Wednesday, February 22, 2006

President calls for Indo-US tie-up for nano-technology

Just when we are facing the possibility of having a summer loaded with power-cuts, a consideration of non-conventional and novel energy sources is the need of the day. We need to look at sources of energy, that can sustain the demands of the billion+ Indians. Even, our President APJ Abdul Kalam made a similar appeal at a recently held conclave. Here is a news article on that:

"Do not get into soft research in international cooperation. You must go for applied research. Nations should work towards a win-win situation in product development and international marketing," Kalam said while inaugurating a two-day India-US nano-technology conclave.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has organised the meet in the run-up to US President George W. Bush's visit to India beginning March 1, when collaborations in science and technology are expected to be announced, including in nano-technology.

Besides healthcare, agriculture, water purification and engineering, Kalam mooted joining hands with the US for joint research in using nano-technology for renewable sources of energy to replace dependence on expensive imported oil and gas.

He suggested joining hands with Pennsylvania State University in nano-technology research for improving the efficiency of solar photovoltaic cells and for developing novel hydrogen storage systems based on carbon nano-tube.

Maybe its time, our bureaucrats take time out of their money-minting process and concentrate just a bit towards the needs and demands of the public. With a president of Abdul Kalam's class, we surely have a strong force to lead us towards development! But, as they say, he's just a nominal head of the country, rest all lies in the hands of the governments, so sad, isn't it?

Saturday, February 18, 2006

RSS Feeds on my blog

Hello everybody,

Someone of you had suggested that I add RSS Feeds on my blog.

With due attention to the request I have added the feeds on my blog. To receive feeds, click on the
"Subscribe to my feeds" link on the blog itself. You can then add my blog to your own RSS viewer.
I give out my sincere thanks to Sir Kaushal Sheth, for helping me add this feature on my blog, I hope he continues to teach me new things.

Hope you all enjoy reading my posts. I have been writing on a variety of topics which i felt, deserve some attention. I am just an amateur at blogging and i hope to improve. This would require you to give in some healthy comments, pointing out any flaws at times. As Aditya asked me to reduce the length of my blog posts, I think he was right, I will try to shorten my posts. All you readers,Please keep punchin in your comments, they will only help me get better.



Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Google will no longer be that good?

Hi people!

As you might know, we spend a lot of time on the net, doing things that a few years ago, we could not even think of. Why go too far, even spending time on the net was one harrowing experience, what with the dial-up connection giving you "Amazing" surfing speeds of upto 40 kbps! on a 56 kbps modem. But, all that has changed and broadband has changed the way we spend our spare time, isn't it?

Now, all you need for some time-pass is, open your browser, go to google and type in anything that you want info on. And you can get hooked up for hours toghether, without having to worry about the net connection and the phone getting engaged.

Recently, I came across an interesting post by someone named Rajesh Jain. It was about google. Read on about it:

"Vertical Search"

Business Week writes about the new search engines: "The result is likely to be a move away from a single ubiquitous search box, away from the reflexive hop to Google to find info on the Net. Instead, people may use several different search engines, each tailored to a specific task. One might specialize in blog postings, another in video clips, and a third in general information. The shift may look like the evolution of TV, from a world dominated by the Big Three networks to one in which hundreds of cable channels specialize in topics from cooking to history."

What do you think about this? I feel it might really be the case to some extent, but google would continue to rule the roost, purely because of the lack of awareness about alternative developments of such technologies. And it is anyways very easy and of course now a well developed habit to just go to google and try out new things, isn't it? What say?

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and the LIC Golden Jubilee Exhibition.

LIC is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this entire year, and has planned an elborate annual schedule for the world to sit up and take notice. As part of this, an exhibition has been organised at NCPA wherein the development of LIC as the leading insurer in India has been highlighted. It also involves a LASER show depicting the expanse of LIC all over the world. The display has images of the LIC policy held by Mahatma Gandhi, witnessed by C Rajagopalachari and Sri Pyarelal. Also the current standing of LIC in the Insurance market is well brought up. The exhibition is worth a dekko and if you are lucky, you may also stand a chance to win some prizes by participating in a quiz about LIC. College students can flash their IDs and win chocolate hampers. I have already been there yesterday, when I went to visit the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai.

Yes, finally Ninad can rest now. I have commented enough on his views of the various festivals that Mumbai is enjoying, and now I express my own here. As we all know by now, The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is now on at 'some' places in Mumbai. (If you don't know it, well its your fault, dear Mumbaikar). Ninad strongly feels that the festival is just another chance for the 'celebrities' to party. But, one visit to the festival and you realize that these views are, well, baseless to say the least. Though I completely agree that a large proportion of the crowd was 'elitist' (which I am sure, Ninad took for granted), the presentation and the look of the Festival was not at all intended to be so. And you could find many middle-class families and loads of collegians too. So the first thing is, the festival is not organised from the point of view of catering to the interests of only a section of the society, it is open for all who care to be a part of it.

This is no place to critique a festival, but since I have started, I will elaborate a bit. The artifacts on display were worth a look. And whats more, they weren't too heavy on the pocket too. Mugs, Plates, Wall-hangings and books, all encompassing the spirit of Mumbai. The Bambaiyya lingo was everywhere: Bole Toh, Jhakkas, Bhidu and the other cliched entrants into the spoken language of a typical Mumbaikar. There were kids all over the place. A group of kids from a children's home had also come. The place was all fun and high-spirited, which only stresses on the fact that Mumbai needs festivals like these to keep up its reputation as a melting pot of different cultures and people. Although you cannot expect the 'Kala Ghoda' Festival to be held at any place, but Kala Ghoda itself, you can hope that atleast the Mumbai Festival covers a larger part of Mumbai.

I noticed one thing though, that would please Ninad and hurt him as well. A recently launched book on display, 'Above Bombay', depicting aerial views of Mumbai by Jehangir Sorabjee is the point of contention. First of all, I do not percieve a rationally strong reason for some one publishing a book on current Mumbai, to name it 'Above Bombay' and not 'Above Mumbai'. Secondly, I noticed something that I always discuss with Ninad. As I finished looking at the pictures, there was a text which went something like, 'And the city ends here...'. You know what the last part of the city is, supposedly some place by the name 'Versova' . Disturbing isn't it? Yes it is. Do they not consider the farther suburbs as being part of Mumbai? Isn't Gorai Beach comparable or rather, more serene than the Juhu Chowpatty. Isn't the National Park in Mumbai? Many questions crossed my mind and I couldn't read further, as someone standing near me took the book from my hand and starting gazing at Rajabai Tower, Churchgate station, Chowpatty and other locales of Mumbai. I left, wondering who the photographer really is and did I mis-read any of text that appeared. Anyone with more information, please correct me if I am wrong.

Then after roaming around the Jehangir Art Gallery, David Sassoon Library, Westside and Globus I again visited some stalls that were a part of the Festival. Again I felt the same, this is not for the elitists only, it is just that we tend to think this way and look at such efforts as money spinners for the organisers that we do not feel like going to these places by travelling cross city in heavy rush. However,I definitely hope that the Mumbai Festival organising committee takes notice of dissatisfied souls as Ninad's and furthers the expanse of the Festival to truly cover the ends of Mumbai - The City and The Suburbs alike!