Indian News Media vs The People 


Indian News Media vs The PeopleSince a year and half there has been lot of ‘Hue and Cry’ from News Media, certain biased -famously termed as- pseudo-intellects, and few political figures. This is particularly increased with the new government at the Centre.

Frequented claims by these personalities are obstruction to Freedom of Speech, growing Intolerance, Trolling over social media.
I admit present speeches by few political and famous personalities are haywire; it is difficult to make a head or tail out of it; whereas these can be over sighted; there are statements which are critically anti-national or disturbing certain faith. But my question is when were they not????
Nevertheless, it is certainly interesting as well critical to identify the incidents leading to this today…
Before the introduction of Social Media platform, News and Current affairs were a one-way street and was controlled through Prints, Radio and Television. [News distribution is a challenging task for the country like ‘India’, which is multi-lingual, multi-cultural and geographically vast].

Media had a fair amount of control over what we should know; whereas this was acceptable since in its early days they were more or less honest, except in situations when Government may have been responsible for distortions or concealment of facts. Things began to change perhaps in last 15-18 years, key reasons -Competition and TRP wars!

More and more news channels came on Air and started a war, serious and responsible reporting converted to petty & glamourise journalism or secret sources -‘not all is corrupt, but there are a very few exception within News Media today.

Thus altered the Rationale and quality of news, now-a-days everything is sensational and a breaking news, except for the matter that are truly sensitive in nature. Kind of a news and debate that are being delivered are appalling if not only insulting to the recipient, to me to say the least and many like me.

In this league are also many accredited minds influenced by western philosophy or interests, and political figures who regularly make comments as if they are the sole representation of Nation’s intelligence corps, development, future and unity. I am not against any point of view, and being a citizen everyone has a right to express or protest as per their beliefs, questionable is when reaction is selective or directed out of loyalty other than to the Nation.

Statements and reactions they make are occasionally nonsensical, biased and outrageous to a point of patronising its recipient. Now my question to them is “Why a selective protest?” Democracy or not, every citizen has a right to protest in favour of a Nation but it has to be responsible, unbiased and universal.

Certainly, not all statements and opinion coming from this section is biased, some do address core issues and are honest but then it is difficult to identify from different shades.

In past such comments remained unchallenged, however that changed permanently with Social Media platform, like Twitter and Facebook. Everything said is questioned, challenged, counter-challenged, and debated directly by a common man. Perhaps a reason for all ‘Hue and Cry’. It may be difficult for these personalities to swallow any form of criticism, specifically coming from a common man.

New kind of political war commenced since the change in Central Government, from May-2014 -a type that we have never seen, and where citizens actively stand up to right and wrong.

Social Media have played a critical role during Loksabha Election of 2014. In his campaign, Shri Narendra Modi, the now Prime Minister of India, extensively employed social media platform for communication and interaction with the voters. His Social indulgence turned more aggressive after coming to PMO, and his later instructions to all his Cabinet members to keep in touch with people through Facebook & Twitter. This  strategy has seen a grand success, citizens are flooding ideas, suggestions and interactions directly to the Cabinet members.

Social media transformed us ‘Indians’ from being merely a receptor of information. We are now able to validate, invalidate, debate and in instances become a first hand reporter. Social Media has given us the power to influence over what others speak, and this is what is bothering them. And whenever any biased opinion is challenged by people it is titled as trolls. Ironically, often questioned is ‘Freedom of Speech’ by the people who in a name criticism publicly throw abusive comments towards the Government, and unlike the attitude of the pervious governments these people are not convicted in any way, directly or indirectly.
#AwardWapsi i.e. protest undertaken by some artists, scientists, academic etc by returning their awards is a perfect example of selective outrage by these people, these people have never acted with a same zeal for Shikh, Kashmiri Pandits, Ayodhya massacre victims, and beheading of Indian soldier. No awards were returned or denied for acceptance….

#Intolerance #BeefBan are other examples… no one condemns to an act when politicians play religious cards in favour of other religion or when Karnataka Minister gives a statement to waive off part of loan of minority religion, or questions the state government for crimes happening in their turf. Hence, it is safe to assume all these agendas are directed towards the present Government, PM to be specific, and has no National interest whatsoever. Had it been so then these very same people would have voiced their concern long ago…. 

The very attitude of selective outrage by many is what aggravating us. Coming back to the subject, change in Government and use of social media have created a very strong ripple of awareness, social responsibility and National interests in citizens, and it will grow stronger. Incidents like #Awardwapsi etc will fuel it further, in short-term they’re may win but war will not be lost by us!

Nevertheless, to all concerned citizens out there we must not stoop to their level, we must keep our head cool, our comments aggressive to a point without being abusive. It is we who can change the course of our Nation not them!!!!

There is a big difference between being a Citizen and a Patriot!
-J’Factor

INDIA BIKE WEEK, Domestic arena for the biker community


This and the last decade has witnessed a grand elevation in Indian auto enthusiasts. People are spending and to tap this huge, seller’s market many multinational auto makers are engaged in pushing their exclusive presence & competition here. This is true for Supercars and advance Performance bikes. But for this blog, I ‘ll concentrate on a Motorcycle playground.



There is a colossal swell in number of bikers, and surprisingly contribution is flowing form all directions, from far-reaching towns and country land. Today biking era has reached to its infancy of maturation stage, formation of larger brackets but still unorganised for banking in through branding, commercialisation and sweepstakes & merchandising. Although it is getting there and ‘Online Social Media’ will be largely responsible.



Currently in existence are large autonomous groups and, sponsored and autonomous. INDIA BIKE WEEK, the first organised platform for bikers, is a big leap that will alter the course, presence and roadmap of biking community in India.



INDIA BIKE WEEK or IBW is backed up by the history of a event organiser company ‘70 Event Media Group’ whose presence and experience is served Globally. IBW ’s main function is to syndicate individuals and biking groups to form a larger brotherhood, and organising events & festivals at all scales.



‘India Bike Week’ festival to be commenced in Goa from February 2013 is one such event, it is a largest multi-day event ever introduced in India. This festival will serve as a common and introductory platform for bikers, exhibits & promotional opportunities for individual & small enterprise field professionals and finally branding companies. Festival stages many sporting, biking and gathering events.



IBW also coordinate regional /city wise weekend rides, brunch gatherings, brotherhoods, news & newsletters, blogging, and few other services through their network. One can always step forward to get involved with IBW through volunteering, blogging, exhibits & merchandising and participant. In days to come, expecting IBW will develop some quality information exchange platform and media circulation to expand its reach and critical presence in this sector.



IBW is one of the big steps on Indian Biking court and has a serious potential for the growth. Their present planner, events and PR coverage certainly looks promising, now it is to see what shape, direction & place IBW acquire in future. Nevertheless, such events and large bodies will open the gate to fresh commercial and tourism opportunities, even for unprofessional but skilled classes like mechanics, build-offs & customisations.



-J’Factors

Bike ‘Log, South trip, best riding routes so far -PART 1


It has been 18 days and 4500 km of being on road to Southern India, following grounds covered;

Hyderabad -Bangalore -Coorg -Bangalore -Coimbatore -Munnar -Kovalam -Trivandrum -Varkala -Kollam -Thenmala -Kottayam -Alleppey -Kochi [Cochin]

Now route to follow is,

Kochi -Calicut -Wayanad [Pookot Lake, Kuruva Island & Muthunga Wildlife]

Here are the list of routes impressed me about the South India.

Best Routes for riding; in chronology

01- Coorg,

  • Kushal Nagar to Dubera forest [13 km]

  • Madikeri to Talacuavery [25 km]

Kodagu or Coorg is a district, a beautiful hill station in the Karnataka State. Routes are filled with beautiful landscaping, coffee plantations, fields and wonderful people.

Dubera forest [10 km] and Talacuavery [25 km] is great for biking. Sharp curves, steeps,

good roads. Except the Talacuavery, roads are a mix of good, bad and uneven but the

last 8 km patch runs through forest with endless curves with a good road condition to delight yourself.

So far the best man-made and maintained landscaping observed even by small-time cultivators.

02- Coimbatore – Munnar [160 km]

There are two route for reaching Munnar, one from Kochi which is more popular and second one from

I’ve travelled both the routes, ‘Coimbatore – Munnar’ and ‘Munnar – Kochi / Kottayam’. and Coimbatore route is amazing, esp the last 70 km patch.

About 40 km runs through forest reserve and 30 km escalation to Munnar is a treat of

life, good roads, sharp curves, tea plantation all around and the Air itself & marginal Fog.

03- Munnar – Top Station [33 km]

All I could say is drivers & riders wouldn’t wanna miss it. Escalations, roads, curves,

landscape.

If you go to Munnar then I recommend to stay at the Top station, there are two

accommodation facility is available, average but worth spending the night there, it will be cold. There is a wonderful family running Forest Trail camping and trekking programs.

04- Varkala -Anjengo -Kadinamkulam Lake

This is about 25 km run through narrow country roads with beaches, backwaters, and coconut farms. The Kadinamkulam lake itself is beautiful, non-commercial and birds.

It is a very short run but beautiful, form Kadimamkulam you can catch up Kanyakumari- Panvel Road, to South it leads to Trivandrum and North to Varkala & Kollam.

05- Alleppey route.

06- Bangalore – Coorg, 230 km

Route has a two lane road but good, scenic and pleasant.

You can find all sort of modern world food joints within first 100 km from Bangalore, later part is mostly Cafe Coffee Day’s and South Indian cuisine restaurants.

07- Hyderabad to Bangalore

Straight, spotless four lane 600 km stretch. Did 100 – 130 kmph with no worries or a need

for breaking.

08- Bangalore -Coimbatore [360 km]

Again a good, straight patch to throttle. Route gets scenic after crossing Krishnanagari. Currently final 35 km patch is in development, thus bad and lot of diversions.

Worst patch to ride on; Pune – Sholapur.

Roads & Towns;

For most part of South, Roads are in a good condition but single lane, narrow in Kerala. State Highways runs through small towns and cities, all are well-developed. Hence this restricts the speed and thereby increased transit time.

A word of caution though, traffic sense is somewhat rude and mendable. Be careful !!!

Routes of Southern India are either green or blue, I personally experienced it more pleasant to cruise at 70 kmph rather than throttling.

People are pleasant and friendly.

MAHABHARATA & ‘Bhagavad Gita’…why was it necessary?


Mahabharata is a most popular epic in Sanatana-Dharma or Vedic Culture or Hinduism. I’ll be using the term ‘Sanatana-Dharma’ or ‘Vedic’ instead of Hinduism, since the word ‘Hindu’ or ‘Hinduism’ originated much later in the History and furthermore ancient Vedic texts has no reference to this word.



It is a common belief that Mahabharata epic is merely about the war of Kurukshetra, between Kurus’ and Pandu-sons, and events that lead the war. Certainly, but purpose of Mahabharata is formidable about the commencement of Kali Yuga and appalling effect of Kali Yuga in society, human consciousness and karma.

Mahabharata is a historic affair, dispensable but willfully staged by Lord Krisna, the 8th Avatara or incarnation of Supreme God Vishnu on Earth to re-educate and prepare people for outset of Kali Yuga. Mahabharata is all about Sri Krisna, not for anything beyond or outside of him, his teachings, desire, purpose and human being who forms a part of him.

In eternal Vedic texts [it can be a Mythology for whoever should choose to believe scripts as some legendary tales but it in reality is supreme Spiritual-Scientific knowledge, which is a direct descendant of Supreme consciousness] it has been well-illustrated that everything in Universe that exist, alive or inanimate, seen or unseen is the energy and manifestation of supreme lord Vishnu /Krisna. And Human being himself is a part of him and his consciousness, i.e. intelligent and capable to perform karma.

Hence, Lord Krisna appears on Earth at the outset of Kali Yuga to remind and guide Human being.

what is ‘YUGA’ According to Sruti [Sruti are the four Vedas or Sacred texts which is a direct inheritance, revelation of supreme Lord Vishnu or Krisna in his own words to mankind] Universe is subject to a perpetual cycle of creation and destruction, and one such cycle has four phase or Yuga, these are Satya [Truth] Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and Kali Yuga.

Chronologically, with the dawn of every new yuga human race is fettered to a social and karmic degradation, worse off than the previous one. Until the beginning of last Kali Yuga wherein the intelligent-Human race is bound to gradually lose its objectivity, compassion, humility and above all ‘its purpose’, which is to serve the Supreme and follow a Satvik Karma, which in turn can liberate the individual from cycle of birth & death and unite with the Supreme Lord.

Mahabharata, like all the upanishads [upanishads are ‘Smruti’, written historic records] can be dated with the help of astronomical events mentioned in the epic for that time. There is a discreet branch or Shastra [means Science] known as Surya-Siddhanta that deals with Astronomical calculations, viz. positions, distances & duration.

With the help of Surya-Siddhanta and references within the epic many scientists, scholars are able to determine the date of Mahabharata War [3067 BCE, November 22]. There is some bias about the date, but is more or less closely related. Unfortunately, to add many Vedic texts has been lost in time, either physically or interpretation of them.

Mahabharata is simply a conch-shell blown to announce the beginning of Kali Yuga, and of all the horrific events and transition that should follow. It is a proclamation to advancement in the negative qualities & energy.

It will be a chaotic state were Spirituality will be taken over by Materialism, humility by greed and desires by ignorance, cruelty & indifference. Total age of Kali Yuga is 432,000 years and during this yuga a final incarnation, 10th avatara, of Lord Vishnu in the form of Kalki will descend to liberate.

Mahabharata epic gives a glimpse of every inappropriate deed that can take over human kind in Kali Yuga; viz. corruption, false karma, desire and greed over duties, killing of kins for wealth, honour or power, rape, and the greater of all sins, ignorance & silence towards the bad actions [i.e. akarmak or inactive karma] .

In this way through Mahabharata, Lord Krisna have tried to warn and educate people against all kind of mis-deeds and false desire.

Another sacred text, and the most important one by far is ‘Bhagavad Gita’.

Bhagavad Gita is a part or consequential outcome of Mahabharata. It can also be believed that another reason for events of Mahabharata is so Bhagavad Gita could be narrated again by Lord Krisna, and in this new Kali age directly to mankind, and also to establish the ‘Guru-Shishya parampara’, which translates as ‘Teacher- Disciple tradition’. [In Sanatana Dharma, Teacher is considered as God himself and without a divine Teacher- Disciple relationship knowledge and salvation is incomplete for any student].

Bhagavad Gita basically is a conversation happened between Lord Krisna and Arjuna, one of the greatest warrior and also one of the five sons of Pandu, on the battle ground of Kurukshetra. Both the armies are facing in battlefield and on observing his own kins, teacher, great grandfather, relatives as adversaries Arjuna is in dilemma about fighting the war. It is then Lord Krisna, Saarthi [charioteer] of Arjuna, unravel the words of his supreme self and wisdom, i.e. Bhagavad Gita, and purifies Arjuna of any doubt, hesitation, suspicion to fulfill his karma for truth and dharma. After the divine words are spoken Arjuna, who is also a friend and disciple, realises that Krisna himself is a Supreme godhead and unconditionally surrenders himself to the will of Lord Krisna.

During the conversation Lord Krisna enlightens Arjuna, and human being in general, about who ‘Lord Krirsna’ is in reference to all living and non-living elements of both material and transcendental Universe, with the reality of Maya, what this World /Universe is about, importance of Karma, purpose of humans as an enlightened being, and finally the eventuality of everything which in time is eternal.

In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krisna guides us with an approach and means through which to live in a Kali Yuga, and lead a life that is free of any suffering or inordinate desires. Bhagavad Gita goes further with commandments which if followed will ultimately result in liberation of individual soul from the cycle of Rebirth and Death and enjoy the eternal bliss.

Lord Krisna departed from earth in 3031 BC. Bhagavad Gita was later composed.

Kali Yuga began somewhere in 3102 BCE.

Sanatana or Vedic Dharma and Bhagavad Gita are no religion or sect or culture. It is a way of life that anyone can learn and /or follow. Live a life without hate or sorrow, extreme desire or remorse and keep performing your Karma.

If this article has interest you then I’ll also recommend to listen and refer an english translation of Sanskrit sloka, ‘Chidananda Roopah’.

Audio [in Sanskrit], http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpUv0rQhPeQ

English translation http://www.swamij.com/shankara-atma-shatakam.htm


This article is a reflection of my understanding of Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and Lord Krisna. None of the material has been directly or indirectly borrowed. I ‘m no scholar on this subject or Sanskrit, content written is purely from the insight and understanding hence if expert, Guru find any reference as wrong or deviating from its original meaning then please do suggest the correction.



Sri Krisna!!!



-J’Factors

12 Indian Food that cuts fat


Turmeric : Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an object of research owing to its properties that suggest they may help to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, helping to prevent heart attack.



Cardamom : This is a thermogenic herb that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. Cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids and is believed to soothe the digestive system and help the body process other foods more efficiently.



Chillies : Foods containing chillies are said to be as foods that burn fat. Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.



Curry leaves : Incorporating curry leaves into your daily diet can help you lose weight. These leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits that are stored in the body, as well as reducing bad cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, incorporate eight to 10 curry leaves into your diet daily. Chop them finely and mix them into a drink, or sprinkle them over a meal.



Garlic : An effective fat-burning food, garlic contains the sulphur compound allicin which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.



Mustard oil : This has low saturated fat compared to other cooking oils. It has fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid. It contains antioxidants, essential vitamins and reduces cholesterol, which is good for the heart.



Cabbage : Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.



Moong dal : The bean sprouts are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programmes, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol level. The high fibre content yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion, are effective in stabilising blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption.



Honey : It is a home remedy for obesity. It mobilises the extra fat deposits in the body allowing it to be utilised as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning.



Buttermilk : It is the somewhat sour, residual fluid that is left after butter is churned. The probiotic food contains just 2.2 grams of fat and about 99 calories, as compared to whole milk that contains 8.9 grams fat and 157 calories. Regular intake provides the body with all essential nutrients and does not add fats and calories to the body. It is thus helpful in weight loss.





Millets : Fibre-rich foods such as millets – jowar, bajra, ragi, etc – absorb cholesterol and help increase the secretion of the bile that emulsifies fats.



Cinnamon and cloves: Used extensively in Indian cooking, the spices have been found to improve the function of insulin and to lower glucose, total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.



Source, Times of India- Mumbai