Thursday, 22 March 2018

Save Water Save Life

We take many things in life for granted. One such thing is water. Most of us are blissfully unaware of the fact that like most of the resources the quantity of water on this earth is limited. 'Paisa paani ki tarah bahaya' is a phrase which denotes that money was spent like water. Thus money a valuable asset is spent like water, which in our country is of no value. But gone are the days and many parts of the country including the posh colonies are facing water scarcity. When it comes to environment Reduce, Reuse and recycle is the key. Fortunately like most things in life small steps can go a long way in saving the precious resource called water.

In our culture, water was always served in a lota covered with a small glass called bhanda. The person would pour as much water as he wanted in the small glass and drink it. This practice ensured that there was no water wastage. We should go back to the roots and start following this practice.

Rain water harvesting should be made mandatory. Though many municipal bodies have made it mandatory, unfortunately it still remains on paper. We are a country which receives ample rainfall. However majority of the rain water goes into the drain and sea, making it unsuable. With rain water harvesting we could create a water bank which would be of use in times of crisis.

Awareness through media will go a long way in saving water. A large section of our society is illiterate and semi-literate. Even the educated classes do not respect water. It should be impressed through the media that water is a limited resource, if we don't save it today, our posterity may die with parched throats. Ganga Arti is held at many places. This can be used as a platform to canvas about saving water. The same can be done at Ganpati and Durga puja pandals. 
 Don't leave the tap open. Closing the taps when not in use is very important. Many of us just let the tap open while we are attending to some other chores. Many municipal taps gush out thousands of cubic metres of water only because no one bothers to close them. All the dripping faucets should be repaired promptly, both at homes and public places. 
 Keeping the existing water resources clean. We need preserve something that is scarce. We should keep the existing water resources which includes lakes, rivers and wells clean. We should avoid throwing garbage into them. We should respect them and care them live our children. 
Many tanks over flow. Installing auto stoppage valves will save a lot of water from literally going down the drain. Reusing of waste water for cleaning and gardening is another way to conserve water. RO water filters discharge lot of waste water. New technology should be devised to prevent this wastage. Don't use showers and flushes. Use a bucket. By doing so you will use limited amount of water. Respect water. Don't use bottled water for bottled water industry reduces the water table, turns lands barren.

There are many ways which we can undertake to save water. Like I have signed this petition. You can sign it too and take your baby step towards water conservation. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Stepping Stones - Book Review

Stepping Stones Taking Towards the Goal is a very special book. It is written by a young girl of fourteen years age. This young girl wrote to many famous personalities and asked them for guidance. She culled out important lessons from these letters and wrote a book which would inspire young readers and help them in goal setting and achieving success in their lives.

The book is surprisingly well written. The author has shown tremendous dedication and devotion in her noble objective of guiding the young generation. She has persevered towards her goals and I am sure she will be successful in fulfilling her dreams.

The correspondence which she entered with galaxy of stalwarts forms a part of the book. It is sheer delight reading them. While some of the replies which she received are curt and formal, many luminaries have squeezed their time to write special letters to this young girl. I really liked the letters written by Anu Aga, D K Shrivastava, Ravi Wankhede, Abhay Bang and T N Ashok.

I look forward to read more books from the author. With such clarity and focus that too at such a young age she is bound to go places.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

 What I liked about Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is that irrespective of what sells in the market, it dares to tale an earthy story from the heart of the mountains. Destiny brings Nanda, an engineer, Kusru a man on his mission and Rekha a doctor together. All of them  have skeletons from their past. A new hydro-electric project has commenced in the hills. Everything from ecology to human thinking is affected by it. The novel touches lives of the poor and effects of terrorism. There are sacrifices behind every project, poor farmers are ousted from their ancestral fields, uprooted they are strewn across strange landscapes with wand of notes in their hands. The novel weaves all threads of a project adroitly.

This novel definitely offers something new. The writing is clean. Though the novel drags at a few places, it is worth giving a try.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fear is the key - book review

Fear is the Key by Juggi Bhasin is story of a girl who has just disappeared. Nothing is known about her. Simon disappeared from a party where everyone from her office, including her boss cum boy friend Rahul was present. Rahul is shattered by her sudden disappearance. Neither the police is able to find any lead. That is when Rahul takes the investigation in his hands. There are three suspects. A pizza delivery boy, a swimming instructor and a driver. They all have seen Simon’s inviting bronze complexion and were drawn towards her. Some for lust and some for the money that voyeurism offered. The story unravels and we come across a gory, scary end.

I liked the book for its narration. It creates characters that are true to life yet intriguing. There is something which each of them in holding back. There are ulterior motives and hidden agendas. The office space is nicely described in the book. The same stands true with Rahul investigations. The Haryani cop Kripal appears to have fallen from the bollywood movies and landed up right into the novel. He hardly has any investigation to do. Rahul and Suhel’s past continues to haunt them. Suhel arranges a psychiatrist for Rahul. She too soon disappears – as if the earth had gulped her down.

The book cast a spell on me and I simply couldn’t put it down. Though I didn’t like the climax, it doesn’t mean that Fear is the Key is a bad book. If you love thrillers, you shouldn’t miss this.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Where there's a Will - Book Review

Where there's a Will marks the fantastic debut of Piorre Hart. Mr. Pratap Sharma, a billionaire business is found dead. He has left behind a will with his attorney, with strict instructions to open it only in the presence of all family members. The will is in the form of couplets which make no sense. Pranita Roy is a novice in the detective agency. This is the story of how she discerns the hidden meaning in the will.

There are no flaws in the book. The author maintains a superb pace in her writing and hooks up the reader from the first page. Though this is her debut novel, she knows very well how much to reveal and how much to withhold. The language is error free and the editing is superb. She succeeds in weaving all the suspects in front of your eyes. She makes the plot murkier by drawing Pranita towards Rohit, Pratap's son. Pranita's family is a huge put off in this story. I felt like turning the pages during her insipid conversations with her sister. The couplets remind you of Da Vinci Code, but fortunately all the similarities die there.

As I said earlier this in undoubtedly one of the most impressive debut I have ever come across. I look forward to read more from the same author. This book is highly recommended. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

St. Botanica's Hair Repair and Anti Dandruff Shampoo

St. Botanica’s Hair Repair and Anti-Dandruff Shampoo comes in an attractive bottle. It is enriched with vitamins B3 and B5, almond oil, soy protein, moroccan argan oil, organic extra virgin coconut oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil. It is free from harmful chemicals. It contains no paraben, no sulphates and mineral oil.

Unlike the other shampoos, St. Botanica’s Hair Repair and Anti-Dandruff Shampoo left my hair moisturized. It has been my experience that whenever I shampoo my hair, the shampoos leaves my hair dry. But not with this shampoo. This was the most pleasant thing about it. Yes the white colour and lack of fragrance of the shampoo did disappoint me. But if this is because of the lack of harmful chemicals, I am ready to embrace St. Botanica’s Hair Repair and Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. This shampoo is worth giving a try. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Brahmahatya - Book Review

Rajiv Mittal’s Brahmahatya is a daringly original novel. It opens brilliantly. There is an old widower, whose only son is abroad. The old man meets with an accident and is rendered immobile. There is an elderly woman, devoid of any emotions. She provides (both unofficial and unprofessional) health care services. Dejected as his father is unable to secure admission into the plush Govindarajan Memorial Residency, Ravi is forced to admit his father in the rickety Blessings. The old man dies and then a saga of revenge unfolds.

I really liked the premise of the novel. It keeps you hooked, at least initially. The writer succeeds in creating believable, real life characters and setting. But then starts the confusion. Initially I thought that there was spelling mistake when the author was referring Ravi as Naru Sir. I felt that the impersonation should have been more swift and clear. The novel drags after a fantastic start. The reference to mythology and scriptures though works at some places, appears disjointed with the narrative at more places than one. Bhavna’s sexual fetishes were unnecessary. Dr. Chari, though eccentric, doesn’t come across as a villain who deserves to be murdered.

Yet the writing is clean. The language is lucid. With a little tight editing Brahmahatya would have been a terrific read. Yet for the enchanting dark world that it sucks you into, Brahmahatya deserves to be read.