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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Toddy or Kallu, a palm alcoholic drink

Photos of the milky and cloudy palm wine called Toddy called Kallu in Tamil. It is also known as palm toddy. It is an alcoholic beverage made from the sap of some type of date palms or coconut trees. It has a strange taste for those who have never had it. It tastes strongly of coconut and is slightly acidic in taste. It is available very cheaply in the southern states although its sale is restricted to government shops in Kerala. Toddy has to be consumed the same day as it is produced as afterwards it becomes sour and even more acidic.

A bottle of Toddy bought at a store in Kerala.

Toddy or Kallu from Kerala

A close up of this slightly sour strong tasting alcoholic drink which is popular with the locals.

alcoholic beverage called Toddy or Kallu


Monday, February 25, 2013

Views from the Mumbai Pune Expressway Ghat section

These are some spectacular views and sunsets from the Western Ghat section of the Mumbai Pune Expressway.

This is a panormaic image (three photographs combined into one) with the Expressway on the left of the image and the mountains and hills of the western ghats on the right and in the background.

panoramic view from the Mumbai Pune Expressway

This is a single image giving a panoramic view of a sunset on the mountains of the western ghat. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is in the foreground and the hills and the sun and the sky in the background.

sunset on the mountains of the ghat section of the Mumbai Pune Expressway

A picture showing how crowded the Western Ghat becomes and it becomes a little risky at sundown. The road in the ghat section is narrow and vehicles always try to overtake one another. It can be quite treacherous as often larger vehicles drive on the right side blocking other motorists.

jam packed highway in the mountainous terrain

A clean image of the western ghats from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The ghat section of the Mumbai Pune Expressway

A long shot of the winding road through the mountains of the Western Ghats in Western Maharashtra between Mumbai and Pune.

The Mumbai Pune Expressway in the Western Ghats

Related Images:  Mumbai Pune Expressway  or Mumbai Nashik Road Pictures or Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway scenes

Or Expressway Accident Photographs  or Accidents scenes - overturned and smashed vehicles photos


Friday, February 22, 2013

Merry Go Round

Colourful pictures of a merry go round in Florence, Italy. Pretty merry go round with white painted horses and a shiny exterior.

merry go round

Father and child at a merry go round at Florence in Italy.

father and child on merry go round

You might also like Children's Playground with slides, jungle gym and play station
Or Children playing without toys  or City parks and gardens in India


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crime Statistics in India

These crime statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau of India are for the public.

Murder and rape are common crimes, but kidnappings are much more. Shockingly there are more  riots in India than other crimes! 68000 riots as against 34305 murders in 2011. And we all know who are behind riots - political parties! Looks like criminal elements are disproportionately present in political parties. And I am sure all riots are not even registered.

Under - reporting of crime is rampant and that thought is frightening. It's not just crimes against women which are under-reported, but also assaults and burglaries. While there is no figure given for assaults, we can assume that the attempt to murder (31385) are serious assaults. Minor assaults are not even listed! Actually, if one counts all assaults, these are usually over 100 times higher than homicides and in India they the figure would go into crores of assaults every year!

table of crime statistics of India 2011

Find out How many rapes take place in India in actuality
Related Images: Mumbai Police vehicles or  Mumbai Police at work


Monday, February 18, 2013

Genuine 500 rupee notes mistaken for fake

All five hundred rupee notes do not look the same! This seems obvious, considering that some are old and some new, but because of the panic over fake notes, genuine notes can be mistaken for fake. The 500 rupee notes in this post are all genuine, but you can see the difference between an older note of the nineties and the newer ones.

This is a sample of the front of the newer 500 rupee note. It matches with the critieria of all genuine notes as put out by the RBI  the see through number in the left margin, the watermark, the thick shiny security thread and so on. By clicking on the link you can check the points.

genuine and new 500 rupee note

The note below can be mistaken for fake by an over zealous person trying to check for genuine notes. It is the front of a 500 rupee note and it looks quite different from the one above. However, this note, signed by the RBI Governer Bimal Jalan is absolutely genuine. The note has a thinner shiny vertical band (security thread) unlike the newer note which has a thicker one, and it does not have the see through number (register). Instead it has a flower design in the left margin. These notes were printed between November 22nd 1997 to Sep 6th 2003. Why was their design changed? The attempt was to make the 500 rupee notes difficult to copy.

Does this mean that cheats and forgers can make fake notes of this type easily? Perhaps, but now it is difficult because the genuine notes will look old as they are used notes. You can find that out by just looking at them. They will never be crisp and new.

older 500 rupee note

This is the back of the new 500 rupee note. The main difference between this new one and the one below this one is that this new note below has the date of printing (2010) on it. Look at the bottom of the note, right in the centre.  

new and genuine 500 rupee note

The one below is the older 500 rupee note. No date of printing there, but it is a genuine note so no need to worry. As mentioned above, such notes will have a used look and that is how you can be sure they are genuine.

old 500 rupee note

Related Images: Indian Coins - Paise or Rupee Notes Images or check out all images filed under the label of Currency, which will have photos of currency notes from the U.K, U.S and other countries.

NOTE on 1st Jan 2015: The Indian government is soon discontinuing with the older notes. So anyone who has the older notes, the ones without the date of printing on them, please turn them over to your bank. Today they are legal tender, but they are being phased out so best return them.

Note on 13th of  November 2016:  On the 8th of November the Prime Minister announced that all ₹500 and ₹1000 notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight. New notes will be issued.


Friday, February 15, 2013

How many rapes take place in India in actuality?

2011 figures from the National Crime Records Bureau of India –  42923 murders (34,305 murders + 8618 dowry deaths) and just 24,206 rapes. But what are the actual, real, figures for rape in India? What is the Indian reality for rape?

(Update - The gang rape of a young photo journalist in the Shakti Mills Compound in August 2013 brought up the gruesome fact that 4 other gang rapes took place in the same area and these crimes were committed by the same people, a criminal gang of four and none were reported by the victims.)

In my estimation - at least 2,40,135 rapes are committed per year in India, not 24,206, and this estimate is a conservative one!  But 4,29,230 rapes every year is probably a more accurate figure! Read on to know how I arrived at this conclusion.

sketch of girl in pain
First lets find out how I arrived at the conservative number of 2,40,135 rapes in India per year.

Methodology: It is accepted that murders/homicides are the crimes most likely to be reported with accuracy and there is also an accepted statistical relationship between murder and rape. Countries like Germany, Denmark, France and the US have the best record for correct reporting of all crime so I used their crime and homicide data as a barometer.

In these 4 countries on an average:
  • Assaults are 100 times higher than homicides
  • Assaults are 12-25 times higher than rapes
  • At least 3 of 4 countries had 7-8 times more rapes than murders. One had a lesser figure but in all cases rapes were far more in number than killings.
In India assaults are under-reported, with assault figures only a little higher than the murder figures (6 and a half times as against over a 100 times in the reference countries!) Shocking! Clearly, assaults are highly under-reported in India and cannot be used as an accurate barometer to measure rapes in India.

Strangely, Indian crime data reveals that rapes are actually lower than homicides - in India!
Fewer rapes than murders? Impossible! In most countries the figures are about 7-8 times more rapes than murders.

woman suffering
(portrait of a woman in pain)

As there are 7-8 more rapes than murders in the reference countries, therefore, India would have had in reality about 2,40,135 rapes in 2011 - that is how I arrived at that figure! But this is assuming that we have just 7 times more rapes than murders, like in the reference countries. And also assuming that homicides are being correctly reported in India. Homicides are a crime which are difficult to hide and we have to assume that the homicide figure for India is more or less correct although dowry deaths have not been included in this homicide figure for India.

If dowry deaths of women are added to the murder figure and assuming a figure of 10 times more rapes in India than homicides (because of a patriarchal society where women are forced into submission and the low status of women who are seen as objects), the rape figure jumps to 4,29230!!

Therefore a more accurate number of rapes in India every year is 4,29,230.

More than 4 lakh rapes per year in India is probably depicts reality better. And this is not even counting marital rape as it is not illegal in India to rape your own wife. Marital rape is probably rampant in India, far more than in developed countries as it is legal to rape the spouse.

Indians live in a patriarchal society where women are supposed to be submissive non-earning partners, and this in conjunction with poverty and ignorance leads to exploitation of women far more than in the reference countries.

homeless women and girls

(Photo of a homeless women)

bus with passengers in India
And this is not taking into account the reported cases of molestation (42968) and kidnapping of women and girls (35565) and sexual harassment (8570). These cases are also under-reported. And then there are the scores of acid attacks on women every year!

Every single Indian woman who has stepped out into a crowded public place or travelled in public transport has been molested or sexually harassed, more than once. The population of Indian women is more than half a billion (1.21 is total population of India) so just calculate the sexual harassment and molestation cases which are probably more than half a billion as women are not molested just once in their life, but up to 7-10 times easily, if not more. And once you count the female foeticide, infanticide, acid attacks and so on, it's not surprising that India is in the top five most dangerous place for women. I think it is the most dangerous place for women. Only countries like Afghanistan and Somalia are worse. Shameful.

More related images: Crime Statistics in India or check out other images on Poverty.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Alpine Railway

This is the train that took us to the Jung Frau summit, popularly called "Top of Europe" in Switzerland. The small train station is at the foot of the Swiss Alps and the train journey to the Jungfraujoch is through the mountains of the Eiger and Mönch. There are two viewing stations on the way from which one can get breathtaking views of the snow-covered Swiss Alps.

railway station on the swiss alps

Here is the tiny train winding its way across the grassy knolls towards the intimidating Swiss Alps.
alpine train at the swiss alps

A shot taken out of the train window. The train is in the foreground and the snow-covered mountains in the background.
Train to Jungfraujoch in Switzerland

You might also like panoramic views of the Swiss Alps: Photos taken from Jungfrau, a summit in the Swiss Alps or Glaciers on the Swiss Alps
More beautiful scenery from Switzerland: Swiss Alps from the air or Lake Lucerne Photos
Or check out all the photographs on Switzerland including that of people and places.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Obesity statistics of the world

This graph about the average weight of people from different countries is from the Economist. How many people are overweight and fat in the world? The answer is quite fascinating actually, specially as gender wise stats are given. Obesity rates are rising across the world, but rising faster in developing countries. Indian and China still have relatively thinner people, lots of them, but this is set to change.

More women from the UAE (United Arab Emirates) are fat as compared to their men. But significantly more American men are fatter than American women. I guess the need to look good is more prevalent amongst American women than the women from the UAE. There is similar trend in the U.K. British men are fatter on an average than British women. Indian women on the other hand are becoming a little fatter than the men! In China there doesn't seem to be a significant difference between the sexes.

Less Brazilian women are overweight as compared to their men, but the difference is not as marked as the average weight difference between American and British men and women. Although South Africans are not as overweight as the British and the Americans, there appears to be a sudden increase in their weight after the year 2000! The women are fatter than the men in South Africa.

Now, that's the weight the world is going to bear and one can only imagine the future!

weight of people from different countries

Related Images: Obesity silhouettes  or Sketches and images of feet on a weighing machine or pictures of Gymnasium and training equipment or Images of overweight people or High Calorie Food - Sausages and Fries or or Processed foods in India


Friday, February 8, 2013

Monkey silhouettes

Silhouettes of a large monkey with a long tail. He is walking along a wall.

silhouette of a monkey

A silhouette of a hairy monkey trying to eat some plants and berries.
monkey silhouette

You will find lots of silhouettes on this website - of people and places.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lake scenes from Switzerland

Switzerland is a country of many lakes, some of them which are man-made and the presence of these mountain water bodies adds to the natural beauty of Switzerland. Here are photos of some breathtaking scenery around the lake, and of the mountain lakes. The photographs here are of the smaller lakes around the city of Lucerne, not of Lucerne Lake itself.

This is Lake Trub which is on the way to the Titlis mountain and can be seen clearly from the cable car. This lake seems to be dug right into the rocky surface of a mountains, on the edge of a sheer cliff. The mountains surrounding the small lake provides for beautiful scenery.

Lake Trub in Switzerland

When you actually walk down to the lake you realise that it is not tiny at all. You cannot see where it ends as you stand on the edge. To the left are huge mountains, and to the right fir trees. A small boathouse is in the water.
on the banks of Lake Trub

A cluster of houses around this unknown Swiss lake.
Lake in Switzerland's Alps

A small water body or lake in Switzerland. It is amazing how clean, clear and blue the waters are even though humans live just a few feet away. Appears to be man-made.
small lake in Switzerland

Another small unknown lake in the rocky mountains of Switzerland.

unknown lake in the Swiss mountains

Related Images: Lake Lucerne Photos
You might also like panoramic photos of the snow-capped Swiss mountains:  Photos taken from Jungfrau, a summit in the Swiss Alps or Swiss Alps from the air
Or try the labels of SwitzerlandSceneryNature or Nature Headers or  Backgrounds
Scenes from India: Panchgani scene of lake and hills or if you are looking for a  really green nature scene, try this: Free Headers of Nature Scenes - Lake and Trees. Or Nature scenes of hills, valleys and trees or Scenes from the Matheran Mountains or Ghat

High resolution images of all of the above are available if required for calenders or other commercial items.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Plant and Leaf Wallpapers

Here are some wallpapers using plants, flowers and trees. The kind of colors found in nature are of a wide variety and an amazing array of different hues specially when sunlight strikes through. They make for interesting wallpapers for computers and laptops. These have been sized to fit a laptop. All these photos were taken by a normal digital canon ixus camera. Although the camera is not a high end one, the close-ups are not bad.

A moving reflection of a tree in the water. The sky is also reflected in the water. Ripples add to the excitement of this picture. This makes for a soothing light blue and dark green wallpaper.

This is a glimpse through some leaves of different colours. A bright and colorful background and all the colors are natural.

The centre of a dark green plant with long spiky leaves.

These are the colours of the back of a dried leaf.  The main leaf stalk is slightly thick and the veins of the leaf are clearly visible. There are narrow leaf stalks running through the side of the leaf as this leaf is very large. A fine network of the veins of the leaf are visible.

This is the same leaf but I have used photoshop to darken and sharpen it as it makes for a better wallpaper.

You might also like some more Free Desktop Wallpapers or Backgrounds of hills and the sky. Or try some different types of backgrounds or wall papers: Textile graphics or textile art or Fish Tank images or just simple colorful geometric backgrounds
Or check out all the photos filed under the label "Wallpapers" where you will find pictures of scenes and flowers.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Thieves beware signs from the UK

This one is a funny sign, seen in the small city of Bangor in Wales. The sign offers a free ride in a police car to shoplifters.

funny shop sign

This signs which tells thieves to beware as plainclothes police are operating in the area was seen near Buckingham Palace in London.
sign near buckingham palace

This sign is a bit of a mystery. Looks like the London police will take away bicycles on certain days in certain areas!
parking sign in London

You might also like Funny English Signs (for wrong English) or Funny Road Signs in India or Interesting signs with funny instructions! or Funny Signs from Thailand