A noisy thought on the Independence Day!

August 15th, 2008 Comments Posted in Social

Happy Independence day to all readers! But, how independent are we, constantly dreading about a mishap on the independence day; how independent are we, when an educated corporate woman working late in the night, can be mishandled by miscreants; how independent are we, in the hands of corrupt politicians. But that’s a separate topic altogether, which this post is not meant for.

One can do good to the society in two ways - By starting to do something good for the society or By stopping something that he/she is already doing.

Just a few tips on stopping something that you might be already doing (if not, you are the man!), which might be better for the society around you.

  • Stop scattering litter and trash in public. Use proper bins provided, all the time! (even for a piece of paper or a chewing gum)
  • Stop lighting the cancer stick (a.k.a. cigarette) in public. Use them at your peril, only at specified secluded zones or at your home!
  • Stop jumping traffic lights. You definitely know how good it is, when someone abides rules and paves way for you!
  • Avoid listening to loud or noisy music in public. This also includes unpleasant or over-pleasant ring tones on your “spare-only-at-sleep” gadget
  • Avoid as much possible, the use of four wheelers and two wheelers. Thumb rule - Try to see if you can use a two wheeler, when you feel like using the car. Try to see if you can walk, when you feel like using the two wheeler. By the way, how long has it been, since you rode a bicycle?

Many of us should be able to do all these, with least effort. Let’s try to make India sound, smell and look, clean!

Tags: clean, , society

Our Independent India is about to turn 60 years old!

August 14th, 2007 Comments Posted in General, Social

What a wonderful feeling! I feel a great sense of patriotism when writing this post. It is very hard to imagine, how it would be, if India was still under the British rule. My hearty honors to those who has given up their pleasures and also their lives, to make us feel the fresh air. We should take this day as an opportunity to remember and thank these great men, whom the Indians can never afford to forget.

Today, India is the 12th largest economy at the market exchange rates. India is proud to be home for a large share of knowledge based workforce in the world. If the ‘123′ agreement goes through, without hurdles from Left, NDA & UNPA and also without compromises to the Indian sovereignty, it will be yet another milestone in Indian history. It will help in a great paradigm shift - from ‘coal-based’ electricity production to ‘nuclear-based’ electricity production.

I see the oath for this Independence day must be - INCREASING INDIA’S CONTRIBUTION TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING

Global warming is truly a global phenomenon. High green house gas emissions from a country, not only affects its own people, but also the entire world in the long run. I strongly feel, Indians with their commitment and sociological thinking, must lead the world by example, in reducing global warming. Some people ask me, how can my contribution matter to a global phenomenon? How does some steps taken by me, help reduce global warming? Then it reminds me of this story.

A traveller was walking along a beach when he saw a woman scooping up starfish off the sand and tossing them into the waves. Curious, he asked her what she was doing. The woman replied “When the tide goes out it leaves these starfish stranded on the beach. They will dry up and die before the tide comes back in, so I am throwing them back into the sea where they can live.”

The traveller then asked her “But this beach is miles long and there are hundreds of stranded starfish, many will die before you reach them - do you really think throwing back a few starfish is really going to make a difference?”

The woman picked up a starfish and looked at it, then she threw it into the waves. “It makes a difference to this one” she said.

We must use this analogy to the phenomenon of Global Warming and try to do at least a bit, to help the cause. I think the major action we literates can take, is to create awareness among the public.  First, it should start from our family!

Let us take an oath on this wonderful occasion, to DO OUR BEST TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING AND LEAD THE WORLD BY EXAMPLE!

Some pointers on what can we do to reduce global warming!