The enthusiasm is infectious. The team of Shashi Kartik, Shobha Devi, Thampi Sabari, and Harikrishna is forging the program of ZED Walden quietly but with steady firming up of the plans.
Sridhar has been motivating force with his inspiring network connection. An Ashoka fellow Shubhendu has pitched in with some hard inputs on how they can create a Walden in Bangalore that will relive the timeless idyll that Henry David Thoreau portrayed captured in Of Walden Pond in the 1860s.
The emotion is powerful. The aspiration of every urban citizen to create an oasis of quiet, of piece, and of eco-balance is as old as time. But there is not enough of such coordinated energies to make the ideal reality in a world that is moving at speeds that make things a blur,” says Thampi Sabari, a senior IT professional and Zed resident. “To me it’s been a ride of huge learning. I am waiting to sink my teeth into the deeper challenge of taking such an ideal of sustainability and making it work within the grid of process and systems.”
Dr. Shashi Kartik who earned her thesis on watershed management from the Punjab University many years ago, and Shobha Devi, Head of Landscaping at BCIL, as a team steer execution at ZedWalden.
Watch this space for more on the Walden program in the next edition, for the team is still evolving the plan.