Archive for August, 2012

Message by Dr. A-P-J-Abdul-Kalam – Indian Independence day

August 17th, 2012

66th Indian Independence day – A good Speech by Mr. Kalam Sir…

Independence Day Celebrations

August 16th, 2012

Independence Day Celebrations
Happy Independence day to all my brothers and sisters…. Check out the 66th Independence day Photos celebrated all over the india

‘Vande Mataram’: a brief on India’s national song

August 14th, 2012

‘Vande Mataram’: a brief on India’s national song

Ahead of the Independence Day, Ahead of the Independence Day, Lets us know something about Vande Mataram and the history of the song..

The ¬†novel written by Bengali litterateur Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and published in 1882. Written in Bengali and Sanskrit, the first two verses of this poem were accorded the status of India’s national song (distinct from national anthem) in 1950. The tune is set to Desh raga.

The novel was set in the backdrop of the Sannyasi Rebellion of late 18th century. The poem is a hymn to Goddess Durga, symbolising India. It played a vital role in the Indian Independence movement, first sung in a political context by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress.

Subsequently, it became the war chant for freedom fighters in various corners of the country. In 1905, when Bengal, the hotbed of nationalism, was sought to be partitioned by Lord Curzon, singing of the song and raising similar slogans were completely banned in Calcutta. The song continued to inspire militant nationalists in Bengal, Maharashtra and Punjab. It was repeatedly sung in various programmes of the Indian National Congress.

Aurobindo Ghosh translated the poem into English. The first two verses of the same is considered by many including the Government of India as the official translation of the first two verses.

It reads:

I show gratitude to thee, Mother,

richly-watered, richly-fruited,

cool with the winds of the south,

dark with the crops of the harvests,

The Mother!

Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,

her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,

sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,

The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.

The song has had its fair share of controversies with sections of Muslims and Sikhs opposing it on the ground that it talks about worshipping one’s mother which is prohibited by the respective religions. However, the All India Sunni Ulema Board on Sept 6, 2006, issued a fatwa that Muslims can sing the first two verses of the song. The Board president Moulana Mufti Syed Shah Badruddin Qadri Aljeelani said that “If you bow at the feet of your mother with respect, it is not shirk but only respect.”

In 2002, BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. Vande Mataram, from the movie “Anand Math”, was ranked second.

Lets proud to be Indian… HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Tips for driving in the rain

August 8th, 2012

Tips for driving in the rain

The smell of fresh earth, the trickling rain drops, the water boats and the rain dance; finally the monsoons have hit the entire country and have given us a much awaited relief from the rising mercury. But on the flip side, your car may have to pass through of lot dust, grime and corrosion while you struggle to find your way through flooded sewage, water puddles and traffic jams.

Check for mud flaps as that will help to keep the sides of your car more clean and reduce your maintenance work.

Rains bring water to the parched earth turning nature green and wonderful, banishing the heat of summer and filling our rivers with water to last the year. While at the same time our roads turn to a mucky, slippery, smelly death trap.
Both consequences are inevitable and while experiencing the boon is exquisite, living with the bane is possible with preparation and practice. Whether it’s two or four wheels that ferry you about, we have a list of tips to get you through the wet without too much hassle.
The best way to go about it is to see how the monsoon affects your driving that makes difficult and uncomfortable, what is, a daily task for most of us. The three things that get primarily affected are your vision, the vehicle’s grip and your ability to control the vehicle. While your ability to control the vehicle and the grip available is interrelated there are other factors that go into controlling your vehicle.

Vision is the most crucial and easiest to tackle and requires no modification to the vehicle. Always ensure that your windscreen is clean and dry on the inside and once this is done you don’t touch it till you are cleaning it again at the start of your next drive.

If it does start to fog use the defogger and aircon to clear this up. Avoid wiping this from the inside while on the move as in addition to being distracting and dangerous I also find that the misting happens more frequently and unevenly after this is done.

Most modern cars with climate control will turn on the AC when the defogger is selected. This also means that you need to ensure that your blower and aircon are working properly. Also keep your windshield washer reservoir full. You can add some liquid soap or a branded additive to improve the cleaning.

Also understand that if your vision is compromised so is that of the other people on the road. Driving with day time running lights is the best way to ensure that others can see you during the day and at night try not to use the high beam in heavy rain as the light tends to reflect off the rain and obscure your vision further. Only use hazard lights when in trouble. This takes care of your vision and also ensures that you are visible to those around you.

Now let’s move on to your grip. The reason your car moves forward, stays in a straight line, turns when you want it to and stops is because the tyres grip the road. Wet roads reduce this friction to a considerable extent and hence your ability to accelerate, turn and stop changes.

To ensure that this degradation of performance is at its minimum check that your tyres have sufficient tread depth and are inflated to the correct manufacture specified pressure. Also have your braking system thoroughly checked.

Staying in control of your car would mean that you would need to make a change in the way you drive. You will need more space to come to a stop and turns need to be taken at slower speeds to successfully navigate through them.

Getting on the gas smoothly and braking with gentle progressive pressure will ensure that you accelerate safely and come to a stop pointed in the right direction. Try using your brakes on deserted or open stretches of road to see how much grip you have.

This ‘practice braking’ will help you gauge the amount of grip you have. Most of the time you do have more grip than you think you do, except when the first rains fall. In the first showers the rain mixes with the mud, oil and muck on the roads making them really slippery but once this washes away the grip does get better.

Also stay away from standing water as far as possible. Driving through this at speed can cause the car to aquaplane – when water gets trapped between your tyres and the road surface taking away all grip from the tyres.

The only way to recover control is to get off the accelerator and the brake and wait for the car to regain grip. Once you feel the tyres regaining traction then gently apply the brakes. The easiest way to avoid this is to creep through standing water. Yes, sometimes caution is the better part of valour.

If your car is equipped with anti lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability program (ESP) and traction control make sure that none of the systems are reporting warnings on the dash.

Make sure all your lights (including hazard and turn indicators) are functioning and keep them clean. Also have the body/frame/chassis of your car checked for any chips in the paint/protective coatings as these will corrode faster in the rains. Having these painted, or at the very least touched up, is a must to avoid rust setting in.

While this is can be a tiresome time for commuting it does not always have to be so. If you take the right precautions and prepare in advance, you and your vehicle will safely make it through the season unscathed.