Thursday, December 18, 2014

Travelling with Children: Memories to cherish

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Travelling and enjoying vacation trips are real fun and presence of children makes the trip most joyous and exciting. Seeing the kids enjoying gives us a kind of incomparable pleasure.  But, travelling with kids takes a lot of thinking and proper planning to make the trip enjoyable otherwise things can get a bit messy. One should always keep in mind that travelling alone or with friends is completely different from travelling with family and in particular with kids. One must ensure that the children are really enjoying their vacation to the fullest and at the same time making you happy. Let us consider a few important aspects of travelling and spending vacation with children.

The involvement of your children in vacation planning: The ideal vacation plan which you are keeping in your mind is most often not what your children are thinking of enjoying. You must admit that we are thinking as a grown up and often forgot what exactly our children will like. So the participation of your children in the vacation planning is the first step towards making a successful vacation with them. Always take their suggestion and think over it before finalizing a vacation destination.

Make better planning: Wherever you are going for a vacation with your children, always be double sure with everything and try to give as much time as possible in planning your vacation. The more you understand the place of your vacation more enjoyable it will be to be there. It will also mean less trouble and a hassle free vacation.

Keep your vacation stress free: While travelling with children also keep some time off and keep your plan flexible enough to accommodate something unexpected. It is better to avoid stressful tour with children. A relaxing vacation is best suited for children. They love to play more than watching a spectacular monument.

Be choosy while booking the hotels and travelling options: While keeping an eye to the budget one must choose the hotels very carefully when travelling with children. Prefer a hotel with playing area for children. Opting for a less stressful travelling pattern is also very important.  Expect the unexpected and try to be calm at such moments. If you get irritated it will affect your children and ruin their good time.
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Try to avoid too much crowd: Travelling with your children in a place with lots of crowd is not a good option. Children most often do not love crowds and marketing is not what they think of while spending vacation. Moreover, keeping a good vigil of them in crowded areas is difficult.

Try to accommodate elderly persons: Both your children and elderly persons such as grandmother or grandfather like the company of each other. They can make an ideal vacation partner for your children.

Cherish your vacation: Always cherish the moments spent with your children while on vacation. During vacation, you are in more relaxed and happier state of mind that may be missing back home. Give your children the most of that time during vacation.

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to increase road safety in India

How to increase road safety in India
India has progressed towards becoming a developed country since the onset of globalization. The economic stability and growth associated with globalization made it possible for many Indian citizens to afford cars and bikes for their personal use and increase their mobility and speed on the roads. This also results in several multinational companies and manufacturers of motor vehicles to establish their factories in India. But, an increase in the number of vehicles on the road demands better quality of roads and associated infrastructures so that road safety is maintained. A densely populated country like India needs good quality roads and supported infrastructures to connect important cities, thus contributing to the development of the country.
Death due to road accident is a major problem in India. It is a serious global issue, but in India the problem is much more severe in comparison to any developed country. Since we are thriving to become a developed nation in the near future, we cannot neglect road safety by any means. Transport through road is the most dangerous and complex systems that people have to face every day.  Every year, more than a million people die due to road accidents and the number of casualties is increasing day by day. When it comes to the premature deaths of adults, road accident stands second with HIV/AIDS are the first.

Now, what should India do to improve the current situation? There are a number of issues that should be addressed immediately to improve the road safety issues of India. The safety issue is always neglected in our country as we continued to fail to give value to human. In every aspect of road safety, we are lagging a long way behind in comparison to the developed nations. The conditions are especially pathetic in rural areas and small towns. We really have to make a lot of improvement in various sectors.

Let us look into some of the important steps that should be implemented and most importantly followed to reduce road accidents and increase road safety while driving.

Improvement of the Road Condition

The condition of the roads contributes a lot towards the road accidents. Bad roads with potholes invariably welcome troubles and are highly accident prone. A well maintained road can make driving a lot safer.

Installation of good quality street lights

Many accidents occur due to less visibility in the night or foggy day. Proper illumination of the busy streets can prevent a lot of accidents.

Installation of signalling at the right places

Appropriate use of signal system increases the road safety by many folds.

Speed reduction

Driving at extreme speeds on unsuitable roads (most Indian roads are truly unsuitable for high speed driving) means taking extreme risks for both yourself and others on the road. Speed increases the chance of an accident as well as the consequence of it. Maintaining steady and safe speed of the vehicles by enforcing speed limit is of utmost importance.

Improving the alignment of the roads and building lanes for overtaking

Removal of illegal constructions across roads to increase road area

Installation of railway crossing signals at every level crossing (Many accidents occur due to unmanned railway crossing)

Installation of an under or overpasses for pedestrian crossing at extremely busy road crossings and make people use them. If not possible, at least making pedestrian crossing with signals and building an island for pedestrians is necessary.

Enforcing the laws

We Indians make laws with minimum implementation. We all are extremely careless about our own safety and often ignores them completely. Enforcing the laws like wearing seat belts and helmets, not to use distraction like mobile phones while driving, drink driving etc. should be stringently implemented.

Self awareness

Nothing could make us safe if we continue to ignore our own safety.

How to increase road safety in India

This post is part of The Nissan Safety Driving Forum contest hosted in Indiblogger.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Conquering the fear: the ultimate satisfaction

We have to face the fear factor at every juncture of life. We all learn to stand up and start walking after overcoming the fear of falling down. We continue to defeat the while performing the simple tasks in life like asking a question to the teacher or start learning bicycle and so on. But, these simple tasks may not seem so simple when actually faces it and many of us find it really difficult to overcome this paralyzing factor.
Fear makes it tough for us to take the right decision at the right moment, thus hampering the success and progress we deserve in life.  Fear makes you think negatively. It stops and forces you sacrifice your quality of thought and performance.  We always get ourselves engraved in various forms of fear. There are so many types of fear we get succumbed into every day. The fear of failure, unknown, persons, things, death, the evil, the God all engulf our life like nothing else. But, if we can win the battle against fear we can achieve the unachievable and feel the best satisfying feeling of this world. Being fearless is not a matter of joke. Fearless persons can achieve anything.
In this context, I will like to share my experience of conquering fear and the satisfaction I get after achieving it. It sounds simple for persons not suffering from the same phobia, but believe me it takes a lot of courage and determination to overcome such phobia and persons having any such thing can only understand what I meant to say.
From my childhood days I fear water. By water I am not referring to a glass or a bucket full of water, of course, but the water bodies like river, lakes and seas. It all started when I almost got drowned in the sea at Puri, Orissa while playing with the water and enjoying the lovely beach. My mother also almost got drowned along with me. Fortunately enough, we were spotted early enough by some locals and they saved us. That incident made a big impact on me and I started fearing water bodies like anything. I just cannot stand them. Forget swimming, I could not even take a boat ride in a small lake.
Everybody thought that things will get to normal once I grow up. But, things did not seem to improve by any means. I started avoiding school trips and then college trips as they were all planned at sea sides. Even going to a picnic seems embarrassing to me as a boat ride is almost inevitable at every place.
After living almost one third of life fearing water I decided to do something with it. I felt that I have to overcome this hurdle to get back my confidence in life. So I decided to go back to that same Puri beach where it all started and planned to play in the water. Believe me, it seemed so impossible to me. My feet get rooted in the sand of the beach after staring at the water. I gathered all the bit of courage I had and just let the water touch my feet. Then I started taking a few more steps inside and then I was there waist deep, waves gushing across me and I have done it. I know it may sound unreal as almost every person in this world play freely on the beach without any fear, but believe it really takes a lot to overcome a phobia.
Now I can play freely with my friends and families in every water sports possible. I even had gone for snorkeling. Though I still feel a twitch while standing in front of vast water bodies, I feel the ultimate satisfaction that I have overcome the fear by taking those small steps that made me a more confident person than before. Come on!!! Just go for it. Take risks, beat the fear and enjoy a fearless life.