Carpool Etiquette

2/11/2017

Carpool Etiquette

Did you know people find their life partners in the strangest places? You’ve probably read dozens of stories about them. A German carpooling app giant claims their users met while carpooling and ended up getting married!

DISCLAIMER: We do not guarantee that you will also find yourself a hot date for this Saturday night. What we do believe is that if you follow the steps given below, you’ll at least find a companion whom you can vent to about the disastrous date you had the previous night. It’s a win-win situation!

Let’s just say that you’re about to take your first carpool ride. You’re sharing somebody’s car or you’re sharing your car with someone else. Also, if you’ve never been in a carpool before, where’ve you been? Living under a rock?

For all you first timers, (and old timers too) here is a list of 5 golden tips to keep in mind while ride sharing. Follow these so you can make sure you’re not only comfortable during your ride, but also, have a good time. After all, why should James Corden have all the fun?

  1. Keep your hands to yourself

It’s always a good idea to not fiddle with the knobs and buttons of a car’s dashboard when you’re riding with a relatively new person you don’t know all that well yet. Unless your companion has made it clear that they don’t mind you making any changes, like changing the radio station, refrain from doing anything that might make them self-conscious. Just hum Selena Gomez’s ‘Hands to Myself’ to give yourself a little reminder and you’ll be good to go.

  1. Punctuality

Now, this may sound like a boring and tedious task to all you lazy ones out there, BUT, tardiness is not a quality appreciated in the carpooling community. Decide on a fixed time well before the scheduled ride so that everyone reaches where they need to be on time. You don’t want your friend to be late to their workplace because of you, do ya?

  1. Be in a good mood

Let’s be real, we all have our morning hassles. You probably had a fight with your partner about who burnt the toast. Or maybe, your dog peed all over the carpet. Maybe you’re just running late. Whatever the case, leave your temper at the front door when you shut it. It’s not going to be the rosiest of rides if you show up for your carpool looking like black thunder. Your carpool friend is most likely not your therapist. Take a deep breath, smile and hop in.

  1. Keep your vehicle clean

It’s an ominous start to the day when you drive up to pick up your carpool buddy and they have to gingerly pick up a stray Starbucks coffee cup before they take a seat. It doesn’t leave a good impression when you have to constantly apologize for a lonely sock next to somebody’s feet that you hastily shove under the seat or an auxiliary cable that’s poking into their leg because they accidentally sat on it. We’ve all been there. Therefore make it a point to tidy up your car a little before leaving your house.

  1. Have FUN

Nobody said a carpool has to be a tedious task that we only tolerate to reduce air pollution and reduce traffic. It can be the best part of your day if you wish to make it that way. Be nice, talk about that clown in your office, tell a funny story about your pet and above all, BOND with the person sitting next to you.

  • You probably chose to carpool for similar reasons so use this as opportunity to make a new friend!
  • Pi Patel never imagined he’d sail across the ocean with a tiger for company but he managed to make the most of it, didn’t he?
  • All I’m saying is keep your options open.
  • You never know, you might get into the car and it could be love at first sight. Who’s to say what might happen?

Sai Amritha

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Pollution is in the house

2/11/2017

Pollution is in the house

 

“Water and air, the 2 essential fluids on which all life depends have become global garbage cans.”- Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

When Cousteau said the above quote, he hit the nail right on the head. WE humans have taken Mother Nature for granted where we treat Her like our household garbage bin. The only difference is, we cannot shift the garbage we generate outside the planet like we do in our house.

At the rate we’re going, one would almost be under the assumption that if we use up this space we’ve been blessed with, we can just pack up and move to another planet which is on standby, just in case something goes wrong with Earth. But this is real life, and not James Cameron’s Avatar.

Here are a few number cookies to munch on.
According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.

In a 2014 survey conducted by the World Health Organization, New Delhi ranks No.1 out of 1600 cities in the world in terms of PM2.5, to have the worst air quality. That’s a list we’ve topped for all the wrong reasons. In addition to that, Delhi is also the 3rd most populated city in the world with the numbers reaching 25 million and rising every day. To be clear, more than 25 million people are breathing the worst oxygen in the world. Feeling a little clammy yet?

As per RTO 2016, Delhi is one of the Indian cities with the highest number of cars with more than 30 lakh cars spewing poisonous gases which we inhale as a part of our daily diet.In a year, around 3000 people in Delhi die prematurely as a result of this.

However, the spotlight has been shown enough. Enough summits and international conferences have been held around the world. We need to stop looking to our political leaders to take all the action while we sit in front of the television and alternate between different news channels.

Change cannot be brought about by one person. Strikes and protests only increase awareness in a few individuals. More has to be done than just talking about it. We need to get out on to the streets and practice what we protest. In our daily life.

There are dozens of different ways to reduce pollution in our country. You can adopt at least one. Let the capital set the example for the rest to follow.

Otherwise we might realize that the pollution apocalypse might arrive sooner than expected. And there’s no plan B. Or C.

Sai Amritha

 

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