Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Monthly Archives: December 2014

Working in the slum area of Nandagiri Hills (Hyderabad)

I’m staying here in Hyderabad for around 2 months now. Incredible how time runs. A lot of things happened –good things as well as some bad things. I got a lot of routine in my everyday life – and this for example helps to succeed in the negotiations with the rickshaw drivers. After my experience at the TKD class, I would like to share another positive experience – my work in the slum area of Nadagiri Hills.

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Is Mumbai the new Paris?

Fashion is an important part of everyday life… and this is also true for India. Traditional clothing in India greatly varies across the different parts of the country and is strongly influenced by local culture. But still the most popular dress for women remains the Sari.The sari is widely regarded as a symbol of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi culture and the most women wear it every day. The traditional Indian woman creates her style with make up and ornaments like, Bindi, mehendi, earrings, bangles and other jewelry, under the motto: More is more. But today it seems, that fashion in India is in transition. Read more »

Fog or Smog? – India’s megacities face another huge challenge

13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are located in India. This result concluded by the WHO in 2014 clarifies the sheer magnitude of air pollution within the country. Even though being daily confronted with the effects of dusty smog, locals rather tend to use the term “fog”. This lack of conceptual clarity gives rise to the question if the population in megacities in fact requires more education on the phenomenon itself or if it refers to the displacement or non-consideration of air pollution problems. Regarding the research on growing megacities, it is important to take a look at further issues apart from the water topic as it gives an additional view on a variety of interconnected problem areas. Read more »