Woman Plasters Car With Cow Dung To Keep It Cool
A hot motorist has found an ingenious idea of keeping her car and herself cool by plastering her car with COW MANURE.
Sejal Shah from Ahmedabad in western India has coated her luxury Toyota sedan with cow dung paste – as temperatures in the country soar to above 50 degrees.
The self-proclaimed environment lover, Sejal says she doesn’t use air conditioners at her home either – even though the mercury regularly hits 44 degrees Celsius.
Instead, she covers the floor and walls of her home with cow dung paste- a traditional insulator still used by hundreds of villagers in the country.
Sejal said: “I don’t believe in using air conditioners.
“I don’t want to cause further damage to the nature. The harmful gases emitted from air conditioners are adding to the global warming.
“I do not want to further disturb the nature.
“But I wanted something natural to keep my car cool. It is important to keep the car engine cool.
“I thought why not plaster the car with cow dung paste?
“I do not use air conditioning even at home. We use cow dung paste as a way of keeping the home cool so I took a cue from there and used it to coat my car.”
Mrs Shah hired two village women who are masters in the task and got her car ready with the natural coating in a week.
“The first hand took a whole day and after few days, the women put another coat in half a day to give it finishing touches.
“They also drew the floral pattern using geru, an earthen red powder,” Mrs Shah said refusing to disclose the expenses she incurred in ‘modifications’.
She added: “My car is now cool, I do not have to worry about its engine. It is safe and does not smell at all.
“I am not only keeping it cool naturally but also saving the environment from further damage from harmful AC gases.”
Mrs Shah and her husband Anil Shah, who ran a diamond manufacture and marketing business in Mumbai, moved back to Ahmedabad to live a simple life deprived of technology and modern amenities.
They do not use a refrigerator and store water in earthen pots. For vegetables and fruits, they only consume organic products and buy them fresh every morning.
The couple belong to Jainism, a religion whose main premise is non-violence, and they believe in giving back to the environment.
Sejal said: “People might find it funny, some even did as they saw me on road but I know what I am doing is right.
“Petrol, diesel and gases are harmful for the environment. Unfortunately, people are using these without giving second thoughts of the damage these are doing.
“We are using resources but no one is thinking about the future generations. What are we leaving for them?
“My husband uses public transport or horse cart for commute. We avoid all the modern amenities that could harm the environment.
“Indians know excellent ways of survival without using technology.
“I believe the scenario of the world and basically India will change if Indians try to do something for the nature and environment.”