Man sets fire to home by microwaving socks, underwear


This news is coming from London where currently Olympic is being organized by Great Britain..

British fire fighters say they saved an apartment from destruction after its domestically challenged resident tried to dry his wet socks and underwear in a microwave oven.

The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service says fire fighters rescued the man from his home and extinguished the kitchen blaze on Monday.

The fire destroyed the appliance along with the two pairs of underwear and socks inside it, and caused smoke damage to the apartment in Weymouth, a town on England’s southwest coast.

“The fire safety message here is to never put clothing of any kind in the microwave or an oven to attempt to dry them,” the Dorset firefighters said in a statement.

Moral of the story :  A microwave is for leftovers, not your boxers.

End of an Era : Actor Rajesh Khanna from Bollywood


Rajesh Khanna Actor

BOLLYWOOD ACTOR OF 60s AND 70s, HEARTTHROB OF MILLIONS OF GIRLS, THE PERSON WHO DEFINED ROMANCE ON SCREEN, KNOWN FOR HIS UNIQUE STYLE OF ACTING, RECORD HOLDER OF 15 SUPER HITS OF MOVIES IN A ROW AND A PERSON WHO LIVED HIS ENTIRE LIFE ON HIS OWN TERMS PASSED AWAY ON 18TH JULY AT HIS RESIDENCE “ASHIRWAD” IN MUMBAI.

May almighty God give enough strength to his family and friends to bear this loss.

RIP.

Pensive mood inside Indian train


Kids are kids, we need to understand their psychology to handle them.  My son was with me inside AC coach when I was travelling from Mumbai to Delhi. Usually he is very naughty and restless during travel. He always throws tantrums in such a way that travelling through public transport becomes difficult for the family.

He knows how to get his demands fulfilled. When he gets up after a good sleep, he prefers to sit in isolation for some time. He doesn’t want to be  disturbed for the first 10-15 minutes. He takes his own time to come to normal routine. If he is at home, he sits in the balcony and observes surrounding outside.

I have captured his similar mood inside the train. He had a good afternoon nap and after getting up he was looking outside the window. Without telling him anything, I captured his mood in black and white. The photos have come out nicely due to lights coming out of the window and the shadow effects created in the background. Here are the photographs. His mood here is close to pensive and he seems to be deep inside his thought.

What he might be thinking?

Deep inside thought

A star’s thinking

Looking beyond distance

Caught me with smile

Do you know the type of this giant Pitcher plant ?


While I was in Nigeria, I had an opportunity to visit IITA, Ibadan(Nigeria) forest during a rainy(wet) season. Among the various plants I had seen, the one which had attracted my attention was a giant pitcher plant. While trailing through the forest, I had taken various photographs of this pitcher plant and would like to share the same with the readers here. Our group was very much excited on seeing the plants in original shape.

Inside forest in IITA, Iabdan.

Before writing this post, I had gone through various details of pitcher plant available in the Internet including Wikipedia. Pitcher plant is considered to be the most mysterious leaf in the whole wide universe. With its unique ability to obtain food, it has inspired multitudes to reshape their concept on how nature really works.

Pitcher plants are also called Carnivorous plants and have a tube-shaped leaves/body to trap and digest insects. The attraction of the plant is itself sufficient to lure flying insects apart from the sweet nectar of the plant. Once insects enters the mouth, it is impossible for the insects to come out. These insects are then digested by the enzymes present in the plant.

This pitcher plant is under bush and its mouth is closed

I have also come to know that these plants always seek nutrition because soil fails to provide sufficient mineral for their growth.  There are various types of pitcher plants and I failed to understand the category of this plant. It is to be noted here that this plant is not having cap as found in most of the other pitcher plants. See below picture.

A giant pitcher plant with open mouth and insects inside.

We had also observed a small quantity of liquid present inside plant. Flying insects are drowned in this liquid and gradually dissolved. Dissolved insects are slowly converted into Amino acids, urea, phosphates, ammonia etc. You can see another photograph here consisting of a bunch of pitcher plant.

A family of pitcher plant on ground

Pitcher plants are found in areas of high rainfall.  They come in various sizes and colors. Larger pitcher plants can even trap frog, snakes and birds inside.  But yes, we should not believe that a pitcher plant can trap a human or an animal as some description found in  fiction books.

A blooming pitcher plant with closed mouth

So, we had witnessed a living creature made by the nature in the form of a plant. And this plant not only eats but digests also. What could be more exciting for you than seeing these wonderful pitchers with naked eyes? I have come to know that these plants can be grown at home also. It may develop great curiosity and knowledge for your children as they can see wonders unfolding before their eyes.

If you know, please let me know the type of pitcher plant presented here.

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