Pebbles in Turquoise – Stories in Blue and Green

Dear Readers,

This new book of collection of my posts is after the first two editions  ‘Sixty Shades of Green: Musings on Sustainability‘ and  ‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between: Musings on Life, Love and Sustainability‘. This third edition  pulls together another 50 of my blog posts.

Pebbles in Turquoise – Stories in Blue and Green is a blend between “Green” and “Blue” and a a collection that is like pebbles scattered on a beach. It attempts to create a place where you can chill, listen to the sound of waves and watch the blue sky.

The Blue carries my anecdotes from my personal experience with people, places and life. The Green is presented in a semi-fictional and satirical style with sustainability as the focus. As before, the book  comes with rich and attractive illustrations (doodles).

Take a look at the Table of Contents – TOC

You can find the book on the website of Amazon, Amazon India and Pothi. The book will soon be available on Flipkart.

Avail the Print on Demand Service.

What do readers have to say about the articles in this Book? 

“Heart-warming and so philosophical. Loved it. ”

“That was a really witty article and hard hitting at the same time. Love to read your blogs always !“

“Amazing imagination. I loved this blog of yours. People often forget that love is what we all need and work is just a part of life. thanks for reminding this. Keep loving and writing”

“Mystery is a different genre.. Enjoyable reading with a twist on the end.”

“You are truly a magician with the words. The last incident seems so unbelievable.”

“You are indeed a fantastic writer Dr Modak – thoughts are coming from within the heart and translated into words …”

“Reading your blog – one becomes aware of the questions one forgets to ask – when a rhetoric dominates thinking !:)”

“Wow, a fantastic morning to start with. Your lovely selective words make us to feel the experience what you had in Vienna.”

“Really aptly said, Dr Modak. Most of the CSR heads are just post filled by the extras, who thinks environment and sustainability is very easy task to handle and anyone can do that. Really enjoyed your blog!”

“Hehehe… forget the technical topics Doctor, keep writing under the heading ‘My experiences’”

“It is hilarious and perhaps best piece of satire I have ever read.”

“Fantastic ! The Missionaries of Segregation and the 3Rs must be smarting in their cocoons !!”

“informative but satirical article .how far Indian people will follow god only knows. Worth publishing in daily news-paper.”

“Richard Feynman Prasad Modak birds of the same feather.carrying knowledge,wisdom lightly ,communicating obtruse subject in lighter vein yet never failing imparting profound material lucidly with telling effect.”

“Left me speechless and with mixed bag of emotions. Guess it’s time for a little drag in the balcony of my hostel and have a recall myself. : ) Thank you for such a nice read.”

“Your today’s blog reads like a suspense movie sitting on the fence between reality & fiction.”

“From profligacy to prudence and parsimony – the journey can begin only with awareness! And your blog shares that awareness even to a lay reader like me!”

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‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between’, Now Available

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Dear Readers,

Enthused by your response to ‘Sixty Shades of Green: Musings on Sustainability‘, I have now brought out it’s companion edition,  ‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between: Musings on Life, Love and Sustainability’ which pulls together another 50 of my blog posts.

‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between’ has a different sort of flavor – In these posts, I have related anecdotes from my personal experience with people, places and life. However, just like ‘Sixty Shades of Green’, I have adopted a semi-fictional and satirical style. In most of the posts, sustainability has been the focus. As before, the book  comes with rich and attractive illustrations (doodles) but in a new design format.

Take a look at the Table of Contents – TOC.

You can find the book on the websites of Amazon, Amazon India, Flipkart and Pothi. Avail the Print on Demand Service.  Kindle version will be available soon. 

Few hard copies of the first book “Sixty Shades of Green” are still available with me. Click here to purchase. This book is also available on Amazon, FlipKart and Pothi.

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What do readers have to say about the articles in the New Book? 

BLOG POST WHAT READERS SAID
Whether to Drive Electric? It’s all about Location, Location and Location! Awsome Dr.Modak and I am purchasing a bicycle now…

–       Mahesh Dalvi

Eye opening sir.

–       Dr. Vijai Singhal

Environmental Emissions Market in India –Are We Prepared Enough? Very Informative and thought provoking article as always

–       Manoj Karmarkar

Teaching Environmental Modeling with Hooke’s Law This piece is simply superb!! Modelling otherwise sounds so abstract for the learners. Pedagogy like this is much needed for the teaching of environmental science so as to get professionals who understand modelling, not the application of the modeling software. And this is true for so many other concepts of environmental science. It’s so frustrating when even the practitioners in field get confused on such basic things like organic pollutants and COD, using the terms interchangeably.

–          Shantanu Roy

A Competition So Funny! Humor at its best- alas! with subtle reality.

–          Akhilendra Gupta

Journey of Environmental Assessment towards Sustainability Appraisal Well written article and very informative in the way you have linked the progression of the practice of assessment. I fully agree that the practice in this country is weak and has been further diluted by unethical short term bottom fishing approach

–       Zarasp Irani

Awesome article Sir. Thanks

–  Sunita Purushottam

 Prasad – Very good summary on evolution of EA …..

–       L. Panneerselvam

Wastewater Treatment Plants that Speak Wow, ETPs / STPs personified!!

–       Kshaumesh Antani

Great reading. Fantastic style of narration to explain a complex issue of maintenance in an ETP.

–       Pradeep

The World of the Banks Thanks for this brutally honest sharing

–       Loy Rego

Good one Dr. Modak. Pretty realistic picture!

–       Mythili

Let us Work in Full Circle

Very thought provoking article.

I hope everyone realizes the urgency and we start on the path chalked out by you.

It could be in the smallest possible way.

I think we all owe that much to our future generations.

–       Nayan Khambati

Those Magical Days of GMDH It is very good article and I learnt many things. Well-crafted and informative.

–       Nitin Sonawane

On reading the blog, I wished to iterate that you have an amazing array of knowledge, interest and experience in doing interesting things. Though I have no knowledge about GMDH but was definitely interested to read about it. Each and every blog of yours is so interesting to read as offers a new understanding about your experience and knowledge. We are enriched just be reading them. Thanks for sharing your old and new experiences.

–       Aparna (Nahar) Sethi

Indian Weddings now require Environmental Clearance Another hilarious “episode”. Good that the post marriage blues were not included as a compulsory “post audit”. Look forward to the next one.
Regards

–       Akhilendra Gupta

Indeed hilarious. However it must be recognised that waste management is a very serious challenge to the service provider and menace to the neighborhood due to scavenger animals, flies…

–       M.C.Badarinarayana

Dear Dr Modak. Good idea! Generation of new business avenues! May be getting EC report would eventually become a status symbol and a fashion to gossip about in high class clubs and social events! Depending upon the propaganda, there may be a prize announced for the family which spends highest amount and/or best EIA report for wedding-events. Wow! ECO WEDDING!

–       Pravina Parikh

Absolutely hilarious!! Prof Modak, I didn’t know that you write literary masterpieces as well. Thought you are an expert basically on the drab EIA!!

–       Mythili

Silence of the Lambs You are at it once again. The level of satire used is at a different level altogether. I hope all personnel and organization’s mentioned find a way to read this.

–       Pranay Krishnan

Good analysis. I need not read so many books to understand the status of EIA and ESP in India, thanks Modak Sir…

–       V S Balasubramanian

Dear Dr Modak – excellent capture of current situation of Indian stakeholders in field of environment thru “silenced” sarcasm!!

–       Anand Palkar

Good observations and excellent interpretation of current happenings in the present Indian environmental scenario. I do not see in near future any of our professional associations rising above their petty squabbles and contributing positively to the future policies. But, obviously blame ourselves for not participating and showing spine at the right time on subjects concerning issues beyond our daily routine. Inaction by good people at the right time, is more damaging than destructive action of “not -so -good ” people. Lets wake up , try and make a difference in the future.

–       Nayan Khambati

Extremely informative as usual.

–       Manoj Karmarkar

Professor’s Unique Beauty Salon Great piece of writing. Delightful blend of fantasy science reality politics with your softly biting comments. Enjoyed thoroughly Prasad! !!

–       Pradeep

Taking a simple example of visiting saloon, so many Enviro terms are interwoven creating an awareness even for a ‘non-connected person’. Keep it up!

–       sudhirvj

‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between’, Companion Edition to ‘Sixty Shades of Green’ Coming Soon!

Dear Readers,

Enthused by your response to ‘Sixty Shades of Green: Musings on Sustainability‘, I am now bringing out it’s companion edition,  ‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between: Musings on Life, Love and Sustainability’ which pulls together another 50 of my blog posts.

Blue, Green and Everything in Between

 

Take a look at the Table of Contents – TOC.

Both the print and the e-Book versions of the book will soon be available for sale on various online bookstores. So stay tuned! We are targeting release by August 30, 2016

What readers have to say about the articles 

BLOG POST

WHAT READERS SAID

Whether to Drive Electric? It’s all about Location, Location and Location! Awsome Dr.Modak and I am purchasing a bicycle now…

–       Mahesh Dalvi

Eye opening sir.

–       Dr. Vijai Singhal

Environmental Emissions Market in India –Are We Prepared Enough? Very Informative and thought provoking article as always

–       Manoj Karmarkar

Teaching Environmental Modeling with Hooke’s Law This piece is simply superb!! Modelling otherwise sounds so abstract for the learners. Pedagogy like this is much needed for the teaching of environmental science so as to get professionals who understand modelling, not the application of the modeling software. And this is true for so many other concepts of environmental science. It’s so frustrating when even the practitioners in field get confused on such basic things like organic pollutants and COD, using the terms interchangeably.

–          Shantanu Roy

A Competition So Funny! Humor at its best- alas! with subtle reality.

–          Akhilendra Gupta

Journey of Environmental Assessment towards Sustainability Appraisal Well written article and very informative in the way you have linked the progression of the practice of assessment. I fully agree that the practice in this country is weak and has been further diluted by unethical short term bottom fishing approach

–       Zarasp Irani

Awesome article Sir. Thanks

–  Sunita Purushottam

 Prasad – Very good summary on evolution of EA …..

–       L. Panneerselvam

Wastewater Treatment Plants that Speak Wow, ETPs / STPs personified!!

–       Kshaumesh Antani

Great reading. Fantastic style of narration to explain a complex issue of maintenance in an ETP.

–       Pradeep

The World of the Banks Thanks for this brutally honest sharing

–       Loy Rego

Good one Dr. Modak. Pretty realistic picture!

–       Mythili

Let us Work in Full Circle Very thought provoking article.

I hope everyone realizes the urgency and we start on the path chalked out by you.

It could be in the smallest possible way.

I think we all owe that much to our future generations.

–       Nayan Khambati

Those Magical Days of GMDH It is very good article and I learnt many things. Well-crafted and informative.

–       Nitin Sonawane

On reading the blog, I wished to iterate that you have an amazing array of knowledge, interest and experience in doing interesting things. Though I have no knowledge about GMDH but was definitely interested to read about it. Each and every blog of yours is so interesting to read as offers a new understanding about your experience and knowledge. We are enriched just be reading them. Thanks for sharing your old and new experiences.

–       Aparna (Nahar) Sethi

Indian Weddings now require Environmental Clearance Another hilarious “episode”. Good that the post marriage blues were not included as a compulsory “post audit”. Look forward to the next one.
Regards

–       Akhilendra Gupta

Indeed hilarious. However it must be recognised that waste management is a very serious challenge to the service provider and menace to the neighborhood due to scavenger animals, flies…

–       M.C.Badarinarayana

Dear Dr Modak. Good idea! Generation of new business avenues! May be getting EC report would eventually become a status symbol and a fashion to gossip about in high class clubs and social events! Depending upon the propaganda, there may be a prize announced for the family which spends highest amount and/or best EIA report for wedding-events. Wow! ECO WEDDING!

–       Pravina Parikh

Absolutely hilarious!! Prof Modak, I didn’t know that you write literary masterpieces as well. Thought you are an expert basically on the drab EIA!!

–       Mythili

Silence of the Lambs

You are at it once again. The level of satire used is at a different level altogether. I hope all personnel and organization’s mentioned find a way to read this.

–       Pranay Krishnan

Good analysis. I need not read so many books to understand the status of EIA and ESP in India, thanks Modak Sir…

–       V S Balasubramanian

Dear Dr Modak – excellent capture of current situation of Indian stakeholders in field of environment thru “silenced” sarcasm!!

–       Anand Palkar

Good observations and excellent interpretation of current happenings in the present Indian environmental scenario. I do not see in near future any of our professional associations rising above their petty squabbles and contributing positively to the future policies. But, obviously blame ourselves for not participating and showing spine at the right time on subjects concerning issues beyond our daily routine. Inaction by good people at the right time, is more damaging than destructive action of “not -so -good ” people. Lets wake up , try and make a difference in the future.

–       Nayan Khambati

Extremely informative as usual.

–       Manoj Karmarkar

Professor’s Unique Beauty Saloon Great piece of writing. Delightful blend of fantasy science reality politics with your softly biting comments. Enjoyed thoroughly Prasad! !!

–       Pradeep

 

Taking a simple example of visiting saloon, so many Enviro terms are interwoven creating an awareness even for a ‘non-connected person’. Keep it up!

–       sudhirvj

 

BTW, a few hard copies of the first book “Sixty Shades of Green” are still available. Visit link to purchase.


More about the “Blue and Green”

‘Blue, Green and Everything in Between’ has a different sort of flavor – it brings together 50 of my choicest posts in which I have related anecdotes from my personal experience with people, places and life. However, just like ‘Sixty Shades of Green’, I have adopted a semi-fictional satirical style to narrate life and love through the lens of sustainability. As before, the book  comes with rich and attractive illustrations but in a new format.

I want to gauge your interest in purchasing the book.  It would be really nice if you could answer the following questions:

 

 

Sixty Shades of Green now available on Amazon and Kindle

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Dear Colleagues

Greetings

Sixty Shades of Green is now available on Amazon. Those not residing in India can now order the book on Amazon at US$10.

E-Book version on Kindle is also available at US 7$

Click here to access both the versions

Between April 25 to 30, the Kindle edition will be available as a Free Download. 

You may like to avail this promotion

In the first week of June, second series of the blogs will be released in the form of a book as “Forty Shades of Blue and Green”

This second volume will include 40 posts mainly drawn from my personal experiences (the blue) and of course those related to sustainability (the green)

Will keep you all posted.

Regards from Bangkok

 

Prasad Modak

‘Sixty Shades of Green’ now available for purchase

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your overwhelming response to the pre-order of ‘Sixty Shades of Green: Musings on Sustainability’. It is a pleasure to know that so many of you have expressed interest in buying the book.

The book is now available for purchase @ Rs. 500 (inclusive of courier charges in India). Please click here to make an online payment through Debit/Credit card or netbanking. If you are buying more than one copy,  you are entitled to a discount of Rs. 50 per copy. To avail the discount, use the discount code 0050 while making the payment and ensure that you are ordering more than one copy.

Alternatively, you can also send a cheque of the requisite amount in favor of ‘Prasad Modak’ to the following address. 

Dr Prasad Modak
301/302 Godrej La Vista
Dr M B Raut Road
Shivaji-Park, Dadar
Mumbai – 400028 – India

Your copy/copies will be couriered to you within 7 days of making the payment.

The book will come in an eco-friendly packaging as in the picture below. It will also be autographed by the author.

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For those who are not residing in India, the book is now  available for purchase on Amazon.com. Click here

And for those who want to buy the eBook version, it will also be available on for purchase on Kindle. We will notify you once the Kindle edition is available.

Few words about the book

The book is written in the style of stories on a variety of themes related to sustainability. These stories are driven by humor and satire.

One of the characteristics of this book is that knowledge is embedded the ‘stories’ in an implicit manner. Sometimes references are cited for further reading. Many of the articles in this book could therefore be of educational value to students as well as to teachers. The book could potentially be used as a supplement to a course on environmental management & sustainability. Further, some of the articles could be used to open up group discussions or formulate assignments.

Take a look at the Table of Contents.

Offer for Corporate Purchase

Employee sensitization on sustainability is the need of the hour. A number of Corporate CXOs have expressed interest in the bulk purchase of ‘Sixty Shades of Green’ for the senior employees. They believe that the book provides an orientation towards sustainability in a subtle and humorous way. Indeed the book therefore makes a great gift to the corporate employees.

If you are interested in making a bulk purchase of the book (minimum 100 copies), then we can give you a special price at a much reduced rate. Please write to sonal.alvares@emcentre.com for more details. We can also organize a book reading session at your offices of you are interested where Dr Modak will be present and take questions.

 

A Few Glimpses of ‘Sixty Shades of Green’

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What readers have to say  

Can you get anymore tongue in cheek and still have so much to say? I hope those who matter are tapping into your knowledge and capabilities to really address that is needed”

Knew your excellence in teaching, communication, consultation in the field of environment, sustainability; this blog amazes me to know that your expertise is far, far more extensive. Hats off!”

Wonderful simplicity and flow in the language exhibits an excellent teacher! So many things said without saying anything!! Congratulations!!!”

The humor, as usual, is subtle- keeping a thin boundary between satire and criticism”

It is fictitious but really fabulous… what a blog…. all my college friends turned colleagues started  laughing and continued for a few minutes during recitation of the blog by one colleague”

This is the only blog I follow and eagerly wait for every article that you post. I guess many professionals like me are grateful to you for sharing your thoughts, your take on various issues and experiences with an element of humor, which unfortunately is difficult to find these days”

My New Book – ‘Sixty Shades of Green’

Dear Readers,

Responding to suggestions from readers, friends and colleagues, I decided to turn 60 select posts of the blog into a book titled ‘Sixty Shades of Green: Musings on Sustainability‘. Why 60? because this book also marks my 60th birthday.

A Few Glimpses of ‘Sixty Shades of Green’

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Take a look at the Table of Contents.

What readers have to say about the articles 

Can you get anymore tongue in cheek and still have so much to say? I hope those who matter are tapping into your knowledge and capabilities to really address that is needed”

Knew your excellence in teaching, communication, consultation in the field of environment, sustainability; this blog amazes me to know that your expertise is far, far more extensive. Hats off!”

Wonderful simplicity and flow in the language exhibits an excellent teacher! So many things said without saying anything!! Congratulations!!!”

The humor, as usual, is subtle- keeping a thin boundary between satire and criticism”

It is fictitious but really fabulous… what a blog…. all my college friends turned colleagues started  laughing and continued for a few minutes during recitation of the blog by one colleague”

This is the only blog I follow and eagerly wait for every article that you post. I guess many professionals like me are grateful to you for sharing your thoughts, your take on various issues and experiences with an element of humor, which unfortunately is difficult to find these days”

More about the book

One of the characteristics of this book is that knowledge is embedded in the ‘stories’ in an implicit manner. Sometimes references are cited for further reading. Many of the articles in this book could therefore be of educational value to students as well as to teachers. The book could be potentially used as a supplement to a course on environmental management & sustainability. Further, some of the articles could be used to open up group discussions or formulate assignments.

‘Sixty Shades of Green’ will soon be available for sale. If you are interested in buying, please fill out the form below – it will really help me with the decision on the print runs (e.g. 500 or 1000) and associated logistics. Will be grateful for your early response. Estimated cost of paperback edition will be between INR 400 to 600 depending on the number of copies.