Monika, Pravir and Roomy from a small group devoted to the protection of the environment- the Three Greens. They discover the world through adventure, mystery and romance. They explore the world together; learn from their peers, elders and from nature. Engagingly told, these stories conduct us through small experiences and seek solutions to serious environmental issues.
Rajesh gives an overview of the book:
'All right then. Let me pinch your nose and let's see how long you can live.' Pravir put his index finger and thumb firmly against Roomy's nose and pressed hard.
‘Uhhhhh,' struggled Roomy. ‘Leave my nose, Pravir!'
‘All right' said Pravir. ‘Now do you admit that air is more important?'
‘No, it's not air that's important. It's breathing that's important' said Roomy.
‘That's a very fine distinction you are drawing, Roomy' said Pravir. ‘After all it's air that you are breathing. That way I could as well say that it's not food that important, it's eating that's important.'
Roomy was nonplussed and didn't know what to say to that.
‘I think what Roomy is trying to say is that air is there' said Monika, coming to her sister's defense. ‘You don't have to do anything, but with food you have to do something.'
‘Do something' said Pravir, sounding puzzled. ‘What do you mean?'
‘I mean, like cook it. Even if it is a fruit, you have to climb up a tree and pluck it. Its not freely available like air.'
‘Yes, that's what I meant' said Roomy. ‘You see you can take air for granted. With food and water you can't do that.'
‘I wonder now' said Pravir thoughtfully, ‘whether you can really take air for granted.'
‘You see bhaiya' said Roomy in an explaining tone, ‘air isn't going to simply disappear all of a sudden, is it?'
‘No, it wouldn't disappear' agreed Pravir, ‘but it could become poisonous.'
Poisonous air! What a scary thought. Monika felt a sense of shock. Pravir was right. Hadn't there been this horrible gas leak in Bhopal, which her Social Studies teacher had talked about in school, in which thousands of people had died. And hadn't she had this terrible, terrible experience just this very evening bus as they were coming back from their day long tour of the city?
Rajesh Talwar is mainly a writer. He has practised law for many years, taught at University and worked for the United Nations in Somalia, Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and now Timor-Leste. He writes fiction (novels, plays, children's books) and well as non fiction (human...