Recently when Delhi’s Autowalahs secured price hike in auto-rickshaw fares, new meters steeled with GPS flared the market and many people questioned the lunacy of Delhi Transport was limited to encumbering the pockets of auto riders, but this rather turned out to be a canny decision.

Android app to track and board GPS-armed auto-rickshaws:

Recently when Delhi’s Autowalahs secured price hike in auto-rickshaw fares, new meters steeled with GPS flared the market and many people questioned the lunacy of Delhi Transport was limited to encumbering the pockets of auto riders, but this rather turned out to be a canny decision. Now a new Android app Pooch-O will allow Delhiites to track and book auto-rickshaws near them.

Sanctioned and dovetailed by Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transport System (DIMTS) and launched by the Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, this app might put an end to clamoured rejection on hearing ”chaloge bhaiya” by Delhi’s auto-rickshaws drivers. This app uses smartphone’s GPS to locate nearest auto-rickshaws and even call the ones whose numbers are registered on DIMTS. The app is currently in its beta stage and is available for download from the Google Play Store. Currently only the android version of the app is available.

A firm step towards women safety in Delhi:

Jung was elated about the development of the app and reported that this app would be an effective barrage in safety for women in Delhi especially at night. Commuters can share their travel details on various social networking portals after boarding the auto-rickshaw so that family and friends are well aware of their location. Thereare various security elements associated with the app as well said Jung. However it would be a considerable advancement if next update allows authorized people on your social circle to track the auto that you have boarded in scenarios of chaos or suspicion.

App Calculates estimated fare and time:

This app can also be used to calculate estimated rate and to verify whether the auto is imminent after being called on phone. Auto-rickshaws are also believed to cherish this prosperity as it would help them find passengers easily. The app is being brewed for iPhone users and believed to loom very soon, announced S N Sahai, Managing Director (DIMTS) at the Press release of Pooch-O.

Heavy penalties for denying commuters:

Sahai also reported that currently 24,000 auto-rickshaws in Delhi brace GPS and many more are hoped to share the same canopy soon to perk many users. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla was also on board when the app was launched and promised that auto-rickshaw drivers who refuse to take Pooch-O users will be heftily penalized. Traffic Police has also been ordered to link this app with their website so that if auto drivers rebuff passengers without substantial reasons, stern actions would be taken against them.

Cluster Buses also under the umbrella:

Pooch-O users can also track the locations of orange Cluster buses plying in Delhi-NCR region. There are currently 1,100 buses in Delhi fitted with GPS. Users can locate their buses and determine arrival time based on their location. The app is also expected to incorporate traffic information and warn users and auto-rickshaw drivers against slow moving traffic.

Excellent hypothetically, what really?

Although the concept sounds good abstractly, the practicality of the approach is yet to be tested. It is worth examining that would those auto-rickshaw drivers who deny commuters even after being dared to be reported, be plaint or haughty towards the approach.

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Is the escalation about to reach its end?

It has been fifteen dark days since the break out of the news of the kidnapping and subsequent murders of three Israeli youths in the West Bank led to steep escalation in tension in the region comprising Israel and Gaza. This led to the incarceration of around 300 Palestinian Hamas members by Israeli authority. Hamas, the radical Palestinian Sunni Islamic group, that holds all the political and military buttons in Gaza strip, soon launched a rocket armed assault aimed at the deep regions in Israel.

For an enduring period, Israel has been bombing the hot-spots of Hamas’ militant activities and collaring many of its militants in Gaza, alongside discussing the political terms of peace with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). For those who are unaware about the status Of PLO, it was created in 1964 aiming to create an independent state of Palestine and though the fact isironic that it got rid of the status of a terrorist fit just in 1991, two years before renouncing the practice of violence and terrorism to attain its means,after taking reasonable pressure from the UN Security Council. But this renouncement went into nullity as in the Palestinian parliamentary elections of 2006;Hamas defeated Fatah Party that enjoyed the popular support of PLO, with a huge margin bringing the tension in the region back on the table. Hence, to prove its point and show displeasure, Israel imposed a number of sanctions against the new government, primarily economic. Egypt too, from the southern side, sidelined the area to survive on its own.

If the majority of the sources are to be believed then the prime motive of Israel right now is to completely suppress the Hamas rocket-bound aggression by razing the military operatives based in the West Bank.  It is evident that for at least sometime the Israeli authority’s attempts to hide the news of the deaths of the teenagers from the locals has enflamed the enmity in the local Jews for the Arabs to another level. The result was, not surprisingly, a sharp rise in the “jihadist” activities against Israel to contain this unofficial aggression. Hamas has its own reasons. One among which is the death of one of their innocent operative who was not directly involved with the rocket fire on Israel. The major count of the people killed in the Israeli air raids in Gaza is still inaccurate. Majority of these deaths include the killings of civilians includes many women and children as well. Many people have left their home and property in Gaza to seek refuge from the persistent Israeli air-raids. Meanwhile, there can also be a possible ground attack from the Israeli front, curbing the ceasefire hopes of the rest of the world even more. UN, like previous such times, is trying to serve the “humanitarian needs” that have arose from the conflict. The scale of the conflict is even more than the one that took place in 2012.

The Current Scenario

According to Israel, there are at present 118 concealed rocket launching pads present in Gaza, which they have been aiming at to destroy. By now, there have been almost 170 Palestinian deaths in just 5 days. Saying that the previously done isolation of Gaza by Israel and Egypt has proved to be constructive measure for the region, would be amateurish. The irony is that spite of coercing so many Palestinian out of their homeland and even attacking the refugee camps, many Israeli Jews are running for cover under the pretext of morality. It wouldn’t be foolish to say that Israel holds a major hand in starting this confrontation as it didn’t prove first that Hamas was actually responsible for the  death of those teenagers and directly made those arrests and killed many Hamas activists. Also we cannot ignore the first revenge death of the Palestinian teenager. The lives of the Israelis are also in major distress, resulting from constant rocket-fire siren wails and a few rockets fired from the Hamas side which the anti-missile system, the Iron Dome, having 87% accuracy, was not able to neutralize.

The Divided Stand

In recent developments, Egypt has tried its best to broker a politically well framed ceasefire plan for the both the parties to agree on and bring peace. After realizing that the Hamas’ offense has been considerably brought down, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accepted the Egyptian plan of ceasefire. But the hopes of peace faded away immediately the very next day as Hamas rejected the proposal, blaming it to be another political conspiracy for the region to fall into from the diplomatically closer nations. Hamas is still demanding the release of the prisoners captured in Israel who, if sources are to be believed, are being tortured endlessly.

On the seventh day (14 July 2014) of the Operation Protective Edge, commissioned by Israel, the rocket firing on a humongous scale continued, with Gaza hospitals almost completely running out of the supplies in their medical inventory. Clearly, Gaza is on the losing end in this conflict as it does not possess any anti-missile system, a result of which the damage to the indigenous infrastructure and loss of lives has been “immense”. Just 20 schools operated by UN in Gaza have to accommodate almost 17,000 refugees as these locations are not being fired on by Israel.

The other superpower nations in the world too seem to stand divided on the bigger blame posing game that is being played between the two sides. With countries like the US and the UK supporting the Israeli operation on one hand, other nations including Scotland and the UAE have condemned it.  But help is still coming down to Gaza in different forms from many Muslim nations which support and sympathize with its cause. Egypt has also ease the blockage of its border with Gaza to give shelter to the refugees based in the coastal parts of the region.

The light at the end of the tunnel seems to look pretty bleak from looking at the current state of affairs in the region as the motivation of saving thousands of lives from destructions is right now being easily overpowered with religious passion and the fear to lose. Still, the question which fails to leave the equation is that when would it be enough and if, in future, it will be then, will the irreversible and irreparable destruction caused by this conflict be justifiable on any ground?  I think this quote of the biggest advocate of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, will be able to shed some light on the subconscious of the people suffering in Israel and Gaza, “It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence”.

Sony grasped in selfie-craze:

Last year the morpheme “selfie” found its way into the Oxford Dictionary, so why should smartphone manufacturers wane behind in respecting its newly attained dignity. Following this, Sony has launched a phone with a camera dedicated for Selfies, which vouches that this fad of crazy people holding up cameras onto their faces is here to stay longer. Flaunting a powerful PROSelfie Cam and bundle of Selfie friendly apps along with a flash for the front camera might turn out to be a grace for Selfie lovers.

No frailty in speed and performance:

The Xperia C3 is crammed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset along with a Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 305 GPU and runs on Android KitKat. The 5.5-inch screen smartphone with 720p resolution and BRAVIA 2 Display Engine also gloats an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 8GB internal storage. Apart from the main charm, the Xperia C3 is super dieted at 7.6mm. The C3 is 4G-ready and supports LTE Cat4. A dual SIM version is soon to arrive as well which has been baptized Xperia C3 Dual, which would support not only dual standby but also dual calls.

The glorious Selfie-friendly front camera with “soft” flash:

Now the gallant feature that has made Xperia C3 the talk of almost every tech expert is its front-facing 5MP camera dubbed the ProSelfie Cam which comes allied with a “soft” LED flash leaving miles behind other flagship devices like the HTC One (M8) or Huawei Ascent P7 which brag supreme front-facing cameras but lack flash. Sony’s athletic 80-degrees view field is also capable of using Superior Auto Mode which automatically adjusts parameters depending upon Ambient lighting conditions to elate selfie enthusiasts. And making selfies further easy is the two-tap snapper which clicks selfies when the back is patted twice or by activating the smile shutter. Duckface heaven!

Broaching the rise of selfies to 17,000% since 2012, Sony has loaded the smartphone with dozen of selfie dedicated apps. AR Effects append themes that allow selfie fanatics to brace their pictures with various fun animations ad graphics-like horror eyes, cowboy hats etc. both in picture and video modes. Portrait Retouch apps allow beautification of pictures by choosing among 10 different beauty styles apart from 6 magic beam options for various eye reflections and 10 DECO frames. Sweep panorama is another notable spotlight star.

Battery and other salient features: 

The battery on the C3 is expected to last the entire day after extensive usage and Sony’s Battery Stamina Mode 3.0 automatically detects when the phone is not being used and turns off features which are not vital. The smartphone also headlines an easy-toggle keyboard for single hand input in inclusion with its smart home screen.

Expectation and Sony’s seriousness with the Selfie phenomenon:

The C3 will be launched in white, black and mint colours in August as China is ascribed to be the first launch market. The device will follow various routes along the globe but destinations are uncertain and so is the pricing. Although Sony has been the market leader for camera devotees but being dedicated to single clique sounds foolish. However, Sony seems to be very serious about the move and it would be well wished to see better front cameras on other devices too in future.

Is the host country now ready to liberate himself from the hangover of FIFA 2014?

If someone is to be given the imposing task of summing up the key highlights of the FIFA 2014, hosted by Brazil, then it would be an arduous exercise for him or her to give it in an epigrammatic manner. From the 7-1 symbolic manslaughter of the Brazilian football team in the hands of their German opponents in the semi-finals to the early exits of the predicted to be probable trophy-lifters viz. England, Spain, Italy & Portugal; from the accession of a new world-class striker in the form of a Colombian, James Rodriguez, to the loss of the closest chance to etch his name in the football history as a “great”, by Lionel Messi; inexorably this world cup did have its own few surprises to throw at us. It has been a world cup of riots as well as that of massively scaled celebrations.FIFA 2014 has also been filled with scandalous controversies (Go Suarez!) as well as that of record breaking achievements of players. Though being also called a world cup of the “underdogs”, Germany prevailed and won the golden trophy this time.

Shifting back the focus of this analysis to the impact that this event created on its host nation from start to its subtle end, let us first examine the prominent antagonistic response of the locals towards the infrastructure growth and other developments for the event that the Brazilian government undertook. The million dollar funds that the government employed in organizing the event caused a mass uproar among the citizens, as these funds could have instead been used in other national core sectors which have been in a poor state for a long period. But as the Brazilian team started winning its matches and the people appreciated the revenue from tourism that the world cup generated, the commotion fell to a much lower level and almost disappeared during the subsequent stages of the tournamentand patriotic joy instilled the Brazilians.

Everything, including the mood of the nation, was in the right place for Brazil until when Neymar, their most important player, experienced an ominous vertebrae injury leading to his rule out for the remaining matches. Also their skipper, Thiago Silva, got himself suspended for the next game. Although in that match Brazil overcame the young and enthusiastic Colombian side with a score of 2-1, yet the worse and the worst was still to come. In the next match against Germany, Brazil experienced the biggest world cup defeat of all times (7-1), embarrassingly on their own soil. During the first half of the game,the world saw Germany netting 4 goals in a really short span of just 4 minutes. Hell broke loose for the Brazilian fans, as they witnessed this inapprehensible circus. This game even became the most followed football event in the history of twitter. Still the team just made it worse for the fans as they lost to Netherlands in the fight for the third place and hence ended forth in the tournament.

Letting bygones be bygones, we can say that in spite of the pictures of half finished stadiums, violent riots and 8 construction related deaths of its workers, Brazil was satisfactorily able to pull this world cup off and did win as an organizer, proving the previous negative apprehensions of many of its critics wrong in the process. Many a times the government had to violate many important civil ethics to serve the purpose of maintaining law and order to smoothly run the world cup. Even stun grenades and rubber bullets were used in the process of suppressing the protests. The day of the final also witnesses suck section from the authorities including the use of pepper spray to repulse the protesters.Still it had to face minor events of on-pitch as well as off-pitch humiliation. Keeping in mind the sweet-bitter memories of this world cup, what Brazil needs now is some deep soul searching. Many local football legends believe that to regain its previous playing form, Brazil needs to stop exporting its football talent to other nations.

The prime blame taker of this lack-lustre performance of the team has been none other than the national coach, Luis “Feelipão” Scolari, who didn’t make any prominent changes in the playing strategy of the team, since Brazil won the Confederations Cup in 2013. The 65 year old manager, who won the 2002 world cup with Brazil, submitted his resignation from the post to the respective authority as he was unable justify the reason for the continuous struggle and loss of two back to back games by Brazil, in their own backyard since 1940. His successor hasn’t yet been announced by the Brazilian Football Federation.

Despite the fact that Brazilians failed to conquer the title of world champions (if they did then it would have been their sixth final victory), the Brazilian President declared the hosting of this giant-scaled event to be a “victory” for Brazil and even took the liberty to state that the world had witnessed the “Cup of the Cups” and backed the national football team to come back to its successful indigenous playing ways. The cup final witnessed a record number of flights (572,000) in Brazil, proving the quality and order followed during the services. But the actual hint which we can extract from this statement of the President is that Brazil is ready to take the Rio Olympics 2016 head on and write a bigger and a better success story for the world. This is what the whole world too actually expects from Brazil to do in 2016. Also the bar for the next FIFA WC2018 in Russia is already set very high, as Putin was handed over this duty by his Brazilian counterpart.

But, now as the World Cup is over and so is its fever on the people of Brazil, their attention will get back to the subject of the national policy of allocation of the tax-payer’s money sanctioned for this event. The Brazilian president still owes some more answers to her people, though it is hard to say if they too will turn out to be “victorious” for her this time.

What should the court do if they come across a case where a group of boys below the age of 18 rape a girl and the evidence provided is beyond a reason of doubt? Should they be given strict sentencing or as in most cases, since the act was committed by a juvenile, let them off the hook once they turn 18? Just today in Times of India it was reported a girl just over 4 years old was sexually abused allegedly by senior students inside the school premises in Kozhikode Kerala. What would have prompted to commit this dastardly crime is beyond the comprehension of most civilized people. But the most disappointing and sad thing I could understand was the school authorities offering to hush up this whole incident by paying off the parents to protect their reputation. But that is beside the point and the question remains what motivated these boys to commit such heinous crime against an innocent and defenseless little girl. As a mother to two young daughters this news is no less than a recurring nightmare for me or any parent.

In the last few years, we have witnessed a very high number of cases where juvenile crime has risen. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveal that from 2002 to 2012, there has been a 143 per cent increase in the number of rapes by juveniles and murders committed by minors went up by 87 per cent. This sudden surge in such cases is baffling to most of us.

Is it because the laws are not very strict and the underage delinquents know if they commit any crime spanning rape, murder to violent burglary, they will not spend too much time in prison. Is the loophole being exploited? Or our society has denigrated to a level previously unknown? Whatever the reason may be, this problem of teenage boys committing some of the most heinous crimes has reached epic proportion. But then the question is, should there be tougher laws to prosecute minors? Spend money on rehabilitation program? So many ideas and suggestion, but no solution in sight.

If a politician tries to suggest that we must pass a law for tougher punishment for juveniles who commit serious crime like rape, murder and burglary, then the liberals and the Non-Government Organizations (NGO) will call this a draconian step. On the other hand, how do we go about rehabilitating them? Most of the crimes committed are in the cities and many of them come from impoverished and tough neighborhood, where from a very early age one has to fend for themselves and have to be street smart. Places like these make a person grow up very fast but sadly the emotional growth takes a back seat and the qualities like empathy and compassion which one hopes to install in one’schildren never takes root. Plus most of the juvenile detention facilities do not rehabilitate but end up desensitizing them and making them more violent.

This does not mean all the crimes committed by juveniles are always from bad neighborhoods; many a times the boys come from a well off family. Rape does not always mean forcing a girl for sex, what happens when a boy makes an MMS clip of having consensual sex with his girlfriend and post it on the internet. Boys stealing for pocket money to maintain a colorful lifestyle. To add to this problem the lack of sex education is also not helping the cause with many politicians apposing because of their backward thinking.

This problem has reached a viral crescendo and the laws to deal with these problems are just not right and need to be changed. If money and time should be spent in rehabilitation then, at times, tougher sentences will also have to be carried out. I am not suggesting trying a minor as an adult like they do in the United States and put them on death row. But to simply release a person from prison when they turn 18 is just not the answer because at times it feels that when an underage person commits a serious crime, he is already under the impression that he would not face serious charges and will be out and about when he turns 18. If that will be the attitude, then it is a clear violation and misuse of the law.

Our society is fast changing and the needs are also growing along with it. Small children are not hesitating to steal a woman’s purse, chain snatching or steal someone’s mobile phone for a quick buck and in the process end up seriously hurting someone or worse kill them. This is a problem which has reached a level where we might have to either find sensible laws to help solve this problem or not in a distant future we may have to create draconian laws which will only exacerbate this illness further.

 In the year 2014 we are going to witness the first Indian Super League (ISL) for the game of football. But will it turn out be as successful as the Indian Premier League (IPL) remained to be seen? Football is still a very popular sport in India, but somehow it never really has managed to capture the public’s love which cricket has. Maybe football needs a Tendulker who really changed the way we watched the game and also satellite television helped cricket a lot. This year, though during the football world cup many matches were played during the middle of the night, but still many of us stayed up late to watch important clashes. Going to office and getting any work done was an entirely different issue, but many Indians did watch the games and that tells us ‘football is alive in India’.

Promotion of the game 

The United States of America (USA) hosted the world cup football, this blessed event back in 1994 and football or soccer as it is popularly known in the US was not even one of their favorite sports. Baseball, Basketball and American Football have always dominated American interest and billions of dollars are spent each year. But someone realized that to stay away from football, the most loved and popular sport in the world would not be prudent. Since then soccer in the US has been on the up and up. America is home to a very large Hispanic population and though other sports are popular with them, the game of soccer probably got promoted to the current breed of young Americans by their parents who may have played but certainly would have watched football when they were young.

Now the US team as managed to qualify to world cup finals every time. The question is how? Because china hosted world cup football and automatically received a slot as host nation, but since then have not managed to qualify for the world cup finals. In the US the infrastructure is so good that they have managed to generate some good players of international standard like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey who in the 2014 world cup showcased his talents a top flight football player. Can the ISL help India develop into a top Asian team? If that will be the case, then all the support must be given to promote this sport. We must not hesitate to build world class faculties like we have for cricket because football has a much larger audience than cricket can ever hope for and since it is a seasonal sport unlike cricket which is played 365 days a year, it can be promoted much more efficiently.

Past and future goals

There was a time when India was a very good football side, but that was in the 1950s and 1960s which is also called the golden era of Indian football. But sadly throughout the following decades this great sport has declined due to poor facilities and infrastructure. This is what happens when sports are governed by bureaucracy and players are not given the kind of support which they deserve. If football develops into a popular sport as cricket which is possible with proper marketing and brand strategy, it could turn out be very lucrative for many sectors in India from Media to sports goods and merchandise, from infrastructure to tourism. But first we must become the best team in South East Asia and then slowly we could be in a position to try to qualify for the world cup.

The road to world cup finals which the dream of many Indians is far away but the ISL may be the remedy which we are looking for and with the likes of Former cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly buying teams, definitely they will be able to attract large crowd. Also the sponsors must also invite famous football players of past and present. Also if we have a world class stadium which meets FIFA and international standards, we can host matches of Champion league and may be a friendly match between a two major football playing nations.

Hopes and dreams

Football is a game where the operating cost for an individual is much cheaper than cricket and this could be taken as an advantage, plus it is a very fast sport with results within two hours or more. Football academies need to be set up all across the country to train young and aspiring athletes to become football players which can also be used as an outreach program for the socially underprivileged, because you never know where you may end up discovering some raw young talent.

These factors will help attract more audience and the game will grow more in India. IPL has given rise to some very young exciting cricketers in just few years of its inception then it is quite possible that one day we could release our dream of watching Indian football players, playing for top club like Manchester united, Liverpool and Arsenal in English Premier League or any other top football clubs in other leagues in Europe. It is time, football in India got the attention and recognition it truly deserves and who knows somewhere out there, in the vast expanse of our country, there is a player with the caliber of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, just waiting for an opportunity.

Since time humans have practiced bigotry one form or the other, be that someone’s race, ethnicity, color of skin, caste system of India and much more. But as society has progressed, people all over the world have grown more sensitive and tolerant towards each other but few lingering practices of bigotry still exist and on top of the list stand the most politically convenient and racially inclusive form of discrimination, “Homophobia”. Why should someone be afraid of people who are gay or lesbian? Are they here to cause harm and damage to property? But wait, we as humans have more tolerance towards those who cause us physical and financial harm then we have for gays. The only reason is their sexual orientation. The point is, what one does in the privacy of one’s bedroom is nobody’s business. But all over the world and specifically in Africa outrageous laws have been enacted by the governments to punish gays, Lesbians and other transgender i.e. LGBT.

Uncalled for

In countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya draconian laws have been enacted to curb homosexuality which is considered against society and the sad part is all this is influenced due to colonialism and influence of religion and all the culture and traditions of the past were forgotten. However in the west the very countries which ruled many of these African countries and promoted their form of social virtues are now bastion of liberal society where homophobia is not tolerated one bit. Laws are in place to ensure that gays, lesbians and transgender persons not to be discriminated. But somehow this “juice of revulsion” towards homosexuals has been so deeply “marinated” into the bones of African due to colonialism and there is no sight of ending one of the last vestiges of bigotry.

Many in Africa or as the matter of fact in other places besides the African Continent, still believe, there is a strong connection between homosexuality and AIDS, which is an absolute fabrication of the truth but with constant bombardment by western missionaries and the constant torrent of funds pouring in to promote social virtue like “abstinence” in Africa is an unstoppable force which only solidifies this silly idea. It is not very helpful when African leaders like President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria make irresponsible and insensitive statements about Homosexuality for cheap political gains and instead focus on solving problems like bad economy, lack of education among women and terrorism plaguing a country like Nigera with Boko Haram getting out of control. the leaders of African countries especially Nigera should focus more of their time and energies solving these problem which are much more dangerous.

Other problems

Activists are threatened, science is ignored and homosexuality is considered a decease spread by the west and their decadent lifestyle. Right now AIDS is killing more people in Africa than the Ebola Virus and instead of taking steps to prevent it by education and asking people to use condom, the issue is diverted towards gays and the proverbial finger of judgment is pointed towards homosexuals and they are blamed for all the problem people face and so many innocent people have paid with their lives. Just over a decade ago Africa was witnessing some of the worst form of ethnic problems and who can forget the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 but now everyone is coming together to form laws against homosexuality. I was watching the news one day and I saw anti gay protest in Uganda and one particular placard caught my eye it read “Obama We Want Trade Not Homosexuality” and the people were grateful of the Ugandan Parliament.

Africa is fast losing its natural resources and wild life and illiteracy among Africans is still very high. Thousands die each year due to starvation and malnourishment among African children is one of the highest in the world. With all these problems, how can centering action against a harmless minority will give any solution to all the problems faced. Homosexuality is not decease or a mental problem which can be cured as many religious organizations claim. It is a natural phenomenon which as modern citizens of the world we must embrace.

I once asked a gay friend of mine why the rainbow colors were chosen as the symbol of gay rights and he said that an artist in San Francisco named Gilbert Baker designed what is believed to be the first modern gay pride flag by combining eight stripes, each a different color with its own symbolism: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the human spirit. If this is what a group of minuscule minority feel and just want to enjoy life on their terms, then who are we to judge, control and brand them as evil and call them the ills to all our problems. All they ask is for equal rights under the law.

Look Back and Move Forward

If we check history some of the greatest men have been gay from Alexander the great, Roman Emperor Hadrian, renascence legends Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Literary genius like Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde and in modern times, music legend Elton John, one of the best women comedian Ellen DeGeneres, designers Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. The list is endless.

Countries like Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda have a rich history and traditions and they must look back beyond their colonial past and did deep into their own culture which was full of tolerance. Some of the best answers are in the past and Africans and Asian also must embrace our Gay, Lesbian and transgender brothers and sisters. We must move towards a more congenial and open society where no one should be discriminated. If people are capable of coming together from different race, culture, ethnicity and religion to discriminate homosexuality, than we are equally capable of getting together and end this “apartheid of small minded believe” and live together as children of god under one rainbow.

These days the most difficult decision a woman has to make is what food to give her children for school and this specially applies for small children. Kids want something different everyday and also enjoy it even more if the look is different. If taste is important so is presentation. No longer children are satisfied with a monotones launch prepared by their mother.  What your kids would want in there Tiffin and what you want to give them, can never be same. But we can come up with a mix which is healthy as well as tasty as per your kids liking. Let’s look at a few things you can do, which can give a complete image makeover to the daily Tiffin box you pack for your kids.

Looks Matter

You know your kids favorite cartoon character, so buy their favorite cartoon character themed lunch box. There is a huge variety available in the market. This adds a lot of fun element to the Tiffin eating experience. Get them a same theme spoon or fork and a matching tissue paper and they would just love it.


Every day of the week has to be made special. giving either bread or chapatti is not the answer. There are a lot of kid centric food shows on TV, explore them. They provide you with a lot of yummy and healthy food options that your kids would love to eat.


Instead of putting just one thing in Tiffin, give them small portion of 2 to 3 things daily. If you give them stuffed roti for Monday, also give them small portion of fruits to go with it like apples or grapes. Along with it some almonds and cashew nuts, just 2 or 3 would be enough. That ways even if they don’t like one of the options and do not finish their launch, than they have can have something else.


Plan for the week ahead. Different days need to have completely different menu like Monday sandwich, Tuesday roti, and Wednesday pulao. Also plan one day in the week as” treat day” where you can send something like pasta or noodles but make sure it is wheat based.

Different varieties of one thing.

Roti does not mean roti and sabzi always. It can be stuffed roti of any kind, e.g. cheese stuffed. Similarly bread can be used in so many different ways. Just one point to be considered try going in for wheat bread.

Involve your kids

As we mentioned that you need to plan for the week ahead. Sit with your kids over the weekend. Ask them what all they would want to take in Tiffin. You might not agree with them on few points, similarly they might not agree with you on some points. But once the menu will be decided both the parties would have to eventually agree to it.

Here, is a simple tiffin week menu, to give you an idea about how to plan the best


  • Idli/dosa/uttapam
  •  Fruits
  • Almonds/Nuts


  • Bread - Commom options-bread butter, bread jam or sandwich(which would be more healthy and filling) Vegatable sandwich is a good option
  • Fruits
  • Home made chips


  • Parantha Day - Aloo, gobhi,cheese anything that your kids would prefer.
  • Fruits
  • Biscuits


  • Rice- Pulao, fried rice,poha.
  • Fruits
  • Cake slices or muffin


  • Treat Day- Pasta, Noodles.
  • Fruits
  • Corn

(The above mentioned menu is a vegetarian diet, you can change the plan as per your kids liking and your preferences)

Samsung has overpriced virtually all its products. Especially the smartphones! Whenever a device from the brand is launched with some feature special, its price hikes up so high it becomes almost impossible for the majority to go for the product. In a scenario like that, it sounds rather weird when someone tells you about a Samsung smartphone running on Android KitKat priced at Just Rs. 7,299. However, recently the Korean giant launched a budget smartphone dubbed Galaxy Core 2. Soon after taking this step into the entry-level smartphone market, Samsung is all geared up to launch the Galaxy Start Advance – another budget Kitkat smartphone.

This news comes from a Mumbai based retailer who unveiled more stuff about the smartphone apart from its price. Notably, there has been no official announcement about such a phone from the brand itself.

The Retailer Says…

The yet to be announced smartphone is to feature a 4.3 inch WVGA TFT display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. Compared to what other brands are offering at similar price range, this screen could prove to be a setback for the brand. However, for people who love brands and have been waiting for bigger names in the smartphone industry to launch budget smartphones, this smartphone could be a hit. A lot of people would still readily compromise on specifications for a heavy branding on their phone’s face.

The phone is said to support dual SIM feature and will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The chipset is not specified as yet, due to obvious reasons. The processor will be mated to half a gigabyte of RAM which is rather disappointing for a phone from such a brand. At least a GB of RAM is expected. Inbuilt storage of 4GB and expandable storage of up to 32 GB is supported by the smartphone. Moreover, the Galaxy Start Advance is expected to come with a 3G support and the company’s signature TouchWiz UI will sit on top of the Android KitKat.

A 3 megapixel rear snapper with LED flash is what is known when it comes to the camera experience. There are high chances of an absent front camera, since there is no word on it yet.

The phone is said to sport a battery rated at 1800 mAh.

Other features on the Galaxy Star Advance include ChatOn, Google Talk, video recording, Samsung Apps, Google Maps and FM radio recorder.


For now, the only good thing about the phone that can be concluded from the alleged word is that is comes from a very high end brand. Other than that, the Galaxy Star Advance sports no such feature that can make buyers switch from the likes of Moto E, Asus ZenFone 5 and Xperia E1 to Samsung Galaxy Star Advance. These phones boast better set of features in every way as compared to the Samsung’s budget smartphone. As a matter of fact, Samsung has apparently managed to overprice a budget smartphone too!

We all do it regularly and derive a lot of pleasure from it also. It’s a taboo in most religion and culture but it still does not deter us from doing it. Yes ladies and gentleman I am talking about Masturbation, the most common human experience. While growing up in India one thing is certain most people would not have received proper sex education and sex would have been presented as something bad, especially for girls because girls get pregnant. For boys, it is either you will go to hell or your penis will stop functioning. In a land which is obsessed with virginity, masturbation the safest and healthiest expression has been deemed evil.

If anyone tells you that masturbating is bad then they are wrong, in fact it is good for your health and this applies for boys and girls, men and women. Here are 5 reasons why masturbation is good for you. We have collected the information from various internet sources for example MensXP.com.

Helps you with premature ejaculation

If you have problems with premature ejaculation first go see a doctor. But do you know masturbation is also a good remedy? Just release some tension few hours before you have sex and hopefully it should help or else better see a doctor. When you do this 2 hours before you initiate your intimate moves, it helps you play till the end.

Gives You Fresh Swimmers

When a man masturbates, it also helps him develop his sperm quality i.e. sperm count and motility so before you have sex and you’re planning a baby this could certainly work for you. But eureka is achieved on first go also.

Sleep Well

Sex can be very strenuous but it also helps you relax afterwards and if you are not getting any and you also have difficulty sleeping. Masturbation is the answer to your problem. Getting a good night sleep is very important for anyone and if a little self pleasure can help you get some sound sleep, what’s the harm.

Helps you fight prostate cancer

It has been medically proven that people who have regular sex or those who masturbate quite often can have very high chances of avoiding prostate cancer. I think we will do just about anything to avoid cancer in general, but this remedy is free and in our hands.

Safe sex

We are curious about our body and yes while growing up we have been told many old wives tale about the dangers of masturbation i.e. you will go blind or it will fall off etc. It is not the case boys and girls, because it is good for you. No one in the history of mankind ever got a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or got pregnant using hands and fingers. Masturbation is the safest way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and also have a good time.

Someone once asked the Renowned Indian Sexpert Dr Mahinder Watsa that if regular masturbation could make someone’s penis shrink and his reply was “you talk a lot, does your tongue shrink?".

Do not be ashamed and if you have any burning questions (Pun Intended) please visit your doctor.

Android has grown into world’s most dominant mobile operating platforms having over a billion present users in its bag. As a matter of fact, for a majority of people, still, smartphones translate to Android operated phones. Google has taken another step in the world of Android legacy and has recently unveiled its next Android venture. Currently being called Android L, this grand version of Android has not been given with a dessert-themed name or an official version number yet.

Android L is expected to release later this year and it is highly anticipated that new smartphones launched at a similar timeframe will make the best out of all the new features. HTC has committed that it will bring an Android L update to all of its existing HTC One series. More companies are expected to announce their support soon.

Android L and New UI

The already much loved Android with its easy UI is to get a completely refurbished look. The new design approach, currently being called the “Material Design” is promised to be less monotonous as compared to the current UI. More colors, bolder icons and more animation will find their place in Android L. Absolute visual overhaul is what awaits the upcoming phones fortunate to feature the new Android L, since all screen-transitions as well as every little user interaction has been treated with changes, right from the little green Robot-like typeface to the Android navigation keys.

No More Overlays

Google has attempted to come up with a refined and clean UI. Shadows and scaling on the icons, simple silhouettes and consistent transitions from one application into another! One of the major reasons for such a distinguished and bold UI is being seen as an attempt to discourage third party vendors from creating custom Android themes and overlays which, to a great extent, deviate from the original vision of Google.

Another major feature associated with Android L is the fact that integrates input methods like voice, mouse and keyboard along with touch with equally distributed importance thereby elevating the smartphone-experience beyond the current scenarios.

Safe and Easy Unlocking

A rather impressive feature that is to come with the Android L is the associated device’s ability to sense whether it’s being used in a trusted environment or not. If so, the lock code will be dispensed. The feature can be turned on via presence of a specific Bluetooth device, for instance a smart-watch that’s always present on the wrist of the user or a Wi-Fi access point that you consider safe. Android L will be able to detect such signal and as soon as the surroundings are reckoned as safe, you won’t have to unlock your phone.

An integrated Samsung Knox feature, better and greater web integration, a Google Fit framework which is a direct take on Apple’s Healthkit and improved notification system on your phone! These contribute to the renewed and made-over Android L. While the fact can’t be ignored that the colorful and animated icons, heads-up notifications that can be dismissed or attended at anytime and other such features coincide majorly with Microsoft’s Windows Phone UI, the new Android L could be a hit with people who have had enough of similarly sized icons and monotonous transitions between screens and apps.