12 February 2017

Children of Israel - Humour


At Hebrew School, Goldblatt, the new teacher, finished the day's lesson. It was now time for the usual question period.
"Mr. Goldblatt," announced little Joey, "there's something I can't figure out."
"What's that Joey?" asked Goldblatt.
"Well accordin' to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?"
"Right."
"An' the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?"
"Er--right."
"An' the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?"
"Again you're right."
"An' the Children of Israel fought the 'gyptians, an' the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an' the Children of Israel wuz always doin' somethin' important, right?"
"All that is right, too," agreed Goldblatt. "So what's your question?"
"What I wanna know is this," demanded Joey. "What wuz all the grown-ups doin"?


My thanks to Harish Daswani for this joke.

07 February 2017

Price and Value



Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.


~ Oscar Wilde


From the book and play - The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890)






Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was a highly versatile Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. He became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his intelligence, and honesty which he used to expose hypocritical thinking and behaviour in a philosophical, outrageous and humorous manner.

02 January 2017

We want freedom - Mahatma Gandhi




"Actually Indians want freedom, but do not want to do anything for it. In fact they will be quite happy that in the process they also make a bit of money."
~ Arun Shourie  
(Quoting Mahatma Gandhi on Indian freedom movement.)

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What do people have to do, to sound wise and noble? 
Complain and express pessimism. Right amount of  concern will get people to even think you to be noble.


Everyday I am deluged by mails, from people  expressing great pessimism and a deep concern for the present situation. Talk, talk, talk, complain, complain and complain. 
Just wringing one's hands, or assigning blame never resolved any problem.  The media is best at this, they make a noise but never offer solutions. Most reporting is biased and stacked in favour of those who make them money and give them more power. Many people usually intelligent ones with a lot of free time on their hands are generally also very good at only complaining.
All this is so exhausting and mostly fruitless.

Many believe the government should fix all problems. That is a ridiculous expectation. If I want something I strive for it individually and collectively. Luckily some of the complainers have ideas of how the problems could be solved. 

Some readers have proposed the coming together of people who share similar aspirations and concerns. I love the idea and request suggestions and thoughts on making the world a better place.

04 November 2016

Politicians and voters, before and after elections





Politicians and voters before and after elections