Friday, October 31, 2008

Raj Thackeray - Modern Day Hitler -Contd

Raj( not Raj Thackeray) has made the following comments on the the post Raj Thackeray - Modern Day Hitler
It had to be suitably modified to suit our blog.


Yea you are right, it makes me a feeling of melancholy but what can one do,

1 The entire media,
2 Intelligentsia like yourself speaking out, writing editorials in the papers,
3 The aam admi speaking out everywhere, on the streets, blogs and forums being filled with hate msgs
4 Small politicians first and then political heavy weights from Bihar/UP and the belt giving it all they have and giving it together couldn't thwart "VOTEBANK CONSIDERATIONS"

A man like Raj Thackeray can get atrocities done, spew venom and get away, while the bigger badass-his uncle has been on lungis back first and then has been the cause of the loss of the lives of so many Muslim Indians and we are forced to call him a great man, even Amitabh Bachchan has to,, in public has to go excessive and say how larger than life Balasaheb is .... this is India man and we have to live with this.... a million shame!!

Dont dream of action against him go and watch Heroes to see our filmy heros saying patriotic things or see Golmaal returns and just forget it chill...

Man, don't forget that we are the cream of this country when it comes to education, getting in to high posts through competitions, in top education institutes like IIT's n IIM's, go look anywhere, marketing, journalism, technical fields, any where, you will find us at the top. Don't underestimate us... the culture and religion of this country spawned from our lands and we ruled this country till now and will continue to do so, we control the media, politics, entertainment, whatever!!!

This claiming-to-be-well-read-intelligent-visionary but a cheap wanna be 'politician' Raj Thackeray continues to gives fiery speeches, cites examples from history of all over the world but the fact is that he doesn't have a clue. He tells the frustrated Maharshtrians what he thinks is the cause of all of the problems of Maharashtra. Of course he tells them so because when growing up, 'politician' uncle Bala told him so. Of course Bala uncle didn't have a clue either, somebody in a lungi molested him in his own childhood and he tried taking revenge on all lungi's when he grew up.

The stupid man has made it sound like Mumbai is Singapore or Dubai and Bihar cum UP are as bad as Africa to the globe, the differences aren't that bad!! it can't even be faked!! Its common knowledge that the British developed Bombay city as a port and well, we can thank them and all of the communities in Mumbai since independence who made it the great city it is now. (of course that includes the Marathi community also which has always been here in big numbers) while farmers continue to commit suicide, youth instigated by such netas as Raj himself carry on the violence, the truth is that rural and semi urban Maharashtra has some of the highest number of Rapes and Murders in the country while development just isn't reaching these inner parts of the state, it's limited to major urban centers like Puna, Nashik, Mumbai only...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bomb Blast at Gauhati

Today, another serial blast has occurred in Gauhati.
Rachit Rai, who stays in Gauhati, sends a first hand report and how he escaped certain death, just by fate.


Dear Mr Sharma

Since you keep good track of news whether national or international, I just wanted to give an eyewitness account of the horrific day that I have witnessed today:

Most probably the newspapers tomorrow will carry gory images of a group of people carting dead bodies around but do you know that the dead bodies were being carted to the secretariat which is a short walk away from the blast site in order to work as canon fodder against the government in order to incite the people to the extent of rioting and a curfew to follow.I was there when the blast at Ganeshguri took place.It was my first experience of a nearby bomb blast. Believe me I was at the Guwahati Tea Auction centre when the blast took place.The doors of the auction hall vibrated and the ground shook.The auction hall is like about 700-800 meteres away.I was quite lucky as I had just dropped into the auction to take the brokers pages for my office and was delayed as the regular guy had already taken the fresh sale pages.So I decided to wait for a while, which was a very fortunate decision because if I had carried on after getting the sale pages, then I would have ended at the same spot where the blast took place at that unfortunate hour. I thank my god and the blessings of my sis on this day that saved me from certain injury or death.I came out and saw thick smoke coming out from under the flyover in ganeshguri.It was a really horrific sight and what followed was even worse. I told my driver to get in and drive back to office.There was no way we could turn back from tha area so I made him drive on the wrong side of the road where theres an island to crossover into the other lane.As i made my way back to office, i saw one or two ambulances go by carrying the innocent victims.Then came a gypsy packed with 4-5 dead bodies and blood dripping down its rear end.That really shook me up and left me wondering what the world is coming to?
We grow up in our own blissful lives when it takes a day like this to shake you up and make you realise that you are living with terror.Goddamn those terrorists and goddamn our government.In fact goddamn the ugly underbelly of our existence that harvests innocent lives for some hardliners fancy.I hope that none on this blog or anywhere in the world may have to go through such a day……………God bless you all!

Warm Regards


Raj Thackeray - Modern Day Hitler

INSTIGATOR - MURDERER-Raj Thackeray VICTIM, Dharma Dev Rai
CO-CONSPIRATOR,Vilas Rao Deshmukh
Let me introduce you to the three actors above.
Mr Vilas Rao Deshmukh, is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Like Nero, he smiles, while Maharshtra burns with the hate generated by actor no 2.

Raj Thackeray, a modern day Hitler. When Hitler started tormenting the Jews intitially the whole of Europe just looked on as it did not involve them. It was only when his ambitions became too big for his boots, they realized the gravity of the madnees of the man and the world was sucked into the second world war.
Similarly, when this imbecile first ranted against the Bacchans for a very minor matter, the rest of India looked on thinking it was just a matter for the Bacchans. Having tasted blood, thinking that he could get away with anything he has now targetted a whole race, the Biharis. Our Neros in Delhi, just look on to see that their Maharashtra vote bank is not disturbed. The malise is too deep and unless nipped in the bud, the whole of India will be engulfed in the flames.

Dharam Dev Rai, the victim, was on his way home when he was killed by Maharastrians just because he came from Bihar.

Read all about the above

Mumbai, Oct. 29: Mistrust has added to the regional tension cleaving the city regarded as a cosmopolitan icon following the death of an Uttar Pradesh labourer after a scuffle on a local train yesterday.
The Maharashtra government, for the second time in 48 hours, had to order a high-level probe to inquire into the killing of Dharam Dev Rai, a 25-year-old migrant worker from Gorakhpur.
Rai died after being punched and kicked by a group of Marathi-speaking men on a suburban train in Thane yesterday afternoon following a row.
The government had announced a similar investigation on Monday night into the gunning down of Rahul Raj, a job-hunter from Patna, who took around 15 bus passengers hostage at gunpoint as he wanted to send a message to migrant-baiter Raj Thackeray.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister R.R. Patil denied Rai’s death was a hate crime and said the tragedy occurred after a scuffle over train seats, a statement later echoed by inspector-general (railways) K.P. Raghuvanshi, who is investigating the case.
“It is not a hate crime. It is pure goondaism,” the officer said, amid growing apprehension that any incident in Mumbai would now be seen as a hate crime.
Rai, who boarded the train at Khopoli, 111 km from Mumbai, was travelling with two relatives and a friend to the Kurla terminus to catch the Kushi Nagar Express to his hometown in Sant Kabir district of Uttar Pradesh.
According to the complaint at Karjat police station, a group of Marathi-speaking men asked them if they were “bhaiyyas” — a term often used as a derogatory reference to people from the north — and hearing a “yes”, severely thrashed them and ordered them out of the state. Rai, who bore the brunt of the assault before the attackers got down at Lowjee, the stop after Khopoli, lost consciousness and died in Dubey Hospital in Badlapur, three stations away.
Rai’s wife Deepmala, 23, is expecting their second child. The couple have a 13-month-old daughter. He worked in a steel factory in Khopoli and stayed in Vashi.
The Congress, sandwiched between its north India and Maharashtra allies, chose to take the middle path and issued “strong condemnations”.

The Congress is sandwiched between the demands from Lalu Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan and Amar Singh to “act decisively” and suggestions from its Maharashtra leaders and ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), to not “overreact”. The Congress betrayed its dilemma by treading the safe path of issuing “strong condemnations”.
The BJP, too, is not in an envious position. Pulled by the Shiv Sena to one side and the Janata Dal (United) to the other, the BJP couldn’t make up its mind on which ally to swim with.
“They are two of our oldest and most trusted allies. We did a balancing act between keeping George Fernandes and Nitish Kumar together in the NDA. So we are sure we can pull off a similar feat again,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the BJP general secretary and spokesperson.
The Congress’s “Friday club”, which counts Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Shivraj Patil, A.K. Antony, Pranab Mukherjee and Arjun Singh as its members, met this evening instead of the designated day of the week to assess the situation in Maharashtra.
Sources said the leaders took “due note” of the “concerns” expressed by Lalu Prasad and Paswan, and Amar’s prod to them to pull out of the UPA.
The sources said the leaders questioned the “wisdom” of chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s alleged strategy of covertly pumping up Raj Thackeray, hoping to split the Sena votes and help the Congress retain its turf. The leadership is already peeved with Deshmukh for dragging his feet on a panel’s proposals recommending action against those behind the 1993 riots.
But beyond despatching “advisories”, the Congress

Did I hear somebody calling the politicains "b.....ds"
I couldn't agree more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The New Stock Market Glossary

Sir, Mr. Lobo, says he does not know much of the stock market.
Here he is teaching me a few new terms, in the changed circumstances

Must take a course in Stocks and Bonds Trading !!!!!

These terms have been updated to fit today's times:

CEO - chief embezzlement officer.

CFO - corporate fraud officer.

BULL MARKET - A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET - A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance,
the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING - The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO - The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER - What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR - Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST - Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT -- When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

MARKET CORRECTION - The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW - The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR - Past year investor who's now locked up in a nuthouse.

MOMENTUM INVESTING - The fine art of buying high and selling low.

'BUY, BUY' - A flight attendant making market recommendations as you step off the plane.

FINANCIAL PLANNER - A guy who actually remembers his wallet when he runs to the 7-11 for toilet paper and cigarettes.

CALL OPTION - Something people used to do with a telephone in ancient times before e-mail.

YAHOO - What you yell after selling all you owned to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS - What you jump out of when you're the sucker that bought Yahoo for $240 per share.

PROFIT - Religious guy who talks to God.

BILL GATES - Where God goes for a loan.

ALAN GREENSPAN - God (past tense).

Keith Wallace attends a Wedding

Sir, Mr. Lobo, has sent some photographs of Keith Wallace attending a wedding of his friends. It is always good to see wedding photogrpahs especially set against such a beautiful background with one of our boys attending.
In Keith's words


"Hi! Matt
We celebrated Nat & Bren's wedding on 18th Saturday. Fagan Park was the venue for the ceremony which was conducted by a celebrant, a lady who knew Nat from primary school days, and the reception was at Berowra Waters Garden House.
It was a most happy and joyous occasion, a resounding success. The two are now in the Cook Islands on a 2 week honeymoon"

Willy Wu

I received this mail from Sir, Mr. Lobo.
He asked if I wanted to post.?
Do I?
Anything about us Goethals boys is lapped up.


You might want to post this e-mail that I received from Willie (Wei Kan Wu)


Just to give you a quick run down of my history path since leaving GMS in 1961. Did my B.Com. in St. Xaviers College, Calcutta and went to Hong Kong in 1964. Got married in 1965 and then in 1977 immigrated to Canada with wife and two children (daughter age 10 and son age 7). Lived in Toronto until 1986 and came to Vancouver. Retired in January 2004. Now have 3 grandsons age 3, 6 and 7.
I can still remember most of the things you recalled in you e-mail.
The hours we spent outside the classroom were the happiest moments we had together.
About five years ago, I had a mini reunion with Andrew Clark (who has since passed on) and Jack Joseph in Toronto. We spent the whole evening talking about the things we did as kids as best we could remember. Reminiscing all the fun we had when you were our class teacher; picnics to Kettle valley, Wednesday evening walks, on the playing fields etc. etc. We still remembered how obedient the well trained the dog you used to bring to the school and took him along when we went walking to the town (Kurseong).
You mentioned in your e-mail about us getting together sometime next month. I have not been keeping in touch with the old boys since Clem Lee gave up on the GMS website. The only people I still keep close contact with are Dipak Roy, one of our class mates living in California and Patrick Peirce, Br. Kelly’s class, who lives in Abbottsford, BC about an hour’s drive from us.
My home address: 6080 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, B.C., Canada, V6Y 4A7 Home phone number: 604-278-9885.
Attached is a fairly recent family picture. Back Row: Carol (daughter), Mamie (wife), Anna (D. in Law), Ivan (son), David (S. in law), Me
Front Row: 3 grandsons –
Matthew (Carol’s),Marcusand Colin (Ivan’s
Hope to talk to you again soon.
Wu, Wei Kan
E-mail Address(es):

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

Our Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh, will be visiting China shortly. When China had voted against India in the recent nuclear deal, inspite of their earlier assurances to support India, what could be the necessity for our Prime Minister to visit that country, is beyond my understanding. I think it is not only a very bad foreign policy, but also a wrong one. It will give China the upper hand. They'll have the impression, and undoubtedly a correct one, that India is coming to woo them.
A team of high level defence personnel will be accompanying the Prime Minister to arrange for a joint military exercise to be held in India. Another big blunder. A very very big bl under. Have we forgotten 1962 so quickly ? Our the then Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, very cordially invited the then Chinese Premier Chou en Lai, to India under the Pancha Shil Agreement, and took him around our arm factories to show him that we were not manufacturing any sophisticated weapons. I was a small kid then, but I still remember the picture printed in a Kolkata daily, showing Chou en Lai tiffin carriers being manufactured in our Cossipore Gun & Shell Factory, instead of arms, just to show how peace loving India was. Mr. Chou en Lai noted all these foolish activities of India, and the moment he returned to his country, China pounced on India and gave a resounding hammering. China still occupies a good portion of our country in the North East, which they're refusing to return. Not only that, China has claimed Arunachal Pradesh as their own.
Inviting Chinese defence personnel for joint military exercise means trouble. They'll gather all information regarding our defence installations. And once they go back, they'll draw out strategies to snuff out those installations, when they are ready to attack. I don't trust China. They never mean what they say. They're the most untrustworty nation. The U.S.A. is also untrustworthy, but they're a bit blunt. They talk big and act like the boss of the world. Whereas, China is extremely shrewd, they act silently. So, dear Prime Minister, please beware.

Situations Vacant & Situations Wanted

I propose to add two new labels in our blog.



Many of our boys are well placed in life either as businessmen running their industries or well placed officers in reputed organisations.
Many occassions arise when they are in the position of power to employ persons down the line.
They put out advertisement in papers at substantial cost and then too they do not find suitable candidates.
I would want them to put their requirement in SITUATIONS VACANT. so that our boys could find employment.
Everything else being equal, I am sure if given a chance our boys would prefer to employ our boys.
I had mentioned in one of my earliest blog posts how I was given employemnt by Mr J P Singhee, Ashok Singhee's father when he saw in my CV that I had studied in Goethals and his son too was studying in Goethals.
I would like our boys take advantage of our school's goodwill.
Similarly, if any of our boys are in need of jobs, could send their details to SITUATIONS WANTED.

I am sending this to you for your comments as you will be actively involved in posting the details on our blog site. I would request anybody who would like to use the service to write to the nearest Blog Authors as I may become overloaded with the additional project.



Raj Thackeray - The Imbecile

Left - Raj Thackeray (Looks more like a dacoit from the Chambal)
Right: Rahul Raj (Looks so simple, his was a reaction and did not deserve to be murdered)
On 23.10.2008, I had written the following on our blog

I was talking of the imbecile, known as Raj Thackeray.
Students from Bihar going to appear in railway exams were beaten up by his gang of supporters and later on he went on TV stating that this would be the treatment of anybody who came to Maharashtra for jobs.
This is the unity of India for which Sardar Patel worked tirelessly.
The Congress Party which in power in Maharashtra would have glossed over this aberration of Raj Thackeray but it would have been at the cost of losing the support of Lalu Yadav who threatened the Congress to take action against the culprit otherwise….. The rest was left unsaid. The congress has taken action. They have arrested Raj Thackeray and filed 25 cases against him. Cases, which should have been filed two years ago, are now being filed. That should keep the Thackeray from causing mischief for quite some time. Did I hear better late than never?
Earlier too this same person had made derogatory statements against the people of Bihar and UP during their Chhat festival. However, at that time Lalu did not take it seriously as there was no violence.
But, what I do not understand is how the courts of the land can grant bail to a person who is inciting violence and it has all the records from television channels. Our courts are too lenient and are partly to blame for all the trouble going on all over India.
These persons should be kept under solitary confinement to cool them down, whether it is Raj Thackeray or anybody from any party.
Naturally there would be repercussions in Bihar.
Trains have been stopped in Bihar, passengers told to get out, and bogies have been set on fire.
The government is trying to control a riot like situation
With temperatures in Bihar rising high and the Biharis being known for their hot-headedness, I am surprised this person is still alive.

It seems that people from Bihar have reacted as I feared they would.
Unfortunately, being simple people, Rahul failed.
I am sure the next time they will succeed. After all Robert Bruce tried 6 times to drive out the British. He succeeded only on the 7 th attempt.
I would would be happy if this vermin was exterminated.
Such persons should not have any place in Indian society.

The MNS. People behind the attack on the Biharis issued the following statement.
MNS general secretary Nitin Sardesai said: “The incident shows there is a security threat to Rajsaheb and yet the government has lowered his cover from category Z to Y.”

I would advise the government to remove all his security.

Such persons should not be provided security by the state


Some boys may be asking why I, a mild person, talks so vehemently.
War is bad. It brings destruction and death.
But, standing on the battlefield when Arjun expressed doubts on fighting his own brethern, Lord Krishna advised him that at the moment your Dharama is to fight and if you do not fight, it is Adharma.
What Raj Thackeray is doing is Adharam, and some Arjun will rise to fell this Duryodhan, otherwise his vitriolic speeches will continue unabated.
His uncle has ruled Maharashtra using this weapon and he plans to use it again.
So, if the state will not rein him in, somebody else will have to do it.

Dog's Life

Even dogs have taken to the catwalk and fancy dress ball.
Willy Wu has sent these pictures of dogs at a fancy dress function.
I understand that our own Maneka Gandhi may have been there.
Her loves for animals is legendery.
I am sure see must have enjoyed the sight, if she was there.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Hindus too involved in Bomb Blasts

Terrorism is terrorism, whether Muslims or Hindus perpetrate it.
News has started percolating that one Sadhvi known as Pragya Singh Thakur was involved in the bomb blasts at Malegaon. The following news is from “the Telegraph” of 27.10.2008

Pragya is a former member of the ABP, the student wing of the BJP. She left the ABP in 1995-96. She was also a member of the Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
Photographs taken last year show Pragya sitting close to Chauhan, Rajnath and then state minister, Laxman Gaur.
“The arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in connection with last month’s Malegaon blast has embarrassed the BJP and partially the Congress too.
Central and State BJP leaders have rushed to deny any links with Pragya.
The Congress party too is red-faced because Pragya, 38, is alleged to have been mentored by Swami Avadeshanand Giri, who counts Union Minister Arjun Singh and his son Ajay among his followers.
The ATS arrested a man named Samir Kulkarni, a Bajrang Dal activist, and searched his home in Bhopal. Kulkarni is the fourth person arrested after Pragya, Shyam Sahu and Shivnarayan Kalsaangra.

All the arrested should be dealt strictly as per law.
I have always said, all humans are children of God whom we may invoke by many names. If any human being is hurt, the same red blood flows. No mercy should be shown to ANY person who is involved in any action, which results in loss of life.
By wearing clothes which we normally associate with holy men, she brings a bad name to the genuine Sants who have spent their whole life for the upliftment of humanity.

Indian Flag Burns in Kashmir - Mulayum Singh Claps in Glee

These pictures have come in my mail box.
Do I have to say anything more.
The government of India has the pictures of the persons committing this crime. In spite of that they keep quiet hoping that good sense would prevail on these people, they are mistaken.
They are out and out anti-nationals and should be treated as such as per laws of the land.
Of course our land has a different law for Muslims since we cannot displease them.
They already form 40% of the population of our largest state, UP.
Who says?
Well Mulayum Singh is allocating 40 % of the seats in his party to Muslim candidates.
Any further proof required?


Indian Flag Burnt in Srinagar
Shame on Indian govt and Media also for not making it Breaking News !!

The only country of the world, where one can dare to burn the national flag..

All these become the masala breaking news of Indian news channels:

* If Tendulkar cuts the cake which is made to look like national flag, he is condemned.
* If Mandira Bedi wears a saree with the flags of all the countries being portrayed on that, is made to apologies.
* If one cop in Kolkata and one in Bangalore is terminated of his duties for throwing the Indian national flag on ground, by mistake.

Then why double standards:

* During the ongoing Amarnath Sangarsh, Jammuites holding the Indian National Flag and chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' are open fired by the J&K Police on orders from the Police Commissioner(belongs to kashmir). Peaceful protesters are killed.
* Like in case of Amarnath case, people in Kashmir when want to get some demand fulfilled, protest by burning Indian national Flag, hosting Pakistani Flag and chanting 'Hindustan Murdabad, Pakistan Jindabad'. But no body condemns. Infact, all such protest are followed by a team of union ministers visiting Kashmir and immediately sanctioning a few thousand crore rupees for Kashmiris.
* Every year on 14th Aug (Pakistani Indipendence Day), Pakistani flag is hosted every where in Kashmir, including the govt. buildings and on 15th Aug, same people burn the Indian flag.

This only happens in India!!!!

Just see the pictures above
Really shame on indian media

Who never shows these picturess ........

Shame Shame Shame
If These Are Breaking News

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Something for Black Monday, from Rex Barker

An Affair To Remember...

A man returning home a day early from a business trip got into a taxi at the airport.
It was after midnight. While en route to his home, he asked the cabby if he would be a witness. The man suspected his wife was having an affair and he intended to catch her in the act.
For $100, the cabby agreed. Quietly arriving at the house, the husband and cabby tiptoed into the bedroom.
The husband switched on the lights, yanked the blanket back and there was his wife in bed with another man. The husband put a gun to the naked man's head.
The wife shouted, "Don't do it! This man has been very generous! I lied when I told you I inherited money. He paid for the Corvette I bought for you. He paid for our new cabin cruiser. He paid for our house at the lake.
He paid for our country club membership, and he even pays the monthly dues!" Shaking his head from side-to-side the husband slowly lowered the gun.
He looked over at the cab driver and said, "What would you do?" The cabby said,
"I'd cover him up with that blanket before he catches a cold."

What was that we used to say, " A little knowledge is a dangerous thing", especially of the human body with all Latin names.

Praise The Lord...

During the service, the pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for prayers which had been answered.
A lady stood up and came forward. She said, "I have a reason to thank the Lord. Two months ago, my husband, Jim, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."
You could hear an audible gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Jim experienced.
She continued, "Jim was unable to hold me or the children and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation. They were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Jim's scrotum and wrap wire around it to hold it in place." Again, the men in the Congregation squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Jim.
She continued, "Now, Jim is out of the hospital and the doctors say, with time, his scrotum should recover completely."
All the men sighed with relief.
The pastor rose and tentatively asked if any one else had anything to say. A man rose and walked slowly to the podium.
He said, "I'm Jim and I would like to tell my wife, the word is "sternum."

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, revokes American Independence

Breaking News!!

President Bush has made such a mess of the world, what with Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan and now to top it all the world financial crisis,
Her Highness, the Queen of England has decided that this cannot go on.
Using the same special powers under which her ancestors had granted Independence to the States, she is revoking the Independence granted to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others.
Sir, Mr. Lobo has just broken this earth-shattering news.

Please read on for full details

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In the light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Notice to US citizens

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').
2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English.. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,then you're not ready to shoot grouse..
5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies)..
12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America . Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
16. Most Important: No Tea Party will be allowed within 100 Kms of the city of Boston, either on land or at sea.

God Save the Queen and AMERICA !!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Messages from Old Boys 43

Msg from Viraj Thacker

Dear Mr. Sharma,

I hope this message finds you and the family well.
Just a quick response to the point (well made) re: the Tharoor article. Like you, I do not hold Mr. Tharoor in any high standing, opinion or regard. He is generally viewed as a suck-up (pardon my French!) and a UN pawn to US government interests, with personal advancement as his singular motive. Pity, that those controlling the media in India, are so ignorant to obvious political opportunists.
Back in my undergraduate years (1885-89), I did a 3 month internship at the UN in N.Y. and since an uncle of mine was well positioned (UN Res. Ambassador for China and Honk Kong), I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tharoor (then a junior UN staffer) over a couple of formal functions………..I was a young man of 21 and impressionable - I found Mr. Tharoor to be a very eager beaver, willing to please and bend over backwards for certain parties…………your comments brought back a flood of forgotten memories! On a brighter note; I had easy access to the UN and the General Secretary’s staff at the time and as a young enthusiastic intern, managed to impress many a diplomat…my internship was repeated the following summer. I’ll never forget the “sumptuous” & subsidized $2 breakfast at 1 UN Plaza…these chaps had it good!!
The USA was a very different place at the time. Of course, Mr. Tharoor’s ultimate goal of Gen. Sec. never materialized …………probably just as well!
Warm Regards,

Dear Viraj,

Thanks for your mail.
It was really encouraging that our views match.
I have been reading Tharoor's column in the Times of India for some time and I realized that he is just playing to the UN gallery. Earlier, we had no choice but to read their crap. Now, thanks to the Internet and the blogs, we can give a reply to them.
Your message to me this week was marked personal. I don't post anything marked personal on our blog. However, I would like to put your views without putting your name, if you have no objection.
People should know, everybody does not agree with Tharoor.

We are all well here.
The little baby seems to be sleeping quite a lot.
My son, Ajay, should be going to USA sometime in Jan/Feb.
He works for Cognizant Technologies, and they are sending him for their project.

Bye for now.

Warm regards


Dear Mr. Sharma,

Thanks for writing; yes, we certainly share the same thoughts on the likes of Tharoor and for Tharoor to be commenting on religion is nothing less than endorsing hypocrisy as a virtue!
I respect the regard you have for personal messages; do go ahead and post my views on Tharoor in a manner you deem acceptable. The world is increasingly being misled by flaky opportunists and the media has become the Devil’s advocate………the straightforwardness, necessary political guile and magnanimity of Gandhi, Churchill and others seems like a lost dimension of human history.
Glad to know that the family and the little one are doing well. Where in the States will Ajay’s work take him – it would be nice to know – we could talk at the very least!
More on hearing from you.
Warm Regards,

Dear Viraj,

I'll give my son's details when he goes and ask him to contact you.
One of our blog readers (not a Goethalite) has sent the following message.
"Thanks Mate for posting my note on your precious blog! It warmed this old Brit's heart to be acknowledged by a youngster like you - Cheers lad!
Been reading on and your recent post (continuing w/religion, Christian schools and all this tamasha (hope I have that right) in India - In a nutshell:
Can't really remove the spots from a leopard. They may get older and fainter but the spots will always be the same spots, so I am sure other than adapted attributes the physical appearance and culture will remain the same, People! This Tharoor chappie and my earlier reference to Rodrigues/Moronha - these blokes are Indian by George! Religion and citizenship do not change one's natural roots - what's the fuss - learn to get along as Indians.
We (with due apologies) ruled India for two centuries and made a bloody mess of it! The Tharoor’s and Moronhas haven't realized that Euros (whites) remain a very race oriented group - now accommodating for economics- no other reason. India can only unite when "wannabees' come on board. South Indian Christianity and foreign citizenship do not automatically convert to entry into the "Euro cub", less the "good old boys circle". Wake up India and unite.
This old Imperialist of 84 years, reaffirms his affinity for the Indian masses - having suffered for centuries - will rise and resist- and we only have ourselves to blame don't we?
Kind Regards,
Charles Winchester (The Third)

BTW: Had a wonderfully nostalgic ride on the Darjeeling District- Standing Legacy - The young man, Dr. Thacker seems like a pukka chap! Do you know the lad?"

Your article has impressed him.
If you wish, you could interact with him.


Thanks Mr. Sharma,

Looks like our blog is getting noticed! I read Mr. Winchester’s note – will write and acknowledge his kind compliments (could you send me his e-mail address?)
I look forward to chatting with Ajay when he visits the States.
Best to the family.

Dear Viraj,

His mail ID is
Ajay will be going to New Hampshire.
I'll give his contact details when he actually leaves.
These independent opinions count not the opinions which are just to please the western nations.

Warm regards


Msg from Richard Johnson

Dear Radheshyam,

For a while now I have thought that I owe you an email. I have felt the need to explain why I have gone from being a regular contributor to your BLOG - sorry, the BLOG to my absence.

I must join the rest in congratulating you for your efforts in setting-up and maintaining the space. I follow it and I am informed by the political discussion. I enjoy reading what you write - the passion and the 'from the heart' voice. I don't take exception to any of the angles including the religious - I agree with you, it is the nature of the 'Internet space' which needs to be maintained - free expression (within limits of course) and one should feel free to respond - a few have.

As far as my contributions are concerned, I feel much the same as when I last wrote to you. Given the nature of my work, I am involved in heavy and serious academic discussion for a lot of the time and I was contributing to the BLOG in a very personal and reflective level. I was interested in being involved in a community of discussion around that level - reminiscing and sometimes trying to make sense of the 'then and now'. I believe there could be space for that to happen on the BLOG but there needs to be more interacting on that level. In fact I find there is very little interaction. That is not a criticism - just an observation. However, I still feel that given the passion and seriousness of the political commentary, the other genre of reminisces doesn't quite fit. As I said before:

I'm having a few doubts - mixed feelings... I look at my last contribution to the blog and I'm not sure what to think ... It's about holidays and publishing and recommending holiday reading ... On one level, I feel embarrassed - the entry look vacuous - frivolous - empty... It is surrounded by entries on life and death - murder - terrorism - serious and heavy politics... I am certainly not suggesting how and what people should write - I am just questioning what I am writing.

Yours was the only response to the 'Passing the Baton' idea. Which again raises the issue of interacting. I know how busy people are and it is all a matter of priorities ... etc. I certainly don't feel disappointed about all of that - it is another reality...

I would love to have joined you on November 9 in Kolkata - and to catch up with those guys - Babs (Gazi), NG, Arjun, Manosh, Joe D'Silva, hope Mohan is there, SK and NG...

I am going to Mumbai on November 15 (to December 8) with a large group of teachers from Melbourne - they are going to be teaching there for that time ...I am going to catch-up with Desmond Oliver (1962) whom I got in touch with through the BLOG...

I must say, I always feel free to hop in again and say my piece - that's important and that's another feature of the space you maintain - Congratulations ...and Thank You.

Best Wishes to you and your family,




Dear Richard,

Thanks for your mail. It’s been a really long time for both your mail and for you writing in our blog.
Do write about your travels with photographs.
Nothing is trivial. That is why every now and then I put something lighter when th matters become serious. Our boys who too may find our blog becoming too serious send most of the lighter material.
I wish you could come slightly earlier, by a week, so that you too could participate. I am still hoping you can make it.
Another topic I had mentioned earlier you could write about was the scope of education in Oz and Nz. It would benefit many of our new boys and others too. J K Ghosh had particularly asked for the information for his landlord.
As far as interaction of our boys is concerned, I too am disappointed.
Except for a few who send mails & contributions, all the others are conspicuous by the deafening silence they produce. They should realize that there might be boys who would like to hear from them. Even our school maintains a silence. They could at least inform everybody of events & happenings going on there.
Br. Beddoe is a busy man, I understand but he could depute somebody to inform us.
I have also modified the blog set-up so that any messages from Goethals could go to that heading for everybody to read.
Do write, I look forward to your mails.


Msg from Savika


I received this letter and learnt that you attended North Point School but what year? At the moment I am gathering infos from you Pointer gents and have gathered a lot. So since your mail reached me then may I request (found some info in your blog at
Your brief bio?

Now these are what I needed. Sorry some are in cap lock I copied from my notes and I need them big text for my eyes.

NATIONLAITY:-- I guess Indian

BIRTHDAY:-- Please, date / month and year.

MARITAL STATUS:-- Married to .. if you have or don't have children.

ANNIVERSARY:-- If you wish me to let others know so that they may wish you on that day.

RESIDENT:-- Full postal address or if you want just city, state and country. EG. Los Angeles, CA, USA / Mumbai, India.

HOME or CELLULAR PHONE NO(S).:-- Or your phone no. easiest to contact you.

OCCUPATION:-- As shown in your blog is Purchase Consultant. Not retired yet since your are already 60?

EMAIL:-- Got it

BIO:-- From year to year attended North Point School

CLASSMATES:-- At lease 5 most popular friends.

Many thanks and hope to see your respond in my inbox soon.




Hello Savika,

Thanks for your mail.
Sorry, I was not in North Point.
I was in Goethals throughout my schooling days, 1955 to 1965.
However, one of our boys, Ralph Reeves, from Goethals, followed up in St. Josephs' College, Darjeeling.
If you are interested in that, I can give his contact details or ask him to contact you, as you wish. He may know some of the school boys of his period.

Msg from Ajit Roy

Dear RS,

You have forgotten to send the list of ex-Goethalites residing or having business contacts in the UK, Europe and Africa. Please send your list soon.

Today's Hindustan Times newspaper reports that the charm of the USA has faded after the open declaration of the recession and the failure of some leading companies recently although the events had commenced two years back. Indians are applying for jobs in India. Your son has either departed or shall be departing soon. Please advise him to keep in close touch with you as companies are closing down without notice in the USA and according to VISA rules NRIs are not permitted to accept alternate employment other than the one declared by them when applying for the VISA.

I hope you and your family are okay. I wish to know the level of recovery attained by Manju. Please convey my regards and prayers for her speedy and comfortably recovery.

I am okay.
Bye for now.


Dear AK,

Thanks for the warning for my son.
He is actually being sent to USA by his company, Cognizant Technology, so there is nothing to worry.
Manju is still with her plaster. It will be cut on the 27th.
I hope the bone joins properly.
I'll look forward to meeting you all on the 9th.


The following is reference to Mr Mahadevan’s article on Prsoselytization on 21.10.200

Dear Sir,
You have won the argument. Congratulations!
With love,


Dear ….,

It is not a question of who wins or who loses.
It is man who wins if he is allowed to live in the faith he was born.
Mankind has many problems, which are to be given priority over who believes in which faith.
Any person who is poor or suffering is a human being first and then what religion.
Everybody who is born is first a human being. It is only we make him a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian.
If any aid that is brought into India, whether from USA, UK or Saudi Arabia and it was used for the benefit of all poor, there would be no problems.
It is only when they use it to benefit any particular community does suspicion rise.
This is what I would like to tell our government.
Any scheme to alleviate the poverty should not be religion or caste oriented.
It should help ALL THE POOR.
We have 300 million people living below BPL, i.e. less than Rs 300/- per month.
We should see how we could improve their lot, without changing their faith.


Msg from Safiul Huda


CONGRATULATIONS!!! What wonderful news.

Incidentally, just this weekend I was at a party celebrating the birth of a grand daughter to a friend. I feel such a mixture of feelings for you newly minted grandpas-- jealous, true, but much more, happy for you. All my blessings for a long, happy, healthy life for your grandchild and, of course, for you also so that you may long enjoy grandfatherhood.

It has been months since I accessed my gmail. Had quite forgotten I had a gmail address.


Hello Safiul,

Thanks for your wishes.
Yes, it has been a long wait to become a grandfather.
When you are young, you don't realize their importance. It is only when you age that you accept. their value
My father used to say, children are the principal and grandchildren are the interest.
For businessmen, interest is more important than the principal for he knows that if he is getting his interest payment, his principal is safe.
When you hold the grandchild in your arm you start planning how you will start playing, behaving, teaching him/her, especially in the Indian context where there is a strong family bond.
I am still waiting for your articles for our blog.
You are making it a long wait.
I hope you and the family are well and you have finished with your latest quite-often taken vacations.
The only vacation I take is the one I take once a year when I go to my Guruji's ashram in Ahmedabad in July. This year it was a horrible experience which I have already related in my letters.
Now that the US elections are on your heads, do write and tell us all about them.
If the media is to be believed, Obama will race through without a contest.



Msg to Br James

Dear Br. James,

I was shocked to read in the papers today of the events that have occurred in Siliguri while you were in the ambulance with Br. Thomas and Valentine Gahatraj.
It speaks of the hooliganism of the CPM when they do not leave even the sick people in ambulances.
I am extremely sorry that this has occurred and hope you will get over the traumatic events soon
How is Br. Thomas now? It did not give how he is.
I hope he is well and wish him speedy recovery.

Warm regards


Dear Br. James,

This is further to my mail of yesterday regarding Br. Thomas.
I understand from the papers that he is a diabetic and also an asthma patient.
If Br. Thomas does Pranayam, his asthma can be cured, so at least he will obtain relief for 50% of his problems.
I know how draining asthma is.
My mother was an asthma patient and so was a distant uncle.
When I used to awake at night I used to see them sit with a pillow in front of them as support, breathing strenuously. I used to feel so helpless.
I presume that that may be the condition of Br. Thomas.
I will tell you the procedure to be followed.
When he is not having an attack, he should do as follows.
1 Close his right nostril with the thumb of his right hand and take a deep breath through his left nostril.
2 Hold the breath for a second.
3 Close his left nostril with the middle and ring fingers of his right hand and release the breath through his right nostril.
4 Now he should take a deep breath through his right nostril, close the right nostril and hold it for a second and then release it through his left nostril.
The whole process is repeated alternately for left and right nostrils.
He could do it initially for five minutes and later on increase it gradually to 15 minutes.
I can assure you, his asthma will be cured within one month and he will not have to go back to medicines.
I had explained the whole process in one of my earlier post on Health on our blog on 17.11.2007. You could have a look at that also.
I do hope Br. Thomas does the pranayam. He will be cured of asthma.


Msg from Merrill Smith

Hi Radheshyam:

I was looking through some of my old pictures & I came across this one of Matt Lobo & myself, since I don't have Matt's email address can you please forward it to him. The picture was taken in England some time in the late 1950 ties. Can you please give him my email address? We were both students at GMS in the 1940 ties
P.S. Congratulations on becoming a grand father. I enjoy reading your blogs & don't be discouraged by the few bad apples, majority of the people enjoy receiving you blog.

Cheers Merrill.

Forwarded to Sir, Mr. Lobo

Hello sir,

Here is a surprise for you from Merrill.


Msg from Partha Sengupta


This is to wish you and all your loved ones a very HAPPY DIWALI.

Good Wishes for pleasant & peaceful times ahead.
With regards


Thank you Partha,

I heartily reciprocate the felling for you and your family.

Warm regards


Msg from J K Ghosh

Dear RS,

Subha Bijoya and a Happy Diwali to you and your family.
I've just now sent a mail to AK. I don't know whether
SP is back from his Himachal tour. He has not contacted
me as yet. Go after him for purchasing a PC.
He can spend at least 2/3 hours on Sunday or on a
holiday, i.e. when he doesn't go to his shop.
The weather here is hot and cold, a good combination
for felling a person.
You seem to be very busy with your grand daughter.
Your PC is offline.
By the way, ex-Loreto Girls seem to be interested
in the blog. What about St. Helen girls? Aren't
they interested? It's a very good idea.
A lady's touch is always soothing.
What do you think?
You're certainly doing an excellent monitoring of the blog.
Have you ever thought of taking somebody under your
wing and training him in your absence?
Please don't mind my saying so. But the thought
arises in my mind sometimes.
Of course, articles will be there in the
blog, as long as Goethalites will be there.
But there should be a centrepiece around whom everyone
will circle, a person who will control the strings,
just as you are doing now. You're doing a
marvellous job.
A person with no bias.
Of course, all Goethalites are
unbiased balanced persons.
Then if we could have ex-students of
Victoria, Dow Hill and other schools of Darjeeling
it would be a super blog.
I'm really excited only thinking about it.
Please make an attempt so that the blog gets truly
international. A few good media people may also be
invited to send their opinions on recent issues and
events. It would be great. Think about it.

Well, bye for now.


Dear JK,

Thank you for your kind wishes, which I heartily reciprocate.
My Internet was down for about 3 hours.
It has just come on
I too was thinking on the same lines.
That is why I have added the sites of the Darjeeling and Kurseong Schools.
Let us see how we progress.
I know, there should be other persons also taking an active that is why I added more blog authors so that they could also write directly.
I do want somebody to be a bit more active so that the interest could be shared.
I would want people to search for jobs and also offer jobs on our blog for our boys.
I would also like our school to put up any notices or mention any activities they are undertaking.
It will take time


Msg from Dipak Roy

Dear Radheshyam:

Congratulations on the new addition to the family.
You have created quite a following with this blog. Moreover, you have a lot to offer without offending anyone.
Too bad the Goethals reunion in Kolkata will be in November. We will be in Kolkata end of November for a month & I will definitely get in touch with you & other Goethalites. Here are some of the boys I have met there: Anup Daw, Arun Shroff, Anthony Gasper, Mohan Shivdasani, Bobby Choudhury, Leslie Mascarenhas, Nelson Flavien, N.G. Kar, Samir Sarkar, & other names I can't remember. Hope to have a get-together with all of you. More later. If you have the phone number of any of these boys, pl. let me know. Thanks.
Dipak Roy

Dear Dipak,

Thanks for your good wishes.
It’s always good to hear from you.
I have Arun Shroff's contact details, Cell: 9831092076, Landline: 24001510
The others I'll get for you before you come to Kolkata.
We could have a smaller get-together after you come.
Warm regards


Dear Dipak,

Here are some more contact nos

Anup Daw 9831365491
Mohan Shivdasani 9830766426
Bobby Chowdhury 9830028853
N G Kar 9831082509
Samir Sarkar 9331841268

Best regards


Msg from Thondup
It seems Thondup made an error here.

Dear Swapan,

Here's wishing you and your family a Very




Why wedding rings are worn on the Ring Finger

Here is a very well kept secret,
let out at last by the Chinese, sent by Arun Shroff.


Have u ever wondered why should the wedding ring be worn on the Ring finger?
There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese.....
Thumb represents your Parents
Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings
Middle finger represents your-Self
Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner
& the Last (Little) finger represents your children

Firstly, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together - back to back
Secondly, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb - tip to tip
(As shown in the figure below):

Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)..., they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.

Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)
They will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.

Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children) they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.

Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse).
You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT....., because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives
Through thick and thin!!
Its Amazing……………………
Share with others.

Personally, I never wear any rings on any of my fingers
Manju makes that up for me.
She has rings on three fingers of her left hand.


Handling Microwaves

Modern gadgets have become an integral part of our lives. But just as they releave our workload, they can also be dangerous, if not used properly.
Arun shroff has sent the following regarding the use of microwave oven

A 26-year old guy decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before).

I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he told me he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that the water was not boiling, but instantly the water in the cup 'blew up' into his face.

The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand but all the water had flown out into his face due to the build up of energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face, which may leave scarring. He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as: a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc. It is however a much safer choice to boil the water in a tea kettle.

General Electric's (GE) response:
Thanks for contacting us. I will be happy to assist you. The e- mail that you received is correct. Micro waved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or teabag is put into it. To prevent this from happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds before moving it or adding anything into it.

If you pass this on ... you could very well save someone from a lot of pain and suffering.

GMS: Sports

When I went to attend the centenary celebration last November, I was astounded to learn that hockey and cricket had been removed from the sports curriculum of the school. Only football was played. All of us, who had played in the school team in those games were really stunned. When these games are being played in other schools, what could be the reason for removing them from the sports curriculum is beyond my understanding. If the school management thinks playing those games disturbs the studies of the students then how could students during my period and earlier excel both in sports and studies ? Br. Bedoe himself hailed during the period I was in school, in fact he was one year junior. He should know. The school had produced finest of hockey players. I myself played hockey in the Calcutta First Division League. During that time A.K.Gazi also played in the same league. I also participated in cricket. I remember taking my College football team to Kurseong and Darjeeling to participate in friendly matches. The College team lost to Goethals. Thondup was witness to that, I think. This participation did not disturb my studies. I would request the school management to reconsider in reintroducing hockey and cricket in the school. I think the school students are craving to play them.

I am a Catholic

I have to say that I'm a little surprised by the general use of the word 'Christian'. To my knowledge GMS, St Joseph's North Point, St Helens, Loretto Convent and St Mary's Jesuit College were all Roman Catholic schools which also accepted non-Roman Catholic pupils. There may have been others which I have omitted. Victoria, Dow Hill and St Pauls were NOT Roman Catholic schools.

As a UK resident I live in a Christian country. However, there is a vast difference between The Church of England and Roman Catholics. Both come under the umbrella of Christianity.

Christianity covers a multitude of different groups who believe in Christ and as a Roman Catholic I would not like to be tarred by the same brush as some of the extreme Christian movements that exist in some parts of the world most notably in the USA Bible Belt.

Before I can appreciate the arguements involved in this discussion I would like to know which branch of Christianity is causing these problems in India. I would be a little surprised if all Christians were acting in unison so, lets be a little carefull of the use of the word Christian as it can be a little misleading.

I don't wish to imply that RC's are an elite branch of Christians or are not involved in these troubles but, it would be nice to know!

The other misconception which creeps into the reporting of these incidents is the inuendo that the US President, whoever he or she may be, is the leader or spokesperson of the West. This is absolutely not true and most European based people would be appaled by this link.


Charles H Tresham
(GMS 1953 - 1961)

I readily agree with Charles.

The word catholic means
1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church

As per the above definition, I too am a Catholic, excluding 3.

We in Goethals did not have these problems and the Loreto girls have also said the same. This difference in perception between the Catholics and the Christians who we generally call Protestants was pointed our by Br James in one of his earlier mails. Unfortunately, when anybody talks of Christians, all are painted with the same brush which makes the Catholics wince as they are not to blame for these conversions. I would request our readers to provide some word which could include the whole lot of Christians excluding the Catholics.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Stanford University - Founders

This is a true story from Malcolm Forbes
Sent by Narendra Pradhan through Thondup

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband,
dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off
the train in Boston, and walked timidly without
an appointment into the Harvard University President's
outer office.
The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods,
country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably
didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge.
'We'd like to see the president,' the man said softly.
'He'll be busy all day,' the secretary snapped.
'We'll wait,' the lady replied.
For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the
couple would finally become discouraged and go away.
They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally
decided to disturb the president, even though it was
a chore she always regretted. 'Maybe if you see them
for a few minutes, they'll leave,' she said to him !
He sighed in exasperation and nodded.
Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time
to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and
homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.
The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted
toward the couple. The lady told him,
'We had a son who attended Harvard for one year.
He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago,
he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to
erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.'
The president wasn't touched.
He was shocked. 'Madam,' he said, gruffly, 'we
can't put up a statue for every person
who attended Harvard and died. If we
did, this place would look like a cemetery.'
'Oh, no,' the lady explained quickly. 'We don't want
to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a
building to Harvard.'
The president rolled his eyes.
He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit,
then exclaimed, 'A building! Do you have any earthly idea
how much a building costs? We have over
seven and a half million dollars in the physical
buildings here at Harvard.'
For a moment the lady was silent.
The president was pleased.
Maybe he could get rid of them now.
The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, 'Is
that all it costs to start a university?
Why don't we just start our own ?'
Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and
bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away,
traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established
the university that bears their name, Stanford University,
a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.
You can easily judge the character of others by
how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.

Regional Politics

Raj Thakeray has taken up cudgels against north Indians and has driven away all candidates from other states, mostly from Bihar, who had come to Mumbai to appear for the Railway Recruitment Board exams. And Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rly. Minister, who is from Bihar, has commented that Raj is a mental case. What a turn around ! When candidates from other states, mostly from Bengal, had gone to Bihar to appear for the RRB exams, they were thrashed and sent back. Where was Lalu Prasad then ? He was the Chief Minister of Bihar at that time and kept mum. What is happening in Maharashtra now has been happening in Bihar for a long long time. So Lalu Prasad has nothing to fret about. He's getting a dose of his own medicine.
But, unfortunately, this is a very bad omen for the country. If this is permitted to continue,
the nation will be split into a hundred more states on the basis of language and then on the basis of caste. The central and state governments should take immediate steps in curbing this menace before it is too late.

Francois Gautier - A Statement

25th Oct08

Dear All

Not that I want to rake the ashes and start another acromonious fire but then I just recd the attached mail. In all fairness I thinkit should be read by all who have been part of this discussion. It is not mean't to excuse what is being done in the name of Hinudism - THAT can NEVER be condoned - but then for those who are concerned and have only seen the tragic side of the story it is perhps important that you read the article. If you are REALLY concerned and would like to do SOMETHING about it then I would suggest " Please speak to your respective elders / priests / pastors / fund raisers in the USA / Europe and inform them that rabid rantings and descecration of the Hindu pantheon is no way to win converts. It will not only create ill will but will also push away any help,sympathy and empathy for the Cause" Those of you who will speak to the your ecclestiastical elders will be helping to spread the True Word of Christ. AS thelady fromLC wrote- yes, this is definitely NOT the Hinduism we knew NOR the Christianity we saw in our schooldays.

Also there was an article on a similar note in the Times of India. The author, a pro-Catholic pacifist from the tone of the article, ended his article with the on the lines of " The Indian press made much ado about Manmohan Singh accepting meekly the protests made by the US and Europe but at the same time did NOT make any mention of the fact that he had brought to the notice of the US and Europe these inflammatory remarks made by the Christians. Was it a case of prejudiced Press ? And also , would the Christians have dared to make allegations of the same magnitude about Islam ? "

Those of you in the West and Down Under who feel especially concerned please speak to your Priest / Bishop / Pastor today.You owe it to yourself, to India, the country you were born and grew up in, and to your religion. On our part, here in India, we too shall try to calm the storm in our own little ways.


What made Hindus angry in Karnataka

Fran├žois Gautier
First Published : 06 Oct 2008 02:12:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 06 Oct 2008 07:40:54 AM IST

I was born in a Catholic family. My uncle was a priest, a wonderful man of warmth and compassion and I spent most my early years in Catholic boarding schools. When I was young I wanted to become a missionary and to 'convert' pagans in Asia. What I was taught by priests was that Hindus worship false gods and they needed to be brought back to the True Word by Jesus Christ. Then of course, I came to India and discovered that actually Hindus, far from being the heathens, as had been portrayed in Europe, not only believed God's diversity, the wonderful concept of avatar, but had given refuge to all persecuted minorities of the world, whether the Syrian Christians, the Parsis, the Jews (India is the only country in the world where Jews were not persecuted), the Armenians, or today the Tibetans.

I am also aghast at the one-sided coverage by the Indian media of the Christian- Hindu problem: blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus in Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai train blasts, Jaipur, etc. Yet, neither Manmohan Singh nor Sonia Gandhi have pronounced once the word 'Islamic terrorism.' But when furious Hindus, tired of being made fun of, of witnessing their brothers and sisters converted by financials traps, of seeing a 84-year-old swami and his Mataji brutally murdered, of reading blasphemy about their Gods, vent their anger against churches, many of them makeshifts, the Indian government goes after the soft target which the Hindus are. The same thing applies to the United States: they never warned Muslim organisations in India about the killing of Hindus, but when dollars are used to buy new converts and it angers the majority community of India, Washington has the arrogance to issue a warning, and Manmohan Singh does not have the pride to tell the US to mind its own business.

Neither the Indian press nor the western correspondents bothered to write about what made Hindus angry in Karnataka: Newlife, one important western-funded missionary centre (, began making conversions in and around Mangalore by accosting poor people in market areas, or in bus stands, befriending them and then taking them to churches to introduce them to the father. Upon introduction they were paid Rs 2,500 per person and then taken to the Velankanni shrine, in Tamil Nadu, where they would get another Rs. 3,000. When they finally converted to Christianity by changing the name, they got an incentive of Rs 10,000 onwards. Newlife would then give them instructions to abandon wearing tilak on forehead, not to visit and offer prayers at the Hindu temples, replacing the photos and idols of Hindu gods and goddesses with a Cross, etc.

But what really angered local Hindus was when Newlife went one step further and published a book in Kannada — Satya Darshini — which was widely distributed by its missionaries. Here below is the translation of some of the most abusive passages: "Urvashi — the daughter of Lord

Vishnu — is a prostitute.

Vashistha is the son of this prostitute.

He in turn married his own Mother. Such a degraded person is the Guru of the Hindu God Rama. (page 48).

When Krishna himself is wallowing in darkness of hell, how can he enlighten others? Since Krishna himself is a shady character, there is a need for us to liberate his misled followers (page 50). It was Brahma himself who kidnapped Sita.

"Since Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were themselves victims of lust, it is a sin to consider them as Gods. (page 39).

When the Trinity of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) are consumed by lust and anger, how can they liberate others? The projection of them as Gods is nothing but a joke. (page 39). God, please liberate the sinful people of India who are worshipping False Gods. (Page 39)."

When blasphemy and much worse is brought against the most sacred Hindu Gods, Hindus are supposed to take it meekly as sheep and let themselves be converted to a foreign religion! There are more than 4,000 foreign Christian missionaries involved in conversion activities across different states. In Tripura, there were no Christians at the time of independence. There are 1,20,000 today, a 90 per cent increase since 1991. The figures are even more striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1,710 Christians in 1961, but 1.2 million today, as well as 780 churches! In Andhra Pradesh, churches are coming up every day in far-flung villages and there was even an attempt to set up one near Tirupati. Christians throughout the ages have strived on the concept of persecution and as a brought up Catholic, I remember feeling bad about all those martyred saints of Christianity. Christians in India like to say that they are only two per cent and can do no harm. But it is a sham: in the Tamil Nadu coastal belt from Chennai to Kanyakumari, there must be now 10 per cent Christians posttsunami and the same may be true in other parts of south India.

My heart goes out to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who took a courageous stand against unethical Christian conversions, but is now under pressure from the Centre. The BJP, having learnt from bitter experience that the Congress has no qualm in invoking President's rule under fallacious pretexts in states which are ruled by non-Congress governments is in a quandary: it must show some action against militant Hindu groups while remaining true to itself.
This is why Yeddyurappa took some action against Hindu groups while saying that his government will not tolerate forcible conversions and will take stringent action against missionaries involved in conversions.
And ultimately, the blame must fall on Hindus: they are 800 million in India, the overwhelming majority; they have the brains, they have the money and they have the power. But either their intellectual and political class sides with the minorities, out of fear, inferiority complex imbedded by the British or just sheer crass political opportunism, or the bigger mass is indifferent inert, selfish, un-civic conscious. Every Hindu is the inheritor of the only surviving spiritual knowledge which at the moment is under a concerted attack by Christian missionaries, Americanisation, Marxism and Islamic fundamentalism.