Friday, March 30, 2012

32 cars less in fleet as Akhilesh goes on austerity drive

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow, March 30 (IANS) Surprising even his officials, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has issued orders to cut down the cars in his fleet from 40 to just eight and also ordered the specialised hospital operating in his official residence to shut down.
Thirty-two cars have been ordered to be taken away from the chief minister's fleet and repatriated to the Rajya Sampatti Vibhag (state property wing), a senior official with the chief minister's security said.
"The only cars that would now be accompanying the motorcade of the chief minister would be a a fleet of ambassadors and an SUV fitted with jammers," the official told IANS.
The chief minister has also ordered the highly specialised hospital within his official residence to be shut down immediately and said that doctors on duty be sent to hospitals where they are needed more, officials said.
This hospital was formed in 2008 on orders of Mayawati and cost the state exchequer Rs.75 lakh per annum had a medical superintendent, 22 pharmacists, a dozen nurses, four hi-tech ambulances and specialist doctors on 24x7 duty.
The latest move of the 38-year-old chief minister, who has also opened the doors of sprawling official residence for common people, is in stark departure from his predecessor Mayawati who moved around the city in hooter fitted cars and a fleet of 40-plus cars. These included three jammer fitted cars, an ambulance and a fleet of cars of city police and traffic cops.
Akhilesh Yadav has also done away with other security regulations such as stopping of traffic when the chief minister's convoy passes and the use of hooters whenever he moves.
"This is the real face of Samajwad (socialism) where every one, even the chief minister is treated alike," said Rajendra Chowdhary, spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party and a close aide of the chief minister.
Also, in a state where government officials and employees are used to a five-day week, Akhilesh Yadav threw in a surprise when he turned up at his annexe office on a Saturday, quietly and unnoticed without the usual horn honking and siren blaring entourage following him. The SUVs specially imported for Mayawati's fleet have also been grounded, a source said.

If I am not wrong, these are just show off acts of a new chief minister after he assumes office. All chief ministers do it.
Our own Mamta didi also did the same thing after she assumed office.
She visited all the hospitals after she assumed office to show she meant business. She also kicked out a doctor from one of the hospitals.
But, thereafter, the action fizzled out.
Babies and patients are dying in all hospitals and girls are being raped and killed almost every day with Mamta didi claiming that the lady in question who has been raped, is lying.
We will only be convinced with Akhilesh only if he can improve the law & order in UP and improve efficiency of government employees and confiscate the properties of corrupt officials.
Can he do it?
If not, then let him make way for Nitish Kumar in the next elections for if he does not, Nitish will swoop down on UP also.
One thing worries me.
What will Akhilesh do with the elephants installed by Mayawati?
Will he send them back to the jungles?

Most MPs are not respectable: Kejriwal

By ANI |

Kaushambi: Most Members of Parliament (MPs) are not respectable, said Team Anna member and Right to Information (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, adding that he would gladly receive and respond to the privilege notice sent to him by the parliamentarians.
Expressing no remorse or guilt for his so-called March 25 "derogatory" remarks against MPs, Kejriwal maintained that he stood by his claim that 162 parliamentarians, including 14 ministers, were corrupt and rapists.
On Friday, he told media persons that while he respects Parliament and holds it in high esteem, most of its current leaders are not respectable.
"We don't apologise about what we have said about parliamentarians. They (parliamentarians) have failed to answer questions raised by common people. If they want to punish me, they can, but it will not serve the purpose," Kejriwal said.
During the Team Anna censure-related debate held earlier this week, Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav said that while individual criticism was welcome, he could not accept the denigration or degradation of an august institution like parliament.
"I accept that some people, who should not have come, have been elected to the House... But don't forget that this institution also fights its war against corruption," he said, adding Parliament was the only institution that has sent its members to jail on corruption charges.
Yadav asked Speaker Meira Kumar "to protect the sanctity of this House" and "don't let people criticise this institution".
"Don't let people undermine this House," he said as other members thumped their desks in agreement.
Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party demanded that Kejriwal should be called to the House and asked to explain his behaviour.
Many Members of Parliament asked Speaker Meira Kumar to move a resolution condemning Team Anna's unsavoury remarks made during their renewed anti-corruption agitation at Jantar Mantar last Sunday.
The censure motion, if adopted and voted by a majority in the House, would have meant a severe criticism of Team Anna members with them being named, but they would not have to be called to the House as under a privilege motion. (ANI)

Why are our MPs led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Yadav, Lalu Yadav, Digvijay Singh and a horde of other making a laughing stock of themselves..They should answer the simple question whether 142 MPs claimed by Kejriwal have criminal charges against them.
If yes, then, they are treated as criminals unless they prove themselves innocent.
If they feel they are innocent, let the resign their seats and expedite their cases in courts so that they can claim to be innocent.
Unfortunately, our legal system is thus that these same MPs delay their cases which prolong for years on end and in the meantime they claim to be innocent.
The legal requirement for persons in public life should be changed.
They should prove themselves innocent.
Mulayam should not talk.
A criminal by the name of Raja Bhaiyya who has umpteen charges against him has been made the minister of Jails.
How ironic.
And this man, Mulayam, calls Anna and his team criminals?


This is an actual account as relayed to paramedics at a chili cook-off in Texas

Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better. For those of you who have lived in Texas , you know how true this is. They actually have a Chili Cook-off about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San Antonio City Park .Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield , IL .

Frank: 'Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy; and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge 3.'
Here are the scorecard notes from the event:

CHILI # 1 - MIKE'S MANIAC MONSTER CHILIJudge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.

Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy.

CHILI # 2 - AUSTIN 'S AFTERBURNER CHILIJudge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

CHILI # 3 - FRED'S FAMOUS BURN DOWN THE BARN CHILIJudge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick..
Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of peppers.

Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting shit-faced from all of the beer.

CHILI # 4 - BUBBA'S BLACK MAGICJudge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.

Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. This 300 lb. woman is starting to look HOT . just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

CHILI # 5 - LISA'S LEGAL LIP REMOVERJudge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes.. I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics.. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.

CHILI # 6 - VERA'S VERY VEGETARIAN VARIETYJudge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 -- The best yet Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic. Superb.

Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I crapped on myself when I farted, and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.

CHILI # 7 - SUSAN'S SCREAMING SENSATION CHILIJudge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.
Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should make note that I am worried about

Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

CHILI # 8 - BIG TOM'S TOENAIL CURLING CHILIJudge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor feller, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?

Judge # 3 - No Report

After that hot affair, I am sure you must all be wanting something to cool your tongues.

Doctor, to Lady, during her examination: Your heart, lungs, pulse & BP are fine. Now let me see that little thing which gets you ladies into all kinds of trouble.

Lady starts to take off her clothes . . .

Doctor, stopping her: No! No! Pls put on your clothes


Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baby shockers surface

By Mehedi Hedaytullah

Islampur, March 28: The murder of an 18-month-old toddler who was allegedly kidnapped from North Dinajpur after a group failed to coax his family into withdrawing rape charges has thrown up a series of startling revelations.
A key disclosure is that police had swallowed without any verification a claim by a prime accused that he was in hospital. The police and the hospital confirmed today that no such person was admitted.
At almost every step of the way in the search for the child, the family appears to have hit a stonewall of official apathy.
What the police did or said and what accounts by the family and sources suggest:
The brawl
The police had said Paras Roy, one of the accused in the rape case and also a prime accused in the abduction case, was so badly hit by the baby's father, Ganesh Roy, that he had to be admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
The father, in jail since the day after his son was kidnapped (March 12) for allegedly beating up Paras, was granted interim bail today to perform the last rites of his son Bikram.
What the police said today: "We have found out that Paras had not been admitted to the medical college," said the investigating officer of the Goalpokhar police station. "We had told his relatives that he could be taken to NBMCH in Siliguri after they asked us for permission that night (March 11)."
What The Telegraph found out: The superintendent of NBMCH, Sabyasachi Das, confirmed that no one named Paras was admitted to the referral hospital. "Between March 11 and till date, we have not admitted anyone by that name," he said. Ganesh was booked for inflicting grievous injury on Paras, among other charges, without any medical report on the nature of injury.
The arrest
Ganesh was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by Paras's father, Bhabesh Roy. But Paras, who was out on bail in the rape case, was not re-arrested even though the family complained he was in the group that had abducted the child.
What the police had said: Paras was grievously injured.
What The Telegraph found out: No physical verification was done to establish if Paras was at the hospital.
Besides, even seriously injured persons can be arrested. "There is no bar on arresting an injured wanted person," a senior police officer in Calcutta said. "The procedure is that that after arrest, the injured person should be taken for medical examination and if the doctor recommends, he should be admitted to hospital. While in hospital, the police should guard him round the clock. Also, if doctors permit, he may be interrogated while in hospital."
Search for baby
The police had repeatedly claimed that they were "trying their best to trace" the baby.
What the family said: Bikram's father was put behind bars when he went to complain that the child had been kidnapped. The police took the complaint only after the baby's mother, Pramila Roy, reached the station in the evening accompanied by other villagers.
Pramila said whenever she went to the police station to ask about the baby, the police accused her of "hiding him".
On March 19, Pramila approached the sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Islampur, Samanjit Sengupta, to complain about the abduction and the police attitude. The SDO apparently told Pramila she should file the complaint "in the general section" of his office.
Pramila had said in her complaint that the alleged rapists of her 19-year-old sister-in-law had come to their house and taken away her son. She had named nine of the alleged abductors, of which six figured in the rape case, too.
What The Telegraph found out: In the "general section", copies of complaints are received by clerical staff and forwarded to the SDO. Nothing wrong with that in the normal course but when a child was reported missing, rapid action should have been taken.
"When an SDO accepts the complaint himself, the impact is immediate," said an executive magistrate. "He can order an immediate inquiry and not wait for the complaint to reach his table from the general section," the magistrate said.
Asked if he had directed her to the "general section", SDO Sengupta said: "She had come to meet me, I told her to file a written complaint."
Direct charge
Pramila had identified Bhabesh Roy in her complaint as the person who had snatched away the baby from her lap on the night of March 11. Bhabesh was arrested on March 22, 10 days after the child was reported missing.
What police had said: Bhabesh did not know where the baby was and neither did the force.
What The Telegraph found out: Senior police officers in Calcutta said the 10-day delay in questioning a person named in a kidnap complaint filed by the child's mother herself was inexplicable. After such a long interlude, little information can be exacted from a suspect who would have assumed by then that the police were dragging their feet, they said.
The Roys claimed the administration was indifferent to their plight. The police said a team was sent to Bihar to bring back the baby. But the child's body was found yesterday in a cornfield, a kilometre from his village that is 20km from Bihar. "The police did nothing. A dog dug up my child after 16 days," Pramila said today.

The above is from The Telegraph.

This is how Maoists are born.
When the administration does not take up serious genuine grievance of the common people, they have no choice but the take up arms.
Then we wonder what went wrong?

Israel’s new ‘Cutting Edge’ Airport Security device…

TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It's an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.

Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials.

You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: “Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London . Shalom!”

Sent by Prakash Bhartia.

I have always said that the Israelis are very innovative.
What a charming idea?I would suggest our Home Ministry should instal these security devices.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Anna Hazare losing relevance: Bal Thackeray

By Indo Asian News Service

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray Tuesday questioned the relevance of the anti-corruption crusade by veteran activist Anna Hazare and his team members.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, Thackeray said that for the first time since Hazare's "flop show" in Mumbai in December last year, Team Anna had again featured in the news.
"The Team's members like Prashant Bhushan faced public ire, Arvind Kejriwal was greeted with slippers, Kiran Bedi's corrupt activities tumbled out, Swami Agnivesh was out of the Team when the agitation was at a peak, India Against Corruption's Mumbai head is embroiled in questionable activities," Thackeray said in the edit.
Referring to the media, he said that the media which used to grab every word uttered by Hazare and his team, now barely take note of developments like the revival of the campaign from Jantar Mantar last Sunday.
The Sena chief said that it was expected Hazare would lead the anti-corruption brigade in the campaign during the recent elections in five states, "but he remained in and out of hospitals."
Though Hazare and Team Anna members campaigned informally in some parts, it was in Uttarakhand that they supported the Bharatiya Janata Party's then chief minister B.C. Khanduri.
However, the voters did not endorse his claims and the BJP government (an ally of the Shiv Sena, both in Maharashtra and in the NDA) headed by Khanduri was trounced in the elections.
Similarly, Thackeray pointed out that in Uttar Pradesh, where Mulayam Singh Yadav had exposed Team Anna's scams, the people wholeheartedly voted for his Samajwadi Party, which garnered a landslide victory last month.
"It was widely expected that Team Anna would take lessons from these, but that did not happen. Last Sunday, when Hazare revived his agitation, it elicited only lukewarm response in New Delhi's Jantar Mantar," Thackeray said.
He pointed out that the unbridled comments by some Team Anna members - (like calling Sharad Yadav a thief) - invited the ire of the entire Lok Sabha. Yet, Team Anna refused to improve itself, Thackeray lamented.

We, the people who support Anna's campaign would not expect that Bal Thackeray or for that matter any Thackeray would support Anna. It is against people like them and Mulayam Singh Yadav that Anna is fighting.
Yes, we agree that Mulayam Singh has won this election. But that is because people have no choice.
Whether it is SP, BSP, Congress or BJP, they have all fielded corrupt candidates with criminal back ground.
It is the failure of our electoral system that we have to chose from only corrupt, criminal candidates.
We are not given the choice of rejecting all the candidates.
But Anna and Swami Ramdeo our Supreme Courts and a whole lot of people are awakening the people and a day will come in the next few years where these criminals will be prevented from standing for elections.
The feelings of the people against our corrupt leaders are best expressed by this this letter addressed to the Almighty by a devotee, Satyen Hora, recently

Dear Lord,

You took my favourite actors.. Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand

You took my favourite actress.. .. Madhubala

You took my favourite singer.... Mohammed Rafi

You took my favourite cricketer.... Pataudi

And you have taken my favourite Gazal Singer....Jagjeet Singh

Though you must be knowing but I just wanted to let you know that my favourite politicians are:

Mayawati, Jayalalita, Sonia, Karunanidhi, Lalu prasad, Advani, Mulayam Singh, Sharad Pawar and Chidambaram, Bal and Raj Thackeray...

Yours obediently,

Sunday, March 25, 2012

School Party - 24.03.2012

After a long time we had our annual party at Saturday Club, Kolkata.
Quite an impressive gathering of about 70 people including girls from St. Helen's and boys from Victoria, Mt. Herman and North Point.
The dinner must have been sumptuous although I did not partake it as I left before the dinner started because the smell of the non-veg items in the menu makes me uncomfortable.
I remember during our visit to Sikkim, I had to leave the banquet hall in the party given by the former speaker of the Sikkim Assembly, K T Gyaltsen, as the smell became unbearable.
Among the oldies, O P Agarwal, Nelson Flavien, Anup Daw and the evergreen Manos Chowdhury were there.
None of my class mates could make it.
There were quite a few cameras clicking away so I did not take many photographs.
The ones I did take are given below


Mature Fondling

Sent by Prakash Bhartia


No one ever promised all decisions would be easy!
What if you were playing in the club championship tournament
finals and the match was halved at the end of 17 holes.
You had the honor and hit your ball a modest two hundred fifty
yards to the middle of the fairway, leaving a simple six iron
to the pin.
Your opponent then hits his ball, lofting it deep into
the woods to the right of the fairway.
Being the golfing gentleman that you are, you help your
opponent look for his ball. Just before the permitted five
minute search period ends, your opponent says: "Go ahead and
hit your second shot and if I don't find it in time, I'll
concede the match." You hit your ball, landing it on the green,
stopping about ten feet from the pin.
About the time your ball comes to rest, you hear your
opponent exclaim from deep in the woods: "I found It!".
The second sound you hear is a click, the sound of a club
striking a ball and the ball comes sailing out of the woods
and lands on the green, stopping no more than six inches
from the hole.

Now here is the ethical dilemma:

Do you pull the cheating bastard's ball out of your pocket
and confront him with it or do you keep your mouth shut.

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dhumal warns of Chinese threat after air intrusion

By Indo Asian News Service

Shimla, March 22 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Thursday hit out at China after two Chinese helicopters reportedly sneaked into Indian airspace.
He said he had been warning the central government about Chinese intentions for a long time.
"This is warning signal and the Indian government is conveniently ignoring it. If such situation continues, it could land the country into serious trouble," Dhumal said.
The issue was raised by legislator Ram Lal Markandey, who, citing media reports, said the helicopters were spotted by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) March 16 at Kaurik, close to the international border in the Spiti Valley.
"Sometime it's (China) violating the airspace and sometime objecting to road constructions in Leh (in Jammu and Kashmir). It has built ultra-modern airfields in Tibet and extended rail network up to the Tibet border.
"We could not perceive the Chinese threat in 1962 as we were enamoured by 'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' (Indians, Chinese are brothers). Now the signals are very clear... We must take these seriously," said Dhumal.
The chief minister also accused China of perpetually complaining about everything India did."
"The visit of Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) to Arunachal Pradesh and the movement of the Dalai Lama within India irks China," he said.
Dhumal said there have been reports of China strengthening its infrastructure, and it had also installed missiles in Tibet that can target any Indian city.
"I have apprised the government in this regard a number of times and requested them to strengthen the infrastructure along the border areas.
"I have met the prime minister three-four times (asking him) to take necessary measures to safeguard the state," Dhumal said.
The chief minister also said that at times, Chinese aircraft enter Indian airspace from one side and land in Pakistan.
"It is a serious issue and needs the central government's attention."
He said the government has allocated a piece of land to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for installing a radar.
Markandey, quoting media reports, said the latest intrusion at Kaurik, some 330 km from state capital Shimla, was the second of its kind in four months.

I too have been regularly warning the India Government of the dangers poised by China.
However, our corrupt central government is only interested in promoting its rule at the centre, by hook or by crook without paying any attention to the threat.
It was a Congress government at the centre in 1962 and it seems again there will be a Congress government when China will attack again

Helpline receives good response


Guwahati, March 21: Dispur has decided to extend statewide the helpline (8752914646) it had launched in the city on Monday to register complaints against reckless drivers following an encouraging response.
DTO Guwahati (Kamrup metro) S.N. Gogoi told this correspondent late this evening that given the response to the pilot project launched in the city, the transport department had decided to extend the facility throughout the state in due course. So far, the helpline has received over 200 calls, including those from Dhubri, Sivasagar, Nagaon and Dibrugarh. While most were complaint calls, some people called up to find out about the new system. The complaints from other districts will be forwarded to the respective districts.
"We had received four complaints related to bikers till yesterday. We have already issued summons to the bikers. By this evening, we received eight complaints. We are mostly concentrating on bikers. Others involved in reckless driving will also be taken to task," Gogoi said.
He said the idea was conceived by the DTO office and has full backing of the transport minister.
Under this system, the DTO will issue summons to vehicle owners. "We will check the papers and also the bike to see if there is any unauthorised modification. We will keep a watch on the biker for sometime and if he/she is found guilty, we will suspend his/her licence and take other action as well," he said.
Guwahati witnessed 909 accidents last year, resulting in 271 casualties. During Holi this year, there were 200 accidents, mostly involving bikers. There were two deaths, forcing the authorities to come up with something to rein in reckless drivers.
"One hopes the department can sustain the zeal with which they responded to the calls.Action should be taken against violators," Amar Bora, a trader, said.

The above is from the mails I receive from
It is a good beginning to rein in errant vehicle drivers.
Why can't we have a similar set up in Kolkata and Bengal.
Our bus drivers are known to be very rash and have been the cause of many deaths.
The commuters in the buses ask the driver to slow down but they pay no heed as they are competing against one another to collect the maximum passengers.
Nowadays, all passengers have mobile phones.
If Lal Bazar and the local police stations could have a dedicated simple toll free number to which passengers and bystanders on the road could dial and complain, it would save quite a few lives.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Good News: India Sees Biggest Dip in Poverty?

Bangalore: Poverty has significantly declined in India, reveals the Planning Commission in its recent report. 8 percent of India has come above the poverty line in five years. The report suggests that the percentage of poor in India has declined from 37.2 percent in 2004-05 to 29.8 percent in 2009-10. The rural poverty has declined from 41.8 percent to 33.8 percent and urban poverty came down from 25.7 percent to 20.9 percent.

The plan panel defines the poor as the ones who spend less than 28 per day in urban areas and 22.5 in rural areas. These figures are lower than those in the year 2010-11, where 32 was in urban areas and Rs 26 in rural areas. The new estimates are on the basis of poverty line that averages Rs 672.8 per month in rural areas and Rs 859.6 per month in urban areas.

The data suggests that poverty ratio in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttarakhand has declined by about 10 percentage and more, while in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, poverty has increased during 2009-10. In some of the bigger states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, there has been only marginal decline in poverty ratio, particularly in rural areas.

This is what I call moving goal posts to suit the government.
Considering an annual rate of inflation of 10% which is very nominal, the 2010-11 figure of RS 32 and Rs 26 should have been increased to Rs 35.20 and Rs 28.60. Instead they have reduced the figures to Rs 25.70 and Rs 20.90 by I don't know what jugglery.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Butter sustitute - Margarine- How good?

Quote "Having Worked at Unilevers Premier Margarine Factory in the UK for 1 Year, as a Management Trainee, and then in Sri Lanka Managing Margarine Manufacture, I can safely admit that what you are about to read is true !! "

Pass The Butter ... Please.

This is interesting . .. .

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings....

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!

Chinese Proverb:

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.


The above was sent by Partha Sengupta, with the following note.


My sister, Dr Parbati Sengupta MBBS, DCH, MRCP warned us years ago about this.
She would always grumble if she saw a butter substitute (apart from cheese or ghee) on the table.

Do pay heed.
If you have a better theory kindly do enlighten.

Cheers & Good Health


Monday, March 19, 2012

Unnatural deaths

This is true story from the newspaper The Cape Times (South Africa):
"For several months, our nurses have been baffled to find a patient dead in the same bed every Friday morning" a spokeswoman for the Pelonomi Hospital (Free State, South Africa) told reporters.

"There was no apparent cause for any of the deaths, and extensive checks on the air conditioning system, and a search for possible bacterial infection, failed to reveal any clues." "However, further inquiries have now revealed the cause of these deaths...

"It seems that every Friday morning a cleaning lady would enter the ward, remove the plug that powered the patient's life support system, plug her floor polisher into the vacant socket, then go about her business. When she had finished her chores, she would plug the life support machine back in and leave, unaware that the patient was now dead. She could not, after all, hear the screams and eventual death rattle over the whirring of her polisher".

"We are sorry, and have sent a strong letter to the cleaner in question. Further, the Free State Health and Welfare Department is arranging for an electrician to fit an extra socket, so there should be no repetition of this incident. The inquiry is now closed." (Cape Times)

The headline of the newspaper story was, "Cleaner Polishes Off Patients"

Man proposes?

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Wanted educated and cultured people to stand for elections as MPs and MLAs for the Trinamul Congress party.
They should be professionals like doctors, engineers, advocates, film stars and intellectuals, respected by society. However, they should have no voice of their own. They should act as DOORMATS for the party chairperson.
Any person fitting the bill could apply directly to the party Supremo or meet her in person

I understand the above ad has been put up by the Trinamul Congress.
Any one who does not have a brain of their own may kindly apply

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Eighth Place

In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.

Seventh Place

A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran", accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.

Sixth Place

While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fifth Place

Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.

Fourth Place

Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.

Third Place

After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol.

The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.


Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice that the window was closed.


Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more excited, and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. They secured one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.


Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.

The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves... 'Shit happens'


Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Delegate, Then Disengage

Entrusting a project to someone else can be tough.
But if you don't rely on others, you'll always end up doing everything yourself.
You'll also shortchange those who could learn by taking on new tasks.

Once you delegate something, don't be tempted to micromanage the process.
Agree on the expected outcomes and just let go.

If you've asked a team member to take care of an important presentation, don't spend endless time on edits and corrections.
Be clear on the parameters and remove yourself so she can do it her way, not yours.

This is much more efficient than taking over, and the end product will likely be better.

Sent by Seeromani Chhetri

Should a CM attend a Judge's daughter's wedding

March 13: On a day the Trinamul Congress deputed a low-profile leader to the Prime Minister's dinner and tested the Centre's nerves on the President's speech, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was in Nagpur attending the wedding of the daughter of Calcutta High Court Chief Justice J.N. Patel.
"I am going to Nagpur. I had given my word long back that I would be there to attend the event. After my return, I will go to Nandigram tomorrow," Mamata said at Writers' Buildings, minutes before leaving for the airport.
Being a personal visit, Mamata left for Nagpur on a private chartered aircraft ' a nine-seater Falcon 2000 LX ' accompanied by Union minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy. Mamata met the newlyweds at a hotel in the heart of Nagpur.
There is nothing wrong in a chief minister extending social courtesies and attending a wedding. But it is not common for a chief minister to fly across states to attend a family event of a serving chief justice who can hear cases involving the government. Chief Justice Patel is at present hearing a number of cases against the state government headed by Mamata.
Some luminaries ' not all preferred to be named, citing the sensitive nature of the subject ' have said it is desirable to let an invisible screen stand between the judiciary and the other pillars.
They referred to the impeccable standards set by a former Supreme Court judge from Calcutta, who was so particular about staying "aloof" from social gatherings during her adjudicating career that she declined even invitations to her own relatives' weddings.
The current Chief Justice of India, S.H. Kapadia, is also known for avoiding social gatherings.
Sources in the Calcutta chief justice's office said that in recent years, no chief justice has invited the chief minister to their children's wedding. "When Justice S.S. Nijjar was chief justice of Calcutta High Court, his daughter got married in Punjab in 2007 but then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was not invited to the wedding," an official said. "It is another matter that Bhattacharjee would perhaps not have travelled to Punjab to attend the event."
However, some veteran lawyers who spoke on record said they found nothing improper in a chief minister extending social courtesies.
"There is no infirmity in the CM attending in her personal capacity the wedding of the daughter of the CJ of the state…. I am assuming that the CM had a good reason at a personal level to do so. Equally, if the CJ invites a CM to attend a wedding, it is not ex facie wrong," lawyer Rajeev Dhawan said. "The CM cannot be rude in declining such an invitation."
An informal code of conduct (it has no statutory backing) adopted by the Supreme Court in 1997 says that "a judge should practise a degree of aloofness consistent with the dignity of his office".
The 16-point code concludes by saying "every judge must at all times be conscious that he is under the public gaze and there should be no act or omission by him which is unbecoming of the high office he occupies and the public esteem in which that office is held".
In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court had rejected the suggestion that constitutional functionaries could not meet. The court was adjudicating on a PIL which had alleged that certain administrative changes were made in the classification of cases in a high court that suited then chief minister Mayawati after a meeting with the then Chief Justice F.I. Rebello.
In another instance, former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan had refused pleas of Gujarat riot victims and shared a dais with chief minister Narendra Modi. They had objected to the chief justice meeting the chief minister while the riot cases were pending before the top court.
But Subrata Mukhopadhyay, a lawyer practising in Calcutta High Court and the working president of the CPM-affiliated Democratic Lawyers Association's high court unit, said that Mamata's trip to Nagpur was "inappropriate".
"It is extremely inappropriate of the chief minister to do so," Mukhopadhyay said. "Chief Justice Patel is hearing a number of important cases against the government and the visit of Mamata Banerjee to Nagpur can justifiably be misinterpreted. It would send a wrong message to the people of the state."
Among the cases that the chief justice is hearing are a public interest petition demanding a CBI inquiry into the murder of two CPM leaders in Burdwan, the petition against the dissolution of police unions by the state government and a case against the government for announcing a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the hooch victims of Mograhat.
Laxmi Chandra Sil, the secretary to Chief Justice Patel, said: "The chief minister appears to be reciprocating a courtesy. When Mamata Banerjee's mother passed away, the chief justice was out of town. But when he returned a few days later, he visited her at her Harish Chatterjee residence to pay his condolences."
Trinamul leaders sought to justify Mamata's trip to Nagpur by saying she liked to maintain social relations.
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Trinamul MP, said: "If anyone tries to criticise the chief minister for visiting Nagpur to attend the wedding of the chief justice's daughter, I would call it unfair. For, Mamata Banerjee is merely being courteous by doing so."
Ever since becoming chief minister, Mamata has occasionally been dropping by at the residence of the chief justice on her way back home from Writers' Buildings. These visits have been described by the state government as "courtesy calls".
Such "courtesy calls" by chief ministers were unheard of during the Left regime. Both Jyoti Basu and Bhattacharjee would stick to convention by visiting the chief justice once after being sworn in as chief minister.
Some lawyers recalled that when Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharjee was a judge in Calcutta High Court ' he is now the acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court ' he would never attend any social event.
"Every time somebody would go to invite him to a social function, Justice Bhattacharjee would decline politely, citing his inability to attend since he was a high court judge," a lawyer recalled.
Justice Ruma Pal, a judge first in Calcutta High Court and then in the Supreme Court, is a former judge known for such a regimen.
Former Calcutta mayor and CPM leader Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya said: "Even if everything is to be accepted, it does seem very, very inappropriate that a chief minister has to travel to another state to attend the wedding of the daughter of her state's chief justice."

The above is from Yahoo mails.

I am personally of the opinion the CM should not go.
As the saying goes, one should not only be honest but should also appear honest.
Human nature is such that it cannot help but be influenced by these acts of social kindness.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Relative Speaking

Aging Aunt Mildred was a 93-year-old woman who was particularly despondent over the recent death of her husband. She decided that she would just kill herself and join him in death.

Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out his old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the heart, since it was badly broken in the first place.

Not wanting to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and a burden to someone, she called her doctor's office to inquire as to just exactly where the heart would be on a woman. The doctor said, 'Your heart would be just below your left breast'.

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Later that night........ Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her knee.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Take it Easy on President Obama

I know.
He is asking for another chance.

Sent by Prakash Bhartia
Should we give it?

My neighbour

A cruel lady friend of mine in Rome sent me this to rub salt in my wounds.
This contains a lot of bitter truth that is tough to swallow.
Misery loves company, therefore I am sharing this.

She is my neighbor, Ishi.

She's single. She lives right across the street. I can see her house from my study.

I watched as she got home from work last Friday. I was surprised when she walked across the street and up my driveway. She knocked on my door. I rushed to open it.

She looked at me, and said, “Hi, I just got home, and I'm feeling really horny tonight. I just wanna go out, have a good time, get drunk, and get laid. Are you busy tonight?”

“Er ... no, no, no. I'm free. No plans. No plans at all" I muttered excitedly and in anticipation.

“Great! In that case, could you look after my cat?"

It's no fun growing old, believe me

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Like Mayawati like Manohar: Social engineering redux in Goa

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar | IANS India Private Limited

Panaji, March 11 (IANS) If Mayawati stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2007 riding on the electoral shoulders of Brahmins and Dalits, Manohar Parrikar has similarly rewritten the 'social engineering' primer for Goa.
For the last four years now, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been desperately reaching out to the sizeable 23 percent-strong Christian community here, which has played a potential but hesitant suitor, thanks to the party's 'infamy' inherited from states like Gujarat and Karnataka.
The party even offered six out of the 28 seats it contested in the March 3 polls to Christian nominees and backed two other independent Christians candidates.
On Friday, the BJP gave a clear positive signal to the minority community after coming to power in Goa - two Christians were inducted in the six-member cabinet headed by Parrikar, while one Christian independent is expected to be given a berth soon.
The pro-active overtures have brought in rich returns for the BJP. Not just in terms of winning a simple and slender majority of 21 in the 40-member state assembly but also in the unprecedented breaking of tentative ice with the main minority community in Goa, which is key to electoral fortunes here.
"Ever since I took over as secretary in charge of Goa, our main focus was to reach out to the 23 percent vibrant Christian community here. It was my endeavour to meet fathers (Catholic priests) and teachers and members of the community all over Goa during my visits here," according to Aarti Mehra, BJP's secretary in-charge of the state.
Mehra's brief was to engage with the key stakeholders and members of the minority community and create a sense of confidence about the party, which was kept at an arms distance by the minority community.
Mehra's efforts to dispel the doubts that Goan Christians had about the party formed stage two of the BJP's minority overdrive.
Stage one was a long-drawn exercise called 'Mission Salcete', a Christian dominated sub-district in south Goa.
With seven rural constituencies, Salcete has been considered a Congress bastion. Barring the Fatorda constituency represented by the BJP for two terms now, dethroning the Congress from other constituencies in Salcete like Velim, Benaulim, Navelim, Nuvem, Curtorim and Cuncolim seemed virtually 'Mission Impossible' for the BJP.
This time the BJP proved cynics wrong. The Congress managed to win only one out of the seven rural Salcete seats (Curtorim), while the others were bagged by the BJP, independents and the Goa Vikas Party (GVP), all of which have pledged support to the BJP-led coalition government.
Constituency management apart, lead chief ministerial candidate Manohar Parrikar's apology early in the campaigning phase about eliminating 'Good Friday' from the list of public holidays struck a chord with the minority community here.
"Let me assure you that these things were never intentional and will never be repeated," Parrikar told a media conference earlier.
Of significance also is former cabinet minister Churchill Alemao's rant Thursday that "80 percent of the clergy worked against the Congress" in the 2012 polls.
The church's subtle messages to its flock in the two weeks before the polls to consult their conscience before voting for corrupt candidates took its toll on the Congress, which in public perception appeared to have slipped into an arrogant resonance. Earlier pre-poll advisory messages had invariably cautioned the electorate against voting for "communal forces".
Father Eremito Rebelo of the Goa archdiocese told the Catholic news service Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) that Goa church's exhortation for "ethical voting" impacted the results in a big way.
"There is little doubt that the church exhortations have helped the BJP victory," Fr Rebelo said.

It is good to see the BJP changing its feathers.
However, while it has emulated Mayawati in coming to power, I hope it does not follow her way of governance, hoisting statues of herself and her elephants all over the state. She forgot that statues do not fill the stomach of the poor.
Hope Manohar Parrikar will rather follow the policies of Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar, taking the best from both of them.
Let us then see how the congress can dislodge him.
They should not act like the BJP in Karnataka who have turned out to be worse than the Congress

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ramdevra Temple -Rajasthan

The next visited Ramdevra Temple at Runicha.
This is situated about 200 Km from Bikanir and you can reach it either by bus or hired car
Ramdevra is a village situated about 12 km to the north of Pokhran in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan in India. The village is named after Baba Ramdevji, a Tanwar Rajput and a saint who took Samādhi in 1384 CE, at the age of 33 years. Bhagvan Ramdevji Maharaj took samadhi (conscious exit from the mortal body.) in 1459 AD. Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner constructed a temple around the samadhi in 1931 AD.
Near the village, there is a tank known as Ramsar tank which is believed to have been constructed by Baba Ramdev himself. A large step well, the Parcha Baori is also situated nearby.
A large fair known as Ramdevera Fair is held here from Bhado Sudi 2 to Bhadon Sudi 11 (Aug - Sept). It is attended by a large number of devotees who come in large groups from far and wide. Irrespective of their caste, creed or religious affiliations, these devotees throng the shrine dedicated to the saint. These groups organise night long singing of bhajans and kirtans to pay homage to Baba.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Who am I?

Born in One Country -- Raised in Another

I was born in one country, raised in another. My father was born in another country.
I was not his only child.

He fathered several children with numerous women.

I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me.

My mother died at an early age from cancer.

Although my father deserted me and my mother raised me, I later wrote a book idolizing my father not my mother.

Later in life, questions arose over my real name.

My birth records were sketchy.

No one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.

I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my new country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs and didn't follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.

I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.

That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and embarked on a new career.

I wrote a book about my struggles growing up.

It was clear to those who read my memoirs, that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.

I became active in local politics in my 30's then, with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40's.

They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything.

I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization.

Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me, as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks.

I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances.

This bolstered my ego.

At first, my political campaign focused on my country's foreign policy...

I was very critical of my country in the last war, and seized every opportunity to bash my country.

But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country's economy.

I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better, and every poor person would be fed and housed for free.

I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess.

It was the free market, banks and corporations.

I decided to start making citizens hate them and, if they became envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.

I called mine "A People's Campaign."

That sounded good to all people.

I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain widespread popular support.

I knew that, if I merely offered the people 'hope', together we could change our country and the world..

So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include "persecuted minorities".

My true views were not widely known and I kept them unknown, until after I became my nation's leader.

I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. I'm glad they didn't.

Then I became the most powerful man in the world.

And then the world learned the truth.

Who am I?


If you were thinking of SOMEONE ELSE, you should be scared, very scared!

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bikanir - Karni Mata Mandir

I am back to Calcutta after about 15 days tour of Rajasthan.
Although I am from Rajasthan, I had never been to the southern
parts like Bikanir and Jodhpur.
This opportunity came when my wifes's sister invited us to their
son's marriage which was to take place in Bikanir.
Bikanir is famous for its sweets and namkeens which have been made famous by Haldiram.
However, there are some beautiful temples located near Bikanir.
One of them is the Karnimatas temple around 30 Km from Bikanir city.
You can reach it by bus or a reserved car which takes around Rs 700/-
This temple is known by the swarming rates which are given a free run of the temple premises.
At earlier times I was given to understand that you couldn't move a step without trampling on a rat. People were advised to drag their feet in the temple so that they would not trample a rat. Anyone trampling and killing a rat were supposed to donate a gold rat to the temple.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Haircut

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.
After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber
replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community
service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there
was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries
to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept
money from you , I'm doing community service this week.'
The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when
the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and
a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and
when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied,
'I can not accept money from you. I'm doing community
service this week.' The Member of Parliament was very
happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber
went to open up, there were a dozen other Members of
Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference
between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.


The above was posted by Pradeep Mohan on FB.

With the elections result pouring in from four states, the above is very pertinent.
However, I am wondering whether we are not replacing a set of soiled, shitted diapers with another set of the same

Monday, March 5, 2012

Quick Thinking

Subject: Police Woman Makes an Arrest

Police work can be entertaining as well as dangerous Recently, a female police officer arrested Patrick Lawrence , 22 year old white male, fornicating with a pumpkin in the middle of the night.

The next day, at the Gwinnett County (GA) courthouse, Lawrence was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency and public intoxication. The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch on his way home from a drinking session when he decided to stop, 'You know how a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around for miles or at least I thought there wasn't anyone around' he stated.

Lawrence went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road, picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purpose, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his pressing need. 'Guess I was really into it, you know?' he commented with evident embarrassment.

In the process of doing the deed, Lawrence failed to notice an approaching police car and was unaware of his audience until Officer Brenda Taylor approached him.

'It was an unusual situation, that's for sure,' said Officer Taylor. 'I walked up to Lawrence and he's just banging away at this pumpkin.' Officer Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Lawrence . 'I said: 'Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you're having sex with a pumpkin??'

He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then he looked me straight in the face and said:

'A pumpkin?,,,, Shit ... is it midnight already?'

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Difference of opinion

George Bush and Barack Obama somehow ended up at the same barber shop.
As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were even afraid to start a
conversation, for fear it would turn to politics.

As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Obama in his chair reached for the aftershave. Obama was quick to stop him saying, 'No thanks, my wife Michelle will smell that and think I've been in a whorehouse.'

The second barber turned to Bush and said, 'How about you sir ?' Bush replied, 'Go ahead; my wife doesn't know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like.'

An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other.
Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night.
The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!"
Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood.
The old man liked the fact that he was feared. To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98.
His wife had a closed casket at the funeral.
After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party as if there was no tomorrow.
Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?"
The wife put down her drink and said, "Let him dig. I had him buried upside down.
And I know he won't ask for directions."

Sent by Prakash Bhartia