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What is Wrong with the Conventional Water Treatment Options: What are the Alternatives?

By Dr Shashi K | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Waste water treatment has traditionally been the responsibility of municipal corporations, but due to water scarcity it is now mandatory for industrial and residential developments to treat sewage before releasing it. Conventional treatment of grey water requires oxygenation, which is energy consuming and generates large amounts of sludge that needs responsible disposing. On the other hand, a plant-based system (Phytorid) is a tried and tested technology that achieves the same results at minimal cost without expending energy or using harmful chemicals.

Labour Care = The Human Factor

By Dr. Shashi K | APR 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our urban scene anywhere in India appears like a permanent construction site. All along the construction sites, the lesser privileged live in temporary accommodations. Most of these people are the victims of the vagaries of the weather or early victims of climate change related droughts who come to cities for some opportunities. Labor care therefore is one of the most important considerations that we as a construction firm are completely committed to.

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Which Electric Vehicles Are Available In India

Diesel, Petrol, or Electric Vehicle: How Can I Decide Which Is Best For Me?

By Dr Shashi K | Apr 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Electric vehicle has been a human fancy for a long time. However, never before the urgency to have electric vehicles as mainstream vehicle had been more than in recent times. This is particularly significant as electric vehicles are clean energy vehicles and something that can help wean us away from our fossil fuel addiction. Electric vehicles are also non-polluting and will propel urban ecosystems to become cleaner and better.

Why Should We Use Star Rated Appliances?

By Dr. Shashi K | Mar 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A higher star rated appliance will assure you save money for the life of the appliance. A monthly saving of just 200 units would put Rs.1,700 in your pocket at current electricity rates. Over ten years this means Rs.2,04,000 and over 25 years this means Rs. 5,10,000, factor in this cost when you buy a new appliance. While earlier it was difficult to understand the energy efficiency quotient of appliances, now the star ratings helps us understand the potential of savings directly.

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Biodiversity Loss and What We Can Do About It?

By Dr Shashi K | Mar 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are losing some of our unique ecological niches because of the direct and indirect disturbances that we humans create in our ecosystem. As a result of the changes in land use, pollution, global warming, and physical destruction of ecosystems, species are getting extinct. Although extinction of species is a natural Darwinian process, the rate at which the species are getting extinct now is unprecedented. It is entirely possible to stop the accelerated loss of biodiversity by making changes in our life-style. And it’s all……… worth it.    

Why Is Renewable Energy Important? Types of Renewables

By Dr. Shashi K | Mar 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nothing, perhaps nothing else that matters so much is more appropriately named than how energy is classified. Embedded in the name of renewables is the core of what renewable energy delivers. It is the form of energy that can be renewed endlessly as it makes use of the resources that are a part and parcel of the Earth’s natural system, be it oceans and tides, water, wind, sunlight and even accessible heat energy stored in the Earth.

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Indoor Air Quality

By Dr Shashi K | Mar 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Indoor air quality is mostly an undervalued asset as there is very little awareness about its correlation with overall health and well-being. Outdoor quality contributes to it to some extent, but many indoor air pollutants are not really suspected as cause of pollution that can be harmful to humans. Biological, chemical and particle pollution can create significant distress to all humans especially most vulnerable sections of the society just as newly born babies and old people. 

Organic Gardening - Vertical, Terrace, and Regular Gardens

By Dr. Shashi K | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Gardening offers some less visible, but equally sustaining benefits - whether it is a vertical garden, a kitchen garden, a backyard garden or a roof-top garden. Home gardening helps close the loop from organic waste to compost to growing vegetables. It not only helps in reducing the heat gain on the roof/terrace and other areas at home but also contributes to enriched soil and reduced landfill waste. Besides, eating fresh fruits and vegetables immediately after harvesting assures high level of nutrition and satisfaction.

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Conventional Water Treatment-1

What is Wrong with the Conventional Water Treatment Options: What are the Alternatives?

By Dr Shashi K | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Waste water treatment has traditionally been the responsibility of municipal corporations, but due to water scarcity it is now mandatory for industrial and residential developments to treat sewage before releasing it. Conventional treatment of grey water requires oxygenation, which is energy consuming and generates large amounts of sludge that needs responsible disposing. On the other hand, a plant-based system (Phytorid) is a tried and tested technology that achieves the same results at minimal cost without expending energy or using harmful chemicals.

Is Solar PV A Feasible Solution For Our Power Needs?

By Dr. Shashi K | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Reduce or eliminate energy bills. Earn tax credits and rebates. Start savings from Day 1. Help the environment and help us all. Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. Installing solar panels at home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. For a country with abundant sunshine and poor connectivity, using solar power to generate electricity clearly appears to be the way to go!

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Wounded Earth - Effects of Air Pollution

By Dr Shashi K | Feb 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Air pollution is not merely a threat to our health but a reminder that our most celebrated technological achievements are in fact environmental failures. Be it automobiles or jet planes or power plants, they are all guzzling down precious fossil fuels. Some ways to reduce pollution include energy conservation, switching to renewables, and following the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Organic Outlets in the City of Hyderabad

By Seetha Anand | Nov 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the last decade or so, there has been a rise in the number of organic stores and farmers bazaars in the city of Hyderabad. This has been the trend world over and the twin cities have caught up on it too. Today there are many players in the market.

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Vegan Options in the City of Hyderabad

By Seetha Anand | Nov 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Veganism is slowly but surely catching up in the city of Hyderabad. A vegan diet means no dairy, eggs, honey, meat, poultry or fish -- abstinence from all animal products. People turn vegans for reasons of health, prevention of animal cruelty and for environmental protection.

Vegan Options in the City of Hyderabad

Nov 28, 2018 6:58:15 PM / by Seetha Anand

Veganism is slowly but surely catching up in the city of Hyderabad.

A vegan diet means no dairy, eggs, honey, meat, poultry or fish -- abstinence from all animal products. People turn vegans for reasons of health, prevention of animal cruelty and for environmental protection.

Vegan diet definitely reduces the carbon footprint by saving water, by reducing harmful emissions. There is so much cruelty in commercial animal rearing for food and dairy.

Artificial insemination, hormonal injections, unhealthy feeds to boost growth/ milk production, inhuman breeding methods -- all make even vegetarian diets cruel.

Milk is surely not the way to increase calcium in the body. It is often a hindrance to detoxification and holistic health.

Excessive milk consumption in the form of various products like cheese, paneer, butter, yoghurt and ghee has resulted in adulteration of the same.

Pasteurized milk seldom has any beneficial properties. When production has to match unreasonable levels of demand, then quality suffers.

What was earlier considered healthy in small quantities becomes unhealthy.

Therefore for many vegan diets are a healthier option.

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Here is a dekko of 2 places in Hyderabad which offer vegan foods --


#Terrasen Cafe
8-2-418, Road no. 4,
Near Mount Kailash Apartment,
Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad, Telangana -
Website: http://www.terrassencafe.in/

 

Vegan Terrasen Cafe Hyderabad

 

 Terrasen Cafe

 

This cozy joint is known for the freshness of food, purity of the ingredients and delicious out of the box meals.

Dhanesh Sharma, started the Terrassen cafe in March 2015. He turned vegan in 2013. At that time Hyderabad had no vegan places and he wanted to bridge the gap. "I have been conscious of what I eat , vegan and healthy eating were both absent from Hyderabad food scene.

So I felt the need to start one for people with similar bent of mind . Since then , whenever we come up with a new item on the menu we work on it being vegan, healthy and Unique.

This is our USP as our menu had developed to be one of its kind."

"We bake our own bread which is free from maida, dough conditioners, additives and preservatives. We believe in making everything fresh. We believe in making everything from scratch. So if we go about making a sandwich we will makes our own sauces, spreads, filling and the bread !!"

Understanding the needs of people who are on a gluten free diet for health or allergy reasons, they have incorporated a lot of Gluten free options in their menu including breads and cakes.

Their clientele are people who appreciate food which does not compromise with the health aspect.

Thus vegan and non vegans both form their clientele. "Young crowd who are looking for something new also appreciate our effort.

We deliver online through swiggy and Zomato." adds Dhanesh before rushing off into his kitchen!!

 

Gluten Free Black Rice Pudding with Vegan IceCream

 

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 Gluten Free Black Rice Pudding with Vegan IceCream

 


Gluten Free Pizza

 

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 Gluten Free Pizza

 


Gluten Free Noodles

 

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 Gluten Free Noodles

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# Smart Alec - Alternative Deli
910 - C, Road no. 46, Silent Valley Hills, Jubilee Hills,
Hyderabad, Telangan - 500033
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 Smart Alec - Alternative Deli

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 Smart Alec - Alternative Deli

 

Smart Alec Alternative Deli, run by Mansi Virmani and Sanjna Muttreja is Hyderabad’s full fledged vegan restaurant that opened November of last year.

Both partners who are also school friends turned vegan about two years ago for ethical reasons once they learned more about the cruelty in the animal agriculture industry. Both have been interested in food and cooking since they were teenagers and turning vegan reignited the passion for cooking since options in the market were limited.

Paying attention, baffled them about just how many “vegetarian” items in restaurants and supermarkets contained animal ingredients.

They decided to take up the challenge and showcase how pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, decadent desserts, and so much more could taste just as delicious when made with plant based ingredients.

It’s also their way of furthering and promoting the cause of veganism; after all the way to many hearts is through food!

From old time vegans, to travellers and expats, curious minds, health and fitness enthusiasts, and others come by to have a meal or snack.

They are currently delivering food through Swiggy and Zomato. They have also recently started delivering their confectionery items like vegan cheeses, butters, mayonnaise, cakes and breads on a pre-order basis.

As for future plans, they now, have two other vegan businesses that have just started operating from the same premises. They hope to become India’s First vegan hub. They plan to have more events, talks and cooking demos in the future.

 

Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza 

 

Vegan Delicacies

 Vegan Delicacies

 

Baked Potato with Herbs

 Baked Potato with Herbs

 

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake 

 

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 Vegan Delicacies 

 

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 Vegan Delicacies

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Some facts

Conservation of Water

It takes 100 to 200 times more water to raise a pound of beef than it does to raise a pound of plant foods. Cutting down on just one kilo of beef saves 15,000 litres of water; replacing a roast chicken with a vegetable bean (which has similar protein levels) saves 4,325 litres of water."

Soil Protection

Livestock also erode and weaken soil. This is partly because raising livestock usually leads to deforestation, which clears huge areas of land of the different elements such as trees, rocks etc that provide nutrients and resilience, in order to make room for the livestock to roam.

Reduces Energy Consumption

Meat, poultry and fish production requires more energy and resources to produce, preserve, ship and package. Vegan diets would greatly reduce all this wastage.

Air Pollution

Livestock in the world cause a lot of air pollution by emission of harmful gases and reduction of plants by way of their consumption. Planting more plants for consumption means more oxygen in the world and reduction of carbon emissions.

Moreover it is # Healthy # Delicious # Not Difficult

Easy Substitutes for Dairy Products

  • Dairy Milk can be substituted with nut milk such as coconut, almond etc. These are cheaper and healthier than dairy milk.
  • Cheese can be made out of cashew paste and seasonings
  • Curd and Buttermilk can be made with nutmilks
  • Butter can be substituted with Tahini
  • Ghee can be substitued with Vegetable/ seed oils

Here's hoping many more such ethical and sustainable eating options mushroom in the city!

 

Topics: Organic and Vegan

Seetha Anand

Written by Seetha Anand

Seetha Anand, works through Ananda Foundation for Holistic and healthy learning and living as a Teacher Trainer, Educational Resource Person, Remedial Therapist, Author and Wellness Coach