2011 An Arab spring time

The year 2011 began with a series of shattering, wrathful, explosions from the Arab peoples. Is this springtime the inception of a second “awakening of the Arab world?” Or will these revolts bog down and finally prove abortive—as was the case with the first episode of that awakening, which was evoked in my book L’éveil du Sud (Paris: Le temps des cerises, 2008)

Post graduate Malabar Muslim girl ?!! No grooms… sorry..!!..

Malappuram(Kerala): To women across the world, education is a means of emancipation. But at least a section of Muslim women in Kerala are not feeling so. Don’t mistake them as women of the lower strata of the minority community, who have been denied

A novel method indeed

Special Story/ Vivek Prasad Chennai: Anantha Raman, a south chennai-based accountant, is in news for raising his house by four feet. The Velachery resident had hired Mamchand from Haryana, who specialises in lifting houses from the foundation using screw jacks. Raman’s house was lifted while keeping its appearance, electrical wiring and plumbing intact. Mamchand’s workers have carved out two feet of ground around the house

This is what we call superfast tea!

Special Story / Subin Mananthavady Kozhikode: It is a daily ritual for most people, to have a cup of tea at a teashop, a roadside eatery or a restaurant.The usual orders are either lite, strong or medium. This can get confusing for the person who makes the tea, especially when he is hard-pressed for time. A young man, Nithin Ramdas, a B-tech student has come up with a unique solution –  a tea maker machine. It has four knobs: one for tea, the second for sugar, the third for water and  the fourth for milk. “By adjusting the knobs, you can control the amount of tea, milk and water that falls into the cup,” says Nithin. “Every now and then, the containers have to be replenished.” The inspiration behind the invention is Nithin’s own father. “My father Ramdas has been running a tea shop in Chennai for the past 25 years,” says Nithin, who is from Koyilandy in Kozhikode district. “I used to see my father’s confusion when customers ordered different types of tea at the same time. That’s when I decided to invent a machine for my father.” This machine makes  five cups of  tea in 15 seconds. “I had an initial expenditure of Rs 15,000,” he says. He bought the spare parts from Chennai. It works on a battery for a duration of nine hours and by then by electricity. “I have applied for a patent in Chennai,” says Nithin. Now he is engrossed in constructing a coffee machine, by modifying his tea machine. Nithin graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Nehru College,Thrissur, in 2009. After which, he worked for a year in a private firm in Kozhikode. It was then that he invented a coconut climbing machine. But it was not a success, because it developed technical glitches. “But I am optimistic and i hope to invent many more new things in future,” he says, with a smile