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Sep 17, 2011   //   by Pabitra // Featured , Lifestyle , Local Issues , Resources // 3 Comments

This article is republished from Voice of Afghanistan with permission from author. I am happy to introduce Tahera Nassarat as a guest author to my readers. Thank you so much Tahera.

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Since U.S.-backed Afghan forces ousted the strict Islamist Taliban in 2001, Afghans have revived the tradition of holding big weddings, costing thousands of dollars, in a country where the average annual income is less than $400.Afghan weddings are celebrated by hundreds of guests in luxurious wedding halls with the groom and his family expected to foot the bill and agree to every request of the bride and her family. Read more >>

Terracotta Cups of India losing to plastic cups

In India, tea is one great sip of refreshment at home or when on move. If you visit any Indian city, suburb or even village the second shanty shop by the road is a tea stall that caters to thirsty passers-by serving steaming cups of tea. In a railway journey, on each station where the train halts, your window will be adorned by the eager face of a tea vendor at any time of the day. For such a populous country and such tea fetish, tea is big business in India. Read more >>

The Science of Conscience

Since our childhood we grow with various consciences! We have memories of success and failure, and we live and grow with them. We explore things, love and hate them, as per our consciousness.

We become conscious about the happening around with all sorts of awareness and our ability to cope and live with.  Up to a certain extent we understand the science and it sounds like an endless journey to know the fullest of it.

I am talking about the science behind our conscience, where we try to do things as per our need and moderate them as per our deed. We sometimes interpret science in our own way and oppose it as well. We talk pro about big hydro-power projects in mountains when we need a contract and about its fatal consequences when we need a social project. And in this way we encourage others to do the same way as we feel about the consequences of development. Read more >>

Doubling Time: Interest and Population Growth

This post is republished from J.C. Moore Online with permission from the author. I am happy to introduce to my readers Dr. J.C. Moore as a Guest Author for Pabitraspeaks. Thank you so much Jesse.

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It is easy to calculate the approximate doubling time for compound interest, credit card debt, or population growth. A simple rule of thumb to get doubling time is to divide the growth rate into 70. For example, an investment at 7% compound interest would double in 70/7 = 10 years. After 10 years, a $100 investment would double to $200, in another 10 years it would double again to $400, and in 10 more years to $800. Not bad. This will also work for credit card debt. If your interest rate is 20% and you only make the minimum payment, your debt will double after 70/20 = 3½ years. You might think again about buying an expensive item on your credit card if you realize that a $1000 purchase, unless paid off, will cost you $2000 after 3 ½ years and $4000 after 7 seven years. Everyone with a credit card should know this simple rule of thumb. Read more >>

Loktak – A threatened ecology at gunpoint

Loktak Lake is God’s own country. Measuring around 287 sq. Km, it is the largest freshwater lake in the North Eastern India, situated in the Manipur state. Loktak means end of stream ( Lok = stream, Tak = end), which it literally is since it is where all local rivulets end. On the south-eastern shores of the lake is situated Keibul Lamjao National Park that houses the 100 odd last Sangai -s (Manipur brow-antlered deer – Rucervus eldi eldi ) an endangered species. Read more >>

From Africa With Love

He rushed through the crowd clutching the cellophane jacketed single cut rose. The bill at the florist burnt a little hole in his pocket, Gosh, a flower costs so damn high, he thought, his mind oscillating between his purse and the face of the lady friend, he was going to meet. They have been working for a year now and it was a pleasant surprise when he received this small note stuck on his work-station. Read more >>

The Question We Do Not Prefer To Ask

Sep 10, 2011   //   by Pabitra // Environment , Featured , Global Issues , Water // 2 Comments

What is the minimum amount of water for personal use? Before I come on to the aspect of looking for the answer, let me explain why I ask the question. I ask the question because it is the single most relevant and necessary question in a water stressed world. Unless we have an answer for it, the questions below (all of them are very popular) do not make any sense. I mean, there is no point asking these questions because we can do nothing with the answers.

  • What is sanitation?
  • What is personal hygiene and what is the function of water in it?
  • How can I contribute to help the water stressed world? Read more >>

Why Solar Is Not Going To be The Future of Sustainability

This is in response to Line Leonhard’s proposal for giant solar energy generation plants in Saharan Africa somewhat in line with DESERTEC proposal, my doubts and extended clarification of both Line’s and my position on the issue. I promised her a full blog post on the issue, our differences and a possible convergence of ideas.

First off, I need to appreciate Line’s free thinking and audacity of hope. In my book she scores a perfect 10 for thinking outrageously originally. I am not here for mere reporting, and it’s a privilege to see human mind work creatively and ideas emerge like crystals. My objections and disagreement with Line’s ideas are based on views and not on spirit. In fact I liked her post very much and recommend it to everyone ( Invest in Sahara – Why Don’t Ya ?). Read more >>

New Landfill That Can Kill Us

Much of the water crisis that we normally talk about and argue on is centered around freshwater or the blue water and most aspects of global threats about water are linked with irrigation, food production, ground water abstraction, water intensive production of consumer durables, urban demands, health and diseases, lack of drinking water and water for sanitation and all these are further worsened by two elephants in the room (as my fellow blogger Kevin Rennie puts it) – population and poverty. Read more >>

Not so clear Nuclear India

Presently, only 3% of India’s energy needs are met from nuclear sources. India plans to produce 20,000 MWe from the nuclear sector by 2020, increasing from the very low level of 3,700 MWe at present. In a Government released document it is stated that ‘Increased share of nuclear power in the Indian energy mix will diminish the reliance on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions from India.’ The same document also promotes nuclear energy as a safe and affordable source of energy. Indian polity and planners are challenged with a high demand of energy usual for a developing nation and the current global awareness of Climate Change dictates all future forms of energy to be ‘clean’ so this high demand is further challenged to be met up with non-polluting fuel having zero carbon footprints. In this juncture, the union democracy of India does not seem to share the enthusiasm expressed in the document. The nuclear energy roadmap in India is mired with apprehensions and misgivings. The recent development of Fukushima reactors fuels such confusion and lack of trust on nuclear safety as well. Read more >>

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