Girl – Gods Creation

Girl – God Invented Rolls Of Love,

You are as complicated as Algebra,

And as easy as Addition.

You are as sedative as Anasthesia,

And as silent as asylum.

With Apple Newton discovered Gravity,

With You God invented Clarity.

You are bundle of joy for parents,

pride for brothers,

perpetual love for Husbands,

Permanent love for Children.


A whiff of the future

A Paris-Cambridge based startup Vapor Communications, have invented a device that will now allow users to send smells via mobile messaging – and no it’s not a hoax.

On Tuesday March 17, 2014, the world’s first trans-Atlantic digitally scented messages was sent from Paris to New York. Aided by the new iPhone app called oSnap, a fragrance chemist in New York sent a champagne and chocolate smell-o-gram to inventors David Edwards, a Harvard professor, and Rachel Field, at the American Museum of Natural History.

The device “oPhone”, along with a free app called “oSnap” (available on iTunes), lets users take photos, add text, program an accompanying scent, then combines them to send the scent messages or the “oNote” as the company calls it.

How does it work?

The scent laced messages or the oNotes, are composed on the iPhone app – oSnap. The app has an automatic camera, which takes photos of the object they wish to send. Once the snap is taken, a tagging menu appears with an array of scent notes such as butter, cocoa beans, baguette or red wine for the user to choose from. Up to eight different scents can be combined to give the recipient the full picture of a meal or any other experience. The app facilitates the users to mix and match different scents from the 32 primitive scents to create more than 300,000 unique aromas to send via mobile message.

These 32 aromas are placed inside oPhone’s eight “oChips.” On receiving the oNote, the device releases the corresponding aroma via two cylindrical gadgets based on the aromatic tags assigned by the user. Each scent is designed to last roughly 10 seconds – the average time people take to sense an aroma. If the photo is tagged with multiple scents, the smells are emitted one after the other. The photo and its corresponding scent tags are then messaged to the recipient, who uses a scent-transmitting machine, the oPhone to receive the smell.


Coming a long way from its ideation two years ago, the oPhone is available for pre-order for $149 to anyone who donates to the device’s ‘Indiegogo crowdfunding’ campaign. The oPhone will cost $199 (US) at the consumer launch, expected in April next year.


TrAction Team in Action

The TrAction program recently received recognition from our associates for the wonderful work done by the team. This called for celebrations all round, and the TrAction team was joined by senior management members. Mr. R. C. Banka – Executive Director & Deputy CEO, Mr. N. S. Swaminathan – Executive Vice President, Mr. Muthukumar Thanu – Group CHRO and Mr. P. K. Agarwal – Vice President-Corporate Quality along with Mr. A. K. Parameswaran – Vice President-Corporate Planning, joined in for the celebrations. The teams at TAFE Madurai and Chennai were connected through video conferencing to celebrate together respectively.

A glimpse of this high-tech celebration is seen in the photographs.



A beginners checklist to choosing a World Cup football team

With Brazil taking on Croatia in the first match of the World Cup in São Paulo, millions of fans around the world kick off a month-long obsession with “football”. For the rest of the world, who don’t follow the game, you’re left with four options this month. Ignore these fans, run away from conversation, nod along to everything being said or jump on the bandwagon. For those who have surrendered, you have an impending task ahead of you. The very first, basic question you will be asked for the next month and a half, “Which team do you support this World Cup?” Well, fret not; this article is here to help you. Presenting (cue drum rolls) “An Beginners Checklist to Choosing a Team this Football World Cup 2014”.

Hold on, before that you need to know what you’re up against.

The World Cup will feature 32 nations – placed in eight groups with four teams each – and a total of 64 games. Each team has eleven players on the field with three substitutions. Each squad however, consists of 23 players on a whole. The teams are divided into eight groups. The four teams in each group will play each other and the top two teams will move on. From there, it heads into single-game elimination, starting with the winner of each group playing the runner-up of another group. Winners advance and keep playing until there are only two teams left.

Now that you know the basics of how the tournament works, let’s move on to what you really want to know- How do you choose which team to support? You could choose your team based on the list given below:

  1. Eye-Candy

The Brazil 2014 World Cup won’t only be the place to bring together the best talent in football; it will also bring some of the most attractive ones. While you’re being forced to watch these hour and a half long matches, you may as well focus on the eye candy.

  1. Good looking fans

Talking about eye candy, with an average seating capacity of 49,896 people per stadium, the stadium has no dearth of good looking supporters. So why not join them in supporting their team?

  1. Color, color, what color do you choose?

FIFA is a legitimate excuse to wear a pair of shorts and a jersey and walk around in front of people. So look up the teams, see which color suits you best, buy a jersey and pretend to support the team.

  1. Dream Travel Destination

Fancied visiting the carnivals of Brazil, the English country side or the Niagara Falls? Well, this suggests you’ve done your country research. So even if you don’t know anything about the team, you support your favorite destination. But do ensure they are playing in this World Cup!

  1. These are some of my favorite things

The Swiss are known for their chocolates, while the English for the Queen and The Beatles, the Germans for their automobiles and South Korea for the Gangnam Style. Why not support the country where your favorites are from?

  1. Bye-bye Honey Singh

The FIFA world cup has its benefits. Honey Singh’s “music” is overridden by the chants of your neighbour singing along with the crowd on TV supporting their team. So listen carefully to the chaos, choose which of the chants you like best and sing it aloud.

  1. The wackiest pre-game ritual.

Some people wear a certain blue shirt for an interview or an important meeting, while someone uses the same pen they wrote class notes with for the exam; we all have our own set of wacky superstitions. Guess what? So do the players and team, find something similar to your superstition? Well, now you know who you’re going to support.

  1. Favorite celebrity supports

Juhi Chawla, The Bachchans, King Khan and of course, John Abraham, are few of the “ardent” football fans. What better way to pledge your allegiances to these stars than support the team they are rooting for!

  1. Cuisine

The World Cup honestly is just another excuse to forget your diet and fill up on snacks. So why not support the team where your favorite food comes from. Pizza, anyone?

  1. Support the team with the most fan following on twitter

Let’s face the fact. You’re only diving in because of peer pressure. Look up twitter, see whom the masses are supporting, there, wasn’t that the easiest thing to do?


Have you caught the football fever

The 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup kicked off in style yesterday. In typical Brazilian fashion the inaugural proceedings began with much fanfare as a golden ball lit up the stadium with dancers and acrobats gracefully performing around it giving the crowd a taste of Brazilian culture. Following this, rapper Pitbull, Jeniffer Lopez and Brazilian pop star Cláudia Leitte performed the official anthem for this year “We are one” to an eager crowd.

The opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia was a preview of what the coming days has in store. Never a team to be dismissed, five time champions and two time runners-up, Brazil (nicknamed “A Seleção” or the “Selection”) are a force to be reckoned with. Reconciling after a frustrating quarter final 2-1 loss to Netherlands back in 2010, Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his men have started off the campaign with a win. With the prodigious Neymar Jr, who has worked wonders for Barcelona since his debut with the club in 2013, Brazil’s 3-1 win over Croatia will give them a much deserved morale boost.

The last world cup final saw a clash between two of the best football teams in the world. The 116th minute goal by Andrés Iniesta against the Netherlands was one of the most memorable goals that gave Spain the spoils and bragging rights of being World Champion. Winning the bout on their first ever FIFA World Cup Final appearance in 2010, La Furia Roya (“The Red Fury”) as Spain is often called, has one of the strongest sides with big names like Andrés Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas among its ranks. As the two teams go head to head again on the second day, Netherlands will be looking for revenge.

Argentina will also look to recreate former coach and legend Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup run. The national squad holds some dynamic names on paper and is clearly one of the favourites this year. Ángel di María, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín and Javier Mascherano are players who have established themselves in club football and are definitely to be watched out for on the field.

Having never entered the finals of the FIFA World Cup till date, Portugal will bank on their iconic number seven jersey holder, Christiano Ronaldo to bring in the glory it deserves. Also, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammates Pepe and Fábio Coentrão will hope to provide a worthy defensive support to an otherwise lethal attack.

A number of big names have been excluded in this edition of the tournament. Argentinian, Carlos Tevez’s exclusion came as a shock to many. Tevez, top scorer for Juventus was a crucial force for the Serie A champions, scoring 19 goals for the side. France will also miss one of its most experienced attacking right-winger, Frank Ribéry through back injury. Similarly, the already star studded Brazilian side sees the likes of Coutinho, Robinho, Ronaldinho and Kaká being omitted even after the wonderful season they’ve had at their respective clubs.

This World Cup will mean the end of the line for a few notable players. Ashley Cole of England announced his retirement from International football after he was excluded from the world cup squad. Spanish forward, David Villa is also hanging up his shoes after Brazil.

Being the largest sporting spectacle in the world with an astonishing US$576million being invested in it, it being called the biggest football tournament till date. With an estimated 2.8 billion people watching the World Cup the world over, it will be an absolute test of nerves as every one of the 32 teams will want to prevail and etch their names in football history.