Sunday, June 23, 2013

Real Premonition Experience



Today I took the East-Thambaram to Sholinganallur route to reach my office. The road was empty and tempting . On my way I slipped in to a strange thought, ‘if I need help and if I call Rajaram to come here from office, will he have his bike to come'. Few seconds passed and I was trying to overtake a lorry from left. And the lorry started move left (Gale road'la yenga'ya left vare), I was still at high speed (~120 kmph). Trying to avoid the lorry, I applied the breaks, but lost traction on the loose gravel, and landed a few meters away from my bike and my bike came right after me (Passakara bike).

Did a quick check to make sure all my spare parts are fine. Few were leaking . My head was saved because I was wearing a helmet (If you are wearing a helmet, buckle up) The closest person I can call for help will be Rajaram (In office). I took the phone to call him. And realized, I thought about this just a few seconds back. And it happened. Rest- long story short... Torn pant – dusty shirt - gear leaver and handle bar kochikuchu - did not call Rajaram - again empty and tempting road - stopped by police for over speed - to police, accident as excuse , showed the leaking parts - came to office - quick water wash - at last used the office first aid box, patched up the leaking parts (Tinkring) - tore the pant (My fav pant ), made it as 3/4s - changed my shirt with my back-up t-shirt - full formal to pakka casual - back to my den - started with my work - went to a doc after work (Work 1st, doc 2nd)

Image courtesy of Prawny at 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Chennai - Auto meter missing

This has long been out of the dream list too. To take a auto rickshaw in Chennai without bargaining and pay the meter rate to the auto driver. Too many people like to complaint about it, but few are taking things in their hand to voice it out to the concerned persons. I guess TOI started a campaign, but it is no longer making any noise. This one I am following has some action plans and they are on track. Please let them know your support by signing for this petition.

You can also share this link on FB, Twitter or your blog.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Horse ride in Hyderabad road in Traffic

This was back in 2008.

After a great Hyderabadi dinner I was coming from old city to Hitech city. On the way I found this hyderabadi answer to the proposed petrol price hike.

The facts are convincing

Life Span 20-50 yrs
Daily Food Consumption 17-36 lbs
Daily Water Consumption 5-12 gal
Daily Fecal Volume 30-50 lbs
Daily Urine Volume 3-18 ml/kg. body wt.
Chromosome # 64

What Suresh has gone through

This is where it started

Now Suresh turn to show some muscle power:

Now Back to some training

Final attack

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Does Fair and lovely work?

If you are looking for a quick answer - it is a 'Yes' and a 'No'. Read further if you want to decide for yourself if it really works or not. I am trying to unwrap both the scientific and marketing side of this topic.

Browse the television and for sure you will bump in to an ad for a fairness cream (At least in India). Fair and Lovely became a generic trademark (genericized trademark or proprietary eponym) for skin fairness creams. But is it true if Fair and Lovely really make your skin fair?

First, let us start from the base. Humans are the only single mammal species to have a wide range of skin color. This is purely based on the selected evolution process. More the UV rays the skin need to handle, more darker the skin is. WHAT? Yes, before millions of years, people do not migrate between continents. They almost live in a more closed environment than how we are today. Each human race evolved as per their surrounding and the skin color evolved to adapt to its surrounding. Skin color is mainly determined by the melanin for darker colored people and for lighter colored people it is determined by the connecting tissues under the dermis. Don't worry about those unfamiliar terms. If you want to dig in deep about skin color, you can read this from wikipedia.

This is all to say, the color we are born with is based on millions of years of evolution. So why suddenly we need a fair skin? Have you ever thought if skin fairness cream will hold any place other Asian countries or Europian or even African countries? I guess definitely not. In fact, you will find products that gives you a dusty skin in few of those countries. They actually want to get a little dark. So, why this is a hot market in India.

As you may know Indian race is a blend between the Aryan and the Dravidian race. Dravidians have a varied skin complexion, it ranges from dark brown to light. Where as Arays are from Iran and Arab, they have lighter skin complexion.

Gap it with Fair and Lovely

Now that we know we have a mixture of color by evolution and also due to this Aryan and Dravidian blend we now see a gap. So, we need to take sides. Yes. We need to decide if dark skin is beautiful or the lighter ones. We were made to decide that pretty easily with the help of visual mass media. If you check any visual mass media, you will find lighter skin tone taking more prominent place. This was due to the fact that in the black and white film age, you need a fair skin for better light exposure than taking the trouble working with a dark complexion skin. It was around  the same time even the fair need to be fairer to address the gap in the way earlier film rolls expose to different reflected light. The save came in to real life with people trying to go for a whiter skin tone without knowing why all this started in the first place. You can take any yesteryear's actor you will find this true. It took years to turn this table when actors like Vijayakanth and Rajinikanth survival in movie industry was debated due to their darker skin color. It was to that extent the fair skin was widely accepted as more acceptable to appeal the masses. We were tuned to think that fair skin is beautiful than than darker skin tones. But I am dark, so how to become beautiful (fair). Answer: Fair and Lovely or other skin fairness creams.

This gap and the solution is a marketers snare (Here is another marketing snare targeting health drinks - Click here to read in a separate tab). You can promote this product in a thousand ways and there are people to buy it. So does fair and lovely really make you fair? It will not even be skin deep. As said before the skin tone is more due to the melanin for the dark tone people. Do you think Fair and Lovely is going to reverse a million year evolution process in days or even weeks. It is only a layer above your skin, and sure you are going to look fair with a light cream on your skin. This may reduce the amount of sun rays your skin may receive over a period of time and may change the skin tone to a very minimal effect. Again, this is not a permanent change. So you are doomed to use it continuously just to make sure your artificial color stays on for ever. So, let us say in the scale of 100 to 0 in skin tone, where 100 being the darkest and 0 being the lightest, you go from 75 to 70 by using Fair and Lovely. Do you think every one you meet are going to compare your color 3 months back to what you are now and feel you are fairer. The person looking at you when you are at 70 is going to see you and accept you as a person with a skin tone at 70. The same is the case if you were in 75 too. It is only your personal satisfaction and self esteem you are fueling by making you look fair.

It is best to accept what we are. If we try to change what we are, we will be forced to make lot many changes. The ads that promote these brands make it so compulsive for people to use it. They go to any extend to make it compulsive. You may start to think that not to use it is an injustice you are doing for yourself. On few occasions they have been forced to take those ads off, it is to that extent these marketers go.

In 2007 a Fair and Lovely ad was forced to withdraw. The ad showed a dark skin girl depressed after her employer and other guys ignore her. She then uses Fair and Lovely, gains a lighter complexion skin and gets a new boy friend and a new career. This ad clearly shown the shiny horns of the marketer.

In 2008 Priyanka Chopra was made a brand ambassador for Ponds White beauty. She was part of a series of commercials along with Saif and Neha Dhupia. The ad clearly intends to show the difference in the dark complexion of Priyanka vs the lighter skin tone Neha. This ad drew sharp criticism.

In this ad, they are making the fair fairer, as making the dark skin inferior marketing will not work in Arab nations where the majority are already fair:

Are you going to answer if Fair and lovely works or not?

Well... After going round this topic, I find no point in confirming if Fair and Lovely or any fairness cream for that matter works or not. I personally feel, it is a product born out of marketing and has no real use in the real world. Unless you feel you are better with it than without.

Please leave your comment if you do agree or disagree with this point of view.

Does Pediasure work? Yes. Really?

From when did Human species need health drink to grow?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SOLVED: How to change the default sitemap on blogger

I had a problem on Google webmaster, I found there are 56 posts on my blog, but the default atom.xml that was recognized by Google webmaster only had 26 posts in it. It the same used for the rss feeds.

I wanted to submit all the posts to Google webmaster. Found these resources and wanted to share to those for whom this might help.

First we need to create a custom sitemap that will replace the default sitemap on blogger.

Step 1 - Create the Custom Sitemap:

Use this link, to generate the custom sitemap you will need, make sure you enter your blog URL with http:// when you are submitting the link to generate the custom sitemap. Now you have the custom sitemap, copy the sitemap. It should look something like this:

# Blogger Sitemap generated on [Date]
User-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /
Sitemap: http://[Blog URL]/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

Step 2 - Replace the custom sitemap:

From blogger, go to settings and search preference.

Now change "Enable custom robots.txt content?" to Yes. You now will see a text box. On the text box, paste the custom sitemap that you had copied.

Now save the changes.

Step 3 - Submit sitemap to Google webmaster:

Google will automatically crawl your new sitemap on the next run, still it is advisable to submit your new sitemap to google. For this login to Google webmaster tool.

Navigate to Optimization>>Sitemap

By default you will see "/atom.xml" listed on the sitemap. Now add the new sitemap that you had just created. Which should look like this 

https://[Blog URL]/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

Click on Add/Test sitemap button on the top left. In the text box add the sitemap link without the base URL on it. It should be like this:

Test this URL. On successful test, again hit "Add/Test sitemap" and submit the sitemap this time. You will see your new sitemap listed on the list of sitemaps and also you will see a change in the number of links submitted.

With this you have done your part. Now google will take care of it during the next crawl and index all the posts/pages left out in the default /atom.xml.