Monday, January 31, 2011


Darn babies…..

A bloke was sitting on a bus when a gorgeous woman next to him starts breastfeeding her baby.

The baby won't take it so she says, "Come on, eat it all up or I'll give it to this nice man here."

Ten minutes later, the baby is still not feeding so she says again, "Eat it all up or I'll give it to this nice man here."

The bloke says, "Listen, love, can you make your bloody mind up, I should've got off four stops ago....!!!!!!!!

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Know your Enviornment

This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake - the largest ever caught on record, in fact. This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.

A little research revealed the following:
One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
A bite from those fangs would comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.

The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 4 inches long.

This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds. (How much do you weigh?)

Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cops leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).
A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).
A snake this size has a 5 1/2' accurate striking distance. (The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet.)
This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr. was President.

I bet you thought it was a python.
I also thought the same.
Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Sunday, January 30, 2011


To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U.C.L.A.

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.

You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia : The LAN down under.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.

Sent by Ashok Mirchandani - NP


“Just as the highest tower needs a deep foundation,

so too our higher thinking is based on going deep within.”

One on the most convincing pieces on happiness.

Khushwant Singh at his best. The rationale applied to each preference is absolutely top class.


Having lived a reasonably contented life, I was musing over what a person should strive for to achieve happiness. I drew up a list of a few essentials which I put forward for the readers' appraisal.

1. First and foremost is GOOD HEALTH. If you do not enjoy good health you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct from your happiness.

2. Second, A HEALTHY BANK BALANCE. It need not run into crores but should be enough to provide for creature comforts and something to spare for recreation, like eating out, going to the pictures, travelling or going on holidays on the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be only demoralizing. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one's own eyes.

3. Third, A HOME OF YOUR OWN. Rented premises can never give you the snug feeling of a nest which is yours for keeps that a home provides: if it has a garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

4. Fourth, AN UNDERSTANDING COMPANION, be it your spouse or a friend. If there are too many misunderstandings, they will rob you of your peace of mind.

5. Fifth, LACK OF ENVY towards those who have done better than you in life; risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be very corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

6. Sixth, DO NOT ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE to descend on you for gup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

7. Seventh, CULTIVATE SOME HOBBIES which can bring you a sense of fulfilment, such as gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks or to meet celebrities is criminal waste of time.

8. Eighth, every morning and evening, devote 15 minutes to INTROSPECTION. In the morning, 10 minutes should be spent on stilling the mind and then five in listing things you have to do that day. In the evening, five minutes to still the mind again, and ten to go over what you had undertaken to do.

RICHNESS is not Earning More, Spending More Or Saving More, but ...


Sent by Arun Shroff

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bro Thomas Passes Away

Dear Radheshyam,

Thank you for your message.

Br. Thomas passed away on the 27th. He was taken to our
house : Shanti Nivas in Goa.

Br Thomas had completed 90 years and to the very end had
been very alert even though he was suffering with diabetes
it never flagged his zest for life and his interest in the
people he came in contact with.

I lived with Brother during my stint at GMS.
He was exemplary as a religious brother in
community and a great example to the staff and boys
confided to his care. When in 2007 the centenary
celebrations at Goethals he happily welcomed the
many ex-pupils who made it to the old school.

I have no doubt that the good brother has made a great
impression on the numerous people he came in contact with
in places where he laboured over the years : GMS,
St. Joseph's Calcutta and at St. Aloysius Quilon.

It has been reported that Brother was
given a wonderful sendoff at the funeral held in Goa and
even though confined to his bed most of the time he was
looked upon as being a great CB.

We pray to the Lord to grant the kind soul eternal rest.

I left GMS for St Joseph's Nainital April 2009. My regards to
the old boys of GMS.

God bless'

Sincerely ,

Br. Beddoe.

Sunil Mittal speaks

We are becoming too negative about our country: Sunil Mittal

27th-Jan-11 19:28
Bharti group Chairman Sunil Mittal has lamented growing criticism about India within the country, warning it could be counter-productive for the country at a time it is being universally feted as one of the main growth engines of the global economy.

“I am worried that we are becoming too negative about our own country. We need to celebrate some of the big successes that are coming out, be it in the corporate world and the small successes that we are seeing in the hinterland,” Mittal told reporters at the World Economic Forum underway at Davos.

The past few months have seen the emergence of terms such as governance deficit, policy paralysis and rent seeking in domestic newspaper headlines, triggered by a wave of corruption scandals that have engulfed the government and resulted in a standoff with the opposition that has disrupted parliament.

Upset by the rampant corruption, a group of eminent citizens wrote an open letter to the country’s leaders last week saying lack of governance had affected every sphere of national activity.

Mittal said while he shared some of the concerns expressed in that letter, there was a danger it was dominating the discourse.

“I am concerned about the negativity that is developing. India is a positive story today. It’s growing at 9%. It’s a $1 trillion economy...We need to keep our positivity intact,” Mittal said.

India, with its highly visible “India Inclusive” campaign, is one of the key themes at this year’s Davos meeting and there had been concerns that the issue of corruption could disrupt the positive story that the country has sought to project.

Mittal said the issue of policy paralysis or concerns about governance did not figure prominently at all in his interactions with other business leaders at the WEF .

He also said that while there were valid concerns that India was not reforming fast enough, not too many reforms items were pending. “We have not seen reform phase II,” he said.

Mittal, one of the co-chairs of the India Inclusive campaign at Davos this year, also offered high praise for the country’s new telecom minister Kapil Sibal, who was parachuted into the ministry following the ouster of his predecessor A. Raja last November amid criticism he sold off telecom spectrum too cheaply and caused a huge loss to the government.

“In the new minister, we have a fine lawyer who is articulate and of impeccable integrity. We need to give him time. We are confident now that we have a minister who has good idea of the issues on the table,” Mittal said.

Sibal, who is working on a new telecom policy slated for release later this year, has in recent weeks challenged the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)’s report on the 2G spectrum scam, saying the figure of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore is utterly erroneous.

Mittal said while the new policy needed to focus on stability, “The shifts in regulatory regimes needs to be avoided and that is what we need from the new telecom policy.”

I disagree with Sunil Mittal.
He has to support the present set up as he has built his empire with their help.
It is only rightly so. After all that is why friends are for.
For too have we allowed things to go on and like the proverbial ostrich buried our heads in the sand in the hope that the storm would blow over.
Thanks to the development in communication and the new gadgets in the market, we are now getting proofs of the corruption that exists.
Earlier we could never gather the proof.
I for one would want the pressure to be mounted relentlessly until the politicians are forced to select and keep honest people in their parties to run the government.
At present more than 50 % of our elected representatives have criminal records.
They should all be weeded out.
How can crooks, rapists and murderers be allowed to run amok and represent the people?

The Irish & Italians

Why Italians Pass Their Handguns Down Through the Family

An old Italian man is dying.
He calls his grandson to his bedside.. " Guido, I wan' you lissina me. I
wan' you to take-a my chrome plated .38 revolver so you will always
remember me."

"But grandpa, I really don't like guns. How about you leave me your Rolex
watch instead?"

"You lissina me, boy. Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna
have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of
bambinos "

"Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with
another man...

"Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, 'Time's Up'?"

The luck of the Irish

A doctor wanted to get off work and play golf, so he approached his new Irish assistant Paddy.

"I am going golfing tomorrow Paddy and I don't want to close the surgery. Would you mind taking over and seeing to the patients?"
"No problem, sorr!" answers Paddy.
The doctor goes off to golf and returns the following day and asks: "So, Paddy, how was your day?"
Paddy told him that he had three patients to attend to.
"The first one had a headache so I gave him Panadol."
"Bravo mate and the second one?" asks the doctor.
"The second one had indigestion so I gave him milk of magnesia".
"Excellent. That was the right thing to do and what about the third patient?" asks the doctor.
"Well, I was sitting here and suddenly the door opens and a woman bursts in, undresses, taking everything off including her bra and her panties and lies down on the table, spreading her legs wide and shouts: 'Please help me! For five years I haven't seen a man!'"
"Good God!" exclaims the doctor, "What did you do?"
"I put eye drops in her eyes!"

Both went by Prakash Bhartia

A Blue Pigeon

The Blue Pigeon...

The mayor of Phoenix was very worried about a plague of pigeons in Phoenix.

He could not remove the pigeons from the city. All of Phoenix was full of pigeon poop, the people of Phoenix could not walk on the sidewalks, or drive on the roads.

It was costing a fortune to keep the streets and sidewalks clean.

One day a man came

to City Hall and offered the Mayor a proposition.

'I can rid your beautiful city of its plague of pigeons without any cost to the city. But, you must promise not to ask me any questions.
Or, you can pay me one million dollars to ask one question.'

The mayor considered the offer briefly and accepted the free proposition.

The next day the man climbed to the top of City Hall, opened his coat, and released a blue pigeon. The blue pigeon circled in the air and flew up into the bright blue Arizona sky.

All the pigeons in Phoenix saw the blue pigeon and gathered up in the air behind the blue pigeon. The Phoenix pigeons followed the blue pigeon as she flew southward out of the city.

The next day the blue pigeon returned completely alone to the man atop City Hall.

The Mayor was very impressed. He felt the man and the blue pigeon had performed a wonderful miraculous feat to rid Phoenix of the plague of pigeons.

Even though the man with the pigeon had charged nothing,the mayor presented him with a check for 1 million dollars and told the man that, indeed, he did have a question to ask and even though they had agreed to no fee and the man had rid the city of pigeons, he decided to pay the 1 million just to get to ask ONE question.

The man accepted the money and told the mayor to ask his ONE question.

Do you think the Mayor is going to ask how the blue pigeon led all the pigeons away?

Do you think the Mayor is going to ask where all the pigeons went?

Do you think he is going to ask where the man got the blue pigeon?


The mayor asked:

'Do you have a blue Mexican?'

"If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; may your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

~ Samuel Adams

Sent by Prakash Bhartia
Every country has its own problem.
The mayor asked for a blue Mexican, I would ask for a blue Bangladeshi

Friday, January 28, 2011

After CWG now CAB

Dalmiya seeks ten-day grace, urges board to persuade ICC

Kolkata, Jan 27 (IANS) Expressing shock over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to take away the Feb 27 India-England World Cup match from Eden Gardens here, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya Thursday appealed to the Indian cricket board to advise the international body to reconsider its decision.
Refering to the 14-day extension given by the ICC to four other venues, including Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium to complete the finishing work, Dalmiya asked for an extension of 10 days from Thursday up to Feb 7 to hand over a complete Eden Gardens to the game's apex body.
'We, at the CAB, feel that we are already in a position to host the match. Despite this, we will take congnizance of all ICC concerns pertaining to 'cricketing, broadcast, media, sponsor, hospitality and ticket requirements' which are reasonable, if we are allowed the extended deadline of ten days,' Dalmiya said in a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Shashank Manohar.
Dalmiya's missive came hours after the ICC ruled out Eden Gardens as a venue for the match, saying it was unprepared.
The ICC took the decision following an adverse report from its venue inspection team that visited Kolkata and four other venues earlier this week to review their readiness for the big event being hosted jointly by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka February-March.
Quoting report of the inspection team, the ICC statement said: 'Eden Gardens in Kolkata would not be ready within an acceptable time frame to host the India vs England ICC Cricket World Cup match on Feb 27.'
'We at the CAB, were shocked, to say the least... it comes as a shock because when the ICC inspection team was here, we were given to understand that they were happy with the progress of the work and had suggested only a few minor modifications,' Dalmiya said.
Dalmiya argued that while the ICC decision to take away the Feb 27 match came exactly 30 days before it was scheduled to be held, 'the ICC is willing to take over the venue 20 days before the (three other) matches in March'.
Apart from the India-England encounter, Eden Gardens is supposed to host three other games-South Africa vs. Ireland (March 15), the Netherlands vs. Ireland (March 18), and Zimbabwe vs. Kenya (March 20).
'We are at a loss to understand why the ICC is taking away the India-England match 30 days prior to it being held. It is also pertinent to note that three Sri Lanka venues - Colombo, Hanbantola and Pallekele, as well as Wankhede have been given time extension for 14 days,' the letter said.
'Logically, the CAB should also have been given at least till February 7 for handing over of the venue prior to the Feb 27 match. It is an extension of ten days and not the 14 days given to Wankhede and the three Sri Lankan venues,' he said. 'We hereby confirm that we will hand over a completed Eden Gardens to the ICC on Feb 7, provided we are given the aforesaid extension,' the letter said.
Dalmiya also sought to know the specific requirements of the ICC immediately.'We would ensure that all of these requirements are met by Feb 7,' he said.
Later, he told media persons that game could still 'probably' be held at Eden, and the final situation would be known in a couple of days. Asked whether it was a loss of face for the CAB, the seasoned cricket administrator shot back: 'Loss of face, for what?'

Is this another scam in the offing?
Remember the CWG and how the foreigners had come and raised doubts regarding whether Delhi would be able to hold the games. The games were held after much doubts and Kalamadi was sacked.
I won't be surprised if there is a scam in the delay in executing the projects. Orders must have been delayed until the contractors coghed up the agreed kickbacks.
A thorough enquiry should be held by the BCCI into the reasons of the delay.
Dalmia had earlier made a mess of the leather complex in Bantala.

A book Review

Creative Writing Critique (Satis Shroff): WINGS OF TIME
Review: Sharma, Suyog Wings of Time, Publisher Basundhara Sharma, St. Mary’s Hill (India) First Edition 2007,
56 pages, $ 10 (ISBN: None)

Wings of Time is a work of power in the sense that the young poet was aware in his musings that life had cheated on him and the tumors were growing in silence within him and there was no escape. In this critical stage of no return his musings wander to his pure love, hope, frustration, then acceptance of his fate, his love for eternity, the beauty of Nature and is the son of a Brahmin, a high-born who wears the sacred thread.

In his difficult mental state, torn between living, loving, letting-loose, resigning and being one with the cosmos, his musings wander to freedom, suffering, darkness and light.

The poems are works of originality and depict the voice of a young soul seeking the meaning of his existence in a language that is matter-of-fact.

There is no subtleness in his language. His articulation is clear and you notice at times that he is influenced by his generation's rap or twitter style, though in the preface you read ‘we have in Suyog Sharma one such genius of a poet who has left his mortal coil at the blooming age of 25 years.’ Even poet-philosophers like Wordsworth 80, P B Shelley 30, Lord Byron 36 and John Keats 26, have died. The human body may wither and die but the poetic words live on, making the poets immortal.

The work cannot be identified with a specific ethnicity or a country. It has universal appeal and is a work of individuality.

The poetry under review is neither epic nor lyrical. The parents, who are the publishers, mention that the poems were written when the poet was between 18 to 25 years old. Another stack of 10 poems haven't been published as yet. The 27 poems in this review are the musings of a young man in transition from juvenile curiosity to manhood.

The poetical devices used are non-rhyming four-line verses that range from 4 to 13 stanzas. His imagery is wonderful when he describes life and death, loneliness and love.

The central concern of the poems are his innermost feelings that have moved him, such as self-pity, nostalgia, love and the awakenings of a young man, his frustrations with a touch of romanticism. What predominates is evoked in the second poem with the title The Beginning of Cancer, and in between we have reflections on the hope of a dawn, loss of friendship, desire of a return and as the metastasis progresses, the poem ‘Dead Man Living,’ culminating in ‘Death.’
‘Death is near, standing very close
Life is a fear rolling very slow,
Welcome Mr. Death please come soon.’

It must be mentioned that towards the end he saw light, a ray of love that manifested itself in grace and divinity, for in his last poem the poet finds happiness by turning a new page called freedom, as a divine light. He also leaves behind an ancient vedantic message from the Land of the Hindus:

Life gives us death
And death gives us life.

The late Suyog Sharma visited an English school in the foothills of the Himalayas, Goethals Memorial School, where pupils are expected to speak and think in English and are introduced to English manners and etiquette and, of course, English literature. But as can be expected of a young man who’s growing, the stiff-upper lip and acquired British mores change to that of what’s ‘in’ in thLife global world, where rap, hip-hop, technomusic prevail with raves and love parades which can be watched on TV. I like the way the poet lets his sms-language and its abbreviations flow into the verses: U for you, coz for because and plz for please.

The comment by his parents in verse are touching:

‘Many a time we’ve cried in a silent tear.
Trying to find you, in things you dear.
Stumbled upon something rare,
Palms manuscript, written with care.’

Wings of time is dedicated to the Goethalites from a Goethalite

Copies of Wing of Time by Suyog Sharma can be ordered

Satis Shroff is a batch-mate of mine form 1965.
He is a writer and poet based in Freiburg (poems, fiction, non-fiction) who also writes on ethno-medical, culture-ethnological themes. He writes regularly for The American Chronicle (, and is a contributing writer on He has studied Zoology and Botany in Nepal, Medicine and Social Science in Germany and Creative Writing in Freiburg and Manchester (UK). He describes himself as a mediator between western and eastern cultures and sees his future as a writer and poet. Satis Shroff was awarded the German Academic Exchange Prize. He is a lecturer in Freiburg (Germany) and lecturer in Basle (Switzerland).

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?'

She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'

She again replied, ' Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said, 'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.'

Sent by Prakash Bhartia.
I may have posted this earlier butit is worth a repeat.

India against Corruption

Hello friends,

This blog has been since its inception voicing its concern against the existing corruption in India.
The movement is now achieving a momentum which can be likened to Mahatma Gandhi's movement against British Imperialism
On the 30th January, significantly, since it is also Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary, a march will be held in different cities in India, against corruption by an organisation called "India Against Corruption"
You may find out more about their march on their website

This is one march I will not miss

St. Paul's - Some Snaps

These beautiful pictures of St. Paul's was sent by Viraj Thacker

Darjeeling - Having been a summer retreat for the British in India, Darjeeling became the place of choice for the establishment of public schools on the model of Eton, Harrow and Rugby, allowing the children of British officials to obtain an exclusive education. Institutions such as St. Joseph's College (School Dept.), Loreto Convent, St. Paul's School and Mount Hermon School are renowned as centres of educational excellence.
St. Paul's School (1823) is one of Asia's oldest and most pre-eminent private schools ("public school" in British terminology ), known for its academic tradition and alumni - in the strict Anglican tradition. It is located in the town of Darjeeling, in the far northern portion of the state of West Bengal. At about 7,800 feet (2,400 m) above sea level, its altitude makes it the highest public school in the world. The school is run by the Church of North India and is led by the Rector, who functions as a school principal and resides on the sprawling 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus in an impressive Rectory and is assisted by the Senior Master (Vice-Principal), the Bursar and the Heads of the Junior and Primary Wings in the school administration. A strict dress code requires all students to dress in prescribed three-piece suits and carry umbrellas, thus earning them the nickname chathawalla (chatha meaning
umbrella in various Indian languages).
References & Acknowledgements:
(Photographs taken from the SPS Albums on Facebook.
(Text Adapted From Wikipedia and other sources).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day & Republic Day

For All our boys and Readers in Australia - Happy Australia Day

Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day, and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.
Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. It is presently an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia and is marked by inductions into the Order of Australia and presentations of the Australian of the Year awards, along with an address from the governor-general and prime minister.
The date is controversial to some Australians, particularly those of Indigenous heritage, leading to the use of alternate names, such as Invasion Day and Survival Day. Proposals have been made to change the date of Australia Day, but these have failed to gain widespread public support.

The above is from Wikipedia

Coincidently, it is also India's Republic Day.
So Happy Republic Day to all our Readers in India and all Indians abroad

Is it the reason why so many Indians have gone over to Australia?

Some Beautiful Thoughts

Someone has written these beautiful sentences. Must read and try to understand the deep meaning of it.They are like ten commandments to follow in the life all the time.
They have been sent by Arun Shroff

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout

2] Do you know why a Car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rearview Mirror is so small?
Because our PAST is not as important as ur FUTURE. Look Ahead and Move on

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says,
"Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked Swami Vivekanand: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?"
He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"
9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes,when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrows' TROUBLES, it takes away today’s' PEACE

A Collector burnt alive in Maharashtra

Malegaon: Additional District Collector of Malegaon, Yashwant Sonawane, has been burnt alive by people involved in black marketing of petrol and diesel. The tragic incident took place about 10 kms from Malegaon in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Tuesday afternoon.
Sonawane was going to Nandgaon for a tehsildar meeting when he spotted a few trucks parked in a very suspicious manner near a road side eatery where the depots of IOC, HPCL and BPCL are located. The area is infamous for smuggling and adulteration of petrol, diesel and kerosene.
Sonawane got off the car and started investigating about the trucks when a man identified as Popat Shinde, who has a reputation of running an oil, petrol and diesel smuggling racket, along with his men attacked the officer.
He was reportedly beaten up by Shinde and his men and then set on fire. Shinde was detained by police and was taken to the Malegaon Civil Hospital after he also suffered burn injuries.
The other attackers fled after the incident and police have launched a massive manhunt to track and arrest them.
Sonawane was known to be a sincere and upright officer. He was accompanied by his personal assistant and another staff member and had no police cover.
He had received some information about oil adulteration a week ago from his sources.
Four people including Shinde and his son have been arrested so far.
Sonawane's family and friends are too shocked to react.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered an inquiry and has said that strictest possible action would be taken against the offenders.
Chavan has said that officers on such assignments will get full police protection.
"It is a very shocking incident that has happened and it deplored the tendency of those people who want to take law in their hands. Government will never tolerate such a thing. The collector when they go on a raid, if they feel, the full police protection is given. We are finding out why he did not have police protection with him," said Prithviraj Chavan.
This shocker comes five years after a similar mafia killed an IIM graduate who blew the whistle on the fuel mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Same promises of protection were made then too.
The challenge now will be to take tough action against the offenders, to assure officers that there will never be another Yashwant Sonawame.

When criminals are supported and petted by politicians, the above is the result.
This incident proves one thing - Bihar does not hold a monopoly on such crimes. While Bihar under Nitish Kumar, is improving, Maharashtra is deteriorating thanks to the imbecile, Raj Thackeray. The government just keeps quiet while he and his followers commit their criminal acts

Not Hanging

An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution.

His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed.

As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about, 'What time of night to be getting home is this ? Where have you been ? Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it'. And on and on and on.

Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stairs.

While he was in the bath, the phone rang The wife answered and was told that her husband's client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution. Wright would not be hanged tonight.

Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go up stairs and give him the good news.

As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband, bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.

'They're not hanging Wright tonight,' she said.

He whirled around and screamed, 'FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN, DON'T YOU EVER STOP ?!'

This also sent by Prakash Bhartia

An Essay on Retirement

After the Xmas, New Year vacation, a teacher asked her young pupils to write an essay on how they spent their holiday away from school.

One child wrote the following:

We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa.

They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Batemans Bay where everyone lives in nice little houses, and so they don't
have to mow the grass anymore!

They ride around on their bicycles and scooters and wear name tags because they don't know who they are anymore.

They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now. They do exercises there, but they don't do them very well.

There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it with hats on.

At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts!

Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat thesame thing every night --- early birds.

Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.

My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too.

When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Office Picnic - 2011

On 23rd January, our office went for a picnic to a place called Ekanto Apan meaning "Retreat" at Bakhrahat.
It is located on the Southern fringes of Kolkata, about 20 Km from Dalhousie Square.
A beautiful place as the photographs show.
The boys played Cricket, Hitting the pot (blindfolded) and of course Housie.
The ladies too had musical chairs.
Everybody was given some prize or present.