The Third Curve – my talk at TEDxYouth Chennai

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The Third Curve – a Lecture on the Paradox of Infinite Growth by Mansoor Khan

Ok finally for my TEDxYouth lecture in Chennai. It is called ‘The Third Curve’ and is a compact and visual way to illustrate the incompatibility of our Exponential Growth-based Economics and the Limits of Resources on a finite planet. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY_o2KR5lu0

The best travel and holiday guide features Acres WIld Cheesemaking Farmstay, Coonoor

Lonely Planet South India & Kerala Guidebook 2011.

Acres Wild has now been featured in the Lonely Planet South India & Kerala 2011 guidebook. We are curious to see if we get a bunch of backpackers landing up or is it going to be laptop toting CEO’s 🙂 Either way we are going to give them a detailed initiation into Peak Oil!!!


NDTV Chak Le India cover Acres Wild

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Popular Television program Chak Le India covers Acres Wild Mozarella Cheese

The team of the popular food program on NDTV called ‘Chak Le India’ were here today to shoot our cheesemaking. The host Aditya, the director Shubra and here team took covered Tina making mozarella and then wrapped up with a cookout using local produce from the Coonoor market. Here they are seen cooking on an open fire on the lawn opposite Haloumi House with the cheesemaking cottage seen in the background. The program should air around 12th Dec so do check it out.  Here is the link to watch it on the internet – Acres Wild on Chak Le India


Talk on Peak Oil and Exponential Growth at TEDxYouth 2011 Chennai

Just got back from Chennai where I spoke at the TEDxYouth Chennai meet. There were 14 speakers and many interesting and entertaining presentations. In all that it is hard to get people to listen to a heavy one and that too of a smaller future. My presentation was called The Third Curve and meant to illustrate the futility and madness of Exponential Growth by comparing the Growth Curve going skyward with the Depletion Curve that dives to zero. I think I did pretty ok but my daughter Zayn who was in the audience said I used some hard to understand terms. Will correct that in future 🙂 Will also post the link to see the lecture at a future date once they upload it.

The limits of Growth and Peak Oil
My latest lecture on Peak Oil and the Limits of Growth was at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. It was about a 1 hour presentation to about 50 students. I was very happy and I think I got quite a few people thinking about what the quest for Perpetual Exponential Economic Growth has in store for us in the context of finite energy resources on a finite planet. If any of you have any venues for me to speak at on similar topics please contact me.


Making Organge marmalade.

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Making Fresh Marmalade and Jam with local fruits.

Farmstay Guests Ravi and Mini, give a helping hand to make orange marmalade.



Homemade Soap Experiments Begin

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Exploring the exciting world of making homemade soap. I realised that not only is it fascinating and a step to self-reliance but also the soap if correctly made is much better for your skin. You can design your own soap with whatever characteristics you like – hardness, lather, moisturising, cleansing, conditioning etc. Depends on the oils you use mainly. This is the second days soap with palm oil.

Homemade Soap experiments at Acres Wild



Breadmaking Lessons for Farmstay Guests.

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Farmstay Guests try their hand at making bread at Acres Wild Farmstay.

Decided to share some of the fun and some of the work of making bread with our farmstay guests. Here is a set of young ones who took it seriously and we made some bread in various shapes. Sadly those got eaten before I could remember to take photos. But here is a photo of my first batch of students making bread.


Beer Bread

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Beer Bread without Egg

Beer Bread courtesy Neeta Bali


Whole Wheat Pita Bread

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Pita Bread - Whole Wheat

Pita Bread made of Whole Wheat

Here is how the pita bread came out with whole wheat flour. Does swell up and you can make the pocket very easily. Nevertheless I think a higher temp in the oven would help. My oven goes only to 250 deg C. 20 or 30 deg higher would surely help.