Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Daily Planner

Here is a schedule of daily work to be done, from getting up to going to bed.
I think most of you would remember the poem learnt in schoo, "Washing"
It went something like..

What is all this washing about?
From getting up
till going to bed,
I'm tired of hearing the same thing said,..

Well these ads give you different things at different time.

Sent by Pradeep Mohan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ayodhya Dispute - A solution

This is just one of the possible solutions to the Ayodhya dispute

Sent by Pradeep Mohan

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How Beneficial is business with China

India is likely to impose a 14% duty on power equipment imported from China, said Vilasrao Deshmukh, minister of the country's Ministry of Heavy Industries, on last Friday.

Deshmukh said that the Ministry of Heavy Industries has asked the Ministry of Finance to levy the 14% import duty to protect domestic power equipment makers.

The ministry stated that power equipment producers in India are facing increasingly fierce competition from Chinese power equipment makers as the Chinese rivals sell at quite low prices.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Larsen & Toubro Ltd are the top two manufacturers of power generation equipment in India.

We have been doing business with China for the last ten years or so and having been involved right from the beginning, I will relate some of my experience.

We started of with buying Duplex SS electrodes. We found that the price was about half of the prices of our reputed Indian suppliers. Naturally we had doubts regarding the products and asked the party to send us samples.
When we found the samples were acceptable, we place a trial order.
Ever since we are getting our Duplex electrodes from China, without a hitch.
Our experience with them was good.

We next bought a three roll bending machine for rolling plates.
Again the prices were half the local price. However, when we had problems with some software it took us three months to set it right.
The machine is presently running OK.

We next bought a 8 ton forklift truck. While it ran it was OK but when we wanted spares we are not able to get what we require, even after 6 months.
Not very good experience.

We have bought one VTL, which is being installed and another is in the pipe line. We found the party to be very prompt in their communication. However, either they or their banks are very smart.
Bank Guarantees are made in formats MT 760 and MT 799.
The beneficiary bank has no authority over encashment of the BG if issued in 799, they act just like post offices. However, if issued in 760, the beneficiary bank has authority.
The Chinese Bank issued us a performance BG in 799. In spite of asking them to issue it in 760, they continued issuing in 799, claiming they do not have the forms.
Neutral. We can give our comments only after the machines start running.

Recently we bought some submersible pumps from another Chinese vendor.
The prices were CIF Kolkata, payment through L/c, payable at sight.
Now, this vendor shifted the consignment to the port, took the B/L from the forwarder and then sent the document to our bank.
The documents reached our bank in about 10 days which we arranged to pay immediately.
This vendor charged us as "Loading Charge" through the Forwarder for the time the materials lay at the port as they asked the vendor to ship the materials only after they received the payment.
This is the first time we have encountred this falsehood.
We have been doing business with other European parties who despatch the materials without waiting for the payment from the bank.
Further, they booked the materials on a 40 T container as LCL when they could have easily booked it as FCL in a 20 T container.
When a consignment is booked as LCL about your materials comes through about 3 or 4 forwarding agents who each charge a price for endorsing the materials in your favour.
Your cost go up by more than 200%.
This is how our Chinese vendor hoodwinked us.
Very bad experience.
I have not given the names of the Chinese vendors.
If anyone wants it, I can give it to them.

So I would advise all those like the power sector and telecom sector people who propose to buy Chinese machinery to just THINK.

You may be getting it cheap but in the long run it is going to cost you more.
I would welcome any good or bad experience any of our readers have had with Chinese equipment.
I am sure, our experience is just the tip of the iceberg.


An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years. Upon her return, her Father cursed her heavily.
'Where have ye been all this time, child? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?'
The girl, crying, replied, 'Sniff, sniff....Dad.....I became a prostitute...'
'Ye what!!? Out of here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this Catholic family.'
'OK, Dad-- as ye wish. I just came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion plus a $5 million savings certificate. For me little brother,this gold Rolex. And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club...(takes a breath)... and an invitation for ye all to spend New Year's Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera.'
'Now what was it ye said ye had become?' says Dad..
Girl,crying again,'Sniff, sniff....a prostitute Daddy! Sniff,sniff.'
'Oh! Be Jesus! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant. Come here and give yer old Dad a hug'

A Gorilla Walks Into A Bar...

A gorilla walks into a bar and orders a martini to the amazement of the bartender.

When the bartender gives the gorilla the martini, hes further surprised to see that the ape is holding a $20 bill.

The bartender takes the $20, then he decides to see just how smart the gorilla is, so he hands the gorilla on $1 change.

The gorilla quietly sips the martini until the bartender breaks the silence.

We dont get too many apes in here, he says.

The gorilla replies, At $19 a drink, Im not surprised.

From Prakash Bhartia

A Yacht Car

This £17million yacht that comes with its own supercar (but be quick, there are only going to be 6 of them) As far as freebies go, a luxury supercar has got to be near the top of the list. But if you're already forking out £17million for a 122ft state-of-the-art super-yacht, you wouldn't really expect anything less. This ultimate 'buy one, get one free' offer has recently gone on the market attracting attention from billionaires all over the world

Double the fun: The incredible super-yacht comes with its own supercar which can be stored on board
The luxury yacht has a plush Art Deco interior, boasts 4 large double state rooms, a reception area, salon, 52" LED TVs and state-of-the art sound systems in every room - all of which can be personalised. The ship can reach top speeds of 43 knots, with its twin MTU 16V000 engine, and the ability to achieve 55 knots with optional Rolls Royce KaMeWa boosters offering a staggering 14,000hp. The supercar is powered by a 880hp twin turbo V12 engine, has a top speed of 233mph.

The matching supercar rolling off the docked £17million yacht
You can park your new car on board in its very own garage, located at the stern of the ship. Kurt Strand, founder of the Swedish company Strand Craft, said they had built the boat and car for the 'very wealthy'. He said: 'We have had a lot of interest from all over the world, specifically the Middle East. It was designed for luxury and people who want the best. 'The custom-made supercar is the best feature, both the boat and the car are very high performance and the boat is very fast. 'It is very unique as we are only making 6, so it's exclusive. It has a very futuristic design and nothing like this has ever been made before. It even has bulletproof windows.'

The gigantic yacht easily dwarfs the waiting supercar on the dock

The yacht has room on the deck at the back to soak up the sun, and pose for paparazzi
Crashing through the waves the yacht can hit speeds of up to 43 knots
Mr Strand said that they would sell the duo on a first come, first served basis. 'We have already 5 people interested and we will have meetings with them next week, it's a very expensive boat to produce, it will be the most exclusive in the world. I am very proud of it.'

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dhamra Port

The Dhamra port in Orissa poses a threat to the fragile ecology of the area, the mangrove forests and crocodiles of the Bhitarkanika National Park and the Olive Ridley sea turtles of the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. It is also violating the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. The regional office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has confirmed this repeatedly over several years.

Shockingly, the MoEF at Delhi has contradicted the stand of its own regional office before the Central Empowered Committee and has given a clean chit to the Dhamra port. This very ministry had earlier punished Vedanta for violating the law. If Vedanta can be punished, why can’t the Dhamra Port Company?

Vedanta was punished because of public pressure on the ministry to act. We can do this again. I have already written to Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh asking him to explain these contradictions and implement the law impartially. More letters mean more pressure.

Can you also write to the minister asking the same?

Sent by Anand Raheja

Saturday, September 25, 2010

IPOs and Merchant Bankers

SEBI chairman Mr. C.B. Bhave is a man on a mission. Especially, when it comes to protecting the rights of investors. And in his latest move, he has slammed investment bankers for robbing investors. This is for pricing initial public offers (IPOs) at astronomical valuations. More so, when the anguish of investors will deepen, in case there is a correction in the stockmarkets.

There have been a slew of IPOs that have hit the markets in the past one week. All of these are looking to capitalise on the buoyancy prevalent in the markets that have crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time since January 2008. Many of the promoters are looking to garner the best possible price for their stakes.

And this has caught the ire of Mr. Bhave. This is what he has to say, "In a bid to maximise returns for promoters, they (investment bankers) are not looking at the interests of investors. You need to introspect whether it is a healthy practice. If you keep investors disappointed day in and day out, the cause of investors will only be a lip service."

We could not have agreed with him more. Investors should not fall for the gimmick that a rise in the number of IPOs means that stockmarkets are going to rise further. It is in times such as these, that investors will have to keep a cool head and not get carried away with all the noise. Valuations of not just IPOs but all stocks will have to be given a good, hard look. Only if they are available at attractive prices, should an investor then choose to put his money in them. This is of course, when all other parameters such as strong financials and good management also pass the test.

I would suggest that a rating system should be started with Merchant Bankers.
Since the price of an IPO is discovered in consultation with Merchant Bankers, they should be penalised if an issue flops.
Further with each issue where they participate, there past records of IPOs which they supported should be published. It is only then that they will be careful in supporting dud issues

Friday, September 24, 2010

Barack Obama: America's Last President?

I remember the reception I got more than 20 years ago when I began warning investors of the coming collapse of the Soviet Union.

Newsweek described my views as "an unthinking attack on reason."

Obviously, I had the last laugh. But I learned that people literally cannot process information that clashes too dramatically with their deeply held beliefs.

December 25, 1991

This certainly comes into play when thinking about the potential bankruptcy and collapse of the United States.

Ask someone on the street and it becomes clear. The idea that the U.S. is on its last legs is preposterous. But as I think about the immediate future, I sometimes wonder whether Barack Hussein Obama may not be the last president of the United States.

I have no idea how this could be quantified in a non-arbitrary way. But Obama seems poised to overdeliver on his promise of change.

Note that even on Christmas Day of 1990, few would have guessed that the U.S.S.R. would dissapear a year later. Yet on December 25, 1991, Mikhael Gorbachev resigned as the last president of the Soviet Union. The Hammer and Sickle banner over the Kremlin was pulled down. And the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

It is interesting that the world's preeminent economic historian, Niall Ferguson, thinks the United States is now at risk of sudden collapse.

In case you don't know Ferguson, he holds not one but two distinguished chairs at Harvard.

He is also Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. If you are impressed by credentials, Ferguson has many.

Now Ferguson has stepped forward with a dire warning:

"Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice."

Don't dismiss this without thinking it through.

Because most of what you think you know about history and almost everything Obama and the Congress do is based on a misleading, outdated theory.

"For centuries," says Ferguson, "historians, political theorists, anthropologists and the public have tended to think about the political process in seasonal, cyclical terms ... we discern a rhythm to history. Great powers, like great men, are born, rise, reign and then gradually wane. No matter whether civilizations decline culturally, economically or ecologically, their downfalls are protracted."

But Ferguson argues that throughout history, imperial leaders have driven their nations into expensive wars. This inevitably leads to a national collapse. And that can happen suddenly and swiftly, within "a decade or two."

In essence, he says, we are fooling ourselves when we think about gradual collapse. And he hammers the point home by saying ...

"The challenges that face the United States are often represented as slow-burning ... threats [that] seem very remote. Matters for our grandchildren. And the grandchildren of the Washington politicians and sell-side Wall Street brokers who spew out all the happy talk you hear on CNBC - about economic recovery and new bull markets, about 'hope,' and a return to 'American greatness.'"

Ferguson doubts that, as I do. And he argues that decline and collapse need not be a gradual, drawn-out process. He writes:

"What if history is not cyclical and slow-moving but arrhythmic - at times almost stationary but also capable of accelerating suddenly, like a sports car? What if collapse does not arrive over a number of centuries but comes suddenly, like a thief in the night? ... If empires are complex systems that sooner or later succumb to sudden and catastrophic malfunctions, what are the implications for the United States today? First, debating the stages of decline may be a waste of time - it is a precipitous and unexpected fall that should most concern policymakers and citizens. Second, most imperial falls are associated with fiscal crises. Alarm bells should therefore be ringing very loudly indeed as the United States contemplates a deficit for 2010 of more than $1.5 trillion - about 11% of GDP, the biggest since World War II."

Ferguson is less specific about the threat of insolvency for the U.S. than I have been with readers of Strategic Investment.

I have highlighted the worrying fact that the Obama Administration has been faking its ability to attract buyers for U.S. government debt. It's been doing this by allowing the Fed to buy Treasuries off the market.

Recently, the Fed announced that it would continue buying more Treasuries to keep its bond holdings stable. But many expect the Fed to actually engage in even more debt monetization later this year.

How many Treasuries will the Fed buy? And how low will interest rates go as a result?

But more pertinent, how high will interest rates go if the Fed STOPS buying Treasuries and lets its holdings mature over time?

This is something neither the Fed nor Obama want to find out. It would hasten the fall of American prosperity over the short term. And Obama has an election coming up in two years ...

Among the factors that mask the peril of collapse is the false prosperity created by the government's lavish stimulus and bailout programs.

I made an effort to express this risk a few months ago when I pointed out some crucial differences between the Austrian and Keynesian business cycle theories. For ease of reference, I repeat myself:

"The Austrians argue that the aftermath of the credit collapse exposes the unhappy truth that the economy is not as wealthy as it appeared. In order to facilitate new wealth creation to build out of the slump, the fastest route to recovery is to abandon malinvestments and permit the most efficient use of real savings by wealth creators.

"The Keynesians balk at the liquidation. They embrace the importance of maintaining GDP as an aggregate of monetary expenditure. In their accounting, there is no difference between investment and malinvestment. Spending equates with income. And more spending leads to a higher national income and higher economic growth, without respect to how the money is spent."

I suggested that the experience of Zimbabwe stands as a vivid counter-example to the Keynesian claim that deficit spending makes you rich.

If that were true, Zimbabwe should be one of the globe's wealthier countries, as the politicians there have spent and spent, literally beyond measure.

Instead, Zimbabwe was busy fighting off an inflation rate of 231 million percent in 2008.

Could that type of hyperinflation hit the U.S.? The U.S. had its own bout of hyperinflation during the Revolutionary War. At the time, Congress authorized the printing of a paper currency called the "continental."

It was easily forged. And essentially became worth less than the paper it was printed on.

If it happened once, it can happen again.

Maybe it won't happen tomorrow ... or even next year. But there is no doubt that the fundamentals in the U.S. are suffering.

That's why I advise getting as far out of the U.S. as you can with your investments. My favorite country is Brazil. And over the next few weeks, I'll prove to you why that's where the greatest opportunities are.

Until then,

James Dale Davidson

I agree with the author.
The tendency of USA to spend without a thought has landed the people in the present crisis.
Even now, their leaders have not asked the people to tighten their belts and still advises them to spend so that the economy recovers.
We have a similar problem in India.
Our leaders are making no effort to control our population with the result the percentage of the BPL is increasing every year.
The name of those entering the Forbes list is splashed in all the papers with much fan-fare.
Those becoming poorer does not hit the headlines unless they take up arms like the Maoists.
Unfortunately, the Maoist cannot lay their hand on these corrupt leaders because of the heavy police/Z category bandobast which protects them.
The common people are made to pay that price

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Visa Tax

I do not understand why the Indian Government is raising such a noise of Obama imposing $2000.00 on each visa applicant. Every government has a responsibility towards its citizens. Hence if Obama has to raise money it is perfectly all right.

The Indian government too should take care of its citizens.
Multinationals are flooding India with the likes of Coca Coal, Pepsico, MacDonald another harmful foods.
The Indian Government should impose a tax on these companies to take care of the health of its citizens. It should not be much.
It should be equivalent to the tax that the USA collects from the Visa applicants.
If the USA can do without our IT people, we could also do without the fast food that they are exporting to us.
Since they are imposing the tax for protecting themselves against the fllod of Mexicans, we too should protect our selves from the many ailments which these fast foods give us.

'Venues unfit for human habitation'

India scrambled against the clock to save the Commonwealth Games after big ticket athletes quit the showcase event and nations threatened to stay home unless authorities cleaned venues "unfit for human habitation".

Scotland delayed its departure to New Delhi and Wales gave organisers until later on Wednesday to guarantee that the venues and athletes' village are safe. The New Zealand swimming team is seeking a "Plan B" should the event be cancelled.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell, who said the two-week event suffered from filthy conditions, will arrive on Thursday for a probable meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Our Government will never learn.
They give the plea of national pride and ask people to make it a success.
However, there is no pride left in this mess.
I would suggest everyone who loves India to boycott the everything connected with the event.
The people in Delhi should not go to the games
The media should stop giving news of the event and TV viewers should not open any channel which gives news.
Commonwealth countries may or may not boycott the mess but let the Indian public give a slap on the face to the corrupt government




You can do it in office . This should ideally be done only in the office


Sent by Pradeep Mohan

Even I did not start at such a young age.

However, at my age, my eyes do close at around 2.00 pm, even in office.
Its difficult keeping awake.



All packed for the cruise ship -- all my nicest dresses, swimsuits, short sets. Really, really exciting.
Our local Red Hat chapter decided on this "all-girls" trip.
It will be my first one, - and I can't wait!


Entire day at sea, beautiful. Saw whales and dolphins. Met the Captain today -- seems like a very nice man.


At the pool today. Did some shuffleboard, hit golf balls off the deck. Captain invited me to join him at his table for dinner. Felt honored and had a wonderful time. He is very attractive and attentive.

Won $800.00 in the ship's casino. Captain asked me to have dinner with him in his own cabin. Had a scrumptious meal complete with caviar and champagne. He asked me to stay the night, but I declined. Told him I could not be unfaithful to my husband.


Pool again today. Got sunburned, and I went inside to drink at piano-bar, stayed there for rest of day. Captain saw me, bought me several large drinks.
Really is quite charming. Again asked me to visit his cabin for the night. Again I declined. He told me, if I did not let him have his way with me, he would sink the ship... I was shocked.


Today I saved 1600 lives.


Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Msgs from friends 70

Msg from Sir, Mr. Lobo

Hari Om, Radhes,

Came across this while sifting through my memoirs, still stacked in boxes !
Playing alongside C S ( Chaman Singh) Gurung will remain high in my memory bank.
We were in the same Class before he was snapped up by Mohan Bagan to grow to greater heights by being selected to represent our Country at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.

If you posted this on your blog, I'm sure some of the young stalwarts pictured, would love to recall those times.

C S and N C Kar have moved on to the big Field in the Sky, waiting for us to team up again.The new rules in Hockey have done away with the "BULLY" so we will all be playing on a level plain !

I bet you weren't aware of how much you were missed by your Bloggers.Your blog unites, thanks and keep up the good work,

Best wishes to Manju and Shalini and your growing Family.


Msg from Abhinav Purohit


I would like to know whether Mr.Harsh Neotia is an alumni too of our school.


Abhinav Purohit

Hello Abhinav,

Which year did he enter Goethals.or which year did he leave Goethals.
We have a complete list of boys who entered Goethals.


I do not know the year of joining or passing of Mr.Harsh Neotia. I only know that he was also present during the centenary year function where the Governor was also invited.



Msg from Richard Liu

Hi Radheyshyam,

I'm an ex-student of Goethals (1999 batch). I have been receiving ur weekly updates regularly and I'm pleased to say that I'm enjoying every single one. I'm glad that we have such an active member keeping us posted on the whereabouts and news of ex-Goats. Keep it up!

I'm currently in final year of my postgraduate degree, MDS (Master of Dental Surgery), in Mangalore, Karnataka. In case you are aware of any ex-Goat who is a dentist, whether in India or abroad, I would love to get in touch. I'm sure you could be of help!

And yes, I felt I could share with you and all the avid readers of ur weekly mails some interesting, and sometimes funny, email forwards.. Do let me know if you wish to continue receiving them.

Do all things well!


Dr. Richard Liu
Mobile: +91-9986847705

Hello Richard,

I am really pleased to receive your mail
I liked the the forwarded pictures sent by you and yes, I would like you to send them.
I do not usually forward the emails as our readers would be bored at the continuous stream of mails they would receive from me.
I extract the interesting readable matter and the pictures which I feel would be of interest to our blog readers.
Some of the forwarded messages are received by me a number of times and I don't usually repeat unless I feel it is really worthwhile.
I shall post your letter in next Sundays mail.
We have a few doctors but probably no dentists.
Let us see if there are any hidden ones like you.
I didn't know we had a dentist amongst us until your mail came.
Cheers & regards


Msg from Subhasis Saha

G'Day Radesh,

Keep it up Radesh. The first thing I do every Monday is to read your message.

I am from 1979-1980 ICSE Batch and live in Sydney. Would be interested to know the contact details for GMS forum in Australia.



Hello Subhasis,

I am attaching the list of our boys in Australia with mail IDs.
You could contact them.


Msg from Pradeep Mohan

Dear Radheshyamji


It is indeed a pleasure to receive your weekly mails and I was anxious during the past
few months as to what was wrong. Any way it seems all is normal now.

From your email today you informed that Mr. Naresh Singhania is looking for a tenant for
his office near Paradise cinema. I have a Japanese company based in Gurgaon who are
looking for a representative office in Kolkata. If you could give me Mr. Naresh's email ID
I could get in touch with him for the T & C and negotiations.

Please take care of your health and looking forward to hearing from u soon.


MOB: +91 9339720748

Hari Om Pradeep,

I would be most happy if you could help Naresh.
His mail ID is



Msg from Haemish

I'm arriving in Delhi ( the only city where you wake up in the morning and can hear the birds coughing) on 30th Sept. I had every intention of attending at least one event of the CWG. but I think I will take your advice and boycott it. I guessed it would be a shambles. The conduct of Public affairs for Private advantage! The trouble with the country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time, 'but you cant fool all of the people all of the time.
Indian Odyessy: The Journey. The journey of a thousand miles starts with one begins in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what is a savage and beautiful country lies in between. I want to go where the hand of man has never set foot. My attention is drawn to an Indian travel poster advertising Puri, which explains; 'This is the best resort for anyone who wants peace and solitude. Millions flock here from all over the world in search of such quiet!'
The first leg of my journey takes me to Rikikesh, Manali and Simila. I believe in Rikikesh I will encounter too many Freaks ( foreign tourist?) and not enough circuses. Hippies: drifting thro' India, lost souls in various stages of confusion searching for rainbow's end, fleeing from the rat race, among rats, lost sheep masquerading as sheperds.
Will keep you upto date on my Boy's Own Action Adventure. I mean to enjoy myself as these are the good old days I'm going to miss in ten years.

Earth shutting down in one minute. Close all filters and Log Off. Look forward to your next e-mail.


Hari Om Haemish,

Rishikesh, Manali and Simla, all three places are beautiful places. Puri too is beautiful, especially the sea beach.
India is a beautiful country where we have all types of climate and scenery and the people in the villages too are good, except for the b.....rd politicians.
The city dwellers are a cunning lot, out to make quick money.
South Indians were generally thought to be better and more honest than north Indians but Ranga Raju of Satyam fame, the Reddy brothers of Andhra/Karnataka and Karunanidhi of Tamil Nadu has dispelled that notion.
Karunanidhi has made his whole family from his different wives, ministers in either the state of central cabinet.
The Congress, of course, has helped him like it previously helped Lalu Yadav and Sibu Soren and Koda of Jharkhand.
Manmohan Singh is honest but he runs his ministries with dishonest men.
The CWG is the latest example.
Globalisation has now brought the South Indians at par with north Indians, as far as dishonesty is concerned
I wish the Maoist would kill politicians instead of policemen and the general public. The policemen I can understand since they protect the politicians, but why kill the general public?
Do enjoy yourself and tell us about your visit.




Since independence, India has established a black record of corruption. Members of the Central Cabinet, Chief Ministers and State Ministers too innumerable to be enumerated, have made low use of their high office. Since no class or group of people is free from blame, no one is in a position to cast the first stone of accusation and so there is no social or boycott of the corrupt.
The most important single cause for corruption is economic insecurity. The poor became corrupt in the hope of becoming rich. The rich indulge in it for the fear of losing what they have.
India may be described as ‘terms of contradiction.’ It presents us as a country steeped in culture and religion, and yet in everyday life at all levels ranging from’ burra sahibs down to humble peons are tainted. In every profession: law, medicine, religion, government, sports, the dishonest outnumbers the honest. It has become a science of who gets what, when and why.
For behaviour, men learn it as they take diseases, one of another. The inequality materializes the upper classes, vulgarizes the middle classes, and brutalizes the lower classes.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Three letter word

If you cannot decipher anything, then try pulling the
corner of your eyes as if you were Japanese. Keep
pulling until your eyes are almost closed... Try it:

No wonder the Japs and Chinese are leaders in todays world.
Even when without squinting they see properly.
And they see the three letter word all the time.

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Persuit of Excellence

A German once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, "Do you need two statues of the same idol?""No," said the sculptor without looking up, "We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage." The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage. "Where is the damage?" he asked. "There is a scratch on the nose of the idol." said the sculptor, still busy with his work. "Where are you going to install the idol?"

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high.. "If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?" the gentleman asked. The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said, "I will know it."

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not. "Excellence" is a drive from inside, not outside. Excellence is not for someone else to notice but for our own satisfaction and efficiency.

Sent by U Banerjee, North Point

How Old Is Grandpa?

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:

' television

' penicillin

' polio shots

' frozen foods

' Xerox

' contact lenses

' Frisbees and

' the pill

There were no:

' credit cards

' laser beams or

' ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

' pantyhose

' air conditioners

' dishwashers

' clothes dryers

' the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air, and

' man hadn't yet walked on the moon

Your Grandmother and I got married first ... and then lived together..

Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir".
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."

We were before, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong, and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5&10-cent stores, where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:

' "grass" was mowed,

' "coke" was a cold drink,

' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and

' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,

' " chip" meant a piece of wood,

' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and

' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap... so, how old do you think I am?

I bet you have this really old man in mind... you are in for a shock!

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready ?????

This person would be only 59 years old!

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Friday, September 17, 2010

Poems written by WIFE and HUSBAND.

I wrote your name on sand it got washed.
I wrote your name in air, it was blown away.
Then I wrote your name on my heart & I got Heart Attack.

God saw me hungry, he created pizza.
He saw me thirsty, he created Pepsi.
He saw me in the dark, he created light.
He saw me without problems, he created YOU.

Twinkle twinkle little star
You should know what you are
And once you know what you are
Mental hospital is not so far.

The rain makes all things beautiful.
The grass and flowers too.
If rain makes all things beautiful
Why doesn't it rain on you?

Roses are red; Violets are blue
Monkeys like u should be kept in zoo.
Don't feel so angry you will find me there too
Not in cage but outside, laughing at you

Sent by Dr. Richard Liu

Ticket for Luxemburg


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I would like to thank the travel company, Check my trip
I had a difficult time explaining to my wife that I did not know who this Sushila Sharma was but the look she gave me made me think that she did not believe me.
I hope the matter does not escalate.
I would request the travel agents not to send such intimations to my mail box.

Understanding Engineers

Understanding Engineers #1:

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said,
"Where did you get such a great bike?"
The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway." ______________________________

Understanding Engineers #2:
A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!"
The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!"
The priest said, "Here comes the green-keeper. Let's have a word with him."
He said, "Hello George, what's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"
The green-keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."
The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."
The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my optometrist colleague and see if there's anything he can do for them."
The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"

Understanding Engineers #3:
What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?
Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.

Understanding Engineers #4:
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body.
One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints."
Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."
The last one said, "No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"

Understanding Engineers #5:
Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.

Understanding Engineers #6:
An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."
He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week."
The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want."
Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"
The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Each nation has its own pecularities.
It may be true or it may have been hyped by its detractors for amusement.
These are very well explained in how people of different nations react to similar situations.
Sent by Sir, Mr. Lobo.

On a chain of beautiful deserted islands in the middle of South Pacific, the following people are stranded:

Two Italian men and one Italian woman.

Two French men and one French woman.

Two German men and one German woman.

Two Greek men and one Greek woman.

Two British men and one British woman.

Two Bulgarian men and one Bulgarian woman.

Two Japanese men and one Japanese woman.

Two Chinese men and one Chinese woman.

Two Irish men and one Irish woman.

Two American men and one American woman.

One month later, on these absolutely stunning, deserted islands in the middle of nowhere, the following things have occurred:

One Italian man killed the other Italian man for the Italian woman.

The two French men and the French woman are living happily together in a 'Menage à Trois'.

The two German men have a strict weekly schedule of alternating visits with the German woman.

The two Greek men are sleeping together and the Greek woman is cooking and cleaning for them.

The two British men are waiting for someone to introduce them to the British woman.

The two Bulgarian men took one look at the Bulgarian woman and started swimming to another island.

The two Japanese have faxed Tokyo and are awaiting instructions.

The two Chinese men have set up a pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, and laundry, and have gotten the woman pregnant in order to supply more employees for their stores.

The two Irish men divided the island into north and south and set up a distillery. They do not remember if sex is in the picture because it gets somewhat foggy after a few pints of coconut whisky. However, they are satisfied because the British are not having any fun.
The two American men are contemplating suicide! This is because the American woman will not shut up and complains relentlessly about her body, the true nature of feminism, what the sun is doing to her skin, how she can do anything they can do, the necessity of fulfilment, the equal division of household chores, how sand and palm trees make her look fat, how her last boyfriend respected her opinion and treated her nicer than they do, and how her relationship with her mother is the root cause of all her problems. Also, she constantly asks why they didn't bring a damn cell phone so they could call 911 and get them all rescued off this forsaken deserted island in the middle of frickin' nowhere so she can get to her nail appointment and go shopping.

The Banana Test

There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are 4 animals,


They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to get a banana off the tree.

Who do you guess will win?

Your answer will reflect your personality.

So think carefully . . .
Try and answer within 30 seconds.Got your answer?

Now scroll down to see the analysis.

















If your answer is:

Lion = you're dull.
Chimpanzee = you're dense.
Giraffe = you're a complete moron.
Squirrel = you're hopeless.


Obviously you're stressed and overworked.
You should take some time off and relax

Sent by sir, Mr. Lobo.
I guess I am a complete moron for I guessed giraffe.
I suppose that is psychology.
The word banana was repeated so many times that the coconut was erased from the short term memory of our brain, comparable to the RAM of our computer.
Thats how unreliable our brain is.
But it is a beauty.
Such a small part weighing hardly a few grams and it is more powerful than all the supercomputers made so far or which may be made.
So just think of the Power Who has made it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Womab's Brain Analysed

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

And Finally!

Have you ever wondered how a woman's brain works?'s finally explained here in one, easy-to-understand illustration:

Every one of those little blue balls is a thought about something
that needs to be done, a decision or a problem that needs to be solved.

A man has only 2 balls and they take up all his thoughts.

Sent by Pankaj Kaushik
I have a feeling I may have posted some parts of this earlier.
However this analysis is more thorough

Monday, September 13, 2010

What Ails Kashmir?

Grievances of Kashmiris need to be addressed: PM
13 September 2010

Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 13 SEPT: Voicing concern over the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today sought to reach out to the people there, saying their grievances had to be addressed and promised talks within the Constitutional ambit for those who abjured violence.
As his government weighs options to deal with the situation in Kashmir, Dr Singh emphasised on the need for better delivery of services and generating avenues for economic advancement of the people of the state.
“Unrest in the state of Jammu and Kashmir over the last few weeks is a matter of concern. The youth of Kashmir are our citizens and their grievances have to be addressed,” he told top commanders of the armed forces at a conference here.
“We are willing to talk to every person or group which abjures violence, within the framework of our Constitution,” he said.
Dr Singh, however, made no mention of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Act), whose withdrawal from the state is being sought by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The Prime Minister is expected take this up at the evening's meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security.
The Army, supported by defence minister Mr AK Antony, is strongly opposed to the revocation or dilution of the law, arguing that the situation in the state was not conducive for such a step.
Mr Antony had articulated these views at the Congress Core Committee meeting chaired by party chief Mrs Sonia Gandhi last Friday. The group was divided on the issue, with home minister Mr P Chidambaram backing the proposal for partial withdrawal of the special law that gives sweeping powers and immunity to the security personnel.

Why does special package have to be given to Kashmir only.
I would like to ask the media to report what is the unemployment rate in Kasmir and what are the prices of the daily necessities.
It will be found the Kashmirs are more pampered then the people anywhere in India.
If what has / was given to kashmiris was given to the people of the North East we would probably never had the Gorkhaland agitation or the Mizo or KMT or ULFA.
Our different governments have pampered the Kashmiris for two reasons. Ist because it in a muslim state and they must appear to do more for them than even Pakistan does for POK people. Secondly to change their loyalties so that they will favour India instead of Pakistan.
For Muslims, religion come foremost and everything else is secondary.
Even if we spend our last penny, they will never be ours.
They will always prefer Pakistan although Pakistan may kick them and hand them over to the Chinese as they have handed large tracts of POK to the Chinese.
The only solution I feel is abrogate article 370.
Let is be populated by Hindus so that the demography changes and the people look to the east and not to the west.
We have done enough pampering, now let it be populated with nationalistic elements.As it is, they allow it to be populated by terrorists from Pakistan.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Msgs from friends 69

Msg from Willy Wu

Hi Radesh,

We had a great evening with all the old boys.
The Japanese dinner buffet was excellent with all the sushi
we can stomach.
There were ten of us together including our spouses.

The list of us were : David La Frenais (1945), Frank Macedo (1959),
Steve Pan (1968), Ralph Reeves (1968), Jeffry Dessa (1968),and myself.
Merrill Smith and Ed Penheiro could not make it this time.

With regard to Bro.Corbett, he must be enquiring about my elder
brother Willie Wu and not Willy the junior. He was Willie's class
teacher in Grade XI in 1961.

I'm attaching some pictures I took that evening.


Willy Wu ( 1971).

Msg from Mrs George Grove


This is Mrs.B.Grove who lives in Australia and have been receiving e-mails for quite some time, but never got down to replying to any. We left India many years ago for England and then on to Australia where we have been living for forty odd years, we are now in our winter with children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren, we had lovely memories of India and our childhood. And reading some of the names in your e-mails brought back memories. George my husband taught in Goethals from 1950 to 1953, he and Matt Lobo were good friends, and have kept in touch all these years. Thanks once again, for all your e-mails. Hope you and your famaily are well. Regards

Mrs. B.Grove

Msg from Willie Wu (Sr)

Hi Radheshyam,

I am an elder brother of Willy Wu who lives in Toronto. I see that you have been corresponding with Brother John Corbett recently. In Brother Corbett’s e-mail he referred to his ex-pupil Willie Wu (that’s me). I am still residing in Vancouver, BC. I lost contact with Br. Corbett after I retired in Jan. 2005, and have wanted to get in touch with him since. I’m glad to know that he is well and is still in Galway, Ireland where he had retired to. I would be very grateful if you would please send me Brother Corbett’s e-mail address. You may forward my e-mail to him as well.

I look forward to hearing from you

Best regards
Willie Wu

Hello Willy,

Bro. Corbetts mail ID is

Bon memories


Msg from Naresh Singhania

Hallo Radheyshayam,

Good to hear back from you. very happy to know that you are health and hearty.
Saw the photograph of your Granddaughter.She has very beautiful eyes.
I will be coming to Kolkata in October end and would sure love to catch up with you. Its a shame I could not do it last time round.

I have a couple of request.

I have a office space in Central Kolkata (next to Paradise cinema). It is 373 Sq. Mtr carpet with attached toilet.
I would like to rent it out. If anyone in the group need it or know someone, then it would be great.

Secondly, if anyone in our group deal with construction or property, I would like to contact him. I am looking to buy an apartment in Kolkata for investment purposes.

I am in Germany, in a city called Köln (know as Cologne internationally). If anyone from us Goats happens to be around this reason, I would love to meet them. Please can you send me the list of ex Goats too.

Take care and have a good week.

+49 172 2054 842

Msg from J K Ghosh

Dear RS,

I had informed you over the phone regarding my wife having a stone in her kidney. All the tests have been completed. The tests were conducted in a reputed hospital located near our residence. But the operation charges are exorbitant. Anyway, my brother had rung up from Chandigarh and has proposed to me to go there and have the operation done in PGI. The charges will be much cheaper. Moreover, my wife will be able to have some rest there, which is essential after the operation. She'll not have any rest here.

Your advice regarding pranayam and ayurvedic medicine has done wonders. I'm very much thankful for that. I'll have a check up myself once in Chandigarh.

Sporadic rain has made life hell in Delhi. God knows how the CWG can be conducted smoothly. As it is many constructions relating to the CWG had to be abandoned due to delay (corruption). Our country is still not mature enough to conduct any international games. Any short spell of rain creates waterlog in various parts of the city alongwith traffic jams. And it is raining daily.

Natni is fine. She's becoming naughtier day by day. We're only waiting for the day she'll go to her Play School from 6th November (on her second birthday).

Well, bye for now.

Dear JK,

I am glad to know that you are much better.
Regarding the kidney stone too I would advise you to see the Ayurveda at Ramdeoji's shop.
I am sure they have a treatment for this also.
These corrupt CWG authorities have made a mess of everything.
I hope the Delhi populace boycott the CWG and all functions associated with it.
It would be a good slap on the face of the corrupt government.
My natni has already started going to her play school.
Her mother accompanies her and stays with her for the two hours the school runs.
Everyday she comes home and tell us of something new she has learnt.
Do get yourself tested again at Chandigarh.
I am also interested in knowing how the medicines have worked.
Both Dalchini (Cinnamoon) and Arjun Chal are slightly hot on the body.
You may have to adjust the dose according to how your body reacts.
I started getting slight rashes in the initial stages but they have all subsided.
Arjun Chal tasted horrible and don't take it on an empty stomach.
Because it is so bitter, your stomach may throw it out if you take it on empty stomach.
Bye for now,


Msg from Safiul Huda


Looked at my emails in this account after many months. I was on
summer break. As usual. I was incommunicado, very relaxed, and
enjoying myself thoroughly. In that period I had occasion to talk to
N.K. several times. He's doing well.

What is this list of names Keith talks about? How do I take a dekko at it?

Glad you're including many heart-healthy things in your diet. The
healthiest thing in your life is your grandchild. She'll bring joy to
it and that in turn will keep you healthy.



Really pleased to receive your mail. You haven't written for a long time.
About time one of your travelogues came.
You are right about my grand-daughter.
She and her younger brother have brought many cheers in our lives.
I have attached the total list of boys who were admitted in Goethals between 1907 and 2007.
You only realize it when you come to that age.
As long as you are a father only, you don't understand what all the fuss is about grand-children.

Bye for now


Msg from Soumen Dey

Hi, Could you please send me the ayurvedic heart treatment medicine.


Hello Soumen,

These are the medicines I take.

A. Aloe Vera juice, 3 capfuls in a glass of warm water on an empty stomach,
B. 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder+ I teaspoon honey, taken at bedtime,
C. 1 tea spoon of Arjun Chal boiled in 4 cups of water till it comes down to 1 cup.

If you live in India, you can get item A and C in any of the Swami Ramdeo Pattanjali Medicine shops, or you could order them from his Haridwar ashram at .

Item B you could get from any of the Modikhana stores.

Do let me know if you still have problems.


Thanks Radheshyam -da. Where in kolkata is "Swami Ramdeo Pattanjali Medicine shops" located?
currently I don't have any ( known) Cholesterol or heart problem but would like to start the this as i don't think it will have any harmful effect. Also since I am a heavy smoker , this might cancel some of the bad effects of smoking ( Please don't ask me why I am not quitting smoking :) )

Thanks a lot

Dear Soumen,

There is one shop at Ultadanga, near the Century Ply showroom.
From Ultadanga station as you come towards the VIP road crossing, it is on the left footpath.
There is another one near Girish Park.
From the crossing as you go towards Ram Mandir it is on the left footpath, near the petrol pump.
These are the two I know but there would be others which I could find out, if these are not near your office / residence..
It is very easy to get into smoking.Your friends help you and aalso your ego.
But for getting out, only your own will power can get you out.
One of my school friends has been able to kick the habit.
It is your life. You can do what you want with it


Msg from Ralph Reeves

Hello Radhesh,

Glad to have you back with all the updates of ex-Goethalites. We here in Toronto, had a reunion the day before yesterday. Attendees were Willy Wu ('71), CS Pon ('68), Frank Machado ('59), David Lefrainas ('45), Jeff Dessa( '68) & myself ('68). We all met up with our wives and it was a great get together. We missed Merrill Smith & Ed Penheiro, Chao Chung & Willy Cheng. It was nice of Jeff to come with his wife from Chicago. We will meet again next year. In the mean time, will keep a look out for Nihar Sircar's daughter.

Best regards

Ralph Reeves ('68

Msg from Govind

sir it was nice to hear that you have recovered and will be Re in contact with us. sir why is our official site not working if there is changes please do let me know

Hello Govind,

There is nothing official about the site mentioned by you as far a our school, Goethals is concerned.
Unfortunately, probably because of the ongoing agitation in the hill for the last 20 years, our school has lost interest in everything.
The above site was started by one of our boys who is in the USA.
He too seems to have lost interest and does not update it.
As our boys have gradually gained in experience a number of different sites have come up.
Ranjan Guha Mazumdar has also started a new site at but again the traffic in that direction is not much. I have tried to note down all the sites associated with our boys on our blog.
There is nothing official of our blog either.
It is just our effort to convey our thoughts and feelings.
All our boys are involved.
They send whatever they feel would be of interest to all of us.
I just copy/paste them.
My job is very small. It is all you boy's efforts.



Msg from Haemish Kane

Hi Rad

Thanks for the latest news update, makes for nostalgic and amusing reading as always. I recall names like Jimmy Keir, Neil Allison, Derek Gordeno a couple of years above me. A thought just comes to mind: my father always told me to 'respect my elders' but these days I'm finding it more and more difficult to find my elders! BTW does anyone know of the whereabouts of Sudrason Chakravarty from 52 Batch. Does time pass?..yes it does. How else can you explain Visa bills? The English winter ending in July, to recommence in August. Time for me to migrate to hotter climes. I will be in Delhi on 1st Oct. and in Calcutta a few months later, are there any events coming up that I may attend? Darjeeling seems to be going tho' some volatile times yet again so my plans to visit Goethals will be put on hold until the political situation changes. My favourite 'mythical creature' is an Honest Politician.
I would very much appreciate the list of 1907-2007

Capitalism made in Disneyland:
Aliens live in California:
Nirvana packaged in India.

Logging off; will the last person to leave the country put the cat out and switch the lights off.

Thats All Folks

Hello Haemish,

Its always a pleasure to receive your letters.
Brings a ray of sunshine, rather many rays.
Yes, as you get older and see your contemporaries falling on the way, you start feeling like a cricketer who holds the bat and sees wickets at the other end falling one by one.
We have a person in the Mahabharata, Bhisma Pita, who gets the boone on "Death on request", and he keeps on and on.
That is why we have a god for death, Shiva.
Just as life is important, so is Death.
Death carries you over to the next life, where you are reborn with everything new.
If you happen to come over to Kolkata, I would be happy if you come over to my place.
We could share a veg meal. My family prepares it very well.
Being a veggie, I normally don't like going to hotels.
I have attached the list of our boys.
Hope it will bring back many memories.



Msg from Thondup

Hi Chief...

As you can see I'm not too on-line... A favour... have been trying to trace Ralph Reeves... I was the Captain of Gold House and he was my second man - especially in the cricket season. we were the lowest of the low underdogs but because of Ralph we ended up runners up...Ralph where are You ???


Hello Thendup,

I hope you are OK.
I was worried too since I had not heard from you for a long time.
Ralph is based in Toronto but since he is in the shipping line, he is away from home for long periods. His mail ID is

Hope you are able to contact him soon.



Saturday, September 11, 2010

A tornado or Tsunami?

No, this is not a place hit by a tornado or a Tsunami.

Above is the first picture available of this world-first, women-only car park in Wales .

What a brilliant idea this is. At least women can feel safe now.

With the high rate of attacks on women in secluded car parks, especially during evening hours, the Cardiff City Council has established a "Women Only" car park at the new St David’s Shopping Centre. Even the attendants are exclusively female so that a comfortable and safe environment is created for patrons.

Sent by Haemish Kane

You can only die once

Motivational Poster of the Day

Sent by Pradeep Mohan

Friday, September 10, 2010


The Mexican maid asks for a pay increase.

The wife was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the raise.
She asked: 'Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?'
Maria: 'Well, Señora, there are tree reasons why I wan an increase. The first is that I iron better than you.'
Wife: 'Who said you iron better than me?'
Maria: 'Jor husban' say so.'
Wife: 'Oh.'
Maria: 'The second reason is that I am a better cook than you.'
Wife: 'Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me?'
Maria: 'Jor husban' did.'
Wife: 'Oh..'
Maria: 'The third reason is that I am better at sex than you in bed.'
Wife: (really furious now) 'Did my husband say that as well?'
Maria: 'No Señora...the gardener did.'
Wife: 'So how much do you want?'

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Acquiring land for Industries - How wise?

India is not short of labour, capital and enterprise. Being the second most populous country abundant cheap labour is accessible to Indian industries. Indian companies have had more positive cash flows and low debt in recent times. A recent UN report suggests that India is likely to be one of the top recipients of FDI (foreign direct investment) until 2012.Thus capital is also aplenty. Indian entrepreneurs are making more headlines now than in the past. But even with these there is scarcity of an important resource - land. Scarce non agricultural land is on the verge of becoming the biggest roadblock to India's future potential.

The central government is finding it difficult to keep its 'pro reform' tag when it comes to land acquisition. Its political interests has made negotiating with thousands of small farmers holding tiny pockets of land all the more challenging. The Naxal attacks in Eastern India have only complicated matters. Several MNCs have threatened to withdraw their FDI plans. The exit of steel makers like Posco, Arcelor Mittal alone could take away US$ 80 bn. The government's own much publicized road-building plan is standing woefully short in execution.

Thus the road ahead for India's industrialization and infrastructure is very bumpy. Marred in socio-political disagreements, India's growth plans may well remain on paper. In fact expensive land may do to India what expensive labour is doing to China.

When people speak in the same breath about India and China, I become uneasy.
China has almost the same population as India but are blessed with 3 times the area.

I'll give some figures
China : Area 964821 Sq km
India : Area 3287590 sq Km

Population: China - 2006 - 1,306,313,800
- 2010 - 1,339,360,000
Percentage increase : 2.5%

Population: India - 2006 - 1,080,264,400
- 2010 - 1,187,340,000
Percentage increase: 9.9
Thus we see, while China has been able to control its population, our population growth exceeds our GDP hence our people are becoming poorer. With people like Lalu Yadav becoming ministers, how can you control population
China has not been able to control corruption but they have brought it under control.
They held the Olympics recently without a glitch while we are making heavy weather of a minor event like the CWG.
If what happened in Delhi had happened in China, the whole gang led by Sheila Dixit, Kalamadi, M S Gill and the other persons involved would have been executed by now.
China has the land to go in for infra structure projects.
Do we have the land?
The farmers who earn their living from, the land would get a one time payment which they would spend on cars, motore cycles, smart phones, ACs. Maybe, they may add a few floors to their houses, pave it with marble or tiles and finish their money. Then what? What would be their source of income thereafter. They would become beggars and find their way to the cities to over populate them, and give ammunition to people like Raj Thackeray.
I am not taliking through my hat.
We have seen this happening in Gurgaon where people now regret having sold their land.
Using fertile land for industrial purposes is just going to result in food shortage which we are already witnessing in parts of India.
A ban should be imposed on using fertile land.
If industry wants, they can use the Thar Desert in Rajasthan or the barren land indifferent parts of India which do not bear a single crop.
By using fertile land, you are just reducing the acreage under cultivation and the production of food grain
You will then have to import foodgrain.
The rich people who have benefitted from industries would not face difficulty as their purchasing power had increased but those millions who are not in that group will not be able to afford the imported prices.
There will be more Maoism.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rewards announced by Mullahs

Court summons Islamic group head for reward to kill Taslima

A local court has summoned the head of an Islamic outfit for allegedly announcing a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone who kills the controversial Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen, sources said here.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Yogendra Ram Gupta issued the summons to Eith-e-haad Millat Council president Maulana Taukeer Raza yesterday directing him to appear before the court in person on September 24, they said.

During a convention organised at Islamia Inter college on March 16, Raza had allegedly announced the cash reward to anybody who beheads Nasreen whose writings have angered radical Islamic groups.

Later, the police lodged an FIR against Raza on the charge of triggering communal passion and providing instigation to murder and filed a chargesheet in the court.

Earlier, the Maulana had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 crore for murder of former US President George Bush.

Because the courts did not take action when he announced the award for killing Bush, he would naturally become bold.
Next he will be announcing awards on Narendra Modi, Advani and Sushma Swaraj.
Such people should not be allowed to stay in India.
I would suggest that this person is deported to Bangladesh.

What ails the USA

U.S. cos can't find American engineers, turn to hire Indians
Monday, 06 September 2010, 17:17 IST

Mumbai: The dearth of engineers in the U.S. due to which companies have no other choice but to hire foreign skilled workers to meet their requirements in American companies. Cognizant says that it has 57 recruitment staff in the U.S. looking for local engineers but due to unavailability of skilled workers in U.S., the company is forced to import Indians on work visas, reports Joe Leahy from Financial Times

"If you look at the core of what we do, the technology work, the US simply doesn't have the talent base today. Although unemployment in the US today is high, IT unemployment is still very low," said Francisco D'Souza, President and Chief Executive, Cognizant.

The border security law was passed by U.S. last month, that will be partly funded by doubling the cost of visas for IT workers, a move that will mostly affect Indian outsourcing companies.

Indian outsourcing companies support a bulk of their staff in India and keep some of its employees in the U.S., who would work closely with the clients.

"About 70 per cent of US PhD students are foreign born and are often hired in the US, making their way into Silicon Valley or government agencies such as Nasa," said Partha Iyengar, of Gartner, the consultancy. "The bigger challenge for the US is, if they start to lose this talent at the lower end, the innovation engine that has been driving the economy starts to dry up," Iyengar added.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, India's undergraduate university courses produce about 600,000 engineers a year compared with about 84,000 in the U.S. in the academic year of 2007-08.

S.Gopalakrishnan, Chief Executive of Infosys Technologies, India's second-largest IT company, said the group had 10,000 staff in the U.S. but only 1,600 were nationals or permanent residents. The company wanted to hire 1,000 people a year in the US but faced a scarcity of talent. "It is a struggle," he said

USA has become what it is because of immigration from the poorer countries.
They got the best of the talent from the developing countries who spent money on their education and when the time came for paying back, these talents went to the developed countries. We called it brain drain.
What did the USA do in the mentime.
They produced samples like Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Madonna.
These are the people who wasted their youth and induced others to follow them.
Typical story of the ant and the grass-hopper.
They believed in just spending. It became a spending economy and now has become spent.
Even now, when they are steeped in debt right up to their noses, they go about policing the world and supporting the wrong regimes.
They support democracy at home but encourage dictators in the rest of the world.
I pity the USA.
If they stop the talent from coming by raising the visa fees, there is only one way the USA can go, DOWN.
Of course, it is already going down, but if it is possible to go DOWNER, they will.

Teesta Setalvad

Close aide blows whistle on Teesta

Navin Upadhyay | New Delhi

'She influenced witnesses to wrongly testify in courts'
A former close associate of social activist Teesta Setalvad has sought permission to testify before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the post-Godhra riot cases about the way she influenced the witnesses to wrongly testify before courts.

Seeking to set the record straight, Rais Khan, a former coordinator for Setalvad's NGO, Citizen for Peace and Justice (CJP), has written to SIT chief RK Raghavan and Supreme Court's Justice DK Jain denying news reports that he had tampered with the affidavits filed by Nanumiya Rasulmiya Malik, a star witness in Naroda Gaum and Madina Banu rape cases.

"I wish to state that these affidavits were not prepared by me and were sent to me by Teesta Setalvad of CJP from Mumbai for obtaining signature of witness Nanumiya. Nanumiya's allegation against me that I inserted certain paragraphs in his affidavit without his knowledge is totally false, as I never made any changes in his affidavit. Nanunuya has signed the affidavits sent by Teesta, under whom I was working during that period."

In a letter dated September 1 to SIT chief RK Raghavan, SC judge DK Jain and HS Vora, Judge Special Designated Court (SIT), Ahmedabad, Khan said, "I wish to give a statement to SIT to clarify my position on such baseless allegations and (I am) also willing to disclose how innocent witnesses and victims were misguided by Teesta Setalvad to wrongly testify before many courts." A copy of the letter is with The Pioneer.

Khan went on to add, "I am sure I may be given a chance to disclose various facts before the SIT related to not only these cases but other cases also."

In the past, Khan had also alleged that the CJP, a Mumbai-based NGO, was instrumental in organising payment of `1 lakh each to as many as 10 witnesses in various post-Godhra riot cases. The money came from the CPI(M) relief fund and was distributed months before the witnesses deposed in the courts, five years after the clashes took place. Four other eyewitnesses received `50,000 each.

The revelation had come in the backdrop of reports that a host of Gujarat riot case victims were misled into signing affidavits giving false information at the behest of CJP.

Interestingly, those who were both victims and eyewitnesses received `1 lakh and `50,000 while the victims got mere `5,000 each. This had raised eyebrows over the selection of beneficiaries and the purpose of paying a disproportionately large sum to the eyewitnesses before the trial.

Khan had at that time told The Pioneer that he had submitted the name of beneficiaries to the CPI(M) on instructions from Teesta Setalvad. "Setalvad identified the people and I merely followed her instruction and forwarded the list to CPI (M)," Khan had said.

On August 20 this year, the SIT had accused Teesta of interfering with the trial by threatening a public prosecutor (PP).

In a report submitted to the Supreme Court, the SIT said she threatened to complain to the SC against the PP for opposing an application for stay of trial by one Salim Shaikh. Setalvad had told the prosecutor on phone that he should have simply 'okayed' the application, the SIT stated.

Referring to her conversation with Meghaninagar riot case public prosecutor RC Kodekar, the apex court Bench noted, "This is serious…we will not appreciate this at all."

Meanwhile, Rais Khan has been getting threatening calls warning him not to speak against Setalvad, otherwise "he and his family will be killed". Khan even lodged a formal complaint last month at Rakhiyal police station, Ahmedabad, about the threats.

This just goes to show to what extent these so called NGOs like Teesta go to achieve fame and money.