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Hello guys, I am posting after a long time. A lot has happened since my last post, we welcomed 2014, the hostile conditions in Syria continues, my post on how to drive safely while drunk (if you absolutely have to) got thrashed over the internet, the World Cup Football 2014 is about to start but most importantly, from India’s point of view, the general elections in India is over and we have got a verdict. It is the Bharatiya Janata Party that recorded a landslide victory and Narendra Modi, former chief minister of Gujarat, is all set to take the helm as the 17th prime minister of India.
The 16th general elections in India was also the longest. It was the largest election in the world with 814.5 million eligible voters. This election also saw the highest voter turnout in Indian history at 66.38%. The verdict was out on 16th May and the results were crystal clear. For the first time after 1984 an Indian party touched the magic number of 272 seats, meaning for the first time in 30 years India is set to get a single party ruling without support.
Now, many are ecstatic about Nerendra Modi becoming the prime minister as they feel Mr. Modi will be able to finally turn India into a country of the 21st century. Many are sceptical due to his radical Hindu extremism pasts and the 2002 riots. People change over time hence there is no denying that Mr. Modi might have changed as a leader and a person as well. But to what extent is this true? Has he really changed or has he just dawned the mask of secularism for election’s sake? Will the Muslims be safe under the BJP government? Is vibrant Gujarat a reality or a myth? Questions like these are bouncing around the media and the minds of the people and no easy answer is yet to come by.
If we, for an instant, assume that Mr. Modi has really changed as a person and mended his older ways, that would mean that the Muslim contingent in Gujarat are safe and happy at this moment. In fact that is the picture that has been painted over the last 3 or 4 months. The reality, however, is a little different.
During a recent study conducted by a leading newspaper of India, Muslims in Gujarat expressed their concerns over their real plights being overshadowed by manufactured news. The study revealed that even in premier cities like Ahmedabad, it is still very difficult for a Muslim to get a rented house. Muslim women are taunted, teased and abused at every opportunity hence many of them have been forced to leave their jobs. A Muslim NGO worker told the newspaper that the stories of vibrant of Gujarat were grossly over-hyped.
Apart from his Godhra riot connections, a horrific massacre of human lives that took place in 2002, there are doubts over the financial solidity of Gujarat as well. Numerous Indians, both young and senior citizens, are almost worshipping Mr. Modi as a messiah of financial breakthrough, a healing force that will bring the reeling Indian economy on track just by his sheer presence. During the election campaign, the success of the “Gujarat model” and how Mr. Modi will use this same model to straighten up Indian economy have been reiterated again and again. There is, however, one small problem. India is not Gujarat. India is a collection of 32 states and 6 central territories, a country where each state has its own unique problems. If Mr. Modi or anybody for that matter believe that the “Gujarat Model” will work for the violence riddled north eastern states or the terrorism burdened state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is difficult to vouch for their mental sanity.
Closely scrutinizing the “Gujarat Model” reveals that Mr. Modi an his government has given tremendous importance on the growth of business in the private sector. This has created a lot of job opportunities in the larger cities while the human resource index in the villages and remote areas keep dwindling. In terms of child health, nutrition, education and healthcare, Gujarat’s growth has been minimal.
Even after keeping all these negatives in mind, it cannot be denied that the people of India have spoken and they have chosen Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP as their leaders for the next 5 years. A government without support from the allies mean that it will never have its hands tied for the sake of keeping the government alive. Mr. Modi has got a great opportunity to prove his words right and his opponents’ wrong. One thing is for sure, if he tries to blindly implement the “Gujarat Model” everywhere or leads another manhunt against the Muslims, history will throw him away just like it has thrown the Indian National Congress away. Now it is time to wait and watch.
First things first, I do not support or condone drunk driving. It is dangerous. Period. I have seen a friend lose his eye and another, his life while driving under influence. It is not worth it and should be avoided at all costs. We all know the basic routines when it comes to strategies to prevent drunk driving. Crash at your friend’s place, keep a designated driver, gather at a bar close to your home, call a cab etc.
But let’s face it, we have always faced the situation when we visit a bar with friends for just a couple of beers. But soon the situation takes over and before you know anything, its 11 PM in the night. You are considerable drunk, drove to the place in your car or bike alone and there is no place around where you can spend the night. So the only choice you have is hobble inside your car and hope for the best. But there are a few tricks that I use when I am stuck in such a situation. Hopefully they will help you too.
1) Drink lots of water along with your drinks. This will help you in two ways. First, you will not be able to drink as much as you would probably have. Second, you will be soberer than you should. It will make you visit the loo more often but that is definitely better than risking your life.
2) Ask for a glass of lemon water before leaving. No lemonade, no sweeteners or flavors, just plain lemon water. Drink the glass as fast as you can. Lemon is effective against hangovers and from my experience, this lemon water will clear up your head to some extent. Driving is a complex reflex action and you may not need your brain functioning at a 100%. Just enough to see you through to home.
3) Washing your face is a well-known solution. But you know what you got to do? Have you ever seen those face wash and beauty cream ads and how those girls splash water on their faces? yes that’s what you need to do. And aim the water for your open eyes. A few cold splashes of water in your eyes should take the edge off the liquor.
4) If you have done everything else and still feel quite inebriated, vomit! Just put your fingers in your throat and vomit it out. It will prevent the situation from going worse as time progresses and the effort it takes to vomit should wake you up considerably.
If You are driving a car:
1) Turn off the AC. Keep the windows barely open so that it does not get sweaty and stuffy inside the car but the air does not hit our right in the face. Cold breeze after drinking will make you fall asleep faster than the Chronicles of Narnia lullaby.
2) Keep the radio turned off. I have seen that while drunk, mind tends to focus on unimportant things too much like a music coming from a distance or the song on a radio. You want to be fully focused on the road and nothing else.
3) Munch on something. It could be a chocolate bar or a pack of chips. The idea is to have some action going as sitting behind a wheel can be pretty boring.
4) If you feel losing control, pull over at the side of the road. Get out of the car, walk around it, shake your head and do what ever it takes to drive away the dizziness. Walking will also increase blood supply to your brain and help it function better.
If you are riding a bike:
1) It’s a lot worse then a car but you have no choice I presume. So wear a helmet. It can save your life and also it will stop the air from hitting you on the face. best thing to do is pull down the visor of the helmet for added safety.
2) Try singing or whistling a song while bobbing your head in rhythm. This is the best action you can get while riding a bike drunk.
3) Drive slow so that you can stop at any time you want.
4) If you feel losing control, pull over at the side of the road. Park the bike, walk around it, shake your head and do what ever it takes to drive away the dizziness. Walking will also increase blood supply to your brain and help it function better.
These are the tips I follow and so far they have worked like a charm for me. But again, I do not promote or condone drinking and driving. If you know you are going to drink in the evening, make plans beforehand for your safe return. Take to driving and riding only if all else fails. Apply my techniques mentioned above and you should live to see the next sunrise.
So you have decided to finally start exercising to lose weight. The chances are you have already told my articles about 6 guaranteed exercises to lose weight and weight loss exercises for busy people. But working out alone does not help in losing weight unless you control your food intake. It is a known fact that calorie intake is much more easier than losing calories. It takes a healthy amount of exercise to lose 500 calories but only a small ice-cream to gain it back.
You must be thinking that what are the foods that will set you on the path to weight loss. Well coming from a family with many doctors and having some prior bodybuilding experience, I definitely have a few tips to share about weight loss diets. There are certain foods that if taken regularly will satisfy your daily calorie needs without piling on the fat. If you are exercising then you will need foods that give you considerable energy to workout and perform your daily chores effectively.
The last time I set out to lose some Pounds, I did so with some light exercising and a very effective diet. I am going to share the same with you here. Some adjustments to the diet may be necessary as young people need more energy than aged people. Being a grown male, I need around 2600 Calorie per day to function properly. If you are a woman, you will need 500 – 600 calories less than me. There is a myth that to lose weight, you need to take less than your daily requirement calories. Well, it’s a BLATANT LIE! The fact that you are overweight means you have been taking more calories than needed for a long time. For weight loss, all you need to do is eat the right amount of calories and work out to shed off the existing fat.
Well, here is my diet for the whole day if you are doing light workout everyday:
1) Breakfast: Start with a glass of warm water. If you plan to exercise in the morning then after having the water, have half a glass of milk and two fiber biscuits 10 – 15 minutes later. Working out on an empty stomach is not healthy. After the exercise have a toast with low fat butter or some other spread and two boiled eggs. You can conclude the breakfast with a large glass of fresh fruit juice or some fruit salad. I personally prefer the salad.
If you are lactose intolerant then instead of milk drink fruit juices. Drink fresh fruit juice instead of boxed ones. A basic juicer does not cost much money and there are many varieties in the market. Some people prefer bacon and salami in the morning but I personally never preferred meat in the breakfast.
2) Lunch: Since I used to be in office during lunch hours, my choices were considerably limited. The same might be the case for you. But no matter where you are, getting a bowl of salad should not be a problem now-a-days. Usually it is said that breakfast should be largest meal of the day. I have always had problems with eating too heavily in the morning. So I topped of my lunch and then took it easy during dinner.
Some pieces of bacon, boiled egg, boiled chicken and lentils can be your weapon of choice for protein requirements. Boiled vegetables might be unavailable in the office cafeteria so you can consider boiling some vegetables in the morning and take it to work with you. Add a dash of pepper and salt to the vegetables for taste.
3) Evening Snack: It is probably the most dangerous meal in terms of weight loss. It is difficult to consider something eat during those hours in the evening and likely you will only get unhealthy snacks for consumption in the office. One unhealthy meal in the evening can offset 2 – 3 days worth of hard-work.
The solution I opted was an all fruits snack for evenings. Apples, bananas and something like lime or oranges. Banana is considered a super fruit which can fill you up very quickly without adding much calories. Take those fruits with you when you leave for work or college. Eat just the amount required to take the edge off your hunger. Over indulging on the snacks can disrupt your dinner which is very important.
4) Dinner: A light dinner is advised if you are in the weight loss mode. The main reason being that after the consumption of dinner, you will spend 7 – 8 hours sleeping. You will not lose any energy or calorie during this time so whatever extra calories you take in dinner will likely stay in your body. My choice of dinner was small and equal portions of meat, vegetables and juice.
Trying to get calories off fruits, meat and vegetables is always better. Avoid rice and wheat as long as possible. This diet was pretty healthy for me too. I was able to get the proteins and vitamins from the meat, milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables. A combination of meat and vegetable gave me all the essential Amino acids. I avoided fried and oily foods like sin during this period.
1) Fresh fruit juices are a must. Packed juices do not offer any real nutrition to our bodies.
2) Since you are breaking your normal intake of high carbs and high fat, your body will rebel this change. You must fight the urge to overeat.
3) I used to have milk and eggs at the same time without any problems. But some people might feel acidity after taking this high-protein combination. If this happens, remove one of the two from your diet list or take milk in the evening.
4) Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration resulting from exercises.
This diet chart was made by me and for me. It worked pretty well as far as I can tell. I never felt any loss of energy during this regime. There were a number of time when I felt the urge to overeat or fall back to my old routine but it was willpower that kept going. When you feel those urges, and you will for sure, just picture in your mind the type of body you want to have. That will keep you on the track.
Many people believe that earning money from internet while working from home is not possible. This belief is often fueled by some articles that suggest that almost all online money making schemes are scams. Yes there are a lot of hidden dangers and pitfalls lurking in the internet but if approached properly, earning money by working online is very possible. Here I will present some of the best and safest way to make money online. There are plenty of people already doing it in a legitimate way and plenty will do in the future. If you want to be one of those people, keep reading.
It is a great way to earn money. The best thing about online freelance writing or content writing is that your earnings are directly proportionate to your skills and efforts. Good writers can easily make 5 to 10 USD per 500 words. if you put in the long hours and write 15 – 20 articles each day then earning 100 USD per day is quite easy. Not bad right?
There are many websites out there that connect employers with freelance writers. The topics can be anything. If you work well and satisfy your clients then long-term work is almost guaranteed. Always remember that there are more writing jobs on the internet than there are quality writers. Do a web search and choose a good legitimate website. Create your profile there, list your skills and start bidding for projects. Some websites provide almost 20 USD per article but require equally good quality of writing.
2) By Starting And Maintaining A Blog
Blog or Weblog was started to allow people keep an online journal of their thoughts and interests. But it has evolved greatly over the last decade and currently blog is one of the most powerful sources of information. Many people write blogs and some of the sites become very popular. Once a blog gets popular, it can rent some of its page space for advertisements and earn money through them.
There are companies that will post some links on your blog at random positions based on keywords. If any reader clicks the links while reading the blog, they generate money for you. If your blog has a good number of ardent followers then it can be a profitable move. Usually you will not have to pay anything in order to get those links in your blog.
3) By Implementing Google Adsense
You must have seen some websites where Google ads relevant to the content of the website are shown on its pages. Well, that is Google Adsense for you. Adsense is as legitimate as it gets when it comes to earning money from your website or your blog. But their policies are quite strict. Read them thoroughly and if you believe your blog qualifies the requirements, go for it. Once implemented, it will surely generate some money on a regular basis.
4) By Selling Handcrafted Goods On The Internet
If you have knack for handcrafting different things then online selling might be the right option for you. Many people make soaps, toys, greeting cards and other stuff at home. By creating a website or renting a webpage, you can create a virtual store for your products. You will be amazed at how many people might want to buy your products.
The website will also work as a promotional tool so that your neighbors and town folk get to know about your skills. Unless you establish a home delivery and payment system on your website, they will be the main people buying your products. Alternately, you can open a boutique or a small fast food takeaway joint at your home and take the orders online. In both the cases, the earnings should be quite good.
5) By Taking Online Surveys
This is bit of a risky prospect. There are innumerable fake and fraud survey sites out their and finding the legitimate ones can be as hard as finding needle in a haystack. Research properly and whatever website you choose, make sure to cross check about them before you start working.
The amount of money per survey can be very low but if you work ardently and fill out some surveys every day, at the end of the month you will definitely have something to show for. This is not a bad way to earn online money as the effort you need to provide is very less. You can easily do the surveys even if you have a day job and a family life.
6) By providing Backlinks
Every website requires backlinks (links from other websites to its pages) to woo the search engines. Building backlinks is a natural process and can take months or years. Some websites take an alternate way and pay other site owners to provide backlinks for them. They may also want to pay in terms of reciprocal backlinks but since we are talking about money here, let’s stick to that. Depending on his desperation level, you can earn a fair amount of money from these links. For example if it is a product website and the owners are desperate for visibility, they might be ready to pay a good sum for each link.
Be careful about the placements of those links. Always try to put the links in pages where content of your webpage matches the content of the target webpage. Putting the links for cancer treatment on a page about vacuum cleaners is not a smart move. Search engines look down upon such things and may ban your website.
7) By Writing Product Reviews
There are newbie authors and product manufacturer companies out there looking for good reviews on their products. If you stick around the freelance writing websites long enough, you will definitely find a few of these projects. All the employers want you to do is to log on to a certain website and write a glorious review about their products. Once again, based on the desperation, they might provide good bucks for a few lines of praise from you.
8) By Clicking Links
There are websites called Aurora websites that pay people to click on certain links on a webpage. The mechanics behind how they earn money from the clicks is complicated and none of your concern. All you need to do is find such a website, get registered, start clicking on links and get paid at the end of the month or week. Once again it involves very less effort so the payments are less too.
These are just some of the ways to make money online. There is a lot of money internet can generate for you provided you have the correct know-how. I hope this busts the internet myth that online making is a scam. Do not forget to read my blog about “Home Based Businesses Can Be An Amazing Source Of Income”. All the very best for your online money earning ventures!
I am a big fan of the TV show “Breaking Bad”. Over the years I have seen many Emmy winner shows on TV and many Oscar winning movies as well but none has shaken me from the core as has this show. This little stroke of genius made me rethink my life in more than one ways. Now I believe that there is light and dark, yin and yang inside each of us. A lot of us have done things that we are not amazingly proud of and wouldn’t repeat those mistakes ever in our lives. But sometimes a question bugs me. Are those rare moments of relentlessness who we really are? Are these socially acceptable good guy images just fronts that so carefully and effectively hide our animal instincts?
And when I say socially acceptable, the question that rises to mind is why society is so important? Do we do things just so that we do not get alienated? Is it really the way to live a life? And by doing whatever we want I never for a second mean criminal activities. Walter was dealing in drugs because he had no choice. He had to make a lot of money in very little time and that was his best option. But that situation? Is not it the fault of the society to make good medical facility not affordable to a dedicated teacher like him? Each year thousands of law abiding middle class men die from diseases like cancer just because their jobs cannot pay their medical bills. And if they decide to take things in their own hands fight back, the society just says that they have gone rogue and shuns them.
Walter’s changed attitude, however, is something we can all learn from. A lot of times in our lives, we do not get what we want just because we are afraid to claim what is rightfully ours. We let that one mean friend always take the best piece of the cake. We reluctantly agree to work weekends because we cannot stand up to our bosses and are afraid to lose our jobs. We are afraid to leave our cozy homes and pursue our dreams because we are afraid of losing what we already have, even though if it is not what we really want. What Breaking Bad taught me is to fight for what I believe is mine, to not to be afraid of putting in the extra effort,
I will never be able to Walt’s attitude in the second season episode when he goes to the mall to shop plumbing stuff. When he catches that guy buying supplies for cooking meth, first his attitude as a chemistry teacher comes out. He instructs him on how to get the best ingredients and how to shop so that he does not get caught. But soon his “Heisenberg” attitude takes over. The attitude that tells him protect his territory, to protect the business he built through physical, mental and psychological effort.
When he goes outside to give those guys to give piece of his mind, he is confronted by a badass dude. That guys must have been in many street fights, has a long rap sheet and probably won’t hesitate to punch a guy in the face, over and over. But as Walt stood their, holding his ground, meaning business, even that guy was not sure whether to mess with Walt or not. Walt’s dialogue “Stay away from my territory” has done more for me than all the teachings from my parents and teachers. It taught me that if you really stand for what you want, there won’t be many people who would want to mess with you. I would love to cherish this realization throughout my life.
I had posted a blog about the necessity of space colonization not too long ago. It just seemed to be the right and logical way forward. And today, I got to know about the Mars One project. As per the information I got, it is a non-profit foundation that is trying to gather the human and technical resource to successfully place living people on the red planet.
Of course it sounds easier than it is. There are tons of considerations to make. The first and most important is the environment of Mars. Mars’s air has 99% Carbon-di-Oxide which is not suitable for humans at all. Unless a solid scientific plan is in place to somehow lessen the CO2 in the atmosphere or convert it into Oxygen, the project is as good as doomed. Supplying Oxygen from Earth is a tall order and very unlikely to satisfy the needs in time.
Other than that, Mars weather has been known to display a hostile nature. Fierce wind flows are natural on this planet and sometimes they can blow as fast as tornado. These info was gathered by the rover Pathfinder, if people still remember it. We have still not been able to tame the nature on Earth itself, how can we do so on Mars? These are some of the important points that the Mars One patrons need to ponder upon a lot before they can go forward with anything concrete.
But they do have time on their side. The colonization Mars trip is supposed to launch anywhere between 2020 to 2023. So a good 6 – 9 years are there to iron out all the wrinkles and make the project viable. After all, there will be manned spaceships and nobody would want the bold volunteers to die horrific deaths in the space.
As per news released by the project, they are taking applications from all over the world. All you need is to be over 18 years of age and make a donation of 7 USD to the foundation. It is a very small sum and I will be happy to part with the money even if it gives me a .0000001% chance of actually visiting Mars. The humongous amount of money needed to launch the project will be gathered from sponsors, news channels and other charities. You can apply for a spot here.
While going through the plans of the foundation again, one thought suddenly crossed the mind. What if it is the biggest con job of history so far? I mean foundation runners can always fall back to the fact that it is a improbable task from the beginning and it just did not fructify. And people are not likely to fret over 7USD. The foundation however would have made millions, if not more. As per latest information, there are already 78,000 applications in place which means around 4,50,000 USD has already been accumulated.
But if there is any hope that the project will try to get people to Mars, I am all for it. At least it will be a step forward in the right direction. The foundation will supposedly start training chosen applicants for life on Mars from 2015 onwards. But they will also need to check out the living conditions of Mars in detail by probably sending another rover to its surface. We will probably have to wait a couple of more years to see if this outrageous project is hot or not.