Monday, November 30, 2009

Criminals Regularly Jumping Bail

Judges Cautioned

New Delhi, Nov.27 (PTI)

Delhi High Court has asked judges to be vigilant following an "alarming" increase in the number of convicts going "untraceable" after being granted bail.

There is an alarming and sinister increase in instances where the routine is to file an appeal, apply and be enlarged on bail and thereafter to become "untraceable" the court said.

It is about time the courts realized the harm they are doing by granting bail at the drop of a hat.

If the bails are being granted because there is no space in jails, that should be rectified.
If necessary more jails could be made.
However, I have echoed earlier Swami Ramdeo's prescription for releasing space in jails.
Persons accused in any of the following crimes should not be granted bail:
Corruption as government servants or ministers ,murder, rape, those responsible for dowry deaths, invitro testing and aborting foetus, adulteration in food and medicines, extortion, terrorism and infiltrators from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Releasing these scoundrels on bail only allows them to influence the witnesses either with money or threats. Being out on bail, they delay the trials under various pretexes. If they were jailed, it would be in their interest to expedite the trials.

Jumping bail is another risk in releasing them on bail.This could be prevented by the convict being asked to provide surety and security some person known to him. If the convict jumps bail, the person standing as surety should be jailed, the security should be forfeited and he should be charged for all those crimes for which the criminals was being tried. Under these circumstances, I am sure very few people will come as sureties.

This same procedure should be followed by people who come over to India with genuine visas and then overstay and disappear. They too should be asked to provide the names of persons who would stand as surety and security. In case of disappearance, the sureties should be treated as infiltrators and action taken as above.

The trials should be carried out in fast track courts and in all such cases, the death penalty should be awarded. If necessary the IPC should be changed to allow for death penalty.

We have a population of 120 crores or so.
If a few thousand criminals involved in the above crimes are hanged, it would make no difference to our population but would improve the pedigree of the balance flock.

Yes, human rights groups would create a row. But then they object to anything and everything because they don't face the terrorists bullets.

And the best part is, jails would be freed of much wanted space and society would be cleansed of filthy scum.

Puns are Fun

For all the ‘wanna-bee’ wordsmiths out there!
Are you a word lover? Check out these FUN PUNS

A good pun is its own reword.

Energizer Bunny arrested - charged with battery.

A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

A pessimist's blood type is always b-negative.

My wife really likes to make pottery, but to me it's just kiln time.

Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

I fired my masseuse today. She just rubbed me the wrong way.

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.

Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.

I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.

I used to be a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.

If electricity comes from electrons... does that mean that morality comes
from morons?

A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

Marriage is the mourning after the knot before.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Corduroy pillows are making headlines.

Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?

Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

Banning the bra was a big flop.

Sea captains don't like crew cuts.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.

Without geometry, life is pointless.

When you dream in color, it's a pigment of your imagination.

Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

Reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red.

When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

A man was sunbathing naked at the beach.
For the sake of civility, and to keep it from
getting sunburned, he had a hat over his privates.A woman walks past and says, snickering,
"If you were a gentleman you'd lift your hat."
He raised an eyebrow and replied,
"If you were good lookin
it would lift itself. . ."

This I say is the pun of all puns.
Sent by Viraj Thacker

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Quiz Competition at St Xaviers.

I had reported last week that I was being asked to represent Goethals in the quiz.
Thank God, I was saved that embarassment.
There were two rounds in the quiz.
Teams from all the hill schools came.
Loreto girls were there too.
In the first round there were around 65 teams of 3 members.
Actually in this round it was free for all.
Members just sat near each other and helped each other.
We had two teams from Goethals.
Three young boys, Anik, Debjeet and Santanu made the younger team.
Anthony, Manos and self made the second team with Mrs Gasper to help us.
It was she who helped us with most of the questions,
Did I hear somebody say Cheating?
Well, most of the teams were doing the same.
Inspite of that help we lost.
33 questions were asked mostly pre-80s, so the youger boys could not do better than us.
Eight teams went into the final round.
I did not stay to watch the final round since both our teams did not go through
Manos said that Don Bosco won.
I had taken some photographs which are given below.

Just see, if you can recognize any of your friends.

Be Sincere - Not Serious

This has been sent by Desmond

Speech by Chetan Bhagat

Don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

"Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die. ……………….

One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? …………….

It's ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed devices........." :)

"Don't be serious, be sincere."!!

Who is Chetan Bhagat?

Chetan Bhagat was born in New Delhi and studied in the Army public school. He has done his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious IIT Delhi and then did his MBA from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He in fact received the prestigious award of "The Best Outgoing Student" in IIM-A. He worked as an Investment Banker with Deutsche bank for eleven years in Hong Kong and moved back to Mumbai with his wife Anusha in 2008. Later he gave up his job to devote his entire time to his writings. He is married to Anusha who is a Tamilian, who was his classmate in IIM. Anusha works for a UBS,she is currently the COO of UBS. The couple have twins Ishaan and Shyam. He is health conscious and practices yoga.

Passport Racket

Militants net passports from southern towns
Don Sebastian / DNA

Thiruvananthapuram: Shameer Alikutty is a porter in Perumbavoor near Kochi. Going by the stamps in his passport, the 36-year-old is a globetrotter.

Shameer was in for a shock when the police appeared with his passport, which he had pledged for Rs800, five years ago. It had travelled around the world, until security agencies recovered it from a hotel room in Kish Island, Iran. The current holder of the passport, a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative based in the UAE, gave his trackers the slip though.

Kerala police have also found that the passport was used as identification proof to get a mobile phone connection by Thadiyantavide Nazeer, a Lashkar-e-Taiba honcho suspected to be in charge of the outfit's operations in south India. There are reports that Nazeer, wanted in a slew of cases in Kerala, was arrested from a madrasa in Chittagong, Bangladesh last week.

Nazeer, a co-founder of Indian Mujahiddeen, is supposed to be the kingpin of a racket which recruits mercenaries from Kerala and Karnataka for LeT. In January, the police chargesheeted 22 youths, including four youths killed by security forces in Kupwara last year, on sedition charges. Though the Hyderabad police had nabbed Sainuddeen alias Sathar, suspected to have links with Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts, Nazeer remained elusive.

Nazeer is also accused of conspiring to assassinate former chief minister EK Nayanar and burning a Tamil Nadu state transport bus near Kochi to protest Abdul Nasser Madhani's imprisonment.

Investigating agencies suspect that Nazeer's racket is involved in creating logistical support for the militants. They procure passports from unsuspecting citizens and use it as a cover for militant movement and communication. The porter's passport, for instance was obtained through his relative, for a paltry Rs800. Nazeer might have handed over Shameer's passport to Ayub, who left it behind in a hotel room in Kish Island.

See, it is so easy to obtain passports for the terrorists.
They will get it by hook or by crook, mostly by crook.
However, if genuine peace loving citizens want a passport they are harassed.
My wife and daughter had applied for a passport in June,2009.
Now, almost 5 months have passed and they are yet to receive their passports.
They have been born in India.
They are married to Indian citizens who themselves are passport holders.
They have children who are Indian passport holders and yet the police have not been able to complete the formalities by which they would get their passports, probably because I do not agree to pay any bribes.
I am giving below the letters which has been sent to the RPO, Kolkata, first on the 2nd November and then on the 24th November, with no reaction from them.
A similar letter was sent with reminders by my daughter-in-law, Shalini, with the same void result.


Dr. R Sivakumar, IPS.,
4, Brabourne Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Reminder: 1

Dear Sir,

File Ref.Number: A04027309

I am a housewife.

I had submitted an application for an Indian Passport on 02.06.2009.

I was born in Kolkata in 1956 and did my schooling in Kolkata although I could not pass my higher secondary owing to personal reasons hence I do not have any school leaving certificate.

Since in those days, parents were not very particular of birth certificates, I do not have one.

However, I have submitted a affidavit with my application.

The status report "Police Report is incomplete and the case is being examined " has been there for the last two months.

How long do the police require to complete the report?

My husband has an Indian passport (No H4485191).

My son will soon be going abroad and I may have to go also. Hence the need for a passport

I would request you to issue me a passport as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Manju Sharma
188, Bangur Avenue,
Kolkata - 700055

Friday, November 27, 2009

Corruption inThe Medical Profession

MCI for ban on gifts to docs by pharma cos
Bharat Yagnik , TNN 27 November 2009, 01:59am IST

AHMEDABAD: Medical Council of India has written to Union ministry of health and family welfare for an amendment in Indian Medical Council (professional conduct, etiquette and ethics) regulations, 2002, to prohibit doctors from accepting any gift from any pharmaceutical or allied health care industry.

The move is likely to face stiff resistance from the pharma lobby as well as a section of doctors who have been benefiting from largesses showed by the pharma industry. MCI chairman Dr Ketan Desai, an Ahmedabad-based urologist, said the council has forwarded to the Centre an MCI resolution adopted on November 18 titled “Building a healthy relationship based on self-regulation between doctors and pharmaceutical and allied health sector industries and preventing unscrupulous practices by doctors.”

The resolution was passed by the MCI’s executive committee based on the recommendations of a sub-committee.

There are new proposed guidelines for a medical practitioner to carry out, participate in, work in research projects funded by pharmaceutical and allied health care industries. The particular research proposal will need to have due permission from the competent authorities concerned.

Dr Desai said: “If these recommendations are made a part of the ethics regulations of the MCI by suitable amendment, it will go a long way in ushering in a credible, transparent, just and scientific relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical and allied health care industries.”

Does it surprise you that the MCI is taking such belated action
It is just eye wash.
What is it doing against the following.
1. The 50% cut which the doctors receive from Test Labs on all tests, both necessary and unnecessary, which the doctor advises.
2. The doctors earn by scratching each others backs through referrals.
3. The Nursing Homes cheating by keeping patients unnecessarily and not reporting the patient's death so that they can continue billing the relatives.

There are many more complaints against doctors which the MCI has to take up.
What they have done is just the tip of the ice-berg.

The Unborn Child

Dear All,
I thought this to be sensetional. And I wanted all of you to take a look at this phenomenon. Read on........
Avijit Roy.

Please read before viewing picture - it's worth it!

A picture began circulating in November. It should be 'The Picture of the Year,' or perhaps, 'Picture of the Decade.' It won't be. In fact,unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner.

The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville , he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr.Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr.Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, 'Hand of Hope.' The text explaining the picture begins, 'The tiny hand of 21-week- old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.'

Little Samuel's mother said they 'wept for days' when they saw the picture. Sh e said, 'The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person.' Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.

Now see the actual picture, and how awesome and completely incredible it is... pass it on. The world needs to see this one!

I suggest these pictures be shown to the people of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan who are the main culprits in aborting the female foetus.

How to win friends and Influence the opposite sex

I think most of you may have received mail in your boxes offering courses for everything under the sun.
Desmond here is offering courses to ladies and gents on how to deal with each other.
Should be useful to all.

Training courses are now available for women on the following subjects:

Topic 1. Silence, the Final Frontier:
Where No Woman Has Gone Before

Topic 2. The Undiscovered Side of Banking:
Making Deposits

Topic 3. Parties:
Going Without New Outfits

Topic 4. Bathroom Etiquette:
Men Need Space in the Bathroom Cabinet Too

Topic 5. Communication Skills I:
Tears - The Last Resort, not the First

Topic 6. Communication Skills II:
Getting What you Want Without Nagging

Topic 7. Driving a Car Safely:
A Skill You CAN Acquire

Topic 8. Telephone Skills:
How to Hang Up

Topic 9. Classic Footwear:
Wearing Shoes You Already Have

Topic 10. Oil and Petrol:
Your Car Needs Both



Evening classes for men. Starting this month!
Note: due to the complexity and level of difficulty of their contents, each course will accept a maximum of eight participants each.

Topic 1. How to fill ice-cube trays.
Step by step with slide presentation.

Topic 2. Toilet paper rolls: do they grow on the holders?
Round-table discussion.

Topic 3. Differences between the laundry basket and the floor.
Pictures and explanatory graphics.

Topic 6. Learning how to find things, starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming.
Open forum.

Topic 7. Health watch: bringing her flowers is not harmful to your health.
Graphics and audio tape.

Topic 8. Real men ask for directions when lost.
Real-life testimonials.

Topic 9. Is it genetically impossible to sit quietly as she parallel parks?
Driving simulation.

Topic 10. Learning to live: basic differences between mother and wife.
Online class and role playing.

Topic 11. How to be the ideal shopping companion.
Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques.

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Well, if she doesn't agree to reform, there is always the following possibility.

Robbers - Big & Small

If you are driving at night and were attacked with eggs on your car's windshield, do not operate your wiper or spray any water.

Eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision up to 92.5 %. You are forced to stop at road side and become victim of robbery. This is new technique used by robbers.

Take care and have a Safe Driving.

This has been sent by Desmond

These robbers are idiots.
A better way would be to become the chief minister of any Indian state, preferably Jharkhand.
You don't require any special qualification.
You should be a rickshaw puller or a thelawala and a criminal.
Then you can get away with robbing the people of 2000 crores and yet the other political parties dare not take action on you for you don't know when they will require his help to form a government.
I love my India.
My India is Great.
I think it was Indira Gandhi's slogan.
Didn't she start all this rot?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

90/10 Principle

10% of life is made up of what happens to you.

…90% of life is decided by how you react…

What does this mean?

We really have NO control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in the traffic.

The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How?... By your reaction.

Do not let people fool you. YOU can control how you react.

Let us use an example…

You are having breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what has just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react.

You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your wife and you criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows.

You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish her breakfast and getting ready to go to school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school.

Because you are late, you drive 40 miles per hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60.00 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye.

After arriving at the office 20 minute late, you realize you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home. When you arrive home, you find a small wedge in your relationship with your wife and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning.

Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?

The answer is "D"

You had no control over what happened with the coffee.

How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.

Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say: "It's okay, honey, you just need to be more careful next time." Grabbing a towel you go upstairs and change your shirt. You grab your briefcase, and you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early a cheerfully greet the staff.

Notice the difference?

Two different scenarios.
Both started the same. Both ended different.

Why? Because of how you reacted.

You really have no control over 10% of what happens in your life.
The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 Principle.

If someone says something negative about you, do not be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You do not have to let the negative comments affect you.

React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, or getting stressed out.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in the traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? (a friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off), Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Who cares if you arrive 10 seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive?

Remember the 90/10 Principle and don't worry about it.

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time to find a new job.

The plane is late. It is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger, why stress out? It will just make things worse.

Now you know the 90/10 Principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it.

The 90/10 Principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this Principle.

The result?

You will see it by yourself!

Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and headaches. We all must understand and apply the 90/10 Principle. It can change your life! Enjoy it!

It only takes willpower to give ourselves permission to make the experience. Absolutely everything we do, give, say, or even think, it's like a Boomerang. It will come back to us.

If we want to receive, we need to learn to give first. Maybe we will end with our hands empty, but our heart will be filled with love. And those who love life, have that feeling marked in their hearts.

This has been sent by Arun Shroff.
I think I may have posted something similar quite some time back from Partha Sengupta.
However, the subject is important enough to warrant a repeat.

Use of Mobiles


This is a real incident that happened in a local hospital in Bangalore, India.
A 4-year old girl was admitted due to leg fracture. As it was an open
fracture, she had to undergo an operation to stitch the protruding bone back
in place. Though it was quite a minor operation, she was hooked on to life
support system, as a part of the process.

The doctors had to input some data prior to the operation to suit different
conditions. Thereafter, the operation proceeded.. Half way through the
process, the life support system suddenly went dead.

The culprit : -

Some one was using his/her hand-phone outside the operation theatre. And the
frequency had affected the system.. They tried to track the person, but to no
avail. The little girl, young and innocent as she was, died soon after.

Be compassionate! Do not use your hand phone / mobiles especially at any
hospitals or within the Aircraft or any places where you are told not to use
it... You might not be caught in the act, but you might have killed someone
without knowing.

Sometimes it's a matter of Life & Death.....!! !

Last Word :

So friends, please avoid using your mobile phones in hospitals / petrol pumps
/ aircraft etc ... wherever it is mentioned no use of mobiles, go by the
rules, it's a matter of life & death.

Sent by Arun Shroff

Some places do have odd names

Sent by Arun Shroff
Does it give the name of the place or describe the people working in this bank.
SBI should explain

The National Anthem - An Analysis

This has been sent by Thondup

I have always wondered who is the ' adhinayak'and' bharat bhagya vidhata',whose praise we are singing.. I thought
might be Motherland India! Our current National Anthem
'Jana Gana Mana'is sung throughout the country.

Did you know the following about our national anthem, I didn't.

To begin with, India 's national anthem, Jana Gana Mana
Adhinayaka,was written by Rabindranath Tagore in honor of
King George V and the Queen of England when they visited
India in 1919. To honor their visit Pandit Motilal Nehru
had the five stanzas included , which are in praise of the
King and Queen.(And most of us think it is in the praise
of our great motherland!! !)

In the original Bengali verses only those provinces that
were under British rule,i.e .Punjab,Sindh, Gujarat ,
Maratha etc. were mentioned. None of the princely states
were recognized which are integral parts of India now Kashmir,
Rajasthan, Andhra, Mysore or Kerala. Neither the Indian Ocean
nor the Arabian Sea was included, since they were directly
under Portuguese rule at that time.

The Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka implies that King George V
is the lord of the masses and Bharata Bhagya Vidhata
is 'the bestower of good fortune'.

Following is a translation of the five stanzas that glorify the King.

*First stanza:* (Indian) People wake up remembering your good name and ask for your blessings and they sing your glories.
(Tava shubha name jaage; tava shubha aashish maage, gaaye tava jaya gaatha)

*Second stanza*: Around your throne people of all religions
come and give their love and anxiously wait to hear your kind words..

*Third stanza:* Praise to the King for being the charioteer, for leading the ancient travelers beyond misery.

*Fourth stanza: *Drowned in the deep ignorance and
suffering, poverty-stricken, unconscious country? Waiting
for the wink of your eye and your mother's (the Queen's) true protection..

*Fifth stanza*: In your compassionate plans, the sleeping Bharat
(India) will wake up. We bow down to your feet O' Queen,
and glory to Rajeshwara (the King).

This whole poem does not indicate
any love for the Motherland but depicts a bleak picture.
When you sing Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka, whom are you glorifying?
Certainly not the Motherland. Is it God? The poem does not
indicate that. It is time now to understand the original
purpose and the implication of this, rather than blindly sing
as has been done the past fifty years.

Should we ???

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Raj Tackerays blackmail will now STOP

Two foreign firms vying for building film city in Bihar

Patna,(BiharTimes): The government has invited proposals to develop a film city in the state under the public private partnership. Four places, Bihta, Gaya, Hajipur and Rajgir have been identified for the construction of the world class film production unit.

Besides the film production infrastructure, the film city would have hotels, shopping malls and amusement parks for the tourists.

Two companies Ernst and Young Private Ltd and Grant Thornton, made a power-point presentation on the proposed film city project at a meeting here recently.

According to Anshuli Arya, managing director of the Infrastructure Development Authority, the nodal agency to handle the project, both the firms made impressive presentation of the film city project. The financial bid of the project would be opened now in which the company for the product will be decided.

She said that the state government will make a feasibility study of the proposal before finalizing the site. Film city should be near an airport as it should have good connectivity. Also, the site should be rich in natural beauty for location shooting.

For the world class accommodation of the celebrities construction of hotels has already been included in the projects, she added.

She said that an area of nearly 100 acres for the proposed film city would be provided by the government on lease while the structure related to the pre and post production of films would be developed by the firms selected for the project.
Bihar is attracting more and more film makers. There is boon in the Bhojpuri film in the recent years. The annual turn over is of more than Rs 200 crore.

I would like to congratulate Nitish Kumar for setting up the Film City in Bihar.
I would request him to make this a joint venture between all the Hindi speaking states, with contributions from all.
We have had sufficient black-mailing of the film world from that imbecile Raj Thackeray.
This is a resounding slap on his face.
The Mumbai film industry depends upon the Hindi films to maintain its reputation. With the building of the film city in Bihar, the Hindi speaking states will go out of the clutches of the imbecile.
If Rajasthan, Haryana, UP,Uttarkand,Himachal, MP and Bihar combine with Bihar , no Hindi films made in Maharshtra will be allowed to be exhibited in these states.
It will create employment for the people of these states.
I am sure, Amitabh Bachhan for one will welcome this move.
I would also request the BCCI members to move out its office from Mumbai and also SEBI.
I am sure Nitish will give them plenty of land to build their buildings and now since all trading is done on-line, SEBI should have no problem.
No further blackmail from the imbecile should be tolerated.

English to be made official language of Europe

For those of us who like English, here is some good news from Sivatosh Dev regarding the promotion of English in Europe.

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as 'Euro-English' .

In the first year, 's' will replace the soft 'c'. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard 'c' will be dropped in favour of 'k'. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome 'ph' will be replaced with 'f'. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent 'e' in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing 'th' with 'z' and 'w' with 'v'.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary 'o' kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou' and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl

Monday, November 23, 2009

Now DGP Gautam speaks of Corruption

'Corruption prime threat to internal security'
TNN 23 November 2009, 05:38am IST
From Times of India, Patna Edition

PATNA: Former DGP D N Gautam on Saturday identified corruption as the prime threat to internal security in India.

"When there was a serial blast in Mumbai, it was found that the RDX smuggled in was passed by the customs after taking bribe," he pointed out, and stressed that corruption was subverting the entire system in the country. Gautam was delivering a talk on `India's Internal Security Concerns' at the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies on Saturday. "Corruption leads to failure of government schemes, migration and vulnerability of citizens," he stressed.

He pointed out that ultra Left forces were thriving in rural areas because of the vacuum created by politicians and social activists. "The state machinery has contributed to the weakening of the state. It is when the system is subverted that certain elements step in and intervene in favour of the people and win their support," he said, stressing that nationalism is a casualty when the system gets subverted.

He also pointed towards a large section of the population not being utilized productively and rural wealth not being capitalized by the economy. "The economic policies benefit a few persons only," he remarked, stressing that the deprived sections were feeling insecure. "There are certain groups who are harvesting the discontent," he said.

He recalled that during his tenure at Hyderabad, he found that the recruitment of tribals in the police force was zero.

Earlier, the director of the institute D M Diwakar welcomed him and introduced the subject. He stressed on the various forms of internal security ranging from livelihood security to law and order problem.

I wonder if Former DGP D N Gautam was from Bihar.
If from Bihar, he should know very well since upto the time Nitish Kumar took over, it was the most corrupt state in India.

The recent example of the arrest of David Headley in the USA by the FBI and the father son duo of Mohammad Yaqub Janjua and Aamer Yaqub Janjua by the Italian police is an example how work should be done.

Our police are boggged down in important jobs like running after dilapidated and obsolete buses and autos and collecting toll from hawkers. How can you expect then to pay attention to such mundane jobs like catching terrorists before they commit the crime?

If they do take any small action they have to broadcast it for the benefit of the media who run after them with a microphone to get their statements and they have to show some accomplishment.

Further, the local politicians raise the bogie of acting against a particular community when in 90% of the cases, it is that community which is behind the terrorist activity.

So, our police is being fed information about these criminals by the FBI. How, when and where they stayed and did their planning in Mumbai.
Our police and security agencies are filled with people who have been appointed on quotas, grace marks and on the basis of everything except efficiency.
How can you expect any results from them.

And the efficient ones are shunted from one useless and ineffective post to another like Kiran bedi has been

Are you surprised there have not been many more 26/11?

I am.

When jackals like the uncle and nephew duo of Thackerays bark at defenceless people but scurry away to the safety of their bills at the least hint of danger, what can you expect.
Did you hear anything from them on 26/11

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Human Fat being sold

Killed For Their Fat!
guy adams

LIMA, 21 NOV: Police in Peru say they have arrested three members of a gang who
murdered a string of peasant farmers, drained the fat from their dead bodies, and then attempted to sell it to European cosmetics manufacturers.
The men have confessed to a total of five killings, but are suspected of dozens more. Police believe they approached their victims on remote roads and lured them to a hut in the jungle with talk of being able to introduce them to a potential employer. Instead, the victims were bludgeoned to death.
Each of their bodies then had its head, arms and legs cut off. Major organs were removed, and discarded, before the torso was suspended from hooks in the ceiling of the hut. Candles were placed beneath, so that melting fat would dribble into pots, pans and other collecting vessels.
“We have broken up a criminal organisation dedicated to trafficking bodily fluids and human fat,” said local police commander Mr Angel Toledo, on Thursday. The large containers of illicit fat were latter decanted into bottles for export, he added.
“Without a doubt (the gang) have committed various crimes like kidnapping and conspiring to commit criminal acts. (They) have spoken about how they committed crimes with the purpose of extracting their fat in rudimentary laboratories to later sell for the price of $15,000 per litre.”
Col Jorge Meija, the chief of Peru’s anti-kidnapping police, added that all three suspects had been charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, and illegal firearm possession. They face life imprisonment if found guilty. The fat they harvested was apparently to be shipped to Italy, via intermediaries, where it would end up being used in expensive skin-softening beauty creams. General Felix Burga, Peru’s chief policeman, added that there is evidence that the gang was one of several operating out of the country as part of “an international criminal network trafficking human fat”.
Medical experts expressed scepticism at police claims denying, for example, that human fat would be worth $15,000, or that it would have skin-enhancing properties. A dermatology professor at Yale University, Dr Lisa Donofrio, said a small market may exist for “human fat extracts” to keep skin supple, but that scientifically such treatments were “pure baloney”.
However, the grisly nature of the case has caught the public imagination in Peru and overseas. The gang have been dubbed the “Pishtacos” after an ancient Peruvian myth about white colonialists who killed indigenous people, quartered their bodies with machetes, before extracting the fat and turning it into a range of perfumed soaps.
Regardless of their commercial success, the gang seems, at the very least, to have perfected the art of fat-extraction. Two of Col Meija’s suspects, Serapio Marcos Veramendi and Enedina Estela were arrested at a bus stop in Huanuco province carrying soft-drink bottles filled with an amber liquidised substance that lab tests later showed was liquidised human fat.
the independent

Is there no limit to the evilness of the human mind?
It seeems so.
This is the first time I am hearing such a crime.
Killing poor fat farmenrs in Peru and then drawing their fat to sell it in Europe.
But, the European people, who are always moralising the world should also be pulled up and denounced to the world for using human fat.
Is there any shoratage of milk fat that human fat is being used.
The UN which is always preaching to the poor nations should investigate this.
In the meantime I would request people like Partha Chatterjee of Trinumul Congress and Nitin Gadkari of the BJP not to go to Peru.
I would also have advised Amar Singh but he has already lost a lot of fat in Singapore after the operation.
He would be ueless in Peru.

Sainik still bristle at Sachin's interview.

Sachin never helped Marathi players: Sena mouthpiece
PTISunday, November 22, 2009 17:11 IST

Pune: Continuing its attack on Sachin Tendulkar, the Shiv Sena today said that there was no instance of him helping any Marathi cricketer while Sunil Gavaskar was a "genuine Maharashtrian" and had given Test caps to many players from the state during his tenure as India captain.

In an article in party mouthpiece Saamna, Sena MP Sanjay Raut while comparing Tendulkar to Gavaskar, alleged, "There has been no instance of Sachin extending a helping hand to other Marathi cricketers. Forget others, he did not even support Vinod Kambli."

"In contrast, Gavaskar when he captained India, had half the team drawn from Mumbai and Maharashtra. He gave Test caps to many Marathi players including Suru Naik and Zulphikar Parkar at least for one match," he said, while also acknowledging Tendulkar's greatness as a cricketer.

"In this context, Gavaskar is a genuine 'Maharashtrian' and the whole country loves him even now in the same way," the article claimed. "Players like Sachin have become rich because of game of cricket. Sachin's wealth has crossed Rs200 crore mark. We expect Sachin to be as 'proud' of Maharashtra as Saurav Ganguly is of Bengal," it said.

"Rahul Dravid too is a Marathi player but he is loyal to Karnataka," Raut said. The latest salvo came after Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on November 16 accused the cricket icon of hurting Marathi sentiments with his "Mumbai for all" remark.

Thackeray's remarks had evoked angry reactions from a host of political leaders as also the BCCI, who came down heavily on the Shiv Sena chief for criticising Tendulkar, saying his statement was just right and nobody could take objection to it.

Thackeray said that Tendulkar had, through his remark, "left the crease and moved to the pitch of politics" and this had hurt the Marathi psyche. Earlier, 36-year-old Tendulkar had said, "I am a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that. But I am an Indian first. And Mumbai belongs to all Indians."

Now the imbecile is trying to play the congress game of divide and rule.
It is trying to break Gavaskar and Sachin.
Both of them mutually respect each other and Gavaskar is always praising Sachin.
India should be represented by the best available players and region should not be considered at all.
During Gavaskar's time that was the procedure.
The selectors from each region used to choose players from their zones and states.
It is with the coming of Ganguly that the best players have been chosen and new players have been given a chance.
Does the imbecile want that India should go back to the old system of zonal representation, nobody thinking of India.
Both the imbeciles, Bal and Raj, think on those lines.
India may go to hell.

Our MPs assets increase 252% in new Parliament

Crorepati MPs double in LS: ADR
Posted: Sunday , Nov 22, 2009 at 1718 hrs
New Delhi: Indian Express

The number of MPs with assets worth over Rs one crore has doubled in the present Lok Sabha compared to the preceding one as the average worth of assets of an MP has nearly tripled, a report has said.

The number of crorepati MPs has increased from 156 in 2004 to 315 in 2009, while the average worth of assets of an MP in the Lower House has gone up from Rs 1.86 crore to Rs 5.33 crore in the last five years, said the report compiled by an NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The report, which has been prepared on the basis of affidavits filed by the MPs during elections, said there has been a huge increase in the worth of the assets of the 304 MPs of last Lok Sabha who contested the polls in 2009 also.

The average worth of assets of these MPs was Rs 1.92 crore in 2004. But in 2009, the average worth of assets of these leaders increased to Rs 4.8 crore, marking an increase of Rs 2.9 crore, the report said.

About 20 per cent members in the present Lok Sabha have assets worth over Rs five crore each. The number of members having assets worth between Rs 50 lakh to Rs five crore is 294, accounting for more than 50 per cent of total strength.

The number of MPs in Lok Sabha with assets worth less than Rs 10 lakh is only 17, the report said.

Well, this is something we all knew, only we have got it now from a reliable source in balck and white.
What with all the inflation, our poor MPs also have to take care of that so they have increased their assets by a whopping 252%.

The common man may have suffered a 100% decrease in his buying power but our MPs who die to serve us have increased it almost three-fold.
No guesses on how they did it.
It is obvious, isn't it?


This old lady speaks some COMMON SENSE! LOVE IT! Make sure you read the part at the end!
You just can't avoid her humor and truth.....

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Maxine should run for president. She was right on with this one!

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida ....

Not me. I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win situation.
+ Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
+ Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levies.
+ Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today ? Yes ?
Think about these:
1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.


They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

T H E 1 0 C O M M A N D M E N T S

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Who is imbeciler Raj or Bal

Sena activists attack IBN offices in Mumbai, Pune
Rahi Gaikwad From The Hindu
VANDALISM: Broken glass, upturned chairs and shocked faces at the offices of IBN7 and IBN Lokmat in Mumbai after an attack by Shiv Sena activists on Friday.

Mumbai: In a shocking incident threatening the freedom of speech and expression in Maharashtra, a group of Shiv Sainiks on Friday led an outrageous attack on the offices of leading news channels IBN Lokmat and IBN7 in Mumbai and Pune. They vandalised the offices with sticks and beat up journalists, including women.

Praveen Mudholkar, Associate Editor of the Marathi channel IBN Lokmat, said in a statement:

“The first attack was in Mumbai, where around 15 Sena activists barged into the office at Vikhroli and started beating up journalists. They also damaged property. Five of the attackers were nabbed by the staffers and beaten up.

“The second attack was on IBN’s office in Pune, which was ransacked. Suspected Sena workers were pelting stones in Pune. In yet another incident, an IBN outdoor broadcast van was also attacked.”

Five people sustained minor injuries in the attack. Some arrests were made in Mumbai and Pune.

Nikhil Wagle, head of IBN Lokmat, was a target of the attacks. He is known for his outspoken views against the Sena’s politics.

Sena’s frustration

Mr. Wagle said: “I don’t know why they have targeted us. The Sena is a divided party taking out its frustration [for electoral losses]. The media has become a soft target. I was having lunch in the canteen around 3.45 p.m. when I saw some 15 people entering the office with sticks. They broke the glass at the reception and slapped the receptionist. Then they saw me and said, ‘This is the man who criticises the Sena,’ and threw a chair at me. They slapped me two to three times. Women were also not spared.”

The attacks were prompted by alleged misquoting of Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s article on Sachin Tendulkar. Sanjay Raut, Sena MP and editor of the party mouthpiece Saamna, admitted the attackers were Sainiks.

If it was not for the violence, it would look really funny.
The uncle and the nephew trying to outdo each other to prove who is a greater imbecile.
Are the marathas so foolish that they do not see through their game.
And the worst part is that both are extra-constitutuional authorities.
Both of them have never stood for elections to seek the peoples support.
Just by violent speeches they have been instigating the masses.
Such people should be put behind bars or better still hanged.
If they have the guts, they should stand for elections and get what they want passed through parliament or the state assemblies.

Jesus & Moses in homes

A Burgler broke into a house one night.
He shined his flashlight around,
looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said,

'Jesus knows you're here.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin,
clicked his flashlight off, and froze.

When he heard nothing more ,
after a bit, he shook his head and continued.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he
could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard

'Jesus is watching you.'

Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically,
looking for the source of the voice.

Finally, in the corner of the room,
his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.

'Yep', the parrot confessed, then squawked,
'I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you.'

The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh?
Who in the world are you?'

'Moses,' replied the bird.

'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'

'The kind of people that would name their Rottweiler "Jesus."'


Msgs from friends 45

Msg from Nigel Mildreth

Kindly pass this on!!!
Pass this on to as many people. You don't know how many lives you might save.
Nigel Hildreth

Msg from Indranil Aich

Dear Radhyeshyamji,

We intend to hire some exnavy personnel. Can you kindly provide me the email id and phone number of Admiral Nirmal Verma.
Indranil Aich

Msg from Ranjan Guha

Dear All,

This is to inform you the following :

North Point’s NOSTALGIA 2009 :
Like in earlier years, North Point is organizing their annual event NOSTALGIA 2009 on Sunday, 22nd November 2009. Programme will consist of QUIZZING – DINNER – SOCIALIZING. Derails are as follows :

Event TimeDateVenue
Quiz CompetitionRegistration2.30 pm to 3.00 pm n22nd November 2009St. Xavier’s Auditorium
Preliminary Round3.00 to 4.30 pm
Final Round2.00 pm onwards
Dinner & Social 7.30 pm22nd November 2009Saturday Club
· Dinner coupons @ Rs. 300/= per person will be available at the venue
· Drinks Coupons will be sold at the venue

· Ex-Goethalites are requested to inform the undersigned immediately if they desire to participate in the QUIZ Competition. Our aim is to participate. This is a FUN Quiz and hence we need not have a High IQ or GK level to participate
· Ex-Goethalites are advised to attend the dinner in the evening (preferably with their spouses) so that Goethals can be well represented and we can make our presence felt.

Annual Membership Fees of Goethals Alumni (Kolkata) :
It was discussed and decided in the Governing Body Meeting held on 29-08-09 that :
· The Registration Fee of The Goethals Alumni (Kolkata) will remain at Rs. 1,000/= (Payable once)
· Membership Fees will be Rs. 500/= per year w.e.f 2st April 2010.

In this regard, the following Resolution has been passed
“RESOLVED that while the one-time REGISTRATION FEE would remain at Rs. 1,000/= (Rupees One Thousand only), the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE would be charged @ Rs. 500/= per year per member w.e.f 1st April 2010.”
This means that

Those Registering before 1st April 2010Registration ChargesRs. 1,000.00
Annual Membership for 2009 - 2010Rs. 0.00
TOTALRs. 1,000.00
Those Registering after 1st April 2010Registration ChargesRs. 1,000.00
Annual Membership for 2010 - 2011Rs. 500.00
TOTALRs. 1,500.00

Therefore. Those who have not already Registered themselves, please do so at the earliest by drawing a Cheque for Rs. 1,000/+ (Rupees One Thousand only) in favor of Goethals Alumni (Kolkata)

Forms may be downloaded from

Trip to Sikkim :
In consultation with the Ex-Goethalites of Sikkim, we have planned a fun-filled trip to Sikkim. Tentative details are as follows :

Proposed Trip Gangtok and other places in Sikkim
Tentative Date of Departure 26th February 2010
Mode of Travel Darjeeling Mail uptio NJP
Open to Only Registered Members of Goethals Alumni (Kolkata) and their families.. Those Registering themselves with the Alumni on or before 8th January 2010 will be eligible
Tour Fees Rs. 500/= per family

In this connection, please note that :
1. The Tour Fees of Rs. 500/= per family is to cover arrangement and other incidental expenses and does not include any other expenses such as Train Tickets, Road Conveyance Charges, Fooding Charges, Lodging charges etc.
2. Other details will be informed shortly once the detailed programme has been chalked out
3. Meanwhile to help us to draw-up plans, please all those interested, please mail / inform the undersigned at the earliest possible stating the number of adults and the number of children likely to accompany you as members of your family.

Picnic :
A picnic for the Members and their family is being planned in the last week of January (tentatively 23rd January). More details will be informed later. Meanwhile, if anyone has any suitable picnic spot in mind or can help in any other way in this regard, you are requested to contact the undersigned as soon as possible.

Donation :
Since some members have expressed a keen desire to make a DONATION to the Kolkata Chapter of The Goethals Alumni to help it to kick-start its functioning, it has been decided to request all Ex-Goethalites of Kolkata and elsewhere who are interested to make a DONATION of what-ever-amount to draw a Cheque favoring Goethals Alumni (Kolkata) and contact the undersigned / our Treasurer (Rudra RoyChowdhury).

We are happy to inform you that some members have already come forward with their Donation. We are extremely grateful to them.

Darjeeling Hill Schools Get-Together
Darjeeling District hill Schools is planning a get together at Rangers Club on Sunday 10th Jan 2010 from 10.30am to 7.00pm which will involve soccer, basketball, volleyball, tug-of-war, beer-drinking, pool, caroms etc

Please await further details in this regard.

Goethals Alumni Web Site :
The Goethals Alumni Web Site has been spinning on the World Wide Web since past few weeks. Although the site is still in its infancy needing lot more tweaks and fine-tuning all are requested to visit the site and mail us your Feedback / Comments / Suggestions etc. which will go a long way in improving this Web Site


Ranjan Guha Majumder

Msg from Desmond

He seems to have visited the following places.
However, he could send the photograph of Glenary's only.
Glenarys does look dilapidated

1) Planter's Restaurant ( called Planter's Chimney)

2) Keventer's

3) Planter's Club ( now called The Darjeeling Club )

4) Glenary's

Hi guys,

One company Neecia has started a service for travelers safety in
India. here we can sms our taxi number etc to 08010NEECIA.
they've posted the details at

Msg from Ajoy Banerjee 1963

Dear Mr. Sharma,

I am an ex-Goethalite from the batch 1963. Got your email from Dipak Roy and Roger Storey. I am in communication with them both. I currently live in Seattle with my son and wife. I came to the U.S. in 1971, after completing B.Sc. Engineering.

I am writing to you for three reasons: first to make your acquaintance, and second to thank you for all the GMS centenary pictures that you had posted on the Internet. Enjoyed seeing a lot of old faces, including Matthew Lobo. I think he taught me in 2nd and 4th stds. Great teacher.

I was wondering if you have emails for the following people: Arjun Biswas, S.N. Bose, Samir Sarkar, Arun Shroff, Manas Chowdhury and Mohan Shivdasani, all my classmates. I have the attached email for Mohan (, but it is bouncing. May be he has a new email address now.

Write to me. I would like to know more about you. With best regards,


Ajoy Banerjee

Hari Om Ajoy,

I like your name.
My elder son is called Ajay.
Mr Lobo taught us in Class VIII.
Maths which was always a terror for us became so easy after he taught us.
You were two years my senior, I passed in 1965 and then did my Mechanical Engg from BIT, Mesra and have been in India since then.
I have added you to my mailing list, so, you will get my weekly mails which I send to all our boys.
I notiice you have seen our blog.
We normally post more than one articles from our boys.
If you find anything worth posting, you may send it to me.
The mail IDs you asked are given below, including some which you did not ask. I have added them since they are from your batch.
I do not have Arjun Biswas, S N Bose and Samir Sarkar's IDs.

Arun Shroff:
Manas Chowdhury
Mohan Shivdasani:
Vinod Kapur :
U S Chanda :
Soumen Kumar Neogi :
I am not sure whether you will get a reply from Mohan since he has become a recluse.
Neogi's mails regularly bounce.
The rest are all working ID's
I am regularly in contact with Arun and Manas. Manas is specially very active in our Alumni Association.

Bye fro now.
Do keep writing and giving us news.


Jay Shri Krishna

My dear Sharma-sahib,

Namashkar. Many thanks for sending me a rich cachet of contacts from the past. Please keep writing to me, now that we know each other.

I am now semi-retired except that I help my son Shandip (Sean) with our financial services business. I am now in Seattle where I live with my wife Manju and Sean. During the course of my work years I have lived in Boston, London, Geneva, Houston and San Francisco. Came here in 1971, after graduating from B.Sc. Engineering from Punjab Engr’g College in Chandigarh. My parents lived in Delhi, although I was born in Krishnagar, in Nadia District. I did my M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked for Intel and Microsoft and founded three software companies on my own. I don’t have a house in Cal, although may be you can recommend some short stay NRI rental flats in South Kolkata.

If you can call Arjun Biswas at his Savoy Camera Store and ask him to write to me, I shall be very grateful. He is a good friend with whom, alas, I have lost touch. I will write to all the people whose addresses you have so kindly given me. I was so sorry to hear of Mohan’s wife’s untimely demise. I wrote to Lobo, let’s see if he replies.

When you write to me next, you must tell me all about your family, including my namesake – Ajay.

Kind regards and respects,

Here is a recent picture.
It may jog your memory.


Hari Om Ajay,

I too am semi retired, go to office at WPIL Ltd, a large pump manufacturing co, thrice a week, (M,W,F).
Having retired from WPIL two years ago they were kind enough to retain me there as a consultant.
I look after mainly imports and raw material procurement from outside Kolkata.
On other days, I work from home, on-line trading of shares.
Today being Tuesday, I am free.
Further, our blog keeps me busy. Rather, I am busier now than when I worked full time at WPIL.
My elder son Ajay is with Cognizant Technology Solutions, based in Kolkata and lives with us.
He has a beautiful and hard-working wife(home-maker) in Shalini and a sweet daughter, Yati who is now 13 months old.
You may see all our photographs in my last "Msgs from friends 44" posted on last Saturday on our blog.
Ajay will be going for about 6 months to Switzerland on company's work.
He had earlier been thrice to USA, once to Germany, once to Belgium and only last month to Switzerland.
The younger son, Jay is in BPO industry.
He was with Dell India for about three years. Now, he has gone to UK in another BPO company, I forget the name.
His beautiful wife Sheetal is from Mumbai.
They have no children.
That's my family in a nutshell.
We used to live in Bangladesh upto 1964 (it was E.Pakistan) at that time.
I was in Goethals from 1955 to 1965, going to E Pakistan only during the winter vacation.
I have worked in Kesoram Rayon, Nayasarai, Hoogly district,Express Cables, Patna, Electrical Mfg Co, Kolkata, Sankey Wheels, Durgapur, and WPIL LTD, from where I retired in 2006. WPIL was earlier known as Worthington Pump India Ltd, which had collaborations with Johnston Pump, USA and Worthington Pumps, USA.
Thats my resume.
Arun Shroff and I are friends from school.
He also joined BIT, Mesra and passed out two years before me.
I live in Bangur Avenue, which is in North Kolkata.
Arun, Manas and others could recommend better than me regarding NRI rental home, since they live in South Kolkata.
Arjun Biswas is presently out of Kolkata.
I'll ask him to call you up when he returns.
He doesnt keep an email ID.
His camera shop keeps him busy.
I have told him a number of times to take an ID but to no avail.
Lets see if you can convince him


Jay Shri Krishna

My dear Radhey,

You have lived a very successful life, congratulations. Your sons have grown up to lead very successful lives too; that’s is the mark of real success for parents. Ajay and Jay they are doing very well, by God’s Grace. I know of Cognizant. Great company and good top management. Also, I am pleased to note that your boys are travelling the world. They are young. They should do it now.

Enjoy your granddaughter. I hope you get to spend time with her. So you and Arun Shroff went to BIT Ranchi. Is he Mechanical too? My Mama-ji’s son went to BITS Pilani. They went back to Cal and unfortunately died too soon. He was my age. BIT’s are good schools.

I am most intrigued that you are from E.Bengal. My wife’s family once hailed from Maymansingh. I believe the Kar family too are from E. Bengal. I am amazed a Brahmin Sharma family from E. Bengal!!! Do you speak Bengali fluently?

Where is Bangur Ave, is it off Central Avenue. I don’t know Cal that well. Does Arun live near you and do you guys see each other often? I will really enjoy receiving your newsletter. I will write to Arun and Manas soon. Was Utpal Biswas in your class? If he has email, you can send it to me. Also, have you seen Samir Sarkar lately? What does he do?

Incidentally, I found several short term NRI rentals in Cal on the Internet.

Write to me when you have time. It was so nice to know about your family. We should get together and travel in India, as a group every year. Won’t that be great?



Hari Om Ajay,

The first lot of marwari's left Rajasthan and came to Bengal for business.They were the business community.
We being Brahmins accompanied them to do their Pujas.
My great great grandfather went to Bangladesh in the early part of the 20th century.
We lived in a place called Chuadanga in Kushtia district and were there up to 1964 when my father migrated.
My Tau (Jetha) came over in 1971, after the Bangladesh war.
Inspite of living in Bengal and E.Bengal we still remain vegetarians and pure marwaris.
We still keep our family ties.
I have one more thing common with you.
My wife too is called Manju.
She is from Kolkata and a housewife.
Bangur Avenue is actually in Dum Dum Municipality. It is on the way to the airport from Kolkata city.
It is in North Kolkata.
Arun and all the others live in South Kolkata.
Utpal was two years my Junior, '67 batch
It seems the Biswas's are allergic to e mail.
He too does not have an ID.
However, his telephone no is 03322283677 but I could not get him.
The last time I met Samir was during the centenary celebrations.
He used to work in Belvue Nursing Home but I think he has retired from there.
His younger brother Nihar (we used to call him NK) is in USA.
If you go through our blog, especially the message from old boys, you will plenty of information.
If there is anything more you would like to know, do ask.
I understand you are missing India quite a lot.
Do keep writing



Jay Shri Krishna

Dear Radhey,

I did not know that you were ethnically a Marwari. I have been to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer. Rajasthani’s speak their own brand of Hindi. I don’t understand it. Do you speak Rajasthani also? Thank you for the history lesson. When I think of Marwaris, I wrongly assume that they came to Calcutta only. But it stands to reason that they went to E. Bengal as well. E. Bengal, for one thing, grows more Jute than W. Bengal. In those days all Jute Mills were owned by Marwaris. When my Father- sahib started out in business he had dealings with Haridas Mundra, who helped him. Prior to that he worked for a British company. Soon he moved to Delhi. Our family was in the chemical business.

One comment – I am a Bengali Brahmin. I eat meat. It started with Ramkrishna Paramhans and the tradition was carried out by Swami Vivekananda. The Shakta sect of Hindus do eat meat and Si Ramkrishna Dev was a Ma Kali bhakt (Jay Mata Ki). We were Vashnavis and as such my Grandparents did not eat meat. But my Father-sahib, a devout Kali Bhakht, started the meat eating tradition in our house, meaning goat meat only. Chicken was not allowed in our house. The Kashmiri Brahmins and their forebears, the Mohyal Brahmins are all meat eating as well. Today, Santan Dharmis and Vashnavi’s are mostly vegetarians. The Mohyal s pre-dates Gandhara, when Hindus ruled Afghanistan.

I was born in Krishnagar Nadia District. I believe Kushtia is on the other side of the border from us. In fact there is a town in Nadia called Kushtia. We used to go near the Jessore border, with my cousins on motorcycles, to buy cheap mangoes.

How sweet, your wife’s name is Manju, and your son is Ajoy and both of us went to Goethals. If you dig deeper, you might find we are even related!!!

So Bangur Ave. is in Dum Dum. I have an Aunty, now widowed, who lives in Nager Bazar area. When I was young, my Father used to take me to the airport on weekend mornings to see the planes and have breakfast. Fond memories. Also, when we came to Calcutta, one of the first places we would go to Dakhineshwar, Ma Kali Darshan and Puja. After Puja, we would come out and eat puris and channa dal from the stalls outside the Mandir.

If N.K. is in the US, I will ask Dipak about his contact info. Do I miss Calcutta/India? Yes. But mostly, at my age I would like to re-connect with the old friends and the past. It brings me full circle. We all started at Goethals, led different lives, all of us were blessed with success and now the second generation carries on boldly. What a nice legacy. About your blogs, I went to the site. Hit the Goethals navigation site on the right, and saw only a few old postings. May be I am not going to the right place. Help. When does your next email (letter) come out?

Cheers from Seattle. Winter is setting in. Keep writing.

Ajoy Banerjee

Hi Guys,

This is happening too fast for me. We are moving out of our condo and moving into a house on 12/2. Needed to rent our condo out, because the renters are moving from Minnesota. All this happened in a hurry. So I will be off the air till Week 1 of December till Internet gets installed I the new place.

I will write too you from our new place. Take care, you guys.

Best regards,

Ajoy Banerjee

Art in Cups and Saucers

What are these cups and saucers doing?

Still not Clear?

Still not clear?

Aha! Eureka.
Artist assistants stand next to 3,604 cups of coffee which have been made into a giant Mona Lisa in Sydney , Australia . The 3,604 cups of coffee were each filled with different amounts of milk to create the different shades to create a complet Monalisa!!

Sent by Arun Shroff and Kamlesh Kallani

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Savagery of Denmark

Denmark is a big shame
The sea is stained in red and in the mean while its not because of the climate effects of nature.
It's because of the cruelty that the human beings (civilised human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.
This happens every year in Feroe iland in Denmark . In this slaughter the main participants are young teens.
To show that they are adults and mature....Bullish
In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty “supporting like a spectator

Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, it’s near instinction and they get near men to play and interact. In a way of PURE friendship

They don’t die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hocks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim extremely compatible with the cry of a new born child.
But he suffers and there’s no compassion till this sweet being slowly dies in its own blood

Its enough!
We will send this mail until this email arrives in any association defending the animals, we won’t only read. That would make us accomplices, viewers.

Take care of the world, it is your home!

The above has come to me through E mails from various sources.
I prefer to post it on our blog to leave a permanent impression on the minds of all our readers.
We read in history books of the cruelty of the Vikings and thought it was all made up.
It reminds you of the Romans throwing the Christians in the closed stadiums to fight with the hungry lions.
Do we consider ourselves civilized?
I suppose it is the viking culture of the Danes that make them them even think such abhorrent entertainment.
It is beyond me how these people on the one hand try to bring peace between warring factions in Sri Lanka to prevent blood flowing and yet allow such blood letting as seen in the pictures.
These are the people who do not allow the teachers and parents to spank their children and yet think nothing of killing hundreds of harmless, peace-loving creatures.
No amount of indignation is enough to express the anguish felt by the world on this dastardly act.
We should boycott all Danish goods and ban imports from Denmark.
They are very fasr in condemning our products because they have been made by children,