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Buyer’s Guide to Washing Machine

At home or away from home, nobody enjoys doing laundry in particular. I wonder how many of you look at that pile of laundry and secretly wish for disposable clothes. Oh! what a wonderful invention would be that be. However, that ain’t happening anytime soon so you better get cracking on that pile of laundry right away. Than God for washing machines if not for them we would have had to waste ours of Saturdays and Sundays in soaking, washing, rinsing and drying clothes.

Washing machines nowadays are a common identity in every household for the simple fact that they make life easier. So if you are still alien to the pleasures and wonders of this beloved consumer durable you need to buy a washing machine now. However, before investing your money into anything you must learn a few details which will help you make a better and informed selection. Read ahead to know what are the essential features and specialties of a modern top-quality washing machine and the basic specs that are a bare minimum in today’s time.

Washing Machine Types:

  • Fully Automatic: as the name suggests these are completely automated. They come with pre-loaded wash settings. All you need to do is to pop in the laundry and select a wash setting on the control panel and relax. These are highly efficient in washing and drying the clothes. Although they consume a good amount of electricity and are a little costly ranging from 15,000 to 70,000 rupees.
  • Semi-Automatic: As again the name is self-explanatory. These machines need a little bit of manual attention for setting the timer and shifting the clothes from the wash to the spin-dry container after the completion of the wash. The wash quality is good but nowhere near compared to the automatic ones. However, they are economical in both your pocket and the electricity meter. All in all, it is a good bargain when you consider the ease it provides compared to washing the clothes by hand. At a pocket-friendly price ranging from 9,000 to 15,000 Indian rupees it still makes a very good purchase.

While the semi-automatic washing machine only comes in the top-loading form the fully-automatic washing machine has one more variant, the star of any washing machine advertisement, Front-Loading washing machine. Following is a small comparison to help you decide which model suits your needs best.


Consumer Durables : Household Essentials

A house is nothing but walls floors and windows until it is inhabited by people. That is when a house becomes home. A place where you feel comfy. However, besides people and their mutual love, there are a few other things that help in this transformation. Things that make life easier and pitch in for those “comfy feels”.   Yes, consumer durables are the phrase we are talking about. Manufactured goods like automobiles and household appliances that have a long life(durable) are called consumer durables.   Following are the two essential consumer durables for every household.

  • Refrigerator: It is needless to mention the importance of a refrigerator a.k.a fridge in every home. It helps keep the fruits and veggies fresh while also preserving the leftover food. It comes in a variety of sizes and variants to choose from according to your needs.
  • Air Conditioner: Another heavyweight from the world of consumer durables is an air conditioner. With rising temperatures every summer season, air conditioners have become more a need than a luxury. What are the different types of AC’s available in the market? Which one is best suited for your need?

Types of refridgerator: 

  •  Side by Side: The most glamorous variant of refrigerators is the side by side model. The freezer is located on the side to provide enough shelf space. The doors are sleek and small so they need less room to swing open which is a definite plus in a small kitchen. The most loved feature, however, is the ice and water dispenser which allows accessing both without having to open the doors.
  • Top Freeze: As the name suggests top freezer refrigerators have the freezer on top. They are available at pocket-friendly prices and that is what makes them the most common type of refrigerator present in households.
  • Bottom Freeze: They are opposed to the top freeze refrigerators in the fact that the freezer is accommodated at the bottom. The basic pro factor of top freeze variant is that the daily use items are placed at a convenient level and prevents you from bending down to pick something up.

Types of Air Conditioners:

  • Split A.C.: The split AC has two constituent parts, a cold unit and a warm unit. This makes its installation and costs a little expensive. However, it has a highly efficient airflow which can easily cool large areas of your home. Another plus point is that it doesn’t only keep your family cool in the summers but also warm in winters.
  • Window A.C.: Highly cost-effective as compared to the split variant they are also economical in power consumption and use less floor space. While most of the window A.C. models are only used for cooling, a select few models provide both cooling and heating for your home.
  • Cassette A.C.: Cassette AC’s arethe most efficient air system for large spaces like a hall or an office space.Being mounted on the ceiling they provide better cooling over a large area ascompared to the split or window air conditioner. As a physical compulsion thecool air falls downwards which in turn accounts for their efficiency.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor encourages young masterminds to develop digital solutions

Toyota Kirloskar Motor encourages young masterminds to develop digital solutions for Road Safety Mission
[Conducts a first-of-its-kind Hackathon for school children on Road Safety]

  • Received more than 600 entries from 1200 students, 50 + schools of Grades 9th – 12th from schools across Bangalore
  • For the second year in a row, TKM conducts the Road Safety Hackathon in association with Indian Road Safety Campaign [IRSC – a Trust, formed by alumni of IIT Delhi]
  • With an intent to nurture the ideas of young minds, Toyota invites students to ‘Code for Safer India’ driving the mission of road safety with an ultimate goal of achieving “Zero Fatality”
  • The first edition of the Toyota Hackathon took place in New Delhi last year and witnessed participation from over 300 teams

Bangalore, 26th November 2019–Aligning with Toyota’s global commitment to offer innovative Safety solutions, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) conceptualized and organized Toyota Hackathon on Road Safety at RV College of Engineering. Students from Grade 9th to 12thparticipated in this intense challenge to develop brainstorming solutions in support of the National Mission “Zero Fatality”. Through this initiative, TKM aims to provide a platform to encourage, motivate and engage young talents to be more aware of road safety challenges and be responsible safety ambassadors by developing effective digital road safety solutions. While this is the second edition of the Hackathon, the first edition took place in New Delhi in December 2018.

The event witnessed the presence of Mr. C Mallikarjun, Joint Transport Commissioner, Bangalore, Mr. Amit Kumar Saroha, Paralympian, Asian Para Games medalist & Arjun Awardee, Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Government officials and senior members from TKM. The top performers of the Hackathon were selected by eminent jury members comprising of Media, Academicians, Corporates, Government Representatives, Enforcement Agencies (Police) and Toyota experts. The top ten and the best three were awarded trophies and cash prizes. Consolation prizes were also given out to motivate the participants for their great participation spirit and churning such smart solutions for road safety challenges.

The event was organized in prestigious RV College, Bangalore. The college has extended dedicated support to Toyota providing volunteers, mentors and campus facility for conducting the Hackathon.

In the initial stage of the Hackathon program, a basic online test was conducted for the 600 teams. A three-phase screening process were undertaken to shortlist the best 50 teams for the onsite hackathon. These top 50 teams were trained on key technical skills coupled with mentoring from industry experts. Further, each team was allotted 36 hours to work on their ideas and develop a prototype on road safety solution, which were put on display as part of an Exhibition. TKM will build this further by incubating and nurturing these implementable solutions in support of the road safety cause.

Sharing his thoughts on this unique program, Mr. Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, said, “Around 149,000 people lost their lives on Indian roads in 2018 alone. India accounts for about 2% of motor vehicles globally, yet it’s responsible for more than 11% of road traffic deaths. Road accidents not only cause loss of lives but also deeply impact socio-economic condition of the country. The dangers on the road impacts everyone and hence is a vital topic of discussion everywhere. Children are one of the worst victims of road accidents and it is important we educate school children to prioritize road safety to ensure responsible future generation. It gives me immense pleasure to witness these young budding talents participate in this competitive platform to be the real change agent in addressing the national drive on road safety. It is really great that safety leaders like Toyota have come forward to create such a brilliant platform for young minds to develop innovative solutions to make Indian roads more safe. We would request more corporates to collaborate with Government to make mobility more safer and reliable”

Commenting on the initiative, Guest of Honor for the event, Mr. Amit Kumar Saroha, Paralympian, Asian Para Games medalist & Arjun Awardee, said, “Road traffic injuries have been the eighth leading cause of deaths in India in 2018. Minors involved in road crash deaths were at 6.6% of the total deaths. Road Traffic Accidents have a significant social and economic impact on the individual, family and the society. It is very important that we promote Road Safety Education in school curriculum to educate the children on right road safety habits and the importance of following correct road practices at an early age. It is a privilege to associate with Toyota for the Start Your Impossible campaign, an organization known for its safety leadership globally. I am delighted to be present in this unique platform to motivate these young change makers who are developing such out of the box solutions to enhance road safety in India. We have to be serious about the critical situation of road safety now to ensure safer roads for the young generation tomorrow. This Road Safety Hackathon is an effective and fun way to engage children in making a change.”

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