Festival Moods

Festival Moods


A very colourful festive season is already up there for every Indian to celebrate and so are the Americans preparing for Hallowen festival on 30th October to be followed by Easter , Christmas and New Year. Indians are celebrating Durga Puja , Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and New Year too.  Looks like the Gods on both sides formulated this festival season stretching for three months for celebrating the democratic vibrations of both the countries


We in India celebrate Lohri in the month of January around  the cosy warmth of the holy fire munching peanuts and Revris/Gajak [ sugar balls coated with seasame seeds} late in the evening and the memories of my childhood bring nostalgic scenes of young boys and girls visiting the neighbours and seeking sweets by singing songs. It used to be a bagful of peanuts/Revris/Gajak, when we used to return home late in the night for at least seven days preceding the festival. Such was the charm of this festival that the  school bag flew like a kite when we made our way back home from the school late in the evenin


The Hallowen festival in USA seems  akin to our Lohri where the children dressed in colourful attires visit the neighbours and try to frighten the families, who in  turn feel happy to distribute toffees, chocolates and other such sweets to the children. The preparations were already on when I left USA last week and the MAlls were full of Hallowen dresses and other accessories giving a festive look to the air.

Lets all celebrate with most humility and pray for those innocent souls who are made to live as refugees away from their home. May peace prevail and the evils disappear from this beautiful world

Drones-the little cute birds

USA is contemplating regulation of Drones

Is the world listening? Drones , the little object has been contributing not only to identify the targets and destroying them by the army but it has taken to dimensions which if not regulated was a threat for the privacy of individuals and safety of air traffic

We understand that registration will reinforce the need for the  drone operators to learn the airspace rules before they fly, and use their devices safely. Secondly, the registration will allow these rules to be enforced, and let the authorities identify any operator who breaks these rules.

Presently it is easy to locate the actual drone that may have violated illegal airspace but it’s difficult to find the operator of the offending drone, and this registration will close that loophole. There have been close misses in the past and a potential threat for future too. The toy/commercial drones are getting popular in the developing countries which seems to be more challenging due to the lacunaes in their existing surveylance structure. We need to formulate a uniform code to regulate this product which is going to rule the space and may prove to be security hazard besides violating the privacy of individuals. The US realises its utility and applicability as seen in the recent wars and has the might to put the system in place but a broader outlook on the issue will ensure prospering of the drone industry across the Globe with zero tolerance on the envisaged threats