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Monday, 18 August 2014

Wind catcher, an amazing traditional indoor temperature maintenance system !

Those who have traveled middle eastern countries might have noticed such tall cylindrical structures on top of buildings especially old ones. These are actually 'wind catchers', they as the name suggests, literally 'catch' wind to direct the flow of it towards the interior of house creating a uniform airflow throughout, thus maintaining the temperature inside at a very cool level even in the hottest summer times when the temperature in the desert can go well above 50 degree Celsius. A marvelous traditional architectural innovation by the old generation that effectively worked well and is still relevant. Now-a-days you will find many firms worldwide provide similar systems based on this unique concept to make our homes 'green'.

This system is very much environment friendly.

Modern technology modified the traditional concept by adding solar powered fans to direct the flow in a much more efficient manner. There are many technical things involved about the design of such wind driven air management systems.

Well, I am not going into the technical details of this awesome innovation. Those who would like to know more please check

I googled to collect more info about wind catchers before posting this, wow...there are effective methods to remain 'cool' inside our homes during summer. In Kerala, day by day atmospheric temperature is going up, humidity levels are rising and rains becoming less. It is high time to conduct more and more research to find out 'greener methods' to make our life better.

Be cool !
  • Our ancestors, with limited resources were able to invent many things that made their life simpler. Wonder, how they could come out with such great innovations with very primitive technology at their disposal. Hats off to such creative minds !

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dubai creek, some snap shots

'Abras', traditional boats that ply Dubai creek.

An exhibit at Dubai creek during the Dubai shopping festival 2011 - 12. Interesting attractions from many countries will be show cased like this during festival time.

'Dhow', a sailing vessel, gliding through the waters !

Entrance to Burdubai souq from creek. Curios, replicas, shawls, name it, it is all available here.

The famous Dubai dhow cruise. All illuminated dhows will be cruising here at night most of the days. Music, delicious food, dance, on board magic shows etc. it is all fun ! A must enjoy thing while in Dubai !

Dubai creek at night during DSF.

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  • Recreational activities like music, dance and good food are good stress busters. The important thing is to enjoy the moment, thoroughly.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Peringalkuthu reservoir, amazing natural beauty of Kerala !

Thank you guys for the beautiful comments about the posts of Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls.

This post is about Peringalkuthu dam reservoir along the Chalakkudy river, a short distance from the Peringalkuthu dam and hydro electric project. This dam is situated deep in forest; it is not open for visitors.

You will reach this reservoir spot within half an hour drive from the forest check post at Vazhachal waterfalls on the way to Sholayar and Valparai. This road is right through the middle of forest !

We spent a lot of time here clicking pictures. Beautiful :)

What a cool spot !
  • Feeling stressed out? Just browse through such pictures of natural beauty to cool your mind, body and soul.  
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Athirappilly waterfalls, beauty of Kerala

Athirappilly - what a beautiful place !
Awesome waterfalls, full of greenery all around, a wonderful trekking, some wild was amazing !

Athirappilly is in the district of Thrissur (Trichur), near Chalakkudy about an hour's drive from Kochi International Airport in South India.

Chalakkudy river originates from Anamudi in the western ghats, a mountain range in the western border of South India. This river runs through the Vazhachal forest division and at Athirappilly it runs through massive rocks resulting in spectacular waterfalls.

After plunging down from a height of nearly eighty feet it runs a turbulent course for some more distance before acquiring a smooth flow until Thumburmuzhi dam. An interesting fact is that we can view this falls from two locations, upper part from where it falls through a massive row of rocks and lower down - the spot where it plunges. We have to trek through forest to reach this spot. This spot gives us the opportunity to view it from the front. A perfect place to get a close-up view !

Trekking from the entrance to the falls was real fun. Plenty of monkeys all over the place :)
This is the only place where the unique, rare species of birds like Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, and the Indian Grey Hornbill are found. Great Hornbill is the state bird of Kerala. Such an ecologically important spot !

We visited here during summer time. This place attracts lot of tourists during monsoon when the waterfalls spread the whole of the rock bed instead of the three plumes we see in summer.

Be prepared for trekking right from the entrance to waterfalls. It is little bit tiresome but you will surely enjoy it :)

An unforgettable weekend !

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  • Nature...lush greenery, the lullaby of the flowing river, sound of music of the forest, waterfalls, nothing else will recharge tired mind, body and soul in a better way !
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Monday, 5 May 2014

Negotiation, an art

This book gave me valuable insights into the many facets of the art of negotiation. I added this very informative book to my library some years ago during one of my travels. Being a small book I could finish it within a few hours. Very interesting read !

Herb Cohen is an expert in negotiation. His biography mentions many high profile clients who have availed his expertise in negotiations.

Rules are the product of negotiations but then they can also be subjected to negotiation. It does not mean that you cannot put forward an application even after the deadline. I have many experiences in life where the so called deadlines have been broken by the same people who made those deadlines. There is no harm in negotiating to get what you want ! Cohen is right :)

It is easy to say 'no' through email and telephone but it is difficult to say 'no' face-to-face. So take advantage of this if you are a hard negotiator.

Escalate the matter with somebody higher up and you can see dramatic changes happening. The problem is we do not try. We are psyched into following rule books.

Be persistent ! We may have to run from pillar to post but that finally gets us the reward even if it is tiny ! Do not just sit idle doing nothing thinking that rules and decisions are final. Nothing in life is static, there is fluidity everywhere, today's wrong is tomorrow's right.
In our place there is a saying, ' crying baby gets milk first ' ! 

Cohen who knows very well the intricacies and complexities of the corporate world seems to be knowing a thing or two how things work in organizations and this book is a valuable read for ordinary people like us who is under the impression that everything is black and white in present day world, having no experience with the so called grey areas.

If I see a board or sign and if I am in a situation where I think negotiation will work I surely will try. Mixed results but there were many positive outcomes :) Thanks for the book :)
Thanks, Cohen !

Some of his famous quotes :

"You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” 

“No' is a reaction, not a position. The people who react negatively to your proposal simply need time to evaluate it and adjust their thinking. With the passage of sufficient time and repeated efforts on your part, almost every 'no' can be transformed into a 'maybe' and eventually a 'yes'.
  • Always be persistent if you believe that what you are trying to achieve is right. Listen to your gut feelings, act accordingly, boost yourself ! Rules and regulations are made by human beings like you and like you they also have feelings and in that case negotiations are possible. Nothing called dead ends exist anywhere!
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