the people’s car

The New Year 2008 presented people’s car to the people of India. The Nano project envisioned and designed by the Tata group made a lot of hype since its launch. A car costing anything around $2,500 is no big deal for an average Indian who lavishes money on luxury.

The little Nano had to stand up many other competitors to grab people’s attention and admiration in an arena ruled by Marutis and hyundais and others. Despite its offered low budget, the car that promised more space than the most popular small car maruti 800, Nano somehow failed to fulfill its people’s car caption.

Tata Motor’s Nano has been ranked last among entry level small cars in terms of customer satisfaction according to market research firm TNS. Unless the company comes up with a quick and striking make over, the future of people’s car looks bleak.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Mumbai that is seen and mostly visited by the people is a commercial capital of India with posh and tall flats, luxury cars and of courses the slums and its millionaires. But this romantic city is famous for many other reasons too. one such reason is Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously Borivali National Park. it is a large protected area in the northern part of suburban Mumbai city in Maharashtra State in India.

It encompasses an area of 104 km2 (40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India’s most populous city. It is notable as one of the few national parks existing within a metropolis limit in Asia and is one of the most visited parks in the world. It also enjoys the distinction of being the largest urban park in the world.

The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is the lung of Mumbai city, a patch of green in a sea of infrastructure. It is home to lions, tigers, leopards, deer, monkeys, snakes and many exotic birds. Both the Vihar and Powai lakes also lie within its borders.You can visit the park and avail of a safari-type excursion through it in a minibus all through the week except on Mondays. Entry charges to the park are as reasonable as it gets — Rs 30 per adult, Rs 15 per child.The ride-through takes place between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm every day; there is a bus every 20 minutes and it gives you a 20-minute ride.

All things considered, a trip to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a win-win deal — the chance to see wildcats without straying from city limits and at such reasonable prices is well worth your while. And if you don’t want to go on a ride, you can just visit the park — it’s open all seven days of the week.

Cup Carnival

Another world cup on the Indian subcontinent. With the warm-up matches being played from the 12th the mega event will begin to enthrall the fans across the world. However, the first ODI in the quadrennial extravaganza, starting February 19 will be what everyone eyeing on. Since, many a matches are played on Indian soil, everyone takes it for granted that India is a keen contender, and why not with the likes of Sachin and the rest, the batting lineup is quite formidable and can destroy any bowling attack. Nevertheless, they have continually shown that they are notorious for batting collapse. If they can patch this lapse, India can kiss the coveted cup.

But, no one can rule out the chances of a Sri Lankan or Pakistan reaching the final. Both teams possess guys who can single handedly maneuver the team to victory. Given the fact that the condition isn’t strange for them, they can be a real threat to any team.

The likes of South Africa or Kangaroos or Kiwis taking the upper hand over the home countries isn’t a distant possibility though they are playing away from their home conditions and the humid and ground support will play spoil sport for them. But they are real professionals and can win matches in any situation.

As of now, any team can pull out a surprise. The rest, wait and watch.

Another Blast

The blast at Palakkad killing more than a dozen people showcase the shoddy state affairs prevailing in our country. The unit, located in an open space close to Shornur-Palakkad railway track, has been functioning without license for the last two years. The man at the helm has been running hither and thither to get the license renewed. However the authorities at the respective area seem to have had some foresight and discretion. Nevertheless, those who suppose to see that such units don’t function failed to put their act together and as a consequence many had to pay with their lives.

It is not the first tragedy of the sort. Irresponsible and cold action from the authorities and reckless craze from individuals has caused poor people to fall in the pit of these death units. Unless there is a common and stringent law that makes sure no such units function, lives of poor people will continue to be cheap.