June 10, 2014

Chasing the Cyclone

Chasing the cyclone, yes we were just behind the cyclone that hit Odisha and Andra pradesh. We drove from Bhubaneshwar to Gopalpur, Odisha and from Gopalpur to Srikakulam district of North coastal Andhra Pradesh and back to Bhubaneshwar. We were a team of 5 (Aditya, Viren, Saurabh, Sreeja and myself), of which Aditya and Saurabh where localities from Odisha. It was few days after Cyclone Phailin had hit Odisha and AP. We a team of travel enthusiasts, decided to check out the damage and the rehabilitation work.

We started as early as 2am from Bhubaneshwar and drove to Ganjam, then to Brahmapur and Gopalpur on AH45/NH5. As we drove this route we had a wonderful view of the Chilika Lake and sunrise on the lake. The lake was flooded and we could see damaged electrical poles, houses, petrol pumps all our way through. We took a small break in between for chai and continued our journey until we reached Chatrapur. There we spoke to people and saw the huge damage caused by the super cyclone Phailin. We reached Gopalpur around 10 am after driving nearly 180kms. MayFair resort was our breakfast place. We got to drive ATV vehicles there. We started off again on our road trip approximately at around 12 noon. We reached Chikiti and Ichapuram at around 3pm in the evening. There again we saw the big damage of the cyclone. We spoke to the locals and continued our road trip to Srikakulam AP. It had become dark the time we reached Srikakulam. We decided to get back to Bhubaneswar. After a whole days driving all of us were very tired.

Aditya suggested Taptapani... and OMG..it was a surprise for me. We again drove into the rolling green hills, jungles washed by rains and clouds tucked within the distant hills – there is Taptapani located amidst the forests of Ganjam District of Orissa. Taptapani is mainly known for its natural hot sulphur springs whose water is considered to have medicinal properties.

I had a nice warm leg spa, and it was amazing... We were fresh as we were in the morning. The guys did go for a skinny dip on the other side. Since I didn't have clothes to change I could only do a leg spa.

We started back to Bhubaneshwar and realised that we were lost in the jungles. The google maps weren't working. There was no network on our mobiles. We could see no humans. For many many kilometers it was only jungles with no lighting. The only source of lights was our car head lights.

We panicked and thought we were lost. We hadn't had lunch nor dinner. We started imagining that there would be an maoist attack on us or some wild animal would eat us up. To add to our fear we saw bones of bulls and cows etc.

We saw some distant lights after 2 hours of aimless driving. We anyways didn't get down from our car. We lowered our car windows and asked them the route to the nearest Highway. We breathed a sigh of relief only when we hit the highway. We reached Bhubaneshwar back to our guest houses at around 4 am in the morning. So this was a continuous 24 hour drive, and getting lost in the jungle was the best part of it.

An unforgettable journey of the life time...

Pictures of the trip here

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March 26, 2014

Most inspiring scientist of the country 2014

A moment to cherish...

The award ceremony pics are here

Together, we can change the world, one smelly person at a time

It was a really hot day at the office. There were about twenty people in close quarters and everyone was sweating, even with a fan on. All of a sudden, people started to wrinkle their noses at an odor passing through the air. It was the most hideous smell anyone had ever smelt. One man said, "Uh oh, someone's deodorant isn't working."
Santa from the distant corner replied, "It can't be me. I'm not wearing any."

On a serious not an unwashed body will certainly stink. But sometimes body odor is still prevalent even after a wash or even a steaming shower. The worst part of body odor is that one who emits it doesn't realize it, others certainly will. "When we are exposed to a new odor, we notice it right away," If we stink, we may not realize it as we get used to our body odor

Body odor can bring our self confidence down; it can spoil our love life. It can take a toll on our relationships. It may even develop hatred! It can be a head ache for everyone if not attended!

Body odor What? How? and Why?

Smelly people – No one can tolerate people who emit body odors.

We all know these people. They have hair in their armpits and they are sweaty. Their teeth are yellow. They don’t spend much time in their bath rooms. Their water and soap consumption is low. This person may be a coworker, a friend, or a family member. We feel pukish if stand close to them or talk to them. We would always want to tell them please shower everyday, brush your teeth twice and deodorize your pits, etc on a daily basis! Sometimes we hesitate to tell them, as it might hurt them.

There are some people when they remove their shoes, a pungent smell fills the room. They have stinking sweaty feet. When they don’t change their socks everyday they stink even more. They are everywhere too

There are people who think a deodorant can replace all the dirty smell of their body. They generally they do not shower and overload themselves with 108 pumps of musky perfume on the neck and wrists. We all understand that these people want to smell good, but over doing gives people around a headache.

So what causes body odor??

1. Gum disease
Periodontitis is a gum disease that develops from plaque that has built up, allowing bacteria to thrive and flourish. "The bacteria responsible for Periodontis causes bad breath," Visiting a dentist and later good oral hygiene would help this condition

2. Low-carb diets
A sour-fruit-tinged mouth odor can be a characteristic side-effect of very low-carbohydrate eating trend. Smelly ketones, a byproduct of this process, are expelled by the body in breath and urine. Eating a balanced diet that contain carbohydrates including fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and whole grains would make this condition better

3. Prescription meds
Some drugs might make you smell for eg., anti-depressants can increase how much you sweat. The more you sweat, the greater the chances that odor-causing bacteria will flourish.
Also, the molecular structure of a drug may play a role, If the compound contains lots of nitrogen and sulfur, it may taint your body odor. For example, penicillin-type drugs may cause your urine to smell.
4. Tongue plaque
It's no secret that brushing and flossing can keep teeth clean. But what most people don't realize is that the back of the tongue is a surface for harboring plaque. "When plaque gets thick enough, smelly volatile sulfur compounds are released." Brushing, flossing and especially using a tongue scraper can help keep it at bay, and drinking enough of water to help flush bacteria away.

5. Eating less greens
Chlorophyll is what makes plants bright green. Chlotophyll is also an internal body deodorant

6. Eating too much meat
People who eat plant-based vegan diets often notice that people who eat meat have a more repugnant body odor
7. Alcohol
Although a little wine or a beer doesn't appear to produce bad body odors, some people experience noxious morning-after breath or sweat after a lot of alcohol the night before.

8. Kidney disease, liver malfunctions and other health conditions
The two main de-toxifying organs in the body are the liver and the kidneys. When their functioning is impaired, so is their ability to remove toxins. This can lead to a build-up of volatile compounds that is thought produce an unpleasant body odor.

9. Garlic and onions
Garlic and onions can make breath smell bad. The odor produced by the sulfur-containing compounds in these foods, especially when eaten raw, is so strong that the smell is believed by many to permeate deeper to produce an all-encompassing garlic- or onion-infused body odor.
Well the above cases people are exceptions may be excused for a while….

How to handle a smelly person

How to tell a smelly person that he has body odor?
Let us assume it’s a smelly guy

Such conversations should always be one to one conversation.
Don't tell him, in advance or give hints. Fix up a time to meet this person in private. Tell him it’s about something which is not too important, but it is urgent.

When he arrives tell him that you want to talk about something personal and sensitive. Ask him is he will be fine with that.

Tell him “whenever I get close to you, I sense (never say smell) a certain distinct odor, (not smell)".
"It is not a perfume. It is some kind of body odor.It would be good if you kindly find a remedy to this situation?""

Then stop talking and wait for him to respond.

He will reply, "I know, I want to get rid of it" or he will be annoyed and say, "I don’t have any body odor, even if I have, who are you to tell me what to do?"
If the person refuses to agree with the body odor you can convince that person saying, "I know it is none of my business. But the fact is that, whenever I get this close to you I can sense, a certain distinct odor, and therefore, I believe that others must notice it too, Therefore, I wanted to mention it to you".
"May be you need to see your doctor and get some help and advice? What do you think you can do to fix this?"

Never make reference to other peoples complaints.

It’s time, for us with reasonable good hygiene, take a stand against the forces of pungent smelly evil and demand a hygienic reformation! If you smell like a combination of rotten vegetables, baby poop, or spoilt eggs please take a shower and if the odour still persists, take a hot water shower. If the stench still persist please see your doctor!

Naturally we can smell better if...

You can save the earth without offending those people around you when you go all natural.

Things needed:

• shower and more shower, warm shower, Racold shower
• Natural soaps ( plant based)
• Well balanced food
• Clean water
• Wheat grass, Red radish juice, lime, tomato juice
• Towels, Cotton socks
• Tooth brush
• Tea tree oil, Citrus, mint, lavender, or vanilla oils

Daily shower using natural-plant based soaps and not chemical soaps.

Eat natural or organic foods with lots of fiber, grains, and green leafy vegetables. Drink enough of clean water. 500 ml of wheat grass juice would reduce body odor. Meats can be avoided as, consumption of meat causes body odor

Applying red radish juice to your feet and under your arms would make you smell fresh.

Shave and keep the underarms clean. Rub lime on your underarms to rinse them.

If you have a Jacuzzi at home, soak in the bath with two or three ml of tomato juice for about 15 minutes. Follow with a natural deodorant of two drops of tea tree oil.

Dry your feet thoroughly and wear natural fabrics to let your skin breathe. Cotton socks is best in controlling sweat and odor.

Brush your teeth and tongue regularly. Drops of peppermint oil, kill bacteria and will freshen your breath naturally.
Wear only scented natural oils from citrus mint, lavender, or vanilla to calm any anxieties you have about suspicious odors. Make sure you’re not allergic to them.

Together, we can change the world, one smelly person at a time...Let us make this world a better, body odor free place

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March 07, 2014

Our Arranged Love Story....

Edward and I, we met for the first time at the Besant Nagar Church. We had just started talking to each other two days before. Our first conversation was really funny. No one would believe, we spoke for 2 hours. Mom had given me his number in the morning. She said Edward would call; I have to be polite, calm and composed. Well that’s not the real me! Anyways, I agreed to her and told to myself “I have keep the conversation sweet and short”

My parents have been hunting for a boy to get me married. Every time, I found good reasons to reject them. I was enjoying my single-dom and the freedom associated with it. This time it was Edward. Mom and Dad had already met Edward and his elder brother a week before. I was just going to talk to Edward, and find one good reason to reject him.

It was 21 November 2013, a Thursday, Edward called me around 1.30pm. I don’t exactly remember what we spoke, but both of us were talking and laughing for a long time. I realized that we had spoken for more than 2 hours only when I disconnected the call.
Since that day we never ceased talking. We met for the very first time at Besant Nagar Church on 24 November 2013, a Sunday evening. I had asked him to keep the meeting hushed up from my parents and his elders. It was a weird meeting, I would say! I didn’t like him much in the first meeting. We sat at the sea shore and spoke for sometime. We had a pizza for dinner and bid good bye for the day. I don’t understand why but, we continued talking on the phone. We decided to meet again and we did. We went on a long drive. This time it was different, I was kinda attracted to him. Then we met for the third time, then fourth and fifth…
We discovered that we love the same kind of music, we dislike curd rice, we both love and enjoy travelling, we both have similar taste of colors on cloths. Like a fairy tale we got engaged on 23 January 2014 and married on 19 February 2014.

With Edward, I am the crazy myself. This Sophie, the world doesn’t know, my parents don’t know. Ours is a typical South Indian Arranged Marriage. When we announced it to our friends, no one would believe, because we had a lot of fun at our Engagement and Wedding.

I was a rational person, a scientist, a busy nerd, who doesn’t have time for family or friends, who didn’t cook, never did any house- hold chores, always pampered, taken care off etc. I have changed into a person who is a best friend, travel mate and wife for my husband. Now, I find happiness in doing my job at work as well as taking care of my household, cooking, cleaning, etc.

Dear Honey Bun,

Love…..for me, is craziness, is passion, to sit alone and keep thinking about you and smile for no reason. Love is my ignorance that would never end. Love is to check my mobile phone in-numerous times a day expecting your texts, reading your old texts
Love is to gaze at hoardings that have your name! My love is to watch you sleep. My love is to wear your shirt and look into the mirror.
My love is sipping hot coffee on a rainy day with you, hugging you close watching your face look at me with love all night. My love is enjoying a long drive with you. Spending time listening to our favorite music tracks. Chatting with you my back leaning on yours under the starry night sky...
My love is to dream about our kids. My love is to blush imagining you changing nappies. My love is disagreeing falsely to many things that you say. My love is to pick up little fights, see your face change and to later make up for it
My love is to trust you without questioning, to accept you without change, to need you without demanding, to get without asking, understanding without talking.
Love is to think of what you would probably be thinking at that moment. Love is to write a love note for you and hide it in your bag, to make a silly card for you, to rant for hours about the day’s happenings and all that happens under the sun.
My love is a tingle, I can’t explain. I know, I am in love. Whenever I imagine you look into my eyes, I feel love. That is why I keep gazing at your face for hours
Well...well...love is much more than this to me... I won't be able to explain all that I feel...the stars and sun are not my concern, but you are!
Love is 'You'...Love is 'I'...My love is to desire you...and to feel desired

With love

Looking back, I never imagined that life would offer me so much craziness, fun and love… I went further and got closer

Watch Sumeet and Chetna get away from it all and closer to each other

Well, here is our love story

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March 06, 2014

Talk to the birds; talk to the trees

Talk to the birds; talk to the trees
Talk to the sky; I want to talk to them please
Ask them questions: wait for answers
While I quaintly watch the grass blades dances'

Talk to the butterflies; talk to the bees
Ask them what colors they like the most
Reds or yellows? Blues or greens?
Bumchica mauve bumble beans!

Rainy days or the sunny days
Or was it last winter or autumn
I was just waiting for spring
When all the flowers blossom

I wish to ask to flowers
“Who blessed you with colors?” So vivid and true!
“Who gave you the fragrance?” I have no clue
And to the sky, who gave you the blue?

Radiance of the early morning sunbeams
Holy dew upon grass,
Inside every shining dew -a rainbow
A thousand rainbows shimmers: like Venetian glass

Early in the day break when life starts commotion
I am amazed at the mysteries
So, I want to talk to the birds; talk to the trees
Talk to the sky; I want to talk to them please

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