The great Indian road show….

First published on Times of India on 14th February 2011

Every now and then a merry road show is meticulously performed by our netas. It brings us a lot of mirth, albeit liberally garnished with embarrassment and anger. There have been some stupendous performances in these shows by our politicians over the years, one vying to beat the other in great earnest. Some acts never to be forgotten, some giving us sleepless nights, some acts so profound that we metamorphose into those flightless emus and burry our heads under the sand. There should be an award show organized for these political entertainers. As is, we have so many of them, the awards I mean and yes, entertainers too. Action, adventure, comedy, disaster, drama, epic, fantasy, horror, mystery, porn, family and documentary, our netas have a grip over every cinematic genre. Of course, there are exceptions like Mr Deve Gowda who has slept through every act and yet achieved what he desired.

SM Krishna has etched a place in history with his recent three-minute performance. Three minutes is a long time. World records are shattered in a few seconds, so three minutes is not ephemeral by any standard. Three minutes is also the time most clowns get in between a circus act to bring the house down. And in less than three minutes valuable impressions are made when you are delivering an important speech to the United Nations Security Council and that too the wrong speech. Three minutes seals your calibre in full international view. India’s envoy to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, thankfully cut short a sit-down gaffe of SM Krishna’s and restricted it to three minutes, else it would have probably gone on even for thirty minutes or longer and Mr Krishna would have been accorded honorary citizenship to Portugal by now. Mr Krishna is nonchalant and had stated that there were a whole heap of papers lying in front of him and the opening lines were very similar to India’s opening lines. How could they be similar Mr Krishna, especially when you mumbled “On a more personal note, allow me to express my profound satisfaction regarding the happy coincidence of having two members of the Portuguese Speaking Countries, Brazil and Portugal, together here today”. Mr Krishna, I presume that you would have continued to speak on about the arts, culture, History from the Middle Ages and the biodiversity of Portugal and still not realized the difference. So engrossed Mr Krishna was in his performance. Bravo!

Then there was a strip tease that the melodramatic Mr Amar Singh had performed on live television at a press conference in Kanpur recently. Mr Singh pulled down his pants out of sheer desperation to get himself noticed and to show the world his battle scars. Proudly displaying his legs, Mr. Singh lamented about how baseless those accusations were of him travelling in luxury buses when he has been using his worn out legs to make great progress in traversing across the length and breadth of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Mr Singh you have my full sympathy. You have my sympathy because every stunt of yours always appears to backfire and you need to start all over again. It never ends, does it? You need rest now, Mr Singh, maybe it’s time you get a body double?

In another act of complete misadventure and high-voltage drama, Rajasthan minister of state, Amin Khan, accused our President of cooking food and washing the dishes for the late Mrs Indira Gandhi. Mr Amin Khan, we don’t know if our President held the portfolio that you describe, but we know that our President wields divine powers. She has spoken to the deceased Baba Lekhraj of Mount Abu, Rajasthan. Now, how many can do this? Tell me, how many Presidents do you know who can speak to the deceased and also additionally levitate in a combat jet for a 30-minute sortie close to supersonic levels?

There are many more high-calibre performers in the great Indian road show. Most are well scripted in their performances. Some perform the great Indian rope trick. They are the Masters of the Houdini act and make coffers disappear without a trace and make people vanish too.Some are well rehearsed and blend with the choreographed events around them. Some playing a little role, some playing dumb charade, some appearing helpless in the game of puppetry with their strings being pulled and sometimes becoming a tight noose around their own necks, some eager to please and give performances over and above what they were paid to. Some endorsing themselves like household disinfectants, calling themselves Mr Clean. What use is it to be called Mr Clean when your caravan stinks? The great Indian road show, a never ending show that keep’s its ticket counter open to perpetuity. And who is laughing all the way to the bank, the Producer of course, at your expense and mine.


256 Responses to “The great Indian road show….”

  1. Could you please try to leave your comments if relevant to the blog on the TOI website link I have given above. I will remove the comments feature on my posts going forward. The comments section will stay open for other posts which are not mine for our other discussions.

  2. And yes, you can let me know if this is a bad idea!

  3. Sharmila,

    Yes. It was a bad idea.

    I hope that you continue this blog and the comments section till I am around.

    I will never go to any other blog to comment on any subject. This is the first and the last blog site for Reader.

    I am glad you opened.

    Back soon… 🙂

  4. Thank you, Sharmila, for opening again.

    One question: Why do Indians put up with these clowns?

    • We have no answer in a simple one liner at all for this Renate. Its a problem with the entire system. I believe one way to contain this would be to get a minimum qualification and a retirement age being made mandatory for those in politics. Krishna in this case is learned 7 well educated, but he s 80 plus and losing the plot!

    • There must be a certain entitlement mentality, where politicians think they own their job rather than having to earn it.

  5. Talking about Amar Singh, I have not heard Mr. AB saying anything about him in a long time. Is there trouble in paradise?

    • I think there is a war now between the two. It has to do with Mrs AB sticking to the Samajwadi party and maintaining peace with the SJ leader Mulayam Singh. Amar singh got booted out and wanted Mrs AB to leave. She refused to budge.

    • Tough spot for Mr. AB to be in. I guess this is why he has kept quiet.

    • Sharmila, Renate,

      I serously contest that AB would mix friendship and association with politics. His value-system wouldn’t permit him to do that.

      It is entirely irreleveant to anyone what Amar Singh’s association means to him as a friend. There is no need to defend himself or his friendship. Anyone who feels that AB is answerable to the public should think again.

      Amar Singh, regardless of the fun poked at him for his village Indian style of public appearances, is a man of immense credibility.

      Incidently, he is also a director in ABCL and the Power distribution company where AB and some real rich are share-holders.

      It’s not fair throw mud randomly at people just to make a readable copy for the type who enjoy such Draupadi Vastraharan. Draupadi is not dishonored by such acts.

      For Renate,

      Draupadi vastraharan is a celebrity event in Mahabharat. Draupadi, the wife of the loser kings, is stripped publicly for the pleasure of dishonoring the losers.

      I find it saddistic.

      • Reader,

        can you please tell me where to read more about Draupadi?
        I have come across multiple references to her (including here in Silicon Valley in a dance performance) and her story intrigues me.

      • Renate

        Draupadi’s dishonor was the immediate cause of the epic war, like Ferdinand D’arc’s killing started the World War!

        She was a princess married to five brothers. The brothers lost their kingdom to their cousins in a game of dice. They staked her as well as a last attempt. And lost again. So, she was dragged into the King’s court and humiliated by the cousins.

        She complains to Krishna and asks him to swear that he’ll do justice and destroy the evil kingdom. He does.

        Draupadi becomes the queen after the war is won.

        The interesting part is, at the beginning of the war, Arjuna, one of Draupadi’s husbands, is in deep conflict with himself.

        He foretells Krishna that regardless of who wins the war, there will be a blood bath that will wipe out the entire race.

        Krishna convinces him that it is necessary. Justice must prevail regardless.

        At the end of the war, all the young men on both sides are killed.

        Krishna explains to Draupadi the failings of false pride. He stands by his word to her that he will destroy the entire evil kingdom yet explains to her after doing it that this could have been avoided.

      • Do you mean that Draupadi’s pride was false? She should not have asked for revenge?

      • Renate,

        It’s the classic example of: An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

        Draupadi is humiliated as a revenge by her cousins.

        Earlier, the same cousin has been mocked and taunted by her when he visits her house. The cousin’s father is blind.

        When he enters the house he steps on still water that looks like a slab and falls in. Draupadi mocks him saying, “A blind man’s son is also blind”

        The cousin reminds her of that insult when he humiliates her in the court later, which eventually begins the war.

      • Every culture has those kind of stories.

        Remember what happened to Troy because Paris chose the sexy woman over the housewife and the intelligent virgin? One thing led to another and a whole city died.

        The Siegfried-Saga is another example. The motivations are complex, and even vary drastically (in one and the same situation, depending on the time and country, Kriemhild/Gudrun either kills her blood relatives or in in another versions the opposite party, her husband and her sons. The end result is the same – everyone dead.

        All these stories have been told for thousands of years and new ones are added every day.

        Why do we not learn?

      • Renate,

        That’s for you to answer. I am not the women in the story.

        My take is: Wives in those days were part of the wealth of a man. In Vedic culture they were not permitted to be traded for anything.

        Krishna makes that pretty clear post-humiliation of Draupadi.

        Today, wives are not part of the balance sheet. They are used for other social activities.

      • Reader,

        Thanks… not taking the bait for once…

      • Renate,

        These are modern times. I wouldn’t bite for women.

      • Reader,

        Actually i meant that I’m not taking the bait for once, cleverly as it might be laid.

        Rest assured Dearer Reader, we all know by now what you would not do for women 😛 😛 😛 😛

  6. An entire generation is there to be retired in Indian Politics…they are not ready for it & want to stick to their chairs as if premanently glued is a separate issue..
    They definitely should take back seat offering their wisdom if and when necessary…
    By now they should have trained their front liners but I suppose it doesn’t work it that way in Politics…Younger generation is always at loss..or misguided in that matter..
    Those are really amusing Road shows and all are masters in the art of clowning act…
    Ppl of India must be completely awestruck and mesmerized by their President and her Divinity… who can contact souls and talk to them like some clairvoyant spiritual leader… Boy…! That would put so many out of their jobs…! 🙂
    Now I know India is a country worth living in…nothing but entertainment and amusement all around…24×7…365…through out…non stop… 🙂
    When shall I move in…!? What do you think..!? 🙂

  7. I am in the middle of the annual festival jamboree in the city. Typing this while waiting for the traffic volunteers to open the roads. I think I just saw the German Ambassador Angelika Storz-Chakarji’s (Hope the spelling is right) cavalcade pass by. Or may be just another performing artist.

    Here I go, on the post above: (Writing extempore from the Nokia)

    This post reads like the first installment of The Satanic Verses of Sharmila Ravinder.

    Go ahead full steam. It’s too early to label you anti-national. Michael Moore did a more thorugh job on Bush, and before him Kenneth Star did much better on Billy’s willy. You are just on the first lap of the baton relay. Bear thy torch high.

    Somanhalli Mallaiyah Krishna (SM Krishna), our Minister of External Affairs, ex-Governor of Maharashtra and ex-chief Minister of Karnataka, was born in Mandya on the highway between Mysore and Bangalore, studied in Texas US, graduated from the Law School in Washington DC. He deserves your chinese-style spanking.

    President Pratibha Devsingh Patil is a woman, a poor farmer’s daughter from a permanently draught affected village in Maharashtra called Nandgaon. Incidently she is in a fairly good position as a president. She has no ideological role in politics. She can lean back and spread herself to any kind of abuse from the intellectuals. After all what is a stupid farmer’s daughter doing in the Raj Bhavan?

    Amar Singh is the founder of the Samajwadi Party from which he was dismissed. He was instrumental in President Rafsanjani of Iran visiting UP and consolidating the Muslim vote bank for Mulayam Singh. BTW, Amar Singh is a congress drop-out. He began his political career under none other than Pranab Mukherjee who is Sonio’s ombudsman today. He is a close friend of Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Ambani. Can’t blame them, can we? They had probably not seen inside his pants as you did.

    Lets wait for the chicken’s home-coming… 🙂

    • Ha Ha Ha.. As if I was privy to Amar’s drama alone.. the whole world saw it! Funnily, the link here is missing to that you tube video. I should add it back, its there on the TOI page.

    • Sharmila,

      What is so funny about a man caught with his pants down.

      A politician is a representative sample of his voters.

      2.5 miliion people in Mumbai squat naked on the railway tracks everyday for excretion. Women, among them, cover their faces when a train passes by.

      Amar Singh is sure to get his votes with or without his pants.

  8. Reader,

    On behalf of Germany I apologize for the traffic mess that allows you to write such a long message on your phone!

    Good work, keep it up! 🙂

  9. Interesting – both are women in an Islamic country. Is good-looking a job requirement?

  10. And more to the point – are they taken seriously?

  11. First engineering…then Goethe…I wonder what’s next?

  12. Hmmm… makes sense…. Germans won’t put up with that kind of stuff in their own country any more.

  13. But I thought you guys were drowning in oil for the next 40 years.

    You’ll sell that and use nuclear power for your own needs?

    • Atomic Power is the cleanest, cheapest and the most efficient energy although we still use naturally occurring radioactive materials.

      My guess is, all global energy needs will be provided by atomic power by the end of this century.

  14. I wonder.

    People are afraid of it – with or without reason, that is another discussion – and in democratic countries like the US or in Europe, some drastic technological change will be necessary before it becomes acceptable again.

    Then again, I might be wrong…has been known to happen before… 🙂

    • Renate,

      Technology has improved a great deal since Chernobyl. It will continue to improve till finally atomic power is used in household generators.

      People have nothing to do with technology. They are merely users.

      Any method of generation, be it atomic, coal, gas, hydrogen or hydel, the power reaches the people as electricity. There is no difference in the end-product for the people.

      I have subscriptions to 3 professional journals entirely on the latest innovations in the energy sector.

      Science and technology does not wait for dummies to catch up.

      And they are never abandoned in the name of risk.

  15. Dummies vote.

  16. And in my field – biology – many potential technologies are abandoned because of risk. It’s an extremely political game and dummies come en masse and carry clout.

    • Renate,

      It’s not true. You know that. There is no research or application that has been withheld by scientists in the name of public outcry.

      People are like infants as far as technology is concerned. They have to be taught toilet-discipline and hygiene. You are forgetting I am paid exactly for that.

  17. I will recommend you as a consultant to the Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung in Cologne.

    Perhaps you will be able to obtain permission for them to plant their engineered petunias.

    • Renate,

      My advice will be, if you want to see your research tested, give it to China. They’ll test it in North Korea or Tibet or Hong Kong.

      Research never goes waste. Remember Sputnik.

      • I know.

        I consider that as a sad state of affairs.

        Neither stupidity nor greed should rule the world, but between them, I’d say they have an about 95% majority.

      • Correction: A solid 95% majority.

      • Renate,

        Numbers don’t count for the impact of intelligence. Scientists are usually a majority of one!

        I personally think scientific researchers in any subject are acting perfectly in line with human ethics. They are not answerable to the users of their work.

      • Reader,

        You don’t watch enough horror movies.

        Remember the Mad Scientist?

      • Renate,

        That’s encashing on an old biblical theme that man is cursed if he eats the fruit of the tree of knowledge…

        People pay to watch their beliefs shown in public.

      • Reader,

        That is very true and exactly what I am saying.

        i am glad to see someone (smart) believes that reason will prevail.

  18. O…man…! lots of things are going on behind my back…
    What’s this opening and shutting case…!?

    • Oh, don’t worry, MonaLisa, we are only making sure that you will have all the atomic powerplants you’ll ever need 😛

    • MonaLisa,

      Learning point: Never turn your back in any case.. 🙂

      • Reader…. 🙂
        That applies to you too… never turn your back…
        If I die tomorrow…come to my funeral…for sure… 🙂

      • Hope you live longer than me… So, I’ll have the pleasure first.. 🙂

      • Lol…Reader…
        I said…Hypothetically…..! It’s not that I am dying or gonna die tomorrow for sure…but we all live in uncertainty…and accidents may happen…in life…
        I hate funerals…bidding Good Bye is the hardest thing to do…at least for me…and I am not good at it…and I don’t get over it my entire life…I am an emotional Fool…for that matter… 🙂
        So don’t expect me to give you that pleasure..i am a miser in that case… 🙂

      • It’s the opposite with me. I often skip parties and get- togethers where I am just a guest. But I always attend funerals.

        Not for the deceased person, but to listen to the survivors.

      • Reader….
        lol…in many matters or rather all…should I say….we are quite opposite and out thinking pattern is so different…!
        That’s the different between a man and a woman…
        men are more practicla than women…
        Women are emotional fools…mostly…its not anyone’s fault…different chemicals in the body play different roles… we exibit that through our rationality…
        It’s true that survivors count the most and should be given more preference…depends on how one is attached to the diseased is not something to be overlooked either…
        First I have to absorb that shock and prepare my self to extend anything I can offer in different forms…
        Thousands of ppl die everyday somewhere in the world is a different issue…there is no emotional value attached on personal level…from my side…

      • MonaLisa,

        I learnt it from my parents. They would attend all the funerals in our colony, return home and take a bath.

        My first funeral visit to a family was when I was 12. Dad asked me to go with him.

        I stood staring at everyone around. All were sort of whispering to each other. I found that quite boring in a way. Most unlike the movies where someone is wailing in dolby stereo or a the hero is talking to the dead body.

        Nothing like that happens in real life. People quietly begin to work on the final rites on the first day.

        My father showed me what to do. He would take the lead and arrange all the rituals. I would sit with the surviviors and listen to them silently. The first few days are often spent in a dull shock. They really start missing the dead after the some time when they are unable to fall into a routine.

        The hard part is to accept what belonged to the dead person and what is left behind. Mentally speaking.

        The things that he/she might have said go with the person; the things that they have done remain behind as mute evidences.

  19. Lol…Renate…
    Thanks for taking care of my needs…
    My concern was about shutting and opening comment section…

    • MonaLisa,

      That was brief quake.

      Sharmila wanted all comments that are relevant to her post to go to TOI where there is more interaction.

      I want to stay here.

  20. Reader…
    Point taken…never turn back anything…. 🙂
    Toi is a point blank no…no for me too..

  21. Just saw an AB classic: Mr. Natwarlal.. there was this song that says,

    Uunchi Uunchi baaton se kisi ka pet bharta nahin

    … … … Tall oration does not fill a persons stomach

    A telling point made in that line for the need to be simple and transparent.

    AB does his usual thingamajig on the song… Rekha scores one over him in some scenes, which is an immense credit to her, knowing AB’s finesse and all-pervasive screen presence in those days!!!!

    • Pls check your mail..

    • Reader…
      Yep…so true… Philosophy,ethics and values are a time pass for those who do not have to struggle for their basic needs to be fulfilled…
      Talking big serves no purpose..until one put that in practice regardless of anything…
      Politicians are experts of that trade…Talk big..give nothing…

    • MonaLisa,

      I have noticed that you often equate politics to politicians. I feel it’s not fair. A politician is not anybody’s fool. For us as the receivers of their services, we must understand politics not politicians.

      Let me give you some insight into Politics:

      The answers given by ethics determine how man should treat other men, and this determines the fourth branch of philosophy: politics, which defines the principles of a proper social system. As an example of philosophy’s function, political philosophy will not tell you how much rationed gas you should be given and on which day of the week—it will tell you whether the government has the right to impose any rationing on anything.

      Politics is based on three other philosophical disciplines: metaphysics, epistemology and ethics—on a theory of man’s nature and of man’s relationship to existence. It is only on such a base that one can formulate a consistent political theory and achieve it in practice. When, however, men attempt to rush into politics without such a base, the result is that embarrassing conglomeration of impotence, futility, inconsistency and superficiality which is loosely designated today as “conservatism.” Objectivists are not “conservatives.” We are radicals for capitalism; we are fighting for that philosophical base which capitalism did not have and without which it was doomed to perish.

      • Reader….
        Bottom line is end result….at end of the day where we stand that counts…
        nothing personal in my comment against any particular one…
        It was only in the context of the song and the post you put here…
        If you are very happy with Indian politics and politicians…and thinking of joining that clan…so be it…
        You change your tunes very often…

      • MonaLisa,

        I mock and have fun with politicians. But the end result is caused by the system and the constitution. Every person who occupies that seat goes through the same temptations.

        I have always blamed our constitution which allows these things to happen. Not the people, not the judiciary, not the individuals. They are as much citizens of our nation as we are.

        I speak of reforms, not a revolution.

        Reforms are against systems. Revolutions are against regimes of individuals.

  22. Here is the master-class of AB:

  23. Quotable Quotes:

    I hit the gym this morning, my car is a write-off!

    “In case of fire, do not use elevator.” – Good advice, you should use water!

    After mathematicians retire, they no longer count.

    I would have e-mailed you sooner, but my cat ate my mouse.

  24. Sharmila, MonaLisa, Renate, Aishwarya,

    I have a suggestion for you to consider. Both Pritish Nandy and Sharmila’s posts appear on TOI.

    This page feels like an archive, which can be easily kept on still tabs.

    There are only 3 to 4 of us who comment anyway. And all of us have each other’s email IDs. Of them I also have telephones of Renate and Aishwarya.

    Why not discontinue the page altogether?

    Have I missed something?

    • Bad idea.. I have worked on this blog for long, I would never treat it as an archive. There are people who still visit and do not comment or comment on the TOI site. I will be writing for this blog too and not putting it up on the TOI site.

      • Sharmila, Reader,

        An occasional non-TOI post sounds like a great idea for the blog.

        As for me, Sharmila writes, Reader writes, I read. Decided. 🙂

        Chhoti si zindagi hai, lets make the most of it. Hoping to see the fun and frolic back…



      • Muraliraja Says:

        Yeah! There are people like me who still visit & do not comment!

      • Thanks Aish & Murali for your vote of confidence!

    • 🙂 Reader 🙂

      Looks like you’ve been outvoted! Let the fun begin again.

  25. You are kidding, are you not?

    • I am serious Renate.

      Ignore my hyper reactions of yesterday and the day before. That was probably the effect of the full moon.

      I think this is rational. Most bloggers of media houses keep a blog site where their posts are archived by category.

      Sharmila can do the same. We are imposing our moods for no reason.

  26. Its not my blog..Sharmila has to decide what she wants to do with it…
    I don’t find my input any important or required at this point…
    I speculated this a while ago….

    • And why do you say that??

    • I am surprised you think that I do not take your inputs into consideration. I obviously do.

      • Sharmila…
        I didn’t mean to be mean to you…and never implied that you are not considerate…
        You have been very tolerant and considerate with us…
        I was just implying that its your blog and you have a right to take the decision you find appropriate…
        Thank you for being so nice to us and for providing a space to wrestle…to share our thoughts….

    • MonaLisa,

      Thats an awful reason.

      It’s not for you to decide if your comments are important or not. Since I am at the receiving end mostly, let me take the call.

      I wouldn’t say half the things I do if you wouldn’t ask.

      As you say Sharmila decides about the blog. But I would like you to keep your gloves on.


      • Reader….
        What is so awful about it…? This is not a corporation and we are not the share holders here…
        This is a sole propriety…so owner has to decide…
        And we are always on…dear…on or off the blog…be ready to take a jibe ….my gloves are always on…
        Thank you for being so considerate to find my ranting worth attaching some value to it…and thank you for making this journey a memorable one…
        Its been a pleasure wrestling with you…who won BTW…!? 🙂

      • MonaLisa,

        I guess all the players are winners. The Umpire is the one usually gets hit by both the players!!! 😛

    • MonaLisa – Glad to hear.. 🙂

      • Reader….
        Who is an Umpire or a Referee here..!? Never heard of any such game where all the players are winners…
        In every game always there is a winner and a loser…
        I think in here You are the Winner….its a different story that sometimes You win and the other times I let You win… 🙂
        Its a different story that in some games loser is not actually a loser…some ppl Win losing everything…. don’t you think…!? 🙂 🙂

  27. You guys are right, it is Sharmila’s blog and she has to decide.

    I’m a latecomer anyway, but I must say I have been enjoying myself thoroughly with you guys.

  28. Cool, Sharmila, that is very generous of you. So you don’t mind all that crazy, off-topic stuff coming your way?

    I feel guilty about not contributing much to the “Thinking the Indian Way”.

  29. Aish – Where were you all these days?

    • Sharmila,

      Today is Attukal Pongala. Prepared the pongala. Prayed for all of us. Waiting for the Nivedyam at 2:30 pm.

      Husband glued to TV. Awaiting WC at 2:30! (Men!)

      Looking forward to some super duper posts from you…

  30. Where is Ninad , Anand?

  31. This is for Aishwarya:

  32. This is for Sharmila:

    Embedding is disabled but this is too good… click the link…

  33. This is for Renate:

    Reader’s German counterpart: 🙂

  34. This is for MonaLisa,

    Here we go again…

  35. Oops MonaLisa,

    Link didn’t play.. trying another for the same song:

  36. Sorry no luck.. watch it on youtube… aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhh

    • Duh…Duh…Reader…!
      Can’t you get even one thing right…!? 🙂

      Hmmm….did you mean I have to play by your rules…!? Don’t worry…I remember it…No jibe, no punching bellow belly button…right..!? 🙂
      But i enjoy playing by my rules…and there are no rules sometimes in some games… 🙂

      • MonaLisa,

        You know what I mean…. 🙂

      • Reader….
        Yep…I know what you mean….
        But that doesn’t mean we have to play Hide & Seek all the time…c’mon out of your hide out…will ya…!? 🙂
        No dirty tricks…either…! 🙂

  37. Thank you Renate,

    When do words mean anything?

    • Thank you, Reader, He’s the best. Have we found ourselves a topic? Not without the Grand Master:

      • Isn’t he good or what.. wish I could play a musical instrument like that…

        Actually when I play something like that my ears start twitching… and after sometime they flap like an elephant’s. 😦

      • You could tie little bells on your ears and aspire to this:

  38. For Aishwarya,

    Dekhi zamaane ki yaari, bichade sabhi baari baari…. 🙂

  39. Looks like now that Anand has finally surfaced, the party has well and truly begun. Now, need to hunt for Ninad.

    • Anand Khare Says:

      I was cross with you because you deleted my maiden attempt on fiction.You could have edited what you didn’t like. Anyways, moving on.

      I was reading all what was happening here.Good that you kept this place alive. I also don’t like TOI space to comment as I feel more comfortable here.


  40. You know some men are plain lucky…

    Know why? Listen to this…

    Two Ladies are talking in Heaven…

    1st woman: Hi! My name is Wanda.

    2nd woman: Hi! I’m Sylvia. How’d you die?

    1st woman: I froze to death.

    2nd woman: How horrible!

    1st woman: It wasn’t so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?

    2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.

    1st woman: So, what happened?

    2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I ran all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched,and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

    1st woman: Too bad you didn’t look in the freezer—we’d both still be alive.


    Hail Mary three times.. Amen…

    • The battle goes ever on….

      A group of women and a group of men ride the train to a conference. Every man has a train ticket. The women have only one ticket between them. The men shake their heads and wait for the arrogant women to get into trouble.
      Suddenly a woman calls out: “The conductor, the conductor!”. They all jump up, run to the bathroom and squeeze in. The conductor checks the men’s tickets. When he sees the bathroom occupied, he knocks on the door and says: “Ticket, please.” One of the women shoves the ticket under the door and the conductor leaves satisfied.
      On the way back the men plan to use the same trick. They buy only one ticket for the whole group, and are very surprised when they notice that the women have not bought any ticket.
      After a while one of the women calls out again: “The conductor, the conductor!” The man race to the bathroom and lock themselves in. The women slowly amble to the other bathroom. On the way one of them knocks on the men’s door and Says :Ticket, please.”
      And the moral of the story? Men like to use the women’s tactics. But they don’t understand them.

      • What is ‘moral’ about that story? Women always have their own agenda.

        I had gone to a Dhobi-Ghat type lady’s house once in Mumbai. Her husband is a good doctor and I wanted a prescription urgently.

        I rang the bell at the door. The woman cracked it open and looked at me quizzically.

        I said, “Good Evening ma’am. Is the doctor at home?”

        She said, “No, he won’t be in tonight… come on in…”


        Women! Never can tell what’s on their minds!

      • Yeah, you can:

      • Renate,

        Thank you. I knew that a woman’s mind was very simple and easy to draw. There is only one thing in the flow-chart above that beats me. May be you can help.

        Which side is up?

      • Reader,

        Only very few men are privy to that information. Some just get lucky to find the right woman.

        Bob, a handsome dude, walked into a sports bar around 9:58 pm. He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV. The 10 pm news was coming on. The news crew was covering the story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump.
        The blonde looked at Bob and said, “Do you think he’ll jump?”
        Bob said, “You know, I bet he’ll jump..”
        The blonde replied, “Well, I bet he won’t.”
        Bob placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, “You’re on!”
        Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.
        The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bob, saying, “Fair’s fair. Here’s your money.”
        Bob replied, “I can’t take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 pm news, and so I knew he would jump.”
        The blonde replied, “I did too, but didn’t think he’d do it again.”
        Bob took the money.

      • Renate,

        Now you know why men prefer blondes.

        There is this guy who goes to a pub and is about tell a blonde joke when the barman cautions him:

        “Beware, ” says the barman, “All the 10 services girls are blondes.. There are boy-friends are those 10 bouncers there who are all blondes.”

        “Really? I am not going to tell the joke, ” he says, “if I have to repeat it 20 times..”

  41. Renate,

    The only thing I could do is whistle… like this:

  42. Good advice, Reader, ‘cos sometimes we can’t help but worry:

    International Alert Levels Raised

    The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats, and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved”. Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross”. The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940, when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance”. The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

    The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards”. They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

    The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender”. The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

    Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing”. Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides”.

    The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs”. They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose”.

    Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

    The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

    Americans meanwhile, and as usual, are carrying out pre-emptive strikes on all of their allies “just in case”.

    Canada doesn’t have any alert levels.

    New Zealand has raised its security levels – from “baaa” to “BAAAA”. Due to continuing defense cutbacks, New Zealand has only one more level of escalation, which is “I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.

    Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain: “Crikey!”,

    “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and “The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

    • We Indians have just knack for all alerts. We deal.

      It is heard that Lalu Prasad Yadav, the erstwhile Chief Minister of the Indian state of Bihar that is infested with poverty and maoists, was sent to deal with Pakistan over the Kashmir territorial dispute.

      Parts of Kashmir are both in India and Pakistan and has become a breeding ground for anti-nationals in both the countries.

      The dispute that has been on for 60 years was resolved within 5 minutes by Lalu without the help of the US, UK, France or the UN.

      After the brief meeting, the Pakistan President meekly announced that Kashmir belongs to India and they had no further disputes.

      Lalu was given a hero’s welcome back home and the Alfred Nobel committee sent a team to find out what he had done.

      What he had done is what all of us Indians do during a crisis. Deal. It’s called the McDonald’s Burger model. Buy one take one free.

      Lalu offered the same. Buy Kashmir and take his state Bihar free.

      Pakistan withdrew without further negotiations.

      • Correction: First line: We Indians have just one knack for all crisis. We deal.

      • Reader,

        My kind of country.. 🙂

      • 🙂 Reader….
        Good one…! Is Bihar in that bad shape that country like Pak refuse to take it and let The Kashmir go…instead…!? Whoaa..! That bad …haa..!

      • Pakistan itself is a caeserian baby of India.

        That story of Bihar is now in the past. Lalu was replaced by the people in the last elections.

        His successor Nitish Kumar has turned the place around with some great positive politics. Maoists have moved their camps to West Bengal, Orrissa and Jharkhand. Ethnic conflicts in Bihar have also reduced now.

  43. Anand Khare Says:

    Hi Reader,

    I am sure many females must have seen your dil. Not only that, many would have stolen it too.

    Want to paste link of chura liya hai tumne jo.dil ko link here.


  44. Anand,

    It’s the other way around, I suspect 🙂

    You mean this?

  45. Anand Khare Says:


    Yeah. Thanks.

    Its always give and take. More u give more u take.;). Is it also a trade?your take?


  46. Anand Khare Says:


    Yeah. Thanks.

    Its always give and take. More u give more u take.;). Is it also a trade?your take pls?


  47. Anand,

    Chura liya was put up by Renate.

    This is my take:

    • Anand Khare Says:

      Sorry Reader,

      I was half asleep and I was working with my mobile device.Growing old,you see.


      • Anand,

        Growing old? I don’t believe that. Show me the beard…! 🙂

      • Anand,

        No problem. I trust you blindly and on your prompting embed something I do hot even understand. 🙂

        The world according to Reader:

        No beard = young
        Beard = old

        Lol, Reader, you’ve found the secret to eternal youth – a razor! 😛

  48. Its amazing how the conversation has meandered from our Netas to Chura Liya.. fascinating to say the least.. :))

    • Sharmila, I agree, the meandering is one of the charming features of your blog – you never know where you are going to arrive by the end of the day.

      I am very grateful that you let it go on. I feel like Frodo in “The Lord Of The Rings”:

      The Road goes ever on and on
      Down from the door where it began.
      Now far ahead the Road has gone,
      And I must follow, if I can,
      Pursuing it with eager feet,
      Until it joins some larger way
      Where many paths and errands meet.
      And whither then? I cannot say.

      • 🙂 Renate.. this is the good thing though, you guys make it so..

      • Sharmila, Renate,

        Sorry I am late. Tied up all morning with sundry work.. sundry means office work…

        I agree with the meandering… but lets get on with our business.. I can’t be mushy mushy for too long…

        BTW, I was the first to notice that Renate could appreciate poetry. I doubt even if she has given herself a chance before – having spent all her life looking at newts and DNA strings through a microscope.

        Did anyone ever imagine that Renate had a poetic streak in her?

      • Haha, Reader,

        Sharmila most likely even knows knows that I MADE a poem.

      • Renate,

        There is a philosophical premise to that.

        Aesthetics like poetry, music, performing arts etc are relaxations of a scientific attitude. The two can never be separated.

      • Reader,

        What does that leave for those with a non-scientific attitude? Of which there are as many as sand in the sea!

      • Renate,

        Even those who are not academically qualified but who are aesthetic masters have scientific temperaments.

        Let me give you an example of the latter:

        In the Saam Veda, there are 22 shruti (sounds) that human vocal chords can make. Of these, non-stringed musical instruments are tuned for 12 – the 7 basic notes that are called saptak and 5 sharp notes.

        A melodious singer sings all the 22 shruti while the instruments follow the singer only on the notes.

        The practice of the vocation is called “Riyaz”. Singers train under a suitable ‘Guru’ who has the ear for the shruti and teaches the singer on the breath controls.

        If that is not scientific relaxation, what is?

      • Reader,

        I did not mean to say that you need a University degree to prove a scientific mind. Of course those musicians are very analytical.

      • Renate,

        I feel people without that temperament are doomed to voodoo art. Some call it naturalism.

    • Sharmila….
      We have all colors and shades of a rainbow here…you never know which color empowers the other…when and how…and will form a new color…a new shade… 🙂
      Who stole whose heart is still a question mark … though… 🙂

      • MonaLisa,

        Did someone steal your heart? If so, either you got one in exchange or you are presently heartless…

        That is pure mathematics, like this…

        1 plus 1 = 100 barrels; 1 minus 1 = 100 barrels; 1 by 1 = 100 barrels and 1 on 1 = 3… ask Bush Jr… 🙂

      • Reader…
        You tell me…I don’t know…about an exchange…
        However…when I checked last time…That’s a minute ago…I could feel the heart beats…so not heartless definitely… 🙂
        I can see you are a math guy…very calculative… 🙂
        loved your equations up there…. 🙂

        About Alaska to ME…yep…that happens exactly the way you speculated… 🙂
        Ask Texans, Ca or Fl residents…what happens when they go to midwest in winter… That would be dead freezing cold for them…. so you know what to do when you pay a visit to my part of the world…! Bring some heat from there… 🙂

      • Reader….
        I got barrels sum all right… quite lost on the last one though… 😦
        Is 1 on 1 always 3….!!!!????? 😦

      • MonaLisa,

        No problem with heat. But I cannot stand cold. My chest gets fogged. My teeth rattle. My eyesight freezes on warm spots – can be embarrassing for women.

      • MonaLisa,

        1 on 1 is 3. If George Bush says so… he can’t be wrong… he spent a 3 trillion dollar surplus like it was pocket change…

        For my dearie Bush, 1 on 1 will not be 3, if and only if, you can prove that it is 4… 🙂

      • Reader…
        I believe science and philosophy are two essential legs of a tripod…one can’t sustain without the other…
        Science is everywhere…our entire life is based on that…one can’t separate it out of the life…
        It’s a different story tha to avoid conflicts and arguments…and to make it easily understandable…or should I say…acceptable…they related it to Religion…
        Anything can be bought and sold in name of religion…we all know that…

        In simple term…we will not allow you to turn black & blue out of cold (hypothermia)

      • MonaLisa,

        I strongly suggest you keep away from George Bush for some time. I think he is having a bad effect on you.

        Science and philosophy cannot be two legs of a tripod. A tripod has three legs. Were you in that school where George Bush was teaching mathematics?

        You are right about the conflicts and arguments. I have found that religion has failed us in every possible way. It’s time to give it a break.

        Black & Blue? You gonna beat me black and blue? Is that hypo-thermia? Is that why wrestlers scream during the matches? I ain’t comin’ nowhere near the US…

  49. Hmmm….seems no one is up yet….! stepping uot for a while…! See ya when I some back …if late then tomorrow…

    • Darn timings… why can’t the earth be flat so everyone is in the same time zone?

      It’s all Aryabhatt and Varahmihir’s fault. They created Vedic Mathematics and the earth became round.

      And somehow this fellow Galileo divined the same thing, which sort-of sealed any hopes for an LCD Flat Screen Earth.

      Don’t step-out too far. This planet does not have an edge.

      • Reader,

        Do you see the bungee cord? We bounce out and then bounce back.

      • Reader….
        Thank God I am back….Why didn’t you tell me that before…!? I was saved today just by an inch…or else i would have been in limbo….not fair…! 😦

      • Reader….
        I know….! Too bad…! These damn scientists messed up everything…or else we all would have been basking in the sun at the same time…
        Right now you are hot in heat of Sun and poor me chilled in damn cold wintery & windy mooney night…

      • MonaLisa,

        The Sun is hot, the moon is cold.

        I can imagine the effects of a jet lag on you if you land in the ME…

        It will be blazing hot outside and you’ll be feeling chill out of sheer practice…

        “MonaLisa, ” I’d say, “Why are you wearing that eskimo suit?”

        You’d say, “It’s chill”


        “In Alaska, my friend. I just came from there.”

      • Reader…
        No embarassment at all… will make all arrangements to keep you warm. and fuzzy…and your pipes clean…no foggyness at all will be allowed to come near you…no hypothermia is a promise…now what say…!? 🙂

      • MonaLisa,

        I know of endothermic and exothermic equations. What is hypo-thermia?

    • Reader….
      Lol…Very simple…! You get Twins…. 🙂

      • MonaLisa,

        Twins?… I bet our native texan would like to know more… do they produce Oil?

        Not coconut oil, mind you. We are talking about the dark brown stuff that comes out of pipes… wachamacalit?

      • Reader…
        That’s a political/politician’s math…they can make anything out of it…any number they want to produce…you get triplets,quadruplets…anything…accountants know that better… 🙂
        Why do you think there are so many accounts in swiss and other banks…of unknown holders..!?
        Why do you think there is so much Black Money exist and run the show in/of the world…!?

      • MonaLisa,

        I think black money exists because printed currency is over-valued.

        For example, if the real estate prices in all the countries are summed up, the money in the swiss banks can buy the whole globe many times.

        But that value is hypothetical.

        Money is not what money buys. Money is what money produces.

        All the money in the swiss banks cannot produce more earth.

    • 🙂 🙂 🙂 Reader…
      You got your spunk back…. 🙂
      Tripod’s third leg is religion….is it not..!?
      Ll…yep..we all love Math Bush kind…time to time… 🙂
      Can’t keep away from it… 🙂
      Is he not your fav one…!? 🙂

      Lol…we don’t beat up…but the freezing cold can…

  50. Lol…..Renate…
    We all bounce back…sooner or later…that’s life… 🙂

    • Well, MonaLisa, I WAS going to put up a bungee cord accident (youtube is full of them) in response to that, but I couldn’t even watch it, chichkened out before the guy jumped.

      Allright.. deal.. we all bounce back… 🙂

      • Lol…Renate….
        Some accidents are Good…some really Bad…
        Glad to know …all agree on bouncing back…
        Hmmm…what is the ratio…1:7 !?

  51. Renate,

    Thanks for the bungee clip.

    It triggers some very evil ideas in me.

    I wish I could make my boss do that jump – without all those ropes attached… heaven for him and heavenly for me…

    • Reader,

      Your workday is over now. Is your boss still alive and well? I would hate to be charged as an accomplice in a heinous crime!

      • Renate,

        No such luck. He doesn’t bite the bait. He is a shark!

        You know, if he was not policing me, I wouldn’t even attend office for my salary.

        Just shows. No one is satisfied with what they have. So with me. Always want more for less and less.

      • Reader,

        You are human?? I never knew that!!

      • Renate,

        I am not human. I am a spirit who was tricked into this place. I was sent on a short H1/B1 Visa on this planet. The guys up there don’t want me back. Clever fellows. They keep extending my term forever.

        I am not in a hurry either, am I?

        I am now on a green card of planet Earth, even though I am in the Oil Industry which is actually dark brown.

      • Reader,

        Doesn’t matter, once you have the Green Card, what color your heart or your industry is.

        Only one caveat – after 10 years you have to report back and apply for an extension.

      • Renate,

        I don’t worry about renewing the card.

        The bearded One up there is so scared that I’ll be back, he uses all His powers to keep me here.

      • One more point He disagrees on with Lucifer – who misses you dearly.

      • Lucifer does not miss me. Lucifer is right here with me on earth. She is keeping my boss alive.

      • And an eye on you at the same time. I always knew your Guardian Angel was slightly unusual, not to say eccentric. Now I know why. 😛

    • Reader…
      Great Idea…almost all employees feel the same exact way you felt…about your Boss… So …any Luck..!? 🙂
      Btw…then you have to take orders from heaven….lol
      And if you have to show some paperwork in person….it would be a long expensive trip… 🙂 Think about it… 🙂
      Yet if you need a hide out…I won’t be chickened out…I will find one to make you safe and sound… 🙂

      • MonaLisa,

        Why are bosses such nightmares? I am a boss to about 25 direct reportees. I hope they don’t feel the same about me.

        Hmm.. may be I should test that. I’ll start an ‘Impress me” competition. Those who don’t shall sent to the cleaners. What say?

        Egad! What an idea! The HR will recommend me for a Nobel prize!

  52. Reader…
    Money is worth what money produce and it can’t produce earth…agreed…on that…
    But how many think that way…!? What “should be ” and “what is” are two different things…we have to live in/with “what is” till it changes to whatever ” should be”…

  53. MonaLisa, Reader,

  54. MonaLisa, Renate,

    There is a basket of currencies that rule the world of financial instruments. Like Dollars, Euros, Pound sterlings, Juan, yen etc.

    Notice that black money is always kept in these currencies. Not those of developing world or the Oil rich countries.

    Black money is that part of the economy that is denied to the country of origin for various practical reasons by not paying taxes levied on the amounts.

    If all the black money came into the markets, the money value would crash so much that industrial economies would collapse because there would be nothing to exchange like Zimbabwe in the last few years – they had currency notes of 1 to 10 million denominations.

    I feel there are two ways that it can be neutralized. One by devaluing the currency in which it is kept or recycling the money through the economy of the nation to which the currency belongs.

    • Reader,

      Germany might not be what you had in mind when you suggested the latter option..

      But it took the plunge and somehow forced many foreign banks report illegal deposits.

      The ant hive has been buzzing ever since.

  55. Anand Khare Says:

    @Reader, Renate

    when I was 25, I grew a beard. I wanted to look senior, mature and experienced.

    Now I am planning to clean shave my moustche as I want to long younger.:)

    Paradoxes of life..

    When boys r young big girls kiss them, when they become big only little girls kiss them.


  56. Anand,

    On the other hand, this is one of the perks of becoming an old woman – you get to kiss little boys… 😛

  57. Reader…
    If its in our hands…if we are the policy makers…we might take such steps…unless we change our minds and join the clan…
    However…I don’t agree with devaluation of just one particular currency …then we have to face the inflation…
    its a vicious circle…
    One needs to introduce a new and better system..with less loop holes…
    Let all black money come out first…will help introducing new system…when curriencies are automatically devaluated…

  58. Good night to you Reader….or join for lunch…lol…I offered an option… 🙂
    catch ya later…

  59. Renate, MonaLisa

    I don’t know if you seen how black money accumulates. It always comes from surplus income of individuals. When a product or service s over-valued. This is only possible if there is foreign investment. It can never happen through internal revenue.

    For example,

    Say two technologies have the same market value. Both venture into a new country or territory by entering into joint ventures with local sponsors.

    The products or services of the technologies create wealth that the local market cannot use due to lack of other intellectual property. The existing old world trade circuit is low-value as it has always been and can only inflate artificially due to availability of more cash in the market.

    So, the larger earnings either return to the original investors or they are siploned off by local sponsors to tax havens.

    It’s not only sleeze money from corruption. It’s also real business profits that are diverted.

  60. Reader,

    Too complicated for my simple mind.

    Sometimes I catch myself wishing for an omnipotent yet benign dictator who takes all those burdens off my shoulder – wait a minute – isn’t he already there – only he says “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” or something to that effect?

    • Renate,

      Being grateful to that benevolent king is not enough. He may do his part of the job. The question is will the people do their part?

      Will they have the courage to fight and save him from crucification?

      Or will they stand like cowards in the crowd and then make all the generations of believers to repent for being alive?

      • You know the answer to that as well as I do.

        On the other hand, he had planned to be crucified.

        Don’t you see, the show must go on….and it always will….

      • “He had planned to be crucified” is the most lame prevarication or excuse I can imagine.

        Like someone who says: I miss my father. But I did nothing to save him. He was too old and he wanted to die anyway. So, I shall remember her and repent. I’ll worship him as God!

      • Renate,

        You are right the show will go on… I’d rather pay and watch…

        I am a Roman about that part of history. If someone saves me, I’ll do anything but let him be captured, tortured and sacrificed for my freedom.

  61. What you say is utter blasphemy! You would have been crucified during much of Christianity’s reign.

    He is God, so how could this have happened to Him without his consent?


    I would say I am the Devil’s advocate here, but that does not fit into this little scenario…

    • Renate,

      He is not God. He never said he was. He called himself the Son of God.

      “Eloi, Eloi Lama Sabachthani!” he cried in pain…

      He was calling on God, The Father.

      Do not find spiritual excuses for cowardice. There are none. It is not blasphemy. It is the truth.

      Even the Roman King who allowed it to happen was surprised.

      • Renate,

        Religion has lost the plot long ago. We must get over that inertia.

        Philosophy rules.

      • Renate,

        Philosophy rules. And in my opinion rightfully so. It’s long overdue.

      • Don’t get all worked up right before you go to sleep.

        You know that I agree with you on that.

      • Renate,

        You are a temptress… 🙂

        Thank you. I don’t like to discuss religion.

        Guuuuuuuuuuuudddddd Nnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiittttttttt to me

        and you have a greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttt dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy….

  62. After all of this I better send you a lullaby! One piece of advice however – you might want to turn off the visuals…

    Good Night 🙂

  63. Good Morning….ppl ..wake up…! Its a brand new morning on your side of the globe… 🙂
    or I will be gone for now…

    Is it not time yet for new page…!? This one takes awfully long to load up…

  64. You are right, MonaLisa, the sun is falling off the Pacific Rim as we speak.

    Sharmila is awake already. Perhaps she is writing the new post.

    Reader said he was working on a new Veda installment, too.

  65. Yep…Renate…Its 6:30 pm…sunset time…

    How do you know what Reader and Sharmila are doing…!? Boy…! They never tell me anything…! 😦

    • And how did you get that fancy new icon??

      Sharmila commented a few minutes ago, and from that my razor-sharp mind concluded that she was up 😛

      Reader.. he said yesterday he was working on it.. but who knows.. ❓

  66. Hmm..MonaLisa…did you leave, too?

    Nobody around, so let me cite a passage from the book I am reading.

    “I wonder if men find it easier than women do to, to consider people not as bodies, as lives, but as numbers, figures, toys of the mind to be pushed about a battleground of the mind. This disembodiment gives pleasure, exciting them and freeing them to act for the sake of acting, for the sake of manipulating the figures, the game pieces. Love of country, or honor, or freedom, then, may be names they give that pleasure to justify it to the gods and to the people who suffer and kill and die in the game. So those words – love, honor, freedom – are degraded from their true sense. Then people may come to hold them in contempt as meaningless, and poets must struggle to give them back their truth,

    • Renate,

      That is a highly corrupt thought Renate. I wish you wouldn’t read such stuff.

      • Explain, please.

        Where is the corruption?

      • One who has written the quote above is trying to distinguish and discriminate among genders to make space for poets.

        An artist does not need divisions of that nature to find inspirations.

      • This was written in the context of warfare. I agree, there is a gender bias, with men accused of abstracting the human suffering in war.

        I mostly cited it because I tlike the author’s take on poets/writers having to fix much of the damage propaganda causes.

  67. Good Afternoon Sharmila, Good Mood Morning to me, Good Evening to MonaLisa and Renate,

    Sorry I could not work on the next installment of Veda last night. Shall send it today – pukka

    Good news is I finished reviewing the editers suggestions for my book. So, that one is done and through.

  68. “I wonder if men find it easier than women do to consider people not as bodies, as lives, but as numbers, figures, toys of the mind to be pushed about a battleground of the mind. This disembodiment gives pleasure, exciting them and freeing them to act for the sake of acting, for the sake of manipulating the figures, the game pieces. Love of country, or honor, or freedom, then, may be names they give that pleasure to justify it to the gods and to the people who suffer and kill and die in the game. So those words – love, honor, freedom – are degraded from their true sense. Then people may come to hold them in contempt as meaningless, and poets must struggle to give them back their truth.”

  69. Reader,

    Can we have a preview of your book?

    Pretty please…..

    • Renate,

      No one who has known me for the last year or two needs a preview. I’ll send a complimentary copy across to every one.

      It’s a flier of all that I have said on Sharmila’s blog and my own blog. Not a word is new.

      More like a collectors item.

      My chief editor thinks this one is “Compelling” 🙂

      • Compelling, huh… that’s a good non-committal one!

        I am glad you finally did collect them in a hard copy. Looking forward to mine.

    • I’ll need mailing/courier addresses of some that I don’t know. We’ll cross that bridge when we come there. I still don’t have PO box addresses or spot locations for courier to Sharmila, MonaLisa and Anand.

      The printing part begins this week. Artwork was done last week.

      As I said, for those who are reading Sharmila’s comment section or my earlier one at there is nothing new at all. There was more here than there is in the book.

      No big deal.

      It’s expected to be out by 23 March and revewed by the NYT Sunday Review in April. Dates are fixed tentatively.

  70. Yes big deal! Auspicious date, too 🙂


  71. Cool website. This is precisely what i was seeking. i shared this website on facebook!

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