Thursday, July 29, 2010


Went to Shimla for a few days. These are some of the pictures that I took.
ISHKON Temple, New Delhi, India
Lotus Temple, New Delhi
The Train To Shimla
Self at Shimla
Temple Art
Dog on a van
Himalaya range of mountains

My Older Cat

This one is a previous cat that I had. It will always sit on my computer desk when I was working.

Request To God

Another one from the odds and ends that I had collected.

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own! But I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.


May God Bless You,


There is something that I do not understand about ads. Maybe I'm dull. For instance, there is this ad where a girl is seen seated and she's wearing a knee length suit. She seems to be wondering at something and then she gets up and looks at herself in a full length mirror. She smiles and snips of her skirt to some six inches above her knee and walks away. A voice then says "Men like legs."

The there appears a set of Axe perfume canisters, a pair of scissors appear and snip of the cost of the cans from Rs. 150.00 to Rs. 125.00 and a voice says something like "Axe now cost less."

Now for the life of me I can't see the connection between short skirts, womens legs and a perfume.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Cat

This is my cat. It just strayed into my home a few weeks back and made himself at home. Now he is a permanent fixture in my home. He'll come rubbing around my leg when he is hungry but he won't let me touch him.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


As the title of the blog says, these are some odds and ends that I had gathered over the years regarding marriage.

1. Marriage is not a word. It's a sentence (a life sentence).

2. Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore marriage is an institution for the blind.

3. Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his Bachelor's Degree and the woman gets her masters.

4. Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

5. Married life is full of excitement and frustration: In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens.In the third year, they both speak and the
NEIGHBOR listens.

6. Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends.You order what you want, and when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that instead.

7. There was this man who muttered a few words in the church and found himself married. A year later he muttered something in his sleep and found himself divorced.

8. A happy marriage is a matter of giving and taking; the husband gives and the wife takes.

9. Son: How much does it cost to get married, Dad? Father: I don't know son, I'm still paying for it.

10. Son: Is it true Dad? I heard that in ancient China, a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her. Father: That happens everywhere, son, EVERYWHERE!

11. Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.

12. They say that when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, it is love; after marriage it is self-defense.

13. When a newly married man looks happy, we know why. But when a 10-year married man looks happy, we wonder why.

14. There was this lover who said that he would go through hell for her. They got married, and now he IS going through HELL.

16. When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

17. Eighty percent of married men cheat in America, the rest cheat in Europe.

18. After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin. They just can't face each other, but they still stay together.

19. Marriage is man and a woman become one.. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.

20. Before marriage, a man yearns for the woman he loves. After the marriage the "Y" becomes silent.

21. I married Miss right; I just didn't know her first name was Always.

22. It's not true that married men live longer than single men, it only seems longer.

23. Losing a wife can be hard. In my case, it was almost impossible.

24. A man was complaining to a friend: "I had it all - money a beautiful house, the love of a beautiful woman, then pow! it was all gone.".
"What happened?", asked his friend.
He says: "My wife found out."

25. WIFE: Let's go out and have some fun tonight. HUSBAND: OK, but if you get home before I do, leave the hallway lights on.

26. At a cocktail party, one woman said to another: "Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger."
The other replied, "Yes, I am, I married the wrong man."

27. Man is incomplete until he gets married, then he is finished.

28. It doesn't matter how often a married man changes his job, he still ends up with the same boss.

29. A man inserted an ad in the paper - WIFE WANTED. The next day he received hundreds of letters and they all said the same thing - YOU CAN HAVE MINE.

30. When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing - either the car is new or the wife is.

31. Love is a star that men look up to as they walk along and marriage is the coal hole they fall into.


I got this on the Internet and I thought that I might as well share it.

The European Union commissioners have announced that an agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as Euro-English(Euro for short).
In the first year, 's' will be used instead of the soft 'c'. Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard 'c' will be replaced with 'k'.
Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome 'ph' will be replaced by 'f'. This will make words like 'fotograf' 20 per sent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also al wil agre that the horible mes of silent 'e's in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.
By the fourth year, peopl wi be reseptiv to steps such as replasing 'th' by 'z' and 'W' by 'V'. During ze fifz year, ze unesesary 'o' can be droped from words kontaining 'ou', and similar changes vud of ckors; be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, ve vil have a sensibl riten styl. Zer vil b no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I.A.S. & I.P.S.

I was talking to a friend yesterday and the question of Doctors and Engineers becoming IAS or IPS Officers turned up and I remembered an incident that happened during my college days. Those were the days when the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was running full fledged and I was a cadet. Just before the final year of my college studies, we had a NCC camp and our Commandant was briefing us about the rules that have to be followed during the course of the camp and the equipment that we should bring with us.

After this briefing, the Commandant asked us what we were going to do after the completion of our undergraduate studies. Most of us said that we would try for a job, some said that they would go in for higher studies etc. Then when it came to the turn of our Under Sargent (a Mechanical Engineering student), he said that he was going to do his IPS - this was way back in 1972. Our commandant flew into a rage. He wanted to know why the Under Sargent opted to do Engineering if he intended to go and become an IPS officer. He might as well have done a B.A.. or a B.Sc. and left the Engineering seat to a person who would practice what he had learned, maybe for the good of the country. He asked the student whether he knew what the Government was spending for his studies, and also the time he had wasted and the time and effort that his lecturers have wasted imparting their specialized knowledge to a person who was not prepared to use the knowledge and skills that he had gained during a span of five year.

This just left me wondering and wondering.

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