Sunday, July 26, 2009


We are now in the 21st century,the world around us has changed. New technologies have been introduced. More resource consumption is taking place due to increase in the population.
Look around yourself...or rather at yourself .How many times have you -- scribbled a few lines on a paper and then crumpled it and zooomm...thrown it into the bin? Kept the lights on unnecessarily? Kept the tap open while brushing or doing the dishes? HOW MANY TIMES??
Did you ever give it a thought that these careless actions of yours will one day lead to disaster?
No, I don't think you have. Atleast majority of people don't think they are supposed to save the resources.
Now what are resources?
A resource is anything that has value and utility. They categorized into different groups that range from natural to man-made resources. For instances, the water you drink;the paper you write on; and even the technology you are using to read this, is considered a resource.
Why should we save resources?
We should save them for our future use...for the use of the future generations. If we use up all the resources now, what will be left for the future generations???
People ( yes, that includes me too) waste things without giving it much thought. Fuel is a non-renewable resource which is on the brink of getting exhausted. It takes millions of years for the fuel to get renewed again. If we overuse it now...what will we do later ?
Trees are being cut down to accomadate the growing population. Water to is being polluted and wasted. Many places in India are now facing water scarcity because of this. The increased number of vehicles and factories pollute the air which in turn causes global warming.
The ice in the polar regions melts and the ocean level rises which submerges the low-lying coastal areas. The polar region ice is melting faster now. The ozone layer has holes in it because of the chemicals in the air and the UV rays of sun come in which results in the global warming.
Even if you don't care about the future , atleast stop and think about those poor innocent animals , who are suffering because of our actions...

Preventation of wastages and overuse is possible!!
Here are some ways-
  • Walk or cycle instead of using your car (It will get off all that extra fat..:P) . Carpool or take a bus for long journeys.
  • Switch of the lights and fans when not in use.Try to do all the reading and writing part in the morning so that you don't have to use your lamp at night.
  • Turn off the engine at the red lights or places where you have to wait.
  • Use both sides of paper.
  • Remember the 3 R's - Reuse, Recyle and Reduce.
  • Don't waste water.Keep taps closed while brushing. Use a damp cloth to wash your car instead of hosing it down. Fix your leaking tap TODAY!
  • Last but not the least, spread this message to everyone you know. Make them AWARE...

One small action on your part can make a huge difference...


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ways To Beat The Heat..

(silly,practical,funny,useful,thought-provoking or absolutely ridiculous)

It's the kind of forecast the elicits gasps. Groans. Triple digits and bright yellow suns march in a line across your television screen. The weather guy chuckles, then swears it's not his fault.
It's hot and miserable. Time to think of some ways to keep cool.
Here are a few ideas, from useful to wacky. One for each degree on that blasted thermometer:
  1. Run in the sprinkler.
  2. Freeze your sheets. Just before bedtime, make your bed, jump in and ...ahhh.
  3. See a movie.
  4. Go ice-skating.
  5. Head to a swimming pool.
  6. Wash the car.
  7. Turn off the stove. Opt for salads or gazpacho.
  8. Freeze a damp washcloth or bandanna and wear it around your neck.
  9. Carry a parasol or light-coloured umbrella so you'll have shade wherever your go.
  10. Have a water balloon fight.
  11. Take a walk through the mall.
  12. Use your hot tub as cool pool. Turn off the heat in summer and take a cool dip.
  13. Drink lots of water.
  14. Spray water on your body. Stand in front of fan blowing at the highest setting. Repeat.
  15. Think cool. Mind over matter does help.
  16. Go barefoot.
  17. Fill a kiddie pool- or your bathtub - with water. Throw in a bunch of ice cubes. Try to pick them up with your feet.
  18. Move slowly.
  19. Close blinds or curtains on windows that let in midday sun.
  20. Sounds cruel, but keep your sweaty kid(s) at arm's length.
  21. Play christmas songs.
  22. Bob for apples.
  23. Splash in a public fountain.(At your own risk,ofcourse!)
  24. Eat spicy food. It makes you sweat and cools you down.
  25. Stick your heas in the freezer case at a local grocery or convenience store.
  26. Take a drive - a looong drive - to somewhere you have always meant to go. The air conditioning will make it worth your while.
  27. Make homemade ice cream.
  28. Put a frozen cabbage leaf under your cap.
  29. Drink coffee. Your body will respond by cooling itself.
  30. Make Kool-Aid Popsicles.
  31. Play catch with water balloons.
  32. Dress in breathable, cotton fabrics.
  33. Chase down the ice cream man.
  34. Dip your hat or socks in water before heading out. The water will evaporate in no time but will leave you feeling cooler.
  35. Embrace an indoor hobby, like scrapbooking or quilting.
  36. Find the coolest beauty saloons in town. Make an appointment. Ask for the works. Be every picky.
  37. Hangout in the basement.
  38. Sleep on the roof.
  39. Make lemonade.
  40. Carve a watermelon.
  41. Watch a documentary about polar bears or penguins.
  42. Soak in your tub-cool water,please- with a melon facial and cool aromatic suds or salts.
  43. Browse a bookstore.
  44. Freeze grapes and eat 'em.
  45. Pull your hair up off your neck.
  46. Go for a pixie cut.
  47. One word : Frappuccino.
  48. Two words : Italian ice.
  49. Three words : Shaken, not stirred.
  50. Four words : Banana Cream Pie Blizzard.
  51. Five words : Chocolate Sundae from Baskin-Robbins.
  52. Go to a library.
  53. Buy a grass skirt at a party store.
  54. Organize your flip-flop collection.
  55. Paint your toenails.
  56. Grab a handful of ice-cubes and put them on a hot sidewalk. Take bets on which one will melt first.
  57. Add fresh lemon or lime wedges to every cold drink.
  58. Shop for new sandals. They're on sale now.
  59. You know that big air vent at Wal-Mart? Stand under it.
  60. Deep clean your fridge or freezer.
  61. Find shade.
  62. Fill a spritzer bottle with water and some colorful plastic ice cubes. Mist yourself whenever you need a little relief. (The colors will help brighten your mood, too)
  63. Try water skiing.
  64. Rent a cool movie like "Ice age " or "Dr.Zhivago".
  65. Throw ice down the back of your shirt (or someone else's!)
  66. Nap under a fan.
  67. Change your AC filter.
  68. Wear a hat.
  69. Get yourself one of those handheld battery-powered fans.
  70. Pack up and head to Colorado.
  71. Avoid housework.(If this kind of heat isn't excuse , what it?)
  72. Put Desitin on your nose and pretend you're a lifeguard.
  73. Play splash tag.(Players run from "It" who tries to tag them by throwing a wet sponge. Once tagged,that person becomes the new "It".)
  74. Shave your head.
  75. Check out travel brochures for a cruise to Iceland.
  76. Be glad your not working on a road crew.
  77. If you're working on a road-crew, be glad you're not in the desert.
  78. Rent a convertible.
  79. Hot enough to fry an egg? Try it on the sidewalk in front of your neighbor's house!!
  80. Turn urself in; cool your heels in jail.
  81. Sing, with feeling,"In the Cool,Cool,Cool of the evening.
  82. Dream of cooler days.

(Hey,give the frown a rest.This is not my stuff...copied it from somewhere!! So,chill off..!!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Power Cuts : A survival guide

"Anybody who has spent a summer in Kuwait, knows to expect sporadic and unanticipated power outages. They usually come during the hottest part of the day and at most inconvenient times. It is usually too hot to go outdoors and you are usually too tired to go to a mall. I have a few solutions to keep cool and entertained during these excruciating periods.
Firstly, always keep your mobiles and laptops fully charged. They will provide you with a few hours of entertainment. You can use your mobile to complain to your friends and family about how you have no electricity and how bored you are.You can watch a movie on your fully charged laptop until the power finally comes back
Ofcourse the onlty thing worse than the boredom is the heat. The house or apartment gradually heats up until the inside of the your room is hotter than outside. I have simple solution to this problem;simply lay stomach side down on your hardwood floors. The buildings in Kuwait are mostly made of concrete and they retain the cold for much longer. Laying completely still on the floor will keep you cool and calm you down.
If sticking your face on a dusty floor is not your cup of tea, you can stay cool by sticking your head in the fridge or freezer for half an hour. Doing an inventory of your refrigerator during a power outage is great, you can soak up the last bit of cold air as you throw out anything that has past its use-by date.
If the power cut persists for more than a few hours, you can stay cool by filling your bath tub with room temperature water and dropping in some ice cubes.Then you can 'swim' in the tub until the AC starts up again.
But I guess we should not complain too much; afew months ago we were wishing for some heat to warm us during the cold,dry Kuwait winter nights. Now that we have it, we should take advantage."

(This article was written by Sawsan K of the Kuwait Times.I liked it and wished to share it with those who haven't read it.)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Death follows a history?

The newspapers have been filled with Jackson's life history,his songs,his wives etc..
While reading all that,it struck me odd that everytime a famous person dies,the deceased's history will appear in newspapers , ranging from the time the person peed in a wastepaper basket to the time when he got involved in a hit and run crime and landed in the prison.
When he was alive,we didn't get to know some facts,but as soon as his soul departed to the other world,people brought out more about his life.
When HH Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah passed away(May his soul rest in peace),the newspapers were filled with his childhood photos to the photos taken when he was crowned the king.When people are alive,we criticise their songs or acting skills,but when they have gone we mourn,we bring out their good qualities,love their songs etc.Couldn't we have done this when the person had been alive,shown the person that his work is appreciated.Let's not wait for the person to die and then enjoy their songs.

In the July 3,Friday Times,it was reported that a Jackson lookalike was assaulted by three unindentified men,when he was copying some of Jackson's dance moves and playing his songs in a mall.The assaulters left the scene saying,"We got rid of the real Jackson and we don't want him back again."