November 26, 2020

What can be made from 1 Barrel of Crude Oil

Crude oil is called Black Gold. It is used in making so many products. Crude oil quality is indicated with its API gravity. More is the API of the oil better it is. With 1 barrel of oil with 32 API or 7.21 pounds per gallon(specific gravity=0.864) , following things can be made. Wax for 170 birthday candles or for making 27 crayons. Lubricants to make 1 quart of motor oil About 4 pounds of charcoal briquettes Gasoline to drive a medium sized motor car (7.2 km/litre) for 451 kilometres Distillate to drive a large truck (2 km/liter) 64 kms.… Read More »What can be made from 1 Barrel of Crude Oil

# Hashtag TURNS 13

The humble # hashtag has completed 13 on the twitter in August. An average of 125 million hashtags are tweeted each day. In fact the makers of Twitter had not even added the hashtag feature as it was thought it to be too nerdy for common people. Hashtag was used earlier in c-language in the file header to include external file often present in the library. For example there is a library of files called header files which are readymade pieces of software to be used in the present program. It was the users who discovered that tweeting a term… Read More »# Hashtag TURNS 13

Stars Looking Benevolently Down

This was first published on 2nd December 2008. In Mumbai, people rarely look heavenwards because they don’t have time for this leisurely activity. They always move like a sea of crowds and will be trodden if they look upwards. After the end of the day, they reach homes totally exhausted by effects of  pollution and interminable journeys. There is no space anymore in the city downtown and almost all the middle class has moved to suburbs. In a way, the bridges connecting the Mumbai islands to mainland of India are like the tongues of dragons licking away the land without… Read More »Stars Looking Benevolently Down

Chandragupta Maurya

When Alexander the great entered Indian subcontinent he crossed Hindu Kush occupied Kabul  and reached Indus and crossed it, it was 326 BCE. The land of India thus attracted outsiders since times immemorial. Omphis, the king of Taxila had already submitted without much resistance. Beyond Jhelum river was the land ruled by warlike king of Punjab, Porus. Alexander was with great difficulty able to defeat Porus in a surprise attack. Porus was captured  and brought before his conqueror. Porus was said to be very tall and handsome man. At the time he was brought before Alexander, he had nine wounds… Read More »Chandragupta Maurya

Dean Mahomet: The founder of First Curry in UK

Dean Mahomet is credited with being the first Indian to open a Curry House in UK in the year 1810 and it was called Hindoostane Coffee House. It was situated in George Street of central London. It introduced Hookah in England and served Indian culinary dishes. The premises is now a building called Carlton House. To many who are now part of the city’s expansive curry house business, Mahomet was a pioneer Mr Mahomed’s plan had been to serve “Indianised” British food which would appeal to the Indian aristocracy in London as well as British people who had returned from… Read More »Dean Mahomet: The founder of First Curry in UK