Friday, 23 March 2018

One Minute Super Dad - Book Review

Many books have been written on parenting for young mothers, but when it comes to young dads the book shelves are almost empty. One Minute Super Dad Dr.Prashant Jinal fills this void. Being a young father in today's modern age I can certainly say that parenting is no longer a woman's job. One Minute Super Dad will definitely serve as a guide, as a manual for inexperienced fathers.

The book opens with alarming statistics showing how young children are affected with spectrum of mental health disorders. By citing it the author underlines that today's father have a challenging role to play.


Today's fathers are no longer the dictators that they used to be a generation back. Yet it is equally true that there exists a communication gap between the father and children. The book equips you with a variety of open ended questions whereby this communication gap could be bridged. It also shares a number of techniques, both heard and unheard which would help in better bonding. The author uses a language which is both simple yet riveting. He quotes various research findings and it is indeed the author's success that you don't yawn while reading them. This book addresses a welcome change in the parenting responsibilities on the Indian scene. Hence it should be lapped up. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Save Water Save Life

We take many things in life for granted. One such thing is water. Most of us are blissfully unaware of the fact that like most of the resources the quantity of water on this earth is limited. 'Paisa paani ki tarah bahaya' is a phrase which denotes that money was spent like water. Thus money a valuable asset is spent like water, which in our country is of no value. But gone are the days and many parts of the country including the posh colonies are facing water scarcity. When it comes to environment Reduce, Reuse and recycle is the key. Fortunately like most things in life small steps can go a long way in saving the precious resource called water.

In our culture, water was always served in a lota covered with a small glass called bhanda. The person would pour as much water as he wanted in the small glass and drink it. This practice ensured that there was no water wastage. We should go back to the roots and start following this practice.


Rain water harvesting should be made mandatory. Though many municipal bodies have made it mandatory, unfortunately it still remains on paper. We are a country which receives ample rainfall. However majority of the rain water goes into the drain and sea, making it unsuable. With rain water harvesting we could create a water bank which would be of use in times of crisis.


Awareness through media will go a long way in saving water. A large section of our society is illiterate and semi-literate. Even the educated classes do not respect water. It should be impressed through the media that water is a limited resource, if we don't save it today, our posterity may die with parched throats. Ganga Arti is held at many places. This can be used as a platform to canvas about saving water. The same can be done at Ganpati and Durga puja pandals. 
 Don't leave the tap open. Closing the taps when not in use is very important. Many of us just let the tap open while we are attending to some other chores. Many municipal taps gush out thousands of cubic metres of water only because no one bothers to close them. All the dripping faucets should be repaired promptly, both at homes and public places. 
 Keeping the existing water resources clean. We need preserve something that is scarce. We should keep the existing water resources which includes lakes, rivers and wells clean. We should avoid throwing garbage into them. We should respect them and care them live our children. 
 
Many tanks over flow. Installing auto stoppage valves will save a lot of water from literally going down the drain. Reusing of waste water for cleaning and gardening is another way to conserve water. RO water filters discharge lot of waste water. New technology should be devised to prevent this wastage. Don't use showers and flushes. Use a bucket. By doing so you will use limited amount of water. Respect water. Don't use bottled water for bottled water industry reduces the water table, turns lands barren.

There are many ways which we can undertake to save water. Like I have signed this petition. You can sign it too and take your baby step towards water conservation. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Stepping Stones - Book Review


Stepping Stones Taking Towards the Goal is a very special book. It is written by a young girl of fourteen years age. This young girl wrote to many famous personalities and asked them for guidance. She culled out important lessons from these letters and wrote a book which would inspire young readers and help them in goal setting and achieving success in their lives.

The book is surprisingly well written. The author has shown tremendous dedication and devotion in her noble objective of guiding the young generation. She has persevered towards her goals and I am sure she will be successful in fulfilling her dreams.

The correspondence which she entered with galaxy of stalwarts forms a part of the book. It is sheer delight reading them. While some of the replies which she received are curt and formal, many luminaries have squeezed their time to write special letters to this young girl. I really liked the letters written by Anu Aga, D K Shrivastava, Ravi Wankhede, Abhay Bang and T N Ashok.

I look forward to read more books from the author. With such clarity and focus that too at such a young age she is bound to go places.