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Monday, June 30, 2014

How to recognize a fake Tata Tetley tea bag

We were served fake Tata Tetley tea in a resort in Gujarat. We knew the difference immediately as we use Tata Tetley at home all the time.

You can see the off white crumpled tea bag on the left of the image which shows the poor quality of the paper. The logo used is the same but the colour of the blue paper label is also a little different. We brought the fake tea bags home and then placed it side by side with the original tea bags. Without an original to compare to, it was not easy to tell the difference by looking at it. It was the taste that made us immediately realise that it was fake.

Tata Tetley Tea Bags

It was not easy to spot the difference in the way the actual tea looks. The one on the left is the fake one. After dunking in the tea bag the color of the tea turned dark almost immediately but the genuine tea took a fairly long time to get the golden colour. It is obvious that a colouring substance was used. The fake tea had no taste at all and that is how we knew it was spurious tea. We ordered another batch of tea, and then took the fake tea bags home as samples. Then compared it to the original Tata Tetley tea bags. The difference was obvious.

hot golden tea

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Navi Bombay Municipality Corporation building

This is the building of the Navi Mumbai Municipality building at Vashi. Otherwise called New Bombay or New Mumbai.
Navi Bombay Municipality building

New Bombay Municipality building

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Or Interiors of Vashi Malls

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ganesh or Ganpati Silhouettes

Silhouette of a Ganesh idol from a Thailand temple. A sitting Ganesh holding weapons in three of his four arms.

Ganesh Silhouette

These are silhouettes of the deity Ganesh or popularly called Ganpati in Marathi by Maharashtrians.

Silhouette of a Ganesh idol

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Banana Chip Making Machine in Kerala

This is a locally made machine which slices bananas and drops them directly into the hot oil. A peeled banana is pushed into a hole and comes out sliced on a tray. They fall into boiling hot smoking oil where the banana chips are fried.

Chips being fried

Another view of how the machine works.  Chips roll off the steel tray into the hot boiling oil

Banana chips being fried

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Windshield Wiper boys

These are windshield wiper men or boys, or call them car window washers or squeegee men. They have surfaced in the last few years at petrol pumps or gas stations in India. It is a free service. They don't charge you but if you tip them they won't refuse. This free service is being provided at some petrol pumps. Luckily they don't bother you at traffic signals like in some other countries. I guess in India it won't work - people will get their windshield cleaned but refuse to pay!

A car windshield lathered with soapy water. A man wiping the car windshield clean.

Soapy car window

Here is his face which is visible now. A long handled sponge or squeegee is what he uses.

Windshield Wiper man cleaning car window

Here is a photograph of another windshield wiper man or car window washer.

windshield wiper man with sponge or squeegee

A man washing the windscreen of the cars at petrol pumps. An employee of the petrol pump or gas station.

Man washing windshield at gas station

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mumbai Pune Expressway Traffic Jam

Traffic jams on the Mumbai Pune Expressway are very common. You just never when there will be an accident, particularly in the Ghat section where the roads narrow and large vehicles occupy the right lane. Recently there was a huge jam not because of an accident but an agitation by some Hindu radicals because of facebook posts. An excuse for the unemployed goons to create a nuisance and disturb the life of ordinary and law abiding citizens.

Photographs of vehicles jam packed on the Mumbai Pune Expressway in the Western Ghats, on the way from Pune to Mumbai.

Traffic Jam on the Pune Mumbai Expressway

Rows of cars in a jam on the Mumbai Pune Expressway

Cars in a traffic jam

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Plucking tea in a tea garden in India

Women in the north-east of India plucking tea in a tea garden.

Women workers plucking tea in a tea garden

A long shot of the picturesque tea garden with tall trees to give shade to the tree bushes.

Workers plucking tea in a tea garden

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Should you take Multi Vitamins and Mineral tablets?

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether multi vitamins and multi minerals should be taken regularly. Latest research seems to suggest that they are not necessary, and even harmful for healthy people. This is misleading. What is required is an intelligent approach. Taking them blindly can indeed be harmful.

Why they should be taken:

1) Everyone does not have a good diet.
2) Some high stressed and active individuals may need the supplements. Also the elderly and those who smoke, drink alcohol etc.

These multi vitamin supplements should be taken with the following precautions:

1) Read labels so that you do not over dose. For example the human body cannot ingest more than 600 mg of calcium at a time so what is the point of over loading the body with a 1000 mg tablet at one go? And if you have some natural calcium in your diet why do you need to take the amount you are taking?

2) The vitamin and mineral dosages do not take into consideration that you may be getting some of the stuff from natural sources. So taking half the tablet at a time makes sense. Or perhaps twice week. Supradyn for example has far too much of certain vitamins and that is why you will be over dosing if you take it everyday. Also, formulations are wrong and skewed in many cases. So read the labels and find out what your body needs according to your age and lifestyle and what your diet is all about.
Yes, a doctor should tell you this but they vulnerable to marketing by pharma companies. Don't trust your doctor to give you the right brand name. Asking him for advise in this matter is also fruitless as they will spout out some known brands. Do the research yourself.

Multi vitamins and multi minerals

These are imported health supplements in bottles. The tablets at the bottom is not a supplement but a medicine.

Multi vitamins and multi mineral and calcium tablets

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Candy shops in Dubai

These are probably situations from every child's fantasy books. This is a shop in Dubai and can be quite a giddying experience for a child. Whether for good or bad the parent has to decide!

The candy shop in a Dubai mall with the Dubai Aquarium in the background

All kinds of colourful and different shaped candies hanging from a tree in the shop.

A toy aeroplane in the candy shop.

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