Cartoon: New Revenue Source for Bangalore Traffic Police

Cartoon: Slaves to Measurement

According to sources not willing to be identified, Bangalore traffic police is toying with the idea of imposing ‘invalid parking’ fine on all vehicles that are halted in traffic jams. The consulting firm that suggested this initiative projected that the annual collections will shoot up between 10.3 – 12.4 times their current collections.

It may also motivate the drivers who get stuck in jams to find innovative solutions to avoid traffic snarls.

Pilot / trial implementation may have already started.

This idea surely beats the Delhi ‘odd-even’ solution to manage traffic.:-)

Bangalore Traffic is also planning to use this initiative to apply for the ‘Most Jugaadu Innovation of the year’ award instituted by Daily Jugaad.

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Increase Chances of Becoming a Donor (organs/ body)- Take Action Now!

Organ Donation LogoAugust 13, 2016 is being observed as the Organ Donation Day in India.

Briefly, one can donate tissues, organs and the whole body. Donations can take place under three circumstances:

  1. Donations when alive and conscious. Examples of these include blood, stem cells, bone marrow, kidney (only one), and segments of liver, pancreas, lung, or intestine, and are limited by what can be given without affecting the health of the donor.
  2. Donations when ‘brain dead.’ These include organs that can be transplanted such as heart, liver, pancreas, intestine, 2 kidneys, and 2 lungs. Tissues such as corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, and veins can also be used.
  3. Donations within a short time of typical death. Some organs/ tissues can be used for others, for example corneas harvested within a few hours after death can be used to give sight to someone. You can also donate any part of your body — like the brain — for research and use by the medical community. Finally you can donate your whole body to a medical college, usually to the anatomy department, so that students can study it and gain experience.

You may be very keen to donate, but you are not the person who will be taking action and doing the donation once you are dead (or brain-dead). Someone else, usually one or more of your close family members will be performing the actual actions required for the donation. Enrolling in donor’s lists may make you feel you are a “donor”, but the deed is not done until the organ or tissue is removed at the right time.

So, what should you do now (before you are brain-dead or dead) to increase the chances of successful donations? Here is a list of things that you can do:

  1. Discuss your desire to donate in detail with all your close family members. Convince them and ask for their commitment to help this happen when you are dying or are dead. Be persuasive. Explain to them what to do in case of brain-death and after death.
  2. Document your desire clearly. Write down your wish to donate (like a will), sign it, and make copies. Give copies to your close family members. Put copies in important files. Laminate a copy and hang it at home, where it is visible. This writing down will remind your loved ones of your desire. It will also make it easier for them to cope with doubts or criticisms that others may have regarding their actions relating to the donation. And who knows, it may inspire others too.
  3. Make the donation easy for your family after your death. Make sure the correct and up-to-date actual contact names, organization names, phone numbers and addresses that are required for performing the donation are readily available and that the family members know about them. Write down a possible sequence of activities to be done.

Enrolling yourself as a potential donor with different organizations is a good first step. But remember that these organizations will not know of your death or brain-dead status when that happens (nor will you be in any state to inform them :-)). Finally, your family members have to decide to donate or not, even if you have signed up as a potential donor.

So you need to be more proactive to actually increase the chances of becoming a donor. Inform your family members, convince them and make it easy for them to perform your desired donations. This may be more important than signing up a with a lot of organizations and collecting their badges, t-shirts and enrollment cards.

By the way, your family members can donate your organs/ tissues/ body even if you are not enrolled :-).

Many basic concepts related to various types of donations, and also information on the various steps and procedures can be seen at this link:  FAQ on Organ/ Body/ Brain/ Eye Donation. Additional comments are available at: Voluntary body donation: some thoughts in response to queries I get.


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Why is the CVV Number Printed on Credit Cards?

The CVV number is a 3 or 4 digit number (associated with a credit card) that is used for verification in case of Card Not Present (CNP) transactions. CVV stands for Card Verification Value and is also called Card Security Code (CSC), Card Verification Code (CVC), Verification code (V-code or V code), and Signature Panel Code (SPC).

Card CVV Number

CVV numbers are used to authenticate the card, as an additional security measure when the card is used in online transactions. It is like an ATM pin.

I am unable to understand why the CVV number is printed on the card, whereas the ATM pin is provided to the card holder separately.

Every time the credit card is used (for swiping), the staff at the outlet have access to the card. They can copy/ remember all the details on the card and later the same details can be used to place online orders. Also, if the card is stolen, the thief has most of the details necessary to place online orders on many shopping sites.

Printing the CVV number on the card is like printing the ATM Pin on the card.

So, can someone please throw some light on why the CVV numbers are still being printed on credit cards, while the same card companies are resorting to sophisticated security systems to prevent fraud?

In the meantime, all of us may be safer if we smudge the CVV numbers from our credit cards.

Click here for an Economic Times article regarding the same:

By the way, the cards shown in this post are not mine :-).

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Recycle Greywater to Reduce Urban Water Needs

Some weeks ago, there was a buzz in our residential complex about having to set up “grey water” processing, because it may be made mandatory by the municipality. I got curious and started investigating the topic.

At the end of my study I was left wondering why it was not yet mandatory – grey water processing, when fully implemented, could reduce the water requirements in cities by 30-35%!!
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“Life Mantras” – a book by Subroto Roy – I’m Not Joking!

I was surprised last week to see a philosophical book by Subroto Roy at an airport book stall. It was titled “Life Mantras”.
Life Mantras

I believe the book was launched in ‘absentia’ of the author (who was in jail) with many heavyweight celebrities and politicians. There were, of course, Sahara employees who hoped for some announcement about their pending salaries.

The book is published by Rupa, is priced cheap and available easily.

I hope the book generates some of the money that Sahara has to deposit with the SEBI :-).

Maybe, now Vijay Mallya will be inspired to write a book titled “The Greatest Escape“?

Or, the Congress party high-command can write “Win Some, Lose Some Lose Some, Lose Again“.

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Choosing a Home Water Purifier in Bangalore, India

Water Purifiers
A few months ago, it was time to replace the water purifier at home. The present one was difficult to maintain – the model was discontinued and its replacement parts were no longer available.

We thought it would be a simple task of selecting from one of the popular brands (like Kent or Aquaguard).

Little did we know that it would become a whole big project that required deeper research and evaluation of many alternatives based on criteria. Our task was made easy by the details available at achawater.com – a comprehensive site that covers water purification in great depth.

Typical impurities that need to be removed

As the first step we had to figure out the possible impurities to be removed. Our water is supplied by the municipality in Bangalore (BWSSB).

Here is a list of possible impurities in this water.
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Why Does the Passport Number Change when Renewed?

Passports

Passports were earlier used as travel documents, to establish the holder’s country. With time, a passport has also increasingly become a proof of identity and address.

However, passports have an expiry date, and upon renewal, a new passport is issued with a new passport number. This is extremely inconvenient, as one now needs to remember the new passport number while filling travel documents (every time one enters and exits a country) and sometimes at other places in a foreign country. Additional mess can be created if the passport renewal date and travel dates are close to each other, or there are valid visas on the old passport (to which passport number is the visa attached? :=( ).

My driving license number remains the same, even when it is renewed. So does my PAN number with the Income Tax Department. My Aadhar number will not change when I apply for a renewal (due to change of address or replacement of my mugshot). So, why can’t my passport number remain the same over my lifetime, as long as I continue to hold the passport of the same country?

Before one starts attributing the situation to the state of the Indian bureaucracy, this is true of the US, the UK, Australia, and most other countries.
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Book: Headhunter by Michael Slade

Headhunter Cover Image

Title Headhunter
Author(s) Michael Slade
Initially Published In 1984
Publisher W H Allen & Co.
Formats Available Paperback, Hardcover
Available At Amazon.comAmazon.in, and Flipkart.

Headhunter is a murder mystery, a psychological thriller,  a whodunit and a horror story with plenty of details of police investigation procedures and methods. The novel is based in Vancouver, Canada in the 1980s and revolves around a set of grisly murders of young women, whose bodies are found headless. While the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is investigating, more victims are discovered. Graphic violence, traumatized bodies, and perverted sex are all depicted with powerful imagery in this extremely well-written book.

I have read Headhunter three times, and each time I am gripped by the narrative and held spellbound even though I knew the ending.

“This is, beyond all doubt, a real chiller!”

 Robert Bloch, author of Psycho

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Movie: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983, Hindi, India)

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, a 1983 film produced by NFDC and directed by Kundan Shah, is a dark satire on the the unshakable corrupt ways of Indian politicians, bureaucrats, and the media. It is set in Mumbai and has a pretty simple and outwardly hilarious (sometimes infantile) narrative. Released in 1983, it was not very successful at the box office at that time. Eventually, this movie won many awards, and has achieved a cult status. It generally figures in most Top-100 movies lists of Indian/ Hindi movies.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro - DVD Cover Image

Directed by Kundan Shah
Released in 1983
Genre Dark Satire, Comic Political Thriller
Cast
  • Naseeruddin Shah as photographer Vinod Chopra
  • Ravi Baswani as photographer Sudhir Mishra
  • Om Puri as builder Ahuja
  • Pankaj Kapoor as builder Tarneja
  • Satish Shah as city commissioner D’Mello
  • Bhakti Barve as newspaper editor Shobha Sen
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Produced by National Film Development Corporation
Language Hindi
Length 2 hours 12 minutes
Available At Amazon.in, Amazon.com and Flipkart.

The Story

Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Baswani) are young men starting off as professional photographers, who open a studio in a relatively upscale Bombay locality.

Struggling to get business, they fortunately get an assignment from the editor of an investigative journal Khabardar, Shobha Sen (Bhakti Barve). The assignment is to get evidence to expose a corrupt nexus between the city commissioner D’Mello (Satish Shah) and builder Tarneja (Pankaj Kapoor).

The fun starts when Vinod and Sudhir accidentally photograph a murder in action. The rest of the movie is an out-of-control, hilarious story, that sometimes feels like a skit, improvised by brilliant people in some kind of ‘zone’.
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