Archive for January, 2011

Experience the Wading Waters of Gopnath




Gujarat has a vast coastline. The beaches of Gujarat are not marketed as that of Kerala and Goa, but the coastal areas of Gujarat contain its own scenic beauty. Daman beach, Porbander beach, Gopnath beach and Umergaon beach pose as a pride of Gujarat.

Gopnath Beach is situated in Bhavnagar district at a distance of 75kms from the city. It is located on the coast of Gulf of Khambhat. It is pristine beach known for its natural beauty. The beach is known for its limestone cliffs which add to its beauty when the crystalline waves splash on them. The continuously moving cool and fresh breeze gives you an amazing feeling. The beach contains lovely firm sands and shallow shore waters. The high tidal difference of the sea coast makes the water murky which is not advisable for a long swim. The beautiful setting of rock cliffs, white sand and an uninterrupted view of the sea waters makes it a perfect sea shore destination.

Gopnath was once the summer residence of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Sinhji, the king of Bhavnagar. Supposedly, he was among the 50 rich rulers among the 565 rulers of India. The mansion built by the Maharaja has now become a tourist attraction, as one can stay in this mansion and enjoy the beauty of the sea. The mansion was built in 1940s and has a huge complex comprising of official chambers, residential quarters and cottages for the guests. It is a luxurious place to stay though limited accommodation is provided to the tourists. Apart from the limestone cliffs, the beach is a home to various birds.  One gets to see various colorful birds and marine creatures at the beach. Hence the sight often attracts the bird lovers.

Gopnath is a place for some spectacular sight seeing. One can visit Talaja, Rajpara, Gopnath temple, Alang and the Jhanjmer fort.  The main attraction includes Talaja, a Jain temple complex spiraling up a 350 foot volcanic hill, 1st century Buddhist caves and a Hindu temple formed out of one of the caves. Another site is the 700 year old Gopnath temple which is the only temple in India that hoists two colored flags. The white colored flag denotes the Vishnu temple and the saffron colored flag denotes the Shiva shrine. It is also a place where the renowned poet Narsinh Mehta obtained enlightenment.  Another fascinating and a must visit site is Alang, which is the largest ship breaking zone in the world. Here you get to see the large ships and th cutting process. You can also buy the ship furniture, crockery, utensils, and the interiors used in the ships. Rajpara village has a beautiful beach with white sand, spectacular rock formations. Though it is not very safe for swimming, it is great for the people who are in search of privacy and walks. Jhanjmer fort, further down the coast, is an impressive sight, named for the Kathi Rajput warrior chieftain, Jhanjhara Sinh of the Wala clan. Gopnath is a breathtakingly beautiful sea coast. You can not only enjoy the cool water, fresh breeze and the crystalline sand of the beach, but also have a look at the pristine places and migratory birds. It is an amazing place to visit during the summers.



Amla: Not Just A Fruit

Fruits provide freshness to the body. They contain minerals and less fat and protein content and hence are considered healthy. Hence consumption of seasonal fruits keeps you fit and healthy. In summer we require juicy fruits to maintain the water content in the body. We get fruits like grapes, orange, watermelon etc during summer. Similarly during winters we have a wide variety of fruits available. Each fruit has its own benefit. But Gooseberry (amla) is a fruit that is  widely used as a herb in the ayurvedic system of medicine.

Amla is a jungle fruit and is botanically named as ‘Embric Myrobalan’. In English it is known as ‘Indian gooseberry’ which denotes that it is indigenous to India. It is available in plenty during winters. The small green berry has got several benefits. All parts of the tree have medicinal value but it is the fruit that constitutes the main drug. It is extensively used as a rejuvenator in ayurveda. Moreover, Ayurveda appreciates and uses amla to treat a host of diseases and promote positive health. It describes amla as a cooling, astringent, digestive and stomachic medicine. It helps various organs and systems of the body. It has been found to be useful in problems ranging from chest diseases such as cough, asthma, and bronchitis, digestive ailments like dyspepsia, hyperacidity, ulcers and anaemia, jaundice, diabetes, bleeding conditions, eye diseases, allergic and other skin problems to gynaecological problems.

The small green berry is an abundant natural source of Vitamin C. It contains 20 times more Vitamin C than an orange. It also helps in digestion and stimulates taste buds to relish food better. If you want to get rid of the heat present in the body, then gooseberry is a good option. It also fights radicals that cause arthritis, high blood pressure,

heart problems, alzheimers, cancer and many other diseases. It is known that amla is beneficial during chemotherapy and radiotherapy due to its rejuvenating and balancing properties.

Amla helps in the formation, maintenance, and repair of bones, teeth, nails and hair as it boosts the absorption of calcium. We see many hair oils and shampoos having amla extracts. It is because it helps to keep your hair young and prevents it from premature greying. Kids are often served chyavanprash whose major ingredient is amla. It is often consumed by athletes for maintaining muscular health and eliminating toxic products, the result of muscle activity.

There are several ways in which an amla can be consumed. It can be consumed in a natural form, in powder form, in the form of a paste or as juice. Many people also use it as a substitute to lemon and tamarind. Moreover people also consume Amla juice during winter which acts as a diuretic; it also normalises acidic urine. It is helpful in burning urination and urinary infections.One can also make a murabba or a tangy spicy pickle from amla.

Though small in size, it has got maximum benefits as compared to any other fruit. It contains medicinal values, it rejuvenates you body, keeps you fit, makes you feel younger, it keeps your skin fresh and healthy, makes your hair stronger, helps in digestion, fights diseases. Moreover, it is good for all kinds of patients especially people suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems. Hence add amla to your diet today itself. This winter consume amla in various forms and stay healthy and fit throught the year.


Though Unnoticeable, They Are Keen, Sharp, Vigilant And Always Awake For Your Safety

Q1. Why have you selected to enter the field of defense and security? How did you make up for this field?

Basically I was a science student and started my career as a medical representative with a company named SKF. Due to extensive touring, I left the job and joined a bank where I worked for a year and was quite happy with the job. Then I got an opportunity to get into the sales tax department which I felt was better than the bank job. Hence I joined it and soon became the sales tax officer where I served for four years. Then I appeared for competitive exam and was appointed for class 1 category for the police department, which is the highest position at the state level. I gave preference to the police department as I felt that any day it is better as compared to the revenue department. Since then I am into this field and trying to excel step by step.

Q 2. What are the work areas of Intelligence Bureau?

IB is an Intelligence Branch which deals with multiple issues at a time. The first and foremost concern of the branch is to be vigilant about the anti national, anti social and anti terrorist activities. IB is one step ahead of the executive department. We keep a watch on various government policies, the reactions of the opposition parties and the people on these policies. These observations are reported to the government with possible solutions. IB also deals with VIP securities and decides position and threat based cadre.  We are also into vital installation which is based on anti terrorism and threat. Moreover, India is a land of fairs and festivals which always poses a threat due to crowd gathering. Hence, it is the duty of the intelligence branch to look for law and order before, during and after the festivals and fairs. IB is also studies student unions, labor unions and elections. IB is catering to a wide range of issues from local to national level that affects the law and order situation.

Q 3. How does IB differ from other departments of the police or security services?

The noticeable difference is that the employees of the intelligence bureau do not wear a uniform like the other police departments. It is a necessity for employees of the IB to remain invisible or unnoticeable. Moreover like the crime branch, we do not deal directly with the criminals. Instead, we are more concerned about the advanced intelligence connections and coalitions to maintain law and order in the state.

Q 4. Which is the most interesting assignment you have worked upon?

Over the years, I have worked in various areas at different positions and at different places. So, there are many assignments that I enjoyed thoroughly. I enjoyed working with the ATS (Anti Terrorist Squad). During those days it was an initial state for the state and Sikh terrorism was at its peak. To come across and solve these major issues at the state level was really challenging.

I also enjoyed my days at the Panchmahal district where I learnt about the tribals. I got to learn about the real position of the tribals, their issues and problems. Coming to a solution of such problems was really satisfying. Whereas, the most challenging and memorable incident time of my life and career was 2002 Godhra riots in Ahmedabad city. I was in working with the sensitive areas when the city was burning with the fumes of riots. I escaped a fatal attack while trying to settle the group clash. A person from one of the groups tried to attack. Luckily I got saved by my companion, but it was a close cut. I hurt my leg during the incident.

Q 5. What do you think about cross border terrorism and stand of India?

The Indian government and the State governments are concerned about cross border terrorism. The government is not weak in this regard somehow it has failed to create faith in the people staying in the coastal areas. It has not been able to generate trust amongst the people from the north east. Moreover, we are concentration more on J&K issue and problems from Pakistan supported military. But according to me, the north east is also a prime concern for the nation and should be given equal importance. If we talk about the south then, Andhra Pradesh can be a problem as it is the epicenter of Naxalism.

As far as Gujarat is concerned, cross border terrorism is a prime concern as it has a vast coastal area and close to Pakistan. Looking to the sensitivity, border fencing work is in progress and the army, BSF and the local police are being deployed. The anti social elements can enter the country through coastal areas, roads or the BOP (Border Outpost) which is a no man’s land.

Q 6. According to you what is the biggest threat we are facing at present?

At present, it is not the war threat that we need to worry about. We still do not have the required computer expertise. Hence cyber crime is the biggest threat at present. Though many countries are preparing nuclear weapons, we still need not worry much about it. But yes, bio terrorism can be a problem. Bio terrorism is something where the opposing country tries to inject and spread diseases on a large scale.

Q 7. What is your call on law and order situation in Gujarat?

For Gujarat, the only concern is the Pakistan terrorism activities. The anti social elements who use RDX and spread terror among the people is the biggest threat. At present there are no burning issues in the state. Moreover, the people of Gujarat normally do not act first. Most of the time they just react to various attacks.  Moreover, Gujarat police and the security department are working professionally to deal with various problems. Overall it is a peaceful state and successful Diwali, Navratri and elections, pose to be a proof of the same.

Q 8. Why people from Gujarat are not able to match with the national standards of selection when we talk about Police and military services?

The history of Gujarat narrates the tale of the current situation. Gujarat was lead by Gandhiji who followed the path of ahimsa. As a result, violence is not there in the blood of Gujaratis. Over the years, it has been observed that people of Gujarat prefer to start up a business or choose doctorate of engineering as their profession. They consider it as a social status. Moreover, they are family loving and do not prefer to remain away from their family members. If we compare the physical fitness, people of Gujarat are less fit compared to the other states. There are also certain norms like vegetarianism that refrain them from joining the army.

Q 9. What is your message to the upcoming generation?

I would advise the youngsters to be an Indian and feel proud about being an Indian. I feel that they should leave the craze of going to a foreign land for progress at the cost of national spirit. Instead they should read more, think more and be a part of the development of the nation.


(Sureshkumar K. Dave, (I.P.S) Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence Bureau, Gandhinagar )


Celebration Of Victory On Air

Cancer is one of the ten leading diseases in India. It is estimated that there are nearly 1.5-2 million cancer cases at any given point of time. It is likely that the number will double in the coming 5 to 7 years. Among females the cases of breast cancer are increasing day by day. In order to bring awareness about breast cancer, HCG Medi-Surge Hospital arranged an awareness programme ahead of World Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 25. As a part of this programme around 30 females who survived from breast cancer gathered at Kankaria to spread a message regarding the deadly disease.

They celebrated their victory over the disease by cutting a cake on a flight of the helium balloon. They cut the cake at the height of 360 feet with a message, ‘Soaring High-Cancer Bye Bye’. Moreover all the females were dressed in pink, it being the color of breast cancer. According to Dr. D.G.Vijay, the programme was carried out to raise the awareness about cancer treatment. The victory of these females over the disease itself said that females should get themselves tested at an early stage. Generally the disease is detected in the third and the fourth stage, after which the cure becomes difficult. Hence regular tests can help in detecting it at a pre clinical stage.

Dr. D.G.Vijay said, “We think that such programmes are necessary as they bring openness in the minds of the people. Gradually people are becoming bolder. Few years ago one didn’t used to marry a girl whose mother had breast cancer, but now people have accepted that it is not hereditary.”
The event did not only spread the message but it also boosted up the spirits of these victorious women. Pragna Shah,51, says, “I was operated twelve years ago, and during that time I could literally see death in the eyes of the people with whom I used to talk. They always felt that I will soon die and that feeling imbibes a sense of negativity in the minds of the patient.

Whereas such programmes make us feel that we are not different from others. I want to convey that cancer is not death and hence fight it with a positive attitude.” Antonia Shadipo from Nigeria who got operated just three weeks ago also was a part of the programme. She said, “I am very happy to be a part of the event as it lifted my spirits. I saw so many survivors around and now even I feel that I am a survivor.”
The participants discussed various issues and enjoyed for two hours. The event not only shared a message but also shared moments of happiness and concern.



Samsung SMX-C20

Cameras and Camcorder’s have become a necessity when one moves out of the house. They help you to capture the memorable time that you spent with your dear ones. Nowadays, several designs and features are available in these devices. Recently, Samsung has come up with Samsung SMX-C20, a standard camcorder which is a part of Samsung C-series. The camcorder has a sleek, curved design with lightly colored black casing. The design is also unique as its lens is on an angle for a more comfortable holding position for the user.

• 10x optical zoom
• offers standard definition video recording at a resolution of 720×480
• offers the ability to capture still images at a resolution of two mega pixel
• AAC audio format
• Color LCD Screen
• Time Lapse Recording
• Face Detection focus
• In built microphone
• Still imaging Resolution 800 x 600, 1600 x 1200
• 160 minutes Power Running time
• Weight 145g (without battery)
• One button You Tube upload feature
Colors: Red, Blue and Grey

For the people who have an SD television, the camcorder is a good option. The plus point is that it can be easily carried as it is compact and lightweight. There is an inbuilt software that allows video to be edited and viewed without installing the software. Both video and still images are recorded on disc (instead of on a cassette and a memory card). It also provides an easy searching and random access to video segments. It has a better value than the Samsung SMX-C24 which includes 16GB of onboard flash storage. Moreover, it is capable of shooting still images at 2MP. Whereas the disadvantages of the camera are that it has relatively short recording time and that the video is highly compressed.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Photography is an important part of art. More and more people are getting interested in this art day by day. It has been observed that camera has been important for people of all age groups and for all kinds of people. Now a days we find each and everyone moving around with a camera even in their routine. The increase in the usage lead many companies to come up with various kinds of cameras having various features.

Panasonic has introduced the new Lumix DMC-FT2, a successor to Lumix first camera geared for active outdoor use, the DMC-FT1. FT2 strengthens its toughness to be waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof.

· Newly developed Venus Engine HD II integrating Intelligent Resolution technology
· 28mm wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom lens
· A Wind Cut function is also available
· Fast sonic speed auto focus system
· 2.7 inch LCD screen
· 14.1 mega pixel cameras
· Contains happy mode system that automatically captures picture with more vivid colors
· Battery life up to 360 shots (CIPA) per a single charge
· It is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof

It hasn’t taken long for Panasonic to launch its second all action digicam. It is a tough camera as it is shockproof to 2m, water resistant to 10 meters and is resistant to heat and cool. It has a noticeable quicker auto focus system. The FT2 is a take anywhere, use that combines sophistication with resilience. It also contains the new generation digital zoom, the wide angle and the HD video. It’s also certainly one of the better-looking “tough” cameras in the market, only surpassed in our view by the rather attractive Casio EX-G1. It is a serious challenger to the longer-established Olympus Tough series.

Treasure The Village Tradition at Hodka

Each of us waits for holidays to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life. People rush to various tourist destination as soon as the holidays begin. Nowadays rather than visiting hill stations, people prefer visiting villages. Visitors these days look for places where they can get a feel of a village and know more about village life and culture of the villagers. As a result The Endogenous Tourism Project has been started. Endogenous tourism is a step beyond tourism as it does not only mean travelling or exploring for pleasure. It is much more beyond pleasure as it helps to create a mutual understanding between the localites and the travelers. It helps to broaden the mindset of people.

One such endogenous travel project has been started at Hodka village in Kutch. It is situated at a distance of 63 kms from Bhuj. The name ‘Hodka’ has been derived from the word ‘hodi’ which means boat. Hodka is believed to have been inhabited around 300 years ago by the Halepotra clan from Sindh who were cattle herders and were in search of pastures. The Meghwals, traditional leather craft and embroidery persons, from further north, have also settled in Hodka over time.

Hodka Tourism is owned and managed by the people of Hodka. The village with perfect natural surrounding is a perfect way to enjoy the village atmosphere. The main attraction of the village is that you can live with the same style as that of the community, explore their art, craft and folklore of the region. The village is very famous for its art and craft work with distinguished designs and patterns. Leather craft is a specialty of this region as several types of embroideries; weaving, printing lacquer work etc are beautifully done. One can also visit several artisans and observe the making of these art pieces. One can converse with these artisans about their livelihood and know more about their lifestyle. The colorful handicraft items available here can become a shopping spree.

The typical mud made houses often attract the tourists. The houses are nicely decorated and creatively painted. Usually dung and natural dyes in the earth tones are used to decorate these houses. One also gets to visit virda or well where you learn about the ancient process of water harvesting in the Banni dry-lands and to Sarguvaro Dhand, a flat and dry extension of land similar to the Great Rann of Kachchh, to enjoy the particular landscape. One can have a different experience of sleeping on a bed made out of mud or sleeping in a tent enjoying the open dessert.

After having a feel of the village, one can have a good time exploring the birds at Chhri Dand. It is a home to more than 50,000 waterfowls and 55 distinct animal species. Migratory birds are often seen in this area. Moreover, one can have a sight of endangered foreign species of birds. It is a best site for bird watching as the area remains flocked by several species of birds.

Apart from Hodka one can also visit Than Monastery, Dholavira and roam around the white Rann of Kutchh. All this seems to be a mixture of art, culture, tradition, civilization, nature and wildlife. It is a place that is a combination of all, a place that suits all kinds of people. It is a perfect place that not only brings peace but also adds to one’s learning about the village life and people.