Friday, March 31, 2017

Atithi Devo Bhava

The father - son duo stormed inside the Taj Mahal on a balmy Sunday. The little boy ran towards the central pool and his father chased him. 

'Stop,' the harried father screamed.
The boy paused and his eyes came across a placard - 'Atithi Devo Bhava'
He asked his father about it.

'Atithi Devo Bhava means that Guests are equivalent to God and we should treat them with the highest respect.' His father said to which the boy nodded his head in agreement. 

There was a loud babble of voices and a large mob surrounded a tall American citizen who was arguing with a taxi driver.
'Oh my God! Look at that   West Indian,' the Father said to his son.
'Where?' the son asked.

'Arey, see that Negro, blackie over there,' he pointed and said,'so tall no.'
The little boy looked straight into his eyes and recollected what his father said minutes ago.

This blog post is written as a part of the A to Z Challenge annually held in April every year.

My April A to Z Challenge 2017 post will be written on a common theme - Hypocrisy of Indians.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Hypocrisy of Indians - April A to Z Theme Reveal 2017

Hypocrisy of Indians - April A to Z Theme Reveal 2017
Knock Knock! Anyone home? 

The Solitary Writer just woke up from a deep slumber last weekend and that too at a time when April A to Z is around the corner. So, in the year 2015, I festooned my blog with a different gamut of emotions ranging from Apology to Happiness and Jealousy to Dedication and much more. 


In the year 2016, I thought of playing with lives of two individuals and thus came the He and She who were so fond of each other that they used to fight over petty issues and patch up soon.  It was fun and I was worried because those were continuous posts that required the reader to traverse back to the A post to follow the continuum.

This year I am blank. For weeks, I was pondering over the theme for April A to Z. I was feeling weird several times. Because several times my innocent mind switched between different topics. But now I have made up my mind.  I am going to present the Hypocrisy of Indians this year. 
So yes, my theme is decided. It is the hypocrisy of Indians.
See you in April! Yes, it's just a week away and I hope I survive this year's challenge.

Till then, Auf Wiedersehen,
Das Ste 
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Monday, March 06, 2017

A tyre that can do it all

A tyre that can do it all

Remember the times when you took take care of your tyre, air pressure, monitored Wear & Tear, the spare tyre is in the right condition or not? While you were worrying about these issues, great minds and auto-enthusiast at Goodyear have come up with a tyre that is not a doughnut shape for starters.  Well, it’s a sphere!

The vision of the future tyre was presented by the tyre giant Goodyear in Geneva, Switzerland on March 1st, 2016 When they launched Goodyear Eagle-360.  Here is what the spherical future of future contains:

1.     Spherical shape for ultimate manoeuvrability and safety 

The shape is the key when it comes to offering the ultimate manoeuvrability by these tyres.  The tyres move in all directions and an active technology allows them to move as needed, which ensures enhanced passenger safety and elimination of sliding from any unseen obstacle. The shape provides a fluid and lateral movement ensuring effortless and smooth movement.

2.    Sensors ensure connectivity with car and increase safety
Most of us drive the cars fitted with a single set of tyres for all terrains. However Goodyear Eagle- 360 would be equipped with inbuilt sensors that register road conditions and terrains, including the weather of the area and then communicate the same to the vehicle to improvise the safety.  These sensors also regulate the wear of the tyre to enhance its mileage. The tyres have Goodyear’s tread wear and pressure monitoring technology, which will help communicate about the wear and result in better mileage. And because these are 3D printed they are also customizable based on the region they will be running in.

3.    Connected via Magnetic Levitation
This technology would mean less noise and more passenger comfort.  Goodyear Eagle-360 tyres would not be bolted to the car, instead, they would be suspended via a magnetic field. Hence, the driving experience of the future is going to be like a dream come true.

4.    A little bit of nature
Like many other innovative designs by Goodyear, Eagle-360 also has bio mimicry. They’re imitation of nature. It is actually a mimic of the pattern of a brain coral. The groove bottom of the tyre has the same elements as a natural sponge which gets stiff on dry conditions and softens up on wet roads to help deliver an outstanding experience. The texture of the tyre also absorbs the water on the surface, which is dislodged using a centrifugal force thus reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

All in all Goodyear’s Eagle-360 shows us the path of an innovative and futuristic automobile world that awaits. It sure deserves to be amongst TIME magazine’s ‘Best Inventions in the world’ for the year 2016. Surely a great time to witness this!

Now you are impressed with their innovative products, you shouldn’t miss participating their ongoing contest. All you need to do is watch Goodyear Eagle-360 video, take a selfie with Goodyear Eagle-360 tyre and share it on Goodyear’s ‘Facebook page’  OR  ‘Twitter handle’ using #GYEagle360 and tell them why you think they are innovative.  Entry with max likes and RTs, stands a chance to win gift vouchers worth Rs.1,000. 
   

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