Archive for: June 2013

Women never say “sorry”. Oh! Read a Top 5

Men and women still have a string of complaints about each other till today, a new survey has revealed. The survey was conducted on 2,000 people by laundry firm Dr Beckmann.

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“Our research shows the veneer of metrosexuality and ‘new man’ is wearing very thin and that men are as annoying as ever,” a major newspaper quoted Susan Fermor, a spokesman for the firm, as saying.

“Women are no angels either. We may be in the 21st century but we still annoy the opposite sex in exactly the same way we have been doing for millennia,” she said.

The top most habit that men find annoying is women saying “I’m fine” when they’re clearly not.

Another reason is that women talk too much.

The third most annoying habit of women is that they constantly ask what men are thinking.

Another reason is that women win arguments by crying, which according to Sweet, have two sides to this.

The last among the top five list is that women never say “sorry” even when they are wrong.

Read more via Revealed: What men and women hate about each other.

Do you’ve ideas? You’ve power too…

Your ideas can make a difference to the world around you. Don’t give them up. Keep trying.

Harsha and her friends sat chatting about the invention of anti-rape lingerie by college students in Chennai. The news was trending on Twitter. The international media raved over it. “Wonder where they got the idea from?” Harsha commented. “We will never hear the end of it,” grumbled Prachi. “My parents have already started: why can’t you be inventive and all that.”

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The anti-rape lingerie came about as some people’s response to life around them. In the aftermath of the Delhi gang rape, it became increasingly clear that the threat of sexual violence was not the stuff of movies. It was very real. Everyone was outraged. But it took a few students to come up with a likely solution. Whether the product will be effective or commercially viable is not the moot point here. That some students took the initiative to look for a solution, and applied their knowledge and skills to come up with one is significant.

It is significant because it is a rare instance of Indian students applying knowledge in a real world scenario. Knowledge is life-oriented. It is only for the convenience of study that we have chunked it into subjects. Unfortunately, though, this has fragmented our vision and most of us stop with acquiring knowledge and do not go on to apply it.

Read more via The power of ideas | The Hindu.

Kerala tourism take wings with seaplane

An unparalleled view of the palm-fringed coastline, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill-stations, waterfalls and plantations, along with the romance of taking off and landing on water, await those boarding seaplanes in Kerala.

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Each passenger will get to see Kerala like never before when the amphibian aircraft moves along the key backwater destinations of Ashtamudi, Punnamada, and Bekal.

As the maiden flight of the seaplane takes off from the Ashtamudi lake in Kollam to the Punnamada lake in Alappuzha on Sunday, it will be the fruition of an ambitious venture of the State government. The project was showcased to the world at ‘Emerging Kerala Global Connect’ in Kochi last year. Among the projects presented in that meet, this is the first to materialise, overcoming several hurdles.

Billed as the first venture in the country, the seaplane services will open a new chapter in the civil aviation sector in the country and will be a turning point for the marketing of the destination and the unique tourism products as it provides the ‘last mile connectivity’.

Read more via Tourism to take wings with seaplane’s take-off | The Hindu.

Why Murthy returns to Infosys?

IT MAY be the biggest comeback in India since Indira Gandhi emerged from disgrace to be re-elected as prime minister in 1980. Infosys, the country’s technology icon, has announced that Narayana Murthy, its founder (pictured), who retired in 2011, is coming back to save it. Mr Murthy is a legendary figure in the subcontinent who created India’s best company in a flat in 1981 and in the process helped created its best industry, too.

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But since he left Infosys has struggled, with a succession of humiliating profit warnings and the pong of raw panic from its top ranks. The firm’s ascent in the 1990s and 2000s took place as India regained its poise. Its descent into farce over the last few years has mirrored India’s woes—on May 31st the country announced its worst annual GDP figures for a decade.

In hindsight, there were two clues regarding Mr Murthy’s return. At the end of 2012 the 66 year old stood down as a director of HSBC, the bank, a prestigious but time consuming role. In an interview on May 7th, a month after another gruesome set of results at Infosys, he damned his successors with faint praise and declined to rule out an intervention. By that point, presumably, behind the scenes, discussions were taking place.

Read more via Murthy returns to Infosys: A resurrection in Bangalore | The Economist.

Tiles that suit you

Tiles are the most sought-after finish for walls and floors. They have a natural, handcrafted look and are durable and easy to maintain.

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There’s a huge variety in the market, making shopping interesting but also confusing. Broadly, tiles can be classified into mosaic, ceramic, terracotta, as well as natural stones such as marble, slate, granite and more.

The kind of tile you select will depend on where in the house you plan to use it. Some tiles are rated for indoor or outdoor use only, while others can be used anywhere.

Thus, the entrance or foyer areas will need a hard, abrasion- and moisture-proof tile, while the bathroom will need moisture-proof and non-slip tiles. A tile with glossy finish can be dangerous in a wet area or staircase. On the other hand, a highly textured tile can be hard to clean even if it is non-skid.

Unglazed ceramic tiles give a rustic look but are more difficult to clean while glazed ceramic tiles are stronger and more easily cleaned. Terracotta tiles are low on price and lend an old-world charm but are porous and not suited for bathrooms.

Read more via Some tile tales | The Hindu.