Archive for May, 2010

Education – Birth right of every kid!


It’s a good initiative by our Prime Minister Manmohan Singhji to provide education for all and see India as a literate country. His profile definitely encourages anybody to learn regardless of one’s age. Even the education minister Kapil Sibal has introduced lot of good measures that are productive enough and it has changed the education sector in India.
Kapil’s move to remove class declaration in the matriculation level and class eleven and twelve is welcomed by many parents. The advantage of this move is that it has removed the undue pressure on the younger generation. We have seen a decrease in the suicide rates that happens during the result time.
Times of India had also introduced Teach India campaign where a reader can enroll as a Teach India member and take a voluntary measure to teach children between the age of 5 to 12 years.
It was during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s rule that mid day meal scheme was introduced that motivated village kids to go to schools and attend the class. ISKCON started the initiative that was spread over the country.
There are lot of institutions that provide free education like Satya Sai Seva Trust and Sri Siddaganga Mutt. These institutions encourage kids to study right from kindergartens to Ph.D. They don’t take a single pie for this service. Of course the money is generated through the donations. Parents must realize the value of education and must provide that to their kids without fail.

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Step mother treatment for our national game


Hockey, though started in Canada and improvised in the Sub continent has no takers now. There are many sophisticated versions of this sport like ice hockey. India’s national game is hockey but there are not many caretakers for this game.
Recently, following the debacle of Indian cricket team in the World T20 Championship, Indian team was condemned to hell. They were criticized to the core. Meanwhile, Indian hockey team had won the Azlan Shah Hockey Cup held at Malaysia. They were playing with opponents like Australia, Pakistan etc. When the team arrived in New Delhi there was nobody to greet them. In 2010 India hosted the World Hockey cup that was promoted by most of the cricket stars and Bollywood actor and actresses.
This situation has to change its high time that cricket has been given undue importance while sidelining other forms of sports. There are many badminton clubs, football clubs, athletic oriented sports clubs. These need to be supplied with required resources.
Even with a hundred crores population India has failed to deliver a single medal in the Olympics which stands as a testimony for our inability to accept other sport forms.

Harnessing traffic congestion in Bangalore


Bangalore being the IT hub or the Silicon Valley of India is flocked by vast amount of people. The cheap availability of two wheelers and four wheelers has created bedlam around this once termed Pensioners’ Paradise. There is hardly any space to move around. The state has being passing many resolutions to widen the road, but in vain. They have notified about 90 roads for widening. But, widening the roads is not the best alternative.
Alternate solutions have to be chalked out to get rid of the situation. Circular trains would be one of the idea to decrease traffic congestion. These trains would essentially run across the existing Ring road junctions and people using the buses or two wheelers could possibly utilize these trains to reach their work spots. If the distance is less than 5 kms then such commuters must be encouraged to travel or use a bicycle. An incentive package could be announced to those cyclists who use cycles for commutation for one month. This would promote more cyclists and reduce traffic bottleneck.
Metro trains will be available for Bangaloreans in the next 10 months time. Car pooling can also be a workaround. More oneway roads can be encouraged to plug the traffic issues.
State Government had a orientation about the Traffic controlling situations from China but to no avail.

Its high time that the state wakes up and look into this issue of traffic congestion.

Mutual Fund – a good alternative from the hoodwinks


Recently, Vini vinc Shastri was a household name among Bangaloreans and he was known for a wrong reason. He had started his company Vini vinc and promised a ransom return upon investing. People were taken for a ride by his words and invested lakhs of rupees. The total cost that needs to be given to investors is estimated to be 203 crores. Investors were bamboozled by Shastri and his team.
What people don’t understand is how an individual can give so much of huge return when practically it is not possible. A bank in India can give you 8% for one year in Fixed Deposit, even if it is compound interested it will not go beyond 16% and then here is a guy who promises to give back 35% returns. The sad part is people are not aware of the investing options like Mutual funds, Stocks and shares, Property investment, Material stocks like gold, silver, platinum etc.
Mutual Funds are one of the safe and secure ways of investing and it also ensures decent returns without much risks. There are various options to choose from for investors. Like, the investment can be locked for 3 year or 5 year period that gives you tax benefit also. There are funds which gives you immediate returns say within a span of 6 months.
Investors must always touch base with a good investing advisor before they start, and advisors would guide them through the process of investing. Of course these investments need to be tracked otherwise, you might suffer setbacks. There are quite a bunch of online investment tracking portals for e.g. Money control.com that keeps a track of your investments and gives you email updates about your portfolio.
Start investing in Mutual funds or Stocks/Shares, your investment would be safe and secure.

Banaswadi Hanuman temple – a place worth watching


In the heart of Banaswadi, near to the IT park of Bangalore stands a very old temple of Hanuman. My mother-in-law was mentioning about this temple for a long time. So, today I went in search of this temple by asking the shop keepers, finally I was able to locate it.
The old Kempegowda fashioned arch tomb welcomes the devotees. Since it was Saturday lot of devotees had flocked the shrine. There are other deities as well in the same shrine like Venkateshwara, Srirama, Basaveshwara etc. I enquired about the senesce of the temple at the shop keeper nearby who was looking at my footwear. He said it was 100 years old. A North Indian couple was along with me and the lady peeped through me to get a sight of the main deity. I guided her to join the ladies queue.
The temple serves food in the form of prasadam during afternoon; I had a chance to taste it. The temple could have been maintained in a little better way. It is pathetically maintained.

Every year on the eve of Hanuman Jayanthi which falls between December 16 to January 14 usually on a full moon-day in the month of Chaitra, this deity is attracted by a miracle; it so happens that tears come out from the idol and people flock from all parts of Bangalore to witness this miracle.

Hanuman Gudi

Rise of Health awareness among Bengalureans


It is 6:30 AM a warm summer morning in Bangalore. What once used to be place for youngsters and early morning joggers and some odd vehicle learners has suddenly transformed into a workout ground for mid aged men and women. There is a surge in health consciousness among the folks. One of the primary reasons is the increase of awareness about obesity related diseases like heart attack, diabetes, stroke, hypertension etc. Lot of advertisements are aired on the television be it any channel from cartoons to a business channel everyone broadcasts products connected with the reduction of body mass and obesity. The number of gyms has also seen a northwards movement. The good part is people have realized the fact that “Health is lost something is lost”. Meanwhile, most of them have started imitating their western counterparts while on the other side western countries have started adopting the older Indian methods of yoga and pranayama.

Could be one of the reasons why they say Earth is round!!

Mobile Petrol Helpline


It was a rainy day; I and my friend were travelling in a bike. We were on a ride to the test my newly purchased bike. Things were pleasant until we realized that the bike was running out of fuel. Eventually, we had to stop the motor cycle. There was not a single person to be visible in the vicinity. We badly felt the need of mobile petrol bunk. This is a concept that invoked in my mind out the puncher helpline. There is one such number also 080-55382555 upon calling this number the technician arrives on the spot fixes the puncture and of course an extra bit of money will be charged to this special service.
Things have changed a lot there is a private bank that delivers money to its customer upon a phone call they charge a moderate amount for this. On the Great wall of China the distance of this great wall extends up to 80 kms since this is one of the wonders, there are lot of people who hop to get a sight of this wonder, but there is no provision of urinals or toilets and no wonder there is a mobile toilet that addresses the call of nature.

Mobile Restroom

On the similar lines a mobile petrol outlet is definitely a need for the vast populous country like India.

Any petrol bigwigs listening to this…..