Monday, March 31, 2014

Today is Yugadi

Today is the beginning of Hindu new year i.e. Yugadi.  Though we , in Udupi , celebrate Yugadi on April 15, many people celebrate today.
I am happy because I know it is the time of appearance of new buds in trees.
I have a very strong reason for my joy. Our neighbour has grown teak wood tree and mango tree near our compound.
No...  Not inside our compound !
In his compound itself but near a place to our compound.
The trees are big in size as they have grown taller. They are falling their dry leaves on our compound !
Our neighbour's area is clean and clear .
Our compound looks a mess because of those fallen dry leaves.
For a small breeze too, there will be a fresh dose of leaves falling !
But from today , the proportion of falling leaves will become less.
Nightingales have already started singing sitting on mango trees.
I strongly believe our neighbour had planted these trees near our compound on purpose to give us trouble. But I must thank him for giving me a chance of listening to singing of nightingale through out the day. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Shilpa Shetty in Comedy Nights

On 23 rd march 2014 , the episode of Comedy Nights with Kapil having Shilpa Shetty promoting her movie  ( produced in her banner ) was aired. I watched it yesterday .

I always do things differently !

Shilpa Shetty was with her husband Raj Kundra. As everyone know , Shilpa Shetty hails from Mangalorean family and Kundra is a punjabi.
Kapil wanted Kundra to say something to Shilpa in her language Tulu. If I am right, he uttered something like " porlu ponnu " . I am not sure .
Kapil wanted to know the meaning of it. Shilpa translated it as " looking sexy ".
I was surprised. According to my knowledge of Tulu, it is just you are looking beautiful or " beautiful woman  "
I wondered why did Shilpa translated it as like that ? May be in Mumbai , it has taken the meaning like that. Big cities and strange meanings !

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

If an ice cube melts in a glass of water , does the level of water in the glass increase , decrease or remains the same ?

I know people may think it as a silly question. Even I thought like that !
I sincerely agree that I thought water level would increase as ice is the solid  form of water and when it melts, it becomes water .

But is it that simple ?




Let me give the answer.

Water level would remain the same .


The volume of water that the ice cube displaces is the same as the weight of the water in the ice cube ! 
Given that these two are equal, the level therefore remains the same.

When ice melts, the amount of water it gives on melting is the same as the amount of water it had displaced when it was put on water . So, the level of water remains same.

But it is applicable only for the ice which is above the water level.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What is the full form of MRF tyres?

Today, in newspaper I have seen the advertisement of MRF tyres. MRF is a famous brand .
I wanted to know the full form of MRF.

MRF Limited = Madras Rubber Factory Limited

It is an Indian company. It manufactures, distributes and also the sale of rubber tyres for vehicles.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tulu proverb

beelo derti naayin nanbyere balli.

ಬೀಲೊ ದೆರ್ತಿ ನಾಯಿನ್ ನಂಬ್ಯೆರೆ ಬಲ್ಲಿ .

Translation -

beelo = ಬೀಲೊ = tail
derti = ದೆರ್ತಿ = holding upright
naayin = ನಾಯಿನ್ = dog
nambyere = ನಂಬ್ಯೆರೆ = to believe
balli = ಬಲ್ಲಿ = is not good

Meaning -

This proverb creator must have observed the behaviour of dogs closely !
It states that if a dog is holding its tail upright, then we must not go near of it.
Even I observed that if a dog is walking freely on the road without giving trouble to anyone ( not even to other dogs or cats ) , then its tail will be between its hind legs.
But if dog is agitated for some reason, then it holds its tail upright . This will give the indication that at any moment dog can attack and to be careful.
If anyone has doubt, they can check. I am not responsible for the consequences !

Friday, March 21, 2014

My summer plans

Summer has come. In Udupi, we always feel hot , no matter what is the day ! Now coming to my summer plans, I have already implemented those.

My plans ---

1. I have started to take bath twice a day. My good fortune is that there is enough water in our well. So, I can take bath at whatever the time I want.
2. I stay in rural area of Udupi. MESCOM people think that people living in rural area are not much in need of electricity. Here load shedding is more. Whenever I switch on the computer, power goes ! After lot of study on the behaviour of MESCOM man, I have figured out that he will cut the power on the hours which start from whole numbers , like 9.00 , 10.00 , 11.00 etc . It is same for both AM and PM. I decided not to touch computer at these time.
3. As the temperature is going on raising , I have requested my parents to fix an AC atleast in my room . But father said it is of no use since there will be no power.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My friend Shashi

2 days back , my friend , Shashi had come to visit me. It was a full moon night. It was all brightness outside. There he came , Shashi , glowing with cheerfulness as always. Everyone in house were happy to see him.
For me, he was looking more handsome . Wearing white colour shirt , he was full of beauty. I wondered why am I thinking like this?
I decided to take a photograph of him so that he will be always with me . But if I say my intention, my family members will forbid me from doing so.
He was standing between the trees. There were no one else. I grabbed my mobile and went outside to take a photo of Shashi with mobile camera..
Without a noise, I took the photo of Shashi. I quietly entered room and laid myself down on bed , with a warmer feeling that , from now onwards , Shashi will be always with me.
I opened the mobile photos and wanted to see my work.
But to my horror, there was nothing. I forgot to press the image button .
Now Shashi has gone. But he will again visit me in one month time.

Full moon day always come once a month , and my friend Shashi too ( Shashi = moon ).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What is third hand smoke?

In today's newspaper , there was an article about third hand smoke and how it is hazardous to health. As I read newspaper from top to bottom without leaving any news article, the phrase " third hand smoke " seemed strange to me.
I have the knowledge of " first hand " and " second hand " smoke. To show my level of general knowledge , I will explain the terms ----

First hand smoke ---

This term directly refers to smoker. When a smoker smokes, he inhales the carcinogenic ( causing cancer  )  smoke into his own lungs.

Second hand smoke ---

This term refers to victims who inhale ( without any other option ! ) this smoke. The victims include the persons who sit or stand near to smoker when he is smoking. ( Not on other times ! ) . The exhaled smoke of a smoker contains carcinogenic substances.

Third hand smoke ---

This term deals with present article. Nicotine and other substances which are present in exhaled smoke of a smoker, tend to coat a surface and will continue to emit toxins. This is thought to cause extreme damage to infants and young children .
They are more likely to crawl on floor and eat from their hands without washing them after touching the smoke coated surfaces.

My suggestion ---

Instead of giving rise to all the troubles mentioned above, it is better to quit smoking. Thus , we can also make the value to the saying " live and let live others ".

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What are fire lines?

Nowadays , newspapers carry the news of wild fires in the forests. Wild fires may be man made or natural. It is difficult to come to know the cause. It was advised to create a fire line in order to fight with wild fires. But what is a fire line?
Fire lines are the areas which are cleared of vegetation in the hopes of stopping or atleast slowing a fire. It is meant to break the path of the fire.
The creation of fire lines is very critical because fire can quickly get out of control. By depriving the fire its fuel , a fire line slows down the advance of fire and also confines it to a specific area , which can make fighting with fire much easier.
Typically , fire lines are made by churning up the earth . But rivers and roads which pass through forest can also be considered as fire lines.

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's HOT !

It is still the middle of the month March. Now itself we are experiencing summer days. As it is a coastal area, it is humid and also now rising temperature.
Yesterday, in newspaper I found out that the temperature recorded in Udupi was 40 degree Celsius ! I was feeling uneasiness yesterday. I always sit under a turning fan. But even the fan , seemed like distributing hot air.
Yesterday, in our neighbourhood everyone were semi nude.
If a male goes semi nude because of heat, no one bothers. But what about women? We are bounded by moral laws. We can not go semi nude.
Whatever be the temperature, we must cover ourselves properly. It is an example of discrimination against women .

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Operation Search light 2014

It is the name given for the searching operation of Malaysian Airlines flight that has remained untraceable since last weekend.
As the hunt for the aircraft with 239 people on board remained futile , Malaysia requested for India's help in searching operation in Bay of Bengal . Eastern Naval Command will undertake the searching operation in uninhabited islands of Andaman and Nicobar. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It is the desire to live

                                  It is the desire to live 

Once, Bhagwan Mahavir was walking with one of his follower , Gopalaka. They observed a plant which was just planted.
By seeing the plant , Gopalaka asked  Mahavir what does he think about the plant?
Mahavir went near the plant , just watched it carefully.
Then he said to Gopalaka that plant is having the great desire to live. Hence , it will grow up and become a tree and give people ,  fruits.
Gopalaka laughed loudly and he plucked the plant by the root and threw it aside. Then he turned to Mahavir and said him that his prediction went wrong.
Mahavir didnt say anything. They continued their walking. After some days, again they returned in the same way.
That time, Gopalaka saw the same plant which he had thrown earlier ; to be replanted and it grew a little taller too.
Mahavir said " if we have the desire to live , at any cost we will thrive to live . Same happened to plant. It had the desire to live. "
Gopalaka didnt dare to touch the plant again !

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Which acid is used to clean eyes?

It is boric acid ophthalmic.
Boric acid has mild antibiotic properties against fungal and bacterial infection.
The above said acid is used in diluted form only for eyes. It is used as an eye wash. It provides soothing effect from eye irritation.
Since it is an acid , it must not be applied if there are any open wound . It must not get into mouth. While wearing contact lens, this acid must not be used.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How is echo produced?

Echo is a pattern of sound. Sound is just the vibrations in the air. When a sound wave hits a wall, it bounces back. Sometimes, sound waves reflects.
An echo is the repetition of the sound. It is caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface. But not all sounds get echoed.
To hear an echo, there must be atleast a distance of 17.2 m between the surface on which sound waves will bounce and the sound producing source.
People say " A duck's quack doesn't echo ". But it is a myth. A duck's echo gets echoed but it may be difficult to hear. A quack itself is a quiet and fading sound which produce faint echoes.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Why are fuses used?

A fuse is a thin wire that is used in electrical circuit designs. It melts if the entering current to circuit exceeds its pre determined value.
Thus, fuses will disconnect the equipment from the supply , before damage can occur.  Fuse wires must be chosen correctly.
If we have an equipment which requires 5 Ampere of current to operate, fuse wires must be of the same value as equipment's value.
Suppose, current of 7 Ampere is flowing in circuit, then fuse wire will melt because of excess current that is flowing and there is an open circuit.
Equipment is safe !

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hailstorm ( ಆಲಿಕಲ್ಲು ಮಳೆ ) in north Karnataka

In today's newspaper , there was a report that hailstorm ( ಆಲಿಕಲ್ಲು ಮಳೆ  ) in north Karnataka. Report said that ice cubes which weighed upto 20 kg were got.
I got interested in the matter. I have seen the ice cubes of our refrigerator . I had a doubt how they can say that it had weighed 20 kg ?!
It is not the weight of only one ice cube. It is the collection of ice cubes.
When we apply pressure to ice, it melts. When we hold 2 ice cubes together tightly, both of them melt slightly then refreeze but this time together!
Same thing happened there too. But it is the work of Nature.
Just picturise it. The temperature is very low. Suddenly it starts to rain. Since temperature is low, rain drops get transformed into solid form i.e. ice.
Soon they start to fall down. In midway , they come close to each other and they again refreeze together , thus forming an ice cube weighing 20 kg !

Saturday, March 8, 2014

India's southern most point

When I was reading a magazine, question was asked about southern most point of India. I thought it is Kanyakumari.
Actual southern point is Indira point which is situated on the island of great Nicobar . It is situated in the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar islands.
But Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of mainland of Indian subcontinent. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tulu proverb

                                       Tulu proverb

ಆಳ್ಗ್  ಆಳ್  ಆಂಡ್  , ಬೇಲೆಗ್  ತಾನಾಂಡ್

aalg aal aand , beleg taanaand

Translation ---

aal = ಆಳ್  = a worker
aand = ಆಂಡ್  = be like that
bele = ಬೇಲೆ  = work
taanaand = ತಾನಾಂಡ್  = like ourselves

Meaning ---

This proverb signifies the mentality of an independent person. This proverb suits to present condition. Nowadays, all are facing labour problem. It is difficult to find  workers to work in the garden., or to do slightest amount of work.
Thats why , a person has decided to do the work himself. Because of that, the space for a worker is also filled and also the work is done by ourselves .

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Election dates are announced ...

Election dates are announced . It is from April 7 to May 17  I am happy...
No... No...

I am not saying it with political point of view !

There is a reason for my happiness .....

Summer is nearing. Since I live in a humid place ,  summer days are difficult to live here. Sweating is all over the body and it is difficult to say from which part of body , sweat is coming out ! We must sit under a turning fan always.
Since oncoming election dates are on summer time , we will get undisturbed electricity supply !
Usually , during summer time, demand for electricity compared to other time , is very high. Hence to balance the supply and demand , Electricity board will impose load shedding .
Now , election dates are announced . They will try to supply the electricity ( by hook or crook ) non stop. Otherwise , people will not put vote !
That means , during this summer I can sit happily under a turning fan , wiping my sweat !

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Steel City of India

Jamshedpur in the state of Jharkhand is known as Steel City. It is the first planned industrial city of India , founded by Jamshedji Tata. It is also known as Tata City since most companies of Tata group are located here.
A major part of the city is run by Tata Steels itself thus giving the name as Steel City. The area surrounding Jamshedpur is rich in minerals including iron ore. 

Why do we offer prayer only to gods and not for demons !?

This question raised in the minds of devils. If they do good, humans wont worship them. Human worship only gods.
They went near Brahma, who created them with their doubt. Brahma didnt say anything. But he invited them for a dinner , he was hosting.
Dinner room was very grand. Varieties of dishes were prepared for the guests. Brahma had invited gods or angels too for the dinner.
Dinner time was nearing. Brahma put a condition for both the parties. That is they must eat the food without bending their hand.
Devils found it very hard. Each of them tried to eat the food without bending their hand . Unable to eat, they had spilled the food on their body and on the floor. They could not have a small trace also. They were unhappy.
But angels, were eating food without bending their hand ! They were taking the portion of food from plate and were seen giving the byte to other fellow.
It was going in a circular fashion. All of them had eaten the food and they were satisfied. By seeing them, Brahma told to demons " Selfish people only think of themselves. Humans dont want to worship those. Hence humans dont worship demons . "

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The country called Ukraine

Nowadays , it is the news about Ukraine all over. It is about Russian invasion of Ukraine as Russian troops are gathered near the borders.
" Ukraine " name itself means " border land  ". It borders to Russia in eastern region. On the other directions, it is surrounded by European countries.
Ukraine was the part of undivided soviet Russia or USSR. But as USSR was halved , even Ukraine came out of USSR and established itself as a new country,
The part of Ukraine which is nearer to Russia has large number of Russian language speaking persons. Russia wants to have this part . Here, the people too welcomed the Russian troop gathering near the border of the city.
But in other parts of Ukraine , it is mostly inhabited by Europeans.  These people want to go with European Union , not with Russia.
Tensions are now mounting.
Ukraine dont have a strong military force which can confront with Russian troops. But Russia is adamant and is not listening to any words.
Stock exchange indices are falling and daily life of people , becoming hard.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

India Vs Pakistan cricket match today

Today is the day of India and Pakistan cricket ODI match. Since afternoon 1.30 , I watched whole match as India was batting first . ( Otherwise, I would not watch ).
Just now , India's batting quota is finished. I prefer to watch batting of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja . As Kohli got out early, I continued watching since Jadeja is yet to come.
During those tense moments, Jadeja scored a 50. If India win the match, I would give " man of the match " award to Jadeja.
Nowonwards, I dont watch TV. I cant withstand the nail biting tension which always grips me when a Pak batsman hits a boundary. But I will come to know the result.

HOW ????

There are people like my father who thinks cricket is just a game and not a war ! So, he will take win and losing both with no emotions !
He would be the best person to give me updates about game.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

What is series electric circuit?

An electric circuit can be formed either by series or parallel connection of its components. Flowing current needs a closed path.
If we connect battery , bulb and one more bulb back to back , a resistor ( optional ) , a switch ( optional ) in one line with wires then it is a series circuit.

I said flowing current needs closed path. If we keep open the switch what does it mean?

Now the circuit is not closed. Current starts from positive side of battery , then it reaches the bulbs , after that if there is resistor connected to that , after that it reaches the switch.
Now the switch is open. Circuit is not closed. Hence current will not complete its path. Thats why bulbs will not glow.

Suppose , if the switch is closed then current completes its path. Bulbs will glow.

It is a series circuit. Here the current across the components ( bulbs, resistor ) is same. But the voltage across them changes. The total voltage is the added sum of voltages across bulbs and resistors. Current has single path to flow here.

What is a parallel electric circuit?

We have seen a series electric circuit. Here current has a single and only one path to complete its flow. If there is some breakage in between, circuit will not be completed.

If we provide more than one ways for flow of current , then what is the result?

There are many closed loops for current to flow. If there is a breakage in any path, the overall performance of circuit will not get disturbed.

It is a parallel circuit.  Here the components of circuits are connected across 2 points , that implies in parallel across each other.

In parallel circuit, total current is the addition of individual current of components. But voltage across each component remains same. Here , current has multiple closed paths to flow.