Book Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Cynthia N, III B. A. English

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has carved a niche for itself in literary history. Readers never fail to be fascinated by the mastermind detective and his quirks. That Sherlock Holmes has wormed his way into readers’ hearts is evident from the fact that readers pelted Doyle’s house with eggs and sent him a volley of letters, beseeching and demanding him to bring Sherlock Holmes back to life when Doyle himself was determined to kill him.

In The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Baskerville family seems to be targeted by a monstrous hound that hunts down the family members. Sir Charles Baskerville dies of a heart attack and the imprint of the huge paw of a hound is spotted near his corpse. Everyone speculates that this might be the handiwork of supernatural, fiendish forces, well past the control of man. However, as Holmes and Watson set off in search of the truth, Holmes unveils a masterful plot with deception at its core.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles is set in the gloomy marshes of the Grimpen Moor and the ominous setting foregrounds the eerie mood of the novel. Conan Doyle hides clues in the very descriptive parts of the text- those parts that a reader might be tempted to skim through quickly, so that no part of the book is superfluous. The several mysteries that lie waiting to be solved snag the attention of the reader and keep it from wandering.

The enigmatic quality of Sherlock Holmes drags the reader deep into the intricacies of the story. Holmes sniffs for clues to solve the puzzle, almost as hound-like as the Baskerville hound itself. He leaves the readers awe-struck with his knack of putting two and two seemingly unrelated things together to form one perfect solution. The famous detective seems to battle against forces that defy all human rationale – forces that form the stuff of myths and legends in order to save the life of Sir Henry Baskerville, who inherits the Baskerville property.

Holmes and Watson are faced with the task of bringing the truth to light and proving that the Baskerville hound is not a beast from hell, and that the problem can be resolved by rationality. Do the daring duo succeed or do they face defeat?

    Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles is a gripping read and is a must read for those who enjoy mystery novels that do not allow them to put them down until they have finished it.

[Photograph Source: Internet]

No Money, Honey

A Look At The Demonitization On Campus

Mathangi N.M., II Year B. A. English and Mercy Johny, II Year B. A. English.

Long queues, ceaseless complaints and no cash. Add in a set of confused people attempting to clear each other’s doubts, and an apt scene for the demonetisation situation can easily be pictured. Although a few weeks have passed, most are still reeling from the announcement. As we find out the impacts of demonetisation, we uncover the woes, as well as the lessons learnt from such incidents, from both students and teachers.

With the universal rule of “parental restrictions” being imposed on every young student out there, and a specific amount given to them for each month’s expenditure, those from hostels have also especially suffered from this sudden, drastic change. However, while a few of them were away during the vacation, those who stayed back admitted that while basic requirements could be bought, other sources of enjoyment would have to be foregone.

The most common complaint that most of them had was the lack of change at a few stores they had visited. “It would be simple for those who have credit cards, but for those who do not have that privilege, it would be quite difficult,” said a first year student. “There are several stores that do not accept cards, as well. Neither do they have the required change. It becomes tiresome to go in search for stores that actually serve the purpose of helping people, in such cases.”

“Our van driver has begun charging an extra amount of Rs.500, to accept the Rs. 2000 note,” said another student. She, however, does not know if this charge will go back to the normal rate once everything settles down. Similarly, shopping for petty items and buying food from the canteen, which is every college student’s “fundamental need,” has become yet another task as they struggle to hunt for change in their wallets.

WhatsApp messages, coupled with amusing memes and posts making the rounds, managed to deceive those gullible enough to believe any false information. But there were pros to it as well. “For those who regularly rely on WhatsaApp for information, some messages even let us know how we could cope up with the effects or even sent links to let us know which ATMs had cash,” said a student.

A teacher also narrated the struggle she underwent while having to make a payment at a hospital. When an urgent need arose, she said, “I had to rely on my friends for money as the ATMs were either closed, or out of cash.” With reliance getting shifted from machines to human help, many also admitted to learning from the support that they received during this time from empathetic shopkeepers and other sellers.

As stated earlier, the hostellers on campus continue to face hurdles every day due to demonetisation. Grocery spending, eating outside, watching a movie are all out of the question; spending money has become a limited affair and just a week or so into college, they have started to assemble in front of the ATMs.

The biggest problem that most hostel dwellers have complained about is related to travel. “We don’t usually carry money, we just use our cards. We use cash only when we have to travel.” As luck would have it, most of them were in their hometowns before the announcement of the demonetisation act.

Stellaites, along with the rest of the society, have not been spared by the bad hand of demonetisation. Yet we see us helping each other when in times of need and teaching each other more about this ambitious change every day. One can only hope that things will settle down and significant, positive changes will occur in the future.

[Photograph Source: The Economic Times]

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Hafsa Badsha, II Year M. A. English

I’d like to say I’ve been as invested in J.K Rowling’s world as I was growing up reading Harry Potter, but the truth is, time passes and other fandoms creep in. A Song of Ice and Fire took over my life, there was a new Star Wars movie on the brink of releasing, and so my seven books took a backseat on my shelf, still much beloved, but not as frequently returned to as I’d have liked. Hogwarts and its characters were the warm, nostalgic part of my life, and it seemed like I’d dissected every element of its universe.

And then the Fantastic Beasts series was announced, and I was hurtling headfirst into the wall at Platform 9 ¾, ready to come home.

The movie is based on Rowling’s fictional textbook, and the move to turn it into a five part film series was booed as nothing more than a blatant money making generator move. I’ll admit, I had a sneaking suspicion that I might be witnessing The Hobbit all over again; gory overuse of CGI with no semblance of a plot or actual characters in mind.

No one shuts me up quite like Rowling does. The movie centres around the adventures of one Newt Scamander, an expelled Hogwarts student who now spends his time as caretaker for a range of magical creatures, all living within the confines of his suitcase. When he comes to the United States to release one of them, a Thunderbird, into its native land of Arizona, he stumbles upon a darker plot adrift. A parasitic force called an Obscrus is on the loose, endangering lives and threatening to expose the wizarding community. Together with disgraced Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Watson), her sister Queenie (A Fine Frenzy), and Muggle (I refuse to use the word No-Maj) companion Jacob (Dan Folger), they must uncover the insidious on goings that will pose danger to them all.

For a movie that was birthed from a textbook, (albeit a magical one), Fantastic Beasts is a piece of genuine, ingenious world building and beautiful storytelling. Redmayne is as much a touted showstopper as Scamander, but his co-stars, Watson, A Fine Frenzy and Folger are all worthy competition when it comes to who truly stole the show. The interaction between the non-magic and magic world, an element sorely lacking in the Harry Potter franchise, is handled with authenticity; there are moments charged with tension, scenes that are fearsome and tragic, and a love story that proves to be heart-warming.

The Beasts themselves are a menagerie of breathtaking visuals, and a testament to the brilliance of Rowling’s imagination. The Nifflers made me guffaw ridiculously loud, the Bowtruckles are adorable, and the Thunderbird will make your heart drop. Overall, they made me think of another large-hearted lover of magical creatures who was expelled. I’ve never wanted to hug Rubeus Hagrid more.

Fantastic Beasts also crowns itself with a few well-placed references to the original series, music included. Without meaning to sound biased, I give this movie all the stars that have existed and my whole heart. There’s never been a better homecoming.

[Photograph Source: IMDb]

Why I Turned Vegan

The Genesis of a Revolution

Jerusha Jose, III Year B. V. A. Fine Arts

With 2 years under my belt in art school, fighting stress, and pushing deadlines; I found the time to catch up with my best friends from school. Just like the old times, we planned a casual meet up at ‘Fruit Shop’, the timeless hangout spot back in the day. After a few awkward minutes of silence, we got the conversation rolling; talking of movies, sports, college and more.

When it was time to order, everyone else assumed the order will be ‘the usual’- 4 chocolate milkshakes. When one of them placed the order, I interrupted and said: “Can I have an orange juice instead?” All of them stared at me as if I had asked for both of their kidneys, for I had broken our tradition. I stared back at them with an air of nonchalance and answered their wordless question, “I am a vegan, been one for almost a year now”

As the server went back with the order for 3 chocolate milkshakes and an orange juice, my friends turned back to me and looked at me in shock as if I had confessed to being a serial killer. The string of questions that followed made me feel like I was being interrogated and, at the same time, as if I was at a Los Angeles Juice Cleanse Convention.

“It’s one of those fads, isn’t it?” “Are you trying to lose weight?” “So no more leather bags?” “Have you lost weight?”“Are your college friends making you do this?” “Are you trying to reinvent yourself in college?” “Don’t you miss chicken?…Paneer?…What about chocolate?” “Are you trying to be like Ariana Grande? Miley Cyrus?”

The answers to all those questions came out in the flow of negativity as I translated my mental notes to verbal pieces. My facial expression and awkward fidgeting made it clear I did not want to pursue the discussion. As they noticed this, they swiftly changed the topic to fashion, very obviously not touching upon leather. The truth was I did want to discuss Veganism but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Well, now I do.

Veganism now popularised by celebrities who want to lose weight or stay fit has misinformed the public that Veganism is a ‘diet’. But it’s not.Veganism is a lifestyle, a choice – made by animal lovers and activists who do not want to exploit God’s creations by shedding their blood. Vegans don’t indulge in the use of any animal product or by-product, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, and neither in other products derived from animals such as leather, silk etc.

We have been stereotyped and in so many false ways. According to the ill-informed, we either are trying to lose weight or trying to act cool or will shove our opinions down others’ throats or will burst into a sudden picketing or can only eat tasteless meals.

Since Veganism isn’t all ‘raw’ and healthy foods, we don’t do it for the sake of losing weight, we do it for enriching our lives. We aren’t doing this because we think this is ‘cool’, sure the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt are vegans too, but we are all passionate and have the same goal to liberate animals from being exploited and to return to Edenic perfection.

To all prospective vegans out there, if you truly love animals and understand the rapid rate at which hundreds of animals die every day, stand up for what you believe in. The transition from a non-vegetarian to a vegan can be hard, but if you think of all the abuse these animals go through, whether it be excruciating pain or death, you will realise we believe in a greater cause than our taste buds. So what do you say? See you at the Vegan Fest in February?

Movie Review: Wall-E

Wall-E Gives Us Another Reason To Prove We All Are Daft

Dalia N., III Year B. A. English

“Out there, there’s a world outside the Yonkers, way out there beyond this hick town, Barnaby…” Barbra Streisand’s voice invites the audience to see a somewhat dirty Earth, a planet much different from the blue orb we are familiar with. The camera zooms in and we see uneven silhouettes of what seem like hills.  Andrew Stanton’s Wall-E shows a future that is entirely possible, excluding the part where humans survive. Well, he made the movie in 2008 and the future of the human race was much better then. Presently we are looking at possible end to the gory glory we have unleashed upon the universe.

It is the year 2805 and roughly 700 hundred years ago they had deemed the world unfit for life because they couldn’t find space for waste. So they moved to the “space” (the cold, dark and vast expanse in which the Earth is a speck of dust) in Axiom, built by Buy n Large (BnL). The Earth they leave is filled with literal filth, unlike the figurative filth that adores the world we belong to. The humans who left in the spaceship hoped to return to Earth, when the robots had cleaned it up. However down in our abandoned and damaged little home, a cute service robot does his duty. He is WALL-E. WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Loader – Earth Class, it was commissioned by BnL for “Operation Clean Up.”

The admirable thing about the movie is that no one speaks for a long time, so when we meet humans towards the end, we are shocked to see and hear our own species. We favour the robots and scorn our own kind. Wall-E himself has minimal dialogue that ranges from squeaky curiosity to an emphasised version of his name, until Eve appears. He falls in love with this robot immediately and becomes an anthropomorphic robot. In a world governed by reason, we should have fled when we knew that the robot was behaving like a human being. Instead we remain glued to our seats watching Eve giggle as Wall-E’s pet cockroach plays with her and we sigh when Wall-E backs off every time he tries to tell her that he is in love with her.

Eve shuts down as she finds a plant on Earth and her reconnaissance mission comes to an end with that. Wall-E travels to Axiom, where MO-4 is shocked upon knowing that Wall-E is 100% foreign contaminant. Wall-E watches in confusion the hover chairs going about in tandem and one of the red suited things fall off from the chair. It is a human, a giant mass of flesh with nearly a non-existent neck and stubby hands. All the humans go past him, and it is Wall-E who helps him.

The humans have been fed with some liquefied food and they haven’t left their hover chairs at all since their birth. They have a screen in front of them, a virtual head gear that keeps them oblivious to the world. There, they have a virtual barrier that keeps them unaware of those beside them, and here we consciously avert our eyes from those who are in need. Wall-E beautifully captures the change the human race is going through, a transformation that is distancing us from those values that make us essentially human.

There is of course AUTO, the one who has been guiding all the captains, he who is offhandedly the supreme commander. Consequently he arbitrarily decides what is good for his people, and his choice is to avoid going back to Earth. Of course humans fight to go and rejuvenate their ancestral planet. But we are not excited about them restoring Earth, we are excited about Wall-E and Eve. That’s the problem with us.

The movie is an earnest social satire, telling us that we are forgetting our place in the universe and it smartly delivers the stupidity that has infected our race. What do we do when the credits come? We go about like we have nothing to do with climate change and declare that love trespasses all frontiers.

[Photograph Source: Internet]

Blindingness

Sneha Mary Christall, II M.A. English

He emerged from his home,
Fully-formed and morose looking,
A newborn unwilling to experience
Anything besides the dark inner lining of his chrysalis.

 

It was with a certain disdain
That he regarded the world.
However, twisting out of his home,
He Realigned,
Readjusted
To this strange new form of existence.

 

In a few deliberate beats, he was out,
His wings, a pale, dusted blue.

 

He began the slow discovery of
His immediate surroundings,
Taking in the sounds of the farmyard
And the general din of a household
Slowly stirring awake.

 

He wasn’t one for frenzied exploration,
He watched me intently,
For the odd little organism that I was.
Flawed.
Wide- eyed.
A shade too silent.

 

His mute eyes conveyed discernment
As though he recognised me for who I was.

 

I felt exposed.
As though I had unwillingly let him in
On something inward.

 

It was perverse
How maddened I was.
I watched him,
As he flew past.
Crouching among shadows and sunbeams,
My hand, as though acting of its own accord,
Reached out and grasped him,
Crushed him to Finer than Dust.

 

I watched
As though from afar,
The shadow-play
Of his death,
Quick. Final.

 

Walking out
Into blindingness,
I longed to forget,
My vision blinded
By something beautiful and sad;
A child’s incurable curiosity-
And her capacity for evil.

It’s Their World, Too.

Pooja Krishna, II Year B. A. English

The world, according to me, is divided into three kinds of people. Those who, upon seeing an injured puppy on the road, would kick it, rejoicing in its pain; those who would feel compassion for the animal and immediately rush it to a place where help would be provided, and the third and worst kind: those who show inaction in the times when action is required; those who wouldn’t spare the poor thing a second glance. Those are the kind of people for whom the last circle of hell is reserved for, or so Dante Alighieri says. But let’s put that thought aside for a moment.

Now, for the second category of people, who would immediately help the animal. Not all of us who fall into the second category are veterinarians. So what do we do? We take the animal to the ‘experts’. Those who are trained to help in those kinds of situations. The Blue Cross Of India, a.k.a. the place where free aid is provided for animals, because let’s face it, not all of us who fall into the category are millionaires, and we can’t afford to spend hard-earned money on an injured mutt, no matter how big our hearts are.

Little do we know that nothing in the world is free.

Do we wonder what happens to the animal we rescued after we leave it at the Blue Cross? We automatically assume that it would get its happily ever after, as we go on with our busy lives. We couldn’t be more wrong. The sad truth is that there is a good chance that we have left the animal in a state more perilous than the one we found it in.

When we think of the Blue Cross, we immediately wonder how kind and unselfish they are to dedicate their lives to help the voiceless. Little do we realize that they do more harm to the animals in their care.

According to popular reviews and statistics, any animal left in the care of the Blue Cross survives for less than 20 days, no matter how healthy it was when it was admitted there. A lot of people who have adopted animals from the Blue Cross have left negative reviews, sharing their experiences, as many of them saw their beloved pets die before their very eyes.

‘Dirty’ is the word that immediately came to mind the first time I visited the Blue Cross. Dirty and unhygienic. I had to control my tears as I looked at the poor souls who peered at me from behind bars (both literally and metaphorically). Very few animals were allowed to roam around outside independently, and the young ones were shut up in huge, dirty cages (that were probably cleaned once a month or something).Proper vaccinations were not given to all animals, and serious diseases were overlooked, according to some reviews.

Of course, the Blue Cross cannot take the entire blame for its treatment of animals. Lack of funds is becoming a serious issue, which automatically leads to insufficient medical and other kinds of help needed.

‘If this was an organization serving humans, would they be this casual?’ asks Sudha, a person who has witnessed, firsthand, the cruelty that animals go through at the organization.

That is the problem here. Here is where the third and last category of people come in. The world is filled with the kind of people who are too busy running along with their lives to spare even an iota of concern, let alone money, to those they consider lesser than them, and unfortunately, the Blue Cross has some of those kinds of people, too. Some people join the Blue Cross just to earn a good name and not out of genuine care for animals.

The motto of the Blue Cross is, ‘Animals – It’s their world, too.’ I think the real problem lies in us assuming that the world is ours, to begin with.

[Photograph Source: YouTube]

A Time When A Near Wipeout Is Imminent

Gowri S, III Year B. A. English

“Nature thrives on patience; Man on impatience.” This very impatience of human beings mentioned in this Paul Boesan quote is what instigates their callous attitude towards nature. Nowadays, even without the aid of statistical data, one can easily infer the rate of deterioration of the natural world surrounding us.

Global Warming is an active contender in this race towards the end of the world, the repercussions of which are not alien to us. Owing to the fact that we belong to the 21st century, where exploitation is at its helm and sustainable development nowhere to be seen, we are experiencing a fair share of the adverse effects already.

Hence it wouldn’t be surprising to know that global warming has the ability to lead 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, according to a new study. While North America and Europe stand saved due to their relatively smaller rates of extinction, South America’s heat-triggered extinction rates are likely to ascend to an alarming 23 percentage, the worst recorded for any continent.

The analysis and compilation of the 131 peer-reviewed studies on different species by ecologist Mark Urban of the University of Connecticut have pointed out that the average extinction rate of the globe has been found to be 7.9 percent.

This figure is the average for all the regions and species and has been concluded on the basis of the assumptions made regarding the future trends of greenhouse gas emissions. Urban calls this result a sober one, which deserves immediate attention.

According to him, the calculated rate does not necessarily signal the complete wipe-out of the species. He opines that some will be just on an irreversible decline dwindling towards obliteration. Criticisms levelled against Urban say that he has underestimated the real rate of extinction, because he solely focuses on temperature and does not consider other factors which catalyse the situation like fire or interaction with other animals.

Biologists Stuart Pimm of Duke University and Terry Root of Stanford University point out that more studies have been done in North America and Europe where the extinction rates are lower.

The current calculated rate is not constant and can change with respect to time and the heat released from burning coal, oil and gas. Urban writes that at the moment the rate is as low as 2.8 percent and has a tendency to rise with increased carbon dioxide pollution and warmer temperatures.

It has also been found that if the carbon emissions continue to rise globally in the current pace, by the end of this century, 1 in 6 of the species will be treading the road to extinction. This accounts for a rate higher than the overall rate of 7.9 percent which was calculated hoping that the world would reduce or at least slow down the carbon emissions.

As the temperature increases, the species would start migrating to the poles and up in elevation, in an effort to escape the heat. But Urban says that some species like the American Pika would not be able to shift further and are likely to die in the heat.

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The African Pika faces extinction. [Source: Peter Mirejovsky]
This scenario of a gradual yet obvious habitat loss is akin to that of being caught in an ever shrinking island. The extinction from warming climates has been rendered insignificant by a much higher extinction rate contributed by man.

According to Pimm, for every species disappearing for natural causes, 1000 are vanishing due to unnatural man made causes. This observation once again proves the extent of human involvement in this deterioration.  Urban declares that though the current situation is not analogous to an instance of mass extinction, it is obviously redolent of an impending wipe-out and we are undoubtedly headed in that direction.

Another study was conducted by examining 23 million years of marine fossils in order to check the extinction rates of aquatic animals. Marine animals like whales, dolphins and seals have been found to be the most vulnerable, according to this study.

Moreover the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Western Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean between Australia and Japan have been found as posing extreme potential for extinction in the offing, especially the ones caused by manmade factors.

We, however, tend to conveniently ignore the fact that our avaricious nature is what contributes to most of the problems concerning the ecosystem. What we forget is that these problems would ultimately victimise us and thus rob us of all the comfort we experience now. Animals too play a vital role in balancing our ecosystem and a world devoid of them would undoubtedly pave way to a situation worse than ever.

Club of the Month: Enviro Club

Nikita Pinto III Year B.A. English

In conversation with the office bearers of the Environ Club – President Subhiksha Lakshmi (Zoology), Secretary Tasneem Kathawala (Botany) and Ananya Ramesh (Fine Arts).

They are known to champion the cause of the environment wherever they go, be it at home, in college, or any place that gives them the space to spread awareness. The Environment Club is known on campus for constantly taking up initiatives to not only create an environment-friendly consciousness among students but to also get them involved in various activities that safeguard the environment. As Subhiksha Lakshmi, the President of the club and a third-year Zoology student puts it, “Nature has been catering to our needs. It’s our turn to cater to nature’s needs.”

The club has plenty of activities in their roster for this year, including a Pongal bird count on the Stella campus in January, Naatupura Paadalgal – a collaboration with the Light Music Club, where songs about the environment will be sung, a Late Safari – in collaboration with the Environmentalist Foundation of India, and tree planting sessions, to name a few. The club has also worked with various outside organisations, including the EFI, Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) and Blue Cross. It encourages its members and college students to participate in clean-up drives, pet adoptions, turtle walks, bird-watching and beach and campus clean-ups. The club also works with the Student’s Union in promoting their recent initiative, “Reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle.”

The most memorable event staged on campus for the team was Tiger Day. “It was our first event this year,” says Subhiksha. “Tiger day was received very well by the students. Even the merchandise was popular among students as many bought Save the Tiger badges. A lot of people gathered to watch the documentary of tigers in the OAT too.”

According to the team, littering is a primary problem found on campus. Secretary Tasneem Kathawala, from Botany, says, “Despite the different dustbins allotted for biodegradable waste and plastic items, people still litter. In fact, the litter is concentrated around the dustbin, instead of inside it.” The club leaders even decided on starting a “litter patrol”, to ensure that the campus grounds would be kept clean and litter-free. “It all comes down to the student. They need to understand that it affects them,” says Subhiksha. The use of plastic is also a recurrent issue faced on college grounds. “The use of plastic cups and spoons, including Styrofoam, affects us. Styrofoam has the tendency to melt when some hot liquid is placed inside it, and consequently, we ingest it. Styrofoam is a form of plastic; it does not degrade but instead, chokes life (of the environment).”

When asked about the biggest threat the environment faces currently, Subhiksha replies without hesitating, “ourselves”, to which the others unanimously agree. She says, “The environment is something ingrained in us, but we exploit it. We must restrict the use of natural resources for future generations.”

Love and concern for the environment unite the three office bearers, as well as all the members of the club. Upon being asked the reason behind them joining the club, all three reiterated their passion for the environment and their activism for the same. Ananya Ramesh, from Fine Arts, says, “I joined because I love animals and I hate seeing the environment dirty.” Tasneem and Subhiksha too share the sentiment, adding, “I joined because I’m passionate about the environment.”

All three office bearers have either volunteered at animal shelters, environment organisations or have taken some initiative to make the world an eco-friendlier place. Subhiksha herself was featured in The Hindu for her niche interest as a butterfly enthusiast. According to her, there are more than 55 species of butterflies on the Stella Maris campus alone. However, over time, there has been a reduction in the number of species due to human settlement and the growing amount of plastic on campus. Yet, the college remains one of the most eco-friendly campuses in the city, with the constant initiatives taken up by the college like the segregation of waste and the plantation of trees.

The club has its own logo of a reindeer’s horns encircling and protecting the earth, accompanied by the slogan “Wilderness redefined.” The slogan and logo, designed by Ananya, symbolise that “all of us are wild creatures but have been domesticated,” explains Tasneem. “We need to be wild again, in the sense that we need to be in tune with nature.” The club, therefore, advocates a return to nature, an attitude of ‘wilderness redefined’ instead of urban, materialistic concerns which can be harmful to the ecosystem. The team strongly believes in respecting and protecting the environment, as Ananya says, “Be sensitive to the environment; it’s our home.”

What sets the club apart from the others, is that, as Tasneem says, “It deals with something that is much needed right now.” She continues, “Climate change comes first in the world. If the planet is healthy, we’re all okay. We need to take small steps and spread awareness.”

The club stands for spreading awareness of the threats that face the ecosystem, while also promoting active participation among members to save and protect the environment. As the description on the college, website says, “Our club is more than litter removal. It is an initiation into a change of lifestyle. Through the club, one can be part of various activities and awareness drives that not only discuss the threats that our planet is currently facing but also find solutions and act on them!”

[Photograph Source: SMC Student’s Union Facebook Page]

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