity of population pockets to the shoreline (proximity), or in other words to placing property and lives inappropriate areas.

INTRODUCTION

IN ANY ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP A BLUE PRINT FOR IMRPOVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT OF THE CITY OF TRIVANDRUM THE QUESTION OF URBAN WASTE MANAGEMENT MUST BE GIVEN THE SAME STATUS AS TRANSPORT, WATER SUPPLY, HOUSING, RECREATION AND HELTHCARE.

THE WASTE MANAGEMENT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED WITH EXTREME CARE AND SITING OF THE DISPOSAL FACILITIES CALLS FOR CAREFUL SCRUTINY OF THE GEOLOGICALAND HYDROGEOLOGICAL SETTINGS.

Skinny dippers beware: Pond has curious Fish

In the summer of 1967, as a young geologist, I camped in Muthalamada, S.India, in a large house given to us on gratis, along with buddy Kannan Nair (who later joined Oil Company). We used to go for an extended and relaxing bath later in the evening in a pond right in the middle of a large patch of paddy field. Thanks to the tour of duty.

We chose the bath time as later hours of the day for multiple reasons, one we will be practically alone in the pond where I enjoyed skinny dip and two the local folks of men, women and children would have done with their turn of bath after a long day of work or rest. In other words it is an air of peace, calm and quietude. Sky light was aplenty. There is yet another more valid reason to do so because our dinner will not be ready before 8 pm.

I have a story of a greedy middle aged woman to share with. This woman, lets us call her Sita lived in Mangad, near Kanyakumari gave her rustic daughter, Lakshmi of about 21 yr age in marriage to Chelan, an able bodied and hard working and goodi looking young man slightly older than the girl. This Chelan always hung around the house looking for some vacant and calm slots of minutes during the day to engage with his newly wedded wife. Interestingly, like all mother in laws Sita sensed the intentions precisely, and well in advance and tried her level best to prevent or avoid such encounters during daylight between the newlyweds.

The clever Sita, used to order the girl to complete some extra chores in and around the house or in the kitchen or even in the family prayer room. Both Chellan and Lakshmi grasped the moyive, and on several instances Chelan overheard, Sita advising his young wife about harms due to frequent encounters and the consequences there off which might tell up on the longterm health of the man and hence the welfare of the new family.
Greedy mother in law drives the son in law to nuts and makes him a hermit early during the married life.

Reservoir sand extraction flops

Gladdening news that Thomas Issac informed the house of Kerala Assembly in the Q&A session today was the dismal performance of the mission launched to win sand from the reservoirs of Kerala to supplement the need by the EMS housing scheme to start with. In fact, a geologist like me, knew better that this mission of the Issac-Rajendran duo will fail ultimately. Either these chiefs were incorrectly briefed by the concerned directorates, or they made an attempt to overestimate the human decidedness over the basic tenets of science.

Well it is high time that we as a society pay little more heed to the science rather than to emotion or blind enthusiasm. The administrators are only a slice of the society at large and hence the scientifically unsound decisions mirror the IQ of the society. I am sure that the entire society need not be blamed; instead the sycophants are to be put under limelight.

Friedman write in NY times blog about the state of education in the US, which is a picture of the ground reality over there and what other countries should be doing. There are several examples of the appalling state of school education in the US. This might turn out to be a shock to the future of techno hegemony of the US.
The same thing is valid for countries like India where we are concerned about the numbers and not of the quality. Friedman says what is needed in quality education is a skill set of communication, working in groups and basic grasp of the matter. It is possible only if the kids at home devote more time to the homework and less in front of LCD TV and the computer games.