26 May 2016
18 May 2016
A 'gaffe' is a remark or action that is considered a social mistake and usually not polite. Everyone makes gaffes, but it can be extremely embarrassing when it is done on a national or even global stage.
Last week we saw some gaffes by several very powerful politicians and leaders.
The usually taciturn British Queen Elizabeth II commented on she knew generally how horribly rude the members of the Chinese delegation were to everyone including the British Ambassador when they accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Britain in October 2015.
Another gaffe came from Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron along with speaker of the British House of Commons John Bercow being caught on camera telling the Queen that their guests Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” ahead of a major international anti-corruption summit.
During the same time Indian Prime Minister reportedly commented that, “The based on information received by Mr. Modi, the situation regarding child death ratio among certain Adivasi Tribes in Kerala is scarier than even Somalia."
The statements made by all these people were true, but in the world of politics, people are not permitted to speak the truth plain and honestly. What a world we live in? How can we change anything for the better unless we accept that there is a problem.
A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
- Michael Kinsley
11 May 2016
He was an inspiring, effective and high performing leader. In his people he saw not resources, but people with minds, hearts and aspirations whose quality of life he tried to enrich. Like most Zoroastrians he was a humanitarian, but like the Tata family a great one. Parsees also possess a great sense of humour and Russi Modi too relished a good prank. It mattered little if the joke was at someone else's expense or his own.
One day in the early 1980s he had his secretary go through the Kolkata telephone directory and invite as many of the Mr. P.K. Chakraborthys as was possible to attend a lavish dinner party to be hosted by Mr. Modi.
Chakraborthy is a very common Bengali name and PK is also the most common initials. Each of the P.K. Chakraborthy's invited felt it a great honour to be the personal guest of the charismatic, powerful and immensely wealthy Mr. Rusi Modi.
It was a hilarious and confusing affair as people kept introducing themselves and heard the echo, "Hello, I am P.K. Chakraborthy". It had to be because all the 530 guests were named Mr. P.K. Chakraborthy
One of the signs of a strong and genuine personality is their sense of humour. They are confident with themselves and others and therefore usually full of fun and positive energy, which simply bubbles out of them. Mr. Russi Modi was one such great personality.
Today is the anniversary of his passing on from this world, but people like Mr. Russi Modi can never be forgotten.