Matter of Fuel

Fuel has been and still is a subject to fuel a lengthy debate. As we know Fuel is generally defined as something from which we can obtain energy. So, energy fuels were mainly classified into three — coal, oil and firewood. Wood can be termed as a renewable source of energy and that is described as its advantage comparing with coal and oil. As coal and oil cannot be renewed by human efforts, availability of these two energy sources is limited to the existing resources. Policymakers across the world have been worried about the dire consequences in the event of shortage of energy sources like oil and coal. At the same time environmentalists pointed out the horrifying pace of pollution and invited attention of the governments and people to this. Apart from atmosphere even oceans and waterways are polluted by coal and oil. All these compelled scientists and nations to explore for alternative energy sources. Obviously attention was focused on hydel power, solar power, atomic power, wind energy and garbage energy. Forests are included in the group of renewable source of energy as they regenerate naturally or can be regenerated by human efforts without much difficulty.

In this context biofuels also get a prominent place. They offer plant-based solutions to our growing energy problems. To put in simple words, any hydro carbon fuel which is produced from organic matter (living or once living material) in a short period of time is considered biofuel. As fossil fuels take millions of years to form, biofuels are considered as a good alternative source of energy and are gaining popularity.
But, experts warn that unless making fuel from crops like wheat, maize, sugarcane etc are not restricted, consequences would be disastrous. Growing the crops for biofuel, making fertilizers and pesticides for those crops and processing the plants into fuel consume a lot of energy.
Even though the aim and intention of biofuel policy is good, once the profit motive comes to play, everything will go beyond control. That may adversely affect the environment with far reaching consequences. Apart from that, when majority of the world population is starving, the righteousness of growing crops for fuel, would fuel another debate.

Riddle of Life

Certain news or incidents which we happen to come across make us really shocked. It may take some time to come out of the numbness caused by that. Such incidents make us to ponder the meaning or rather meaninglessness of life; The futility of egoism and pomposity. Oh! No, I am not at all trying to demoralize you or trying to subject you to a spiritual discourse.
As mentioned earlier, before coming out of the numbness caused by that shocking news this type of thoughts may come to anybody’s mind. It is not unnatural I presume. It is true that we hear, read or see daily many pathetic stories of people. But, this is somewhat different from all those.
Recently, during a conversation my friend informed me the predicament of our common friend. When my friend rang up that common friend as there was no news from him for a long time, he himself revealed the reason hesitantly. He was busy consulting with doctors — He is unable to lie down whether to take rest or to sleep, because of suffocation. Doctors diagnosed that the problem is with his heart. Two or three “blocks ” that are almost 100% in the blood vessels. But, the painful truth is that doctors ruled out the chance of surgery. They have prescribed medicines and advised him not to lie down. Imagining such a situation itself is horrible. But now he sleeps on an easy chair.
This is the background that made me to think about the human life and human behavior in a philosophical angle, if it can be termed like that. Think of the arrogance of some people who behave as if they are above everything just because of their wealth and power. Many forget that all material gains acquired in this world are perishable and nobody can take along with him/her even a pin when leaving this world. The moment a person can’t stand and walk erect everything will be upside down. It is not exaggeration that there are people who can buy anything they want with their money and power but unable to eat their favorite food items because of diseases and diet restrictions.
This reminds us the proverb “Health is Wealth”. One may be able to buy anything but health. Having good health and able to live peacefully and happily is a blessing.

Author : K Neeni

Multicolour Silk Thread Bangle Set Making

Check out the simple way of making attractive multicolour silk thread bangle set. By watching this video everyone with some patience and creativity can make their own bangle set rather than spending money buying  it or just as a hobby. The materials used are bought from local stores which are available at a very cheap price. The designs are limited to your imagination. Here we are trying to give you some examples.

Please do let us know in the comments if this was helpful and interesting for you. Watch out this space for more jewellery making videos.

Silk Thread Earring Making

Check out the simple way of making attractive silk thread earrings. By watching this video everyone with some patience and creativity can make their own earrings rather than spending money buying  it or just as a hobby. The materials used are bought from local stores which are available at a very cheap price. The designs are limited to your imagination. Here we are trying to give you some examples.

Please do let us know in the comments if this was helpful and interesting for you. Watch out this space for more jewellery making videos.

Silk Thread Bangle Making for Beginners

Check out the easy and simple way of making attractive silk thread bangles. This bangle is made out of one single silk thread and a string of pearls. Please do let us know in the comments if this was helpful and interesting for you. Watch out this space for more jewellery making videos.

Sustained Growth and Environment

It is to be admitted that growth or development and protection of environment are contradictory by birth. Industrial growth and related activities make their own impact on environment. So attaining a judicious equilibrium among society, economy and environment will be the most pragmatic solution. In 1987 the United Nations Brundtland Report, which is also known as “Our Common Future ” defined sustainable development as a process that fulfils the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Gro Harlem Brundtland was appointed by Javier Perez de Cuellar, former Secretary General of the United Nations in December 1983, as a result of the realization that there was serious deterioration of environment and natural resources). It is undeniable that from the time when human beings started thinking and acting as they are supreme, devastation of environment became rapid.

Now, nations and people all over the world came to understand that turning a blind eye to these mindless activities would be suicidal. Elder people remind us of a practice prevalent till not very long ago – that if someone has to fell a tree for the construction of his house or for some unavoidable reason, he prays to the tree itself for pardon. Then he requests for permission from the birds and other living creatures dwelling on that tree and finally begs for pardon to Mother Earth because, the tree falls on her. Before flatly rejecting this as meaningless ritual we should try to understand the message it gives. This is the sign of compassion and reveals the importance of peaceful coexistence.

This makes it clear that we, humans are a mere ring in the chain of the ecosystem and we are bound to protect and preserve the earth for future generations. If this becomes our motto, sustained growth with minimum environmental damage will be not so difficult.

Author : K Neeni

How to make Silk Thread Bangles?

Silk thread bangles are one of the current trends in today’s fashion market. Do you wonder how easy or difficult is it to make these bangles? Do you also want to try making one out? Check out this video of making a multi-colored silk thread bangle in easy and simple steps.

Don’t Play Down Play

In the highly competitive present-day world we often hear elders lament that children of today are without childhood. Totally denying that statement would be difficult when we get into the matter. Even before breastfeeding is stopped kids are admitted to schools. “No teaching, just playful activities” and so on, are the justifications for sending kids to such institutions. In this age of nuclear families, parents have no other way except to depend on those schools to look after their children. Since both husband and wife have to go for work and no elders are with them in the home, they have no other choice. Sad thing is some people capitalize this situation and make money by starting “playschool” of sorts. The plight of small kids who cannot even express their feelings in words, and the nature of torture they have to undergo are beyond words. This doesn’t at all mean that all, or majority of play schools are like that.

As the school years (of course primary) start, many kids are busy with homework. Their plays and games are confined to video games and cellphone games. Most of these games are of destructive nature. This hamper their creativity and will have negative influence on them.

The fact that till recently people used to make toys with locally available things like paper, cardboard boxes, discarded containers, coconut palm leaf, stem of papaya leaf may be unbelievable to present-day children. They are accustomed to ‘set games’ and ready made toys. While making toys or something like that themselves, children were indirectly learning the lessons of visualization, procurement of items, execution of project etc. Games such as football, volleyball, basketball and cricket help inculcate discipline, team work, dedication etc.

Nowadays majority of families have one or two kids. Parents even go beyond their limits to fulfill the needs and demands of their kids. The underlying reason is that they want their children to grow without facing the sufferings they had to undergo. At the same time, as the aim of education is reduced to scoring high marks in examinations, “study, study” is what children hear from parents every now and then. Children are made to believe that low marks in examinations are the end of everything. Scoring low marks or failing in a subject will be unthinkable to them.

The advice of a psychologist is worth mentioning in this context. He tells parents to make sure that their kids are participating in games and plays. Not for the sake of physical fitness or something like that. But just to make them understand that there are failures also in life and they can overcome that situation and come off with flying colors.

Author : K Neeni