iving toot bridge youtubeAs I browsed through the pages, deciding what to edit first, I chanced upon the headline—Mawlynnong, Cleanest Village in Asia. I was the editor of an inflight magazine then. Being an Indian, this was a surprising thing to read, but it caught my attention.

Located about 90 km from Shillong, this looked like heaven on earth. Nestled in the pristine East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the village is close to the Bangladesh border. And here people live in sync with nature. The photograph showed a lot of happy smiling faces with old-world charm. And the people a model that every city in India could emulate.

A village lined by green zig-zag paths, there are spotless front yards and sidewalks of the bamboo stilt houses. Bamboo dustbins are placed along the paths and across the entire village. Dustbins are made of bamboo, then put into a pit and used as manure. Compost pits in various pockets for organic and inorganic wastes. Polythene is banned as is smoking.

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