Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wilson Creek Trail & Park, McKinney

A sole tree stands as silent witness to the changing weather in McKinney, Texas. Children play, adolescents come here to court their romantic partners, adults and seniors throng to get some exercise. The needs of different sections of the population are different but the park and its components including this tree fulfill all the diverse needs successfully. Some lessons we as a society need to learn, to live cooperatively, rather than competitively. Lot more can be achieved this way than the present way.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TV Stand Enhances Home Aesthetics...

A TV without a stand is like a building without foundation. The necessity of a stand for your TV is as important as a building needing a foundation. I have seen in several of my friends homes the TVs are inconveniently placed on a table or precariously perched on a bench or stool or something like that.

The most common argument that I have heard against tv stands is that they are too bulky and occupy too much space. Well I don't buy that, not all TV stands are bulky, there are those that are sleek and consume very little space. For example corner tv stands take so little space and conveniently fit into any corner of your living, dining, entertainment room. There will be no space lost after installing the TV stand in the corner because the corner was anyway not used.

TV stands apart from being a utilitarian products that help showcase your TV and store CD, DVD and VHS conveniently and also enhance the beauty of your home. After much persuasion my friend bought one of the black tv stands online and boy now his living room seems to have a charm of its own. The stand shows off his TV in much better light and it is looking simply awesome. The same home, same TV and same furniture, it all looks a lot more elegant now thanks to the black TV stand.

TV stands are available in pretty much every conceivable material and style that one would want. Aluminum, wood, glass, steel, hard plastic, etc. All you need to do is to check out what suits your taste, style and budget and order it.

Monday, March 28, 2011

No respect for animals!

I have lived in the US during the past 4 years and one thing I have noticed is that being a vegetarian is quite a challenge in this country. When I was in India it was common saying "there is no value for human life in India", here it is the opposite, "there is absolute disregard for anything that is not human." This became evident during a conversation I had with someone I met. We were talking about the depleting Tiger population and he commented that the Sunderbans in India would be a good place to hunt. I replied saying that the tigers are a highly protected species in India and that there are only about 1,500 left in the wild. Pat came the reply: "There is only one me!". What I infer from this statement is that an individual is more important than everything else in this country.

Another pet peeve I have about this country is the way they price food products. A lb (454 gm) of tomatoes is around $1.99-3.99 while the cost of a lb of beef is about $1.41-2.51. Isn't that amazing? A living animal is valued far less than a plant, it would probably take many lbs of tomato plants to feed one meal to a cow. While a gallon of water is more than enough to feed several tomato plants. Hence whichever restaurant one visits, it is very difficult to get a decent vegetarian meal.