Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wrong Label

Introduction

What will you do if someone labels you with something unrelated to you? And if the label is not from a single person but from the entire world itself? The above situation is face by the so called "non-vegetarians"

Non

The prefix "non" may be Latin or French origin meaning "no" or "not". So living thing is anything that has life and non-living thing is something void of life. Again it may seem a very strict example. Let us see another. In schools we have teaching staff and non-teaching staff members. So those who can't or won't teach are labeled "non-teaching".

Then Why?

So given the usage of the prefix "non", it is wrong to label meat-eaters as "non-vegetarians". Almost all of the meat-eaters have no problem in consuming the so called vegetarian foods. That is just like a Doctor teaching in a medical university is both doctor and professor. Being doctor never makes him non-professor and being professor can never make him non-doctor. Likewise the label non-vegetarian is not correct as the meat-eaters never abstain from plant foods. Our diet is not void of veggies. So we are "vegetarians"(who also eat meat).

But the converse is true. The vegetarians abstain from meat. So their diet is void of meat. So it is correct to label them "non-meat-eaters" or "meat-abstainers". Those who choose to renounce or abstain from something should carry "non" prefix and not those who choose to accept any type of food.

Political Correctness

In this world of Political Correctness will it be acceptable to call all educated people as "non-illiterate"? Then why there is discrimination against meat-eaters? It is because meat-eaters tend to be more liberal and tolerant towards food habits and people. So it is fair to ask them to carry "non" prefix than to ask the other group!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Wanted: Patriotism

I was reading newspaper sometime back. I was shocked by the news about fake currency notes printed in Pakistan and circulated in India. Why some Indians join hands with such foreign powers to destroy their own Mother Land?

Reason 1: Lack of Education

These people lack education. Not the one given in school. They are not educated by the Government and by fellow citizens about what means to be an Indian. This first and most important problem can be addressed by having more lessons about Secular values and activities to showcase patriotism.

Reason 2: Poverty

This can be fixed by fellow Indians who earn comparatively higher. I’m not calling for Socialism. But we should fight poverty and hunger. If we give them their needs and make them feel comfortable in this country, they won’t allow themselves carried away from craps like terrorism and separatism.

Reason 3: Discrimination

We should not discriminate our fellow Indians even to the smallest level. If there is one small gap, those foreign entities will first insert their dirty fingers, then their hand and then their ugly heads to divide this Nation.

Reason 4: Lack of Understanding

Even if we do all the above things, there may be some who can be exploited by these foreign powers. If they cause any harm to the nation, we should be able to talk in one voice and act in one direction. If we don’t, from that point itself the victory of enemies starts. We should understand each other and realize that we have common goals and hopes. Every Indian should be a potential spy. If some foreign power approach them with a dark agenda, then we should inform to police or Government authorities about that. We should not be carried away by empty promises of the enemies.

Some Thoughts on Agriculture

Agriculture is the worst of environmental exploitation caused by humans.

1. Agriculture kills all other species of plants, insects and animals for growing a single specie of plant in a vast area. This affects the bio-diversity.

2. Agriculture needs irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides. Irrigation leads to draught, altered river routes, soil erosion and deforestation.

3. Fertilizers and pesticides used in agriculture contaminates the waters and endanger fish life.

4. Insects killed by pesticides are eaten by birds which severely affect their reproductive ability and thus threatening many species of birds.

5. Agriculture releases more than two third of N2O (Nitrous oxide) i.e. nearly 70% of man made N2O. N2O is 200 times potent Green House Gas compared to Carbon-di-oxide and it depletes Ozone layer too. Nobel Prize winning scientist Paul J. Crutzen suggests that the agricultural N2O release may be underestimated.

6. Though the calorie output of meat:grain is 1:4. Cattles consume 4 times veggies to produce the meat supplying the same calories. But wait! Are they consuming wheat and rice? They eat agricultural wastes like hay, grass, weeds etc. Moreover, if these vegetation wastes are left to decompose they too will produce methane.

7. If the cattle are deprived of grazing land and all grazing lands converted in to agricultural lands, two problems arise. First, unlike grasslands, agricultural lands need irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides. Second is the animals will soon disappear from the face of Earth like the tigers and elephants due to food shortage and draught.

8. All the people from the vegetarian lobby relish on butter, milk, cream etc. Anyway they are going to keep cattle. If that is the case, abstaining meat will put extra pressure on the planet and resources. We have to feed cattle only for milk and also people only with grains. Still the cattle will be producing methane.

How To Buy A Guitar

Choosing A Guitar:

Yesterday I was with my friend for buying him a new guitar. Guitar is very complex instrument and there are many factors to look for while buying a new guitar. This one is for those who are beginning to learn guitar and looking for a good guitar for practice.

Info Gathering:

If you want to buy a guitar, never think that you are going to buy it on that day itself. You should spend a lot of time in searching your soul-mate. Visit 3 or 4 shops per weekend. So, you can at least visit 10 to 15 music shops in a month. See all the models and brands and ask for the price list. Write everything down in a paper. Compare the price across models and shops. At least you should have a list of 50 instruments.

Budget:

The next thing is budget. For a beginner, I suggest buying an economical model which costs around 2500 to 4000 Rupees at max. Because you will never be content with one guitar. Soon you will be buying your second instrument if you really love playing. Second reason to buy a cheaper guitar is, the instrument (whatever may be the cost) will suffer damage with use and climatic changes. Usually rough-use guitar will live for 4 to 5 years.

Model:

Beginners are not expected to buy electric guitars or f-cut guitars. The reason is, these are modified guitars to serve certain ends. For example, a beginner will be learning lead bits which sounds better in ordinary Jumbo-guitars than in f-cut guitars which are preferred for playing chords. So I suggest sticking with a jumbo model without a cut-a-way body. You are not going to play those really high pitch notes. Pick-up is not needed. But go for it if it is within budget.

Shop:

Judge the shop with following criteria. The first thing is price, shop's reputation, nearness to house (for service concerns) and the shop's contact with your music teacher or friends. For example, my friend was suggested a shop by his teacher. So it is the better option to stick with.

Shop Visit:

Budget, Model and Shop are to be decided in your home. After that, ask your music teacher or a friend familiar with guitar to accompany you to the shop. You should be deciding the brand and piece in the shop. If your budget is very low, go for Indian brands like Givson. My first guitar was a Givson. But Chinese made guitars are flooding the shops now-a-days. My current guitar is a jumbo from Infinity(Chinese). Next thing is the finishing of exterior. It may sound silly. But that is what going to save your guitar from wear and tear. The edges should be sealed and varnished (not painted) completely. It offers safety from cracks. Next, the interior. The interior should be as smooth as the exterior. Givson interiors won't be that good. This is what going to offer your guitar safety over falls and crushes. Look for the material of the tuning keys and the bridge. Go for rust free parts. After sorting out some 3 to 4 pieces with the above mentioned features, test the sound. The guitar's sound should be clean without any damping. Place your eyes exactly vertical and see if any string hits on fret-board while plucked. Take time and play all the frets in all the strings. See if the frets are fixed without any irregular slants. The sound should not be too metallic. Your hand should not be easily playing the guitar. It should be a bit hard for your left hand to play. This will improve your endurance while practice. At last, ask for free bag, 5 to 10 picks, spare-string set, strap, tuner and chords book. All or most of it should be given free. Bargain!

Post-Purchase Care:

Rest your guitar flatly on a shelf or keep it slanted against the corner of wall with a bottom support. If you can afford, buy a stand. Dust your guitar daily. Change strings every 3 to 5 months. If you are not going to play for a long time reduce the tuning two frets below. Don't stick any fancy stickers on the surface. Don't try to tune if you are not familiar with it. Never allow your family members or friends to handle the instrument unless they are guitarists. Cover the guitar in winters. Don't pick with anything except pick or fingers.