Category Archives: Did you Know

Indian Railways and Toilets…Did you Know?

Talk of a second class toilet on any Indian train usually evokes faces of utter disgust or a sling of the choicest abuses on how the Government/railways has failed in providing sanitized rest rooms for the traveling masses. I haven’t had to care much as a matured internal digestion cum egestion system ensures that I usually don’t feel the urge to use one. After reaching the destination, however, it is usually a mad and frustrated dash to my dwelling place.

Anyway, one should consider himself lucky to be born in an era where not just 1 but 2 toilets are provided in each coach, irrespective of class. Did you know that in the first 55 years of the Indian Railway’s operations, there was no toilet provision in the lower classes!!

It is, they say, a result of the following letter, that the railways decided to be more humane and include toilets in all classes of coaches for trains running more than 50 miles.

“I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much
swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing the
nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running
with ‘lotah’ in one hand and ‘dhoti’ in the next when I am fall over and
expose all my shocking to man and female women on plateform. I am got leaved
at Ahmedpur station.
This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait
train five minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to make big fine
on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers.”

The letter was written by a certain gentleman named Okhil Chandra Sen to the Sahibganj divisional railway
office in 1909 and is on display at the National Rail Museum in New Delhi.

The Locomotive drivers,however haven’t been so lucky and till today, don’t have toilets on board. I guess it’s the vast semi barren landscape that currently bears the burden of their discomfort.

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BMW:The Initial Years

Just continuing with the Did you know series. This presentation was created in the early days of my MBA at IMT on the BMW company…It is also my first attempt at embedding a presentation from slideshare.net ( The Social Media element of mashups)

For my Imtian readers, this was made for Mr Rizwi, our IT Professor.the date: 8th August, 2005

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Did You Know?

Some Banking Trivia

Citibank was the first bank to introduce Credit card services in India!!

HSBC(Hong Kong and Shanghai banking Corporation) was the first bank to introduce the concept of Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) in India, way back in 1987!!

The State Bank of India (SBI) has the largest branch and ATM network with 10000 branches and over 5600 ATMs!!

If you thought ICICI Bank has the second largest branch network in India…you’re mistaken…it’s PNB with about 4500 branches!!

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Did you Know?

Nescafe Ad

Nescafe Ad

Nescafe, by Nestle was researched at the bequest of the Brazillian Government in 1930. 7 long years later, Max Morgenthaler and his team came up with a coffee that could be stirred by simply adding hot water and milk to it. The first release happened in Switzerland ( Nestle head quarters) in 1938.

Since then it has grown to be a worldwide brand

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Did you Know?

For all those who thought that Orkut was the most popular social networking site across the globe, heres a realty check…it’s not!!! what’s more? it’s not even in the top 4 social networks of the world.

The top 4 include myspace.com, facebook.com, Flickr and Classmates online. MySpace had a staggering 73 million visitors in May 2008…Unbelievable huh!! thats more than twice the total estimated Indian online population!!!

Comscore Top social networks

Comscore Top social networks

Indian population Online

Indian population Online

Myspace.com belongs to Fox Interactive media which in turn belongs to News Corporation ( the same company that owns STAR Tv in India )

It was initially built by a company called euniverse ( later renamed to Intermix Media Limited) and was inspired by Friendster.com, another popular social networking site. The site along with its parent company was later sold, in July 2005 to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for $ 580 million!!!

Myspace.com was launched in India on 17th April 2008 and looks to garner a chunk of the Indian Social networking space.

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The Did you Know series

The world’s so full of knowledge that comprehending even a speck of it is a challenge in itself. Indians have always been “Jack of all trades” and being gifted with this heritage, I also seek to gain knowledge across all walks of life.

Well, for “Chugging Along” i intend to focus on two core interest areas through the “Did you Know?” series:

a) Social Media : For starters did you know that Social Media isnt Social Service. Around a week back,My boss got a call from an interested candidate who claimed that her passion in life was to do “Social Service”!!.

When my boss explained to her that Social Media isn’t Social service she claimed she was interested in Social Media as well!!!…so much for focus

b) General Business Knowledge : Was part of the quizzing team in my MBA and always managed to come 4th or 5th in inter college quizzes.The best we managed was a 3rd and we conveniently forgot to take our certificates. Anyway, the quest for the “golden Fleece” hasnt ended and I still yearn for some recognition in this field.

I intend to use these posts to learn and be a documented repository of valuable information.
I shall also be involving some of my quiz mates to contribute on the same.

Did you know…did you know…did you know…as my mind wanders and hands google to search…take a break and come back tomorrow…I shall be ready then

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