Bombay is facing one of the worst water crisis and everything need to curb it is being done by one and all. Recently BMC has confiscated 260 water busters, lodged 353 complaints against water thieves, arrested 70 people for water theft, cut 570 illegal water connections! Very good work but the hidden statement is that these existed in the city since a long time. What was the BMC doing till now? Why was no action taken against them earlier? These did not spring out from nowhere suddenly in 2009. So was there a nexus between them and the BMC existing before the present scarcity? It’s clear that all political parties are involved with the water mafia and the sudden action by the BMC is nothing but a diversion of the public from the actual-hidden-existing hand-in-glove drama. Why is the MPDA Act not being imposed on them before they start the anticipatory bail procedure and some phone calls from higher authorities start ringing for their release? Who will bell the cat needs to be seen?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The common man has always been a victim and target of everybody. By saying common man, I would like to exclude the persons affiliated to various political parties and the affluent who can contact the authorities in a single phone call. I am talking about the person who faces the daily grind in the city, who tries to make both ends meet with great difficulty to survive and who has no contacts whatsoever in the right places. He is harassed everywhere and by anyone. Let me draw your attention to this man’s plight to get an auto rickshaw/taxi by refusing to ply to the requested destination and above all their rude behavior. In spite of repeated drives by the media to enlighten them about the law whereby they cannot refuse a passenger, the situation remains the same. The Police, a silent spectator, does help but only during the drive. After that they are the same. Due to this behavior the common man rightly feels about the nexus between the Police & the auto rickshaw/taxi drivers. This of course is always denied. On complaining, the Police does point out the various phone numbers, email ids & laws which are absolutely impractical in daily life. Is it possible for a person standing under the scorching Sun or in the heavy rains to note down the 10-15 vehicle numbers and report via the much publicized complaint sources. Considering that this is also done once in a while, what is the result? A standard reply, “We are looking into this matter. We will take action against the offender” which is nothing but a consoling eyewash for the complainant. They also refuse to ply by giving a simple excuse about the empty fuel tank which cannot be checked by us. They also cannot be forced to ply if the meter is half down and they do take advantage of this loophole. For a proof against all this behavior, I would request the authorities including the R.T.O. to check any place especially like Railway/Bus stations, Shopping malls, Theatres, etc. and they will get a first surprising experience of the refusal to ply by the auto rickshaw/taxi drivers. Kindly note that the authorities will have to wear civilian clothes in order to do this public service exercise. Another problem created by them is standing in multiple lines while waiting for passengers. They stand in double – triple lines and create traffic jams. Of course, the traffic constable is always present but only at a distant to collect fines from other erring traffic offenders because the challan (fine) book will reflect on his daily performance and not the help done to avoid the traffic jams. So why help the common man by fighting with the auto rickshaw/taxi drivers which will yield him nothing at the end of the day. After all if the fight escalates then the matter will go to the union and a new round of problems will start. So nip it in the bud, Don’t interfere. And last but not the least problem is cheating in fares through tampered fare meters. Everybody knows that many meters are tampered but nothing can be done because we cannot prove it. The present meters are easy to be tampered and hence the introduction of electronic meters is being opposed. Of course, even they can also be tampered but that will take some time, more R&D and expenses. Hence the opposition to install the electronic meters. The Police says that they will take action against such malpractitioners but then we have to go to Police station and collect the excess money. Imagine wasting your time to collect Rs.5 given in excess and the more extra money spent to reach the police station. Nobody will do it and hence such a law has been made. So the law does exist but in reality its impractical. All said and done but contrary to above facts, there are some auto rickshaw/taxi drivers who are very helpful and honest. They should be rewarded and the offenders should be punished. Why can’t strict & stern action be taken against the offenders? Why can’t new laws be introduced or amended? Also the fine charges have to be increased to a high amount than the present meager charges. Is this impossible or are they afraid of the recoil? So if the protectors cannot help then the common has to rise to defend himself and his dignity. Beware of the outcry. Beware of the rebellion.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
“There are various ways and methods to avoid or take off the newly acquired and much envied SUN TAN.”
- Apply pure sandalwood paste on face 10-15 minute before shower. Its soothing to the skin. You may add some drops of rose water for fragrance and coolong.
- Kitchen idea is to apply some Besan (gram flour) and rose water on tanned area. Leave it till it dries. Wash with luke warm water.
- Make a paste of papaya, cream and sugar. Apply this on tanned area and leave for 15 mins. Wash with luke warm water.
- For darker tans, mix juices of tomato and cucumber and apply daily
- Grate cucumber and strain the juice. Add some grated potatoes and spread evenly on face. Leave for some time and wash with luke warm water.
- Mix sugar with lemon juice. Add little glycerin. Scrub on the affected area and apply in circulated motion. Wash with luke warm water.
- The other and last best way is to use a sunscreen with spf15 to 35. Also nowadays waterproof lotions are available which should be used before swimming.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Silver items tend to have a blackish look after some time and thereby losing it's shine. Here are some simple tips to get the gleam back.
Tip 1 : Use toothpaste (white one) to clean the silver. Apply some on brush and scrub
the jewellery with it.
Tip 2 : Clean silver with mild soap. Pat dry with soft cloth. For more stubborn dirt,
use a silver cleaner that you can get at any silver jewellery store.
Tip 3 : Make sure the silver is not dumped together. It may get entangled. Keep every
piece separately in felt cloth or tissue.
Tip 4 : Don’t wear silver when doing your household chores. Chlorinated water can
take away all the luster.
Tip 5 : Clean your silver in vinegar to find it looking brand new.
Tip 6 : Don’t use any abrasive cloth or paper to wipe the jewellery. It can develop
scratches. Use earbuds.
Tip 7 : Body lotions, perfume and cosmetics can ruin the silver jewellery. Always
wear jewellery after you beautify yourself.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Flu spreads like wildfire. So what can you do to protect yourself? Stay calm and practice these simple home remedies as prevention tips :
Consume amla regularly. Amla is the highest source of vitamin C and is used to prevent many diseases. It is available in many forms like powder, juice, candy & churan (tablets). Make ginger & garlic a regular part of your diet. They are powerful antibiotics & antibacterials. Onions is also a good antiseptic. Meat can be disinfected by coating it with a paste of garlic and salt.
Clean the atmosphere of the house by burning NEEM, INCENSE (Lohbaan) & Camphor. Neem is a very powerful antiviral and antibiotic. Also use Alum in water. Bathing with neem-infused water was common in
Drink an infusuion of Tulsi water daily. Boil 25 leaves of Tulsi in 4 cups of water and let it cool. Adults can have half cup and give babies no more than 10 drops.
Half cup of cinnamon water in morning is a good antiviral drink. Boil an inch of cinnamon in 2 cups of water.
Eucalyptus oil prevents the nasal tract from harbouring dangerous viruses. Carry a few drops of it in your handkerchief. Also use eucalyptus oil during steam inhalation.
Black pepper in meals or a combo of black pepper, honey & ginger is a good antiviral.
Haldi (Turmeric) in meals and as a decoction is very effective in controlling viral infections.
Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.
Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.
Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.
All these are preventive measures and apart from these you need to maintain a standard hygiene and a positive frame of mind.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Every year millions of people die of influenza in this world unnoticed and uncovered by our holy media. May be the virus has mutated a bit this time round. These are very small germs that might, under some circumstances, produce diseases. Mutation, in simple language, means that these viruses are like chameleons. They change their genetic make up sometimes very fast. This is our bane of controlling them. It only takes a few days for a virus to mutate and when it does that all our efforts to identify them drugs against the virus as also the vaccine lose their meaning. Mask will not protect healthy people against the disease in society. If one is attending to the infected, one needs to have the mask to avoid direct droplets from the patient falling into the nose or eyes etc. This virus does not float in the air all by itself for the mask to stop it. The virus is carried in small droplets from the patients' mucus secretions. Mask is a must for every patient to avoid spraying the droplets in his/her surroundings, especially if one is in a crowd or a closed aircraft cabin etc. Over crowding helps the virus to spread easily. Shaking hands is a deadly exercise in this setting. Door knobs, railings, utensils used by an infected person, kissing someone with the virus, close contact with infected people who are incubating the virus, table tops etc carry the virus even up to 48 long hours. Indian system of “Namaste” (greeting with hands folded, palms touching each other) is very healthy practice. Your best bet is to meticulously clean your hands with simple soap and water (not chemical detergent soaps) as frequently as is possible or, at least, before touching your nose, eyes and mouth. During travel or hospital visits one does well to carry a bottle of alcohol hand cleaners for use where soap and water are scarce. They are very effective. Plenty of rest, adequate sleep, nourishing but, simple foods like fruits and vegetables, not too much spoiled by over cooking and frying, avoiding cooked meat to the extent possible; plenty of water to keep the mucus membranes wet; regular non-strenuous exercise that boosts the immune system, avoiding smoking and alcohol, happy disposition with Yoga and adequate oxygenation of all the cells including those in the immune system by Praanaayaama should help to prevent this dread. Try to do proper Yoga under a professional teacher. Do not pay heed to rumours and baseless advices OR crowd talks.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Do check the photograph on Facebook on http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=2178201&id=703343470&ref=nf
It was surely a great meeting. mr Asad Sikander, Producer of the film, is very happy with the meeting and hopes the meeting will lead to more bollywood films being shot in Afghanistan. He hopes to strengthen the ties between the two countries.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
You have been questioning MARATHI MANOOS for the past several days regarding their vote preferences. I would like to point out some of the reasons but before that let me take the necessary CLEARANCE from you regarding my status as I have been a resident of this world famous city (irrespective of it’s various names) for the past 35 years, am from Rajsthan & can speak/read/write Marathi very well. So do I qualify for the special & much coveted Marathi Manoos category? Now my answer to your question regarding voting other political outfit instead of Shiv Sena is that what has the SS done for us? The new generation thinks in global terms, wants communal harmony and better governance. SS has failed in all respects. SS wants to create jobs for people who don’t even fit the very basic criteria and are dangerous to organization. Just see the state of any organization run by state government. You have severed ties with Raj now. Why didn’t you stop him earlier when he was giving inflammatory & derogatory speeches, engineering riots, hitting the common man, asking people to change names of their well known establishments, etc. Did the SS come to the rescue of the citizens? No, instead they were enjoying the tamasha and later taking credit for starting this movement which is being followed by MNS. So MNS is your creation, your FRANKENSTEIN. And WHERE WAS THE SS on 26/11? Did your so called SAINIKS come out to help the real SAINIKS (NSG)? We understand that the RATS (RAj Thackeray Sainiks) were ensconced in their holes but at least your people could have come out and help the people or the NSG. Instead everybody started taking credit for the 3 martyrs and used every possible trick to encash on the 3 martyrs. What about constable Oomble? Nobody was interested in his true contribution for the city as he was a small constable and not a big officer. Do you think that the Mumbai police force could have done better than the NSG with their antique rifles & pot-bellied officers? The NSG saved the city and still left silently without any honour or various vested interests felicitations. Today every mumbaikar knows the SS or MNS party worker as a hoodlum & rogue who has all the rights to do illegal activity without being questioned. You have recently proved it by meeting Ganster Ashwin Naik as soon as he came out of prison. The reason given was that he has been behind bars for a long time and has expressed his wish to see you, so you gave him an immediate appointment. This is ridiculous. This has created a stir in the people hearts that now in the coming days you will be using muscle power to garner votes to avenge the defeat in Mumbai in general elections 2009. I would request you to open your eyes, accept certain facts of the present and strive to improve your party image. Do not despair or lose hope. The election is over, the results are in, and the verdict is clear. That verdict carries with it a message: India wants progress; it wants a sense of direction; as clearly, it does not want to be shackled by the pulls and pressures of a rag-tag coalition of disparate interests each pulling in a different direction and collectively contributing to national stasis. The Sate assembly & BMC elections are coming. Tables can turn. Even if in opposition, work constructively towards creating a safe & peaceful MAHARASHTRA. We will come with you only if we feel safe & secured future. Times change & change is the only constant in the world. JAI MUMBAI, JAI MAHARASHTRA, JAI HIND.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Can the bombayites hear some laughter in Mantralya building? If we can then the we are the cause it. We have given them an opportunity to laugh on us. The crystal clear & enthusiastic visuals of the candle march to the Gateway of India, the slogans, the speeches and fire of the youth had invigorated the citizens. When we were passing the Mantralaya (the government HQ of Maharshtra) building, we could sense the fear of the bureaucrats inside. They were fearing the outcome of the movement. It was the biggest movement by the citizens without any support from political party or vested interest of politician. The speeches were not only full of hatred but also of awareness of the citizens of the city. We did not wanted to be called “The city of
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
HOME REMEDY -- CONSTIPATION
For a healthy and fit lifestyle a person should have his food
with the required calories and nutrients daily. He/she should
evacuate his bowels daily. But in some cases this is not so. And
when it is not so we say that this person is suffering from
Constipation. Constipation is no fun. Some times it can be pain_
ful. But the cause of constipation is not easy to find. It may
include lack of fiber in the diet, insufficient liquid intake,
stress, medications, lack of exercise and bad bowel habits. The
foremost thing to be considered as the cause of constipation is
to check your diet and your daily liquid intake. But how much
fiber and liquid do you need? Let's start with liquid. A minimum
of 8 glasses of liquid should be a part of every adult's diet.
While any fluid will do the trick but the best fluid is water. A
daily consumption of 20 to 35 grams of dietary fiber for all
adults and at least 30 grams for those suffering from constipa_
tion is a must. Where does this fiber come from? Top sources of
fiber are legumes, fruits, whole grains and vegetables. It is not
difficult to get 30 grams if fiber in your daily diet, if you
choose your food carefully. eg. A half cup of cooked kidney beans
(rajma) will give 9 grams, half cup of cooked dals will give 5.2
grams, a bowl of bran cereal will give 13 grams, 1 sweet potato
will give 3.4 grams, 1 apple will give 3 grams, 1 large pear will
give 6.2 grams, etc. Others rich fiber foods include prunes,
figs, raisins popcorn, nuts, strawberries, carrots and cereals.
If your fiber intake has been low, build it up gradually so as to
avoid gas attacks. Think about the oil slick in your stomach and
match it with the one in
same was in your stomach. Eliminate oil from your diet such as
liquid vegetable oil, soy oil or olive. It's not the oil but
eating in it's free state that causes constipation and many other
digestive problems. These oils form a film in the stomach which
makes it difficult to digest carbohydrates and proteins there and
in the small intestine. Adequate digestion is delayed which
causes putrefecation, gas and toxins. But oils eaten in their
natural form, locked up in whole nuts, avocados and corn are
released slowly into the body so that no oil slick occurs to
block digestion and create constipation. Regular exercise tends
to combat constipation faster. One of the best exercise is walk_
ing. Good body tone, good bowel tone. Exercise strengthens the
body, relieves stress and calm your irritable bowel.If you sus_
pect stress and tension is one of your reasons for constipation
then avoid it. Relax and listen to relaxation music. Do not
strain during constipation. Because straining raises your blood
pressure and lowers your heartbeat which results to blackout and
a fall in the toilet. Instead of chemical laxatives try the
"natural" or "vegetable" laxatives. Isabghol is a superconcen_
trated form of fiber and hence is non-addictiveand safe. But they
should be taken with a lot of water. Juices are also beneficial.
Juice of spinach, carrot or a mixture of juices of potato, cucum_
ber and apple. One can also have juices of fig, guava or orange.
The body is well cleansed if lemon juice mixed warm water and
honey is taken on an empty stomach early in the morning. This
will releive you from constipation. It's tough to be serious
about flatulence, though we may try to without invoking laughter.
If you are adding fiber to your diet start with a small dose so
that bowels get used to it. That lessens the increase of flatus.
Activated charcoal tablets are effective in eliminating excessive
gas. It's not only what we eat but also how we eat. Digesting a
lot of food eaten all at once over stimulates the digestive
system. That is why it is much better to eat frequent smaller
meals than infrequent larger meals. And always remember that
"AFTER LUNCH NAP A WHILE AND AFTER DINNER WALK A MILE"
Thursday, April 9, 2009
At one time or other, everyone of us succumbs to the common
cold. The bravest, the strongest, the sweetest, the smartest -
our virtues matter not to these viruses as they set about reduc_
ing us to coughing, sneezing sneezing shadows of our former
selves. Worse yet, there's no cure. Antiboitics, champs at knock_
ing out bacterial infection, are down for the count against cold
viruses. So we sniffle on bravely, maybe take a cold pill or two,
and hope the symptoms will disappear in the customary week or so.
Some home remedies as suggested by doctors may help us overcome
cold more quickly. Vitamin C works in the body as a scavenger
picking up all sorts of trash - including virus trash. It can
shorten the length of a cold from seven days to two or three
days. Vitamin C may also cut back on coughing, sneezing and other
symptoms. Juices of orange, grape fruit and cranberry are rich
sources of vitamin C. Sucking on Zinc lozenges can cut colds
short. The downside is that Zinc has an unpleasant taste. There
are however lozenges in the market that contain honey and/or
citrus that are a lot easier to swallow. But do nottake more than
reccommended by the doctors it can be toxic in large doses. Extra
rest enables you to put all your energy into getting well. Take
a day off or two from work if you are really bad. Mild exercises
improves your circulation, helping your immune system circulate
infection fighting antibodies. Try taking a brisk half an hour
walk. For diet eat fewer fatty foods, meat and milk products and
eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of
water, juice, tea and mostly clear liquids. This will replace
important fluids lost during a cold and help flush out impurities
that may be preying on your system. Smoking aggravates a throat
that may already feel irritated from cold. So, try to abstain
yourself at least for a while. Relieve an irritated throat by
gargling morning, noon and night whenever it hurts the most. Fill
a glass of warm water and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt. Take a hot
water bath or steam your nose by inhaling steam from boiling
water mixed with menthol. Or try garlic tea. This familiar herb
has an antibiotic effect. It can actually kill germs and clear up
the cold symptoms more rapidly. Try to avoid spreading cold by
not sharing your food with others. Do not step outside with a wet
head. If it persists with a fever about 103 degrees fah. see your
doctor. Also visit him if you have extreme pain such as ear ache,
swollen tonsils, sinus pain or chest pain, extremely difficulty
in swallowing, excessive large amounts of sputum or sputum that
is greenish or bloody, shortness of breath or excessive of appe_
tite. Lemonated water will also provide relief. Juices of ginger,
orange, carrot, raddish, garlic can be taken. Crush some tulsi
leaves and give one or two drops of the juice to babies 2 to 3
times a day. To relieve congestion dissolve one tbsp. of crushed
camphor in 2 tsp. of hot coconut oil. Store in an air tight
container and rub it on the chest and throat of the child.
For dry cough, take a solution containing 1 part of honey, 1 part
of lime juice and 1 part of rum or gin ( leave alcohol out for
children and those who have difficulty in breathing ). Take 1
tsp. of this solution every 2 to 3 hours. For sinusitis, soak a
piece of turmeric in castor oil, burn it and inhale the smoke. Or
inhale the smoke by burning a few pepper corns. Or roast garlic
in hot ash and take it three times a day. For cold, boil a hand_
ful of eucalyptus leaves in two glasses of water till the quanti_
ty is reduced to half. Strain the water, add sugar and drink 3
times a day. This remedy is for adults. Most coughs are due to
the air passages becoming inflammed by infection and forming more
mucus than the usual. Sometimes a throat infection will irritate
the cough reflex without causing much increase in mucus and dry
barking coughs maybe troublesome. Coughing may have other causes
- inhalation of dust or chemicals, pressure on the air passages
from a tumour, accumulation of fluid in lungs. Sometimes coughing
maybe the only symptom of asthma. Mostly coughs are doing a
useful job, clearing the lungs of phlegm and that any treatment
should be aimed at the cause of the cough rather than the cough
itself. Remedies fall into 2 categories : Expectorants which make
the mucus in the chest more liquid and therefore easier to cough
and suppresants which damp down the cough reflex. If you are
coughing up thick phlegm, take an expectorant. A dry, irritating
cough may warrant a suppressant. What makes more sense is to
take a cough medicine that contains a drug of both kinds.
Combine a sore throat with a rasping cough and you know the
meaning of torture. Sore throats are early warning signs of cold
or flu. But they can exist independently as the result of some
other viral or bacterial infection. If you have sore throat
caused by a viral infection, antibiotics won't help. But medicat_
ed lozenges may do some good. Zinc lozenges as stated above will
also help. Several actors mentioned the time honoured salvo of
lemon juice and honey in hot water or tea sipped through the day.
Some even inhale steam for about ten mins. a day. If you have the
time, try it 2 to 3 times a day. One more idea is to gargle with
whisky in a large glass of warm water. If part of the reason you
are breathing through your mouth is that your nose is clogged,
then open it with an decongestant nasal spray. Try to limit its
use for a day or two, because it can become addictive. If you
live near the sea, then go ahead and inhale the sea breeze. When
you inhale the mist, the saline air moistens your nose and drips
down the back of your throat to help increase humidity there.
Unlike the nasal decongestants, the saline way is not addictive.
Try to avoid milky drinks which may produce more mucus, making
you cough and further irritating the tissues. Caffeine containing
beverages have a counter productive diuretic effect. Garlic is
one of the best natural antibiotics and antiseptics. Vitamin C
helps to build up tissues to fight germs that are responsible for
sore throat. Believe it or not, your toothbrush may be perpetuat_
ing or even causing the sore throat. Bacteria collects on the
bristles and any injuryto the gums during brushing injects these
germs into your system. From the preventive standpoint, replace
the toothbrush every month and also store it outside the moist,
bacteria prone bathroom. If you think it's expensive then think
again about the cost of just one trip to the doctor's clinic.
Another cause of sore throat in the morning - besides sleeping
with your mouth open - is a backp of stomach acids into your
throat during night. These acids are extremely irritating to the
sensitive throat tissues. Avoid the problem by tilting the bed_
frame or add a pillow so that the head is 4 to 6 inches higher
than the foot. But don't simply add pillow, they can cause you to
bend in the middle, increasing pressure on the oesophagus and
making the problem worse. As an extra precaution, do not eat or
drink for an hour or two before retiring. See the doctor if you
experience the following : Severe, prolonged or recurrent sore
throats, difficulty in breathing, swallowing or opening of mouth,
joint pains, earache or lump in the neck, rash, fever above 101
degrees fahrenheit, hoarseness lasting two weeks or longer, blood
in saliva or phlegm. If you take the necessary precautions you
will do better in the long run to stay well.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Yes, the elections are round the corner and so are the politicians. The blame game, allegations, promises, self-appreciation, coalitions, etc. news will keep on coming every minute. The names unheard for the past 5 years are suddenly making headlines.This election is very important as it will decide the course of the nation a long time to come. It can be termed a milestone election. The reason is a major chunk of our politicians are from old guard or independence era. They are to be respected but cannot be allowed to take the reins of the nation as majority of the country electorate is youth and hence we are having a huge thinking gap aka generation gap. We have to elect people who are young and also who have the capability to steer the nation into the global direction with new thoughts. We are a powerful & strong nation now. A force to reckon. The whole world is watching our election just the way