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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Indoor Air Pollutants ? Welcome the revolutionary Royale Atmos by Asian Paints

Every time I hear about the term Air Pollution my mind is engraved with  pictures of  vehicular emissions, industrial chimney menace and burning garbage dumps.  The idea of a common man ends with it. He thinks staying indoor is living healthy and safe. But is it that simple ? No !  The facts are alarming and shocking. For a factual shock, the air inside your house may be several times more polluted than the air outside. Also, considering the fact that we normally spend more time indoors (10 to 12 hours) than outdoors makes the situation even worse. The sources are many and identifying them would help us to improve the quality of air both indoor and outdoors. 

The indoor air not only includes the outdoor pollutants but also has significant contributions from in-house pollutants that are by-product of various chemicals, domestic fuels, cosmetics, personal healthcare items and cleaning agents. Your indoor living space may have hazardous chemicals suspensions 8 to 10 times  higher than the outside air. The following facts elaborates the unseen and unknown contribution in this regard.

VOCs stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and  are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids used in common households. VOCs include a variety of chemicals like Formaldehyde, Gasoline,benzene etc having both short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products. Fuel like domestic LPG is also made up of organic chemicals. All of these products release organic compounds while we are using them, and, to some extent, when they are stored. 

To your surprise, the incense sticks (Aggarbatti), room fresheners and insect repellents all contribute to VOCs and are thus pollutants on the flip side. So the next time your Television news channel warn your about  the  increasing AQI ( Air Quality Index) and PM 2.5 be aware your homes are no safe hideouts to combat the menace. Indoor air pollution can increase chances of having flares of chronic lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory disorders due to various bio-chemical allergens. There are also likely longer-term effects from ongoing exposure that are more difficult to measure, such as the likelihood of lung cancer. 

Think of possible and innovative ways to make your home and the world around a better place to breathe and live for you and the generations to follow.

                                       Any Solutions ?????
                                                                       Yes ofcourse !!!

The first step to improve the quality of indoor air is to have well ventilated house. The volatile emission of chemicals from various house articles cannot be curbed completely. However, having a good ventilation can renew the quality of air inside the house. It is needless to say that the vegetative greenery in the form of trees and shrubs in your locality can naturally enhance the quality of the overall air. One should minimize the use of chemical products like disinfectants, wood varnishes and artificial room fresheners that are a good source of Formaldehyde (VOCs). Also, it is necessary that direct sunlight reaches the corners of your room to inhibit  microbial proliferation of bacteria and fungus.

            And if you want to go a step further, think of  "Royale Atmos by Asian Paints". A paint developed by the research and development team of asian paints considering the urban air situation and all possible unavoidable sources of pollution. Royale Atmos is the first of its kind paint that not only looks beautiful, but also cleans the air making it purer than before. It’s Activated Carbon technology reduces harmful pollutants from the air. Additionally, Royale Atmos also absorbs select household foul smells to make the air fresher. The paint has a  fragrance instead of the usual chemical smell.  

Asian Paints has tested Royale Atmos for its air cleaning properties at a third party lab for reduction of formaldehyde, a dangerous air pollutant. Royale Atmos was found to reduce formaldehyde levels by 85% under standard test conditions. 

I am sure you are craving to know more ....
                                    Visit the official page of  Royal Atmos by Asian Paints

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Love Diaries

The other day my wife shared a piece of write-up written by her college friend, Trisha. The write-up was actually a kind of diary note that elaborated her feelings for the boy she loves and wants to marry. I was mesmerized in the flow of her words and feelings. Trisha explained her bewilderment, the traumatic shock that she would go through on being married to someone else. The narration was based on imagination of a probable situation in future where she is being married to someone else. The narration ends with the line, " I would ran away. "

She loves X and wants to marry him. She also loves her family and cannot imagine leaving them forever for marrying X. Now, Mr X is not a simple entity like English alphabet X. He has an arithmetical angle  too. Yes, the same letter x of mathematics, aka synonym for complication, complexity and convolution. Mr. X is from another world, I mean Religion, Region & Reign. 

It is normal for Trisha to leap her parental ideology in choosing the love of her life. Being an IIM graduate, has surely graduated her to rise above unnecessary inhibitions. But she has a family that could not move with the pace of her world. They are not wrong for being  slow movers, she is not wrong either. So ! how to deal with the situation ? How to make L.H.S (Parents Dulha) = R.H.S (Mr.X Ladki ka Pyar). After all, another IIM graduate (Chetan Bhagat) has already done this in real life and reel life. Of course, the religion angle was not there in their case. And this is the only angle that has convinced Trisha that her parents will never agree for Mr. X.

LHS#RHS (Hence proved)

Hence, she has to choose between her parents and Mr. X.

My wife wanted me to talk to her friend and guide her through. She thinks I am an 'A'grade Love Guru. Half a decade back I was Mr. X  of her life and that says it all, why she wants me to talk to Trisha.

I chose not to talk to her. The reasons are very practical. I do not propagate love marriages neither do I oppose one. I did one because I wanted to marry her and not because I had fantasy for love marriage or anything against Arranged Marriage.  It was my love that chose its own course of love; its own direction. I did not draw inspirations from similar marriages in my friend circle, neither did I got discouraged to see similar marriages in jeopardy. The vicarious experiences did not affect me positively or negatively. I knew marriage is a very complex subject and there are infinite dynamics that control the success or failures of marriages. To me till date, the mode of marriage has never been an article to judge the success of a marriage. Marital harmony has got nothing to do with type of marriage (Love or Arranged). It is all about understanding, compromising, and sacrificing for each other. It is also about letting lighter things go to save more precious things in life.

If the most powerful thing between a couple is love then rest all stupid things can take a backseat. Stay assured that only pure love and care for each other can keep your boat afloat. The life is a dangerous sea and things around it are dangerous sea monsters.

Coming back to Trisha.

Explaining her my point of view will be pointless. I cannot quantify their strength of love nor can she quantify mine to understand why I took up the decision of a love marriage.  So no two stories can be similar even though the circumstances can be very similar. But I want to bring some clarity of thought on the subject. Choosing Mr X has good possibility of retaining her family along side. Although not immediately at least after a period of time. There are bright chances of retaining both if she goes with Mr. X. However, if she choose to do away with Mr X marrying someone else, the possibility of retaining Mr X becomes uber-zero. If she can live with this fact, she ought to take the easy route. And if she cannot,  then her easy route is surely Mr. X although it seems tough myopically.

To be continued.........