Thursday, September 13, 2012

13 Amazing Cucumber Things

The cucumber is India's gift to the world. This humble fruit (yes, like tomato and squash, cucumber is actually not a vegetable, but  fruit) has some amazing uses that I would never have known if it were not for this forwarded email. It shows up in a million places on the internet, so I do not know whom to credit, but I thought I would still share it with you guys.
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Android Phones Below 5000 Rs

Here is a quick checklist for those who are wanting to buy one of the new lines of sub $100 (<5000 Rs) Android phones. While they may look attractive, you have to consider your needs and the features and power that these phones come with. Here are the top five things you want to keep in mind when you consider buying a Android phone in the sub 5000 Rs range.

1. These phones are an obvious compromise on features and processing power. You will be buying a mid-range phone, but that is not at all hard to learn to live with.
2. Most of these phones offer you a smaller screen size as well as compromise on display quality. Some of them even come with the older IR touch screens.
3. You will be getting a 600 MHz range processor. This, however, is more than adequate for most phone computing needs.
4. Cameras in the sub $100 Android phones segment are way behind what you will get on other camera phones. The other thing that you will need to keep in mind is that while they may boast of high megapixel number, the sensor might not be up to the job of creating quality photographs worthy of 3-5 megapixels.
5. Contracts are built into most of these phones, so be careful to read the fine print and evaluate the longer term cost of ownership. Want to root or jailbreak? Another post altogether!! For more details head over to the detailed post at Cellphone Beat.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Yoga of Ulysses

The magic of natural growth is that it often results in a more beautiful outcome than something bred in a petri dish of strategy and intent. I am amazed at how this blog has evolved from being a compendium of my posts across my other blogs into a blog that is focused on social, political, and professional development with a readership that is large and to a great extent unique from my other blogs. Much of this credit must go to Dr. Ramesh Grandhi, a popular writer (and artist!!) and frequent frier both here and at Subho's Jejune Diet. As many of you may have noticed, this blog has been updated entirely with his contributions over the last couple of months.

These recent posts on The Curious Hat has attracted much greater readership and interaction than any of the earlier posts. This has carried home to me the power of collaboration and blogging for peace and awareness. The parents of this brief post are my gratitude to Dr. Ramesh Grandhi and the agenbite of inwit for having been unable to contribute to this blog in the recent past.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rafale Trumps the Typhoon: A Closer Look

Champagne corks are popping in Elysee Palace as Nicolas Sarkozy gets a welcome breather in his campaign for getting re-elected to the French Presidency. That India will have to sign a check for 54000 crores to help him along is what concerns me.

The Rafale has trumped the Eurofighter Typhoon, and if it is indeed the better fighter as our Defense sources say then there is nothing at all to be worried about. There is absolutely no gainsaying the fact that the Air Force should get the best MMRCAs we can buy. With the economic upswing over the last decade we can afford that easily.

What troubles Dr. Ramesh Grandhi, a revered and very popular guest at Subho's Jejune Diet and The Curious Hat, is that factors other than pure excellence of the craft ‘might’ have played a role.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rape and Civil Society

The Ministry of Women and Child development has finally proposed an amendment to law in that the definition of rape be broadened in order to make the law more comprehensive and gender neutral. Dr. Ramesh Grandhi explores how civil society continues to sweep the real issues behind rape under the carpet.

Rape is a crime where more often than not the perpetrator goes scot free, if I were to hazard an educated guess I would say that even in these modern times rape victims prefer to suffer silently rather go through a media circus in trying to have the offender punished. The stigma attached to rape still exists and it is perhaps a sad comment on our society.

Rape of Europa - Painting by Rubens

It is slightly heartening to note that governments all of the world are waking up to this crime against humanity and making sure the definition of rape becomes even more inclusive, it is imperative that the definition should not allow wriggle room for the rapist. The 1998 International Criminal Tribunal defined Rape as “a physical invasion of a sexual nature committed on a person under circumstances which are coercive”. This definition does seem to give enough latitude to prosecutors to bring down the force of law on rapists.

The US government recently announced that it was expanding its definition of rape to include men and also rapes of women other than by physical force. The Obama administration and especially Joe Biden, the Vice President, should be congratulated for this. I don’t really know whether the stats mentioned are true but according to them one in five women are rape victims, a fact that should make all human beings bow their heads in shame!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Is our Culture a Colonized One?

The British packed their bags and left 64 years ago but they left behind the legacy of their language, which has become ubiquitous these days.  America’s star has been on the ascendant ever since the Second World War and with the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellites the Bald Eagle has ruled the roost in the cultural arena. Dr. Ramesh Grandhi shares his view on the cultural imperialism that we have been left with.

The inspiration for writing this piece came while reading an article that Hu Jintao the powerful Chinese President was keen to enshrine a culture drive away from Western cultural influence as the final defining moment of his decade-long tenure at China's helm. Hu says that China must strengthen its culture and defend the West’s assault against Chinese culture and ideology.

If anyone other than President Hu had articulated these views the West and the rest of the world would have ignored them, but I guess no one can afford to ignore possibly the most important man on the planet! Chinese affluence and military power have grown so remarkably under him, that China these days has a voice that is heard with respect in all the Capitals of the world.


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