Effect of climate change on the air we breathe!

Friday, August 24, 2012
Everybody keeps talking about how our activities - industrialization, deforestation, our polluting industries, factories, vehicles are leading to climate change! However, recently a study was conducted by the American scientists which has revealed the effects of climate change on the air quality in the near future.

This study states that by the end of 21st century, due to climate change there will a large number of stagnation episodes over the northern mid-latitude continents. This means that there will be lesser wind circulation and thus, lesser ventilation which will create a bigger problem of poor air quality. In simpler terms, whatever pollutants we emit into the atmosphere are dispersed in the atmosphere due to favorable conditions of the atmosphere like bright solar radiation, constant wind circulations, etc. and thus, we don't have to breathe in these pollutants. However, in the absence of these conditions, stagnant atmospheric conditions will prevail over these continents. This will not allow the pollutants to be dispersed in the atmosphere and thus, people will be exposed to high level of pollutants in the air we breathe. 

The study has stated that effects will be highest for eastern North America, Europe, and East Asia. These strong impacts can be subdued by controlling the amount of pollutants released in the environment by us. Because if we do not curtail these emissions into the environment, then with the increasing temperature (due to global warming), there will be a great increase in the ozone present at the surface level. This ozone is a great absorber of the ultraviolet rays reaching the earth. Thus, increase in its concentrations will further lead to increase in temperature and the cycle will continue!
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Marriage - Love ya Arranged?

Friday, August 10, 2012
OMG! I can't believe this post of mine won prize from Sony television for their contest about Love marriage or Arranged marriage!

Born in an extravagant (oops! punjabi) family, you grow up listening about, talking about, shopping for, gossiping about, eat-sleep-walk about only one thing - marriages. Yes, marriage is our most favourite topic for discussion on every occasion. And this year, its my turn to go crazy as my brother is getting married. So all I do every single day is get up and go shoppiiinnngggggg! :D

But as it turns out, there is a collateral damage! Every relative who meets me these days has the same weirdly big smile glued to their face when they say, "Agla number tera!" Yes, these are the exact same strange aunties who torment you in marriages by playing their "Pehchaan kaun" games and their "Itni-badi-ho gayi..last-time-dekha-to-itni-choti-si-thi" stories. So, after meeting a lot of such relatives, my mom has finally started taking this very seriously and has forced me to decide whether I will find a guy for myself or she should start searching! So nowadays, my life is revolving around the toughest question- Love marriage or Arranged marriage?!

Well my dream has been like in Bollywood films, I accidently (or purposely :P) meet my Mr. Perfect, fall in love, have a fairy-tale love story, have a small "love-marriage" in a temple and a happily ever-after. However, the problem with this "happily ever-after" is that it doesn't seem to be so happy eventually. Now, I am not saying that in arranged marriages couples don't fight but the difference is they didn't know each other before marriage so there are no expectations. Luckily for the husband, the wife cannot say, "Aap bade badal gye ho ji..pehle to mere liye diamond necklaces laate the aur ab dekho bas chota sa solitaire laae ho!" LOL :P But seriously, there are no expectations in an arranged marriage, thus it is easier to adjust with the new circumstances and person. Also, initially during the courtship period, both are trying to impress the other person, thus everything is very pretentious! Thus, when they face the real life problems, the sweet masks come off!

Also, when people fall in love, they cannot really help whether this person belongs to same religion or not, whereas in an arranged marriage, your parents choose a family in the exact same religion which makes it easier for the girl to adjust. Please don't take me wrong, I am as secular as our beloved nation but in my opinion, when the traditions and customs of both families are similar, its easier for both the families to get along. Also, it is quite obvious that you get a lot of family support when you get married according to your parent's choice. So, if you fight in a love marriage, your parents are probably gonna say, "I told you she/he is not the right one for you!" whereas in an arranged marriage, they take it upon themselves to resolve things between you!

Now, I personally have no idea about the divorce rates that people compare in both marriages, but I read in TOI, the Bombay High Court stated that the divorce rates are higher for the love marriages. This reminds of a story. Sometime ago, a couple celebrated their 100th marriage anniversary. When people asked them their secret of a successful marriage, they said, "In our times, when something was broke we used to mend it and not throw away".

So, I think I am gonna choose an arranged marriage over a love marriage so that I can have the fun of asking the guy- "Khaana bnana aata hai? chalo chal k dikhao, gaa k sunao" :P and I can also tell me wuld-be-sasumaa, "Mummyji, ye samose maine apne haatho se bnae hai!" Haha, I will probably also get the added advantage of blaming my mom k dekho kesa ladka chuna hai aapne..chii! :P

"To me, my favourite love story is not Romeo & Juliet who died together but Grandpa and Grandma who grew old together"
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The Devotion of Suspect X

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
As I have completed my Masters and am absolutely jobless these days, I got back to my reading club. I read The Devotion of Suspect x this week. It has been beautifully written by a Japanese author, Keigo Higashino. It is a mystery fiction story and I love such novels from the tiniest bit of my heart! However, unlike our regular mystery novels, the story isn't about finding the killer as the killer, the purpose of killing, and the victim have all been revealed in the first chapter of the book. And this did not require any *spoiler alert* because even I knew this before starting to read the book. I read it in my brother's blog and was pretty confused as to what will be left for the rest of the book!

It is actually a story about how a "genius" helps the killer in hiding the facts and evidences from the police and detectives. You can call him a modern Sherlock who doesn't solve mystery, he creates it! The only problem with the book is that I got pretty confused with the names. They all sounded pretty similar to me, like Yasuko and Yukawa, so I actually had to keep going back to know who was who! 

Overall it was a good read which compels you to not keep it down. As described in the Guardian, "If you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end". I would recommend reading this amazing page-turner with an awesome twist in the end. And I love it when everything changes right before the end. :D
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