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Are the petroleum products really cheaper in our neighbouring countries?

 With the advent of social networking and instant messaging apps, dissemination of information to the common man is faster than the traditional media’s. However, there are many bogus and malafide claims with or without intention to spread fake information’s which are believed to be true by the users without verifying their authenticity. One such claim is related to the retail pricing of petroleum products in India vis-a-vis our neighbouring countries. Below is once such bogus post in a Facebook page. I am sure almost all of us would have read such stories in some way.

The official data published in the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC), under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India is published below gives us a different picture.

What the data reveals?

Petrol Cost
  • The present petrol cost in India is almost on par with our neighbouring countries, when calculated in Indian Rupees.
  • If even a Rupee difference is considered big, then we should look about how much the people in Pakistan and Sri Lanka pay in their respective currencies. Pakistani’s pay approximately Rs.80/L in Pakistani Rupee and Sri Lankans pay approximately Rs.117/ L in Sri Lankan Rupee.
  • Though the above comparison in their own currencies is not the right way to compare, it gives us a hint about its impact in their wallet.

Diesel, Kerosene and LPG prices
  • India has the lowest cost among all the nations for Diesel, Kerosene and LPG prices.
  • To me, the price of Diesel, Kerosene and LPG has more direct impact on the poor, than the petrol prices which benefits only the middle and upper classes.
My take on various taxes on these petroleum products
 It is true that various taxes levied increase the price of petroleum products. As on September 1, 2015 the cost paid by Oil Marketing Companies (OMC's) for a litre of petrol to refineries is Rs.25.40 (in HP). Where as the market price charged on consumers is around Rs.61.25. Out of the difference of Rs.35.85, Rs.29.71 is collected as tax, which is 48.25% of the cost of the petrol. Many point to this difference and ask for a reduction in petrol prices by reducing the taxes levied. As an individual personally I am not in  favour (specifically for petrol) of it. 

My stand as of now is due to the following reasons
  • Petrol in contrast with Diesel, Kerosene or LPG is used by Middle and Upper Classes of the Indian society. Why not someone like me who can spend Rs.75,000 for a Pulsar, cannot pay the additional cost as tax. Though they call it as Excise, VAT and so on, I see it as Carbon Tax for the pollution I make. If any reduction could be done, then the same can be done in Diesel, Kerosene or LPG which reaches the poor directly and indirectly.
  • The world we live is not exclusive for human beings, we are just part of the living world. After all decrease in petrol cost increases our chances to use personal vehicles there by increasing  pollution. Are we ready to kill the flora and fauna of this planet?
  • People may prefer to use their own or buy new vehicles, thereby increasing traffic congestion in cities and need for more flyovers, bridges and roads. From where does this money come from? After all we have to be taxed again at an additional cost of environment which increases our medical bill.
  • The quantum of price that may be reduced can be invested in developing better public transports to promote citizens to use public transport rather than individual vehicles. Why not a dedicated public transport corridor in a traffic congested city?

Let us from now let not be moved away by fake and bogus claims and instead being an educated try to understand the issues in a broader sense and think in a rationalistic way.

Value of Discipline in Life

In the life we live there is a value for everything. These values guide us in the right path to lead a happy, prosperous and successful life. Discipline is one principle which is essential and has a value. It is the core value behind success. Success looks simple and in fact a matter of luck at the eyes of many. In real, Success is like an iceberg, where the submerged portion is full of discipline, maintained and followed throughout the path to success.

 It doesn’t matter whether it is an individual or a concern or the nation, nothing can be accomplished without following something in a systematic way. If I have to put it on other words, without discipline in executing, nothing big can be achieved. Discipline is the bridge between goal and accomplishment. Many of us fail to achieve the goal set by us and if we look back into the path travelled by us, it is our indiscipline which is the prime reason behind the failures.

 Discipline doesn’t merely mean obedience. Do you think saying “Yes” for everything to Teachers and Parents meant everything. I too thought so. It is just a dimension of Discipline and I would prefer to call it “Manners”. Nothing much can be learned or achieved just by learning this single dimension. So what does it mean by Discipline?

Discipline if we look in multi-dimensional perspective, it’s a “Way of Life”. It’s something like a shadow which needs to come along with you throughout your life. From the time you wake up, food you take, way you treat your pets, behaviour with your friends, attitude towards elderly, self-motivation, passion, practise, team-spirit, leadership and everything you do to accomplish something in life needs discipline. It looks simple when we say it’s a way of life, but to practise and follow it in daily life needs much dedication. Students need to foster and practise it to succeed in life.

Success is nothing more than a few disciplines practised every day.

Stupid Philosophy # 3: Knowledge

“All we knew Is Nothing”

We generally tend to believe that we knew something about something in this world. But once we decide to understand that something by penetrating deep into it, we realise that we knew nothing about it.

Stupid Theory of Invincibility # 1

"Never expose your minus, but exhibit as your plus;
   Never you are conquered, as your plus is assumed as your    minus" 

 Whether it is a game or life, one will be pushed to failure by targeting his minus. Your plus and minus are the clues for your opponents to sketch their map. Dim your plus, paving way to underestimate and exhibit your minus as your plus. None can conquer you without conquering your minus.

Sennheiser CX 180 Street –II In-Ear-Canalphone : Review


 I use Samsung Galaxy S Duos and the default headset provided with the smartphone is the best headset I had ever used. The bass in the default headset when played in Virtual 7.1 is something which kept me close to it. Meanwhile it got damaged and I tried the headsets which were provided with Moto E, Redmi 1S and other headsets, but sounded similar to the Samsung headset. I have never tried any headset other than the one packed along with the smartphone, so I was searching for the specific Samsung model which I was already using. It is here I got a suggestion from an online blogger to try branded headsets like JBL, Sony, Sennheiser etc.

Why I went for Sennheiser CX 180 Street II?

 I read reviews from various blogs, Flipkart and Amazon and my preference restricted between Sony MDREX110LPBQIN and Sennheiser CX 180 Street II as both were in the same price range, specifications and positive reviews. I decided to go for Sennheiser just to make way for a new brand which I never tried to enter into my life. I ordered in Flipkart from the seller WS Retail and they charged me Rs.792. As usual the service of Flipkart (specifically W S Retail) was awesome and they delivered it to me within 2 days.

Was my choice to buy Sennheiser CX 180 Street II a right decision?

I would say that I made a right choice in buying it and never regretted till this second for any feature whatsoever it may be. The bass is awesome and better than the default headset provided with Samsung Galaxy. It also comes with 2 year warranty, so no head ache. They have service centres in various parts of the country. In Chennai, if I am right there are 2 authorised service centres. Over all it is worthy headset below Rs.1000.


My Usage

The way I use headset may differ from others. I do not listen to music for more than hour in headsets and I am not a frequent traveller. I listen during the mood fluctuations. So I usually don’t worry about comfort of the headset.



Do I have to replicate the specifications? I am sure, you didn’t reach here to know the specifications, but for an end user review.

 Is it a paid review? 

Have a look at screenshot of my review in Flipkart and the tag "certified buyer" below my name.

Bottom Line

Worthy headset. The best one I have ever used.