What does this actually represent???

Hey, it’s me, the blogger back with a new post! Most of you of have seen this symbol right? It can be seen everywhere from public toilets to houses.

We know it as the wheelchair symbol, but its formal title as per the ISO( International Organization for Standardization) is the International Symbol of Access.

When I first heard about this, I was thoroughly confused. Everyone from my peers to even my Lawyer cousin were unclear as to what the symbol means. At a certain point, even I began to wonder, is this just some rumour spread through WhatsApp or a genuine fact? So I did some digging & what I found was really interesting.

One of the main reasons that people are perplexed about the meaning of this seemingly plain symbol may stem from how the symbol came about & why. In 1968, The International Commission of Technology & Accessibility held a design contest ( though I’m not sure how they would have had the time to say all that every time they gave an award) They were looking for something that would be recognizable no matter the distance( self descriptive), simple, practical & couldn’t be confused with existing symbols.

The winning design which for some weird reason didn’t have a head, was designed by Susanne Koefed, a Danish designer. With the addition of a head the following year made it more relatable & boy did succeed in doing that, because by the next ten years, it was endorsed by not just the ISO but by the United Nations themselves!!!

Without pizzazz or commotion, a global icon was born. But come the 2000s & even this simple sign needed an update. So the Graphic Artists’ Guild took it upon themselves & added more rounded, human-ish features. Then in 2012, The Accessible Icon Project came up with a more, shall we say, souped- up variant.

But this doesn’t really answer the question about this sign’s purpose. To put it simply, it is a sign which is used to indicate where there are accessible amenities like toilets or restaurants  . The strength of such Globally recognizable image is that no matter the tongue you speak , the country you are in, or the clothes you wear, if you require such facilities, the sign shows the way. So the next time you decide to visit a foreign country & are caught in ” I need a bathroom” situation but don’t understand the language? Don’t  worry, because the trusty wheelchair will show the way.

Ok, now you’re probably thinking ” If it’s that simple, then why is there so much confusion about this?” . That comes from the term accessibility & what it actually means.  Many people assume that since the symbol is about a wheelchair, the accessible facilities are only meant to be used by those who use wheelchairs or those who have a visible physical condition. But accessibility is a diverse concept that applies to plethora of conditions, ranging from people with autism to autoimmune diseases, like lupus.

In fact the World Health Organization estimates that they are approximately 1 billion people who suffer from some form of disability. So look to your left & look to your right because statistically you live in a world where even your best friend could differently abled. And people who use wheelchairs make up only 15% of the total amount. The vast majority suffer from non-visible disabilities. So these accessible amenities have to be designed keeping this whole group in mind.

In recent years, several people have begun to question whether the symbol is really appropriate for what it’s meant to do. This is not just about encompassing the masses but also because people tend to be abusive & intolerant towards people without visible disabilities. This symbol, which was meant to unite the human race has sadly been warped & instead used to further divide us.

There is however a ray of hope. The recent redesigns have attempted to address the concerns about the current symbol. There is a growing acceptance towards differently abled people & this new generation of movers & shakers is to be given much of the credit. In order to highlight this & signal the beginning of a new era, some advocate a complete re-design, but it’s a strenuous task, how do you replace something that is familiar through out the globe. And what will be it’s successor?

I hope this post has given you a better understanding of this universal symbol & its origins. Hope you enjoyed reading this post & are eagerly awaiting more. Until next time, May The Force be with You.




Hey guys it’s me, your favourite blogger!!! Today’s post is all about Youthquake, don’t worry it’s not some new natural calamity or another ” covefefe” incident.  No, Youthquake is the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year !!! Now you’re probably wondering, ” Ok, but what does youthquake even mean?”. Well, the Oxford pocket dictionary defines the word Youthquake as:

A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

And you have to admit, it does have a nice ring to it. But seriously this is an amazing word & what I love about it, is that it accurately describes the new era that has dawned upon mankind. I mean, I am now a new species, as a matter of fact, everyone in my generation is a new species, Homo Sapien Sapien or ” Futuristic Man”.  This doesn’t mean that we have an extra pair of arms & legs or a 3rd eye, no it just means that our bodies & brains are very slightly different from the generations before us. They are more focused, more adaptive & are better configured to move in synchrony with the new, more technology-oriented world.

You have to admit, though that the youth are becoming more & more involved in matters that have global or at the very least, national impacts. From the Jallikatu protests here in Tamil Nadu to the Catalonia movement in Spain, it appears that we the youth, want to be recognized. We want our voices to be heard, our opinions taken seriously. We are a generation filled with keen problem solvers, leaders & those who will not take “no” for an answer.

Some say that the youth aren’t ready, that they haven’t seen the outside world, they know not the complications & conundrums that this world poses. But that is what makes us so deadly, the very fact that we aren’t ready.

Let me propose a simple thought experiment. Imagine a busy, crowded road, outside a school & imagine a child, with a heavy schoolbag, tired after a long day of school who has to cross this chaotic mess & reach his Bus, which is about a block away & is set to leave within 10 minutes. Now as an adult, this situation will puzzle & frustrate the best of you. But a child, has only 1 objective, getting from Point A to Point B as soon as possible & he will do anything to get there. He will climb over cars, he’ll weave through the sea of motorcyclists, he’ll use by lanes that no one knew existed & he will get to his destination.

Same rule applies here , while adults have to struggle though the red tapes of bureaucracy, children can mobilise the masses, start quick response teams & fix buildings with just a snap of their fingers. However, there is one drawback. This natural instinct to belong , to change the world is often curtailed as its seen as immature & utopian. Now there is some merit to this, sometimes kids tend to go overboard for the wrong reasons or the wrong causes. This is where we need adults, to help reign us in when our good intentions are for the wrong causes. That is how Life was designed to be like, But now, over the years, the scales have shifted severely in favour of the adults.

But there is hope, several people are now awakening to the possibility of a balanced society, a society where the voices of youth aren’t muffled, but heard & accepted , a society where there is mutual growth & understanding between the youth & the adults, a society which truly embodies the ideals of “Pro pace et fraternitate gentium”  

Before I sign off, I happened to notice that the comment box in my blog has been awfully silent for some time, so maybe you can help me fix that? So hope you guys enjoyed this post & are eager for more!! Till next time, Farewell!

Book or E-Book?

Hey guys, it’s me & today’s post is about an issue that’s very close to my heart, The rise of the E-Book. Now obviously this is a debate which has raging on since the dawn of time aka the day Amazon was created. Now some people have a stereotype that this is a battle between the Generation WW2 vs Generation Y. But its actually more of a mixed bag . There are some veterans who have sided with the Kindle faction while some new kids on the block are on the side of paper. Each side have their on signature weapons. The Kindlers say this is eco friendly while the paperbacks say that the charm of a book can never be replicated by a cold hard piece of metal & glass.

Now every person who knows me , knows that I am a reading fanatic! If you give me an interesting book , I will forget the whole world & basically turn into a statue! Not even the news that Trump got punched in the face wouldn’t break my trance & that’s something impressive. Now I am the proud owner of 250+ books & 75+ e-books on my Kindle.

2 years ago, I was hardliner of the Paperback faction, spending half my day holed up in the corner of a library, flipping through hundreds of books in under an hour. I was simply disgusted by the invention of the e-book & even spent 3 months trying to convince my friends that e-books were as sacrilegious as converting from a Man Utd fan into a Man City fan!!

Now you may be wondering ” Then why in god’s name did you buy 75 e-books , are you a traitor to the Old Trafford warriors!!!!?” . First no, I’m not a traitor, in fact, I’m as crazy about Man Utd as I am about MSD. But to answer your question, the tectonic shift in my stance occurred due to my dad, the one person who you least expect a teenager to listen to.

It all started with my dad buying the very first kindle & uploading the entire collection of Uncle Scrooge comics into it. I was & still am a Donald Duck family fan. So my dad pulled quite the a smart move. Despite the fact that I was extremely peeved about this, the lure of duck without pants was too much to resist. I tried extremely hard to not like the Kindle but Jeff Bezos was way ahead of me. Not only did the Kindle have access to the entire collection of mankind’s books but it’s compactness also allowed me to smuggle several books into my school , just by slipping it into my pocket!(Yes, I have BIG pockets).

This was a masterstroke by the Kindle faction & boy did it work. Soon I was buying so many E-Book’s that Amazon’s servers crashed through out the entire Asia-Pacific area & they had to send a sea gull that had eaten Tostitos to get me to stop! But what shaped my now middle ground stance? The credit for that goes to an unnamed string instrument teacher who lived sometime in the 9th century.

This may prompt you to ask me” Do you secretly own a time machine?” The answer is no! I do not. But what I do own is 5 page pamphlet on the life of Buddha. I found this pamphlet crumpled outside my school gate. Intrigued, I dusted it off & began reading it. And the part which talks about how Buddha attained enlightenment really had a profound effect on me. I then realised that both factions had equal pros & cons & the fact that I was swinging like a pendulum between both sides was basically driving me insane! I also stumbled upon the fact many people where in a similar situation as me! So like Siddhartha, we realised that the middle path was the best one !

And from this was born the Kindle-Paperback federation or the Kindback federation as it is now referred to by the other factions. And do you know what’s the greatest thing about this? Each member can interpret the middle path to suit their needs. My personal stance is that buy E-Books for most series & paperbacks for sentimental series like Harry Potter.  Now this may not work for most people but it does for me.

So why am I writing this post? To make you, dear readers realise that there is an alternative to these two factions which are tearing at each other’s throats. There is a group which acts as a meditator between these 2 goliaths. We basically do whatever the UN does but for books, instead of countries.

I hope this post gave you an insight into the intricate world of modern day literature & it’s multiple factions. But sadly it’s time for me to bid you adieu, so until we meet again, in this website or the next GM of the Kindback, Farewell!


State of emergency-A Book Review

Hi guys, I’m back & welcome for a change, to a book review! So I was casually wandering around one of Chennai’s innumerable Book fairs(yes that’s a real thing!)when a book with a soldier on it caught my eye. I glanced at the first few lines of the summary & was instantly hooked! I just had to have this book!! So I took a look at the price tag & was delighted that it was a steal of just 150 Rupees! 12 hours later under the cover of my blanket, I continued to be enthralled by this masterpiece created by Sam Fisher.

The book focuses on a top-secret team called E-Force whose main agenda is to help save people in disaster zones. Now you may be wondering ” Don’t we have the police & the Fire fighters to take care of such things?” Well to find out the answer, buy & read this book. This book is a must buy for anyone interested in fast paced, thrilling adventure novels which at the same time are highly relatable. The characters(note the word characters) are often confronted with several real world problems from their conscience to the slothfulness & mind games of modern-day bureaucracy.

Here’s how this book stood up to my 3 pillars of a good read!!!
1.Duration– Some people say that more pages mean a better reading experience. I disagree. Sure many of the greatest works in literature are massive, but that doesn’t mean that big is better. A long book, after a certain point in, gets tiresome. It becomes so long that the book seems to drag on forever! Small isn’t the best either, an extremely short book would leave the reader yearning for more detail, for more continuity, would leave them with 101 questions to be answered. There needs to be a balance.
Coming in at 376 pages, “State of Emergency” has slotted itself into, in my opinion, the ideal number of pages any book should have. Why? Not only do such a number of pages keep the reader interested, they also don’t take up much space, thus greatly adding to its ability to be stuffed inside my math textbook, allowing me to smuggle it into school 😉
2.Plot– What good is a book, without a great plot?
“State of Emergency” comes equipped with a plot that is simply sublime!! It appears to be highly straightforward but in reality, coupled with its sub-plots(of which there are several) this book will bamboozle, surprise, delight, enrage & sometimes make you pause & ponder over its subtle but weighty messages.
3.Artwork– The front & back cover & the images within a book are often what prompt people to buy them.

State of Emergency’s front & back covers compliment the words within to the fullest!! Blacksheep-UK, the team who designed these fantabulous covers deserve an Oscar or at the very least, an Emmy!!

Overall, I feel that the author has delivered a power-packed novel that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. The plot twists at first appear to be the same tired & tested ones but they reveal their depth & significance only much later in the story. The explanation of high-tech instruments is lucid & isn’t hampered by lack of detailing nor is it straitjacketed by the use of too much technical jargon( Case In Point, Apple products, they use high fangled terms to trick us into thinking that the new iPhone is better but in reality, it’s worse!! I’m on to you Apple!!, you can’t-fool me!!!)
The book is a beautiful symphony created by a maestro whose name we will all hear more about in the coming years! I’m definitely not qualified to critique this book but I do have one suggestion. A touch more mystery could have launched this already mind-blowing plot into the stratosphere but it isn’t something that has to be considered, it’s just my opinion. I seriously recommend this book as a worthy successor to the vacuum left by the books of Wilbur Smith. Plus, this book isn’t a stand-alone, its part of an ongoing, yes ongoing series!!!!! And you know that means for me, more books to smuggle into to school!!!!
Hope you liked this review & are excited for more, Well, That’s it for today, Until Next Time, farewell!

Xavier is now Phoenix

Yep, the title says it all, Xavier has evolved into its greatest avatar,PHOENIX! to Transform to be more streamlined, to achieve the greatest technological advancement, to become we and not I, It requires nothing short a miracle. But we at Xavier, make miracles seem easy.


Xavier is no more a bunch of amateurs trying to box with the tops  no, we are young, we are innovative, we can do anything, we are Phoenix! Phoenix is all set to rock the world of tech. We are currently collaborating with some of the the worlds greatest firms and companies to produce the most cutting edge technology that will change the future of mankind and the earth for the better.

We are working with Antrix* (the commercial arm of ISRO) to provide the world’s satellites, space stations, rockets and shuttles with the most advanced software and hardware, to help us understand this universe in a way we never could have never imagined. We are in partnership with Honda* to provide vehicles with greener fuels, more accurate and advanced GPS, control, safety features. We are working in unison with WWF* (World Wildlife Fund) in producing the most accurate and durable radio and tracking chips. We are also working on an efficient  and reliable poacher locating system to help identify and capture poachers. We are also helping them locate children and people who need education in wildlife preservation. We are also in unison with UNICEF* in providing water purity testers, water purification systems (for rejuvenating lakes, rivers, ponds etc., not for drinking water). We are working with The Indian government* in creating a efficient and eco friendly garbage collection and disposal mechanisms.

Enough about our enterprising achievements, what have we done for our consumers? Well surprise, surprise, we are rolling out our latest smart phone wing, Impala! Impala is  is no amateurish stunt, oh no, this is a roaring machine that is going to take the world by storm. Kitted with our latest Phoenix software and hardware which is as unique and indigenous as ever, we are ready to go, go, go! The first Impala phone, the Impala O9X, is all set to roll out by late August. But the biggest surprise is yet to come. We have a contract as sponsors for a certain football team. Guess who they are? They are the Red devils, Manchester United!!!!! Boom!  So we really are quite busy, but no matter what happens , what ever the challenge, we at Phoenix will always be doing what we do best, making the world a better place.


  • CEO & FOUNDER- TNC Vaageesh
  • Head Director- Pranav
  • Chief in Engineering- Aravindan
  • Finance director- Arvind
  • General manager- Vedant
  • Chief in Software- Devesh
  • Chief in Nature- Navaneeth
  • Chiefs in advertisement – Arun and Pranav

Our Motto: Extraordinary or Nothing

* Disclaimer: The above are all fiction, dreams of a bunch of 12 year olds in Chennai.

An idea for a tech firm

The other day yours truly and friends came up for fun with this idea for building a technology firm.

Here I present to you, our truly innovative firm – Xavier. Why we called it Xavier?. It is an adoption of “Save”, our idea is to save the world with great gizmos.


Xavier, a company founded on December 1st 2012 by T.N.C.Vaaageesh and managed by a team of experts. Xavier brings to you the gizmos of finest quality thanks to our ingenious hardware and software engineers. Our engineers work alongside hi-tech instruments, the perfect combination of man and machine. We at Xavier focus on the three Ps `Peace, Precision and Protection’, we also focus on the three C`s ‘Control, Confidence and Creativity. Xavier works to enhance what we have today, for a better tomorrow.

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