ISI Mark has lost its sheen

ISI Mark has lost its sheen?

As a kid, I remember seeing the ISI mark advertisement promoting the new standards. Government was very much active in propagating it, and soon even manufacturers started adding it to their adverts. It soon became the standard it intended out to be, thanks to the push from the Government to make it mandatory for everyone to comply with it.

In last two years I had purchased a few electrical goods that didn’t do great, but had the ISI mark on it intact. But I do know for sure that it’s quality was compromised by the components used to make them. This led me to believe that I should never buy goods that are marked with ISI without ignoring any other standards.

TMT-Thirty Meter Telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) may be setup in India

Ever since I have read that China is building a high altitude observatory, I was very jealous. Being built at Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China, it is designed to detect cosmic rays. I envy the pace at which China was developing its next generation of tools for scientific and space exploration. It only made me wonder why India has not much thought about it.

Given that we are already advanced in Space exploration, but China is catching up and fast. The little Indian heart that I have, does not let me believe that India should be left behind, by none other than China to say the least. So, when I read about the TMT eyeing a place in India – I want to say snap it up while it is available.

TMT or the Thirty Meter Telescope project is a not for Profit organization, which is working to get a giant, 30 meter telescope installed to observe the universe.

Airtel 4g, Jio 4G, Vodafone 4G

The new race to win the 4G race

After years of waiting, the 4G is finally here. Exactly, the Airtel girl has been yakking about it for ages now but the true arrival of 4G for me is now. It is when the competition starts off.

Airtel made the first move, and others followed as soon as they can implement their own version on to their networks as early as possible. And as you all may already know, the pace of the launches are all keeping an eye on the Jio bomb that Mr. Ambani has been readying.

The news of launch have been leaked quite a few months ago, and ever since this has been one race against the clock to gain advantage while Reliance is readying their arsenal. Airtel had a first mover advantage when they launched 4G, but how many new subscribers got added is something that is not very clear. Also, most of the additional connections have been the portable Wi-Fi devices – still a win for Airtel.

the idiot box

4 months away from an idiot box

So I moved into my new house about 4 months ago, and I have not got a TV yet for my home. It has been those four months where I did feel missing the TV around the house, and it absence has definitely helped me use my laptop more. Err.., that is not why I didn’t get the TV yet but then again, I do miss it.

That idiot box is being missed by my wife has been turning this thought around of avoiding TV for some weeks now, especially with my wife wishing to catch up the ongoing T20 after coming home. As I spoke to a colleague today, realized that her child has learned a lot from watching and TV also kind of rekindled the thought to get one. The decision is still not been made, but mostly I would give in.

And the reason why I would give in has nothing to do with what others are saying. It has to do with what I am missing out on. If you remember one of my previous posts on the idiot box was about my craze for wild life, travelling and science channels, I have been missing watching them as well. The idiot box, after all is not idiot if the one watching on the other end is thoughtful enough. Not having TV around also means that I am missing out on learning something new from this medium. Watching such channels was never frowned up on by my family unless it was becoming a daily affair and made them miss their regular shows.

The idiot box, after all is not idiot if the one watching on the other end is thoughtful enough.

And one of the things that I want my daughter to do is to pick up these good habits that I have. Like reading when she grows up or never to stop learning – the two of my activities that has held me in good stead. The third one could be blogging, but she is still too young to do that just yet and I would let her decide if she wanted to do it.

What do you think about your idiot box at home? Have you ever thought of getting disconnected from it?

Air India to fly all women crew on March 8!

The flag carrier of India will be flying an all women crew this March 8 to celebrate Women’s day on a flight to San Francisco. This will include 4 pilots (2 each in 2 shifts for the unintended) and the whole cabin crew during the 15 hours Delhi-San Francisco. To top it and make it even more interesting, the flight dispatcher and flight engineer will also be women.

So if you are flying to SF on 8th of March, you are sure to support and celebrate Women’s day just by flying Air India. Yay, Celebrate women hood up at 35,000 Feet!

I was wondering if a similar treatment will be meted out during International Men’s Day. Well, chances are that it won’t ever happen. Now, I have written in the past how fliers constantly nag about Air India’s older flight stewardess/hostesses and there are such a negative notion that many carry. Though people ignore that they are much more experienced. However, have you ever heard any one complain an aging male crew? Is it because it never happens? I am not sure, almost all the flights I ever flew had both male and female crew.

The situation is what it is, and I cannot speak for everyone. But for me, it won’t matter if it is men or women who are flying or providing services in a flight as long as service are great and makes your journey comfortable and you get what you pay for. Air India remains my favorite (with patriotic bias stepping in)

What I think Air India or any other airline should do is – ensure you have an All Women Crew on at least 1 flight every day. That would help you celebrate women hood. Every. Freaking. Day.