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Trouble with Costliest and Cheapest cars September 3, 2010

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/auto/automobiles/Nano-catches-fire-in-Delhi/articleshow/6446594.cms

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100901/bs_afp/italyautocompanyferrarisafetyrecall

C for Costliest car , C for cheapest car. And whats lately troubling both these C’s is letter F, which stands for Fire. On 27th August, a Nano caught fire, taking total casualty to 5 (casualty for Nano), since its much famed launch last year. Also this week A new sports version of Ferrari caught fire, resulting recall of 1200 cars of same model. 

When first time I heard news of Nano catching fire way back in Jan, I had thoughts may be to bring down cost, some safety aspects have been compromised on. But the recent news of costliest car also catching fire, my perception changed. I realized,  cheap or expensive, after all designed by Engineers like us, who are prone to making mistakes in design. For Gods grace, no one was injured in all these incidents.

And as they say the 5 destructive elements of nature donot see status, color, creed, caste, citizenship. When they create havoc, they just engulf anyone. And these two incidents prove the fact of Fire belonging to “Fame-5” destructive elements group, who donot differentiate among its victims. I am sure engineers of both will work upon and overcome the flaws. So buyers, donot worry about the Cheapest tag associated with Nano. Long live Nano.

Source of photos:http://www.verticalinfomedia.com/business/tata-nano-catches-fire-in-mumbai.php

http://www.product-reviews.net/2008/05/19/ferrari-599-gtb-fiorano-catches-fire-from-supercar-to-hotrod/

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KBC-4…future unvieled August 1, 2010

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KBC-4, aka Kaun Banega Crorepati (version-4) is back with its original host, Big B. What this time its no mystery who’s gonna be crorepati. This time, the series will create many records of its own, I predict..;-). For the first time in history of telivision a brain other than human brain will be featuring in a quiz show. And guess what, in the first shot itself its gonna be a crorepati pati, with perfect score of 20/20. And the mystery creature is no one other than brainy paul Octopus. Paul the octopus bana Crorepati…..

Octopus gaming with BigB

 

Michelangelo’s “Human body” Art redefined.. July 5, 2010

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Michelangelo Human body redefined:

Stomach: Gasifier

Mouth: Feed Injector

Nerves: Pipelines

Nose: Air injection port

Lungs: Air separation unit

Kidney: Grey water treatment

Heart: Pump

Brain: Programmable logic control (PLC)

Legs: Gasifier support

Hands: Feed handling system

Skin: Material of construction

Bowels: Lock hopper

Genitals: Grey water blowdown

Food: Feed

Masala food: High Sulfur feed

Stool: Slag

Failure scenarios:

Acidity: Disease caused due to feed of high sulfur (masala)

Obesity: Disease where pipes (nerves) gets blocked due to tar (fat)

Constipation: Disease where gasifier is devoid of feed, very high carbon conversion

Diarrhea: Disease where carbon conversion is very less, resulting in excess slag formation

Gingivitis: Problem with feed injector

Stomache: Gasifier operational issues

Nature made gasifier is unique in design, its moving one, its flexible taking any shape with contraction & expansion facility. It can accept both dry and slurry feed with water content of any range. Liquid fuels are also very acceptable. The resultant syngas is used in polygen application,with power and chemical production simultaneously. Average life of gasifier ranges from 50-70 years.

Indeed gasification is very much “Humane”. Today I understand the proverb: “Let me go and release the pressure”: pressure of gasifier..:-)

 

Poor state of affairs at Kali Temple, Kalighat,Kolkata February 19, 2010

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This is a blog to draw attention to sad state of affair, in one of the holiest temple of Kolkata. Hopefully, people and media wake up and rise to the occasion to save the temple from vulturous “pandas”.

As a tourist to Kolkata, I went to Kalighat, to get blessings of Mata. The temple as we all know, is one of the most sacred and oldest temple of Kolkata. Thousand throng the temple every hour to seek blessings of Devi. Saturday being an auspicious day in temple, I chose that day to visit it and was there by 10:30AM.

I reached there by Metro and the moment I exited from Kalighat Metro station, pandas were there to greet me (that’s actually, a mere good show prior to the torture they do to worshippers). I was told about pandas behaviour, so was naturally cautious. As I walked 0.5-1 KM distance from Kalighat Metro to temple, I was constantly approached by panda. Some promised nice darshan in 50Rs, some Rs 100 and some 200. The varying prices, proved things are fishy here. So I went alone and decided to ignore them and get the darshan myself, the way I do in other “panda” haunted places like puri, Lingaraj in my home state.

So I was expecting something like of “General Darshan Line”, “Paid darshan line” in the temple, as all temples now-a-days usally have. But was shocked to see nothing of that sort in the temple. First I saw a general darshan line and it was about a KM long. So then enquired about “Paid darshan line” and was shocked to listen, that concept doesn’t exist here. Rather, paid darshan line here means, you pay to Panda and they will force you in a line, that can be easily called “Panda devotee line”.

What is irony here is that there is no management. Its all in hands of pandas. You pay them, they force in a “Panda devotee line” and strangely from general darshan line, I observed only that the other line was moving. Pandas were not allowing “General darshan” people to get inside temple. Since everything were in there hands, they just allowed “panda devotee line” to move, because these people had payed them. And people in “general darshan line” were not moving even inches. I was shocked that even after staying in line for 2 hours, I had hardly moved 30 mtrs in a 500 mtrs long line. I had thought even if we move in snails pace steadily, I will able to get inside temple in couple of hours. But here ground reality is completely different. You pay pandas or just get rotting for hours in unpaid line. It was really a very sorry affair in one of most sacred and visited temple, in second largest city in India (which was once second largest city in world).

Add to that, I was observing the rude behaviour of pandas to devotees, even who paid. If you pay less, you will be left unattended after some time and if you pay more, you can break the rules of line. They would take paying devotees, in in middle of line and just push them in. So here it all translates into “money is time”. The more you pay to panda, the quicker darshan you get, even if meant “Hook n crook” to fellow devottees.

I gave up after 2 hrs of stand still and asked for pardon to goddess for my lack of patience. But I think it was not lack of patience, because I have stayed in line for 4-5 hrs before, only reason being that I knew line is moving. But here I was not sure, whether I will get the darshan same day or not, unless I pay Pandas. The line was virtually static, even after I moved out.I preferred to not have darshan, than to pay ransom to pandas. I begged goddess and said in heart, I will come back some day else.And then I was gone.

This was not expected by me. I have seen far more crowded temples than this. But there always management reigns over the pandas. But here, there’s a completely different affair. I doubt, if at all the temple had a management. When temple authority could have made a legal fortune from paying devotees, it was loosing all this money to “well deep” pockets of pandas. This lack of management is clearly reflected in dilapidated state of temple and on faces of harrased devotees.

If at all you hit this article and are another such victim of pandas, do write and share your experience. May be some day, someone in Kolkata sees it and do something about it.

I propose following immediate actions for temple:

1) A management independent of pandas influence be formed.

2) The management should tour crowded temples of South India like Tirupati, Rameshwaram etc to learn how things are managed.They can leverage best practices from this temple

3) Immediately, a “Paid Line” or so called “VIP darshan line” should be formed, so that money of paying, goes to responsible hands and this fund can be used for improvement of temple.

4) Number of pandas should be limited.

5) A proper guide map should be there from Metro, near by bus station to temple.

If you have any other suggestion for improvement, please share here.

May goddess bless us all.

 

PJ Cartoons…continued September 15, 2009

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Heights of frustation with life

Jet Airways Dilemna

Jet Airways Dilemna

Jet staff

Jet staff

March...oldest cost saving option for Congress

March...oldest cost saving option for Congress

 

Wrong Priorities….Short Sightedness at its best August 6, 2009

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Wrong Priorities…..this is what i see most of the government policies on. How???..read on.

Everyday one reads article about vacancies unfilled. Be it Forest department, be it Hospitals, be police. army, be it Archeology Survey of India, be it IT department.And last the biggest one, teaching department. U name it, seats are unoccupied. An estimate from NGO, shows 20 million vacancies in one or other form…yes 20 million.

So at one end are millions of vacancies, and the other end is crore plus unemployed. And the third end is billion rupees spending by government just to provide few days of  job.  This is where priorities comes into picture.

Government continues to spend on what is unsustainable….and overlooks the formula which in long term can only do good. Government continues to sight 2014 elections, instead of 2025 elections.

If government set up vocational training institute and impart the skills according to vacancies, just imagine the good it will do:

a) The trained ones would get 365days of employment instead of current 100 days (in reality this will further go down)

b) Those institutes will continue imparting training to future generations, inturn avoiding future vacancies and unemployment. “Ek teer se do sikaar”.

 

Mobile: This is the future. June 6, 2009

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Thats Future

Thats Future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see your future, just see your mobile. This is what I realized after visiting the Start Up city, a forum for start-ups to showcase their technology, held in NIMHANS, Bangalore on 6th June 2009.

By a naked eye estimate, there were around 100 start-up companies showcasing their technology and ideas they are working upon. But first hats-off to NIMHANS. I was surprised to see that a government college can have such an impressive infrastructure to hold such events. More than the scale, it was neatness and cleanliness a government college auditorium, which surprised me. I think this is one of the best example, what wonders a good un-corrupt administration can do.

Coming back to the theme, it was first kind for me. For me one take-away, Mobile is future. Around 30-50% start-ups are one way or other related to mobile services. Starting from Internet, payment, downloading, reading e-books, selling and buying, audio-video conferencing, movie watching, reading magazines, gaming, office work, photography and videography, presentation, any edition, data storage, banking, stock markets, messaging, GPS, writing & reading in any language of world…and any service one can think of, will be done from mobile.

Few companies shaping the future: Panini, MyMob, Jio Bindaas, Map My India, OnMobile etc.

I just can’t wait to see the FUTURE..;-)