Monday October 23, 2017

Indian culture attracts foreign students but traffic bothers them

0
120
photo source :anirudhsuri.files.wordpress.com

Students from various foreign abodes are fascinated by India’s culture but are deathly afraid of its roads and the traffic it pertains . Ayah and Nasraa both from Bahrain felt that there is not much difference in the culture of Bahrain and India maybe because of the fact that Bahrain is flooded with Indians . “Though we don’t have any Indian friends, we know a lot about Indian culture. Indian food is amazing too,” they said . The students are currently participating in the ‘Global Village’ of the annual cultural festival ‘Vibgyor’ of Baba Farid Group of Institutions which began today (January 29,2016).
However they added that travelling in India is a daunting experience which they wish to avoid. “Vehicles come towards you from all directions and the condition of roads is really bad. Travelling is a scary experience. The roads and traffic management is much better in Bahrain,” the 18-years-olds stated .
Naweed Hamkar from Afghanistan was reportedly well versed in Hindi phrases . “Aapse mil key khushi hui,” and “Dhanyawad” were some phrases uttered by him frequently at the feast. When asked about his extensive knowledge in hindi he said “Bollywood films are a huge hit in Afghanistan. All cinema goers are crazy about Hindi films and that’s also how I learnt little Hindi.”.
Twenty six-year-old Mahmoud from Egypt also unveiled his knowledge of Hindi language. “At the Azhar University where I am working as a technical support hand, there are courses in Urdu and Hindi languages. I pursued the course for a while and now I am using what I learnt at the university,” he said .
Alice was so entranced by Indian culture that she got mehendi applied on both her hands when she reached Chandigarh . “I am going to spend five weeks in India as part of the project and have decided to get to learn as much as I can about the Indian culture. I loved henna designs when I saw these and got the same done on my hands as well,” said the 20-year-old from Taiwan .
On the first day there were only 10 interns from seven diverse countries namely Ukraine, Brazil, Taiwan, Bahrain, Egypt, Afghanistan and Indonesia . All of them were adept in their knowledge of India .

The article originally appeared in The Tribune.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Next Story

Is there a Substitute for the Irritating Traffic Signals?

Can autonomous vehicles help provide a substitute for our vintage traffic signals?

0
31
Traffic Signals
Traffic and congestion on roads is frequent in all cities of India. Wikimedia
  • There are two ways of managing traffic and congestion- traffic signals or roundabouts
  • South Carolina’s Clemson University professor and researcher Abdul Reza Fayazi thinks that automation vehicles can help provide an alternative
  • As we shall see, human volunteering is an important part of the solution

July 21, 2017: Needless to say that for many people, traffic signals can be an irritating part of the daily commute. With numerous cars on the road and the sad condition of the quality of roads, traffic and congestion are common to many places in India, particularly Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai.

Traffic signals are sometimes substituted by roundabouts. While the United Kingdom has decided to substitute their roundabouts for signals, the United States has opted to do the opposite. However, roundabouts are only suitable for low volume traffic.

A researcher and professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, Abdul Reza Fayazi believes that traffic signals could be eliminated, but it would require automated vehicles.

ALSO READ: This Dancing Traffic Man from Kolkata Makes People Smile!

The self-driven vehicle, which works on a Global Positioning System (GPS), will receive data on all vehicles directly from the server. Then, an optimal speed will be calculated by the system that will indicate that speed to the vehicle. This speed, if adhered to, will keep traffic smoothly running.

The problem with the above substitute is the lack of automated vehicles. Self-driven cars on the roads is still a long dream. A remarkable lesson learnt from Coimbatore’s ‘Green Corridor’ initiative (which involved cars moving at speed of 45 km/hr and signals arranged in a way that no car has to stop) is that signal free corridor is a possibility.

The benefits that popular cab applications Ola and Uber reap from their servers is that they get an optimum speed told to them, which helps them keep the car running smooth on the roads.

If humans adhere to the optimal speeds, the traffic situation will drastically improve in the country.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394

Next Story

Transport Ministry in India Offers Highways to lay Optic Fibres, Oil and Gas Pipes

India's 2 lakh kilometers stretched highway has been offered by the transport ministry to be used for laying optic fibers, oil and gas pipeline

0
63
Transport Ministry
The Indian Highway is 2 lakh kilometers long. Wikimedia
  • To generate revenues, the transport ministry has offered its highways to be used for the laying of optic fibers, gas and oil pipes
  • Indian highway stretches 2 lakh kilometers in length
  • The revenue will be further used by transport ministry for improving the quality of roads

July 19, 2017: The Indian Highway, stretching 2 lakh kilometers in length, have been offered for the laying of optic fibers, oil and gas pipelines by the Transport Ministry.

The transport ministry hopes to generate more revenues with this decision. The revenue will be utilized for improving and maintaining the quality of roads.

Nitin Gadkari announced this decision on behalf of the ministry at INFOCOM 2017. The minister said, “For building and maintaining a competitive edge over the world, there is a need to leverage technology to get the maximum returns from assets.”

ALSO READ: Railway Board requests Finance Ministry for Separate Fund to Improve Safety of the Indian Railways

PTI also reports the announcement of computerized processes for driving license. Gadkari, speaking at INFOCOM 2017, said “The fitness of a person for issue driving license will be decided through a computer program with no human interference. This will greatly enhance safety on roads by ensuring that licenses are issued only to deserving drivers.”

The ministry’s initiative of e-tolling, implemented last year, has already made significant contributions to cut down traffic and congestion on Indian highways, observed Nitin Gadkari.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

Next Story

Hindi Literature Festival in Delhi all set to give essence of pleasures through artistic culture of Language

0
92
Books, Pixabay

New Delhi, March 18, 2017: A festival celebrating Hindi literature is all set to give youthful groups of onlookers an essence of the many pleasures contained inside the artistic culture of the language.

The festival titled, “Oxford Bookstore Hindi Sahitya Utsav” will be held at Oxford Bookstore here on March 19.

This event will serve as a platform for the people who are looking forward to explore this language through various discussions and intellectual sessions with the experts of hindi language.

NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India.

The day-long festival of Hindi writings and Hindi verses will be composed collaboratively with Rajkamal Prakashan samuh and upheld by Vani Prakashan, Hindi Yugum Prakashan, Westland Books, Rajpal and sons, Virtuous publications, and Kunwar Viyogi Remembrance trust.

According to the organisers, Hindi is a very expressive language. “In poetry and songs, it can convey emotions using simple and gentle words. It can also be used for exact and rational reasoning,” they said.

Look for latest news from India in NewsGram.

“The occasion has been conceptualized as a tester’s menu, a sampler, a buffet of the many flavors contained in hindi language & writings, voices, subjects, tones and themes in Hindi,” they added.

The festival will start with an introductory note by Mrinaal Pandey on the topic “Bhasha aur samaj”. That will be followed by interactive sessions by Manisha pandey, Piyush Mishra, Divya Prakash Dubey, Urvashi Butalia many more literary personalities associated with Hindi literature.

It has been divided into sessions comprising readings and recitations on themes as diverse as wit, humour and satire, dissent, modernism, etc. (IANS)