Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Some Impressions of a Mapping Survey in Hyderabad

During my two months stay in Hyderabad I conducted a mapping survey for the field research part of my thesis. Two different research areas were chosen for a land use mapping survey, the ward Bholakpur consisting mostly of well-established slum areas and a considerably larger area around Fathenagar on the north-western fringe of Hyderabad. The mapping was mostly conducted on foot and only some areas were mapped on a motorbike. Because I was only used to mapping natural features like geology, soil or river systems in mainly European rural areas, the mapping of human activity in an Indian mega urban setting was a new and interesting experience.

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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 »

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

On Wednesday 19th 2014 the second annual World Toilet Day was celebrated. It is backed by the United Nations and intends to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people worldwide who still don’t have access to improved sanitation services. Read more »