October 2006


     India is fast improving in its world ranking. It was #90 in 2004. Within a short span of 2 years it has climbed to #79! Yes, you guessed it right. It is the list of most corrupted countries in the world. But according to a different index – ‘Transparency International’s corruption index – 2006’ which lists countries with companies paying bribes to get their work done, We are the world champions!!
A few days ago, i was listening to an interview with one of Karnataka’s MLAs who was arguing that it was people who lure politicians with bribes. So, they are equally responsible (to a greater extent, in his opinion). Narayan Murthy also boldly accepted the fact that his company had also tolerated political corruption to some extent, but had to quench the thirst of bloody politicians in some instances.
What more could bring shame to ‘free’ India if Abu Saleem could contest elections? How worse could the situation go if Farooq Abdulla warns of the consequences on hanging Afzal?

Justice

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This was a very contextual mail forward i got  about deepavali/diwali.A young second generation Indian in the US was asked by his mother to explain the significance of “Diwali” to his younger brother, this is how he went about it…  

So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him. But, like, his step-mom or something, was kind of a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, he was Ram, to some national forest or something… Since he was going, for like, something like more than 10 years or so.. he decided to get his wife and his bro along…you know…so that they could all chill out together. But  Dude,the forest was reeeeal scary shit… really man… they had monkeys and devils and shit like that. But this dude, Ram, kicked with darts  and bows and arrows…  

So it was fine. But then some bad gangsta boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, was our man, and also hi! s bro, Laxman, pissed….. all the gods were with him… So anyways, you don’t mess with gods. So, Ram, and his bro get an army of monkeys…Dude, don’t ask me how they trained the damn monkeys… just go along with me, ok…   So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whip this gangsta’s ass in his own hood. Anyways, by this time, their time’s up in the forest..and anyways…it gets kinda boring,you know… no TV or malls or shit like that. So, they decided to hitch a ride back home… and when the people realize that our dude, his bro and the wife are back home… they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice… and they didn’t have any bars or clubs in those days… so they couldn’t take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and shit…and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also… 

 So it was pretty cooool… you know with all those fireworks… Really, they even had some local band play along with the fireworks… and ! you know, what, dude, that was the very first, no kidding.., that was the very first music-synchronized fireworks… you know, like the 4th of July stuff, but just, more cooler and stuff, you know. And, so dude,  that was how, like, this festival started.”

   Do Pink Floyds ever get tired of playing? They perform all the time since years. When I work, when I travel, when I eat, I brush, I…In my ears. They are more than 1 GB with me.  Recently friend of mine related PFs with my philosophy, for which I never had an answer. 

“I do not understand Atheism, if you say there is no god  … Then who is David Gilmore??” 

One more, I read..,  

          The three remaining PF members get in a car wreck and all three die. They’re standing in front of the pearly gates to heaven when St. Peter comes up and says “Oh hi guys, we’ve been expecting you! You’re really going to love it here; Heaven is a great place for musicians. We even have our own band and you guys are welcome to join. We’ve got Elvis Presley singing, Jimmie Hendrix is playing guitar, Frank Sinatra is on piano and Roger Waters is writing lyrics!” 

Dave replies “Roger’s here? When did he die?” 

St. Peter leans over and whispers in his ear “It’s really just God, but he thinks he’s Roger Waters!”

     Ever saw the Surf-Excel ad? A woman soaks a soiled shirt in a bucket of water which is soaped with a spoon of detergent. Moment later you see that the clear soap water turns muddy black. The beautiful lady takes out the clean, white(new) shirt from the dirty water with a big smile. Try this at home. It almost works. The water really gets muddy, but the shirt doesnt get any clean. A few days ago i put a spoonful of Surf in a bucket of water, but forgot to soak my clothes in. Half-an-hour later when i realised that i hadn’t soaked my clothes in, i was amused to see that the water had turned black even without any clothes in it!! Strange isn’t it? Infact a very good strategy to sell your detergent!!
Today i met with a similar incident. I bought a Pantene-‘Smooth and Silky’ shampoo. After head-bath i found that my hair were much smoother than ever before. But also felt that my palms had become silky. I touched my cousin’s hair. His hair were also as smooth as mine. He hadn’t taken head bath since two days!! Now, what did the shampoo do? Smoothen my hair or my palm?

     Got bored of staying alone in Hyderabad to core. Want a break. Want a real big break. How about some Himalayan adventure or a visit to Taj Mahal? i guess it should do for time being, as i dont have much time to spare for a world tour or a space trip venture.
     Now dont think i’m kidding or my head-screw got loose….although everything said above may not be true, but part of it is. Yes, i am going to Kulu-Manali. If possible also to the Taj. I have planned to join Venu on 18th of Nov along with Uday and Gowda. It would be a 5 days trip. The whole trip may cost around 10K+, but i think the experience of snow, greenary and grandeur of the Himalayas is worth much more than that. The only reason of worry now is my leave approval. I have booked my tickets to and from Delhi. Just waiting for positive reply from my manager keeping my fingers crossed.

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Source : mail fforward

In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.

– Mark Twain