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Wakeup call for Indian Govt

February 21, 2011 2 comments

I recently read an article that the Indian Govt likes to add more feathers in its cap by buying few more F-16s from the United States. There is no doubt that US is trying to exhibit its super power skills thereby making business in such multi billion $ deals. As India is scaling heights in different areas of technology, when it comes to defense and aerospace, US and Europe claim that we are still 2 to 3 decades behind them. Apparently India is still using the stealth aircrafts and technology what we had acquired from Russia and some more which is planned to acquire from US (for its MMRCA program).

We should not be surprised to hear that we have been using the same stealth technology for nearly two decades and have not come with our own aircraft, worst come not even a commercial aircraft; from the domain knowledge what we gained from Russia. [India had made an 9 seater aircraft and is used for Governmental purpose]

Presently all the key OEMs like Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin etc are now eying on China for it to come out with their 100 seater aircrafts which will be ready to fly in the skies soon.

What are we doing?

Are we going to sit and awe at Chinese airplanes?

Or the Govt takes weird measures to deploy those airplanes in India and applaud seeing “Made in China” embossed on it.

I felt so infuriated to read that India did show a promise to start a project called SARAS but was soon dropped citing technical problems. This happened in 2008. It has been more than 2 years and now NAL (National Aerospace Laboratories) has given an open statement that India will start making its own civil aircrafts which will be a 90-100 seater with a 2500 km flying range during an interview at the Aero India (South Asia’s largest air show ) held in Bangalore,. It also said that the Govt is looking for public and potential private investment (of course from airliners) to this project. There is something more funny when I read “The domain experts are in short supply” for this program.

Should these questions arise after we have worked for more than 20 years in aerospace domain?

What is the expertise we got after working in the field for so long? 

I paid a visit to the Air Show this year; the acclaimed part was that India did show cased most of its “Purchased” fighter planes.

It is high time that India should take a wakeup call to commence its design and get clearance to move into production for the 90 seater segment for which there is tremendous growth. By the time when it comes out, we will be anyway lagging behind our Chinese counterparts by a decade!!

If this is the case for a commercial aircraft, think about when are we venturing into home grown fighter jets??

I would like to recollect the old poem here but for our Indian Govt to read 

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep”

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How much information is there in the world?

February 17, 2011 1 comment

I was meddling my mind in appending RSS feeds to my blog, obviously the hunt for the best feeder took quick some time. There are surplus websites on the www but everyone forces me to create new login id and a “moron” password…hereto have my own difficultly to add them to my memory. I wanted to get updates from a single feeder taking my gmail account credentials similar to Facebook; provide me all information in a single place, right from news, blog updates from celebrities, friends etc  Amidst all, I  found Google reader to be the best…Now I could read the updates what Chetan Bhagat gives to his readers, quick newses befalling  India and world etc. Still more exploration needed to use the feeder effectively…may be will post some stupendous thing that inspires me J

Or may readers can suggest something better than Google??…ofcourse you will rewarded 🙂

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A friendly pongal celebration.…

February 1, 2011 1 comment

At the outset of 2011, I wanted to start not with a big bang though, but with a Pongal celebration in a more traditional and authentic way. Thanks to my friend, colleague and well wisher-Sivaguru for making it happen.

 Siva’s provenance is Nattrampalli aka NTP. Needless to say NTP is a modern village with all amenities required for a living. I always had an overwhelming time in my every visit to NTP. It has been enchanting, adventurous as I exuberate with his friends who always welcome with smile…

 For the reader who doesn’t know the importance of Pongal here goes some intro…

 Traditionalistic name of Pongal is called “Thai Pongal”. The underlying religious element is that it is a harvest festival celebrated in TamilNadu, the state from which I originated. The literal meaning of Pongal is to “boil over” but metaphorically means prosperity and is observed as a 4 day fest…

 The first day is called “Bhogi” where people discard any old items and focus on new things.

 The second day is called Thai Pongal-It is so called since it is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan 14 or 15). But all I knew was that on this particular day everyone will prepare the sweet rice called as Pongal. Its ingredients include brown sugar, ghee, cashew nuts and raisins. I witnessed a different pongal this time at NTP which I will disclose at a later stage…

 Third day being “Maatu Pongal”. On this day cattle are felicitated. It is indeed to honor the work done by the cattle throughout the year.

 The final and last day is “Kaanum Pongal”. It is synonymous to thanks giving celebrated in Americas but ofcourse no one prepares anything similar to a Turkey but a family get together may be common in few places to share gifts. It is not widely celebrated in cities though, but a family outing is something common…

Coming back to our topic on my celebration at NTP….on the Bogi day, we reached NTP in the late evening so there wasn’t much activities except that ladies were showing heavy interest to draw rangoli in different colors laid in the front yard of the houses with a caption added “Wish you a Happy Pongal”. The next day being “Thai Pongal” started slowly and I could see people carrying the sugarcanes and mud pots to their farm lands…Siva took me to their grand parent’s home, a hut, where they lived. I heard from him that every year they do the Pooja at this place with few of their closest relatives. Amidst the modern age, there are certain religious practices which will be enrooted in rural areas; I found the prayers offered to GOD haven’t changed for years.  Siva’s family doesn’t prepare the sweet pongal instead they made white rice in a big mud pot. The rice is prepared with the newly harvested grains from that season with little milk added to make the rice boil. Once the prayers were offered to GOD, the food was served on plantain leaves. Followed by the lunch I had to relish myself eating the sugarcane. I carried the white sugarcane along with his brother for the Pooja thinking that will be the one meant to eat. I had a doubt running in my mind?? What for did I brought the white sugarcane then?? The doubt about the difference in 2 varieties of sugarcane was clarified later with a short chat. The white sugarcane would be hard to eat and is meant only to educe sugar from it. The other one is the black sugarcane and is edible.

Our day ended with a long drive in Siva’s Nano car from NTP to Vaniyambadi for watching a movie at a cinema theatre accompanied by his friends. Compared to the movie I liked the theater which was a new one and had the ambience of a VOLVO bus. The movie tickets price has increased heavily and equivalent to the one I used to spend in Bangalore. Anyway there are always movie crazier that will be ready to afford whatever may be the ticket price and NTP is no exception….

The next day was to show the honor to cattle by peasants.  The cattle working throughout the year being exploited by its landlords will get one day rest. Siva took me to his farmhouse where they have few acres of cultivation land. Anyone would appraise the silence prevailing around their paddy field. For me it was a modest escapism from traffic and pollution as I see everyday in Bangalore….

The cow and the goat were given bath and readied for celebration. Its horns were ornate. The cow-keeper cum care taker of the farm did the arrangements for the Pooja who stayed with his family in the farmhouse itself. aarthi (camphor light) was shown to the cow and the rice presented to god was fed to the cattle by the cow-keeper. Lunch was served using the same rice grains harvested which I had on the previous day at his grandparent’s home. A simple dal and curd was really refreshing and served a complete meal.

In my 2 days of stay at NTP, I saw the celebration carried over so silently and at a slow pace….it was ofcourse a different experience than my usual celebration at my native and will rejoice these memories forever….