Saturday, 16 July 2011

Try ‘Spellathon’ in carpool

Bhaumik Mehta residing in the western part of India, travels 70 km to go to office everyday. It takes one and a quarter hour. The same is the situation while he returns to home. He used to drive alone his Maruti Swift, when he changed his job for better growth perspective. It continued for a month or so. Then, he adopted the concept of carpool. Through various information networks, he was able to find 3 like-minded executives. Then, a new journey started. Now, he is no more alone.

Bhaumik got three corporate friends: Jayesh, Sinchan and Dileep. Jayesh had Hyudai i20, Sinchan had Tata Indica, while Dileep had Ford Figo. They decided to have in alphabetic order. So first week Bhaumik, then next week Dileep, So on. So now, each of them drives his car for a week in the month. Initially for two weeks, they were not to clear what to do while travelling, as three persons got free time now. Then, Dileep suggested the idea to do activities to make travel interesting. They started with ‘Spellathon’.

First person contributes a spelling with a pronunciation and a meaning. Next person contributes a spelling which is starting from the last letter of first spelling. Then, the same is continued. For better quality of words and enhancement of vocabulary, a spelling must consist of at least 4 characters. The limit can go up based on level of expertise of the group.

Bhaumik says “now I am empowered with vocabulary thanks to Dileep, Spellathon and Carpool. I had never imagined that we can do such fruitful activities with fun while travelling. Earlier I used to take travelling as a routine task. Now, it’s secondary. ”

What’s your opinion about such activities while travelling? Which one you prefer most? Write to us at, if we like we will include with your names.

Happy Journey !!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Road transport : the leader in emission

A research on emissions by transport sector in India had been conducted by T V Ramachandra and Swetmala. Transport sector had emitted 258.1 Terragram of Carbon Dioxide in 2003-04. One Terragram = 1000,000,000 Kg = 1000,000 MT. Hence, the amount of CO2 emitted in a single year by transport sector in 2003-04 was 258,100,000,000 Kg.  The road mode was the major contributor of this emission accounting for 94.5%. While Aviation, Railways and Shipping had emitted 5.5% of CO2 put together.

CO2 Emission in India
Mode of transportation
Tg of CO2
Road transport
Aviation transport

If we look at statewise emission data, then Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka had contributed almost half of India’s emission. 

Top 6 States emitting CO2 in India
Tg of CO2
Uttar Pradesh

There could be multiple conclusions and interpretation of these data. But one conclusion is very clear that we must need to pay attention to road sector on how the emission can be reduced. The key to pollution lies there. Let’s do deliberation and put into action before it becomes too late.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

First, first aid kit.....

If you are planning a long drive or a small trip, a first aid kit is an essential item to be kept in your car.  First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. You never know when you require it. It’s always better to have it.

Preferred items of first aid kit:
  • Adhesive bandages (i.e. Band aid, Elastoplast, Hansaplast)
  • Stretch bandage
  • Cotton
  • Antiseptic liquid (i.e. Dettol, Savlon)
  • Antiseptic cream (i.e. Boro Plus, Dettol, Himalaya)
  • Antibiotic powder
  • Burn ointment
  • Scissors, Razor blade or knife
  • Soap
  • Emergency phone numbers
Do remember to carry along with you and also add relevant items as per your need.
Happy journey !!