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Littering is in our genes!

Just watched the video, very fantastically portrayed ‘chaltha hai’ attitude of the great Indian citizen. So very like the one who dont vote but go around with social media and keep trending things.

Probably this is one feature that doesnt create a divide between rich and poor, the hindus, muslims and christians. One character which makes it a marked Indian trait.

But you send them to the other side of the world they will keep the word and abide by the law. They know they cant get away, from the heavy fines they pay. But here they know how to get away from anything called fine.

Sometimes its a wonder how we don’t even litter them in the dustbin and can see all the waste all over the place except the litter bin. We can keep talking about it and that precisely why I was so happy to learn about The Great Indian – http://greatindian.timesofindia.com/ an initiative by Times of India.

So is there a chance, ofcourse there is and it has to start somewhere and this video excellently depicts the issue, and something else is also happening in the country by the name Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Possibly instead of watching the video and going off as we often do with all the viral videos, this one must be taken seriously simply because it matters things with us. Probably this can change a lot of mindset and who knows it can also work wonders on the human psyche across the way he/she thinks about himself.

A clean surrounding can alter the way you think and act. Mahatma Gandhi the father of the Nation has said, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness!”

We need to make it cool to be good and have a great surrounding around us. The first part of the work would be to keep the places clean where we use. How difficult is it for us to understand that all the government buildings are built using our hard earned tax money.

Once we get a sense of ownership on all these things there could be a way to get on. Possibly we need to rework the way History and civics is taught to us. Civics needs to be more practical than just some sections on the constitution. There has to be a way we need to tell people that duties exist alongside when we talk about rights and that they go together.

It might seems like an unworkable idea. It has to start with I – for initiative. Make things clean around us, and then extend it to the house, street, community, the district, state and the nation.

So as they say charity begins at home and thats where we can start keeping things in a pretty nice way and work towards better environment.

Let the great Indian video charge us to tell people to stop spraying. Do you know what people had to do to stop this. Literally start Praying, they installed pictures of Gods on the walls to do just that.

Whatever, we need to execute this very urgently, somewhere a start shall be made and the best place is now and around you.

Senthilkumar

This is a part of Indiblogger Happy Hours

A healthy child makes a healthy home!

A healthy child brings us all joy!
A healthy child brings us all joy!

The arrival of the child is one of the most cherishing moments in everyone’s home. That moment is a moment of rejoicing for one and all. I have come across this statement attributed to our People’s President, that that is the only day when our mothers felt happy we cried.

And the journey continues for the child at home, everyone is on their toes literally keeping an eye on the child. For the dads its a new experience and they also get to share those wonderful moments alongside the mother helping her with the upkeep of the child and generally taking turns to make the child sleep, play and indulge.

There is always a feeling of euphoria when the child is around, we would feel the magic in the sounds of the cries, the giggle the very effort it puts to make itself heard and what not.

These days everything gets recorded and what not. In all these, the child’s health is of paramount importance. In earlier days we had the luxury of having our grandparents around us to help the new mother and also take care of the health.

We call it ‘Paati Vaidyam’ in tamil which roughly translates to “Grandma’s Medicine”, it could be a potion mix with herbs and ingredients that are healthy and give us the innate and underlying immunity for the child. But these days without those learned and experienced people around us, its become pretty tough to take care of the child in the early stages.

Aunt & Grandma! They have been a part of growing up for the kids
Aunt & Grandma! They have been a part of growing up for the kids

In case the child becomes unwell, the home will lose its charm, since all the activities used to be revolving around the child. The home will be ill as a matter of fact.

The childs health being of very sensitive import, the immunity build up should be there to assist the child to withstand the external factor that we live in. In earlier days we were used to Ragi and other food especially for the kids and they never had to go to a doctor at any time. Home remedies would be enough to a great extent.

My nephews at play! We are healthy!
My nephews at play! We are healthy!

But times have changed and so too is the environment we live in. The child needs the best of immunity in an indirect way and there is an answer in the form of Dabur Chyawanprash, a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and more than 40 other natural ingredients. Dabur Chyawanprash increases Immunity by 3 times* & hence protects against illness.

In times like ours when we have to be godspeed in our health, its not advisable to take chances on the immunity factor. We have always known the medicinal and curative properties of some of the basic fruits and herbs like that of amla for example.

As I write this would like to give a big thumsup to Dabur for its intiaitve to bring back the goodness of life the natural way and especially starting this at a young age right from being the kids that we were and the other kids who will play in the world in the future.

To know more of this, please visit https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/ and you would be glad you did.

This post is a part of Indiblogger Happy Hours

Senthilkumar R

Pic by self.

When Hello was the last good bye!

NSDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had the best part of my life with the fastest Indian in the world. Well you guessed it right. Narain Karthikeyan is his name. The fastest Indian was the best speed master you could ever watch in action on the track. But come to city roads, especially the normal roads, the master would get to be a normal driver with a sense of responsibility that is reflective of a true dutiful citizen.

I think that was one of the most important way he had a message – Safety begins with me.

With the advent of mobile phones and other gadgets which have become very personal, everybody is ON literally even while driving. Checking updates on Facebook, Whatsapp, and may be on the BBM, and ofcourse a call to disrupt the smooth drive.

Its quite often the instinct that makes us take calls, not understanding the risk that it poses to us and other people around or on the road. The best part is that even in the most sophisticated cars I have seen people holding to the mobile phone and a slanting head talking vigorously on the phone.

I know there are things which will need your immediate attention, but not that to the cost of a dangerous driving. I recall having paid a fine, for taking a call. This happened some 10 years before. I had just answered a single phrase after switching on the phone. “on my way” was all I said, but then I was already in the sight of the police officers as I turned the bike. That was the last time I took a call on a bike or when driving a car. People have got used to the fact that if I am not answering a call – driving could be one of the reason.

I hold myself valuable to the missed call and to that effect I reply them as soon as I get down.

The word initiative in English starts with ‘I’ and so much relevant to anything we would like to start positive. Possibly smile at people on the road and thank them when they are courteous would make a lot of difference. We need that initiative to start from our side so we can make for a better roads to drive and ensure safe journey.

Welcome to NSDF!

Nissan has been championing the cause of safe driving and today has touched over 2 lakhs citizens through the initiative – Nissan Safety Driving Forum.

The program which began as an annual activity in 2012 covered three main Indian cities – New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai – and since then has gradually expanded to several additional cities across India.

This year, NSDF all set to cove 8 new cities in Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Vadodara, Nagpur, Chennai, Mangalore and Kochi. The overall reach and engagement levels have phenomenally grown and NSDF has effectively reached close to 2 lakh citizens. It continues to stay committed to its core objective of promoting safe driving behaviour in India.

Did You know you could actually get real action during the event – how safety works?

Through this initiative NSDF aims to make safe driving a priority and also gives knowledgeable insights into driving and other safety features with its interactive activities. This would contribute to a young mobile and vibrant country in the long run.

It would be great if more people came forward to be a part of this initiative and make it happen – reduce fatalities in the roads. Here three cheers to the inititaive

So to achieve a great safe road, some basics that needs to be done irrespective of the fact whether they are mandatory or not, we need to follow these basic rules. Why I used the word mandatory in the previous sentence is because, I hail from Tamil Nadu where Helmet and Seat belts are not mandatory while its mandatory in Kerala and Karnataka! The govt could be least bothered with our lives doesn’t mean we can also be careless. For that matter when has the govt been careful or had worked towards a great roads.

Rule 1. Stick to the right side of the road – In India its the left of the road.

Rule 2: Wear Helmet on a bike and ensure seat belt in a four wheeler.

Rule 3: Never take a call on a ride or a drive.

Rule 4: Don’t exceed Speed limits even if there is on one on the road.

Rule 5: Start early and don’t have to be in a rush.

Rule 6: Follow traffic signal lights – helps everyone especially when the traffic police is not there.

Rule 7: Use headlights judiciously, high beam and low beam only to communicate.

Rule 8: Do not overtake from the left.

Rule 9: Follow all the above and have a great time driving. Life is a journey! Enjoy the drive!

Before I end I leave you with a small video from Think

And also a nice read about a gentleman constable in Bangalore. Click here!

Now to the headline, I thought we need to drive the message that a Hello need not be a start to a conversation especially when driving, it could be the last good bye!

Senthilkumar

The banking paradigm shift is here with Kotak Jifi! Banking goes social!

Now the biggest question is why would someone love banking? The very thought of a bank is enough to make you think arree yaar. Though the private banks have made it a breeze to bank, still the thought of going to a bank has now become a real issue at hand with everyone hard pressed for time.

Kotak is now Jifi
Kotak is now Jifi

 

 

 

 

 

The banks are also becoming innovative and making changes in the way we do banking. So its smart of the banks to go to place where you will find people spend their time. Look no further and Kotak probably got it all right with its new Jifi Account being tied to the social component of internet. The banking goes social is the idea whose time has come and aptly named Jifi, Kotak Bank has a new product that would be too good to really think about.

Imagine not going out of your social network and yet keep track of the banking esp on twitter, that should be the best thing to happen. Something like getting your bank balance on a Direct Message once we tweet with a hashtag for balance. That would be taking the banking to its logical conclusion – banking is now social.

On the other side your opening a Kotak Jifi account is a breeze and all you need is your social handle to login first and then in a matter of minutes you would be staring at your dashboard.

A little offline work includes the bank staff coming to collect an address proof and a little documentation.  Then a weeks time you have your nice Jifi Card all set to bank the normal way too.

Did I tell you that this is a zero balance account. Yeah you have it so easy if you ask me no minimum balance, non interest bearing current account.

You could refer your friends and get rewarded with cool prizes and vouchers like a Uber trip which was offered  in some select cities.

Kotak Platinum

A tweet could do most of the jobs! account updates, cheque book request et al.

Any social or transaction gets rewarded and you are a part of a loyalty club, add to that the first year od Jifi Platinum Chip Debit Card is free. Access to Mobile Banking & Offers app, to bank on the go plus Free NEFT through Net Banking.

What more could you ask for in a n bank account. I got my welcome kit and the PIN separately in two days. It was a breeze and now looking forward to bank on my twitter timeline.

So the next time some one is gonna ask me what I am doing on twitter, hte answer would be “banking” and I am sure the heads would turn.

Senthilkumar