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World at its best – But save now !!

There is lot of talks happening at Copenhagen, are we listening to them ? or is anything happening there, few may ask. I would say, more than Copenhagen it should happen at every place, starting from your home. We first need to come out of our ego, that its not only our world there are few others sharing it with us.

Some simple things can change lot of things, we cant see the change unless we change ourselves. This idea of walking came into me few days back and now I am following it very strictly. I agree, this walking dint start on this purpose but now as I am aware of so many things on global warming and its effects, I have started to see the change in me in order to see the change in others. You too can feel the difference when you start walking for the nearby stores or for a radius of 2 kms to 3kms which will save a lot of fuel and carbon emission not only that you can stay fit 🙂

Thanks to energy efficient appliances, try using them they make wonders in energy consumption, I have already planned to change my old time tube lights which would roughly consume 40 to 50 watts of electricity to some LED kind of lights which has the same power but which would use 6 watts to 16 watts. There are more better ideas like using CFL ( Compact Fluorescent Lamp) but it would cost little bit extra but worth it !

I am lucky in one way to have my mom at home, she keeps telling me to switch off the fan or lights when not used 😛 , if you don’t have anyone at home to remind you about this, now start to put this in your “things to do” list immediately. It saves more electricity than you imagine, you know it can light up a whole village.  I think,  Chennites shouldn’t worry about lights at morning, we always have sun shining on us 🙂 I always recommend to shake hands with nature and get along with it.

Investing in alternative energy is always better and safe way to live. Think of solar powered heaters, solar powered lights and much more. There are plenty of solar powered appliances, start investing on it than on some hi tech music system or running 3 to 4 air conditioners together.

We have started this war against nature, now we are facing serious threats. Now we should act cleverly. Its easier to destroy this planet but think what will happen to our younger generation or the generations yet to come ? What wrong have they done to us or to this very planet ? Not only to human race, there are so many animals gone extinct because of this.  A lot of things can happen, summers getting longer, Crops getting damaged due to sudden change in weather, Earths atmosphere is getting more un-predictable by more rains at some places and lots more like melting of ice and rivers overflowing etc..

we need  to think seriously, we need to get united and face this than saying,” hey! this is not for us”, some big people are talking something at Copenhagen and they would come up with some solutions. If we don’t co-operate with those leaders then how can they bring some solutions? Just think about it… a food for thought 😉

I am not white nor black, I am Blue !

It was a proud moment for me yesterday evening. I am proud to say that, I am one of the helping hands for Blue cross of India, Madras.

 
The Blue Cross of India was established in 1959 and registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act in 1964 to alleviate the suffering of animals. It has grown from small beginnings to become one of India’s largest animal welfare organizations, running active animal welfare, animal rights and humane education programmes.

To ensure that all monies received by the Society are used primarily for animal welfare activities, the administration and non-medical activities of the Blue Cross of India are almost entirely looked after by members who donate their time and expertise on a purely honorary basis.

The work of the Blue Cross has received national and international recognition. Its Office Bearers have served on many State and Central Government Committees over the last forty years.”

 

 I love animals, but one incident made me to join Blue Cross. One day when I was leaving for office, I heard somebody knocking at my door, so when I opened the door, it was a surprising guest. It was a cute looking pigeon, I can also say it was a strong heart pigeon. It was fighting against few angry crows. Immedietely I allowed the pigeon to entry into my house and I closed the door. It was really frightened and was very week, it couldnt fly. I dint know what to do next, I just took the pigeon in my hand and then took to my room. Then I got few rice grains and water and kept it next to it, so that it can eat.

I thought I need to handover this pigeon to some person who can take care. I remembered a friend of mine, who works for some Animal welfare, so I called him up immedietely.  He asked me to keep the pigeon, and he would ask his friend to come and pick it up from my home. I was happy and relieved and told this message to my mom and left for my office.

After few hours my mom called up to tell the bad news, the pigeon had died. I was so emotional and felt sorry for the pigeon. Later I learnt that, those crows might have caused the injuries to this pigeon.  I had a thought may be if I had taken this pigeon to a vet immidietely I couldve had a chance to save a life. I was so ignorant, i dint know what to do when I see a injured animal on the road. So this made me to take a “Pledge” from now onwards, I will give my complete best to save a life of any animals.

I called up Blue cross of India and immedietely joined as a “volunteer”. Yesterday we had organised a dog show for our Indian dogs, mongreals and cross . It was an amazing show, we witnessed more than 70+ registrations and the companions were so proud to bring thier pets to the stage for a walk. It was judged and the prizes were given for nearly 26 categories, including some fun categories like ” the most number of Kisses” ” Best Kisser” ” pet which looks similar to the owner” etc… Lots of freebies were given to them, which includes shampoos, soaps, pedigree’s etc…

I am looking forward to serve more and more for those living beings who share the place with us. we humans should learn from them, they dont want human race to be extinct but we need their skin, bones, teeths. Our parents showed us the dinosours through books or movies, I think we will be showing lions and tigers to our children. Think about it.

Run for the Life !

Its a great feeling for me, personally. After seeing the ad in The Hindu, I had all the energy in the world to participate even before thinking ” how am I going to do?” I had never thought of this last year, yeah I am talking about the GiveLife – Chennai Marathon – 2009 . Its really a great feeling when your running for your city as well as for those good cause. Hats off to give life and other sponsors who are supporting this great show.

Yesterday, was the day, I officially registered for the great Chennai Run. Its a great feeling, I am not able to express this properly in words. Past few weeks, I am constentely jogging, its become a routine for me. I am enjoying it too. So now the challenge ahead to run 7 kms is motivating me a lot. Its always you jog or walk for you own health, but this time I am doing it for others, for those underpriveleged brothers and sisters. Giving them as much I can. Also for my city, which has shared all the joys and sorrows with me. It has given me a beautiful place to stay, beautiful place to drive, beautiful place to relax, beautiful place to learn, beautiful place to look at the corner of the land. I don’t give a damn, when people complain about Chennai. Com’on every place has its own limitations, people need to adapt to it, not compain about it. Well, I dont need to talk abt that crap now. I love Chennai.

May be the next year I can do better by participating in half marathon, I can contribute more as well as I can run more for the soceity. Guys, if your interested please go ahead, dont think so much. Its very easy to register and the details you can check it out in the website, which I have provided.

See you there Chennai 🙂 Vannakam 🙂

Swine Swine go away ! But don’t come again

Its been a while since I wrote any blog here, I was occupied by doing lot of things. I am really excited about it too. Presently reading, “Imagining India” by Nandan Nilekani, which is taking good amount of time after office hours. I would def recommend this book, atleast to know about our country in much better way.

:Last week, I was reading Robin Cook’s – Critical. Its really a critical story 😀 with lots of charecters and fight between mafia gangs and spread of deadily bacteria ( MRSA ), I should have expected this after reading COMA of the same author. I was curious to read CRITICAL because that was his last book 😀

Really, speaking about those deadily viruses and bacteria’s, it scares you a lot to go to any speciality hospitals. I know I can’t take everything as told, but looking at those viruses and co-incedentel SWINE flu now, it really makes one to put on the thinking cap. My collegue who is a business development manager in Mumbai region, was telling me that eveyone is scared to death recently after the first death. He told me that, he keeps washing his hands with an anti-biotic soap regularly, but his job demands him to be on the field.

Now the recent news is Delhi govt has asked to shut the school for a week, will this be beneficial? I cant answer this. How long you can keep the doors closed? Now everywhere, and in every newspaper “Swine Flu” has made the bold headline.

This swine flu has even swallowed a 4 year old boy who was in ventilator, then died of multiple organ failure in Chennai today morning along with an ayurvedic doctor in Pune. So the total death count is 6 in India.

I was looking out for the symptoms and the precautions which can be taken for this deadly influenza, came up with nice article, thought I can share this.  please read this, its better to be prepared than being ignorant.

Symptoms of Swine Flu

The symptoms of swine flu are usually like those of regular seasonal flu and include:

  • headache
  • chills
  • cough
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • aches
  • fatigue
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • watery eyes
  • throat irritation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • in people with chronic conditions, pneumonia may develop

Precautions Against Swine Flu

Good standard flu prevention techniques are recommended to protect yourself against swine flu:

  • Get a regular seasonal flu vaccination. It might not help against this specific strain, but it won’t hurt.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot running water. If hot water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.
  • When you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth and nose. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid being near others who might be sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, to avoid affecting others.

Spit it – If you can ?

I was totally annoyed in my earlier post on “people spitting” when they were driving or walking in the public places, I was annoyed because was there were lot of such people. Yesterday was little different for me, I was thinking about how to stop this non-sense, I was also aware that, there are lots of people facing similar problems in thier respective areas. So this made me to think, what did those guys do to thier area to stop such an idotic thing.

It stuck to me that, people usually spit on the compund walls or/and on the road. Spitting in the road may be reduced by installing lot of spitoons in different areas ( still I cant agree to it completely), but how to stop these guys from spitting on the walls? If you need to see any examples, please go to sowcarpet, in Chennai to witness it directly, how the colour of the walls in the stairway can be changed to red colour, using a new technique called “spitting”. But there are lot of measures coming up to stop this insane activity. Let me tell in a way of real incident. Read – on.

People are really creative in stopping such a menace, we are aware that people in India are soft when it comes to religion, God, superstition etc; so a shop owner used this as his weapon to stop people spitting, next to his shop. Its a road side shop, where he sells sandwiches and bread omlettes, next to his shop there is small compound wall, where people usually spit, so there was a drop in the sales. People dint like to have sandwiches there. So he got a brilliant idea, what he did is, he redesigned the compound wall. You can look at the pic below

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Now you got the idea ? 😀 simple, now look at the compound wall, its clean, though there are some waste papers trown next to it. But cleaning the waste papers is much easier than removing the stain of gutkha. Now I am sure, there wont be any problem for the shop owner, his idea got clicked. People started to use this

Do you dare to spit here ? 😉 If you guys can help in different way, please pass on your suggestions.

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Driving @ Indian Roads

Its getting tougher and tougher to drive now a days. Its becoming a daily routine for me to start from office around 1800 Hrs and get stuck in the traffic.  Drivers are losing patience nowadays, they dont seem to be obeying the traffic rules. Sometimes, its crazy to see the Yellow line violations, which is of no use et all. Traffic cops are imposing fine on those who violate the yellow line, but of no use. A recent report on yellow line violation:

“BANGALORE CITY recorded a 314 per cent increase in yellow lane violation in the year 2008, as compared to 2007. The number of yellow line violation cases registered had increased from 17,588 in 2007 to 55,378 in 2008”

Though this figure is of 2008, I am sure it must have increased by now. This is not happening only in Bangalore, even in Chennai and other metros, there is a significant increase in the violations. I cant imagine Mumbai (busiest roads ever)

People don’t bother about any rules, they have their own rules. ” dont bother about others, I need to reach soon, no matter what”. This makes them to drive without any care for fellow humans. Worst of all this, “auto drivers”- are the best examples for any kind of violations in the city. Driver will confuse you in many ways, the best of all is ” put his right hand outside and switch on his left indicator and go straight”.

There are other kind of nuisance. Those guys who sit in the window seat of the bus and keep spitting all over the road. “yuck” thanks to gutka or pan parag. Now I need to keep an eye on the road as well as to these idiots. This ritual is now practised by almost everybody, who ever I see they keep spitting, is this a disease or it has become an habit? Why do they need to spit? I asked this question to one of my friend, he was thinking for a while and said these guys think, if they spit it brings the macho effect in them “Yawn”. crazy! Once it happened to me personely too, we had painted our compund wall, and the same day evening we had to witness the some panparag stain on the wall.

I heard during Ramadan, muslims keep spitting in public places if they are outside. They arent allowed to swallow during thier fast.  is that true?

Well coming to this matter again, I again heard Chennai govt had issued a statement saying people spitting in the public places should be fined. But they removed it, stating they cant monitor?

“Last year the Corporation proposed a fine of Rs.50 for spitting in public places but it was not imposed. Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said there were practical difficulties in enforcing it. The civic body may consider placing spittoons in strategic locations, he added.”

No matter what kind of law being enforced, unless there is a proper education about the illness of spitting there wont be any change in the society. Placing spittoons? will this be possible? how much spittoons will they place? the ratio of the people spitting and the spitoons will have a huge difference.

What you guys think? how do we solve this problem? would love to hear your comments.

Elders | We are there for you

“We believe that women and girls share equal rights with men and boys in all aspects of life.”

This powerful line says by itself Women and Men are equal in this society. But why there is a discrimination in this society. I would also like to quote an article from Human Rights, which says:

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status …”

There are so many great people who are fighting this “discrimination”. I came across a group called as “elders”. They are here to serve the needy.

“The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.”

What they DO?

Their latest initiative is ” Equality for Women and Girls” here is the small statement about it.

“Religion and tradition are a great force for peace and progress around the world.

However, as Elders, we believe that the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a higher authority, is unacceptable.

We believe that women and girls share equal rights with men and boys in all aspects of life.

We call upon all leaders to promote and protect equal rights for women and girls.

We especially call on religious and traditional leaders to set an example and change all discriminatory practices within their own religions and traditions.

The Elders are fully committed to the realisation of equality and empowerment of all women and girls.”

The Elders, 2 July 2009.”

For more information about Elders you can visit thier site: http://www.theelders.org