Uday Gosain’s Weblog

I am an Indian in US, came in last year and probably around for another few years. I have just moved from Delhi where the present Delhi Chief Minister won a landslide victory on tenets similar to that of Mr. Sanders. The words are same, they touch your heart, for he speaks from the heart too. However, he will not be [the President]

I work in Hartford and travel in the CT Transit bus everyday; I see the America that probably not many see from the cars. Having worked in several countries before, I am touched that this great country is still taking about “Black Lives Matter”, Economic Inequality, minimum wage, political corruption, financial corruption, health care and most importantly, about Education.

I also was thinking, when did America start getting worried about immigrants? Ya, Immigrants? America was built on being the first, being the best and it has to sustain it and for that Education, Health, Infrastructure remain paramount. When manufacturing moved outside The US, the Education and Innovation capabilities should have moved up several notches; why can’t the Ivey Leagues be replicated, why can’t there be World Class Schools, yes each and every school and why can’t MIT be a national chain of institution?

If there can be a genuine grounds up revolution in this country, and I, even as an temporary resident can help, I would like to.

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How Much Good Can Occur Through Me?

How Much Good Should Occur Through Me?

What Good should that be?

There is a Deep Connection & Sensitivity with the Surroundings I have and the World that I am in.

If there is an understanding of that and the Good, then I should.

There is a Meaning and Purpose of my life, that As Much Good Should Occur Through Me. Yes, I should.

 

In the last few months I found myself educating myself on several Methodologies, Processes and Technologies on YouTube. The tutorials and documents presented by Google Search did not cross my mind; the books on the computer table and the shelves lay unopened for several months.

I recollected the debate-ish conversation with my wife’s Googler cousin a few months back – of how Audible is might be setting the wrong precedence for the current and next generations. Of how people are slowly getting off the books and how the imagination of a reader is curtailed by the boxed sounds and the imagery Audible creates. It is quite possible that Audible and the likes may be taking imagination to a different orbit. Will need to “hear” a bit more about it!

It just “struck” yesterday – how in the centuries before, the scriptures were taught verbally and how the knowledge was passed on, with the preciseness such that some of them are better kept alive verbally. Case in point – The Vedas. The importance of Storytellers in communities and organisations who keep the traditions and culture alive and present. Who hold and pass on the generational heritage.

Taking the thought further, on the itsy mobile devices, naturally, it is easier to listen and view the NEWS rather than read it, the shift to listening is natural. In the olden days the content of news was governed by the broadcasters however, today its the content of choice and it global. We listen more than we probably read today. And read, we what – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – quick n easy. Wait, its probably the video posts that we watch more than anything else today:)

Being no researcher, but an observant, it is still to be seen if the balance would shift towards audio. Speech is the first mode of communication probably, most and better understood. Another question is – does reading spark the imagination more than listening?

Just some thoughts, which I chose to “write” about, on the blog I was ignoring:)

It is a conundrum like no other, that near the metros, land is being taken away for development of real estate by sacrificing agricultural land. The food that came to Delhi from Noida or Gurgaon now comes from Tarau and in the near future will come from beyond. For this we need to transport food, on an inefficient road network, on an inefficient supply chain, which any way runs on no power or subsided diesel. What remains worrisome is the energy requirement to run the cold chains that are being professed as the solution to the woes of Indian F&V value chains. The focus on innovation on building cold chains meeting sustainability standards have to be started immediately. As with many other generation skips that India has had on the deployment of newer technologies, this opportunity has to be taken cognizance of.

On a larger, introspective scale – we need a well designed development model that ensures near-home availability of food especially in the growth centres, the metros. The pride and passion of growing food next door has to be built in.

I live in Gurgaon, India.  This seems to be a smallish city as of now, which is made to seem much larger and much unmanageable when people are awake, that is, when there is traffic. The population touching 900,000, it just seems too crowded already. Flyovers are already being planned, Rapid Metro is functioning.

The great thing about Gurgaon is that it offers a mixed development, which makes it possible for you to access everything of need and want – office, the best hospitals, entertainment, Eating Havens, Schools, etc. All this would be 5-10 minutes by car, if there is no traffic.

From the 12th Floor of probably the most central condo here, I can see almost all the places of my interest. My office, my wife’s office, all my banks, places we eat out, metro, yes, everything. That set about a thought, instead of building flyovers, (which any way have not done too much to reduce jams in Delhi), we can build a great intersection of modern covered air conditioned (renewable energy powered) elevated walkways/cycleways, with modern escalators and travelators, leading to all important places in Gurgaon. It would be designed such that it fits well into the landscape, or even elevates the landscape of Gurgaon. These can be built using pre-fabricated material, faster to deploy, will require excellent study and design to plan this project.

Benefits:-). There are lots…

Having worked in Mobile Tech, Social Development and now Food & Agriculture, and seen mobile tech penetrating and not penetrating in places, one thing is pretty clear, that CommunicationNext, will take place through data and through mobiles.

Mobiles will make governments and organisations more democratic. Coupled with sensors which will churning out big data from the environment, the systems and structures will become more aware and hence more responsive.

Governments and organisations alike will need to respond, as the publicly sent messages will stack up. Customer Service will never be the same, it is anyway not the same with social media. Response, and response with care will present it self.

Information, which is “to know” shall be present with billions, decisions will hence be taken more transparently and more surely.

The next investments would be, to be, at the absolute forefront of building such eco-systems, deliberately.

Democracy, its design and implementation is changing and with the ubiquity of mobile apps & eco-systems, will churn…

The starting point of residue management in crop cultivation is creation of strong PPUs (Proposed Pesticide Usage) list.

The most important parameter is the matching of the Pre Harvest Interval (PHI) (in days) of the chemical with the Natural Harvest Interval (NHI) of the crop. Where, PHI is also known as the Waiting Period, which is the period after the spray chemical residue remains on the crop/fruit. Only after the lapse of the PHI will the crop/fruit be free from any chemical residue and will be considered fit for human and animal consumption. NHI is the duration of ideal harvest of the crop/fruit such that right maturity and quality of output is attained without damaging the future yield potential of the plant. The PHI cannot be greater than the NHI of the crop. I have yet to come across an effective chemical which has a PHI of 1 day, whereas there are several crops which have NHI of 1 day!

It was quite a rude shock to understand that, that there is no understanding of such a principle amongst farmers, farm supervisors, managers. When I reached out to universities, again similar response. It is obvious that if a pesticide has been used on a crop, most likely the farmer would have no idea of the PHI and hence, there would be chemical residue on the table fruit/crop.

An alternative is presented in the form of Biological Crop Protection Formulations. These are certified organic and are used while growing Certified Organic food. However, when these are tested, probably >50% of these will have chemical traces, to increase the “effectiveness”. A further alternative is to use Biocides.

I urge the Pesticide companies such as Bayer CropScience, DuPont, Syngenta, Monsanto, UPL, etc. to take moral lead and start creating detailed seasonal & regional PPUs for all crops and then hold massive drives to educate farmers and personnel involved in Extension Services. The best practices are already documented in India/Global GAP, TESCO Nurture, Mark’s & Spencer F2F, etc standards. On the other hand, companies such as T-Stanes and Camson Bio Technologies should hold massive field trials to prove the efficacy of their Biocides.

Well, as consumers, at least know this concept and start asking!

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