The mercury is finally falling these days in Delhi, reminding us of the fact that when large blocks of cement get cold, it isn't easy to warm them up! The problem with that, of course, is that most of us live in housing that consists of large blocks of cement. Yes, the afternoon sun is still wonderful, but the nights are chilly, there is no doubt of that. So what to do?
Running a space heater nonstop is both expensive and environmentally unfriendly. (Actually, some environmentalists say we can run the heat nonstop and sustainably--we just need to colonize someplace like Africa or Rajasthan and build huge solar power or wind plants first--but I'm not convinced.)
Here at the Dhaba, we believe that some high-tech stuff is great, but when in doubt, low-tech is probably a safer bet. For example, everyone loves to love CFL light bulbs, but it's even more sustainable to turn off the lights you aren't using!
So today, I offer a simple, time-tested solution for some of your heating problems: the good old hot water bottle. Hot water containers have been around for hundreds of years--before we had modern rubber, people used wood or metal or ceramic containers! Now most people in rich countries don't use hot water bottles any more, but we in the "developing world" still do. Why? Because they are cheap, efficient, and wonderfully comfortable. On those cold Delhi nights, nothing beats a blanket, a book and a hot water bottle!
For those of you living abroad who settle only for things of the highest quality and fashion, I recommend FashionHot water bottles. You can get a Minky Swirls Plushy bottle for only $27.97! The bottles we get in Delhi aren't nearly so fancy, but they are less than one sixth the price of a Minky! Another example of Indian Green--Cheap and Best!
Oh yes, if you have really strong lungs, some people say that in a pinch you can use hot water bottles to liven up your child's birthday party. I'm not sure I believe it, but this video does look convincing! Still, I do not endorse this idea--best to just buy the balloons, if you ask me!
On an entirely more serious note, December 3 is the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal/Union Carbide-Dow disaster. We'll have more up next week about this. For now, here are some links you should follow:
Lots of information; a good place to give money: bhopal.org
Students for Bhopal explain how to Dump Your Dow!
I'm a Bhopali--bloggers bring the attention back to December 3, 1984