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Old 4th June 2019, 00:37   #1
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Default Mahindra XUV500 owner coats his car with cow dung to beat the heat

What is the purpose of this when there will be other ways to counter heat. Strange but true.

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Seems like applying a cow dung coat on cars is the latest fad in the country. After Sejal Shah of Ahmedabad, Dr Navnath Dudhal from Pune is the latest one to give his car a cow dung coat. Sejalís Toyota Corolla Altis became an internet sensation after she coated it with cow dung. According to Sakal Times, Dr Navnath Dudhal claims that cow dung keeps his car cool in the scorching Pune heat and helps in preventing pollution as the air conditioner is not used much. The car in question here is the first generation Mahindra XUV500 SUV.

Three coats of cow dung have been applied over the car and it stays on the car for a month. Sun radiations do not harm the carís roof directly therefore, the temperature inside the car is 5-7 degree Celsius less than the outside temperature. The cow dung is removed by water and rubbing it with a cotton cloth. Cow dung stains do not stick to the carís body and neither the car paint is affected. For some time, the smell of cow dung is felt inside the car, but after a while, no smell remains inside the car.

The image above shows Dr Navnath Dudhal standing with his vehicle. As seen in the image, it has been completely smeared with cow dung barring the lights and the glass area. However, usage of the word smear is not accurate here as according to Dr Navnath Dudhal, the car has been given 3 coats of cow dung. He said:r Navnath Dudhal is a senior doctor at Tata Cancer Hospital in Mumbai. He claims to have stumbled upon this idea as he regularly studies cow urineís benefit for cancer patients. As of now, there has been no proven study or any other such verification which states that cow dung does help in keeping a car cool. Speaking on the same note, Sachin Punekar, Founder President of Biospheres, an organisation working with the mission of conserving biodiversity, said,

There is no such research on whether car coated by cow dung repels heat. One needs to assess it properly and then go further with the method. I do not understand the idea of coating car with cow dung, because once the metal is exposed to sunlight, it will heat up. But if this is method really works, then the scientist and researcher should work on it. We can adopt new technology by doing so.

We Indians have been using cow dungs for various purposes since ages. It is used as fuel and as a building material too. Traditional mud houses in villages get a cow dung coating regularly for keeping it cool in the summer. It is also said to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties but its latest use on cars sounds a bit bizarre. Maybe, paint companies could conduct some tests and come out with new cow-dung paint to keep the heat down in cars. Heck, they could even provide different colour options to choose from.

On a more serious note, the claim of cow dung making a vehicle cooler seems dubious. Technically speaking, the major factor in heating up a carís interiors is the large glass area which acts as a greenhouse and traps sunlight/heat which enters inside. What could be a possibility is that adding cow dung adds an extra layer of insulation to the carís surface which could affect its temperature. However, nothing could be said for sure as of now. What we do know though is that layering our beloved car with cow dung is something which weíll choose not to do, ever.

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Out of all the insulating materials in the world, they chose cow poo to coat it with.
They literally smeared crap across their cars
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God save our country when educated people starts to act like this.
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God save our country when educated people starts to act like this.
Coolant companies will go out of business once these guys start putting cow urine in the radiators.
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How does it stay there in place? At highway speeds the wind gush on the hood would be pretty strong. I would expect pieces to fly into other cars and bikes on the highway.
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And the safety hazard when dried out dung on an engine + 45 degree summer heated bonnet catches fire. I look forward to the first such insurance claim.
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Shouldn't this be interpreted as an illegal change/modification of body colour and be fined?
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This cow mania has really taken the people of this country for a ride..

Reminds me of one of the stand ups which is attached. Please jump to 2:00 (Contains mild profanity. Viewer discretion advised)



Perfectly symbolic to what's happening in today's new India - we are drinking cow urine proudly (not that people never did it but this is another level). And now this - covering your car with cow poo.. What's next? Fuel mixed with cow urine for less pollution or cow urine perfume to calm your nerves in today's maddening traffic or cow urine windshield washer liquid to wipe all of your logics and sanity??
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Perfectly symbolic to what's happening in today's new India - we are drinking cow urine proudly (not that people never did it but this is another level). And now this - covering your car with cow poo.. What's next? Fuel mixed with cow urine for less pollution or cow urine perfume to calm your nerves in today's maddening traffic or cow urine windshield washer liquid to wipe all of your logics and sanity??
Given the aim is to cool the car some chap already suggested Gaumutra based coolant.
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What is exasperating is that sections of people, well off educated people, are tom tomming this as a triumph of Indian ingenuity and traditional means over western air conditioning. Media coverage is also on similar lines. God help this country.
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What is exasperating is that sections of people, well off educated people, are tom tomming this as a triumph of Indian ingenuity and traditional means over western air conditioning. Media coverage is also on similar lines. God help this country.
The quite literal and highly appropriate response given the nature of this coating is that earthy English expletive "[male bovine] [excrement]". However I am afraid they'd react by pointing out that this coating was carefully selected from indigenous breeds of female bovine.
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It is surprising to read the negative and sarcastic comments about this action of the two car owners. They have, in their wisdom, chosen to coat their cars with cow dung. I am sure they would have anticipated these judgemental barbs but have chosen to go with their conviction. And they don't appear to be the kind to do this for 'any ' publicity.
I agree that the heat inside a car happens mostly through the glass area but derisive comments on someone's harmless actions seem totally out of place on a refined forum such as this.
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It is surprising to read the negative and sarcastic comments about this action of the two car owners. They have, in their wisdom, chosen to coat their cars with cow dung. I am sure they would have anticipated these judgemental barbs but have chosen to go with their conviction. And they don't appear to be the kind to do this for 'any ' publicity.
I agree that the heat inside a car happens mostly through the glass area but derisive comments on someone's harmless actions seem totally out of place on a refined forum such as this.
But why do you term it harmless? It is a public health hazard for him AND his neighbours from the smell and the houseflies when the cowdung is wet. And it is a fire hazard for his car once the cowdung dries.
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He is not a doctor as far as I can check. He quotes himself as a ex-senior scientist at Tata Memorial Hospital. He is a proclaimed "gaurakshak" and this is just a PR stunt. I just wish and hope that they don't malign the image of doctors by leveraging the credibility of that profession. And media should also be careful in branding these people as "DOCTOR".

The link to his website.
https://www.gaumaan.com/Team
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