Daily Archives: June 22, 2009

Lessons From The Past.


Learn from your elders,listen to your elders, and live like your elders are the three principles to be  followed by modern day youth to regenerate Nature.

A quarter of a century back , the intensity of life , was immense that each and every happening was twined with Nature. The fashion of plastic , the usage of polythene bags, the disposable polyurethane cups , and plates  had not come into existence.

Each house had earthen pots and large brass vessels to store water.Shopping bags were made of cloth or jute. Large quantities were bought in sacks woven with jute. Cement was packed in a special categorised sack,also of jute. Cups and saucers were of chinaware,or glass, which when broken or when they become too old could be thrown out ,as they were easily degradable. or made of metal like stainless steel, which could be recycled

In parlours and hotels banana leaves  were used to serve food, and other side dishes were served in cups made of palm leaves . They were in course of time replaced by stainless steel plates , cups and tumblers. The plates , cups and tumblers were cleaned and reused. The banana  leaf culture, I understand was the best proposition , as it needs no cleaning, just dumping into the garbage and shoved over. This incurred less or nil water consumption. Another additional benefit was the cleaning efficiency need  not be supervised.

There was store of such vessels in almost every household, as they were required for marriages and other big functions. After every celeberation, the lady of the house , saw to it that all the cooking utensils, serving dishes,were cleaned thoroughly not once but thrice, dried with huge towels, kept in  bright sunshine , then meticulously arranged in the store rooms. After keeping them in order,long pieces of cloth were spread over them to keep away the dust and mites.

There was also a big chest of drawers , filled with carpets , that were used during the weddings. They were ordered to fit the halls of the houses, the raised platforms or thinnais . The colours and designs were matching to the flooring and the paint of the wall, where they were spread. The characteristic peculiarity of each family was illustrated in the combination of colours, in the weaving of designs, and in the selection of utensils. They were a phenomenal array of grace ,distinctive display of choice and  an exposition of chaste  , beautiful illustrations. Once the function got over, these carpets , rugs  were brushed with assiduous attention, with a wet cloth first , then with a dry one, then laid bare to the sun for a few hours. This exposure to the sun acted as a disinfectant . Finally they are folded , and placed in the chest of drawers specially made for them.

These regularities have become   an anachronism in the fast world. Now , we can hire carpets, pillows . rugs, utensils, and even procure ready made food without igniting the stove. This is surely a degradation , not only of nature , but also of self .Using things again and again, that too utilised by the majority pose a severe threat to health.

Airlines Making Loss


A global loss of 9 billion dollars is blinking hard at the airline industry. Reasons  impacting this huge loss are global recession,cost of government micro regulation,crazy taxation and partners abusing the monopoly  power.Air cargo demand is expected to decline by 17%. Passenger demand is expected to fall by 8%. Fuel accounts for 23% of operating cost.The crude oil fell to 51$ and now has climbed up to 70$.

The industry , which got an abnormal lift  in recent years , is falling into a disorganised shape , as there is no uniformity  among various operations spread all over the world.The partnership and consolidation  worked out well for a few years. Now , there is an assumption of setback, as most airlines have made huge losses in the operating year.

Airlines need the same commercial freedom as most other industries enjoy. To get into the road of prosperity, we need a prosperous trade and a juvenile manufacturing accessibility. It is business which brings in wide travel, and extra circulation of money to sustain the expenditure.When this commercial activity spells gloom , the traffic gets minimised , leading to less flights , which in turn protrudes into lesser income.

The maintenance of this high profile travel cart is extraordinarily high. The salary and perks of  the flight officers, the air hostess’ , the stewards , and the ground staff, also call for a gross disposition of funds. The air tax and air congestion charges,  provoke the operators to charge the passenger a voluminous amount , that unnerves the travellers. The tax portion , is equal to another ticket cost. The wary passenger, shies away from this high handed expense , resorts to other modes of transport.

A comfort becomes a costly nuisance. A strictly positive travel has assumed a negative trend ,driving the enthusiastic persons far away from the vicinity of air travel. Wooing the customer was a difficuly once, but driving them away by spiralling fare has become a facility  easy.

A congregagtion of airline operators should  be called for. The imposition of uniform fare  should be implied. The airlines should cut short their extravagancy in deputing staff by minimising the necessary personnel to a single flight, providing  healthy food , not sumptuous delicacies, and extending comforts not luxuries to the travellers. The timing of the flights will be for a minimum of 50 mins and a maximim of 36 hours. These bouts of travel can be well managed with pleasure  by the promulagation of strong basic amenities well afforded and right diet well prepared.

Will the airlines look into these aspects keenly ?