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Friday, February 16, 2018

Story of Tublu -- An Amazing Journey Called Life

Story of Tublu
Jahid Akhtar - Story of Tublu 

                       There are some books that send you into deep thoughts and psychological exploration. And then there are some that simply sit face to face with you and narrates the story as if the author himself is in conversation with you. This is exactly what Jahid Akhtar’s debut novel “Story of Tublu” does to you.

               The book starts with its lead character Tublu as a child and his gradual journey from a village Govt school to English medium and finally into an Engineering college. His childhood love for Maina, Mr Sharma’s daughter moves the story. The book meticulously covers the natural beauty of Assam and its simple lifestyle. But as the story advances, the book makes a smart transition into the life of metro cities like Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. The book further takes you to the United States and Germany with the flow of the story. 

The story has a very natural flow and at no point digresses from reality. The best part of the book is that it never struggled to blossom the love story between the protagonists, Tublu and Maina. The narration of the story matures as its characters mature in age and that underlines the beauty of this book. The book is not very heavy on literature dose and thus very inviting even for people who are not very fond of reading. 

So just grab your copy at Amazon and spend your weekend with an amazing storyteller Jahid Akhtar.

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 a 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 elaborate 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 you 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 the chances of having flares of chronic lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory disorders due to various biochemical 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 of course !!!

The first step to improve the quality of indoor air is to have a well-ventilated house. The volatile emission of chemicals from various house articles cannot be curbed completely. However, having 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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