Friday, November 15, 2013

Transport woes adding to climate changes

As pollution levels rise, India is in grave danger. The number of vehicles on the road increases month by month, day by day, and subsequently pollution levels are rising dramatically above safe limits. Time is running out to rectify the damage done by mankind. Writes Mangesh Ashrit of Grallo.

A news report in Zee News states the area & the ground near Victoria Memorial in Kolkata has become unsafe for morning joggers & walkers. The report says the average Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) level from 4 AM to 8 AM is 227 mg/m3 whereas the limit is 100 mg/m3. Around 1000 vehicles pass by that area every hour. This is one example of many that could be cited in India and other cities around the world.

The recent disaster in Philippines, “Typhoon Haiyan”, is the jewel in the crown of this year’s extraordinary typhoon calendar, and experts have cited climate change as a cause. Typhoon Haiyan hit at a speed of 230 Km/H for about 10 minutes and went up to 315 Km/H for a about a minute. The preliminary stats on damage caused $858.6 million & 2,300 are reporded dead with the number set to rise.

While the science of the effects of transport pollution on our weather systems are immensely complex few dispute that green house gas emissions has speeded up climatic change. The SPM levels are conclusive, they are bad for your health and reduce your quality of life and quality of the surrounds of where you live and work.

One way to reduce your carbon emissions in our daily lives is reducing the amount we use private vehicles. Sharing your journey to the office instead of taking an individual vehicle, is a great way to cut down on personal emissions. Here is an article on some folks at Kanakapura in Bangalore, India who are already carpooling to their offices.  

At Grallo we believe in trying to improve the worlds environment, and we believe that society will benefit from being more closely connected. In sharing journeys you can do all of that and more. Every little helps, so try to do your bit for today.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Perks of working with a travel company

Three months back I switched jobs and landed in Grallo, given I’m involved in the marketing, it seems that it is about time that I contributed to our slow moving blog. Grallo is a UK based event transport company, which has been a seismic cultural and work change in comparison to my previous work.

Grallo works as a travel partner with large festivals such as the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, the Great Indian Octoberfest, the goMAD. We also do weddings, corporate events….but enough of the pitch, let me tell you about goMAD.

A Mad Adventure

I was fortunate enough to travel with team for the goMAD Festival that happened in Ooty from 25th October to 27th October 2013.

The festival happened at the Fernhills Palace in Ooty which is situated on top of a hill and is spread over 50 acres.

The Palace

This palace was the summer residence of the Maharaja of Mysore and was built by Capt. F. Cotton in the year 1844. It is engulfed in greenery & fresh air, and there is a stunning valley flowing behind the palace.

The Artists

The festival had over 5o world class performances. Parvaaz, Sabelo Mthembu, Parikrama, Sky Rabbit, Prem Joshua and band, Amayama, Blot, Noori, the Ska Vengers, Sean Roldan and friends, the Shakey Rays and many more.

Time to Relax

Once the event was over, where I should add, we were working!  We thought of chilling out for some time at this resort named “Destiny” and below is a photograph of the view.  Words fall short to describe this natural beauty. I suppose it is no wonder that many of my friends are offering me a job swap. ;)

- Mangesh