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Theodoor Rombouts (Antwerp 1597–1637 Antwerp), Card Players in an InteriorOil on canvas (Signed lower right: T. ROMBOVTS), 147 x 186 cm© 2017 London Art Week

ProvenanceBaron Corneille Osy de Zegwart (1757–1831); and by descent to Jean Osy de Zegwart (1792– 1866). And by descent to Baron Edouard Osy de Zegwart (1832–1900), governor of Antwerp. And by descent to Baroness Osy de Zegwart and by descent in her family until 2014.

NoteTheodoor Rombouts was the primary exponent of Flemish Caravaggism, a brief but important artistic phenomenon that peaked in the 1620s. Born in Antwerp in 1597, the history and genre painter is best known for his large-scale secular works depicting merry companies, music scenes and card-playing characters in compact compositions. His half-length figures, firmly modelled and always lively, wear theatrical costumes and are set in chiaroscuro lighting typical of the Flemish Caravaggisti, also known as the Antwerp Tenebrosi. The artist began as a pupil of François van Lanckvelt in 1608 and then studied under Abraham Janssens (c.1575–1632), whose influence is evident throughout his career. Sometime after drafting his last will and testament in 1616 Rombouts left for Rome where he quickly embraced the style of Caravaggio (1571–1610) and Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582–1622). There is little known about his time in Italy but the documentation that does exist places the artist in the Roman parish of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte in 1620, which means that Dirck van Baburen (c.1592/93–1624), David de Haen (1585–1622) and Manfredi were living nearby. Enticed by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Rombouts also probably worked in Florence. Rombouts returned to his native city in 1625; he became a master in the painters' guild and a dean of the guild from 1629 to 1630. In 1627 he married Anna van Thielen, the sister of one of his pupils, flower painter Jan Philip van Thielen (1618–1667). The couple welcomed the birth of their daughter, Anna Maria, the following year. The successful artist painted mostly for private clients and for the open market but he also executed some altarpieces, with most commissions coming from Ghent. Though best known for his work in the Caravaggesque idiom, Rombouts's artistic development after returning to Antwerp followed popular taste. As the fashionable interest in Caravaggism began to wane after 1630, the savvy artist moved in the direction of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) and Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), towards greater refinement in his palette and surfaces. According to Leonard J. Slatkes, Rombouts's works were always only superficially Caravaggesque and were more profoundly shaped by the influences of his many Flemish baroque contemporaries.1 Little is known of his Antwerp workshop but his pupils included Nicolaas van Eyck (1617–1679), Jan Philip van Thielen and Paulus Robyns. Near the end of his life he attempted to replicate a house and studio in imitation of Rubens. The costly endeavour apparently incurred heavy debts, which he never had the opportunity to resolve due to his untimely death in 1637. The present work, Card Players in an Interior, belongs among the finest and most representative works of Rombouts's Caravaggesque genre scenes. Recalling Manfredi's merry company pictures, there is a marked sense of monumentality to the five figures that are arranged around a carpeted table, engaged in a game of cards. The individuals are realistic and expressive; the scene appears convincingly spontaneous and natural. Rombouts introduces repoussoir figures that confront the viewer and direct attention to the central bearded figure who stares down at his hand of cards, presumably a self-portrait. Rombouts also included a portrait of his wife, Anna, in the hatted figure seated beside him. The inclusion of self-portraits and portraits of family members was not unusual in Dutch and Flemish genre painting, despite the potentially negative associations of moralising subjects. Card playing was perceived as a time-waster at best and, at worst, was associated with any number of disreputable behaviours. Though no alcohol is depicted, coins are strewn about the table: a reference to the ‘unwholesome' activity of gambling. Portraits of Rombouts, his wife and even his young daughter can be seen in another of his works, The Backgammon Players, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (fig. 1), in which the lavishly dressed soldier bears the artist's likeness. This comparison not only confirms the identities of the Theodoor and Anna in our picture but also helps to date it. The Backgammon Players, painted in 1634, demonstrates Rombouts's move away from Caravaggism towards the prevailing baroque style as it evolved in Antwerp. Unlike our picture, the Raleigh composition is set in a deeper space with vaguely classicising figures. The palette is brighter, the lighting more diffuse and the costumes more sophisticated. The luxurious shimmering fabrics speak of the direct influence of Rubens and Van Dyck. Our Card Players was certainly produced earlier when Rombouts was still painting under the influence of Roman Caravaggism, adeptly applying chiaroscuro and local colour to his rustically expressive scenes.

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Matthias Stomer (c.1600–after 1652), The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomewcirca 1630-5. Oil on canvas, 44 x 62 in. (111.8 x 157.5 cm.) © 2017 London Art Week

Note: Matthias Stomer ranks among the most important and prolific Netherlandish masters of the seventeenth century who were active in Italy. This talented painter was among the last of the famed Dutch Caravaggisti. Although Stomer's birthplace cannot be documented with any certainty, the name Stom is of Southern Netherlandish (Flemish) derivation and it is possible that he emigrated from this region, like so many of his countrymen, to the Dutch Republic. Here he might have received his artistic training in Utrecht or possibly Amersfoort. The influence of Dutch painters from both those towns in terms of style and subject matter is readily detectable in his earliest work, in particular the influence of the prominent Utrecht painter, Gerrit van Honthorst, as well as that of Hendrick ter Brugghen, Joachim Wtewael or the venerable Abraham Bloemaert. In 1630 Stomer travelled to Rome and stayed there until around 1635. Our picture, The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, was painted during this Roman period and is an important picture within his overall oeuvre. Saint Bartholomew is traditionally identified as one of Christ's original twelve apostles. After the Resurrection, Bartholomew is believed to have preached the gospel in India and Armenia. In the latter region, he was flayed alive and then hung upside down for refusing to worship idols. In Stomer's dramatic canvas, the doomed saint is posed frontally in half-length. He is stripped to his loincloth and one of the executioners has already begun his grisly task. Stomer has added the remarkable motif of a figure in a striking terracotta-coloured robe at the far left, perhaps a pagan priest, who holds a golden statuette of Minerva before the elderly saint, thereby contextualising the immediate cause of his martyrdom. Stomer was probably familiar with a picture of the saint's martyrdom painted in Rome by the French Caravaggist Valentin de Boulogne, datable to c.1616.

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London Art Week, 30 June – 7 July 2017

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          Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.


Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.


Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)


1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat


1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie


1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 -
Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire


1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
2000 - Zhores I. Alferov
2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
2003 - Alexei Abrikosov
2004 - David Gross
2004 - H. David Politzer
2005 - Roy Glauber


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          7th Pay Commission Allowances – Benefits to Railway Employees, Central Govt. Employees and other Staff   

नई दिल्ली। मोदी सरकार की तरफ से सातवें वेतन आयोगी (7th Pay Commission) की 34 सिफारिशों को मंजूरी देने के बाद अब लोग यह सोच रहे हैं कि आखिर अलाउंस में कितनी बढ़ोत्तरी हुई है। आइए जानते हैं 1 जुलाई से लागू होने जा रहे सातवें वेतन आयोग के तहत भारतीय रेलवे के कर्मचारियों, नर्सों […]

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          ‘बढ़े भत्ते जनवरी 2016 से मिलें, जुलाई 2017 से नहीं’   

नई दिल्ली : मोदी सरकार ने आखिरकार केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के लिए बढ़े हुए भत्तों का ऐलान कर दिया। मगर केंद्रीय कर्मचारी इससे खुश नहीं है। उन्हें शिकायत है कि बढ़े हुए भत्ते एक जुलाई से लागू होंगे। इसके अलावा सरकार ने केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के लिए मिनिमम वेतन 26,000 रुपये करने की मांग को नहीं माना […]

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          7th Pay Commission – City wise rates of HRA depending upon Pay Level   

नई दिल्ली : आवास भत्तों में फेरबदल की वजह से 48 लाख केंद्रीय कर्मियों को हर महीने 11 सौ से लेकर 33 हजार रुपये तक ज्यादा मिलेंगे। केंद्रीय कैबिनेट ने बुधवार को सातवें वेतन आयोग की अनुशंसा के मद्देनजर संशोधित भत्ताें को मंजूरी दी थी। आवास भत्ताें में बढ़ोतरी का फायदा सिर्फ उन लोगों को […]

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          7th Pay Commission allowances finally get government nod: Key highlights   

Here are the details of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations as approved by the Union Cabinet   Following are highlights of the approval given by theCabinet to the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on allowances with some modifications. * House Rent Allowance will be paid at 24, 16 and eight per cent […]

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          केंद्र चाहता है कि सरकारी मकान छोड़कर खुद के घरों में रहें केंद्रीय कर्मचारी   

नई दिल्ली. 7th पे कमीशन से जुड़ीं सिफारिशों में सबसे अहम है हाउस रेंट अलाउंस (एचआरए)। पहली नजर में लगता है कि एचआरए कम किया गया है। लेकिन ऐसा नहीं है, क्योंकि 7th पे कमीशन में सैलरी काफी बढ़ चुकी है। दरअसल, सरकार चाहती है कि इम्प्लॉइज सरकारी घर छोड़कर खुद के घरों में रहें। […]

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          7th पे कमीशन: बढ़े हुए भत्तों को मंजूरी, 50 लाख इम्प्लॉइज को होगा फायदा   

नई दि‍ल्‍ली. कैबि‍नेट ने सातवें वेतन आयोग की भत्‍तों से जुड़ी सि‍फारि‍शों को मंजूरी दे दी है। मीटिंग में भत्‍तों से जुड़े उन मसलों पर चर्चा हुई, जि‍न पर पि‍छले एक साल से फैसला नहीं हो पाया था। इस फैसले से देश के करीब 50 लाख कर्मचारि‍यों से जुड़ा हुआ है। कैबि‍नेट ने बेसि‍क सैलरी […]

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          7th Pay Commission – Press Release issued by Ministry of Finance on allowances   

PRESS NOTE The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017 and shall affect more than 48 lakh central government employees. While approving the recommendations of the […]

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          कर्मचारियों ने कहा, अपेक्षा के अनुरूप नहीं हुआ लाभ, थोड़ा मिला, ज्यादा की उम्मीद थी   

नई दिल्ली : केंद्र सरकार ने एक साल की लंबे जद्दोजहद के बाद अंतत: केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के भत्तों से जुड़े विवाद को खत्म करने की पहल की। उनके जो भत्ते बंद थे, कैबिनेट ने सातवें वेतन आयोग की अनुशंसा लागू करने के बाद उन्हें संशोधनों के साथ लागू करने की अनुशंसा की। सातवें वेतन आयोग […]

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          7वां वेतन आयोग: मोदी सरकार ने भत्तों को दी मंजूरी, 48 लाख कर्मचारियों को फायदा   

केंद्र सरकार ने बुधवार को अपने 48 लाख कर्मचारियों को सौगात देते हुए सातवें वेतन आयोग की अनुशंसाओं के मुताबिक बढ़े हुए भत्ते को मंजूरी दे दी। बढ़े हुए भत्ते 1 जुलाई 2017 से लागू होंगे और इससे राजकोष पर 30,748 करोड़ रुपये का सालाना बोझ पड़ेगा। केंद्रीय वित्तमंत्री अरुण जेटली ने बताया कि प्रधानमंत्री […]

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          India launches new economic era with sales tax reform   

By Rajesh Kumar Singh

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India early on Saturday introduced its biggest tax reform in the 70 years since independence from British colonial rule.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) replaces more than a dozen federal and state levies and unifying a $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into one of the world's biggest common markets.

The measure is expected to make it easier to do business by simplifying the tax structure and ensuring greater compliance, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic credentials before a planned re-election bid in 2019.

At a midnight ceremony in parliament's central hall Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee together launched the new tax by pressing a button.

"With GST, the dream of 'One India, Great India' will come true," Modi said.

For the first midnight ceremony in the central hall in two decades, Modi was joined by his cabinet colleagues, India's central bank chief, a former prime minister and major company executives including Ratan Tata.

The launch, however, was boycotted by several opposition parties including the Congress Party, which first proposed the tax reform before it fell from power three years ago.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - the architect of India's economic reforms - also gave it a miss.


It has taken 14 years for the new sales tax to come into being. But horse trading to get recalcitrant Indian states on board has left Asia's third-largest economy with a complex tax structure.

In contrast to simpler sales taxes in other countries, India's GST has four rates and numerous exemptions.

The official schedule of rates runs to 213 pages and has undergone repeated changes, some taking place as late as on Friday evening.

Many businesses are nervous about how the changes will unfold, with smaller ones saying they will get hit by higher tax rates.

Adding to the complexity, businesses with pan-India operations face filing over 1,000 digital returns a year.

While higher tax rates for services and non-food items are expected to fuel price pressures, compliance is feared to be a major challenge in a country where many entrepreneurs are not computer literate and rely on handwritten ledgers.

"We have jumped into a river but don't know its depth," said A. Subba Rao, an executive director at power firm CLP India.


Poor implementation would deal a blow to an economy that is still recovering from Modi's decision late last year to outlaw 86 percent of the currency in circulation.

In a bid to mitigate the impact on the farm sector, the GST rates for tractors and fertiliser were slashed on Friday to 18 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

HSBC estimates the reform, despite its flaws, could add 0.4 percentage points to economic growth.

An end of tax arbitrage under the GST is estimated to save companies $14 billion in reduced logistics costs and efficiency gains.

As the GST is a value added tax, firms will have an incentive to comply in order to avail credit for taxes already paid. This should widen the tax net, shoring up public finances.

"The old India was economically fragmented," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. "The new India will create one tax, one market for one nation."

(Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and John Stonestreet)

          Exclusive: India presses Microsoft for Windows discount in wake of cyber attacks   

By Euan Rocha

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.

Microsoft officials in India have "in principle agreed" to the request, Gulshan Rai, India's cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company's headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment.

If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals.

Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week's attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts "NotPetya", exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS.

"The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days," Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at "throw-away prices."

"It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country," said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's first cyber security chief.

Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be "less than a quarter of the current price."

Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12.

The government's quick action helped minimize the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India's container port terminals, he said.

The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said.

This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions.

"New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency," said Rai.


Windows 10 Home currently retails for 7,999 rupees ($124) in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs 14,999 rupees ($232).

Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest.

Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price.

In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities.

In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government "wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems".

The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.

($1 = 64.5175 Indian rupees)

(Additional reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in Mumbai, Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Jeremy Wagstaff in Singapore; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."


The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.


Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."


Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)

          Closing Bell: Sensex, Nifty end the week on a strong note, ITC gains big   
Closing Bell: Sensex, Nifty end the week on a strong note, ITC gains big Fortis Healthcare was down 2.5 percent on Nomura downgrade. Jain Irrigation, Havells India, DCB Bank and InterGlobe Aviation were also under pressure.
          ​ महामार्गांवर ‘अवजड’ ब्रेक   
मागील सहा दिवसांपासून जोरदार कोसळणाऱ्या पावसाने उसंत घेतली नाही, तोच गुरुवार रात्रीपासून शहरालगतच्या मुख्य महामार्गांवर वाहतूककोंडी निर्माण झाल्याने वीकेंडचा मुहूर्त साधत शहराबाहेर जाणाऱ्या नागरिकांना या कोंडीचा फटका बसला. उशिरा रात्री महामार्ग पट्ट्यात भर रस्त्यात बंद पडलेली वाहने, महामार्गावर जागोजागी पडलेले खड्डे, त्यांच्या दुरुस्तीची कामे आणि अधूनमधून होणारी पावसाची रिपरिप कोंडीस कारणीभूत ठरत होती. त्यामुळे रात्रभर असलेल्या अवजड वाहनांच्या वाहतूक कोंडीचा 'बॅकलॉग' वाढत जाऊन सकाळच्या सत्रातही कायम राहिल्याने कामावर जाणाऱ्या सर्वसामान्य नागरिकांचीही कोंडी झाली.
          प्रदूषण रोखणारा ‘रोकडा’ उपाय   
वालधुनी नदीचे प्रदूषण रोखण्यासाठी उल्हासनगर पालिकेचे आयुक्त सरसावले असून या नदीच्या पात्रात घातक केमिकलचे टँकर रिकामे करणाऱ्यांना पकडण्यासाठी त्यांनी प्रत्येक टँकरमागे १० हजार रुपये रोख बक्षीस देण्याची घोषणा केली आहे. प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाच्या सहकार्याने या परिसरात सीसीटीव्हीदेखील बसवण्यात येणार आहेत. तसेच रात्रीच्या वेळी पोलिस व पालिकेचे कर्मचारी या परिसरात गस्त घालून प्रदूषण करणाऱ्यांना चाप लावणार आहेत.
          निर्णयाआधीच शिक्षकांच्या बदलीची चाल?   
ठाणे-पालघर समायोजन प्रक्रिया शैक्षणिक वर्ष २०१८पासून सुरू होणार असली तरी यंदाच्या वर्षी विद्यार्थ्यांचे नुकसान होऊ नये, यासाठी शिक्षकांची बदली मूळ पदस्थापनेनुसार करणार की अंतिम समायोजनेनुसार… याबाबतचा निर्णय ग्रामविकास विभागाने घेतलेला नाही. तरीही पालघर शिक्षकांच्या बदलीसाठी हालचाली सुरू असल्याचा आरोप सेना शिक्षक संघटनेने केला आहे.
          Vespa and Aprilia Launch Scooters in Sri Lanka   
  Sri Lanka is all set to receive a taste of sporty convenience and a dash of Italian style. The Italian marque has launched their India-made line-up of scooters in the island country. The Vespa line-up is made of 125-cc and 150-cc scooters. The 125-cc engine produces 10.06 PS and a peak torque of 10.06 […]
          स्मार्ट सिटीचे बोधचिन्ह ठरले   
औद्योगिक शहर, तलावांचे शहर, सांस्कृतिक उपराजधानी, स्वच्छ, सुंदर आणि हरित ठाण्याचे प्रतिबिंब उमटविणारे बोधचिन्ह स्मार्ट सिटी योजनेसाठी अंतिम करण्यात आले आहे. त्यासाठी आयुक्त संजीव जयस्वाल यांच्या मार्गदर्शनाखाली घेण्यात आलेल्या स्पर्धेत मुलुंड येथील आकाश कारेकर यांनी रेखाटलेले बोधचिन्ह विजेते ठरले आहे.
          वादग्रस्त ओपन जिम गायब   
ठाणे पूर्वेच्या खाडी पट्ट्यात असलेल्या स्वामी समर्थ मठ परिसरात अनधिकृत पक्का डांबरी रस्ता व ओपन जिम बांधल्याचा प्रकार पर्यावरणप्रेमींनी समोर आणला होता. या प्रकरणात खारफुटीची हानी केल्याप्रकरणी पोलिसांनी ठाणे पालिकेच्या संबंधित अधिकारी आणि कर्मचाऱ्यांवर शनिवारी गुन्हे दाखल करताच बुधवारी रात्री अचानक या परिसरातील ओपन जिमचे साहित्य गायब झाले. त्यामुळे या प्रकरणातील संशयाचे गूढ वाढले आहे.
          कर्जबाजारीपणामुळे आत्महत्या   
गेल्या आठवड्यात वाशी खाडी पुलावरून उडी मारून आत्महत्या केलेल्या तरुणाचा मृतदेह गुरुवारी सकाळी नेरूळ येथील करावे गावालगतच्या खाडीकिनारी आढळून आला. किशोर बोराडे (२६) असे त्याचे नाव आहे. किशोरने आत्महत्येपूर्वी लिहून ठेवलेली डायरी पोलिसांना सापडली आहे. त्यात त्याने आजारपणाला तसेच कर्जाबाजारीपणाला कंटाळून आत्महत्या करत असल्याचे स्पष्ट केले आहे. वाशी पोलिसांनी या प्रकरणी तपास सुरू केला आहे.
          यंदाही शेतकरी वाऱ्यावर   
कल्याण-डोंबिवली महानगरपालिका क्षेत्रात ८० टक्के शेतकरी आहेत. येथील गावांना पालिकेमध्ये समाविष्ट केल्यानंतर या भागातील शेतकऱ्यांना सलग तिसऱ्या वर्षी राज्य सरकारकडून बी-बियाणे प्राप्त झालेले नाही.
          नाल्याच्या प्रवाहाने जमीन खचली   
पावसामुळे बदलापूर ग्रामीण भागात विद्युत खांबावरील तार कोसळून एका तरुणाचा मृत्यू झाल्याची घटना ताजी असताना, मागील दोन दिवसांपासून सुरू असलेल्या जोरदार पावसामुळे बदलापूर कात्रप भागातील लोटस इमारतीखाली असलेल्या नाल्याच्या प्रवाहामुळे एचडीएफसी बँकेसमोरील भाग अचानक खचला.
          प्लास्टिकबंदीला ‘स्व शक्ती’चे बळ   
प्लास्टिक पिशव्यांच्या विळख्यातून कल्याण-डोंबिवलीला सोडवण्यासाठी केडीएमसीला ‘स्व शक्ती’ या स्वयंसेवी संस्थेचे बळ लाभले आहे. ‘स्व शक्ती’ कल्याण (विज्ञान भारती शाखा) या संस्थेने प्लास्टिकमुक्त कल्याण-डोंबिवलीसाठी हातभार लावण्याचा निर्णय घेतला आहे.
          Lights, camera, action: A midnight to remember   
Bridal finery, expensive Kanjeevarams, traditional dresses, chic Indian wear — all were on display as guests started arriving in Parliament by 9.15 pm.
          पाणी साचण्यावरून जुंपली   
सोशल मीडियाच्या माध्यमातून नागरी समस्या मांडण्याचे प्रमाण वाढत असताना, बदलापूर बाजारपेठ परिसरात साचलेल्या पाण्याच्या समस्येच्या फेसबुकवरील पोस्टमुळे शिवसेना नगराध्यक्ष वामन म्हात्रे आणि मनसे महिला पदाधिकारी यांच्यात सोशल मीडियावर चांगलीच जुंपली.
          GST: Opposition's boycott call aimed at future political positioning ahead of upcoming state, Lok Sabha polls   
JDU breaking ranks on presidential polls and NCP, JDS, SP and BSP deciding to attend the joint sitting demonstrate fault-lines within the Opposition camp.
          संतप्त प्रवाशांनी रोखल्या रिक्षा   
केळकर रोडवर स्कायवॉकखाली असलेल्या रिक्षास्टँडवर रिक्षाचालकांनी भाडी नाकारल्याच्या संतापाने प्रवाशांनी रिक्षा रोखून धरल्याचा प्रकार गुरुवारी रात्री घडला.
          Khele India drive across nation soon: PM Narendra Modi   
“We must adopt a culture where sports is appreciated starting from the family,” Modi said adding Khel Mahakumbh has encouraged a sporting culture in Gujarat.
          कल्याणलाही हवे पासपोर्ट केंद्र   
डोंबिवली आणि नवी मुंबई येथे पासपोर्ट सेवा केंद्र सुरू होणार असल्याची घोषणा करण्यात आल्यानंतर कल्याणमध्येही अशाप्रकारे पोस्ट ऑफिसच्या माध्यमातून पासपोर्ट सेवा केंद्र उपलब्ध व्हावे, अशी कल्याणमधील रहिवाशांची अपेक्षा आहे.
          GST: PMO calls for all-out effort on part of Centre to ensure smooth transition   
Union ministers will be using various public forums and media to assure people that GST is going to benefit them in the long run and they need not have any apprehensions.
          वाहनतळ बनले तरणतलाव   
अंबरनाथ नगरपालिकेच्या रखडलेल्या अनेक विकासकामांपैकी एक असलेल्या, यशवंतराव चव्हाण नाट्यगृहाच्या ठिकाणी उभारण्यात येत असलेल्या वाहनतळाच्या उद्घाटनाआधीच त्याला पावसात तरणतलावाचे स्वरूप आले आहे.
          GST: Pranab Mukherjee calls upon Indians to extend full cooperation   
The President reminisced how as finance minister he had introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill on March 22, 2011.
          गैरकारभाराची लागण   
नोंदणी नसतानाही काही रुग्णालये बिनदिक्कतपणे सुरू… शहरातील स्त्री जन्मदराची नोंद नसणे… राज्यभरात सुरू असलेली गर्भलिंग परीक्षण मोहीम नवी मुंबईत राबवण्यात अनास्था… नवी मुंबई महापालिकेच्या अशा ढिसाळ कारभारामुळे शहरातील अनेक खासगी रुग्णालये आण‌ि नर्सिंग रुग्णालयाचे फावले आहे. त्यामुळे शहरात गर्भलिंग चाचणी होत असल्याची भीती व्यक्त होत आहे.
          GST across the political landscape   
Marring the government's celebrations at Parliament was the silent protest by Rajya Sabha MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu at Gandhi statue.
          १५ ऑगस्टपर्यंत भूसंपादन पूर्ण करू   
मुंबई-गोवा हायवेच्या चौपदरी विस्तारीकरणाच्या कामासाठी आवश्यक जमिनीचे संपादन येत्या १५ ऑगस्टपर्यंत पूर्ण करून हायवेच्या कामाला गती देण्याचा मनोदय कोकण विभागीय आयुक्त जगदीश पाटील यांनी व्यक्त केला आहे.
          Manmohan Singh skips GST launch; NCP, SP attend function   
NCP chief Sharad Pawar also attended the event marking India's transition to a new indirect tax regime Goods and Services Tax (GST).
          मच्छ‌िमारांना लाइफ जॅकेटचे वाटप   
‘ओएनजीसी’ कंपनीतर्फे विरारजवळील अर्नाळा, रानगाव, कळंब, अर्नाळा किल्ला याभागातील जवळपास २०० मच्छिमारांना नुकतेच लाइफ जॅकेटचे वाटप करण्यात आले.
          Farmers across India unite for common minimum agenda   
Sections of farm leaders trying to come together on a national scale for the first time are doubtful about the response the programme may get.
          इंडिकेटर्सवर केलेला खर्च पाण्यात   
मुंबईचे उपनगरीय क्षेत्र डहाणूपर्यंत वाढवल्यानंतर डहाणू ते वैतरणा या रेल्वे स्थानकांवर २०१० साली इंड‌िकेटर्स बसवण्यात आली. त्यासाठी १.०१ कोटी रुपये खर्च करण्यात आले.
          PM Narendra Modi's GST is 'Grand Self-promoting Tamasha': Jairam Ramesh   
There are huge transition issues in GST. Small and medium industries and the informal economy have huge concerns. They have to be addressed, said Jairam Ramesh.
          Modi calls GST Good and Simple tax: 11 things prime minister said about India's landmark tax   
In the making since 2000, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) got a big endorsement from PM Modi, who called it India's biggest move since Independence.
          ​ स्वाइन फ्लूवर समितीची नजर   
जिल्ह्यात अवघ्या काही दिवसांत झपाट्याने फोफावणाऱ्या स्वाइन फ्लूवर केंद्र सरकारच्या स्वाइन फ्लूविरोधी विशेष समितीची करडी नजर आहे. मुंबई आणि पुण्यापाठोपाठ ठाणे जिल्ह्यात वाढीस लागलेल्या स्वाइन फ्लूला आळा घालण्यासाठी कोणत्या उपाययोजना सुरू आहेत, याची पाहणी करण्यासाठी केंद्राच्या आरोग्य विभागातील चार डॉक्टरांच्या पथकाने आरोग्य अधिकाऱ्यांनी भेट घेतील.
          KK Venugopal appointed as new Attorney General of India   
Venugopal's name has been cleared by the office of the President of India. The 86 year old's name will soon be notified by the government.
          पारसिकचा तिढा सुटणार?   
सध्या रेंटल हाऊसिंग योजनेच्या घरांमध्ये आणि बीएसयुपी योजनेतील घरे झाल्यानंतर तिथे स्थलांतर करण्याचे लेखी आश्वासन पालिका देत असेल तर पाससिक बोगद्यावरील घरे सोडण्यास आमची हरकत नाही, अशी भूमिका स्थानिक रहिवाशांनी घेतली आहे. पालिका पुनर्वसनाचा आराखडा शुक्रवारी उच्च न्यायालयात मांडणार असून त्यानंतर कारवाईचा तिढा सुटेल, अशी आशा व्यक्त केली जात आहे.
          86 per cent wages of 1 crore workers paid within 15 days: Government   
Timely payment of wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has been a major concern for the government for some time.
          Need to focus on conventional policing and crime management: Assam governor   
Purohit also said that while counter insurgency has remained the primary focus, there is a need to focus on conventional policing and crime management.
          PM Narendra Modi bats for sports as career, hails spirit of athletes   
"There is a mentality among people that sports cannot be taken up as a career. I want to change that thought process," he said.
          GST Mumbai zone to have 21 commissionerates   
There will be 21 commissionerates in the GST Mumbai zone, pared down from the existing 27 under the Service Tax and Central Excise departments.
          भिवंडीत ‘शौचालयां’ची सफाई!   
केंद्र सरकारच्या स्वच्छ भारत अभियानांतर्गत नवीन शौचालय बांधण्यासाठी पहिल्या टप्प्याचे अनुदान मिळूनही शेकडो लाभार्थ्यांनी शौचालये न बांधता अनुदान लाटल्याची धक्कादायक बाब भिवंडीत समोर आली आहे. तब्बल १ हजार ७६७ लाभार्थ्यांनी १ कोटी ६ लाख रुपयांचा भिवंडी-निजामपूर महापालिकेला चुना लावला असून लाभार्थ्यांवर कारवाई करण्याची प्रक्रिया सुरू आहे.
          Re: Fitzgerald family of Adams Co.,Pa.   
Thanks for more info. I had put it away, as I didn't seem to be getting any where with it, so was working on other families.
I'm not especially interested in their occupations, but I did have on the 1860 census that John was a carpenter, 1870 census, a chairmaker in Indpls. & 1880 census works in a chair factory in Indpls. I don't know what the L. stood for in Joseph's occupation on the 1850 Adams Co.,Pa. census. Do you? Lydia died 1901 & Joseph d. 1905 & their were buried in Crown Hill Cem. in Indpls. I haven't been able to find a marriage record for Joseph & Lydia, but should have been around 1862 era in Pa. That's the bad thing about searching in Pa. for a marriage record, if you don't know what church they went to, you're out of luck, as they didn't have county marriage licenses in Pa. until much later.
Wish I could find the earlier Fitzgerald's connection to the ones who came over from Ireland/Scotland? It looks like someone would have done some genealogy research on them before now.
Don in Indiana
          Re: Fitzgerald family of Adams Co.,Pa.   
Hi Don, I was in York on Saturday. I think the Joseph you mention is the son of John Fitzcharles(Fitzgerald) that you mention. He fits in the 1840 census for the Huntington Twp. John Fitzcharles that we talked about in previous messages. Also the original John of Tyrone Twp. Adams County was a Carpenter who turned to cabinet making. His son John was also a cabinet maker and Joseph was a cabinet maker and later in Indianapolis he worked in in a chair factory. Your Joseph married Lydia Simpson. No doubt she is the daughter of Enoch Simpson and his second wife Elizabeth who are in Tyrone Twp. In the 1850 census.

Additional info: John Fitzgerald died 1873 age 67 years and Mary died 1881 age 83 years. They are at the Trostle Meetinghouse Cemetery in Tyrone Twp.

          Fitzgerald family of Adams Co.,Pa.   
Looking for ancestry & more complete dates etc. on a John Fitzgerald b. ca. 1810 Pa. who was living 1860 census in Huntington Twp., P.O. Petersburg & York Springs. His wife was Mary -----age 59 b Pa. & 2 sons Joseph 29 b. Pa. & Cornelius 22 b. Pa.
Think this son Joseph was married to a Lydia Simpson (when & where?) & they moved between 1865-1867 to Indianapolis, In.
Don Matson
          ಸಿಗದ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ: ಡೆತ್‌ ನೋಟ್‌ ಬರೆದಿಟ್ಟು ಮಾಜಿ ಜವಾನ ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ   
:.ಅರಣ್ಯ ಇಲಾಖೆ ನಿವೃತ್ತ ಜವಾನರೊಬ್ಬರು ಅರಣ್ಯ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಕಚೇರಿಯೊಳಗೆ ನೇಣು ಬಿಗಿದುಕೊಂಡು ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
          ಮೋದಿ ಮೂಗು ಹಿಡಿದು ಸಾಲ ಮನ್ನಾ ಮಾಡಿಸಲಿ   
ಸಹಕಾರ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್‌ಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ರೈತರ 50 ಸಾವಿರ ರೂ.ವರೆಗೆ ಸಾಲಮನ್ನಾ ಮಾಡಿ ನುಡಿದಂತೆ ನಡೆದಿದ್ದೇವೆ.
          ಉ.ಕ.ದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೈ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಸಂಗಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸಿದ್ದತೆ   
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮ : ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷಎಸ್‌.ಆರ್‌.ಪಾಟೀಲ್‌ ಅವರ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಸ್ವೀಕಾರ ಸಮಾರಂಭಕ್ಕೆ ಬಸವಣ್ಣನ ಐಕ್ಯಸ್ಥಳ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮ ಸಜ್ಜಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಇದೇ ನೆಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂಬರುವ ವಿಧಾನಸಭೆ ಚುನಾವಣೆಗೆ ಕಾರ‍್ಯಕರ್ತರನ್ನು ಸಜ್ಜುಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಸಂದೇಶವೂ ಸಮಾವೇಶದ ಮೂಲಕ ರವಾನೆಯಾಗಲಿದೆ.
          Re: Diehl Family in Adams County   
Thank you Lora, I tried World Cat but the closest is in Indiana at Allen Co. Library and that's a good distance away from me.

Maybe one day some one will see this that has the book.

Thank you for trying I appreciate the help.
Karon Dunifin
          ಕೈ ಸಮಾವೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಗಮ ಸಿದ್ಧ   
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮ :ಬಾಗಲಕೋಟ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗೆ ಸಿಎಂ ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯ ಆಗಮಿಸಲಿರುವ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ಓಲೈಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್‌ ನಾಯಕರ ಬ್ಯಾನರ್‌, ಕಟೌಟ್‌ ರಾರಾಜಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ.
          ಸಂತ್ರಸ್ಥರ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಈಡೇರಿಗೆ ತಿಂಗಳ ಗಡುವು   
ಬಾಗಲಕೋಟ: ಸಂತ್ರಸ್ಥರ ತ್ಯಾಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಯೋಗ್ಯ ಪರಿಹಾರ ನೀಡಬೇಕು. ಶಿಕ್ಷ ಣ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ, ಭೂಮಿಗೆ ಬೆಲೆ ನಿಗದಿ ಮತ್ತಿತರ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳ ಈಡೇರಿಕೆಗೆ ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾ ಮೇಲ್ದಂಡೆ ಯೋಜನೆ ಅವಳಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಯೋಜನಾ ಭಾದಿತರು, ಸಂತ್ರಸ್ಥರು ಯುಕೆಪಿ ಕಚೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮನವಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿ ತಿಂಗಳೊಳಗೆ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗೆ ಈಡೇರಿಸದಿದ್ದರೆ ಉಗ್ರ ಹೋರಾಟದ ಎಚ್ಚರಿಕೆ ನೀಡಿದರು.
          ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಮತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚುಚ್ಚುಮದ್ದು ನೀಡಿದ ಕಂಪೌಂಡರ್‌; ಬಾಲಕ ಸಾವು   
ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಮತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಕಂಪೌಂಡರ್‌ ಕುಡಿದ ಮತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚುಚ್ಚುಮದ್ದು ನೀಡಿದ ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಬಾಲಕ ಮೃತಪಟ್ಟ ಘಟನೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಜಮಖಂಡಿ ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದಿದೆ.
          ನೇಕಾರರ ಸಾಲಮನ್ನಾಕ್ಕೆ ಒತ್ತಾಯ   
ರಬಕವಿ/ಬನಹಟ್ಟಿ: ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ರೈತರ ಬದುಕು ಹಸನುಗೊಳಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರ ಸುಮಾರು 8,600 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ.ಗಳ ಸಾಲ ಮನ್ನಾ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಮಾದರಿಯಲ್ಲೇ ನೇಕಾರರ ಸಾಲವನ್ನೂ ಮನ್ನಾ ಮಾಡುವಂತೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ನೇಕಾರ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯ ಅವರನ್ನು ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸಿತು.
          ಗಾಂಧೀ ಪುರಸ್ಕಾರ ಪಡೆದ ಗ್ರಾಪಂ ಇದೇನಾ ?   
ಹುನಗುಂದ: ಗಾಂಧೀ ಪುರಸ್ಕಾರ ಪಡೆದಿರುವ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಬಿಂಜವಾಡಗಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಮೂಲ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲದೇ ನರಳಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ.
          ದೊರೆ ಬರಲು ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗುತಿದೆ ದಾರಿ   
ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮ: ರಾಜ್ಯದ ದೊರೆ ಬರುವರೆಂದು ಇಷ್ಟುದಿನ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಇದೀಗ ಕಣ್ತೆರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಬಸವಣ್ಣನ ಐಕ್ಯಸ್ಥಳ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಸ್ವಚ್ಛಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದೆ. ತಗ್ಗುದಿನ್ನೆ ರಸ್ತೆ ಡಾಂಬರೀಕರಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಕೆಲ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಸುಣ್ಣಬಣ್ಣ ಕಂಡು ಕಂಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿವೆ.
          ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ಕಾರ್ಯವೈಖರಿಗೆ ಸದಸ್ಯರ ಅಸಮಾಧಾನ   
ಬಾಗಲಕೋಟ: ಜಿಪಂನ ಆಡಳಿತ ಪಕ್ಷ ದ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಗೊಂದಲದಿಂದ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕುಸಿದಿದ್ದು ಜನರ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸ್ಪಂದಿಸದಂತಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ವಿರೋಧ ಪಕ್ಷ ದ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಮಂಗಳವಾರ ಆಕ್ರೋಶ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದರು.
          ಏಳು ಮಕ್ಕಳ ತಾಯಿಗೆ ಪೂಜೆ   
ಇಳಕಲ್‌: ಮಳೆ, ಬೆಳೆ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬರಲಿ, ಹರಕೆ ಕೈಗೂಡಲಿ, ಬೇಡಿಕೊಂಡವರ ಬದುಕು ಬಂಗಾರವಾಗಲಿ..
          (IT) Security Developer - Cryptography   

Location: Northern Germany   

Security Developer - Cryptography Task: Work in German/Japanese projects with a focus on the development of security and safety functions for In Vehicle Infotainment systems Requirement engineering, architecture and design of the corresponding components Implementation in the team and protection function and quality up to product maturity Skills: Very good degree in (technical) computer science or electrical engineering Experience in embeded Linux, cryptography Professional experience in security, especially 'Secure Linux' necessary Very good C/C ++ programming skills, Self-employed and goal-oriented work, teamwork Very good knowledge of English. Willingness to international project work, travelling (Japan, India)
Type: Contract
Location: Northern Germany
Country: Germany
Contact: Simon Gould
Advertiser: Jet Consulting
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JSSG_SECDEV

গোড়ার ‘স্বেচ্ছা’ শব্দটি নেহাতই অতিরিক্ত, এটা এত দিন অতিবাহিত হওয়ার পরও কেন শিবির প্রতিষ্ঠাকারীদের মগজে ঢুকল না, তার কোনও সদুত্তর নেই৷গোড়ার ‘স্বেচ্ছা’ শব্দটি নেহাতই অতিরিক্ত, এটা এত দিন অতিবাহিত হওয়ার পরও কেন শিবির প্রতিষ্ঠাকারীদের মগজে ঢুকল না, তার কোনও সদুত্তর নেই৷
আগামী কাল স্বাধীন ভারতের কর এবং রাজস্ব পরিচালন ব্যবস্থায় একটি যুগান্তকারী দিন হিসেবে চিহ্নিত হয়ে থাকবে৷আগামী কাল স্বাধীন ভারতের কর এবং রাজস্ব পরিচালন ব্যবস্থায় একটি যুগান্তকারী দিন হিসেবে চিহ্নিত হয়ে থাকবে৷
শহুরে চৌহদ্দিতে উত্‍সবমুখর দিনগুলিতে আপন হৃদয়ের অফুরান আনন্দ ব্যক্ত করার জন্যই যেন তারস্বরে মাইক বাজানো৷ যেন এহেন আনন্দপ্রকাশ বিনা উত্‍সব বৃথা৷শহুরে চৌহদ্দিতে উত্‍সবমুখর দিনগুলিতে আপন হৃদয়ের অফুরান আনন্দ ব্যক্ত করার জন্যই যেন তারস্বরে মাইক বাজানো৷ যেন এহেন আনন্দপ্রকাশ বিনা উত্‍সব বৃথা৷
অন্তত পাঁচ হাজার বছরের ইতিহাস, বিশ্বের বৃহত্তম ম্যানগ্রোভ অরণ্যের একাংশ, বিশ্বের দ্বিতীয় উচ্চতম শৃঙ্গ, বিস্তীর্ণ মরু, অজস্র নদী-উপত্যকা, বিশ্বের অন্যতম দীর্ঘ সমুদ্রতট, অন্তহীন সাংস্কৃতিক বৈচিত্রঅন্তত পাঁচ হাজার বছরের ইতিহাস, বিশ্বের বৃহত্তম ম্যানগ্রোভ অরণ্যের একাংশ, বিশ্বের দ্বিতীয় উচ্চতম শৃঙ্গ, বিস্তীর্ণ মরু, অজস্র নদী-উপত্যকা, বিশ্বের অন্যতম দীর্ঘ সমুদ্রতট, অন্তহীন সাংস্কৃতিক বৈচিত্র
          Kluber closes in on record; Indians roll 5-1   
Corey Kluber recorded his fourth consecutive start with 10 or more strikeouts, tying Bob Feller's record in 1938-1939 and paving way to a 5-1 victory in the series finale against the Rangers.
          Things That Make Life Worth Living   
Epitaph of Tiberius Claudius Secundus = Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum VI 15258 (Rome, 1st century A.D.), tr. Brian K. Harvey, Daily Life in Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2016), p. 256:
He lived 52 years. To the Spirits of the Dead of Tiberius Claudius Secundus. He has everything with him here in his tomb. Baths, wine, and sex corrupt our bodies, but baths, wine, and sex make life worth living. Merope, slave of the emperor, made this for her dear slave husband [contubernalis] as well as for herself and their descendants.
The Latin:
V(ixit) an(nos) LII
d(is) M(anibus)
Ti(beri) Claudi Secundi
hic secum habet omnia
balnea vina Venus
corrumpunt corpora
nostra se<t> vitam faciunt
b(alnea) v(ina) V(enus)
karo contubernal(i)
fec(it) Merope Caes(aris)
et sibi et suis p(osterisque) e(orum)
I don't have access to I. Kajanto, "Balnea Vina Venus," in Hommages à Marcel Renard, ed. Jacqueline Bibauw (Brussels: Latomus, 1969), vol. II, pp. 357-367.

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          6/30/2017: Nieuws: Limburgers in de ‘rust belt’   

Reporter Koen Snoekx en fotograaf Sven Dillen gaan naar de ‘rust belt’ in Amerika. Dat zijn de staten Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan die voor een stuk de beslissing mee geforceerd hebben tijdens de presidentsverkiezingen. Limburgers die er wonen...
          Știați că există o țară fără niciun râu? Ce RECORDURI MONDIALE dețin unele țări !   
Țara cu cel mai crescut risc de dispariție: Maldive Republica Maldive este o țară insulară, alcătuită dintr-un grup de 26 atoli, în Oceanul Indian. Este cel mai mic stat asiatic, atât ca populație, cât...
          Lykins Helps Build Fairgrounds Pavilion   

MILFORD, Ohio -- Lykins Energy Solutions has donated most of the funds to build a new Clermont County Fairgrounds building. The Lykins Family Pavilion is a new entertainment pavilion at the fairgrounds.

The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building on July 30.

The previous entertainment pavilion was in the middle of the midway and required using a tent that was expensive and made the area very hot due to a lack of circulation. The original pavilion, due to its popularity and location, also made the midway congested and hard to move in, according to fair board member Jerry Bridges.

The new Lykins Family Pavilion is located on the far end of the State Route 132 side of the fairgrounds.

“Going to the county fair with our parents is one of my earliest childhood memories,” said Jeff Lykins, president and CEO of Lykins Energy Solutions. “We’ve always felt we should give back to the community that supports our business by buying our products and services. This is a great way for our family and our company to give back to our community and its residents.”

Bridges said the new pavilion will bring additional, much needed revenue to the fairgrounds. With the new facility, the fairgrounds will be able to host weekly concerts.

Lykins Energy Solutions (formerly Lykins Oil) is a family-owned and -operated business based in Milford, Ohio. The company was founded in 1948 by Guy Lykins Sr., and is now in the third generation of management. The company serves customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as throughout the Midwest and the Southeast and provides products and services including branded fuels, wholesale fuels, commercial, transportation and home heating oil, propane, lubricants, fleet fueling, electricity and natural gas for Ohio. The company represents four major brands of fuel that it sells to independent gasoline dealers: BP, Marathon, Shell and Gulf.

          After Killing Currency, Modi Takes a Leap With India’s Biggest-Ever Tax Overhaul   
The new system will replace a welter of taxes from around the country that were seen as a major impediment to growth. But will it be any simpler?
          Report: Indiana's Jeff Teague is strong favorite to replace Rubio in Minnesota   
Teague is coming off one of the best seasons of his career with the Pacers
          AT&T Demos 650 Mbit/s using LTE + LAA   
AT&T and Ericsson announced that they have conducted a live LTE-LAA technology field trial, during which initial wireless data rates of more than 650 Mbit/s were achieved in downtown San Francisco.

AT&T noted that LTE-LAA technology is expected to play a key role in its push to achieve theoretical peak speeds of 1 Gbit/s at selected small cell sites by the end of this year. In addition, the technology also constitutes a key element as the operator works to upgrade the network and increase speeds in its 5G Evolution markets.

The operator stated that while 5G standards are yet to be finalised, it is seeking to lay the foundation for future wireless networks leveraging the 5G Evolution program and technologies including LTE-LAA as it aims to begin delivering 5G wireless data speeds as early as late 2018.

AT&T previously demonstrated the ultra-fast speeds enabled by LTE-LAA at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it showed mobile user speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s utilising LTE-LAA combined with carrier aggregation, 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM.

LTE-LAA combines unlicensed spectrum with licensed spectrum through carrier aggregation to increase overall network capacity and enable faster, more reliable wireless speeds. The technology is designed to co-exist with other unlicensed spectrum technologies such as WiFi via a feature termed 'listen before talk', which allows fair coexistence between LTE-LAA and WiFi.

  • AT&T announced in April that as part of its 5G Evolution program it planned to begin offering higher speed, lower latency services for wireless customers with the latest devices in 20+ major metro areas by the end of the year. The new wireless capability was initially available in parts of Austin, where AT&T wireless customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ are able to access faster 5G Evolution Internet speeds.
  • AT&T stated at that time that the higher speed service would be expanded to Indianapolis in the summer, with plans to extend it to markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Francisco.

          $20600, 2016 Indian Chieftain Cruiser in Goodyear, AZ   
2016 Indian Chieftain Gorgeous 2016 Chieftain. Purchased new at Ridenow Power Sports.
          AT&T launches fixed wireless Internet in 8 states   
AT&T announced that its Fixed Wireless Internet for rural and underserved locations is now available in a further eight states, expanding on the initial launch of the service in Georgia in April this year.

With the latest launch, the AT&T fixed wireless Internet service is available to more than 70,000 locations across underserved or unserved areas in the 9 states. AT&T noted that the service expansion is part of its FCC Connect America Fund (CAF) commitment, through which it plans to serve a total of over 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 and more than 1.1 million locations by 2020.
The states where the fixed wireless Internet service is being launched are as follows: Alabama; Florida; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; and Louisiana.

AT&T stated that it plans to expand the service to 18 states overall during 2017, including Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. AT&T plans to reach a total of more than 67,000 locations across Georgia using fixed wireless technology by 2020.

  • AT&T's fixed wireless Internet service provides a home Internet connection for customers in rural and underserved areas and offers a minimum download speed of 10 Mbit/s. The connection is delivered from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna located at the customers' homes or businesses.
  • AT&T announced in January that following trials of fixed wireless Internet (FWI) service in 2016 in a number of states as part of efforts to expand access to rural locations with slow or no Internet connectivity via its participation in the CAF II program, it would launch FWI in areas where it had accepted CAF support.

          India's Muslims celebrate Eid amid rising tensions with Hindu nationalists   

India's Islamic community has celebrated the end of Ramadan, but for many it was hard to enjoy. The majority-Hindu nation is seeing a surge in nationalist sentiment, and Muslims feel their culture and traditions are being targeted.

          India peringatkan China atas pembangunan jalan di dekat perbatasan   
India memperingatkan China pada Jumat bahwa pembangunan jalan di dekat perbatasan bersama akan menyebabkan dampak keamanan yang serius, ketika Kementerian Luar Negeri China membantah pasukannya telah melanggar wilayah sekutu ...
          Air India bid talk pulls down IndiGo's stock   
IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh, in a letter to employees, clarified "Our interest in Air India is primarily in its international operations.
          Severe credit shock may hit capital levels at some lenders: RBI   
The RBI said GNPAs ratio of banks rose to 9.6 per cent in March 2017.
          Big bite of benefits for customers as eating out becomes cheaper under GST   
While the effective tax rate on restaurants so long added up to around 20.5 per cent, it has come down to one rate of 18 per cent across all states under GST.
          Upbeat outlook, investor inflows lift emerging market first-half issuance   
All global regions saw an increase in both the volume and amount of deals, the data showed.
          Nestle to cut Maggi ketchup, cerelac, dairy prices   
Nestle will cut cerelac prices too, and with the reduction in GST rate on milk powders, prices of everyday dairy are expected to reduce 4-5 per cent.
          GST will adversely impact sales, profits in short-term: Dabur   
Although the positives of GST is likely to be felt in medium and long run, the company is likely to experience near term adverse impact on its sales, said Dabur.
          Sebi issues new framework to deepen corporate bond market   
Liquidity in the secondary market for corporate bonds will be increased by way of minimal number of ISINs.
          Will pass on GST benefits to consumers: Nestle   
Nestle India also said in preparation for GST rollout, it has engaged and trained over 3,500 suppliers, over 1,600 distributors covering the entire direct value chain of the company.
          Tech view: Nifty50 forms Hammer pattern, has to cross 9,580 hurdle   
Nifty needs to surpass the 9,560-9,580 zone on the daily chart to get into the comfort zone.
          Hindi Medium (HDRip)   
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          GST regime to boost organised jewellery retailers: CRISIL   
Besides GST, other measures such as ban on cash purchases of more than Rs 2 lakh per transaction, gold-on- loan and gold deposit schemes will also benefit the organised retailers, it added.
          CDSL makes stellar debut on NSE, jumps 68%; HNIs cheer   
D-Mart, Hudco & S Chand are some other IPOs that saw spectacular response to their offerings.
          F&O: Nifty has to hold above 9,560 for any fresh spike towards 9,650   
If it slips below 9,480, it may again attract selling pressure towards 9,450 and 9,420 levels.
          H&M to start online operations in India next year   
"India will be a new H&M online market in 2018," the company said in its six-month report. Zara will start online operations this year.
          Sensex stages rebound, rises 64 pts on eve of GST; Nifty50 settles above 9,500   
The realty sector bled the most, with Indiabulls Real Estate (down 4.30 per cent) being a major drag.
          Gold buyers fear price hike, rush to jewellery stores   
Earlier, the illegal bullion trade had a cost advantage by as much as 5%. From now onwards, under the GST regime, this cost advantage will go.
          India Inc, market leaders express cautious optimism on GST rollout   
GST brings to the Indian economy a promise of becoming more competitive in a global market.
          ITC’s packaged food business posts 13 per cent revenue growth in FY17   
Four years after ITC raced past Hindustan Unilever in the overall foods business, the cigarette company evidenced its makeover into a diversified group.
          Modi's cash ban made this India bull world's top fund manager   
Robert Marshall-Lee's emerging fund has returned 26% this year, beating 99% of its peers.
          Market Now: Gammon Infra, GVK Power Infra surge over 10%   
Auto, bank and realty stocks dealt a blow to the market, as July derivative series took off on a negative note.
          McDonald’s trying to get back licences, says no job losses   
Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL), McDonald’s licensee in North and East India, suspended operations of the restaurants that lost ‘eating house licences’.
          New central bank harmony has markets changing their tune   
Stock and bonds had been trading higher on the premise that the total pot of global liquidity was still swelling despite rising Federal Reserve rates
          Firms pledge to cut back on guzzling   
As India's demand for electricity, consumer goods and food increases, it will mirror a similar situation forcing businesses to rethink water-efficiency strategies.
          GST impact on gold jewellery: Larger players to emerge as biggest beneficiaries   
Prior to GST, total tax and duties are nearly 12.4%. After the implementation of GST, it will marginally increase to approximately 14%.
          Global equity listings up by a third, but below previous peaks   
Companies globally issued $386.8 billion of equity in the first half of this year.
          Investors slowly start to push climate change up their agenda   
Energy firms have faced shareholder demands to do more to curb carbon emissions.
          European shares set for biggest monthly loss in a year   
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.2 per cent at 0805 GMT and euro zone blue chips also inched higher.
          टले भारत-चीन मुठभेड़: डॉ. वैदिक   
उधर अमेरिका में प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी का डोनाल्ड ट्रंप ने भावभीना स्वागत किया और इधर चीन ने कैलाश मानसरोवर-यात्रियों पर रोक लगा दी।..
          मैच से पहले कोहली ने बताया कैसा होना चाहिए टीम इंडिया का नया कोच   
इंडियन क्रिकेट टीम के कैप्टन विराट कोहली ने कहा कि उनकी टीम ने BCCI को मुख्य कोच के चुनाव से संबंधित मामले में सुझाव दे दिए हैं...
          स्विस बैंकों में भारतीयों के काले धन में 30 साल में सबसे बड़ी गिरावट, पर अब भी 4,500 करोड़ जमा   
स्विस बैंकों में जमा भारतीयों की रकम 2016 में घटकर रिकॉर्ड 676 मिलियन स्विस फ्रैंक यानी 4,500 करोड़ रुपए तक रह गई है। इस दौरान भारतीयों के डिपॉजिट में 45% तक की गिरावट दर्ज की गई, जो 30 साल में सबसे कम है।..
          Digest (June 29): Bel Air's Kalisz wins 400 IM at U.S. swimming nationals   

Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz of Bel Air won the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 6.99 seconds — a world-best time this year — on the third night of the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. Winners of each event qualify for the world championship team, which will compete in Budapest,...

          OtterBox Announces Achiever Series for OnePlus 5   

NEW DELHI, INDIA--(Marketwired - Jun 30, 2017) - OtterBox introduces Achiever Series for OnePlus 5. OnePlus devices have seen global success and have an enthusiastic fan following. To coincide with the launch of OnePlus 5, OtterBox is now offering trusted smartphone protection with the Achiever Series.

          Talla de madera diosa india   
Gran detalle-gran artista-madera de ebano blanco. precio estimado en eeuu 1500$
           Elimination of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent : a comparison of predictions from three transmission models    
Le Rutte, Epke A., Chapman, Lloyd A. C., Coffeng, Luc E., Jervis, Sarah, Hasker, Epco C., Dwivedi, Shweta, Karthick, Morchan, Das, Aritra, Mahapatra, Tanmay, Chaudhuri, Indrajit, Boelaert, Marleen C., Medley, Graham F., Srikantiah, Sridhar, Hollingsworth, T. Déirdre and de Vlas, Sake J.. (2017) Elimination of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent : a comparison of predictions from three transmission models. Epidemics, 18 . pp. 67-80. ISSN 1755-4365
          Qatar Airways - 10 years | 10 gateways | 10 days of savings | US Cities to Cities in India RT Fares from $665   
The recently announced top World's Best Airline for 2017, Qatar Airways, is having a "10 years | 10 gateways | 10 days of savings" to celebrate. Below are their round trip prices from various US...
          Protect Your Public Lands: A User’s Guide   
We can’t hike trails without public lands, so I wrote this blog for Oboz about 5 things you can do! by Renee Patrick Image: Take some time to learn about public lands surrounding your favorite trails. Photo by Renee Patrick After huffing up the 2,000-foot climb out of Big Indian Gorge, my sweat-dampened shirt quickly chilled in […]
          Plastic Headgear Market, Trends, Size and Forecasts   

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

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Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

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Report covers the following geographical regions:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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Paris and the entire country of France is world-famous for its cuisine, with a non-exhaustive list of delicacies and culinary systems. The culinary reputation of Paris is very rich, cultured and diverse. French food culture,  according to UNESCO, is important for 'bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking' and the power to create 'togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature'.

French food culture includes such wonders as the croissant, éclair, bouillon, crepe, and, of course, the baguette. Wine (there are as many types of wines as there are regions in France), bread (usually eaten in some form with each meal) and cheese (there are over 400 types of cheese in France made from all types of milk, including goat) are the staples of French food culture and French life.

The word and idea of a restaurant, which really came into modern times at the end of the French Revolution when the nouveau riche (newly rich) had more money to spend, come from French. From cafes to bistros, the world owes a lot to the French for the commercialization of specialty foods and making them available to the public. The first Parisian restaurant was founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres. He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables." Following the revolution, the abolition of the guild system made it easier to open restaurants. Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants found new employment and Paris became the center of the new restaurant scene, which, to some degree, it remains today.

The aim of this architecture competition is to design a new 21st century restaurant and wine bar on the promenade along the River Seine in Paris. The restaurant should be unique and innovative in all respects and should invent new ways to provide an overall sensory experience to the customers. The restaurant should experiment with unique materials, volumetric compositions layout systems and other transitional spaces to make it a new prototype and exemplary typology that will become an active gastronomical hub in the heart of the French capital. The participants should:

Create an architectural icon along the River Seine, that will become a popular destination for the residents and everyone who visits the city.  The participants must consider the attributes of light, color, materiality, aesthetic quality that will add a sense of identity to the restaurant, eventually creating a landmark along the picturesque context of River Seine. The participants are free to create their own design language, ranging from contemporary to traditional but should be able to merge the shell with the existing context in a respectful and additive fashion.

Create an experience within a restaurant shell that adds to the programmed interior space. The participants must try to create a wholesome experience for the end user rather than just a self-referential interior space. The participants are free to design a thematic or a generic interior environment but it should have an immersive effect on the customers, stimulating their sensory experience.

Maximize the use of the waterfront context and the promenade into the architectural concept for the restaurant. The participants are required to use the unique nature of the site into their design proposal and architectural built form. The participants can use the water element and picturesque surroundings and develop the restaurant as an open, semi-open seating zone. The quai or the dock-promenade can be used as an extension of the restaurant and cultured into a social and leisure zone.



  • Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st July 2017
  • Early Registration ends: 31st August 2017
  • Standard Registration starts: 1st September 2017
  • Deadline for Questions: 10th September 2017
  • Standard Registration ends: 30th September 2017
  • Closing day for Submissions 30th September 2017
  • Announcement of Winners: 24th October 2017

*Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm - 00:00 IST (India).



Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:

First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate

Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate

Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate

10 Honorable mentions

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.



Early Registration:

From 1st July 2017 to 31st August 2017

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)


Standard Registration:

From 1st September 2017 to 30th September 2017

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website



Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.

Send us the following details at to avail the offer.

  • Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
  • Name of the university.
  • School ID proofs of the team leaders.



It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.



  • Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
  • Team code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
  • The official language of the competition is English.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  • archasm as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.


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Competition project disclaimer

This is an open international competition hosted by archasm to generate progressive design ideas. There are no plans for the riverside restaurant to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.


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          Noninvasive Cancer Diagnostics and Technologies Market   

Noninvasive Cancer Diagnostics and Technologies Market - Global Share, Industry Overview, Analysis, Growth, Trends Opportunities and Forecast 2012 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/28/2014 -- Non-invasive diagnostic is a process of identifying the disease conditions with minimal incision in body during diagnosis. The global market for diagnostic/in-vitro diagnostics valued at $49.2 billion in 2012, which shows potential for market growth, especially in chronic diseases. Non-invasive cancer diagnostics is gaining importance over conventional diagnosis due to increase in incidences of chronic cancer such as breast cancer, and lung cancer. According to American Cancer Society, there were more than 1,660,290 new cases diagnosed in 2013.

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Commercialization of non-invasive cancer diagnosis is possible due to completion of Human Genome Project (HGP) that gives enormous diagnostic information based on genomic and proteomic. Increase in stringent regulatory guidelines and cost associated with diagnostics is hindering the growth of non-invasive cancer diagnostic market. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance regulations for monitoring non-invasive diagnostics are issued by FDA, Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Social Security Administration (SSA).

The global non-invasive market has a huge potential in developing countries; however, cost of diagnosis is creating hurdles to tap this market. Hence, to overcome this problem, the diagnostic market has to be analyzed by the developing countries such as China, Japan, and India. This report provides key market drivers that are driving the market with impact analysis. The report gives intelligence about key regulatory guidelines issued by respective governments.

Key companies included in report are Precision Therapeutics, A&G Pharmaceutical, Affymetrix Inc., AVIVA Biosciences Corporation, BIOVIEW Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp), Quest Diagnostics Incorporated Cancer Genetics Inc., Digene Corporation, Gen-Probe Incorporated


-Key developmental strategies adopted by top market players engaged in this business so that companies involved in development non-invasive cancer diagnostic device can get competitive intelligence of their competitors

-Market estimation for therapeutics techniques and geographic segment is derived from current market scenario and expected market trends

-Market attractiveness analysis has been included for various product segments, therapeutics, techniques and geographic regions with detailed analysis of factors responsible for rapid growth of the market segments

-In depth analysis of key market drivers, restraints and opportunities of non-invasive cancer diagnostic market with impact analysis

-Value chain analysis, Porter's five force model, top investment pockets (GE9 Cell Matrix) are analyzed and presented in detail in the report so that the decision makers can receive clear picture of cancer diagnosis market



- Solid tumors
- Blood cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Others


- Clinical Chemistry
- Immunochemistry/Immunoassay
- Molecular Diagnostics
- Other Clinical Instruments


- North America
- Europe
- Asia-Pacific
- RoW


- Medical devices manufacturing companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Government and Private Research Institutes
- Academic Institutes

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          Vaccines - Top 5 Asian Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in the top 5 Asian countries.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/25/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in the top 5 Asian countries.

The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in top 5 Asian countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

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These market studies answer to questions such as:

- What is the size of the vaccine markets in top 5 Asian countries?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:

- Human vaccines
- Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:

China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea

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Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market

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          Vaccines - Top 10 Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in the top 10 global countries.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/20/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in the top 10 global countries. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in top 10 global countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

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- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
United States, China, Japan, India, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Mexico

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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

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These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Indian-Americans and Spelling Bees: Adding some nuance   
It's that time of the year again. The only night of the year when desi people dominate ESPN primetime in the United States. The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yet again, the winner...or rather co-winners..came from the families of Indian immigrants.

This has been happening for over a decade now, and every year, the aftermath of the Bee in Indian media and Indian and Indian-origin social media follows a similar pattern. There are a few think pieces about why Indian-Americans are so good at spelling bees. Some folks go all uber-patriotic extolling the superior virtues of our intellectual tradition and what not (cue...Bhaaaaarrrraat maaata kiiii.......). And some folks sneer, indulging in a mild form of communal self-loathing. I don't have kids but my close Indian-American friends who do are very emphatic about how they will not make...or even let their kids participate in something as nerdy and inherently uncool as a spelling bee.

Through Twitter I came across this post that quotes Varun Grover's interview in the excellent excellent documentary I Am Offended (do watch if you haven't) which references spelling bees. That blog, and Varun in that documentary, are making a larger point about how the Indian education system is centered around rote learning, stifling creativity and basically preparing "middle managers". And that the success in spelling bees is a symptom of that.

While I agree with Varun and Auctorly on the larger problem, I don't think it is correct to link spelling bees to that problem. I see where they are coming from, and the reason for that is a couple of myths about spelling bees in general which merit some attention.

Myth #1 Spelling Bees are all about memorizing thousands and thousands and thousands of words, and regurgitating them on stage.

I used to think the same way, but it's not really that way. A few years ago, I had a long chat with a student of mine (I am a college professor) who in her school days had participated in the spelling bee. She didn't win, but talked to me about how much fun it was, and ended up giving me a different perspective on this activity that I too once sneered at. Then I read some more about it, watched the documentary Spellbound, talked to some more students over the years, and I think it is necessary to add some nuance to how we view the "sport".

Spelling bee as a contest is more about pattern recognition than just rote memorization. Don't get me wrong. Of course it is important to know and remember many many words to participate in a spelling bee. But the same is true of scrabble. Or crosswords. Or trivia quizzing. Heck, memorization is key even in chess. A serious chess player will have thousands of moves and games memorized.

Just like all those activities/sports, spelling bee is about, yes, having a memory bank of relevant information, but at the top level, it is often about recognizing patterns, working out clues, and then formulating an answer by accessing the relevant information from your brain.

You know how the kids ask for meaning, language of origin, use it in a sentence etc etc? It is not for theater. It has important information, and many times, can even help you make an educated guess at the spelling of a word you've never heard of by using what is basically pattern recognition.

Let me give you an example about how I, without memorizing any words, was able to correctly guess one of the words in the final this year. The word was chremslach. When it was first uttered, I thought it would start with "Kr" and maybe end with "che" or "kh". Then I heard that the word was Yiddish. And the meaning was a kind of passover pastry. Instantly I thought of a pastry that a Jewish deli near my house excels at - rugelach. The end sounded the same. So it had to end in -lach. And the different pronunciations of the starting syllable suggested chr not Kr. The repeated usage by the moderator further confirmed what I had in my mind. A pattern emerged and voila. There the spelling was.

I felt thrilled at having worked it out before the contestant answered. It was a thrill similar to the one I get as a trivia quizzer when I crack a cleverly framed Final Jeopardy style "workout-able" question. Or the thrill I get when I crack a particularly cryptic clue in crosswords.

The aforementioned student kept stressing about how much fun the whole thing was for her. She said it was a form of solving puzzles. And I saw what she meant. I asked her, isn't it boring to memorize thousands and thousands of words. She said no, she LOVES words (sidenote - she always wrote the most well-crafted and thoughtful term papers in my class). And again, I see her point.

When you enjoy any activity built on pattern recognition so much that you want to seriously compete in it, you don't think of the underlying memorization as a drab chore. I like to play scrabble semi-competitively, and it is fun for me to have those cruel 2 letter words memorized so I can gain advantage on the board despite not having great tiles. And I'm sure poker players don't think of probability calculations as mundane.

Myth #2 These desi spelling be winners will most likely end up as middle managers, code coolies, cogs in the corporate machine....just total drones.

Although it seems like Indian-Americans have been winning the bee for ages, in reality, it's been less than two decades that it has been happening consistently. So the sample of winners is not statistically significant, but from whatever I read in "where are they now" type stories, I saw very few, if any, ending up in those drone type jobs.

A lot of them were in some form of research, which to me, as an academic researcher, makes sense. Research is like the rigorous grown-up impactful form of pattern recognition that is built upon a deep memory bank of knowledge about a subject. A bunch of them were doctors and lawyers. One was a professional poker player (again, pattern recognition and memory). And so on. I even googled a few names of winners and always found that the person was doing something really cool.

Maybe a systematic study will throw up more details.

Myth #3 We Indians are just awesome at English and we are such brainiacs and we have the bestest education-centric culture so we are awesome at Spelling Bees

While the first two myths were in the self-loathing category, this one is in the uber-patriotic category. I have no problem with Indians or Indian-origin feeling proud or elated or whatever at this dominance, although I am personally from the Bill Hicks school of thought when it comes to patriotism.

But let us dispel with this notion that there is something really inherently culturally genetically special about Indians that our kids just go to America, show up at spelling bees, and start winning them left and right. There is actually a pretty strong and well-organized training infrastructure that is making all this possible. Remember that these contestants train with the rigor and discipline of athletes. It is not done in isolation, but requires broader support like with any sport or activity.

What you see on ESPN is the culmination of a year of smaller contests, local spelling bees, practice bees, and other such events on the local circuits. And there's a kind of feedback loop that forms. Successive generations build on the success of previous generations. Legacies and even "dynasties" are created and inspire some to adhere to it. I could keep going, but I came across this article that explains the quasi-institutional reasons behind the dominance in more detail.

If some other community starts taking such a deep interest in the sport and organizes in such a serious grassroots way, other communities could start dominating too.

One thing to note is that the winners have all been kids of Indians who migrated to the United States. Recent Indian immigrants, much like recent immigrants of other communities, tend to socialize more with their compatriots and do so in a very community-based way, with associations and groups and mandals and so on. But second generation Indian-Americans are more assimilated in the American mainstream. So when they grow up and have kids of their own, they are not as plugged into the Indian-American groups and associations as their parents were.

So you don't see many (or even any?) third generation Indian-American children winning the spelling bee or even making it to the national finals, because they don't have automatic access to that community-based infrastructure.

The best way to end this post is to quote a now-grown-up Nupur Lala, the star of the Oscar winning documentary who arguably started this Indian-American phenomenon.

“Having watched Spellbound, I realized that several of my competitors weren’t any worse than me ability-wise, but they didn’t have the same advantages—economic privilege, educational background, family dynamics,” she says. “I know that played a big, big role in my success. As a 14-year-old, I really thought I was one of the best spellers out there. In hindsight, I think, yeah, I was a very good speller, but I also had some of the best preparation and resources out there. I had a mom who had a graduate degree in linguistics. Parents who have literally hundreds of books in the house, and who were very motivated to help me succeed.”

          On IIPM "Shutting Down"   
Recently a friend pointed out that next month would be 10 years since I made a post titled "The Fraud that is IIPM" on my little-read blog. He asked if I planned to make a 10 year anniversary post of sorts. I said I'd think about it. And now comes the news that IIPM is shutting down their campuses.
When I met Rashmi Bansal (who owned JAM whose post I linked to) in Manhattan earlier this year, she mentioned the possibility of something like this happening. She said the relentless bad press is taking its toll and some campuses were being closed even then.
It is difficult to put into words the full range of emotions I feel hearing this news. But the foremost is that this "victory", if you call it that, belongs primarily to people like Rashmi Bansal, Maheshwar Peri, and Anant Nath. They actually WERE sued by that odious company and they fought the legal battle without choosing to take the easy way out. They paid a lot, monetarily and emotionally, to expose the fraud.
I really didn't do too much. I wrote a post linking to a JAM story by Arjun Ravi on a blog that was read by maybe 2-300 people. When IIPM sent me a standard email they sent to threaten all bloggers who wrote against them, I ridiculed it on my blog. And when IIPM sleazily tried to drag my then employer IBM into it, I quit my job.
The "IIM dude quits IBM" factoid made for a catchy headline and the news went viral. Mainly because IIM and IBM are such huge brands. But the development didn't really "harm" me in the way a cursory reading of the headlines might suggest. Yeah, I quit that job, but within hours, I had two dozen interview calls and a few job offers, all of them unsolicited. Let's be honest. I was (am?) a privileged upper caste English speaking male in India with a prime resume painted as some sort of a hero by the media and the blogosphere. I was bound to land on my feet. And I did, really fast.
Eventually, as Arindam said last year to Shivam Vij on a news show, they chose NOT to follow through on their threat to sue me. If they had, I most certainly would've fought the case. Some reputed lawyers had offered their services pro bono if it came to that. And even if I had to do it on my own, I would've. As my mom and wife will tell you, I am very stubborn. smile emoticon
But it didn't happen. So other than the few hours of mild uncertainty after resigning from IBM, I came out of the experience unscathed and more or less smelling of roses. And with this "giant slayer" reputation that has continued since, and which has always made me very uncomfortable.
I took up a well-paying part-time job with IMS at an office 5 minutes from where I lived, making it clear to them that I'd be leaving for a PhD soon. The PhD plan is something I had made way back in my MBA days (in fact my IIML yearbook even mentions it). The IIPM threat just made me advance it to 2006 instead of 2008 when I had originally scheduled it for.
I got into a great PhD program at Penn State, and moved to the US, starting a new chapter of my life. IIPM became just a thing that I'd get emails and text messages about whenever they were in the news because of their latest PR disaster. Yes, I still got an occasional email threatening a lawsuit or an arrest (the last was in 2010 i think), but I just ignored them all and nothing really materialized.
Meanwhile, Rashmi, Maheshwar, Anant, and many wronged and cheated students fought on. They were made to navigate the complex and sometimes corrupt labyrinth of the Indian judicial system, responding to complaints from remote locations like Silchar! They kept the battle going.
So this news today of IIPM essentially shutting shop is their win. They deserve the credit, the kudos, the accolades, and everything else. In 2015, I'm as much of a bystander as the rest of you.

          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"

          What Jon Stewart Means To Me   
August 2006, I wrapped up my life in India and moved to the United States for a PhD in Marketing.

I left the country I really knew and moved to a strange new land, with its strange new customs, and strange people, and strange grocery aisles! I had a tough time fitting in!

Okay, no I didn't.

The thing is, I moved when I was 26 years old, as opposed to most other Indian grad students who move here right out of college, having not seen any of the "real world". Thanks to blogs and internet forums and American TV shows and second hand stories from close friends who moved there four years before, I more or less knew what to expect from America. To me, almost everything ranging from grocery aisles to the way the people talked and behaved to the local "customs" seemed familiar.

The one thing that wasn't as familiar was the news cycle. I have always been a huge news junkie, especially interested in politics. Although I followed the basics of American politics even when I lived in India, I did not really "know" the scene too well. Sure, I had followed the 2004 primaries, seen Howard Dean's howl, slept through John Kerry's speeches, and more or less knew why Florida or Ohio are so much more crucial in the Presidential race than Tennessee or Indiana.

And I knew America's comedy scene well enough, having been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, and of course, George Carlin.

And yes, I was vaguely aware of this funny guy called Jon Stewart who combined politics and comedy. When I was in India, CNN used to air a half hour compilation of the best bits of his show once a week. Not quite the "Daily" show but whenever I came across it on TV, I watched it and chuckled. To me, it seemed like a funny enough show with a political context.

And then in August 2006, I moved to America. I fit in quite easily in most ways, ranging from food to socializing to academics to day to day chores. One aspect where I felt lost was the politics. I realized that I knew about American politics only peripherally. So I started reading more blogs, watching the big three cable news channels, reading newspapers, etc.

The first time I watched The Daily Show was due to jet lag a couple of days after I arrived. I had slept through most of the afternoon and evening and in the wee hours of the night, I found myself as alert as a watchdog. While my roommates slept, I plonked myself in front of the TV and started flipping channels. And I came across the slightly familiar face of Jon Stewart. It was 1 or 2 AM so obviously, it was the repeat telecast.

As I watched, I found myself drawn in instantly, maybe because of the Indian connection. The segment was about how Republican senate candidate George Allen had referred to an Indian-American staffer of his opponent Jim Webb as "macaca". What I loved about that segment was that it combined facts, opinion, and humor perfectly without taking cheap shots at anyone. I made a mental note to watch the show again the next night.

And I loved the show again. And then I watched it again. And I kept watching every night. It taught me about aspects of the US "midterm" elections that I had never really fully understood sitting in India. It contextualized the red-v-blue battle in terms more nuanced and pithy than I had ever read on any blog. And of course, it made me laugh, especially with the hilariously quirky George W Bush impression.

I still remember that hilarious song about the midterms

"So just remember this November that your vote will count,
A very very very very very small amount!"

Jon Stewart helped me seamlessly blend into the American political discourse the way thousands of hours of reading blogs and news sites never had. He has that uncanny ability to zero in on the most consequential news items of the day and in 22 short minutes....14 if you omit the interview...present a perfect blend of analysis and irony.

Within a few days, the 11 PM time slot on my daily calendar....or at least Monday-Thursday calendar was earmarked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He chuckled, he made faces, he did impressions, but above all, he managed to be that guy inside us all who is just utterly baffled with the absurdity and sometimes cruelty of the world around us, but tries to cope with it using humor.

Jon Stewart helped me through American political milestones from the 2006 midterms to the 2014 midterms, not ignoring other events worldwide. One of his and his show's greatest qualities has been the ability to strike the right balance in expressing resentment about something. Many comedians have gotten in trouble for crossing the "line" of tastefulness. Which is why many comedians steer clear of troublesome topics.

But Jon has somehow always been able to address tricky and even tragic topics with the right balance of sensitivity and respectful humor. And occasionally, just straight talk. His post 9/11 speech is the stuff of legend, so I won't talk about it here.

But as a former Bombayite now living in the US, my most memorable and personally relevant example of this uncanny knack of addressing tragedies tastefully is the segment he and John Oliver did after the 2008 Bombay attacks

It was just so perfect!

Watching Jon Stewart has been a part of my life from the very first week I moved to this country 9 years ago. He's been an integral part of my life.

I have attended two of his show's tapings in person and was blown away by how nice he was even off-camera. I went to DC with 250,000 other people for the Rally to Restore Sanity that he and Stephen Colbert organized.

And now he's announced that he's leaving The Daily Show. Given what a permanent fixture he's been in my life in this country, this is a BIG change. But I understand why he needs to do what he needs to do. Rosewater has shown that he's capable of much more and who can fault him for wanting to spread his wings?

I'll miss you Jon, and 11 PM Monday to Thursday just won't be the same after you leave.

          Identity is not always Community   
A few days ago, Rajdeep Sardesai, generally a liberal, reasonable and likable voice in the Indian TV media, tweeted,

Big day for my goa. Two GSBs, both talented politicians become full cabinet ministers. Saraswat pride!! @manoharparrikar and Suresh Prabhu.
I cringed. And not just as someone who, through the random genetic lottery, was born in a family whose caste label reads Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB). I was particularly disappointed that an otherwise progressive voice was echoing such medieval sentiments. I tweeted back my disagreement and gave in to the hashtag impulse, labeling it #SaraswatShame. The hashtag was half in jest, half in disappointment, and not exactly accurate, but we'll come to that later.

I was not the only one who found fault with his tweet. Many people pushed back, with the responses ranging from outright abuse to expressions of disappointment. Rajdeep doubled down, responding,

 proud GSB, proud Goan, proud Indian. No contradiction.
And yesterday, he defended himself at length in a column in Hindustan Times titled Identity is not always destiny.

The title of the column is perfect, because identity may not always be destiny, but identity is not always "community" either. In fact, the core of my disagreement with Sardesai lies in conflating caste with community, and placing caste identity in the same bracket as being from a state or a country.

I hate writing stuff like "Oxford/Webster's dictionary defines community as....." so I'll leave it to you to look up exactly what the definition is. But the way I see it, a community is shaped and defined through some common experience or attitude/outlook.

I consider myself a part of many many communities. I am part of Indian, American, Indian-American, Punekar, Mumbaikar, New Yorker, Maharashtrian, Marathi, etc. communities as a result of sharing geography or language and/or nationality with others in that group. I am part of Engineer, IIM, MBA, PhD, Penn State, Academia, Marketing, etc, communities as a result of sharing my education or career related experiences with others in that group. Thinking test cricket is the best sport ever makes me part of the test cricket puritan community. Loving the Pittsburgh Steelers team and cheering it on every season makes me part of the Steeler Nation.

I am not sure what experience or attitude or outlook would or should make me consider myself (and with unabashed pride) part of the GSB community, at least in the 21st century. I can understand caste being considered a source of community identity a century or two ago, when people lived more or less segregated into those castes. But then we all generally realized that the caste system isn't the best topology to adopt if we want to build a good society, because the system seeded and engendered discrimination on the basis of birth.

Almost all Indians I know think (or at least say) that the caste system is a relic that should be relegated to irrelevance in an ideal society. Then a good start would be to think of caste as irrelevant, not as a specious source of pride. And that's where Sardesai's tweet had a problem - by perpetuating that which should ideally be irrelevant.

Sardesai drops a lot of names, from Sachin Tendulkar to Deepika Padukone, when enumerating the "enormous contributions" of our supposed community. But what exactly do Rajdeep or I as GSBs have in common meaningfully with Sachin Tendulkar as a GSB, that we don't with Ajinkya Rahane, also from Mumbai and not (as far as I can tell) a GSB? What have we as GSBs shared with other GSBs other than simply the label of being called GSBs?

Is it the most commonly defined culinary feature of GSBs - we have religious sanction to eat fish? Heh! We do not have religious sanction to eat steaks but clearly both Sardesai and I enjoy a good slab of succulent cow meat.

I don't really consider myself part of the Saraswat "community" and so don't really feel #SaraswatShame in Sardesai's bizarre views. I know being Saraswat is a tiny irrelevant trivial part of my identity, but it's no more defining of me than my identity as a guy with black hair. And I am surprised that someone like Sardesai is conflating such an irrelevant expression of identity with community.

What is the basis of defining this community other than just the label identifying ourselves as such?

Shared history? I won't go into the specifics of the problems with the history-based argument Sardesai makes in his column, mainly because Kaustubh has done it splendidly already.

But history brings me to the other problem with the "Saraswat Pride" sentiment that Sardesai espouses. And that's the history of the privileged and powerful position that brahmins in general, including GSBs, used to hold in the caste system with legal sanction until recently. We had a monopoly on education and on running the religion. We were the "haves" in a system that perpetrated the vilest atrocities, violent as well as insidious, on a large swathe of the population we defined as lower caste or caste-less.

As Sardesai notes a little fallaciously

In this political milieu, the Brahmins have usually lost out because their numerical strength doesn’t justify greater political representation. Which is why it is significant that Parrikar and Prabhu made the cut.
This is a point on which I recently had an argument with some fellow Marathi Brahmin friends as well. This weird self-pitying victim mentality that many Brahmins have about not being uber-dominant in politics the way we are in almost every other aspect of Indian society, from industry to academia to entertainment. Never mind that the proportion of Prime Ministers, Presidents, Chief Ministers, and Governors over the years from the Brahmin community is probably at least 3 times the proportion of Brahmins in the general population (caveat - I haven't crunched the numbers, but I strongly suspect this to be the case based on what I could remember).

But we still love indulging in this weird victim mentality in the "political milieu". Never mind that both guys Sardesai mentions have held positions of political power in the past. Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa and Prabhu was a cabinet minister in the last BJP government as well.

Regardless of all this, even if you grant the factually questionable premise that Brahmins are deprived of political power as a result of caste-based politics prevalent in many parts of the country, this cannot be viewed as divorced from history, especially in a democracy. Autocratic rule allowed higher castes to monopolize power, resources, and education for centuries. If 6 decades of democracy has resulted in a backlash electorally, well, suck it up.

Related to this, someone asked me online, "Why do you have problems with Sardesai touting Saraswat pride but you have no problems with people celebrating historic Dalit or OBC achievements in politics?"

I couldn't believe that I had to actually explain it, but here is what I said. Dalit or OBC leaders achieving a position of power after centuries of discrimination and systematic disenfranchisement is actually bucking the trend of history. Righting old wrongs in a way. In terms of a sports metaphor, it's like cheering the underdog. On the other hand, when people from a caste that held power, enjoyed monopoly over intellectual resources and were complicit in perpetuating discrimination until recently start gloating about their achievements, it almost suggests they are implying supremacy again.

It's many commentators, black and from other races, expressed pride and satisfaction in a black man becoming President of the United States. In the historic context, it makes perfect sense. Your expressions of community pride, to not seem distasteful, have to gel with the historic context.

Let's say the next President of America is white. What Sardesai tweeted was the equivalent of a white news anchor like Brian Williams tweeting "White pride!" in response. And responding to criticism with "Proud white guy, proud Jersey guy, proud American! No contradictions."

Because identity is not always community.

          Thoughts on Haider   
Watched Haider. Liked it a lot. But it certainly isn't Vishal Bhardwaj's best as some reviewers have suggested. It wasn't a masterpiece like Maqbool and Blue Umbrella were. It had its problems. And the problems weren't fundamental, but cosmetic. Which makes the problems all the more annoying.

It seemed like Michaelangelo's David wearing underwear because its creator didn't want some people to blush. Or the Mona Lisa with eyebrows penciled on at the last minute because Leonardo didn't want to deal with "but where are the eyebrows?" questions.  

You can see that there was a masterpiece hidden in there, but was robbed of its true form due to lack of total conviction or concerns about propriety. Ironically, it seems like Vishal had his own "to be or not to be" struggle about how much to push the envelope. And ended up undermining the end product. Not too much, but just enough to make it fall short of greatness.

Here are some disjointed thoughts about the movie.

1) The "Anti-Army" charges

Many self-proclaimed nationalists on Twitter have been bashing the film as being "anti-army". Haider isn't nearly as anti-army as Maqbool was "anti-police". Vishal cast two corrupt police officers in the role of the witches from Macbeth, and gave them a lot more mischief to do. Heck, Haider isn't even as anti-army as Hum Aapke Hai Koun is "anti-stairs" because if not for those damn stairs, Pooja would've been alive and Nisha and Prem would've gotten married without Tuffy having to exert himself.

A lot of this "nationalist" outrage against Haider is a by-product of the mass delusion that most Indians have willingly been a part of and ardently sought to perpetuate. The delusion that the idea of India is more inclusive and benign than it actually is. That if some folks in Kashmir or in the North-East don't consider themselves Indian, it's just stupid, their fault, and totally the handiwork of Pakistan and/or China. And....most importantly....that our army can do no wrong. It can't do anything dishonorable or horrible.

But our army sometimes.....often.... does dishonorable or horrible things. Mostly because as Shivam Vij explains, that's the army's job in situations like 1990s Kashmir.

If you watch the movie without having this naive hyper-nationalized romanticized notion of what the Indian army is, Haider actually seems to go somewhat out of its way to be respectful to the army and justify its perceived excesses. When a home is blown up, it is because a bonafide terrorist really is hiding in it. People are are tortured either are or are strongly suspected of being terrorists trained by Pakistan. And if innocent people are being incarcerated or killed, it's not the army's fault. It is due to misinformation from the conniving two-faced Ikhwan types.

2) Excessive Soapbox Usage

Vishal has so far occupied a level higher than other Indian directors because of how nuanced, layered, and yet powerful his scripts are. You're not hit over the head with blatant exposition of irony, tragedy, or even humor. 

Haider was a bit too "speechy". And I don't mean the soliloquies that Hamlet is famous for. In fact most of those were excised. I mean speechy in the sense that Vishal and Basharat Peer seeme to be almost compelled to give us a preachy soapbox exposition of almost every political perspective in the Kashmir issue. 

So you have the speech about Nehru's betrayal, and the speech about Kashmiri Pandits, and the speech about how violence isn't the answer, and the speech about how "azadi" is synonymous with joining Pakistan, and the speech about.......about about about......

To make matters worse, not only were the speeches utterly banal, but they also served as speed-breakers in the narrative. They were less Vishal Bhardwaj and more Mani Ratnam or Aaron Sorkin. 

The most poignant points about the whole issue were actually made in several vintage Vishal scenes, either sub-textually or organically. The chutzpah-AFSPA dialog for instance or the scene in which Basharat himself has a cameo. 

All those soapbox scenes, the movie could have done without. I couldn't help but feel that they were there for Vishal to hedge politically. Every one of those scenes was meant to mollify or assuage one of the stakeholders in  the Kashmir issue. It's like Vishal had a checklist and wanted to make sure everyone got their spiel in and nobody felt left-out. The end result ironically is that you will find several Indian nationalists, Pakistanis, pro-freedom Kashmiris, Kashmiri Pandits, and so on who think the movie is unfair to their perspective.  

3) Shahid Kapoor

Shahid put in a solid effort. He tried hard and stretched himself to the maximum. But it simply wasn't good enough. Especially in the second half when Hamlet in the play really comes into his element, Shahid Kapoor seemed instead to be channeling Sridevi from Sadma. 

The movie would've been better served by casting not Shahid, but an actor who won accolades for playing a guy named Shahid - Rajkumar Rao. At several points in the movie when Shahid's earnest but inadequate emoting was making me cringe, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine Rajkumar Rao in the same scene.

          Advice for International Masters Students Cold-Call Emailing Business School Professors   
It is that time of the year again for me as an assistant professor in an American business school. August-September, the start of the academic year. When I get at least a handful of emails everyday from just-arrived international Masters students, typically from India and China, asking about Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) positions. I usually send a prompt reply telling them I have no positions available and wish them luck. Most other people in my place in business schools just ignore the mails and/or delete them.

This post is meant to explain why I almost always send summary rejections and why most others ignore or delete the emails.

The key to this explanation is the almost unique nature of the microcosm that are business schools. Specifically, research-oriented business schools that co-exist with prestigious engineering schools in the same university such as mine.

Research in business schools is very different from research in engineering schools. In engineering schools, research has a lot to do with winning 6-7 figure grants and patents. That is the nature of the engineering world. In business schools, the incentives for tenure-track research professors are different. The nature of our field is such that there are few, if any, opportunities for patents and big grants. In our field, research productivity is measured by publications in top level journals.  

The other aspect of business research is the cost element. The reason we don't care as much about grants is that our research is nowhere as expensive to conduct as engineering research. We don't need expensive equipment, months long experiments, and suchlike. Most business research is conducted using secondary data or individual behavioral experiments. The most expensive equipment we need is limited to powerful computers to do our analysis. 

We don't have as many conferences to go to. In each of the sub-fields of business (such as Finance, Marketing, Management etc), there are two, maybe three MUST-ATTEND conferences each year. Our conferences aren't as selective as engineering conferences in terms of who gets to present. Obviously, "conference proceedings" are a non-factor in tenuring decisions when it comes to business school faculty. What matter are publications.

Basically, our research doesn't cost that much. That's the cost side.

Now on to the revenue side. Most business schools have MBA programs that charge tuition way higher than the average program. Most MBA programs don't offer any funding. MBA programs earn business schools a lot of money. Then there are undergraduate programs. Undergrad business programs are very popular in most schools in the US. So business schools get a decent chunk of change from the universities for that. Then there are endowments, consulting fees, and other revenue opportunities.

So to summarize what I have said so far, business schools in the US have a higher revenue than other schools, and have lower research costs than other schools. And, to reiterate, faculty research is measured in terms of publications in top journals, not patents, conference proceedings, or grants. Not that there are that many business-centric grants anyway.

As a result, here is how the typical contract for a typical tenure-track faculty member in a research-oriented business school works. We get a salary. And we get a research budget from our business school that is roughly $10,000-50,000 per year. 

These amounts might be relatively paltry for engineering professors who need to buy expensive equipment and need to hire several grad students to take care of the equipment and run experiments. But in business schools, that amount is plenty. 

Then there's the unique nature of business school PhD programs. They are geared exclusively towards academia. Which means the program is designed only to send graduates into academic positions, NOT industry positions. 99.9% of marketing PhDs will become marketing professors, not work in marketing jobs in the industry. 99.9% of management PhDs will become management professors, not work in management jobs in the industry. And so on.

PhD programs in business schools will also have a tiny intake compared to engineering schools. In a typical top-50 or even top-100 research business school in the US, the total incoming PhD class size every year will be about 15, with 2-3 students dedicated to sub-fields such as finance, marketing, management, etc.

In business schools, these PhD students are fully funded and paid a stipend by the business school. In return, they have to work 20 hours a week each for tenure track professors.

(Sidebar: the most "privileged" international grad students in any school are business school PhDs. They are assured of tuition waivers and stipends for at least 4 years from the school itself, and not tied to any Professor like in engineering schools. They also get academic positions relatively easily without having to do postdocs.)

Now, each department will have a roughly 1:1 ratio between tenure track professors and PhD students. Part of each tenure track professor's contract is 10 hours or "free" RA work from an assigned PhD student. Free as in, the professor doesn't pay the student. The business school does. And the business school pays for the tuition.

So now we come to the main point. Most of us business school professors have a PhD student assigned to work with us without us paying anything. Our research budgets, given by the school not from grants, are in the 10-50K range to buy computers, buy data, go to conferences, etc....generous but not enough to fund a grad student, which including tuition and stipend, will use up the entire budget.

When a Masters student from engineering or quasi-engineering (Information Systems, Technology Management etc) fields sends a cold-call email to a typical business school professor, he is making a pitch to someone who has neither the requirement nor the budget to hire him.

That's maybe 99% of business school professor. The 1% who might have RA/TA positions for you are the rare minority of business school professors who got a grant or got an extra endowment for a research lab or something. They might just have positions that Masters students can fill. They tend to advertise their positions well in advance. But even if cold-calling works for them, it needs to be very specific.

Many international students make the mistake of composing one utterly general boilerplate email and sending it to all professors. See this for instance.

In this case, even if I was a professor with an opportunity for this student, I wouldn't contact him. Because the email is so general. If I want to hire a Masters student, I would like that student to be genuinely interested in what I am doing.

So even if you do send cold-call emails to business school professors, make sure they are individually customized and reflect their particular research interests. 

And of course, make sure you really are interested in the research of the professor you are pitching your services to. We professors do talk to each other, you know? If during a coffee chat, we discover that Masters Student XYZ sent an email to me saying "I am really passionate about Marketing and hope to make a career in it", and also to my Finance colleague saying, "I am really passionate about Finance and hope to make a career in it", it not only gives us something to chuckle about, but also destroys your credibility in our eyes forever.

I'll end by saying that in general, the strike rate for an engineering or quasi-engineering MS student getting RA/TA positions from individual professors in business schools are low. And I hope this post informs incoming Masters students about this and saves them some wasted effort. 

          Antu Barva by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns.

But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch.

For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience.

Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.

Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.    

It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".

Going Annu Gogtya = falling.

This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"

When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face.  They call him Antu sheth!

True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.

After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.

I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,

"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"

"Yes" I replied.

"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"

I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,

"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."


"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"

"Two days ago."

"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"

"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"

"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"

"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."

"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"

"You're right." I nodded.

"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."

Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.

"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.

"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."

"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"

Before I could say anything, Antu continued,

"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden do you say...."aircondition"!"

Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,

"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"

Then he addressed Hegishte again.

"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."

The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,

"What do you do?"

"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"

"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.

"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"

I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.

"Sure, go ahead."

"How much money do you make from one movie?"

This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.

"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.

"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."

"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."

"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"

"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.

"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."

Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.

"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."

"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."

" know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"

"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.

"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."

I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.

"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.

Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.

By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.

I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.

"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"

"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"

I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,

"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."

And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.

"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.

Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.

"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.

"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"


"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.

"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."

"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."

Antu continued in his characteristic manner.

"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."

Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.

And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.

Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.

It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.

That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.

One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.

"'s the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.

"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.

"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"

"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.

"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."

[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]

"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"

The manager got pissed off.

"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.

"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"

"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"

"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"

The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.

"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"

"It's okay." I said.

"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."

"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."

"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"

"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.

"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"

"So you watched the play after all?"

"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."

Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.

But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.

"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.

"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.


"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.

"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."

"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."

A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.

"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."

"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."

"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"

"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"

Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".

Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,

"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"

"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"

"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."

"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."

And so ended the rant.

I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.      

Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,

"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."

Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,

"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."

Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.

Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.

"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."

"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."

"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.

"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."  

"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.

"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."

"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"

"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."

When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.

"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"

"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear.  Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."

At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.

"You're right." I said.

"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"

Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.

The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,

"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"

"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."

And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.

This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.

"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."

The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.

"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."

"What request?"

"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"

For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.

"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."

I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar


"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"

"Both of us are going."

"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."

Antu sheth paused and continued.

"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"

"Tomorrow morning by bus."

"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"


"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones.  Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"

And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.

The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,


Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.

"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."

I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.

Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.


          TS228: Queen of Teetha,Liberty Holes,Trap Laws,Conscious Period   
We did it you guys! Thank you to everyone who donated to the MaxFun drive! Okay enough with the fun because there's been another win for bigotry in North Carolina AND in Indiana, two states that I guess we need to start paying attention to now. Also the brains behind the amazing company Conscious Period are here and they are flowing with tampon puns!
          Typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the FIFA World Cup.    
I don't really follow soccer*. So I don't know much about soccer. But I follow a lot of Indian soccer fans. I view them with mild amusement mixed with scientific curiosity. I study them. I try to find patterns in their bizarrely enthusiastic behavior. And I love doing pop-socio and pop-psych analysis of their behavior and their attitudes towards a game where India ranks even lower than countries smaller than my apartment building in Pune.

So I present here a typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the upcoming World Cup. The typology is arranged according to which country they support or bet on to lift the cup.

BRAZIL: This one is a no-brainer really, so let's get it out of the way. Everyone loves Brazil. It's a country that has won the cup the most often. They always have some of the best players, a style of play which is considered exciting, and wear really eye-catching yellow-and-green colors. So even someone with or without the most rudimentary knowledge of the game feels comfortable saying "Brazil of course!" when someone asks "Which team do you support?" It's like picking the Patriots at the beginning of the NFL season.

But it goes beyond just how good the team is on average (here comes the pop-socio and pop-psych). Brazil is "nice". Brazil is "safe". Other than soccer, what is Brazil associated with? Carnivals, pretty people, beaches, being part of the fashionable BRIC block, and again, carnivals. If countries were brands, Brazil would be like Linux - not really that relevant to your life but easy to love. It's the kind of country that if you visit as an Indian, you expect to love.

So might as well support them. Plus they are the hosts this time. Western media is being mean to them just like they were mean to India in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have messy social inequality issues just like us. Yes, Brazil is safe to support.

BEST 2 EUROPEAN UNION TEAMS: At any given time, at least 2 of the 3 objectively best teams in the world are from the EU. So the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" soccer fan from India will be telling anyone willing to listen that one of those two teams is SURE to win. One of the two is always ALWAYS Germany. And the other is some country whose economy Germany has bailed out or will be bailing out soon. Right now it's Spain. A decade ago, it was France. In between, Italy took a break from electing Caligula-esque Prime Ministers to occupy that spot.

So Germany and "Another EU country" are the best bets for Indian soccer pundits who want to set themselves apart from the bandwagon Brazil supporters and maintain a chance for gloating when the dust settles.

ARGENTINA: Ah, Argentina! The most bizarre underdog-favorite combinations in the history of sport. I say this because some of my friends who support Argentina are genuinely convinced that Argentina is THE best team, regardless of the FIFA rankings. These verbose justifications start with "Messi is...." and then meander into incomprehensibility. Other friends supporting Argentina are steadfast about the team's underdog tag. "I always support an underdog, yaar!"

The media helps in whipping up support for Argentina too, given that Argentina is to FIFA what Notre Dame is to college football in America. Every damn year when the college football starts, there will be pundits in the media saying "OH NOTRE DAME HAS A FINE FINE TEAM THIS YEAR!". Most years, they stay in the rankings for three weeks before dropping out. Once in a couple of decades, in the vein of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Notre Dame will indeed have a great season. And then the pundits preen. And Hollywood makes an atrociously weepy movie starring a hobbit. But I ramble.    

So it goes with Argentina. Call it the continuing halo effect of bad boy Maradona. Or maybe the current halo effect of some guy named Messi who's done diddly-squat in two World Cups, but apparently does great in domestic soccer matches in Europe.

HOLLAND: The Dutch team is for true-blue underdog supporters. Again, I don't know much about soccer. But from what I am told, this team has choked more times than the South African cricket team, the 1990s Buffalo Bills, and Ivan Lendl combined. Which makes them particularly alluring for people who just love supporting an underdog in the faint hope that they will be proven right. Last time, these fans were rewarded by having to wait as long as the finals to have their hearts broken.

But still, for these folks, it is HUP HOLLAND HUP. A friend of mine says that the bright orange jerseys appeal to the latent Hindutva tendencies in some Indian fans, but we'll put a pin in that for now.

ANOTHER EU TEAM: The previous four categories take care of 90% of Indian soccer fans. Which brings us to self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" fans of the game who don't like being lumped with the conventional wisdom. They need to cogently claim that a different underdog is actually going to take home the cup, but the heathen masses are too blinded by media tropes to see it. So they pick a team which is ranked somewhere from 4th to 8th in the FIFA rankings and which has a player they have watched in one of the domestic soccer leagues from Europe.

"Of course it'll be Portugal yaar! That Cristiano Ronaldo I tell you...."

For the last 3 World Cups, the top choice for these people has been Portugal, thanks to this Ronaldo fella. Never mind that he and his team have shown the poor judgment of associating themselves with the New York Jets to practice for the World Cup. That anyone can think that a guy who voluntarily decided to learn something from Rex Ryan has any chance of winning anything shows how little soccer fans know about real football. But I troll. And I digress.

When it's not Portugal, it is some other European country that yes, Germany will also have to bail out.  

ENGLAND: Don't ask me why. Seriously don't. I know very little about soccer but even I know enough to know that the chances of England winning the cup are only negligibly higher than an Indian winning the Olympic 100 meter gold. And yet a few Indians will be steadfast in their support of England.

One guy I knew used to base his support on the supposedly "under-appreciated talents" of David Beckham. This was before Beckham became known as the guy who sells underwear on giant hoardings in Times Square. These days, I suspect the support for England is driven by the fact that so many Indians spend so much money on low quality made-in-Bangladesh jerseys of teams from the EPL, that they feel obliged to go all the way.

But seriously Indian supporters of England soccer, what are the chances that an England cricket team will win an ICC title AND a notionally English guy will win the Wimbledon AND England will win the FIFA World Cup, all within 5 years?

USA: The only Indians who support the US are a) Indians who live in the US, and b) follow only cricket and/or American sports. Yes, this includes me, ok? The rest of the time, we are happy with our WillowTV subscription, our NFL fantasy football leagues, out March madness brackets, our opinions on LeBron and the Heat, our love or hate for the Yankees or the Red Sox. We look at MLS ads and go "lulz". We see European soccer matches on our cable guide menu and go "WTF?".

But then once every four years, this damn World Cup thing comes along. And everyone is talking about it. Not just CNN, who will usually talk about the most vapid things. So what do we do?


We google furiously to find out who our players are. We try to figure out what the hell "Group of Death" means. We practice our pronunciation of Klinsmann. And we set a countdown clock to the start of the NFL season.

* "SOCCER? IT'S FOOTBALL BRO!!!" you say? Read this.  

          "Khana Mat Khao" or In Telugu, Rice = Food?   
Thanks to the harsh winter we are having, I have been battling cold, cough, and fever for over a week now. Last night, during a particularly phlegm-infested sleep cycle, I had a dream. A nostalgic dream, I dreamed of something from 28 years ago in Andhra Pradesh. Something that had baffled me for years.

In 1986 when I was 6 years old, my dad was transferred to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh for a year. A couple of months after we move there, I fell ill. Fever, cold, cough, same as now. My dad took me to the neighborhood doctor (the neighborhood was Aryapuram, if memory serves). The doctor was a native Andhra-ite with a very rudimentary grasp of Hindi. We were Maharashtrians who spoke Hindi but with very little knowledge of Telugu. So we spoke in Hindi.

The good doctor examined me, wrote up a prescription for what I assume were antibiotics (that's the trusted way to treat the flu in India), and then proceeded to give me some dietary advice in Hindi.

Doc: Teen din ke liye, khana mat khao (For three days, don't have any food (or so it literally translates))
Dad: Kya? Kuch bhi nahi? (What? Eat nothing?)
Doc: Nahi nahi, khao. Bread khao, roti khao, dal khao, khana mat khao. (No No, you must eat. Eat bread, roti, dal, but don't eat food.)
Dad & Me: ???????????????????????
Doc: (also confused, but repeating) Bread khao, roti khao, khana mat khao (Eat bread, roti, but don't eat food.)
Dad: Lekin........ bread aur roti bhi toh khana hi hai. (But.....bread and roti is also food)
Doc: (looks at me and dad for a few minutes, thinks, and then suddenly smiles) Rice! Rice mat khao! (Rice! Don't eat rice!)
Dad: Rice?
Doc: Haan, bread khao, roti khao, rice mat khao (Eat bread, roti, but don't eat rice)

Now, the medical validity of the doctor's dietary advice aside, for almost three decades, this incident has been stored in my memory banks. I occasionally remember it and am confused. Today after I had dreamed of it, I thought of an explanation. Maybe in colloquial/spoken Telugu, in some parts of Andhra Pradesh (especially Rajahmndry), the word for rice is similar to the word for food/meal. The good doctor wasn;t exactly fluent in Hindi. So maybe it was a translation error.

So I turned to twitter for answers. Based on the responses I got, the verdict is mixed. Half the people say that the words are indeed used interchangeably. Others disagree.

I don't know. But it was fun to get a humorous blast from the distant past.     

          Halloween and Uncle Leo   
Seven years ago this day was my first Halloween in America. I was a fresh PhD student still struggling with how much tougher the coursework was than I had expected. I had been in the country for a little over two months. That evening, after I finished my Stats homework at school and got on the bus to go home, I saw people in costumes all around me.

Ah, it's Halloween, I realized. Until then, most of what I knew of this country came from TV shows, movies, and books. So I knew that this was the night when kids accompanied by their parents roam their neighborhoods, knock on doors, and demand candy by yelling "Trick or Treat!!!". Oh great! So I will be expected to buy candy and hand it out? What a scam! But when in Rome, right?

Not wanting to be seen as a rude or clueless foreigner, I decided to take the necessary steps. I got off the bus at the stop in front of the grocery store. Bought lots of candy. Took another bus home. When I say "home", I mean a 3 bedroom row house I shared with two other Indian grad students who were both out of town that night.

At home, I put the candy in a bowl, turned the TV on and waited. The hours ticked by. Not a single knock on my door! I looked out the window. There were groups of kids and their parents dressed up in costumes knocking on doors around my building complex. So I guessed it was just a matter of time before they came to my door. But another hour passed by and there was no knock on my door. Before I knew it, it was 11 PM, the streets were deserted, and not a single person had come to my door trick-or-treating! All the candy was sitting there in the bowl. Except for the dozen or so that I had polished of watching TV.

The next day, I felt a little hurt. The neighborhood trick or treaters had ignored me! And as is the instinctive reaction for many of us, my first thoughts went to racism. It was because I was brown, I decided. These racist white folks didn't want to take their kids to an Indian guy's house. How shallow they are. And how bad I have it! I spent several hours indulging myself in the victim routine when everything that does not fit your expectations is due to racism. I became the Indian version of Jerry's Uncle Leo!

When it's an institution from Maharashtra, be it a police department, a media company, or anything else.... even just a person from Maharashtra....we should demonstrate the strength to ensure that no one ever looks askance at them again with the intention of harming them.

For the last two days, this has been going on... police officials come to me and ask, how will you take the rally from Girgaum chaupatty? I told them we'll walk.

(crowd laughs)

Then they're like, you can't go from here, you can't go from there...all these efforts at putting obstacles in our way have been spearheaded by Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. I found out the other day..... in fact a few police officials told me this...that they'll try to stop our cars, and try other things to stop us. I called the Chief Minister right away, and asked him, what is this? What happens or doesn't happen (at the rally) is something we can deal with later. But can't we express our protest in a democratic way with a rally?

Why stop us at every point? I assured them at our rally will be a peaceful one, and they still refused us permission for it? And they had no problems giving permission for that Raza Academy rally? But here we are, with a rally to protest what happened the other day right here, and they refuse us permission?

Then there's (Home Minister) R.R. Patil who says - we won't spare anyone who threatens the law and order of the city. Really? So what happened that day? Was his tail between his legs?

(crowd laughs)

The other day he calls up (MNS MLA from Mumbai) Bala Nandgaonkar and says, "What could I do? What was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to take a big stick and stand there?"

(crowd laughs)

There is this one boundary line that cannot be crossed. I have never crossed that line, and will never cross that line. Never raise your hands against the police.

(crowd applauds and cheers)

If you demoralize the police to such an extent, then where will the common man go with his problems? Where will he go? If this keeps happening, tomorrow even the police will say "we don't want to get involved here, do whatever you want".

Is this how a state is run? And this Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. The cops caught the guilty people. And what does he say to the DCP who arrested the guilty people? He says, "You bastard, let them go!" He tells him to let the criminals go!

Our policewomen sisters were tormented here... they were pulled aside and beaten up and molested......all these guys, our Marathi police constables, were getting beaten up... and they weren't getting any orders?

Oh, and these (police head honchos) knew everything from the beginning. They knew that there were trains full of these goons coming for the rally. And they had choppers, and rods and everything else... tell me, are there ever any rocks lying around here (in Azad Maidan)? Where did the rocks come from?

These people had advance warning of all these facts, and they still ignored them. And they refuse permission for my peaceful rally? The other day, when some police officials came to meet me, I told them. I told them that the 11th August rally at least had targets. That mob knew that it was supposed to target the police and the media.

Who do we want to target (in this rally)? I have already declared our targets. Arup Patnaik, resign! R.R. Patil, resign! I declared this in the beginning itself.

We have not come here to destroy cars or set something on fire. We don't even wish to do all that. Even if we were to, whose cars would we destroy and whose property would we set on fire? Our own? Those belonging to our citizens from Mumbai and Maharashtra? This rally isn't for such purposes.

But how else are we supposed to express our anger? They won't let us express our anger at whatever happened. And they say, please respect democracy. This is democracy?

Go and look at the track record of Raza Academy and its rallies. A few years ago, this same Raza Academy had a rally in Bhiwandi. This bhadva (translates to 'pimp' but pimp doesn't have the same punch :)) Abu Asim Azmi went to that rally. He gave a speech there, that too an inflammatory speech. And they're sending me notices - "don't make inflammatory speeches". That Abu Azmi went there, made an inflammatory speech in Bhiwandi. You know what happened next?

The mob killed two police constables by bashing their heads in with big rocks. Then they cut off their private parts and threw their corpses into burning buses..... the government had no problems with that. And they refuse me permission for a rally?

Whoever came here (on 11t August) had no connection with Maharashtra. They all came from outside Maharashtra.

(crowd applauds and cheers)

After everything that went down here that day, this passport was found, a Bangladeshi passport...

(shows a Bangladeshi passport to the crowd)

This was found right here. Single entry passport (I assume he meant visa). Needed only to come into India. No intentions of going back, so it was thrown away here...

(throws it away)

There are countless such people coming into Maharashtra... they are all setting up their bases in Maharashtra. Tell me something....they say 'coincidence'....what coincidence?

In 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished, where was its retaliation felt instantly? In Mumbai! There was no violence anywhere else in the country (GS: this isn't true...there were riots in many other cities)...only in Mumbai! And when this incident happened during the rally on 11th August, its reaction happened in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. So something happens in Uttar Pradesh, there's a reaction in Mumbai, and something happens in Mumbai, there's a reaction in Uttar Pradesh. Doesn't India have any other states???

The reason is, all these people are coming here from there. All these Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who have infiltrated and set up bases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and Jharkhand, they're all coming here by the trainfuls. And the bases that they are setting up here in Mumbai, those are going to create trouble for us in the future.

Otherwise tell me, this Abu Azmi is elected from two different constituencies in Maharashtra. Two different constituencies? Should any politician from Maharashtra get elected from two different constituencies? He gets elected from two constituencies because all the people in those two constituencies have all come from outside, and they vote for him.

That day, it finally came to the police (couldn't understand the word he said here despite re-playing it many times, at 12:20)...then they had to do it. While doing that, the guy who died, Abu Azmi announced 1.5 lakh rupees for him. So why not for our policemen?

(crowd applauds and cheers)

Even the state government hasn't announced anything yet. No announcements from the state government that they are going to provide compensation for those who were hurt or troubled in those events. Nothing. Nope, just get beaten up.

Why didn't R.R. Patil speak up then? He threatens us.... anyway, what's the point in threatening us? It's almost time for us (and him...a pun) to leave now.

(crowd laughs)

They don't think about anything that has already happened or what may happen. They don't do anything useful. Just get the cops beaten up. Anyone will come, drag our cops away, and beat them up?

The other day when they had that rally in Uttar Pradesh, rioted, destroyed property and all. The ones who did that were also all from outside - Pakistani Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims. They all poured out into the streets. And what did they do? They defaced a statue of Gautam Buddha. Everyone saw it. Everyone saw pictures, saw it on TV.

Where is Mayawati? Where is that Ramdas Athavale? Where is R.S. Gavai? Where is Prakash Ambedkar? Why are they all silent? All they're obsessed with, as if possessed by a ghost, is Indu Mills Indu Mills Indu Mills Indu Mills. Don't they have anything else to do? What do they want to build in Indu Mills - a bungalow?

Why aren't they talking now? But no one will talk about these things now. They're not ready to utter a word. It's been so many days since the (11th August) incident. But there has been no statement about it from Ramdas Athavale. No statements from R.S. Gavai or Prakash Ambedkar or Mayawati, or anyone else. Nothing. Cat's got everyone's tongues.

This Mumbai Police Comissioner.....he has a "favorite" (that's the word he used) officer Dhoble. The other day, he takes a hockey stick and goes to that...what was that..juice center bar... juice center something...where did he go?

(crowd prompts)

Yes, Amar Juice Center. Is that a place to take a hockey stick to? Take your wife, your kids, I can understand, but a hockey stick? He takes a hockey stick there and beats up innocent people with that hockey stick? And what's his defense? He found drugs there....then why didn't he shut it down?

And this idiot...Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik....what's his explanation? He says Dhoble was on his way to play hockey and stopped over at the juice center. Tomorrow, if someone has gone for his honeymoon. So will he just turn up there naked?

(crowd laughs and cheers)

So Patnaik will go out of his way to protect Dhoble! Because Dhoble is his "favorite". And here (in Azad Maidan) when cops were waiting for orders to tackle the mob.....if not firing, at least give us orders for a lathi charge.... at that time Patnaik had nothing to say. And when our police officers were catching the guilty culprits, Patnaik abuses the officers, calling them "bastards"? He is demoralizing cops to such an extent?

This won't be allowed to happen in Maharashtra anymore. I only want to say one thing to R.R. Patil and Arup Patnaik. Even if you have a little bit of shame left...even a minuscule amount of shame left.... then resign. If you have even the slightest bit of shame left.

For the last two days, some newspapers have been saying - "Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is now moving towards Hindutva". Whoever raises his hands against a cop, whatever his religion, he should be bashed up wherever he is.

When my own party's MLA was bashed up....Harshavaradhan he here?  When Harshavardhan was bashed up.... I gave the orders for him to be bashed up... would he have been bashed up otherwise? When I gave a speech at that time, I said the same thing. Harshavaradhan, no matter what happens, you DO NOT raise your hands against a policeman. Never raise your hands against a cop.

This has nothing to do with religion. All the constables who were here, all my policewomen sisters...the female cops... I consider them all my Marathi brothers and Marathi sisters. I have come out on the streets here for them.

The rally that day (11th August) was organized by Muslims and today I have organized a protest rally against it.... so immediately they're jumping to the conclusion that I am "moving towards Hindutva"? I only understand...this Raj Thackeray only understands one religion...and that is Maharashtra religion. I don't understand any religion except that one. No one dare cross this Maharashtra religion. No one dare think of harming it.

And today's rally is only to boost the morale of the police and to provide wholehearted support to the police.  Along with them, we have people from the media here. Media vans were attacked, burnt, photographers were beaten up.... this rally is to express support for all of them too.

I thank you all for the tremendous response to this rally. If ever such events reoccur, we must stand together in strength like this.

When you're going back...all of you, when you're going back...keep in mind and make absolutely sure that you don't indulge in any sort of untoward activities. Go back in an orderly and peaceful manner to wherever you came from.

I hope that in the future whenever I call upon you, you will return with the same enthusiasm. And now I take your leave.

Jai Hind! Jai Maharashtra!


          The Indian Collective Conscience's Blind Spot for Racism/Discrimination   
A 2009 issue The latest issue of Outlook has this cringe-inducing article by Diepiriye Kuku, an African American (and presumably gay) PhD student in Delhi. There's nothing new about stories of discrimination faced by Africans or African-Americans or North-East Indians in major Indian cities. These instances are real and shameful. But for me, the most hard-hitting portion was not the one where Kuku describes the specific instances of discrimination he's faced (as shameful as they were), but this

Outside of specific anchors of discourse such as Reservations, there is no consensus that discrimination is a redeemable social ill. This is the real issue with discrimination in India: her own citizens suffer and we are only encouraged to ignore situations that make us all feel powerless. Be it the mute-witnesses seeing racial difference for the first time, kids learning racism from their folks, or the blacks and northeasterners who feel victimised by the public, few operate from a position that believes in change.
Bingo! Kuku has put in words an issue I have been discussing with friends for several years now.

When I tweeted this story, I got a few responses which said "yes, but Indians are also discriminated against in the West" and "Blacks face discrimination even in America, not just India" and "Discrimination is a universal human trait, so why single out India?" That last bit is valid. Discrimination or xenophobia is indeed a universal trait. We have all heard of people discriminating against outsiders or minorities all over the world. India is definitely not unique in that regard.

Where India is unique.....well I shouldn't say unique....but different from societies at least in the West, is the way its collective conscience views racism, or more broadly discrimination against those belonging to groups that aren't part of the "mainstream". We have a major blind spot there.

In the West, yes, everyday there are instances of discrimination on the basis of race and sexuality. But in the West, the collective conscience, or the social discourse recognizes that this is wrong. People use the term "politically correct" like a pejorative. But in the West, it is not considered politically correct by the society to come out and say that some races are inferior. Or that gays are inferior or abominations. Yes, some nutcases say that but in the West, the mainstream collective opinion holds the ideal of equality very dear.

That is largely missing in India. There is no general understanding that saying someone is inferior based on their race or sexuality is wrong. It does exist, in some degree, when it comes to caste. While casteism is still prevalent in India in various forms, the general collective discourse recognizes that saying certain castes are inferior is wrong. The opponents of racism using "merit" is often a code for implied inferiority, but even the use of that code is a "thank heavens for small mercies" byproduct of that Indian collective conscience as least recognizing casteism as wrong.

But when it comes to racism or homophobia, the Indian collective conscience still has a blind spot. Most Indians feel no compunctions in saying that a particular race is inferior or that gays are "unnatural" or "sick" or "disgusting". We humans may never be able to completely rid ourselves of xenophobia and discrimination, the way we may never be able to rid ourselves of murder and rape. But we can take a step in the right direction by at least getting our collective consciences to recognize that xenophobia or discrimination is wrong, just the way murder and rape.

India is yet to take that step. It is lagging behind the West by some decades. The West's conscience wasn't always enlightened. Before the 60s, it was perfectly acceptable to say in public that blacks are inferior and so should be segregated. Even until the 70s and early 80s, it was perfectly acceptable in the West to treat gays as abominations or mutations. But that isn't the case now. The Western conscience has moved and continues to move in the right direction.

I hope India's collective conscience does too. And soon.

          Recipe for Egg Salad Sandwich On Toast - Slightly Indian   
When I moved from India to the United States in 2006, I encountered a multitude of food items I had never tasted in India. I could readily understand why I had never tasted most of those items in India, due to Indian conventions, habits, and availability of ingredients, such as ribs or steak tartare. But there was one item whose sheer simplicity astounded me. And which, by rights, should have been really popular in India. That item was the egg salad sandwich. I couldn't figure out why I had never encountered it in India.

The egg salad sandwich is so simple, even minimal. So elegant. So tasty. And so ideal for spicier Indian variations. And yet, almost completely absent from menus in India. Why? I have no idea!

Most chicken sandwiches you get in India are cousins of the egg salad sandwich - shredded chicken mixed with mayonnaise and mustard, served on toasted or untoasted bread. Another popular item in India, the Russian salad (which results in Russian salad sandwich or Rusian salad roll) is also similar. So why is the egg salad sandwich not available in India? I have no idea! But I hope it becomes popular.

Here's the most basic recipe for an egg salad sandwich. Take hard-boiled eggs. Shell them. Mash them. Add mustard, mayo, salt, pepper. Make a sandwich using toasted bread. Enjoy!

Another reason this sandwich should, by rights, be extremely popular in India, is the fact that you can easily add quintessentially Indian spices and make it more flavorful. You can also add different veggies to it, to play around with the texture. That's what I do. I love experimenting with the basic egg salad. I have tried various combinations over the years. Here is my favorite recipe for what is (for me) the perfect Egg Salad Sandwich on Toast:

Recipe (makes 2 sandwiches of 2 toasted bread slices each)

4 slices of bread
2 eggs hard boiled
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbs mustard (I prefer Dijon, but french mustard works well too)
1 tbsp chopped onion (optional)
1 tbsp chopped bell pepper/capsicum (optional)
Paprika/cayenne/red chili powder (to taste, optional)
Cumin powder (to taste, optional)
Black pepper (to taste)
Salt (to taste)


Egg salad is among the easiest sandwiches to make. You don't need to be an expert on cooking by any means. Even the novice-est of novices can get it right.

The first step is to hard boil eggs.

The perfect timing and technique for this varies based on the freshness of your egg (surprising fact - slightly stale eggs when boiled are easier to peel than fresh eggs), its size, and how hard you like your egg boiled.

Peel the egg. Put the peeled eggs in a bowl.

Now we need to mince the eggs. There are different ways of approaching this. You can just crush a whole egg with a spoon or a spatula.

Or you can use an egg slicer to first make elegant slices and then mince the egg.

Eventually, you mince them with a spoon or a spatula. Go to town on 'em. Crush them the way Assad crushes protesters in Syria.

Now whether you want to go as far as Assad or dial it back like Mubarak depends on your taste. I like to leave some pieces of the egg white intact, roughly 1 cm in size. Personally, I prefer slightly chunkier versions to an egg salad where the entire egg is minced like keema. So my ideal minced eggs look like this.

From here on, it's as easy as silencing protesters in Bahrain. Let me tell you about the basic ingredients first. You first add 1 tbsp each of mayonnaise and mustard.

Then you add salt and pepper. Nothing like a pepper grinder to bring out the freshest flavors!

At its most basic, this is egg salad. You can mix the whole shebang, put it between toasts, and you're good to go. But I also like to add onions. And red or green bell pepper (aka capsicum). This time, I added red peppers because that's all I had at home. They tend to be slightly sweet.

I also like to add red chili powder (or paprika or cayenne depending on your taste) because I like a little heat in my egg salad. Not too much. Just a pinch. I also add a pinch of cumin powder because based on all my experiments, I think that's a spice that goes best with egg salad.

Then you mix the whole thing together. Stir it, stir it, stir it, stir it, like a polaroid picture! And this is how it looks.

I know, not very appetizing. But as Shrek said, don't judge me before you taste me.

Next, we toast the bread. You can use a toaster, but I prefer toasting them on a pan, girdle, or as I have done here, a tava. I like 'em nicely browned and crisped!

Done toasting? Now take a toast, and add a generous helping of the egg salad.

And when I say generous, I mean really generous! It's egg salad not butter. Lay it on as thick as Fox News. It should be a thick layer, well thicker than the bread itself.  Cover the bread entirely, without letting any salad spill out the edges. Like this. The spartan toast should look overwhelmed by the rich gooey mixture.

But don't worry about the spartan toast. Its Leonidas is on its way (when the heck did the Arab Spring similes turn into Ancient Greek similes!??). Put the other toast on top. And make sure the egg salad layer is thick like this.

Next, you can either pounce on the sandwich like the Persians pounced on the Spartans at Thermopylae. Or you can cut the sandwich in two, like Xerxes wanted done with Leonidas.

There it is. Beautiful, tasty, simple, and nutritious Egg Salad on Toast. Enjoy! I like to position my diagonally cut sandwiches like in the image above and imagine it is the globe from Pacman that I Binky, am attacking. As you can see, all my cooking similes and metaphors have to do with wars and bloodshed. What do to? I am Gandhian that way. Anyway, enjoy the sandwich.

Oh, and if you're like me and savor licking remnants of food off utensils, don't forget the bowl you made the egg salad in.  See this?

Don't throw it in the sink. Long after you've polished off the sandwiches, working on the remains of that great civilization in the bowl can bring you greater please than archaeologists relishing Greek ruins.

          Why EPL is Soccer and not Football: The Definitive Answer   
I have been in America for 6 years now, and will most likely spend my life here. Like almost all Americans, I refer to what is played in the NFL as football, and what is played in the EPL as soccer.

I don't like soccer. Have never liked soccer. Even as a kid growing up in India, decades before I even heard of the Superbowl or NFL, I found soccer an extremely boring sport. But this post is not about why soccer is so boring. This post isn't about the banality of a "sport" that features 90 minutes of ambling around, kicking around a ball, and scoring on an average just 1-2 times during the whole excruciating period. This post isn't about a sport where it is not considered shameful to feign injuries, where convincing playacting wins games, and where referees seem even more willfully clueless than the fake referees in WWE pro wrestling. This post isn't about the utterly fallacious argument "Soccer is the #1 sport in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome", that could also be extended to say "denying women rights and dignity is a practice prevalent in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome".

No, this post is about the name nonsense. You know, what the "real" football is. That what's played in EPL is the only sport that can and should be called football. That churlish notion is what this post is about.

In my academic, professional, and personal life, I have gotten to know about a dozen or so Europeans and a couple of South Americans well enough to call them friends. I have had countless conversations with them, over the course of which, I have referred to Europe and South America's favorite sport as "soccer" and not "football". No eyelids were batted. No corrections were demanded. No moronic "Call it football!!!" suggestions were made. I am sure all of them think of the sport as football. But they were normal people who had better things to do in life than split hairs over the name of a game. 

But I have lost count of the number of Indians who have, rather rudely and ignorantly, interrupted me or corrected me with the occasional use of profanity, and demanded that I not call the sport soccer. As they say, the newest converts are the most extremist. And most Indians who follow soccer are the archetypal new convert extremists. India is currently ranked 165 in FIFA rankings. Snowmen have a better chance of surviving months long cruises in hell than India does of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in this century. India's club soccer landscape is so dismal, that a documentary about it would look like Dystopian science fiction set in sub-Saharan Africa. I'm sure the bottled water budget of the newest IPL cricket team, the Pune Warriors, is more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India. Forget cricket, which is the king of sports in India. I'm sure that the revenue from the sales of Manchester United jerseys in Bombay is way more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India.

Despite the abysmal ranking and the tragic club scene, India has millions and millions of soccer fans! Or, as their hubris would force me to say, "football" fans. Now a non-Indian might wonder, how is it that a billion-strong country with millions of soccer fans is ranked lower than countries that don't even have populations close to a million? Why don't these Indian fans of the game go and watch local club soccer, support their teams, affect change and improve the fate of soccer?

The answer is simple. An overwhelming majority of self-proclaimed soccer fans in India are not really "fans" of the "sport" the way most people elsewhere are fans of sports. Scratch the surface and you'll realize that Indian soccer fans couldn't care less about the actual sport. They're just taken in by the aura surrounding the brands that European soccer has managed to cultivate and export. It's more about basking in the borrowed glory of Manchester United, Barcelona, etc. by paying ridiculous amounts of money to buy their jerseys and hats. Most Indian soccer fans couldn't tell you the difference between a banana kick and a banana split, or explain the offside rule. But they could identify the colors, logos, and brand endorsements of the top European club teams, and could tell you the keyboard shortcut to type Barca (the way any English-speaking person would type it) as Barça with that weird tail under the C to convince themselves they really know their stuff.

Well, they don't. Some do. A very few do. But most moneyed upper middle class Indians are just latching on to clubs from random European cities they couldn't even pinpoint on the map because they don't realize how completely they have been taken in by well-crafted marketing campaigns. These Indians spend more than a slum dweller's annual food budget on overpriced (but usually made in Bangladesh) jerseys, display logos on their facebook and twitter accounts, and go by nicknames like "gooner" as an expression of their utterly shallow new-convert extremism. Little wonder then, that despite dozens of European soccer clubs playing the game, 99% of Indian fans swear by one of 3 mega brands - Manchester United, Barcelona (sorry, Barça), and Arsenal.

And these Indian soccer fans are at the forefront of ignoring civility and rudely telling someone "y u call it soccer da? Call it football no macha!" and "LULWUT? y u watch rugby/NFL/AFL da? Dem no be football ra. Dey be hand-egg ra!" And of course, lazily forwarding this oh-so-cliched hand-egg picture; perfectly representative of Indian soccer fans' sporting ignorance and tendency to bask in borrowed glory - they can't even come up with their own clever rebuttals! But their ego grows a few precious microns as they do all this.

So then, which sport can stake claim to the name football? There's a short answer and a long answer. The short answer - Meh, who cares? A rose by any other name and suchlike. To give you an analogy, at any given moment, I can't tell you if I'll call India's biggest metropolis Bombay or Mumbai. I am Marathi, and in that language, we call it Mumbai. But I also grew up when the city's "official" name was Bombay and that's what we called it when speaking in English. In my mind, the names are synonymous. But there are a bunch of  folks as self-important, deluded, and rude as Indian soccer fans who can't abide by that. If they live in Shivaji Park or Goregaon, making someone say Mumbai instead of Bombay is the greatest Maratha achievement since the Battle of Wadgaon. If they live in South Bombay, making someone say Bombay instead of Mumbai is the greatest act of civil disobedience since the Salt Satyagraha. But the real answer, the short answer is - Meh, who cares?

The long answer is this. About soccer/football I mean, not that Bombay/Mumbai boondoggle. Rude soccer fans for some reason think of "soccer" as a word the Americans coined, and "football" as the pure true holy name that the noble Brits gave the sport. The long answer is vastly different. The answer steeped in history and etymology, not fallacious vapid logical shortcuts. Indian soccer fans simplistically say, as that hand-egg cliche denotes, that soccer is a game involving kicking a ball with the foot. NFL/Rugby/AFL involve carrying the ball by hands. Hence, FIFA/EPL is the "real" football. Done. Proved. Settled. QED. Elementary, my dear Watson!

Ah, Watson! Sherlock Holmes! Perfect segue!

Have you read the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter? Not one of my favorites, but useful here. Published in 1904. The captain of the Cambridge rugby team asks Holmes to locate a missing player on the eve of a crucial match against Oxford. In that story, the sport is referred to as just "football", sans any qualifiers on three separate occasions. It is also referred to once....only once as "rugger" (as opposed But more on that in a while). And as rugby, zero times.

So in the la-di-dah home of the sport, England, as a story written by one of the most famous English writers ever suggests, "football" was a term used to referred to rugby. The fact is, "football" was a generic name for a bunch of different sports, including rugby, gridiron football, soccer etc. Football was not exclusively identified even in England as the sport that is now played in the EPL. And although there isn't complete consensus on this, most scholars agree that the term "football" comes, not from kicking the ball with the foot, but the fact that the sport was played on foot. So rugby was football and soccer was football.

In fact the name soccer also originated in England (not in America!) - soccer originates from Association, because that variant of football was called association football. So soccer is the name the English came up with to explicitly distinguish the EPL/FIFA type from other types of football in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Across the pond in United States, once English colonies, they played mainly English sports in the 18th and 19th century. In fact, cricket was very popular before the civil war, and a team of top cricketers from England toured North America in 1859 and played in front of packed stands in Philadelphia, Hoboken, Rochester, Hamilton, and Montreal. But my cricket-loving mind digresses.

The point is, they played a lot of English sports in America those days. Including football - different types of football. If you look at the history of football, the basic point seems to be tolerance for variations. Why go into history? Even today, rugby union is markedly different from rugby league. So that kind of football, where you are on foot but carry the ball in your hands, got tinkered with in America as well. That tinkering led to what I think makes American Football so awesome - the forward pass. The pioneers were colleges who played each other in the 19th century. Finally in the early 1900s, an innovation on the scale of what IPL seemed in 2007, was made. The first ever Rose Bowl (known then as the East-West Football Game) was played between Stanford University and University of Michigan in Pasadena in 1902. That is, two years before Doyle wrote his story about the missing three-quarter.

So we can see that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the term "football" was used in America to describe what is now played in the NFL, and by AC Doyle to describe what we know as rugby. I am sure there are also instances of people using "football" back then to refer to what is now played in the EPL. I didn't look it up. Even reading about soccer makes me sleepy. But I am sure people used football to refer to soccer as well. That's the point. It was a generic term.

The 20th century progressed and progressed fast. For socio-cultural reasons I'd rather not go into, the football that became most popular in Europe and elsewhere was the variation that involved kicking the ball around. The football that became the most popular in America and somewhat popular in Europe (under the name Rugby) was the variation where you hold the ball in your hands and run. They're all football.


Well, the thing is, it's the Europeans who invented a different name for their kicking game - soccer. FIFA governs a sport that has two names, like the Bengali bhalo naam and daak naam if you will. Both names coined by the Brits. In America or in Canada, "gridiron" football was just called football. If you're in America, football is what's played in the NFL and Canadian football is what's played in the CFL. If you're in Canada, football is what's played in the CFL and American football is what's played in the NFL. By rights, Aussies should call AFL football too, but they call it "footy", maybe for the same bizarre reason they call barbecue "Barbie". Americans didn't need a second name for their favorite game the way Europeans needed it for their favorite game. Europeans who were into soccer were probably the ancestors of Indian soccer fans, insecure and unsure, and so came up with two names.

Why do I refer to the game in the EPL by the name soccer? In the immortal words of George Mallory, "because it's there!" The name soccer is out there, put out there by Europeans, and is understood worldwide as referring to the game that involves pretending to be hurt while taking leisurely strolls, once in a while prodding the ball into a disgruntled-looking net.

So why is the sport played in EPL/FIFA soccer and not football? Because if someone says football, it could mean one of several things. But if someone says soccer, it means only one game. The game where the highest trophy shouldn't be called Golden Boot, but Golden Actor Holding His Shin Pretending To Be Hurt.

          Hari Tatya by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
It's been a couple of years since I translated anything by PuLa. While considering different options about what to translate next, Hari Tatya stood out as a particular appealing candidate. He is so universally identifiable. Hari Tatya - the eccentric but genial family friend with one foot firmly in the distant past that all kids have encountered growing up. Your Hari Tatya might not have been interested in history. Maybe he was into politics, or science, or even astrology. But that does not take away from the HariTatyaness of all Hari Tatyas.
Usual caveats apply - I cannot even pretend to be a good enough translator to keep most of PuLa's magic intact. But even a fraction of the essence of the character sketch should make it readable. And I have changed or omitted some references to make the essay accessible. And used contemporary phrases and expressions.

A couple of days ago, I heard someone use the phrase "irrefutable proof", and I was suddenly reminded of Hari Tatya. I had heard him say "I have irrefutable proof of this!!" hundreds of times during the course of my childhood in Mumbai. So had everyone else who knew him. So much so, that my grandma's nickname for Hari Tatya was "Mr. Irrefutable Proof". 

There was nothing surprising about his penchant for that phrase, because he is always making claims that can't be justified without irrefutable proof. The guy refuses to inhabit the present. And describes the past as if he can see it unfolding in front of his eyes. He's been like that for as long as I can remember. Obviously, I can't remember the first time I saw him. But I am sure he remembers it vividly.

"Purushottam! Come on, son! How can you not remember? It was a Saturday. Late in the afternoon. How can you not remember?"

That's how he's sure to chide me for forgetting the details of my birth.

The remarkable thing about Hari Tatya was how informally he addressed everyone, be they younger or older than him. He is the only person I ever knew who spoke to my generally feared and respected grandpa like an old chum. Of course, we knew him as grandpa's friend. But he was obviously several years younger. Because he generally treated grandpa with respect and veneration. In his own way. He never used the respectful pronoun as is the norm when speaking to elders in India. But whenever grandpa entered the room,  Hari Tatya would sit up straight. Maybe because grandpa gave him some pocket money to tide him over every month. And often provided him with seed funding for his latest entrepreneurial venture.   

No one in the family can remember exactly when this creature named Hari Tatya became a part of our extended household. My grandfather was a very generous man, and a friend to anyone who tried to be his friend. So it was difficult to predict exactly how many people he'd bring home any given evening to have dinner with the family. Of course, in those days of the big joint family, the occasional dinner guest or two didn't really bother those minding the kitchen. In those days, rice, dal, and flour for a meal were measured not by cupfuls, but by fistfuls. The dinner table was populated by not just immediate family, but also uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins once, twice, several times removed. There was also the occasional son or daughter of a family friend studying in the city, in addition to ABC's brother-in-law and XYZ's neighbor's son-in-law. So at pretty much any meal, there were always a few unexpected guests present. I don't recall many evenings when our joint family of 12 had less than 25 plates laid out for dinner.

My grandma seemed to me like Annapoorna (the goddess of nourishment) reincarnated. Her hands were blessed with some magical touch that imparted rich flavor even on a glass of water she served. So you can imagine how tasty and welcoming any dinner table she laid out was. Hari Tatya joined our family by turning up at one such dinner table. After that, he kept turning up. He was there with us at joyous occasions. He was with us at sad moments. 

But all those years, even as I grew up and looked different every year, Hari Tatya always looked the same. A simple cotton shirt, modest dhoti, and a rarely-washed Gandhi cap. We kids referred to his style of wearing the cap as "Compass Fashion". If his nose pointed east, then the two ends of his cap seemed to align with the North-South axis, like a compass needle.   

I never had any idea what Hari Tatya did for a living. I only knew that grandpa kept helping him start some "promising new business" every few months. Grandpa had always had a dream of owning and running his own business. But his stable and respected position in society, the steady income his job brought him, and the large family depending on that income, made taking any big risks all but impossible. So he lived his entrepreneurial dream vicariously through Hari Tatya by funding Hari Tatya's ambitious albeit modestly scaled business ideas. 

I remember one monsoon season when grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling umbrellas. For the next couple of years, everyone in the family got a new umbrella for free in the first week of June. But I doubt Hari Tatya's umbrella business was profitable any longer than an umbrella mushroom's lifespan. It seemed like grandpa was more devoted to making the umbrella business succeed. I remember he would come home from work in the evening every day and hand Hari Tatya a sheet of paper,

"Here are orders for some umbrellas. Be sure to deliver them to these addresses right away."

Then we kids would accompany Hari Tatya, brand new umbrellas stacked on our heads, making deliveries to customers that grandpa has managed to canvas during his day job. We kids usually didn't move a muscle for anyone else. We'd disappear if anyone else tried to give us a chore. But for Hari Tatya, we didn't mind looking ridiculous walking the streets with those umbrellas on our heads. We loved his company so much, we'd have walked on coals with umbrellas on our heads if he had asked us to.

Hari Tatya told us absorbing stories and taught us fascinating poems and shlokas as we accompanied him. That too at the top of his voice while walking on the street without any regard to passers by. I remember an anecdote from one of our umbrella sorties. We were all walking with those umbrellas stacked on our heads. Hari Tatya told us to put the umbrellas down, and join him on a stone bench on a street square, and regaled us with the story of Sant Ramdas.

He had a truly unique narrative style. As a result of that narrative style, for many years, we kids were under the impression that Hari Tatya, Sant Ramdas, Moropant, Sant Tukaram, Vaman Pandit, Shivaji Maharaj etc. all once lived together in the same neighborhood. Because no matter how far back in the past the event he was narrating had occurred, he effortlessly injected himself into the proceedings. The way he recounted those stories convinced us that he had seen it all unfold in front of his eyes.

"Kids, I tell you, this Ramdas, even as a kid, was quite the character! He would run away and hide somewhere. We'd keep searching, keep seeking, but couldn't find him! His mother would ask us - have you seen my little Narayan anywhere? We'd say, sorry ma'am, we have no idea. Poor woman, she'd keep looking for him all over the village."

"Once she asked the village chief - have you seen my Narayan anywhere? The village chief had the habit of pouncing on any opportunity to be arrogant. He said - Narayan? Which Narayan? There are hundreds of Narayans in this village! Mother said - Please help me, sir. My Narayan. Narayan Thosar. Have you seen him?"

"Poor lady. There were tears in her eyes. And with good reason. Tell me Purushottam, if you go missing some day. And your mother is looking for you everywhere. Won't she tear up? Tell me, Purushottam! Won't she??"

Hari Tatya would narrate this story with so much pathos, that all our eyes would moisten up as well. Then we'd start walking again to make sure the umbrellas were delivered on time. But as our hands held the umbrellas on our heads, our shirt sleeves would be busy wiping our tearful eyes as Hari Tatya continued with Sant Ramdas a.k.a Narayan Thosar's story.

"Narayan's mother was terrified! Fair good-looking little boy. I tell you guys, this Narayan looked so beautiful as a child. Positively radiant.  Plus he'd just had his threading ceremony, and wore a pearl earring. She was aghast - did those Muslim invaders kidnap him to convert him to Islam??? Oh my god!!!"

"And kids, I tell you....those damned Muslim invaders in those days....they weren't decent like Muslims we know today. No! They were just so damn #$%%*&^$#......"

And he'd unleash a barrage of expletives that any other adult would've deemed inappropriate for our supposedly innocent young ears. Maybe it's because of these expletives he let loose so readily, but to our pre-pubescent minds, Hari Tatya seemed like the epitome of valor and courage. 

"So then, hours ticked by. And soon it was afternoon. Still no sign of Narayan! Mother ran home and spread her arms in front of Lord Ram's idol. Ah, how beautiful that idol was, kids, believe me! So divine...."

And Hari Tatya folded his hands to pay respects to that imaginary idol of Lord Ram floating in the air in front of him. We all were still carrying umbrellas. But still, we did our best to twist our arms and pay our respects to the imaginary idol too.

"She said - Goddess Sita, please find me my Narayan, and I will give you an offering of my best clothes and a coconut! Mother said that, and opened the closet to take out her best clothes to offer to the goddess. And lo! Narayan was sitting in the closet!"

"Mother wailed in delight - NAAARAAYANAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!"

And Hari Tatya yelled so loudly, that everyone around us on the street stopped whatever they were doing and started staring at us.

"Mother took Narayan in her arms and said - My son, I have been looking for you all over the village. What are you doing here? .... Do you know Purushottam, what Narayan's response was?"

I shook my head.

"Yeah, well, it's difficult for you to know. How would you know? An innocent little child like you can't even imagine what the future Sant Ramdas said. Narayan said...get this, kids.... Narayan said - Mother, I was pondering the fate of the world"

"That's what he said - I was pondering the fate of the world."

Hari Tatya finished the story. He blew his nose. Then he wiped his eyes with his shirt sleeves. All us little umbrella carriers, or chhatrapatis, had no idea what to do next. Hari Tatya regained control of his demeanor and said,

"Just think Purushottam.... he was about your age. And what did he say? I was pondering the fate of the world! Unbelievable! Simply divine! Tell me Purushottam, do you have such a boy in your class? A boy who will hide in the closet? And say - I was pondering the fate of the world?? Is there? Tell me!"

I meekly shook my head.

"Yeah! So that was Ramdas! Saintly right from his childhood. I have irrefutable proof of this. He went on to become Ramdas Swami.... Sant Ramdas. But just because he was a Sant, don't think he was a softie. You should've seen him flex his muscles. The way his biceps sprang up, almost jumping out of his skin, I tell you! All he had to do was bend his arm ever so slightly, and his bicep would spring up. If you struck his bicep with an iron bar, the iron bar would bend! But Sant Ramdas would barely notice the blow. Barely...."

Hari Tatya kept staring into nothingness for a couple of minutes as if he had just seen Sant Ramdas in the flesh. He smiled a little and gradually shook his head in admiration. 

Then suddenly, as if waking up from a dream, he shook his shoulders. And in a voice completely devoid of the narration-specific baritone,  he said,

"Umm....Purushottam....tell me...Nerulkar...Nerulkar is the guy who lives around the corner from the grocery store, right? How many umbrellas has he ordered? Three, right? Let me check..."

Hari Tatya fished out the sheet from his pocket, verified the order, and led our umbrella-bearing procession to the Nerulkar residence. 

No one in that procession had yet truly returned to the present, to the real world. One kid was visualizing the full scale and strength of Sant Ramdas' legendary biceps. Another was wondering how a well-built 10 year could fit inside a 17th century closet in a poor Brahmin family's house. Yet another was promising himself that when he grew up, he'd work out so intensely that an iron bar would bend when struck on his biceps. With all these anachronistic thoughts in our minds, dreamy expressions on our faces, and umbrellas on our heads, we were helping Hari Tatya run his business.

It goes without saying that the umbrella business didn't last long. None of Hari Tatya's businesses did. The reason was obvious to me. Hari Tatya aspired to run those businesses. But his passion and dedication towards running them was nothing compared to the passion and dedication grandpa had for those businesses. But grandpa's passion and dedication was moot, since he couldn't practically quit his job. And Hari Tatya, who was supposed to run the business, usually inhabited a completely different reality.

Later, grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling agarbattis (incense sticks). So Hari Tatya started walking around with a big bag of agarbattis hanging from his neck. Grandpa and Hari Tatya would discuss the sales of the day every evening. Often, it'd turn out that Hari Tatya had taken 1 rupee from a customer for an agarbatti pack worth 75 paise, and returned 50 paise instead of 25 paise. And on most days, the bag hanging from his neck was as full in the evening as it had been in the morning. 

But still, after all these discussions, on his way out, Hari Tatya would open the door and happily yell at us kids,

"Jai Jai Raghuveer Samartha!" 

That's a line from the Dasbodh - Sant Ramdas' treatise on spiritual and practical matters. It is particularly known among Marathi people for its guidance on practical matters, a ready reckoner for success, if you will. Hari Tatya was a man who kept quoting that practical treatise at every possible opportunity, but remained utterly and truly impractical. He never reached an appointment on time, never left an appointment on time.

Grandpa and Hari Tatya clearly loved each other, cared for each other. But they also spent several nights arguing with each other. Random corners of various rooms in our house were stacked with unsold inventory from Hari Tatya's failed ventures - from umbrellas to agarbattis to books to backpacks. Once in a while, when we eavesdropped on the arguments, what Hari Tatya said was oddly but somehow appropriately unrelated to the business at hand and more relevant to arcane Maratha history,

"Dude, I have irrefutable proof of this! Come with me to Maval right now! I can literally see where that horse Krishna's hooves landed!" 

And truly, Hari Tatya could probably see where those hooves has landed centuries ago. I often wonder if Hari Tatya's default existence was in the distant past, in the golden age of the Maratha empire. The odd occasion when he acknowledged the 20th century was probably like a dream to him.

"So there we all were. Standing in the royal court with Shivaji Maharaj on the throne. And they brought in the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. Oh wow! She was absolutely gorgeous! A true beauty if I ever saw one! And as the victorious king, Shivaji Maharaj had the right to have his way with her. She was his for the taking. She was so damn beautiful, I tell you guys! And her flawless milky white complexion! She was at least 6 times as fair as this girl Yami everyone thinks is so fair. And I'm not making this up, boys. I have irrefutable proof of this!"

When I was a kid, our neighbor Yami Gokhale was the benchmark of fair complexion. She had the whitest skin we ever saw. The Gokhales were the only Konknastha Brahmin family in our neighborhood, and Konknastha Brahmins are reputed to have fair/white skins. The rest of us were mainly Deshpande-Kulkarni types with wheatish-to-dark skins. Hari Tatya himself was as dark as the iron pillar in Delhi. So when he said "6 times as fair as this girl Yami", we had genuine trouble imagining how fair the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor must have been. But Hari Tatya had no trouble embellishing his story.

"We were all standing there, staring, admiring her beauty. Maharaj himself was stunned by her beauty..... tell me kids.... Maharaj who???"

We had all memorized the answer to this question thanks to several prior lessons from Hari Tatya,


We kids yelled out the official complete title for Shivaji as if we were orderlies in the Maratha court of the 1600s. When we said this correctly, Hari Tatya regally looked at us with an expression of pride and humility, as if he were Shivaji himself!

"Well done, boys! So anyway....where was I?"

"6 times as fair as Yami" one of us piped up.

"Okay, you idiot. Who was 6 times as fair as Yami?"

"The wife of Kalyan's vanquished governor."

"WIFE????????" Hari Tatya screeched.

We all took a step back.

"You idiot! Where did his wife come from? There in Kalyan, the vanquished governor is splayed out dying, yelling YA ALLAH! YA ALLAH!"

And Hari Tatya laid down on the ground with his limbs flailing in the air, invoking the Koranic almighty.

"He is dying! His wife is next to him, crying! The one they brought to Shivaji Maharaj's court was his beautiful daughter-in-law!" 

"6 times as fair as..."

"YES!" Hari Tatya thundered, "Will you stop obsessing over Yami, for crying out loud?"

The boy looked away and Hari Tatya continued,

"So we were all staring at this exquisite beauty that was the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. And Maharaj was looking at her too. Oh, and how handsome Maharaj himself looked, I tell you, boys! Eyes like an eagle. Sharp straight nose. Thick flowing beard. Rich well-defined sideburns....."

Whenever Hari Tatya narrated a story about Shivaji Maharaj, this effusive description of his appearance was bound to turn up sooner rather than later. As soon as Hari Tatya mentioned the sideburns, we'd complete the remaining description -

"...the regal crown on his head, the divine Bhavani sword at his waist, a pearl necklace hanging against his chest, a tilak on his forehead....."

When we completed this description, Hari Tatya looked at us all with an expression of genuine bliss and satisfaction.

"Well done, boys!" Hari Tatya nodded and continued, "So Maharaj said to the beauty - betaa, pardaa nikaalo, darney ki koi baat nahin (Child, take off your veil. There is no need to be afraid.)"

All of us had heard the story of the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor dozens of times. But every time, this particular line was delivered in Hindi for some reason.

"So that beauty raised her veil. Maharaj looked at her. And said - Wow! Goddess Bhavani has made you extremely beautiful!"

Because of Hari Tatya's numerous renditions of this story, all us kids grew up assuming that the job of making someone beautiful had been assigned to Goddess Bhavani. In fact, we were so convinced of it, that for many years afterwards, whenever I saw a beautiful woman, I'd think to myself - Goddess Bhavani has done a good job on her!

"Maharaj then said - If my mother had been as good looking as you, then maybe I too would have been good looking! Hearing this, I swear you Purushottam, that lady was so touched, tears started flowing from her eyes. Then Maharaj gave her a sari as a gift, and respectfully sent her back to Kalyan, untouched and unmolested. That's how wise and decent our Maharaj was!"

Just as Hari Tatya finished narrating the story, grandpa showed up. Suddenly, Hari Tatya's demeanor changed, and he earnestly said,

"Listen Purushottam, tomorrow morning, we must leave really early to sell those agarbattis, understand? Later on, the streets get so crowded, that it's difficult to move about!"

Of course, all us kids understood the sudden change in Hari Tatya. In fact, we had an unspoken arrangement with him, in which, if we saw grandpa approaching, we would quietly tell Hari Tatya about it.

This arrangement worked great when we were kids. But kids don't always stay kids. They grow up.

We grew up too. Lost our wide-eyes innocence, and developed a healthy sense of cynicism and sarcasm. We went from revering Hari Tatya to poking fun at Hari Tatya. Once we started making fun of the guy, we realized that grandma had been doing it for ages. If he occasionally turned up late for dinner, grandma would say,

"Oh, you still haven't had dinner, Hari Tatya?? When you didn't show up at the usual time, I thought Shivaji Maharaj insisted you stay over at his palace for dinner!"

Hari Tatya would say nothing.

"Or maybe at Peshwa Bajirao's table tonight.... in a silver plate!"

I don't think the ridicule mattered to Hari Tatya. In fact, I am sure that in his mind, he really had dined with Shivaji Maharaj thousands of times. Once he entered the idyllic world of the past, he completely immersed himself in it. 

Once, our entire family went to Pune for a function. Hari Tatya came with us. For him, Pune, steeped in Maratha history, was Valhalla. Not only did he come with us, but he took all us kids for several walks around the city all week, and all but recounted the history associated with every tiny rock we encountered.

When Hari Tatya took us to the bare spartan innards of the historic Peshwa palace Shanivaarvaada, he told us the story of Peshwa Narayanrao's murder. And of course, he ran around the place yelling,


Be it the reign of Shivaji or the reign of Peshwas, this man was always there. 'How was Hari Tatya present at every historic event related to the Maratha empire in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century?' - was a question we never asked ourselves when we were children. And when we grew up, although we poked a little fun at him, we never asked him that uncomfortable question to force him to confront the fact that his fantasy world was just that - a fantasy.

Hari Tatya led us through the streets of Pune, reliving several processions full of elephants and horses. His eyes had apparently seen the first ever public Ganpati, in Kasba. He didn't just know the details of everything that went on at Lal Mahal; he could even identify the window from which Shaistekhan was hanging when he lost his fingers to Shivaji's sword. 

"And the bugger went to the Mughal emperor Delhi and greeted him with his chopped up fingers!" Hari Tatya told us with ill-concealed glee, "The emperor said to Shaistekhan - Sir Uncle, where are your fingers? Khan said to the emperor - that bastard Shivaji, that rat of the hills, he cut them off! Imagine that! This no-good Shaistekhan called Maharaj a bastard! That damn #$%%@#$$#@@@..."

Hari Tatya, in the presence of us kids, fired at Shaistekhan a colorful expletive of such unbridled hostility, that if the Khan had heard it, he would've presented his hands to Hari Tatya and said, "if you want, cut off my remaining fingers, but please, stop with the profanity!"   

Hari Tatya often turned up when least expected. Similarly, he often disappeared when least expected. On Chaturthi (a holy night for Marathis), if Hari Tatya didn't show up for dinner, even grandma would wonder,

"Where the heck is Hari Tatya? Has he gone to Panipat to wage another ill-advised war?"

Hari Tatya was sorely missed on every holy occasion that he didn't show up, solely for his flair at leading aarti (public prayer). He knew hundreds of of aartis. He seemed to know by heart the aarti for every god and goddess in the Hindu pantheon. When a shirtless Hari Tatya, with tilak on his forehead would start the aarti of the Dashaavtaars in his booming voice, everyone's hands instinctively came together in devotion. And when I say his voice boomed, I mean it! Even the person holding the pooja plate would put it down, probably worried about it vibrating because of the voice.


When that "AAAAA" started, all us kids would have bets on who could keep going the longest without stopping for breath.


By the time he was halfway through the 10 avatars, Hari Tatya's own delirious avatar was worth marveling over. We kids would get caught up in the fervor too. Whenever Hari Tatya became engrossed in the aarti, his right eye developed an odd squint. On such occasions, we kids would turn our back on the holy idols and stare at the divine Hari Tatya instead.


At this line, he'd spin on the spot a couple of times. We kids would spin too.


I can still picture the imaginary dip he would take in the imaginary holy river at this line.

Towards the end of the aarti, his voice got even louder at the DEVAAAA.... and of course, all us kids would join in. That was the only moment in the whole year when we had a license to scream as loudly as we wanted. That's what made Hari Tatya so special to us kids - in his company, we could be what we wished we could be all the time.

Today, after remembering Hari Tatya after all these years, I can't help but get a little choked up. Dozens of people of all ages, appearances, and backgrounds came to visit grandpa when I was growing up. I can remember some of them well, can't even picture the faces of many others. But no one was as memorable as Hari Tatya.

When Hari Tatya walked into the compound of our house, he'd first stop and talk to us kids playing in the yard, and only then go greet the adults. He was popular not only among the kids in my family, but also other kids in the neighborhood, who had no compunctions in calling out his name when they saw him,

"Hariii Taatyaaaaaa!"

Hari Tatya would acknowledge the kid who had called out his name and do his best to entertain. He'd pretend to jump up and down like a monkey, make funny faces, march around like a drummer boy until everyone was laughing. He'd stop whatever he was doing to entertain kids.

Sometimes he'd do this when he was walking with grandpa, engaged in some serious discussion about their latest business venture. Grandpa would discover that he was talking to fresh air, and Hari Tatya had stopped several steps back to make faces at some kid. On such occasions, grandpa scolded him in public, asked him to behave like a grown-up.

But grandpa did love Hari Tatya a lot, like a brother. I never fully understood why the bond between them was so strong, because you couldn't find two men more unlike each other. But the bond was strong. If grandma made some special dessert, grandpa would always remind her to set some aside for Hari Tatya. Not that grandma needed any reminders. She cared about him too. Often she'd tell other women in the kitchen to make sure there's enough food set aside for "that old crow Hari Tatya" in case he dropped by.

Hari Tatya resembled a crow in many ways. When he moved his gaze, he moved not just his eyes, but even his neck, like a crow does. His eyes had a slight squint, like crow's eyes. But his squinted gaze had seen a lot of things that others with a normal gaze missed. He had seen Shivaji's coronation, the third battle of Panipat, the Buradi Ghat skirmish...

"Even if we die, we'll keep fighting on!" Hari Tatya, down on the ground in our front yard with  limbs flailing, hollered Dattaji Shinde's dying words.

Even today when I read Dattaji's tragic death, I see him as Hari Tatya in my front yard. Over the years Hari Tatya got me intimately acquainted with Shivaji, Tanaji, Tukaram, and everyone of any importance in Maratha history.

I never really liked history lessons at school, nor did I fully understand them. School history was infested with dates that had to be memorized. Hari Tatya's history wasn't tangled in the cobwebs of distant dates; it was as alive as he was. And he brought it to life for me.

As a child when I made my first trip to Pune, I was surprised not to see Shivaji or Sambhaji Maharaj there. When the train passed through the Sahyadris, I hoped to catch the glimpse of the Marathi army crossing the hills in full battle gear. Hari Tatya's refusal to think of history in past tense had rubbed of on me. His tendency to inject himself into any event and narrate in first person made it seem like all those events had occurred just before Hari Tatya came to our house.

People often personify History when they say things like "History will remember", "History will note", "History tell us", and so on. Today I realize that the "I" in Hari Tatya's stories was never meant to be Hari Tatya himself, but that personification of History.

"All us soldiers on Sinhagad were terrified by the enemy's swollen ranks, and started running away from battle, when Suryaji stood in our way. WAIT, he shouted at us, I HAVE CUT OFF THE ROPES THAT WE USED TO CLIMB UP. Well, what could we do? There was no way to run. So we turned around and joined the battle again. A sword through an enemy's throat, a spear through another's stomach, we kept going!"

"Tanaji had already been martyred. Shelarmama was wounded, but still fighting. I tell you, Purushottam, I have never seen a man bleed as much as Shelarmama did that night. His clothes were completely red. But oh, when he finally landed a blow on that Udaybhaan.... that was all it tok. Udaybhaan was flat on his back. Soon the tide turned, and we had won. We lit up the signal torches. Shivaji Maharaj saw our signal and reached Sinhagad in an hour."

"When he learned that Tanaji had died, Maharaj started bawling like a baby! Like a baby, I tell you! He said in a broken voice - "I got my gad (fort) back, but I lost my sinha (lion)". Oh, the plaintive voice when he said it, I swear to you Purushottam, I couldn't bear to hear it. I had never and have never since heard Maharaj sound like that. And I have irrefutable proof of this. Not making it up. Even the stones on Sinhagad melted at the intensity of Maharaj's sorrow. That's how Maharaj was. Which Maharaj?"

"GoBrahminPratipalak........" we'd break into our well-rehearsed chant.

As time went by, my childhood too became history. Most of the elders in the family passed away. The house also aged. Maintaining the yard became too much of a hassle, so it was tiled. The little flower garden was gone, as were grandpa, grandma, and dad. I lost touch with most other members of the family as well. There was no way to always keep in touch with Hari Tatya.

Once in a while, the clock turns back, and in the broken glasses of the old house's windows, I see countless reflections from my childhood. Occasionally the scent of an agarbatti, or the first drop of rain on a new umbrella makes me think of Hari Tatya. And his voice starts echoing in my head.

That man, no relation of mine, gave me more than most of my close relatives ever did. He'd take us kids high in the open skies of fantasy on his wings of history. Bring to life everyone from history. He made sure that the roots of the tiny saplings that were our childhoods were buried deep in a glorious past. Hari Tatya never gave us snacks or candy that money could buy, but instilled in us a sense of pride for our heritage that no treasure in the world can.

He strengthened our tiny wrists with the character of the past. I never realized it then, but can see the true value of his efforts now. Those wrists don't always turn the way they are supposed to. But Hari Tatya instilled in us the confidence that if need be, they can turn the course of history.

Now Hari Tatya himself is part of history. Old age made him a shadow of his former self. It was much later, during his last and eventually fatal bout of illness, that I learned Hari Tatya had a grown-up son. He worked in some trading firm in East Africa.

In those final days, when I went to meet him, I couldn't bear to look at what old age had done to him. He was almost fully blind. As he laid there looking weak, his shriveled body didn't even cover half the bed. I sat next to him.

"Hari Tatya, it's me Purushottam."

"Oh Purushotam! Great!" he smiled in the direction of my voice, "As you can see, I am now Surdas! So how have you been? You're in Delhi these days, right?"


"Ah, never got to see Delhi."

"Why don't you come with me?"

"There's no use now. I may be able to visit Delhi, but won't be able to see it, which is the whole point. No, I'll just admire it in my mind."

Hari Tatya felt silent. I felt tempted to gather all my childhood friends, including the 1/6th fair Yami Gokhale, and holler,


Maybe it would have brought life back to his eyes, put some meat on his bones, and maybe he'd have said,

"I tell you, Purushottam! We were all standing there dumbfounded in the court at Delhi. And Sadashivrao Bhau was chipping away at the golden throne! With his bare hands! Pieces of gold flying all around, as the rest of us watched, unable to move!"

Come to think of it, Hari Tatya didn't need to see Delhi for all this. Whatever he had seen of history, he hadn't seen with the eyes he lost to old age. I spent several hours with him and left, aware that this might be the last time I get to meet him.

A few days later, Hari Tatya's obituary appeared in the newspaper with the cliched salutations and praises - affectionate, kind, loved by all, etc etc. As I read the obituary, I realized it didn't even come close to capturing the essence of the man. It was the first and last printed record my old childhood friend, who usually lived in the distant past, having any contact with the present. All it did was offer "irrefutable proof" that a man called Hari Tatya had existed in our times.

          Indian PM to visit child of Mumbai terror victim in Israel   
During first ever diplomatic trip to Israel by PM Narendra Modi to sign series of bilateral agreements, he plans to meet with child whose parents were snatched from him in 2008 Mumbai Chabad terror attacks.
          On Ad Hominem and Relative Morality   
A few hours back, @riffraaf whom I follow on twitter and have great regard for, and I had a disagreement over the aftermath of the Rosen-Romney episode. We exchanged a couple of emails. She wrote this post.

This is my response

Very well put. I agree mostly.

Here's where I am coming from: Rosen made a stupid comment. Faux outrage about how Ann Romney is such a victim ensued. (never mind our FLOTUS is bashed in ugly ways every day but that's probably the partisan in me talking, you might say).

Oh, Michelle is definitely bashed in the ugliest ways. It is bizarre to me that someone can make combating obesity into some evil plot!

Some of the people I follow on the right started labeling it as #waronmoms. This was a completely cynical response to left's #waronwomen. Now they wanted to beat the left at their own game. I get it.

Yup, they're just being cynical. But being helped by the left propagating articles like the rude pundit's.

But there was more to #waronwomen (though I personally loathe to use this slogan): Most women I know who are not into partisanship in general (because they're too busy raising kids and handling jobs unlike me :) ) got really riled up with a series of events that hurt women's rights: starting from planned parenthood defunding by Komen to birth control access issues to Sandra fluke (and Rush Limbaugh harassing Fluke for 3 entire days calling her a slut, prostitute, how she should put her porn videos online so he can watch it and so on) to ultra sound bills to new arizona laws infringing rights further.

Agree. That's how my wife (Indian-born American-raised) wife is. She is not as much into politics. She does follow it more than others. She is, like me, a fiscal conservative. But for her, this #waronwomen trumps anything else. Anything related to planned parenthood (which she loves) and birth control gets her riled up. So even if Obama raises taxes by gazillion percent (she hates tax raises even on rich folks), the social aspect of it against women's rights will always make her vote democrat.

So it irritates me to no end that suddenly Risen is somehow equivalent of Limbaugh and all the incivilities shown against women in the last year are equivalent to one insensitive remark made by a Rosen who was a nobody until now (even w/ her hillary support in 2008 and apparently having contributed to Obama campaign in 2008).

I don't think Rosen is equivalent of the much much viler and nastier and just plain-worse-human-being Limbaugh. I am not drawing the equivalence, so I am not going to defend the equivalence.

However, on its own, what Rosen said is definitely insensitive and stupid. And undoubtedly ad hominem. That's all that matters to me, as someone who doesn't count himself on the left or the right when it comes to identifying with movements. By saying what she did, Rosen attacked who Ann Romney, not what Ann or Mitt Romney were saying, making it a classic ad hominem attack.

It's politically damaging I agree. But it's a huge fake outrage and no where near what's really happening to women all over the country (whether w/ healthcare, minimum wages, equal pay, infringing on woman's body, unemployment and so on that affect women in REAL ways).

So I know Obama was doing what any Dem politician would do, but I'm still turned off by this whole latest, what I call Faux outrage.

Granted that some of those outraging are just fake-outraging. Just taking the chance to score points against their political opponents. Granted that many of those outraging on the right have possibly said much worse and more misogynist stuff against women.

But what Rosen said was still stupid and insensitive. And IMO, the Obama campaign by denouncing what Rosen said, is doing not just the politically expedient thing, but the right thing. And elements of the left by digging in and writing posts/articles undermining the worth of Ann Romney's life, are doing the WRONG thing, be it politically or morally.
          Australia - Walkin' on Sunshine in Barbados   
Every once in a while, test cricket says to other sports "Who's your daddy? I am!" Today is one such time.

Five days ago, if you had said to me, "Australia will win the Barbados test", I'd have responded, yeah, probably...for sure... so?

The beauty of test cricket is its ability to engineer the most bizarre dramas, replete with unexpected reversals, and above all, often making the the audience switch their loyalties.

Five days ago, I was sure that Australia, the side that whitewashed the kinda-mighty Indians, would make mincemeat of West Indies. It didn't even seem like a test series worth following on Cricinfo. But follow it I did. Once you love test cricket, you can't help but follow test cricket, no matter how foregone the conclusion might seem.

Then came the first major twist in the tail. The Windies, marshaled by that old fox Chanderpaul, posted a 400+ score. It's not often that a team loses after scoring 400+ in the first innings. Even better, the Windies bowlers got rid of the Aussie top and middle order fairly soon.

Holy crap! The Windies were set to get a substantial first innings lead. And even win the test! Go West Indies, I thought. Yessss! Schadenfreude is a cool-sounding word, but it truly finds its meaning when the Australian cricket team is losing. Go Windies!

And then test cricket showed why it's everyone's daddy. The Aussies, reverting to a sickening old habit, fought back. Their tail wagged, chipping away at the deficit. Their 10th wicket partnership was going strong, reducing the deficit to a mathematical factoid. Heck, they might even wipe off the deficit.

And then.... huh! Clarke decalred! What!??! He declared, with his 10 wicket pair going strong and the deficit still 43! He declared to, ostensibly and obviously, have enough time to actually win the test.

I have generally disliked the Aussie team. And I don't like Michael Clarke. But this decision won me over. What a declaration! True, his 10th wicket was at the crease, so to posterity, it might not seem like much. But in the context of the match, it was quite a doozy.

Turns out Clarke shocked not just us fans, but the Windies batsmen too. They promptly collapsed in a heap. And suddenly, it seemed like Australia might win this. It wasn't easy. Sure, it seemed easy - 192 in 60-odd overs. But the fading April light meant there was no chance to get more than 50 overs. On a 5th day pitch.

Then came the inevitable sad flashback. India at Dominica last year. The #1 test team in the world. Set 180 in 47 overs. And India decided to play it safe and accepted a draw after a half-hearted attempt. As an Indian, the whitewashes in England and Australia hurt, but didn;t come close to the shame and outrage I felt for the Dominica cop-out.

Surely Clarke with his brave declaration wouldn't pull a Dhoni and play it sickeningly safe? He better not. Aussies better win this.

And that's the weird journey I made in a handful of days. From "Oh, Aussies will definitely win" to "Wow, WI are batting well." to "WI may get the lead! Wow! WI can win this!" to "Oh no! Oh damn! Aussies might save the test" to the final leap "Please please please Australia, win this!"

For that is the beauty of test cricket. It can shake your convictions and loyalties. The action in the middle can make you forget your prejudices and switch sides to support the side playing truly in line with the game's true character. If you've seen Rocky 4, you might remember how the Russian spectators stop cheering for Ivan Drago and start cheering for Rocky, going against all their loyalties and convictions. Well, that was a (rather badly) scripted movie. This is the reality of test cricket.

By the 3rd session on day 5, I found myself, for the first time in well over a decade, cheering for an Australian win. It may seem like an odd, even fickle reversal to cheer the side that I was so dead set against just 5 days ago.

But that's what test cricket does. And did. To me. My heart raced as I groaned at every Australian wicket and cheered every big hit from the Aussies. I kept trying to calculate how long sunshine would last before the umpires closed the proceedings for bad light. And I kept hoping the Aussies would make it.

Aussies - the pre-match favorites, and Windies the underdogs. But test cricket when it is in its element, can make you cheer for the favorites as if they're the underdogs.

Finally, Australia won. They walked on sunshine. And have most likely ushered in another era of self-belief and dominance that will be the bane of other teams in the next decade.
          The Biggest Dravid Myth   
Rahul Dravid has retired. The end of an era. A lot is being written about him, and will be written about him. I am not interested in writing a comprehensive tribute to his illustrious career. I want to address the biggest Dravid myth that keeps cropping up in most tributes.

In an otherwise well-written article on Dravid at The Guardian, Rob Smyth writes

Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face
betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him. He did not
have the brutal audacity of Virender Sehwag, the poetic elegance of
Laxman, the unfathomable, enduring genius of Tendulkar or the sublime
cover drive of Ganguly.

I could not disagree more. Dravid had loads of natural flair, and all this talk of his technique trumping all else, making him out to be a dour but determined grifter is the result of cricket fans wanting to neatly pigeonhole batsmen into pre-conceived slots. Lazy cricket fans think of those slots as Richards or Boycott, and put Dravid quite unfairly in the Boycott slot. I also think his "technique" was vastly exaggerated, and is the result of people forgetting what the copybook actually says and equating a slow scoring rate and a solid defense with textbook technique.

I am not saying he was a technique maverick and mostly freakish natural ability like Laxman or Sehwag. But his success wasn't all technique or even mostly technique. He had a few shots, especially in the 90s, that would have made an orthodox coach cringe, but looked absolutely beautiful. His drives square of the wicket on the off side were essentially similar to Sehwag's - no foot movement, and taking a chance against balls in or just outside the corridor of uncertainty, and relying mainly on balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Most other batsmen most of the times would have nicked those to slips or scooped them to gully. He got away with those shots, with a few lives during his 148 in SA and 190 in NZ in his early years. But he batted pretty much the same way in Aus in 99 and failed miserably, because luck wasn't on his side. His swivel pull shots looked beautiful too, but he very often fetched balls way outside the off stump line, something a technical coach would have been aghast at. I even remember him losing his wicket, when very close to a century, to Greg Blewett of all people, to such a pull shot. He often played almost compulsively against the spin, something that got him into trouble against Shane Warne for a while, because Warne's line was often so far away from the stumps. But helped him attack other spinners with relative ease.

And his timing was phenomenal! That was sheer natural talent. I remember watching him once against Pakistan, when he had let his hair down by his standards and was going for his shot. Orgasmic batting that was! I remember texting Amit Varma that this was the most beautiful attacking innings I had ever seen him play. It was his 110 in the 1st innings against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 2005. He truly must have been at the top of his game, because he followed it up with a vital century in the 2nd innings. But that 110 was REALLY enthralling to watch! Dravid playing purely on instinct, without inordinate fear of losing his wicket,

The thing is, Dravid curbed his natural flair more than the average natural flair Indian batsman. He defended and played it safe more often than he needed to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That helped him convert several possible 75 off 110 balls into 125 off 250 balls. And his "technique" evolved through the years, like any quality batsman's technique should. He consciously became more solid in defense as the years went by. Often exactly when the team needed him to, but also occasionally when him playing with gay abandon would've given us a better result. So the only reason Dravid is seen as this guy to whom "batting didn't come easy", is that he consciously cut down on his easy shots in the 2000s, when he was at his peak. I know he himself has said that batting didn't come easy to him. But that might have to do with his own lofty standards of ease and strict quality control when it came to shots, than anything else. And it made perfect sense, given that he was in the same team as Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Laxman for those years. With all those aggressive stroke makers in the team, it made sense for him to be the circumspect one.

But batting did come easily to him. He just chose, almost always, to not give in to his natural instincts, and instead relied on his judgment. But the rare occasion when he did give in to his instincts could be brutal. I remember watching with awe an ODI against New Zealand back during my MBA days (2003 or so) when he came out to bat in the slog overs after centuries by Sachin and Sehwag. He absolutely mauled the Kiwi bowling line-up and got to a half-century in 24 balls or so. The friends I was watching the match with kept saying "Who is this guy? this isn't Dravid!" And my response was, "this IS the real Dravid. He just chooses not to be that most of the time."

To sum it up, I think "Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him." is IMHO the worst and most inaccurate insult you can heap on Dravid on the day of his retirement.
          PM Modi to meet 26/11 survivor 'Baby Moshe' during Israel visit   
New Delhi [India], June 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel next week is expected to meet Moshe, survivor of 2008 Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack
          TS207:Spiders,Orphans,Sharts,Girl Talk   
Erin is fresh out of Spider Gypsy class and Bryan is finally sober! Perfect timing. This week the missionaries of charity order in India banned their orphans from being adopted in fear that gay couples will snatch them up and force them into a loving and stable home....the nerve! Annie wouldn’t stand for this! Plus, Borchardt Elementary School in Texas is all about empowering women with GIRL TALK, while the boys are forced to discuss college and career in their respective guidance counselor classes. Why talk Harvard when you can talk Justin Bieber? Am I right ladies? Thigh highs for men!
          On His Israel Visit, PM Modi Will Meet 11-Year-Old Jewish Survivor Of 2008 Mumbai Attack   
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to visit Israel in July. On July 4, when Modi's flight will land in Israel, many agreements, deals and treaties will be on cards but it will also be a special occasion for 11-year-old Israeli child Moshe Holtzberg.
          TS179:Chickens, TSA Racial Profiling, Indiana, w/ Guest Nikki Glaser   
Why does Bryan seek a 4.75 pound chicken? The answer is inside this week's Throwing Shade.Plus, did you know the TSA has been looking for bombs in sisterlocks and Indiana's religious freedom bill is doing it all wrong, hunty!? All that and we talk to superstar standup Nikki Glaser about all the self-help books she's read. 
          Events: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017, Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, Technoshamanism in Aarhus, ELC Europe   
  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo, Japan

    It is our great pleasure to announce that openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will take place at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan on October 21 and 22.

    openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun. Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

    This event at Tokyo is the fourth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014, the Asia Summit has been held annually. The second summit was at Taipei in Taiwan, then in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last year. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

  • Program Announced for The Linux Foundation Diversity Empowerment Summit North America

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          TS137: Burning Man, India, BYU Gay Survey, Korean Plastic Surgery   
Erin's taking Bryan to Burning Man even though Bryan's burning up, man. Ah! Get it? This episode is full up on gay surveys at Brigham Young University and the plastic surgery epidemic in South Korea and if you listen really closely, you can hear Bryan and Erin suffering from heat stroke.  Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die See Us! TSPOD Live shows Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS FeedProud member of Max Fun Podcasting Network 
          TS115: Beyonce, Time Magazine's Person of the Year, India's Anti-Gay Problem and Special Guest Erin's Mom   
Did you download Beyonce's new album? Did you send your grandmother flowers? All of those questions and more are answered on this week's Throwing Shade. Erin talks about the serious shade being thrown at women by Time Magazine, Bryan discusses the five-steps-back anti-gay law in India that criminalizes gayness, and Erin's mom is our special guest! She gives us her thoughts on Meg Ryan, snakes and Erin's perms. Seriously, though, send your grandmother some flowers. Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS FeedProud member of Max Fun Podcasting Network 
          32 million people would lose coverage if Obamacare was repealed   

Republican senators are skittish enough that their health care bill would leave 22 million people more without health insurance by 2026, compared to Obamacare.

They likely won't be too keen on President Trump's suggestion to just repeal Obamacare immediately and replace it later if they can't get enough support to pass their bill.

That move would probably leave 18 million more people without coverage in the first year after its enactment and 32 million more by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report that looked at an earlier GOP bill to repeal Obamacare.

It would also cause premiums on individual market policies to increase by up to 25% the first year and to nearly double by 2026.

All this would happen mainly because the individual mandate -- which requires nearly all Americans to get coverage or pay a penalty -- would be repealed. But some insurers would also likely pull out of the market, the CBO said. The remaining carriers would likely raise rates dramatically because the remaining enrollees would tend to be older and sicker.

This is one reason why Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate moved away from a straight repeal of Obamacare without a replacement bill. That left insurers, consumers and other Republican members in a tizzy. Only 19% of Americans supported repealing Obamacare first and replacing later, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in March.

That hasn't stopped some conservative GOP members from pushing for a full repeal. Both Senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rand Paul of Kentucky have recently broached the topic with Trump, likely leading to his tweet Friday morning.

While senators are expected to ignore Trump's suggestion, it does inject more uncertainty into the future of Obamacare and the individual market. And that's the last thing insurers need.

Already, many are raising rates or even dropping out of the individual market completely for 2018. Some 36 counties in Nevada, Ohio and Indiana are at risk of having no carrier on their exchanges next year, according to Kaiser.

Their main concerns: the mandate that everyone have insurance and the cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income Americans.

Insurers are brushing off the president's comments, saying they are moving forward with the efforts in Congress.

"We're focused on making recommendations to improve the [Senate bill], and on ensuring a stable 2018," said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group.

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          Zoo Miami announces birth of 4 warthogs   

Zoo Miami announced Friday the birth of four warthogs.

The baby warthogs, three males and one female, were born June 20. 

Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill said in a news release that Friday was the first time zoo staff were able to temporarily separate the mother from her newborns for a few minutes to successfully perform a neonatal exam on each of the warthogs. 

The exam confirmed the warthogs' sex and indicated that they each appear to be healthy and developing well.

Magill said the 3-year-old mother is from the Indianapolis Zoo and the 3-year-old father is from San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The warthogs are the first offspring for both parents, and it is the second successful birth of warthogs at Zoo Miami.

The first occurred in 1995.

Magill said the mother warthog will "remain off exhibit with her piglets for several days to ensure that they have bonded properly and are well acclimated to their surroundings prior to going on public display."

Warthogs, made famous by Pumba in Disney's "The Lion King," are found in much of sub-Saharan Africa.

The animals are not naturally aggressive, but are able to protect themselves with large, powerful tusks, which they typically use to tear up the ground in search of roots and grubs and to establish dominance between them.


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          Now, Windies Women beaten by India   

TAUNTON, England –

Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.

Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.

At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.

India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.

In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.

The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.

And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.

But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.

When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.

They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.

Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.

Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.

Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.

The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.

With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.

Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.

In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over. When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.

The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.

West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday. (CMC)

          Windies last chance to keep series alive   

ST JOHN’S, Antigua –

They enter the first game of the doubleheader at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium 1-0 down following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Trinidad last Sunday, and another defeat here will allow India to put one hand on the series trophy.

That defeat at Queen’s Park Oval – after the first game was rained out – highlighted perfectly the gulf between the two teams. In a game reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain, India piled up 310 and West Indies stuttered and stumbled their way to 205 for six in reply.

With much left in the series to play for, however, captain Jason Holder urged improvement especially from his bowlers.

“We’re only 1-0 down after the first game was rain-interrupted. It’s just obviously a situation where we need to tighten up a bit more on our bowling,” the 25-year-old all-rounder said.

“Obviously chasing 300-odd in 43 overs is a tough ask. You need to be getting off to a much better start than we did in the last game. We were never able to get off to the good start we were looking for and hence we kept losing wickets in the middle and never got the momentum going into trying to chase 300-odd.”

In an attempt to turn around their fortunes, West Indies have made two changes to their 13-man squad from the Trinidad doubleheader, calling up the uncapped pair of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris at the expense of the out-of-form duo of Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter.

Opener Hope, the 28-year-old brother of Windies star Shai Hope, could make his debut in Powell’s absence and Holder he would be an asset to the side.

“He brings youthful exuberance, he’s an energetic fielder and obviously a very good player,” Holder pointed out.

“He’s done well for us in domestic cricket for a number of years, he’s playing a lot of cricket in Trinidad being a part of that franchise. I played a lot of youth cricket with him …. and he’s always been a phenomenonal scorer.”

Ambris, too, has scored heavily in both the first class and one-day competition this year, making it hard for selectors to ignore him.

Nevertheless, they join batting line-up that struggled in the three-match Afghanistan series earlier this month and which need a significant boost in order to start producing in the series.

Jason Mohammed, the Windies’ most consistent batsman this year, has had lean returns of recent with just nine runs in his three outings and Evin Lewis has gotten starts but still not passed 33.

With every defeat, West Indies’ chances of an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup diminish even further, as they need to be in the top eight in the ICC rankings by September 30.

They are currently ranked number nine after winning just three of their last 16 ODIs, and a series loss will just about write off their chances of an automatic berth. (CMC)

          Pigeonite - San Carlos, San Carlos Indian Reservation, Gila Co., Arizona, USA (no replies)   
How has this been determined to be Pigeonite?
          Could someone suggest what could be this black stone? (9 replies)   
I fond this stone in India. I found it's specific gravity as 3.8 .As I am no expert I can only give few details.In my observation it has got no cracks or broken edges. I tried to scratch it with metal nail but nail could not scratch it. The stone is heavy to it's size, it's bit colder when touch with hand,but failed to diamond test on my cheap diamond thermal tester.I expect some suggestions from this site.The thermal tester shows medium conductivity in it's scale range.
Thanks in advance.

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          User gallery only Iris quartz (5 replies)   
I am curious why my Iris quartz photos have been placed in user gallery only, I took quite a bit of time experimenting with the best lighting to show the colours,and I don't think there is anything wrong with the quality of the photo's, I don't think there is anything lacking in the info I have provided is there some other reason

          Joe & Roxana Married at the Ronald Reagan Building: Washington D.C. Wedding Photography   
Joe & Roxana’s wedding was by far my most colorful wedding of the year!  The marrying of two cultures together, Mexican and Indian, produced a virtual color feast for the eyes and was a fun start to my spring weddings this past year.  Joe and Roxana are some of the most genuine and kind people […]
          TS27:Gay Cheerleaders, Miss Travel, Lesbian Scout Mom, Facebook Death Threat Teens   
After marching with United Women, tears are shed as Bryan and Erin realize that the war on women does not involve actual guns. But the mood soon lightens as they dive into 'sues like boys too gay for cheerleading, travel sluts, a mother too lesbian to lead Boy Scouts, and the expulsion of three Indiana teens after their Facebook death threats. Fun City, Population You!  Subscribe and Rate on iTunes @gibblertron & @bryansafi #tspod Official Max Fun Page RSS Feed
          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Voting Fights in the States   
AP Photo/Andrew Selsky

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, at podium, celebrates Oregon's first year of an automatic voter registration program with a news conference, where she said that in the November election, over 97,000 ballots were cast by new voters registered by the so-called motor voter program. Hazelnuts contained in the bags in the foreground represent the 270,000 Oregonians who were registered to vote by the program. 

The national battle over voting rights and “voter fraud” will play out in Washington over the next months in relation to the Kobach-Pence commission and the resistance to it. But in the meantime, issues have been joined this spring in state legislative sessions around the country. And the resulting scorecard may surprise you.

Back in November, when the dust settled after the election, the numbers on partisan control of legislatures seemed stark and frightening for advocates of voting rights and election reform. Republicans controlled both chambers in 31 states, and had the full “trifecta,” including the governor, in 24. In sharp contrast, Democrats controlled both houses in only 13 states, and had trifectas in a mere six. Looking at these numbers, at the post-Shelby decision absence of Voting Rights Act preclearance protections, and at the radically changed posture of the Justice Department, many feared an onslaught of voter-suppression legislation that would create an even more diminished electorate for the elections of 2018.

Well, it’s now the end of June, and while some legislatures are still in session, the great majority have finished their business for the year. Several states have indeed passed bad bills. But, overall, the results are significantly better, both in staving off voter-suppression efforts and in expanding voting rights and voting access, than one might have expected as the sessions began.

First, A Few Real Successes

Perhaps the most remarkable outcome this year is in Illinois, which has a Democratic legislature and a conservative Republican governor, Bruce Rauner. Last year, the legislature passed an automatic voter registration (AVR) bill with bipartisan support, but Rauner vetoed it. 

Under automatic voter registration, people who go to the DMV, and potentially other agencies as well, are automatically put on the voter roll, unless they opt out. In Oregon, which was the first adopter, AVR has added several hundred thousand voters to the rolls.

In Illinois, an AVR bill was reintroduced this year and, remarkably, passed both chambers with unanimous votes. While Rauner has 60 days to sign the bill, all indications are that he will, joining Illinois with eight other states and the District of Columbia where AVR is being implemented, and showing that maybe, at least in Illinois, encouraging people to register and vote doesn’t seem like a partisan trick.

The victory was also the work of a broad and determined coalition of voting-rights and election-reform advocacy groups, under the rubric of Just Democracy. Brian Gladstein, Executive Director of Common Cause Illinois and one of the leaders of the coalition said:

This bill will bring over one million eligible voters into the electoral process in Illinois. During a time of heightened partisanship in Springfield and across the nation, we have demonstrated that breaking down barriers to the ballot box can be achieved and supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

AVR still has a good chance to pass in other states. In Rhode Island, an AVR bill passed the House unanimously and a positive vote in the Senate is expected shortly. Governor Gina Raimondo has said she will sign it if it comes to her desk. In Massachusetts, where the legislative session goes on all year, an AVR bill with 102 legislative sponsors has been heard in committee (23 speakers in favor and none against), and could be before the full legislature in the fall.

In some other states, AVR made headway but was eventually blocked. These include Maine, New Mexico, and Nevada. In Nevada’s case, the bill passed both houses, but was vetoed by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval. A ballot initiative on AVR now goes to the voters, who will have the chance to approve it in the November 2018 general election.

In addition to automatic voter registration, other real gains were made. Utah expanded opportunities for early voting and absentee voting. New Jersey improved its processes for military voters and Indiana improved its registration process at the motor vehicle department.

Another issue where progress was made, though halting and slow, is restoration of the right to vote for citizens with felony convictions. Forty-nine bills were introduced in 16 states to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people who have served their sentences. A real victory occurred in Wyoming, which enacted a bill providing that people who completed their sentence after January 1, 2010, do not need to submit an application for restoration of voting rights and will automatically be issued a certificate of restoration.

In Florida, where 1.7 million citizens can’t vote due to the state’s lifetime ban on voting by people with felony convictions (1.5 million have fully completed their sentences), the broad and bipartisan Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has made major strides. The Florida Supreme Court has approved language for a proposed ballot initiative to restore voting rights to ex-felons; now the job is collecting 700,000 signatures on the petition in order to be on the ballot in November 2018.

In Minnesota, the Restore the Vote Coalition got a bill to more effectively restore voting rights through one house of the legislature. And in Nebraska, the state’s conservative unicameral legislature passed a bill to restore voting rights to citizens upon release from incarceration by a 27-13 margin, but the bill was vetoed by Governor Pete Ricketts. (Nebraska voting-rights advocates also derailed a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voter ID.)

Now for the Bad News

To be clear, and clear-eyed, the move to make voting more difficult and restricted continues, and several states enacted laws designed to limit the vote in one way or another. The forces bent on restricting the vote have won significant victories over the last several years, though many of the laws have been successfully challenged in court. In fact, of the worst voter-restriction bills that passed this year, a majority were actually efforts to re-pass laws struck down in court, altered in order to make them more judicially acceptable.

·      Iowa enacted a law, championed by Secretary of State Paul Pate, which includes restrictions on voter-registration drives; hindrances to Election Day, early, and absentee voting; strict voter-ID requirements; and—most troublesome—the right to purge voter rolls of “non-citizen” names without any clarity on who and how such decisions to purge are made. This could lead to significant numbers of eligible voters being disenfranchised.

·      New Hampshire passed a bill restricting registration for students and low-income voters by requiring proof of residency for those who register 30 days before the election, with investigation and criminal penalties for failure to comply. (A component to eliminate same-day registration was dropped from the bill.)

·      In Arkansas, a voter-ID law, modified after courts struck down an earlier, similar law, was passed and signed. The law reinstates the requirement that a voter must provide one of a narrow choice of IDs at the polls. In addition, the legislature put a constitutional amendment requiring voter ID on the 2018 ballot.

·      In North Dakota, the only state that doesn’t require voter registration at all, the governor signed strict voter-ID requirements into law. The bill was softened somewhat, particularly in regard to the Native American community, to avoid the fate of the 2016 version of the law, which was struck down in court.

Why Less Carnage?

No one wants to be naïvely optimistic, or to underestimate how much damage has already been done in states by determined efforts at voter suppression. Racially charged and politically motivated efforts continue at every level to find ways to discourage people from registering and voting. In the wake of Shelby, these efforts have multiplied and will continue to do so.

But, overall, the results in the 2017 legislative sessions were not nearly as bad as seemed likely last November. There was not a deluge of major voter-suppression legislation. Some bad bills were passed, a number were weakened as they made their way through the legislative process, and a significant number were sidetracked along the way. Two main reasons for this seem clear.

First, the courts, both state and federal, have played a significant role in preventing extreme assaults on voting. Prodded by strong litigation efforts from voting-rights organizations, in state after state, courts have found voter-suppression efforts unconstitutional, blocking their implementation. In addition to the direct effects of the cases, their cumulative impact has been to caution and restrain advocates of restrictive legislation from overreaching.

Second, it is deeply encouraging to see the growing power, sophistication, and rapid response capabilities of the movement for an inclusive democracy. In state after state, coalitions were activated, or created, to fight back against the efforts to stifle, shrink, and bleach the vote. 

And the advocates didn’t just play defense. Despite the potentially unfavorable partisan makeup in so many states, the affirmative action for expanding the right and ability to vote continues to make headway—winning in some states, gathering momentum for future victories in others. 

And there is one other cause for optimism worth noting. I recently attended a conference of 200 legislators and election officials from around the country, co-convened by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Democracy Fund. The focus of the event was election technology and administration. There was strong and bipartisan support for improving election machinery, combating the challenges of cybersecurity, and fighting for adequate funding to run elections in the best way possible. This is one of the reasons that online registration and automatic voter registration are making real progress; they are technical improvements as well as access expansions. The election officials take their responsibilities seriously, and if legislators, state and national, would take their cues, bipartisan progress just might become more possible.

Thanks to Cecily Hines for research and perspective for this column.

          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion   

Trucks loaded with containers are lined up outside a terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai, India, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Operations at a terminal at India's busiest container port have been stalled by the malicious software that suddenly burst across the world's computer screens Tuesday, another example of the disruption that continues to be felt globally.

          Indian photographera s project asks whether cows are more valued than women   

An Indian photographer is using images of women wearing a fake cow mask as they go about their daily routines to raise awareness about the country's treatment of women. Sujatro Ghosh, 23, said his project is designed to raise a controversial question in the Hindu-majority country: Does India value cattle more than women? Ghosh's work includes photographs of women playing piano, talking on the phone and posing on city streets all while wearing a latex cow mask.

          Indian Army should learn from 'historical lessons': China   

Army Chief Bipin Rawat had said that India is prepared for security threats posed by China, Pakistan as well as by internal threats. Chinese soldiers put up a flag atop their post at the India-China route at Nathu La.

          AIDS-aware, Indian sex workers ignore their children's health - study   

Sex workers in India often give birth in their brothels then ignore the health needs of their growing children for fear of meeting prejudice in the medical system, new research shows. The study interviewed tens of prostitutes servicing the busy west Indian city of Pune, a major IT and auto hub that draws skilled workers from across the country.

          Modi to become first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel   

Narendra Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, in a landmark visit scheduled for July 4. Modi will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a period of two days to discuss "matters of mutual interest," read a press release from India's Ministry of External Affairs. Modi's itinerary also includes plans to meet with members of the Indian community in Tel Aviv and a visit to honor Indian soldiers buried in Haifa cemetery.

          An inmate was brutally assaulted in an Indian prison, sparking a...   

An inmate was brutally assaulted in an Indian prison, sparking a riot. But media coverage has turned her death into a footnote.

          Ready or not, Indian businesses brace for biggest-ever tax reform   

MEERUT, India: Businessman Pankaj Jain is so worried about the impending launch of a new sales tax in India that he is thinking of shutting down his tiny textile factory for a month to give himself time to adjust. Jain is one of millions of small business owners who face wrenching change from India's biggest tax reform since independence that will unify the country's $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a common market.

          Indian stocks to scale new highs on government reforms: Poll   
Indian stocks to scale new highs on government reforms: Poll With gains of over 15 percent so far this year, the Sensex has outperformed most major global indices, overriding worries about domestic company performance in part thanks to a pool of global investor cash looking for higher returns.
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Tristan Honeywill   
Hmm. If that table is correct, then you'd think that standards have somehow been introduced but aren't being applied/enacted. I'm really no expert on India's regulatory system though. I'll see if I can pick that up for a future post. That is pretty confusing
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Edward   
Thank you for your quick reply! But I'm still a little bit confused. Looking at this table, it seems that AIS standards are similar to ECE regulations and others. What do you think?
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Tristan Honeywill   
Hi Edward. The Alto must comply with Indian standards, but I'm not sure what those standards are. Judging by the poor results in the Global NCAP tests, which subjected the Alto 800 and others to an R94 test at 56kmh, it's clear that local requirements are much lower than in other markets.
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Edward   
Hi Tristan, do you know if the Suzuki Alto complies with Indian standards (Automotive Industry Standards) or they are not compulsory?
          Comment on Aadhar Card Delivery Status – Check at India Post by Ankita   
you can apply for aadhar again and track your aadhar status after 10 day and you will get error message showing with old enrollment id. Use that old enrollment id to get your e-aadhar and than you can update your aadhar. You will receive new aadhar card with updated information.
          Comment on Aadhar Card Apply – Online or Offline by Rajpal singh   
I just want to share something about my experience of Aadhar. The government of India has really did a wonderful job as ever happened in India, Because of this step the people will get beneficial things and I am fully satisfied from this. Our honorable prime minister Shri Narendra Modi ji is trying to bring some development in India.
          Indianapolis police fatally shoot driver following pursuit   

INDIANAPOLIS – (News Release / IMPD) —  Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating after an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) on the city’s northwest side. Just before 2:00 a.m., on 6.29.2017 IMPD officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of E. Riverside Drive/ Burdsal Parkway. As officers approached the […]

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          Office Administrator/Office Manager   
NJ-Madison, Office Administrator Medmeme, LLC is currently seeking an experienced Office Administrator to join our team in Madison, NJ 07940. About Us: We are an Information Technology Company with offices, in New York, New Jersey and India. More than a decade ago, Medmeme developed a data analytics solution for creating more accurate and objective profiles of Scientific Experts for the Medical Affairs commun
          India’s set to roll out its biggest tax reform in 70 years. Here’s what it means   
Experts weight on the short-term challenges and uncertainties around the multiple tax brackets in India's GST rollout.
          The American Way of War   
The most striking fact about the United States of America is not its supposed founding principles — more often lauded than observed — but how often “the greatest country on earth” has waged war. If we count wars against internal “enemies” (i.e., the Indians), covert foreign wars, and aid to other states’ aggressive external and More
          Ready or not, India awaits introduction of GST   
India is to hold a special midnight session of parliament to mark the launch of its new national Goods and Services Tax, a sign of how much significance it's attaching to what's billed as the biggest fiscal reforms in decades. As Kate King reports, the GST will replace about 20 federal and state taxes while unifying a $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a single market.

          George Harrison, il terzo Beatle   
George Harrison, il "terzo" Beatle, è stato un importante personaggio della cultura popolare contemporanea, non solo perché ha fatto parte dei "Fab Four", non solo perché ha scritto alcuni dei brani più belli del loro repertorio, ma anche perché ha influenzato intere generazioni con il suo rapporto con la musica e la cultura indiana e ha aperto la straordinaria stagione dei concerti "benefit" con quello dedicato alle vittime dell'alluvione in Bangladesh nel 1971. Harrison, la sua vita, la sua arte, verranno celebrati a dieci anni dalla sua scomparsa.
          Led Zeppelin, rock, demoni e segreti   
Sono passati più di vent’anni dallo scioglimento della band ma è come se i Led Zeppelin fossero ancora in attività. La loro musica ha resistito nel tempo perché rappresenta il rock nella sua forma più essenziale e diretta, perché se è vero che il rock di oggi ha ben poco a che vedere con loro, è anche vero che chiunque prenda una chitarra elettrica in mano deve confrontarsi con quanto Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones e John Bonham hanno fatto. Per quanto siano stati spesso presentati come i padri dell'heavy metal, in realtà essi hanno avuto poco a che fare con quel genere. La loro era una musica ricca di influenze diverse, "avevamo un ricchissimo repertorio di brani acustici, abbiamo ascoltato musica indiana, araba, pop, jazz, mille cose diverse che hanno contribuito a creare un suono che è stato soltanto nostro" ricorda Jimmy Page. E il punto di partenza fu comunque il blues, cuore pulsante di un avventura sonora straordinaria.
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This is a list of top laptops under 30000 in India. Best laptops for basic daily usage, browsing, office tasks and gaming. These laptops under 30k offer Intel Core i3 processor in a combination with dedicated 2GB graphic card.Under some offers at some instances, Intel Core

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Milwaukee restaurant Chubby's Cheesesteaks is planning to add a fifth location in the area with a new shop in the city's Walker's Point neighborhood. The eatery, which specializes in cheesesteaks, gyros and other fare, is aiming to open its new restaurant in August at 605 S. First St. It will occupy the storefront formerly home to Taco Bandito, located next to Cafe India. At 900 square feet, the new dining spot will be smaller than Chubby's locations in Brookfield and Glendale, said general manager…

          Nifty Prediction : (+/-) 0.4% movements expected in Nifty | Trade with care   
Daily Forecast – Share Market – June – 30th, 2017 (+/-) 0.4% movements expected in Nifty | Trade with care Jupiter and Sun are in lead, with support of Moon, Mars, Rahu, Ketu and Mercury. Indications are clear that market is trying to regain its position. Rahu and Ketu will always show ups and downs during the day. Seven planets are active, this day will again be active with many segments. Petroleum, financial institutions, Transport – includes air-transport, shipping, IT (may be medium or others too), communication, entertainment, sports and infrastructure, power, cement, automobile and tyres etc. Indications are again that many segments will be in movements. So, trade with the wind. I feel day may again show ups and downs. Nifty may show movements in the range of 9560 to 9470. Trade wisely. Indian Currency Indian Rupee may trade in between 64.50 to 65.00 per USD. Please like my Facebook page @ ** Before investing or trading please check technical aspects also, it’s a reading based on planetary movements.Filed under: Share Market Tagged: astrology, Currency Prediction, Nifty Prediction, sensex prediction, stock market prediction
          Astrology : Daily Panchang – June 30th, 2017   
Daily Panchang – June 30th, 2017 Aashad Month of hindu calendar, 7th day – Saptami, Shukla Paksha, Nakshtra at the time of Sun rise in Uttaraphalguni Nakshtra and will be till 20:16 Hrs (IST), Moon will be in Hast Nakshtra at 20:16 Hrs (IST). Vyatipat Yog, Gund Karan. Sun Rise in New Delhi will be at 05:27 Hrs (IST) and Sunset at 19:23 Hrs. (IST). At the time sun rise Moon will be in Virgo sign. Bhadra will be from 18:01 Hrs (IST). Mercury will rise at 02:17 Hrs (IST) on 01-07-2017.Filed under: Daily Panchang Tagged: astrology, Daily Panchang, Hindu calendar, hindu month, horary, horary analysis, Horoscope query, indian astrology, Kundli queries, nakshtra, paid astrology, sunrise, sunset tithi, vedic astrology
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Name : Jyoti Kumari (For her husband) Date of Birth : 22-07-1985 Time of Birth : 07:09 Hrs (IST) Place of Birth : Deo (India) Query : Wants to know about my husband whether he continue with the job or start a new business.. Jyoti Kumari, According to Vedic astrology my observations are as follows: 1. Cancer ascendant and lord Moon is in the house of finance and with Mercury lord of expenses and foreign lands. Ascendant has Mars lord of profession and Sun lord of finance, this combination may give very aggressive nature (in majority of cases), blessed by Jupiter which is retrograde. This irritation and aggression may be linked with financial issues, as well professional pressure. 2. Competitiveness and efforts to achieve goal – are casual, which may spoil even wonderful planning and skill too. 3. I Saturn retrograde is spoiling professional approach, Mahadasha lord Rahu and house of profession too. Anterdasha lord is representing house of expenses and may give misleading ideas or confusing or distracting thoughts. 4. It will be better according to your birth chart that you must focus on your job at least till 2019. After this period I have not tested the horoscope. I have not checked Navmansha and Dashmansha (specific chart for profession).Filed under: Query Prediction Responses Tagged: astrology, free predictions, horary, horary analysis, Horoscope query, indian astrology, Kundli queries, paid astrology, Paid Horoscope analysis, psychic readings, vedic astrology
          Worldwide Ceramic Membrane - Market by Region, Market Analysis and Forecast To 2021   

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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP ANNOUNCE THE LEGO ® NINJAGO® MOVIE VIDEO GAME Players Will Experience the Action-Packed Movie as Their Favourite Characters While Mastering the Art of “Ninjagility”  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Video Game that will allow players to delve into the world of the new big-screen animated adventure The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game will be available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and STEAM on September 22, 2017. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game brings the non-stop action and thrilling combat of the film into the living room so kids can embark on their own Ninjago adventures,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Enhanced movements will help players traverse Ninjago with the fluidity and grace of a secret ninja warrior and improve their combat skills.” “The LEGO Group is pleased to extend the Ninjago play experience with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans will love playing as their favourite Ninjago heroes and joining an epic adventure of good versus evil.” In the game, players battle their way through waves of enemies with honour and skill as their favorite ninjas Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu to defend their home island of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army. To do so, they must master the art of Ninjagility which allows them to traverse Ninjago by wall-running, high-jumping and battling the foes of Ninjago to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills.  Players can harness the power of Spinjitzu combat to defend Ninjago together. The game features eight large, action-packed locations based on the story of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Each location includes its own unique Challenge Dojo where players can put their combat skills to the test and battle with increasingly tougher enemies. And with Battle Maps, players can go up against their friends and family in four different game modes, with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. # # # About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles. About TT Games TT Games ( is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit LEGO videogame franchises such as LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Indiana Jones™, LEGO® Batman™ and LEGO® Harry Potter™, as well as popular titles LEGO®Marvel™ Super Heroes, LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers and LEGO® Jurassic World™.  Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families. About The LEGO Group The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at About The LEGO NINJAGO Movie In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.  Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.  Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. Opening September 22, 2017 (USA), “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn, and Jackie Chan.  It is directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan, from a screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” is produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Maryann Garger and Chris McKay. Executive producers are Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone, with John Powers Middleton as co-producer.  From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures/Lord Miller/Vertigo Entertainment Production, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. © 2017 The LEGO Group. ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (S17) LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME software © 2017 TT Games Ltd.  Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group.  LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO group. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. “”and “PlayStation” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. “” is a trademark of the same company. © 2017 Nintendo. Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con are trademarks of Nintendo.  All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.
          Syracuse's Jim Boeheim calls ex-Indiana coach Tom Crean 'idiot' for Tyler Lydon comments   
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn't appreciate former Indiana coach Tom Crean's comments about Tyler Lydon during the NBA draft.

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          International Award Winning, India’s 1st LGBTQ Silent Movie To Premier Tomorrow   

#PartnerED India has always been silent on the matter of homosexuality and the LGBTQ community. So what better way to grab the attention of the silent society, than by making a silent movie only?! Sisak, India’s 1st LGBTQ love story will be making its premiere in Delhi on July 1st, 2017. The film has been […]

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          Horror Films In India Are 99% Crap. But Why?   

Horror films in India weren’t always as bad. Yes, they generally had a vibe of monotony to them in terms of story-line and concept but there have been some pretty decent horror films in the recent past. Yeah. No. I’m only being nice. Horror films in India are 99% crap. Speaking of which, here’s an […]

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          Kanpur’s Leather Industry Is In Distress But The UP Government Seems More Interested In Cow Protection   

The Leather hub of India, Kanpur is in distress. The economy of Kanpur which contributes 4% to UP’s GDP has fallen apart due to a slew of factors which has resulted in the decimation of the leather industry. The Yogi Adityanath Factor The arrival of the new CM has spelled doom for the slaughter houses. […]

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors have filed two neglect charges against a 27-year-old Indianapolis man whose 5-year-old son fatally shot a 9-year-old...
           NAACP seeks federal probe into police killing of black man    
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NAACP is calling on the Justice Department to investigate Indianapolis' police department following the fatal police shooting of an...
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Effective spin bowling and indiscreet shot selection combined to give India an ultimately comfortable 93-run victory over the West Indies in a low-scoring...
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By Rajesh Kumar SinghNEW DELHI, July 1 (Reuters) - India early on Saturday introduced its biggest tax reform in the 70 years since independence from...
          "King Making": Brown v. Board of Education and the Rise of a Racial Savior   
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          "King Making": Brown v. Board of Education and the Rise of a Racial Savior   
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During his tenure overseeing public health in Indiana, Jerome Adams supervised the roll-out of the needle exchange programs legalized in 2015.
          Older Hoosiers Express Concerns Over Health Bill   
AARP Indiana opposes the legislation being considered by the Senate.
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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A Gary, Indiana, man accused of killing seven women has objected in court to his planned trial date on murder charges in two of the...
          Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri sector   
Pakistan today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Uri sector of Kashmir, injuring a woman. The Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistan...
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          Modi to become first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel   

Narendra Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, in a landmark visit scheduled for July 4. Modi will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a period of two days to discuss "matters of mutual interest," read a press release from India's Ministry of External Affairs. Modi's itinerary also includes plans to meet with members of the Indian community in Tel Aviv and a visit to honor Indian soldiers buried in Haifa cemetery.

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भारतीय रेलवे दुनिया का तीसरा बड़ा नेटवर्क है रेलवे की तमाम जानकारियों को पाना आम यात्री के लिए आज भी एक चुनौती से कम नहीं है ! कौन सी ट्रेन किस प्लेटफार्म पर आएगी कितने बजे आएगी, राइट टाइम है या नहीं, कितनी देर के लिए कहां स्टॉपेज है, क्या किराया है सीट रिजर्वेशन के […]

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Pokabunga is to change into the second online poker operator to launch its companies in India after father or mom firm WYZ Video games India Personal secured a capacity gaming licence in Nagaland. The digital Maintain ‘Em Poker recreation and digital bonus wheel are for leisure functions only. These gamers don't play free and go all in each hand, as you would possibly see on television. The draw was added previous to 1850 (when it was first talked about in print in a handbook of games). Equally, Germany may claim that since the server internet hosting the website Poker is situated within its jurisdiction Germany has the final say. Here's a listing of the commonest mixture of video poker palms ranked from the best potential to the bottom. Straight flush - five playing cards of the identical swimsuit in sequential order (e.g. 34567 all of hearts); in the exceedingly unlikely event that two gamers each have a straight flush, their rank is decided by the very best card within the straight, with an ace-excessive straight flush being the strongest doable hand in poker (known as a royal flush). The approval of the Nagaland bill is anticipated to result in additional regulated on-line poker in India. Madhav Gupta , owner of On line casino Pride in Goa, noticed, We are seeing a rise within the variety of gamers turning to poker. Little by little, because the word unfold, casinos in Goa began hosting poker events in 2008. It boasts over a hundred,000 energetic gamers, in-game challenges to maintain issues fun, and a simple UI that puts the sport first. Any dispute or controversy arising out of this Agreement which cannot be mutually settled by the parties inside an affordable time period not to exceed sixty (60) days shall be submitted to arbitration pursuant to the then present business rules of the American Arbitration Association and the decision of the arbitrator(s) shall be closing and binding and judgment thereon could also be entered in any courtroom of competent jurisdiction.
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          Senior Executive - Accenture India Pvt. Ltd - Yelahanka Satellite Town, Karnataka   
My Responsibility is to maintain the Bills Receivable from customer by maintaining the detail account and doing Bills Payable of transaction n sending it to ₹1,80,000 a year
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          IIFPT Recruitment 2017, RA, SRF, Technical, Project Asst   
IIFPT Recruitment 2017:

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 Project Asst
Age Limit
35 Years for Men & 40 Years for WomenAny Degree, PG (Relevant Discipline) with NET/ SLET, Ph.D
Selection Process
How to apply?
InterviewVenue:  Indian Institute Of Food Processing Technology, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Pudukkottai Road, Thanjavur – 613005
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          Telecom Professionals - Accenture - Bangalore, Karnataka   
Help in retaining all Accenture certifications for India. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and...
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          Star Wars-themed band The Yavin 4 stream new album “Imperial Entanglements”   
Indianapolis’ Star Wars-loving rockers The Yavin 4 are now streaming their new album Imperial Entanglements. You can listen to the full 15-song release in all its glory below. Head over to their bandcamp page if you’d like to buy the album. And if you happen to be in Indy, the band will be playing a record […]
          Chubby's Cheesesteaks planning Walker's Point location   
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          Spice City - Spice Blends   

Designer: Tushar Diwan
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Aryaa Foods Inc.
Location: Mumbai, India
Packaging Contents: Spice Blends
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Sticker Labels on glass jars
Printing Process: Digital Printing

A project to come up with an identity and a packaging design for this brand of homemade spice blends which are very helpful to people leading a hectic life, on the go and would like to spice up their daily food.

The nomenclature had been fixed and decided upon and provided along with the brief for the project. The constraints include the size and shape of the bottle which were provided before initiation of the project.

The concept of using a map kind of an outline with overlapping areas to give the feel of a geographic location. This is further followed on later in designing each of the individual labels for the brand,by selecting very specific graphics and details of the sub brands as per the nation they are associated with.

The design language used also makes it easy and viable to add more and more flavours to the range of spices by following the same guidelines and simply changing the colours and cultural graphics according to the flavour.

There are more images of the bottles other than the ones submitted which are present in the online project and can be provided if required.

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          Indiana Governor Signs Bill; Indiana CPAs and Indiana CPA Society Make...   

Bill for new type of licensing education unanimously passes House and Senate

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          Assistant Branch Manager - Shree Vibgyor Color Lab - Cuttack, Orissa   
Shree Vibgyor Color Lab, a reputed printing and publishing organization with branches all over India, invites application for the post of Assistant Branch...
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          Computer Operator - Shree Vibgyor Color Lab - Cuttack, Orissa   
Shree Vibgyor Color Lab, a reputed printing and publishing organization with branches all over India, invites application for the post of Computer Operator to...
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          Ráma herceg és a Szítá hercegnő széplegendája / - Jelenlegi ára: 880 Ft   
AKCIÓS ÁRAK! Vásároljon most könyveimből 20 %-kal olcsóbban! (a terméklapon szereplő árak már kedvezményesek)Sorszám: 1660
Kategória: Versek
Szerző: Hummel Rozália
Cím: Ráma herceg és a Szítá hercegnő széplegendája /Ókori indiai legenda/
Kiadó: AduPrint Budapest 1999
ISBN: 9638591757
Állapot: jó
Ráma herceg és a Szítá hercegnő széplegendája    /
Jelenlegi ára: 880 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2017-07-01 04:22
          (Indianapolis) 2nd Gen Glock 21 - $ 425   
2nd gen glock 21 with three mags. Has hogue grip and night sights (no glow). No Box. Must show carry license. Nothing recorded. FTF Southeast side of Indianapolis. 
          Marketing Executive - Newstech (india) Pvt.Ltd - Kerala   
We are looking for a printing technologist with marketing experience to handle our offset printing chemicals throughout Kerala. Handle our customers/dealers....
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599 5.3 8.752 0.5; 600 4.775 8.752 0.5; 601 5.4 8.752 1.9; 602 5.3 8.752 1.9;
603 4.775 8.752 1.9; 604 5.3 8.752 1.43333; 605 4.775 8.752 1.43333;
606 5.3 8.752 0.966667; 607 4.775 8.752 0.966667; 608 0.6 11.252 0.5;
609 0.7 11.252 0.5; 610 1.225 11.252 0.5; 611 0.6 11.252 1.9;
612 0.7 11.252 1.9; 613 1.225 11.252 1.9; 614 0.7 11.252 1.43333;
615 1.225 11.252 1.43333; 616 0.7 11.252 0.966667; 617 1.225 11.252 0.966667;
618 5.4 11.252 0.5; 619 5.3 11.252 0.5; 620 4.775 11.252 0.5;
621 5.4 11.252 1.9; 622 5.3 11.252 1.9; 623 4.775 11.252 1.9;
624 5.3 11.252 1.43333; 625 4.775 11.252 1.43333; 626 5.3 11.252 0.966667;
627 4.775 11.252 0.966667;
1 1 21; 2 3 24; 3 5 22; 4 7 23; 5 2 19; 6 6 13; 7 8 10; 8 9 6; 9 10 20;
10 9 12; 11 12 471; 13 13 472; 14 12 13; 15 14 8; 16 15 10; 17 14 15; 18 15 18;
19 17 12; 20 19 9; 21 17 19; 22 20 4; 23 18 20; 24 21 2; 25 22 6; 26 23 8;
27 24 4; 28 22 25; 29 23 27; 30 25 26; 31 26 21; 32 27 28; 33 28 24; 34 26 35;
35 25 36; 36 18 39; 37 15 40; 38 31 17; 39 29 12; 40 32 18; 41 30 15; 42 31 35;
43 29 36; 44 35 17; 46 36 12; 48 32 39; 49 30 40; 50 39 28; 52 40 27; 53 17 43;
54 12 41; 55 18 44; 56 15 42; 57 43 545; 58 41 66; 59 42 59; 60 43 47;
61 41 45; 62 42 46; 63 44 48; 64 47 45; 65 45 49; 66 46 48; 67 43 45; 68 44 46;
69 49 76; 70 50 46; 71 51 64; 72 52 50; 73 51 52; 74 51 49; 75 51 50; 76 53 61;
77 53 55; 78 55 60; 79 54 42; 80 56 41; 81 56 67; 82 57 65; 83 59 554;
84 60 54; 85 61 42; 86 60 61; 87 62 59; 88 61 62; 89 63 62; 90 53 63; 91 64 53;
92 65 63; 93 64 65; 94 51 57; 95 66 68; 96 67 69; 97 68 70; 98 69 71; 99 70 51;
100 71 57; 101 66 67; 102 68 69; 103 70 71; 104 72 52; 105 45 73; 106 73 75;
107 74 72; 108 75 74; 109 76 72; 110 75 76; 111 55 74; 112 53 72; 113 47 77;
114 45 78; 115 48 79; 116 46 80; 117 77 568; 118 78 82; 119 80 83; 120 77 84;
121 78 85; 122 80 86; 123 79 87; 124 84 85; 125 85 88; 126 86 87; 127 77 85;
128 79 86; 129 88 89; 130 90 86; 131 91 92; 132 93 90; 133 91 93; 134 91 88;
135 91 90; 136 94 95; 137 94 96; 138 96 97; 139 98 80; 140 81 78; 141 81 99;
142 100 101; 143 83 581; 144 97 98; 145 95 80; 146 97 95; 147 102 83;
148 95 102; 149 103 102; 150 94 103; 151 92 94; 152 101 103; 153 92 101;
154 91 100; 155 82 104; 156 99 105; 157 104 106; 158 105 107; 159 106 91;
160 107 100; 161 82 99; 162 104 105; 163 106 107; 164 108 93; 165 85 109;
166 109 110; 167 111 108; 168 110 111; 169 89 108; 170 110 89; 171 96 111;
172 94 108; 173 84 112; 174 85 113; 175 87 114; 176 86 115; 177 112 588;
178 113 117; 179 115 222; 180 112 119; 181 113 120; 182 115 121; 183 114 122;
184 119 120; 185 120 123; 186 121 122; 187 112 120; 188 114 121; 189 123 124;
190 125 121; 191 126 127; 192 128 125; 193 126 128; 194 126 123; 195 126 125;
196 129 130; 197 129 131; 198 131 132; 199 133 115; 200 116 219; 202 135 136;
203 118 601; 204 132 133; 205 130 115; 206 132 130; 208 130 221; 209 138 137;
210 129 138; 211 127 129; 212 136 138; 213 127 136; 214 126 135; 215 117 139;
216 134 140; 217 139 141; 218 140 142; 219 141 126; 220 142 135; 221 117 220;
222 139 140; 223 141 142; 224 143 128; 225 120 144; 226 144 145; 227 146 143;
228 145 146; 229 124 143; 230 145 124; 231 131 146; 232 129 143; 357 219 113;
358 220 134; 360 221 137; 361 222 118; 375 119 231; 376 120 232; 377 122 233;
378 121 234; 379 231 608; 380 232 236; 381 234 237; 382 231 238; 383 232 239;
384 234 240; 385 233 241; 386 238 239; 387 239 242; 388 240 241; 389 231 239;
390 233 240; 391 242 243; 392 244 240; 393 245 246; 394 247 244; 395 245 247;
396 245 242; 397 245 244; 398 248 249; 399 248 250; 400 250 251; 401 252 234;
402 253 254; 403 255 256; 404 257 621; 405 251 252; 406 249 234; 407 251 249;
409 249 260; 410 261 259; 411 248 261; 412 246 248; 413 256 261; 414 246 256;
415 245 255; 416 236 262; 417 263 264; 418 262 265; 419 264 266; 420 265 245;
421 266 255; 422 236 267; 423 262 264; 424 265 266; 425 268 247; 426 239 269;
427 269 270; 428 271 268; 429 270 271; 430 243 268; 431 270 243; 432 250 271;
433 248 268; 438 254 232; 439 267 263; 441 260 259; 442 237 257; 456 238 280;
457 239 281; 458 241 282; 459 240 283; 460 280 284; 461 281 285; 462 283 286;
463 280 564; 464 281 288; 465 283 540; 466 282 565; 467 287 351; 468 288 342;
469 289 350; 470 280 288; 471 282 289; 472 291 292; 474 294 295; 475 296 391;
476 294 296; 477 294 291; 478 294 542; 479 297 298; 480 297 299; 481 299 300;
482 301 283; 483 302 303; 484 304 305; 485 306 307; 486 300 301; 487 298 283;
488 300 298; 490 298 309; 491 310 308; 492 297 310; 493 295 297; 494 305 310;
495 295 305; 496 294 304; 497 285 311; 498 312 313; 499 311 314; 500 313 315;
501 314 294; 502 315 304; 503 285 316; 504 311 313; 505 314 315; 506 317 528;
507 288 518; 508 318 319; 509 320 525; 510 319 320; 511 292 384; 512 319 539;
513 299 320; 515 312 321; 516 280 322; 517 308 323; 518 324 282; 519 303 281;
520 316 312; 521 303 316; 522 309 308; 523 286 306; 524 309 286; 525 325 302;
526 321 326; 527 325 321; 528 323 327; 529 307 328; 530 323 307; 531 284 325;
532 326 322; 533 284 326; 534 327 324; 535 328 282; 536 327 328; 541 287 337;
542 290 341; 543 289 329; 544 329 355; 545 332 288; 546 331 287; 547 332 356;
548 330 334; 549 329 333; 550 333 380; 551 333 335; 552 334 336; 553 335 381;
554 337 566; 555 338 389; 556 339 506; 557 340 290; 558 341 330; 559 342 291;
560 343 296; 562 345 289; 564 349 351; 565 352 374; 566 349 288; 569 352 290;
570 351 361; 571 349 362; 572 357 375; 573 358 356; 576 357 330; 577 358 331;
578 358 359; 579 356 360; 580 352 369; 581 350 378; 582 359 351; 583 360 349;
584 360 359; 585 361 370; 586 337 361; 587 362 371; 588 342 362; 589 363 365;
590 338 363; 591 364 366; 592 343 364; 593 365 372; 594 339 365; 595 366 373;
596 344 366; 597 367 352; 598 340 367; 599 368 350; 600 345 368; 601 369 377;
602 341 369; 603 370 363; 604 371 364; 605 371 370; 606 372 367; 607 373 368;
608 373 372; 609 374 350; 610 375 355; 611 374 376; 612 376 379; 613 377 357;
614 376 377; 615 378 355; 616 379 375; 617 378 379; 618 380 382; 619 381 383;
620 382 334; 621 383 336; 622 380 381; 623 382 383; 624 344 532; 625 293 345;
626 384 317; 627 371 384; 628 385 293; 629 373 385; 632 290 474; 633 389 339;
634 389 475; 635 391 344; 636 391 476; 637 289 477; 638 390 398; 639 388 436;
640 392 399; 641 392 434; 642 390 394; 643 388 395; 644 393 396; 645 392 397;
646 398 402; 647 399 403; 648 400 388; 649 401 393; 651 401 448; 652 402 404;
653 403 405; 654 404 400; 655 405 401; 656 402 408; 657 408 409; 658 404 409;
659 403 406; 660 405 407; 661 406 407; 662 411 437; 663 413 417; 664 414 445;
665 417 450; 666 415 416; 667 417 414; 668 413 411; 669 410 412; 670 402 418;
671 404 419; 672 418 419; 673 403 420; 674 405 421; 675 420 421; 676 422 426;
677 419 428; 678 421 429; 679 423 427; 681 425 433; 682 426 418; 683 427 420;
684 428 424; 685 429 425; 686 431 424; 687 433 443; 689 432 438; 690 435 390;
691 430 439; 692 436 414; 693 431 440; 694 437 393; 695 433 441; 696 438 434;
697 427 438; 698 439 435; 699 426 439; 700 440 436; 701 428 440; 702 441 437;
703 429 441; 704 422 430; 705 430 442; 706 432 423; 707 442 432; 708 443 431;
709 444 415; 710 442 444; 711 445 411; 712 443 445; 714 416 412; 718 448 413;
719 450 400; 720 398 451; 721 451 416; 722 412 449; 723 449 399; 724 416 478;
725 412 479; 726 417 480; 727 413 481; 728 455 454; 729 453 452; 730 453 455;
731 452 454; 732 455 456; 733 453 456; 734 456 452; 735 456 454; 736 299 457;
737 458 301; 738 459 300; 739 457 459; 740 459 458; 741 318 460; 742 460 461;
743 462 320; 744 461 462; 745 461 319; 746 457 462; 747 465 239; 748 469 288;
749 466 238; 750 470 287; 751 463 240; 752 467 289; 754 468 290; 755 444 410;
756 410 434; 910 415 435; 912 471 15; 913 472 14; 914 472 471;
918 474 388; 919 475 390; 920 476 392; 921 477 393; 922 475 476; 923 476 477;
924 475 474; 925 474 477; 926 478 482; 927 479 483; 928 480 484; 929 481 485;
930 478 479; 931 479 481; 932 481 480; 933 478 480; 934 482 455; 935 483 453;
936 484 454; 937 485 452; 938 331 486; 939 330 487; 940 488 489; 941 490 491;
942 492 493; 943 487 494; 944 486 488; 945 486 495; 946 496 497; 947 498 499;
948 490 498; 949 500 501; 950 502 503; 951 492 502; 952 504 505; 953 504 497;
954 505 338; 955 498 505; 956 506 507; 957 501 506; 958 507 567; 959 502 507;
960 489 508; 961 508 496; 962 495 509; 963 509 497; 964 491 510; 965 510 500;
966 493 511; 967 511 494; 968 499 512; 969 512 501; 970 503 513; 971 513 487;
972 495 489; 973 509 508; 974 499 491; 975 512 510; 976 503 493; 977 513 511;
978 332 514; 979 515 516; 980 514 515; 981 514 517; 982 516 318; 983 518 318;
984 517 518; 985 516 517; 986 519 520; 987 521 522; 988 523 524; 989 524 329;
990 525 317; 992 526 527; 993 519 526; 994 528 343; 995 526 528; 997 531 529;
998 532 534; 999 529 532; 1000 521 531; 1001 530 533; 1002 521 530;
1003 534 385; 1004 530 534; 1005 520 535; 1006 535 531; 1007 522 536;
1008 536 523; 1009 527 537; 1010 537 529; 1011 533 538; 1012 538 524;
1013 520 527; 1014 535 537; 1015 522 533; 1016 536 538; 1017 539 292;
1018 518 539; 1019 539 525; 1020 540 289; 1022 297 543; 1024 543 542;
1025 299 543; 1026 301 540; 1044 116 134; 1045 137 118; 1046 253 263;
1047 259 257; 1048 544 56; 1049 545 544; 1050 545 547; 1051 547 549;
1052 544 546; 1053 546 548; 1054 546 550; 1055 548 552; 1056 550 551;
1057 551 547; 1058 552 553; 1059 553 549; 1060 551 553; 1061 550 552;
1066 554 555; 1067 555 44; 1068 555 557; 1069 557 559; 1070 554 556;
1071 556 558; 1072 556 560; 1073 558 562; 1074 560 561; 1075 561 557;
1076 562 563; 1077 563 559; 1078 561 563; 1079 560 562; 1084 542 293;
1085 564 287; 1086 565 290; 1087 566 504; 1088 564 566; 1089 567 340;
1090 565 567; 1091 568 571; 1092 568 569; 1093 569 570; 1094 571 81;
1095 571 572; 1096 572 573; 1097 572 574; 1098 573 575; 1099 574 576;
1100 576 569; 1101 575 577; 1102 577 570; 1103 576 577; 1104 574 575;
1105 578 79; 1106 578 579; 1107 579 580; 1108 581 578; 1109 581 582;
1110 582 583; 1111 582 584; 1112 583 585; 1113 584 586; 1114 586 579;
1115 585 587; 1116 587 580; 1117 586 587; 1118 584 585; 1119 588 591;
1120 588 589; 1121 589 590; 1122 591 116; 1123 591 592; 1124 592 593;
1125 592 594; 1126 593 595; 1127 594 596; 1128 596 589; 1129 595 597;
1130 597 590; 1131 596 597; 1132 594 595; 1133 598 114; 1134 598 599;
1135 599 600; 1136 601 598; 1137 601 602; 1138 602 603; 1139 602 604;
1140 603 605; 1141 604 606; 1142 606 599; 1143 605 607; 1144 607 600;
1145 606 607; 1146 604 605; 1147 608 611; 1148 608 609; 1149 609 610;
1150 611 253; 1151 611 612; 1152 612 613; 1153 612 614; 1154 613 615;
1155 614 616; 1156 616 609; 1157 615 617; 1158 617 610; 1159 616 617;
1160 614 615; 1161 618 233; 1162 618 619; 1163 619 620; 1164 621 618;
1165 621 622; 1166 622 623; 1167 622 624; 1168 623 625; 1169 624 626;
1170 626 619; 1171 625 627; 1172 627 620; 1173 626 627; 1174 624 625; ELEMENT INCIDENCES SHELL
757 19 9 12 17; 758 9 6 13 12; 760 15 14 8 10; 761 18 15 10 20;
762 56 41 66 67; 763 67 66 68 69; 764 69 68 70 71; 765 71 70 51 57;
766 57 51 64 65; 767 65 64 53 63; 768 63 53 61 62; 769 62 61 42 59;
770 53 55 60 61; 771 61 60 54 42; 772 72 74 55 53; 773 76 45 73 75;
774 72 76 75 74; 775 81 78 82 99; 776 99 82 104 105; 777 105 104 106 107;
778 107 106 91 100; 779 100 91 92 101; 780 101 92 94 103; 781 103 94 95 102;
782 102 95 80 83; 783 94 96 97 95; 784 95 97 98 80; 785 108 111 96 94;
786 85 109 110 89; 787 89 110 111 108; 791 219 113 117 220;
792 134 117 139 140; 793 140 139 141 142; 794 142 141 126 135;
795 135 126 127 136; 796 136 127 129 138; 797 138 129 130 137;
801 221 130 115 222; 802 130 132 133 115; 803 129 131 132 130;
804 143 146 131 129; 805 120 144 145 124; 806 124 145 146 143;
810 254 232 236 267; 811 263 236 262 264; 812 264 262 265 266;
813 266 265 245 255; 814 255 245 246 256; 815 256 246 248 261;
816 261 248 249 259; 820 260 249 234 237; 821 249 251 252 234;
822 248 250 251 249; 823 268 271 250 248; 824 239 269 270 243;
825 243 270 271 268; 826 280 284 326 322; 827 284 325 321 326;
828 325 303 316 321; 829 303 281 285 316; 830 312 285 311 313;
831 313 311 314 315; 832 315 314 294 304; 833 304 294 295 305;
834 305 295 297 310; 835 310 297 298 308; 836 324 327 328 282;
837 327 323 307 328; 838 323 309 286 307; 839 309 298 283 286;
840 298 300 301 283; 841 300 459 458 301; 842 297 299 300 298;
843 299 457 459 300; 844 320 462 457 299; 845 331 358 351 287;
846 287 351 361 337; 847 337 361 363 338; 848 338 363 365 339;
849 339 365 367 340; 850 340 367 352 290; 851 290 352 369 341;
852 341 369 357 330; 853 334 382 383 336; 854 358 356 360 359;
855 359 360 349 351; 858 351 349 362 361; 859 361 362 371 370;
860 372 373 368 367; 861 352 374 376 377; 862 374 350 378 379;
863 377 376 375 357; 864 379 378 355 375; 865 382 380 381 383;
866 356 332 288 349; 867 349 288 342 362; 868 362 342 384 371;
869 371 384 343 364; 870 364 343 344 366; 871 366 344 385 373;
872 373 385 345 368; 873 368 345 289 350; 874 350 289 329 355;
875 380 333 335 381; 876 288 318 319 292; 877 292 319 320 317;
878 318 460 461 319; 879 319 461 462 320; 880 422 430 439 426;
881 430 442 444 435; 883 432 423 427 438; 884 426 439 435 390;
885 426 418 402 390; 886 418 402 404 419; 887 419 404 388 428;
888 388 436 440 428; 889 428 440 431 424; 890 402 408 409 404;
891 390 415 416 398; 893 400 417 414 388; 894 442 432 434 444;
895 415 410 412 416; 896 410 392 399 412; 897 406 403 405 407;
898 417 413 411 414; 899 413 401 393 411; 900 445 437 433 443;
901 436 445 443 431; 902 438 427 392 434; 903 427 420 403 392;
904 403 420 421 405; 905 405 421 429 393; 906 437 393 429 441;
907 441 429 425 433; 909 367 368 350 352; 915 12 13 472 471; 916 471 472 14 15;
1027 486 495 489 488; 1028 495 509 508 489; 1029 509 497 496 508;
1030 498 499 491 490; 1031 499 512 510 491; 1032 512 501 500 510;
1033 502 503 493 492; 1034 503 513 511 493; 1035 513 487 494 511;
1036 514 515 516 517; 1037 517 516 318 518; 1038 526 519 520 527;
1039 527 520 535 537; 1040 537 535 531 529; 1041 530 521 522 533;
1042 533 522 536 538; 1043 538 536 523 524; 1063 550 546 548 552;
1064 551 550 552 553; 1065 547 551 553 549; 1080 558 556 560 562;
1081 562 560 561 563; 1082 563 561 557 559; 1175 569 576 577 570;
1176 576 574 575 577; 1177 574 572 573 575; 1178 580 587 586 579;
1179 587 585 584 586; 1180 585 583 582 584; 1181 589 596 597 590;
1182 596 594 595 597; 1183 594 592 593 595; 1184 600 607 606 599;
1185 607 605 604 606; 1186 605 603 602 604; 1187 609 610 617 616;
1188 616 614 615 617; 1189 614 612 613 615; 1190 620 627 626 619;
1191 627 625 624 626; 1192 625 623 622 624; ELEMENT PROPERTY
757 758 760 TO 771 773 TO 784 786 787 791 TO 797 801 TO 803 805 806 -
810 TO 816 820 TO 822 824 TO 843 845 TO 855 858 TO 881 883 TO 891 -
893 TO 907 909 915 916 1027 TO 1043 1063 TO 1065 1080 TO 1082 1175 TO 1191 -
1192 THICKNESS 0.05
772 785 804 823 844 THICKNESS 0.035
E 2.05e+008
DENSITY 76.8195
ALPHA 1.2e-005
DAMP 0.03
E 1.025e+008
ALPHA 0.01
G 9.19e+007
E 2.05e+008
ALPHA 1.2e-005
DAMP 0.03
DENSITY 23.5616
ALPHA 1e-005
DAMP 0.05
1 TO 4 24 TO 27 TABLE ST PIPE OD 0.273 ID 0.2428
5 TO 11 13 TO 23 912 TO 914 TABLE ST UB406X178X60
28 TO 33 TABLE ST 300X200X8RHS
34 TO 44 46 48 TO 50 52 TABLE ST 150X10SHS
53 TO 56 60 TO 63 113 TO 116 120 TO 123 173 TO 176 180 TO 183 375 TO 378 382 -
383 TO 385 456 TO 459 463 TO 466 1020 1085 1086 TABLE ST 150X10SHS
86 88 90 93 101 TO 103 110 146 148 150 153 161 TO 163 170 206 208 210 213 -
221 TO 223 230 358 360 407 409 411 414 422 TO 424 431 439 441 488 492 495 -
504 505 512 521 524 527 530 533 536 738 745 1017 1060 1061 1078 1079 1103 -
1104 1117 1118 1131 1132 1145 1146 1159 1160 1173 1174 TABLE ST L75X50X5
111 112 171 172 231 232 432 433 513 746 TABLE ST UPN140
468 472 475 506 511 541 TO 543 545 546 548 549 554 TO 560 562 624 TO 626 628 -
633 635 952 954 956 958 994 998 1003 1087 1089 TABLE ST UB406X178X60
622 623 TABLE ST UA60X60X6
632 634 636 637 918 TO 921 TABLE ST PIPE OD 0.2191 ID 0.2027
638 TO 641 646 TO 649 652 TO 655 662 664 690 692 694 709 711 755 756 910 922 -
923 TO 925 TABLE ST 200X10SHS
651 663 665 714 718 TO 723 TABLE ST UB305X127X48
642 TO 645 TABLE ST PIPE OD 0.273 ID 0.2222
728 TO 735 934 TO 937 PRIS YD 0.25
747 TO 752 754 917 PRIS YD 0.03
940 TO 951 960 TO 977 979 TO 982 984 TO 988 992 993 997 1000 TO 1002 1005 -
1006 TO 1016 1018 1019 TABLE ST 50X5SHS
1050 1052 1068 1070 1092 1095 1106 1109 1120 1123 1134 1137 1148 1151 1162 -
1165 PRIS YD 0.1 ZD 0.1
57 TO 59 64 TO 76 80 83 85 91 95 97 99 104 109 117 TO 119 124 TO 136 140 143 -
145 151 155 157 159 164 169 177 TO 179 184 TO 196 200 203 205 211 215 217 -
219 224 229 357 361 379 TO 381 386 TO 398 402 404 406 412 416 418 420 425 -
430 438 442 460 TO 462 467 469 TO 471 474 476 TO 479 483 485 487 493 497 -
499 501 519 523 525 529 531 535 564 TO 566 569 609 1022 1024 1048 1049 1066 -
1067 1084 1088 1090 1091 1094 1105 1108 1119 1122 1133 1136 1147 1150 1161 -
1164 TABLE ST TUB1501506.0
77 TO 79 81 82 84 87 89 92 94 96 98 100 105 TO 108 137 TO 139 141 142 144 -
147 149 152 154 156 158 160 165 TO 168 197 TO 199 202 204 209 212 214 216 -
218 220 225 TO 228 399 TO 401 403 405 410 413 415 417 419 421 426 TO 429 -
480 TO 482 484 486 490 491 494 496 498 500 502 503 507 TO 510 515 TO 518 -
520 522 526 528 532 534 544 547 550 TO 553 570 TO 573 576 TO 608 610 TO 621 -
627 629 666 TO 669 689 691 693 695 TO 703 710 736 737 739 TO 744 938 939 -
953 955 957 959 978 983 989 990 995 999 1004 1025 1026 1044 TO 1046 -
1047 TABLE ST TUB1001006.0
656 TO 661 670 TO 679 681 TO 687 704 TO 708 712 TABLE ST TUB100506.0
724 TO 727 926 TO 933 TABLE ST TUB1251259.0
1051 1053 TO 1059 1069 1071 TO 1077 1093 1096 TO 1102 1107 1110 TO 1116 1121 -
1124 TO 1130 1135 1138 TO 1144 1149 1152 TO 1158 1163 1166 TO 1171 -
1172 TABLE ST TUB75754.9
MATERIAL STEEL MEMB 1 TO 11 13 TO 44 46 48 TO 50 52 TO 200 202 TO 206 208 -
209 TO 232 357 358 360 361 375 TO 407 409 TO 433 438 439 441 442 456 TO 472 -
474 TO 488 490 TO 513 515 TO 536 541 TO 560 562 564 TO 566 569 TO 573 576 -
577 TO 629 632 TO 649 651 TO 679 681 TO 687 689 TO 712 714 718 TO 746 755 -
756 910 912 TO 914 918 TO 990 992 TO 995 997 TO 1020 1022 1024 TO 1026 1044 -
1045 TO 1061 1066 TO 1079 1084 TO 1174
MATERIAL CABLE MEMB 747 TO 752 754 917
MATERIAL FIBRE MEMB 757 758 760 TO 787 791 TO 797 801 TO 806 810 TO 816 820 -
821 TO 855 858 TO 881 883 TO 891 893 TO 907 909 915 916 1027 TO 1043 1063 -
1064 TO 1065 1080 TO 1082 1175 TO 1192
1 3 5 7 FIXED BUT MX MY MZ KFY 100000
463 465 TO 470 473 FIXED
1 3 5 7 KFY
53 TO 56 113 TO 116 173 TO 176 375 TO 378 456 TO 459 632 634 636 -
938 939 953 978 START MX
955 957 959 989 995 999 1004 END MX
1050 1052 1068 1070 1092 1095 1106 1109 1120 1123 1134 1137 1148 1151 1162 -
724 TO 727 START MY MZ
747 TO 752 754 917 TENSION 10
********************Self-weight********************************* SELFWEIGHT Y -1.5 LIST 1 TO 11 13 TO 44 46 48 TO 50 52 TO 200 202 TO 206 208 -
209 TO 232 357 358 360 361 375 TO 407 409 TO 433 438 439 441 442 456 TO 472 -
474 TO 488 490 TO 513 515 TO 536 541 TO 560 562 564 TO 566 569 TO 573 576 -
577 TO 629 632 TO 649 651 TO 679 681 TO 687 689 TO 712 714 718 TO 727 736 -
737 TO 746 755 TO 758 760 TO 787 791 TO 797 801 TO 806 810 TO 816 820 TO 855 -
858 TO 881 883 TO 891 893 TO 907 909 910 912 TO 916 918 TO 933 938 TO 990 -
992 TO 995 997 TO 1020 1022 1024 TO 1061 1063 TO 1082 1084 TO 1192
************************************************************* PERFORM CABLE ANALYSIS STEPS 145 EQITERATIONS 300 EQTOLERANCE 0.001 - SAGMINIMUM 0.8 STABILITY 1 140 KSMALL 0.5 PRINT ALL
*@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ LOAD 2 LOADTYPE None TITLE EQUIPMENT DEAD LOAD
*******************Weight of injector*************************** JOINT LOAD
456 FY -41.202
******************Weight of control panel********************** MEMBER LOAD
550 TO 553 618 TO 621 UNI GY -1.211
************************************************************* PERFORM CABLE ANALYSIS STEPS 145 EQITERATIONS 300 EQTOLERANCE 0.001 - SAGMINIMUM 0.8 STABILITY 1 140 KSMALL 0.5 PRINT ALL
*@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ LOAD 3 LOADTYPE None TITLE OPERATION/LIVE LOAD
9 18 TO 20 UNI GY -1.437
6 10 11 13 15 16 912 913 UNI GY -0.958
**************Intermediate section***************************
58 71 76 81 82 85 87 89 91 92 95 TO 100 118 131 136 141 142 145 147 149 151 -
152 155 TO 160 179 191 196 200 202 208 209 211 212 215 TO 221 357 358 360 -
361 381 393 398 402 403 409 410 412 413 416 TO 422 438 439 441 442 460 462 -
474 479 483 TO 485 490 491 493 494 497 TO 503 515 517 519 520 522 523 525 -
526 528 529 531 532 534 535 UNI GY -1.437
1133 UNI GY -1.437 0 0.1
1136 UNI GY -1.437 0.8334 1.4
1136 UNI GY -1.437 0.1667 0.8334
1136 UNI GY -1.437 0 0.1667
203 UNI GY -1.437 0 0.1
1161 UNI GY -1.437 0 0.1
1164 UNI GY -1.437 0.8334 1.4
1164 UNI GY -1.437 0.1667 0.8334
1164 UNI GY -1.437 0 0.1667
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          Release Day Blitz: Talking with the Dead by Shiloh Walker    

Title: Talking With The Dead
Author: Shiloh Walker
Re-Release Date: June 29th 2017
Genre:Contemporary Romance


Surrounded by death, a man with a terrible gift reaches for life.

A horrific tragedy blasted open a door in young Michael O’Rourke’s mind—cursing him with the ability to talk with the Dead. Nearly two decades later, Michael has moved from victim to survivor, using his abilities to seek out those who would go unjudged.

With his gift, he talks to those who’ve died violently and seeks out their killers. Only once he’s found the murderer, can the victims be at rest. After his last case, the only thing he wants is peace and he hopes to find it in the small town of Mitchell, Indiana.

But something is horribly wrong—the dead are waiting for him there, as well.

Small town sheriff Daisy Crandall is frustrated. The murder investigation she’s leading is going nowhere, the few leads she’s had haven’t panned out. She needs a break—this case is personal and when a stranger arrives, turning up where he shouldn’t be, she’s suspicious. Finding out that he is more than what he appears to be should shock her but doesn’t. The fact she’s highly attracted to him at the worst possible time is a hindrance.

Unfortunately, teaming up with Michael is the only way.

Now it’s a race against time before the killer destroys the life of his next victim…

This book has been previously published. A prequel to the FBI Psychics series.

**Warning: this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence **


Talking with the Dead

**Mnix ~ Amazon Review**

Talking with the Dead is an intriguing quick read with a touch of romance. The main focus of the book revolves around the mystery of the killer with the romance between Michael and Daisy running on the

sidelines. I agonized with Michael in parts of the story, his inner struggles are written flawlessly. Michael and Daisy both have personal struggles to overcome before they can admit to wanting to be with each other. It was refreshing to watch as Michael dealt with his ghosts and finally went after what he wanted, Daisy.

 Talking With The Dead
Text Copyright © 2017 Shiloh Walker
All Rights Reserved

Although Lucas never mentioned it, and neither did Mom, Michael O’Rourke was a disappointment and he knew it.

Lucas, now, Lucas was everything their charlatan mother could ever hope for. She’d taught him well, teaching him how to run scams, how to pick pockets and how to evade cops and social workers. Yeah, she’d taught him well, all right – maybe too well. Lucas was sixteen. Strong. Smart. He wasn’t going to hang around and keep helping his mother run her scams.

She called herself Lavonne, but her birth name was Rachel O’Rourke. Her great gift in life was in the grift. She could run a scam like nothing Michael had ever seen. Evan Lucas couldn’t sucker them in the way Mama could.

But Lucas had gifts, real gifts, the kind Mama liked to pretend she had. He saw things.

The “sight” Mama called it. Ran in her family, she liked to say, although Michael didn’t’ think she had ever seen anything that he couldn’t see with his own two eyes. Lucas once told Mike that their mama couldn’t see a spirit if it bit her on the ass. They’d laughed themselves sick, thinking about it.

Lucas could see, though. He knew things. He had known when it was time to leave New Orleans and he had known when it was time to leave Memphis and he had warned her about going to Nashville. She’d pissed people off there, but Lavonne was stupid. Plain and simple. She was going to do what she wanted to do.

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J.C. Daniels.

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Indian opposition parties vowed Friday to boycott the launch of a new new national tax, adding to the strain ahead of the country's biggest ever fiscal...
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DETROIT (AP) Friday night's game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain.
          Toyota India sales down to 1,973 units for June 2017 – Thanks to GST   

Thanks to GST, car makers like Toyota have suffered huge losses for the month of June 2017.

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          Making of Honda Cars and Engines – Tapukara Plant Visit   

Honda Cars India Ltd took the initiative to give us a plant tour at Tapukara, giving us an insight into the enormity and continuity of work undertaken by robotics and workers.

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          Your complete guide to GST impact on the car and bike industry   
Maruti Suzuki Chairman not happy with Delhi odd-even rule

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the gong strikes, GST will be implemented across India.

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          Final Day to Avail Pre-GST Offers: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?   

There are a number of products on which their makers are offering pre-GST discounts and offers. With GST set to be rolled out in India at midnight tonight, you may wonder whether you should avail a pre-GST offer or not. After all, a number of products will become cheaper once GST comes into effect. You …

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          Credit Card Bills, Insurance Premiums To Rise After GST- Should You Care?   

GST will be effective in India from July 1 onward. While it will lead to reducing cost of a lot of goods and services under its ambit, some of them will see a price hike too. Your credit card bills and insurance premiums will see a hike too. For both credit card bills and insurance …

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          Faculty openings in IIITDM Jabalpur Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur   
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          Director, Lower Division Clerk, Multiple Vacancy openings in ICPR Indian Council of Philosophical Research   
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          Facebook changes algorithm to curb "tiny group" of spammers   
The move is another step by Facebook to weed out spam, a battle that gained urgency after hoax news stories spread widely during last year's US election.
          BSNL to offer 6 times more data to postpaid users   
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), after coming up with attractive plans for prepaid customers, has decided to offer up to six times more data on existing postpaid plans.
          Buy your phone before new GST rate makes it more expensive   
The higher GST rate can hit the local manufacturers as it will take away the benefits offered to them under the 'Make in India' programme.
          Infosys-investee firm Cloudyn acquired by Microsoft   
Cloudyn gives enterprise customers tools to identify, measure and analyse consumption, enable accountability and forecast future cloud spending.
          Terminal Manager openings in AIATSL Air India Air Transport Services Limited   
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          Automation benefits outweigh losses, says Genpact CEO   
The platform, called Genpact Cora, is built using the company's original process and industry knowledge with new digital capabilities from its acquisitions of Rage Frameworks.
          Facebook says internet drone lands successfully on second test   
The company called the first test, in June 2016, which was a success; in the second test, the aircraft flew for an hour and 46 minutes before landing near Yuma, Arizona.
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          Handset companies seek help to stay competitive against Chinese rivals   
Karbonn and Intex argued that the Chinese players were not expanding the government’s Digital India vision by not launching sub-Rs 5,000 smartphones, run entirely by local players.
          Prices of smartphones won't increase: Handsetmakers   
According to industry data, 29 out of 36 value-added tax jurisdictions in India had a VAT rate on mobile phones of 5% along with a 1% excise duty.
          In age of trolls, Twitter launches campaign to promote civility   
Political activists and advocacy groups -- which according to some users cause the maximum nuisance -- are not being reached out as a part of the campaign, she said.
          Maharashtra police lodges case against "unknown persons" in ransomware attack   
According to the complaint, Deshpandey's computer was taken over by the ransomware and money was demanded for the same.
          Reliance Jio unveils new Asia-Africa-Europe submarine cable system   
AAE-1 will pass through the critical hubs, serving the increasing demand for video centric data bandwidth supporting all types of communications.
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          Steps taken to enhance IT infra security at JNPT: Government   
One of the four terminals, run by Danish firm AP Moller- Maersk at JNPT, ranked among top 12 major ports in the country, was impacted by the 'Petya' ransomware attack.
          Spice to re-enter phone race, forms JV with China's Transsion   
The Spice-Transsion JV will sell feature and smartphones in India. Starting next month, about 10 devices will be launched over the next six months
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          5 reasons why Ravi Shastri shouldn’t be the next India coach – Sportskeeda   
Sportskeeda 5 reasons why Ravi Shastri shouldn't be the next India coachSportskeedaThe Shastri-Kohli axis is bad news – no two ways of looking at it. And no player is bigger than the sport. by Krishna Sripada @KrishSripada. Top 5 / … Continue reading
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There’s a possibility a judge could shut off the Dakota Access Pipeline over the lack of a proper environmental review. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends trimming the size of Bears Ears National Monument. The final fate of that land and other monuments is still up in the air. At the same time, the size of the Interior Department is also slated to shrink, with implications for Indian Country. Join us as we catch up on the news.
          Trump picks Indiana health commissioner to be surgeon general   

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams to become the next U.S. surgeon general, a move that would place Adams in the symbolically important post while the president's bid to replace the Affordable Care Act tops his agenda.

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INDIANAPOLIS— Five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon will lead the field into the race one more time next month — as the pace-car driver. Gordon competed in each of the first 23 races on the historic 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway...
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A judge has ordered an Indiana woman who admitted to fatally smothering her two children to undergo mental health treatment before going to prison under a 130-year sentence.

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn't appreciate former Indiana coach Tom Crean's comments about Tyler Lydon during the NBA draft.

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Free-agent LB Zach Orr (Ravens) is visiting the Indianapolis Colts Friday, June 30. Footballguys View: The Colts are one of three teams to already have a visit scheduled with Orr (Jets, Lions). Orr prematurely retired back in January due to a congenital neck problem. After getting a second opinion, Orr learned the injury was not career threatening. Reports indicate there are 15 teams who have shown interest in Orr.
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آپ کو یاد ہے ناں کہ ہم ہمیشہ آپ سے کہتے ہیں کہ مسلمان جب بھی کفار پر فتح یاب ہوگا، روحانی طاقتوں کی وجہ سے ہوگا۔ یہ اللہ کا فضل اور کرم ہوگا کہ وہ اپنی روحانی طاقتوں اور ملائکہ کو مسلمانوں کی مدد کیلئے بھیجے۔ کیا آپ نے نوٹ کیا کہ کل کے میچ میں کتنا واضح نظر آرہا تھا کہ اللہ کی تائید اور مدد شامل حال ہے اورروحانی طاقتیں ہماری ٹیم کی مدد کررہی ہیں۔
جب روحانی طاقتیں آپ کے ساتھ ہوں تو پھر ہوتا کیا ہے؟
پھر یہ ہوتا ہے کہ فخر کا کیچ پکڑا جاتا ہے اور وہ نو بال ہوجاتی ہے۔
بال وکٹوں کو لگتی ہے مگر بیلز نہیں گرتے اور حفیظ آﺅٹ نہیں ہوتا۔
دشمن جب آپ کو رن آﺅٹ کرنا چاہتا ہے تو اس کے نشانے وکٹوں پر نہیں لگتے۔
آپ کے کیچ ڈراپ ہوتے ہیں، دشمن کے سارے کیچ پکڑے جاتے ہیں، اگر دشمن کا کیچ ڈراپ بھی ہوجائے، تو اگلی بال پہ دوبارہ آﺅٹ ہوجاتا ہے۔
دنیا کی سب سے طاقتور ہندو ٹیم، دنیا کی سب سے کمزور اور ناتجربہ کار ٹیم کے ہاتھوں رسوا ہوتی ہے۔
اٹھارہ سال کا شاداب اٹھارہ سالہ تجربے رکھنے کو یوراج کو آﺅٹ کرتا ہے۔
پوری بھارتی ٹیم کے اعصاب اور حواس شل ہوجاتے ہیں، اور ہمارے نوجوان بچے شیروں اور دلیروں کی طرح ان کی تکہ بوٹی کرتے ہیں۔
ظاہری آنکھ سے دیکھیں تو یہی نظر آئے گا کہ ہماری ٹیم بہت اچھا کھیلی۔ مگر باطنی نگاہ سے دیکھیں تو نظر آئے گا کہ اللہ نے کس طرح صف در صف ملائکہ کو نازل فرما کر اس پاک سرزمین کی مدد کی، مشرکوں کو رسوا کیا، ہمارے کلیجے ٹھنڈے کیے۔
یہاں پر بہت سے لوگ یہ سوال کریں گے کہ ہم پہلے بھی تو انڈیا سے ہارتے رہے ہیں ، تو اس وقت یہ ملائکہ کہاں تھے؟ اللہ کی مدد کہاں تھی؟
اس بات کا جواب بہت اچھی طرح سمجھ لیں۔اللہ تو ہر وقت تیار ہے مومنین کی مدد کرنے کیلئے، مگر ہم ہی اپنی بداعمالیوں کی وجہ سے اس کی مدد طلب نہیں کرتے۔پوری قوم دعائیں کررہی ہو، اللہ کے آگے گڑگڑارہی ہو، مگر ٹیم میں کچھ کھلاڑی خیانت کررہے ہوں، جواءلگایا ہوا ہو، آپس میں پھوٹ پڑی ہو، اتحاد اور یکجہتی کا فقدان ہو، مقصد پاکستان کو عزت دینا نہیں بلکہ ذاتی شہرت اور پیسہ کمانا ہو، تو پھر ایسی ناپاک نیتوں کی وجہ سے اللہ کی مدد نہیں آتی!
مسلمان کا کام اپنی نیتوں کو پاک رکھنا اور پورے اتحاد اور یکجہتی کے ساتھ دشمن کے خلاف جان مارنا ہے، اس کے بعد آپ اس قابل ہوتے ہیں کہ اللہ تعالیٰ آپ کی مدد اور نصرت کیلئے روحانی طاقتوں کو بھیجے۔ یہ قانون کرکٹ کے میدان کیلئے بھی ہے، اور میدان جنگ کیلئے بھی!
کل کے میچ میں واضح نظر آرہا تھا کہ پوری ٹیم ایک جان ہو کر پورے خلوص اور جذبے سے پاکستان کیلئے کھیل رہی تھی۔ متکبر دشمن نے غرور کی آخریں حدیں پار کی ہوئی تھیں اور پھر یہ اللہ کی سنت ہے کہ جب مومنین ایسے متکبر دشمن کے سامنے خلوص نیت سے متحد ہو کر اللہ سے مدد طلب کریں تو پھر اللہ کی مدد لازماً آتی ہے، اور پھر پوری قوم نے دیکھا کہ اللہ نے کس طرح اپنی روحانی طاقتوں کی مدد سے ہمارے چھوٹے چھوٹے بچوں کو اتنے منجھے ہوئے اور طاقتور مشرکوں کی ٹیم پر فتح عطا کی۔
کل صرف ایک کرکٹ میچ نہیں تھا۔ اللہ نے پوری قوم کو ایک بہت بڑا سبق دیا ہے: یہ پاکستان اللہ کے رازوں میں سے ایک راز ہے، دشمن چاہے کتنا بھی زور لگا لے، نہ تو اس راز کو سمجھ سکتا ہے، نہ اس راز کو مٹا سکتا ہے، نہ اس راز کو شکست دے سکتا ہے۔ جب دنیا یہ سمجھے گی کہ اب پاکستان ختم ہونے لگا ہے، تو ان کو اسی طرح کا دھچکا لگا گے کہ جیسے اس عالمی کپ میں لگا ہے۔ پاکستانیوں کو صرف یہ کرنا ہے کہ اپنی نیتوں کو پاک کریں، اور آپس میں مضبوطی سے یکجان ہو کر ایک مضبوط امت رسولﷺ کی ملت ہونے کا حق ادا کریں۔ باقی کام اللہ کا اور اس کے ملائکہ کا اور اس کی روحانی طاقتوں کا ہے۔ ہم نے صرف میدان میں کھڑے ہو کر ”باﺅلنگ“ ہی کرانی ہوگی، وکٹیں اللہ خود گرائے گا۔
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          Trump Nominates Indiana Health Commissioner as Surgeon General   
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          Live: GST countdown begins   

          GST launch divides opposition   
The Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Left, the BSP, the DMK, the RJD and some other parties boycotted the event, dubbing it as a "tamasha" (drama). The NCP, a key constituent of the Congress-led UPA, broke away from the Opposition ranks
          GST rollout: Here’s what India Inc, others say   
India’s biggest tax reform since its independence in 1947 is set to rollout at the midnight of Friday and Saturday. GST is set to change the way trade and commerce is carried out in the country. Here’s what India Inc and other stakeholders have to say about the landmark GST launch
          Congress MP sits on dharna at Parliament house over GST   
The Rajya Sabha member from Telangana, Anand Bhaskar Rapolu, alleged that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would destroy the textile sector which would lead to suicides by workers in the labour-intensive industry.
          RBI Deputy Governor Acharya welcomes GST as important structural reform   
"It is a very important structural reform for the economy to make us a nationalised market with ease of transactions across states...I think it is the kind of structural reform we should welcome," RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said.
          Govt abolishes large taxpayer units on GST rollout   
According to a CBEC circular, all the files regarding taxation lying with Large Tax Units (LTU) would be transferred to GST Commissionerates. The LTU scheme aimed at reducing tax compliance cost and delays, and bringing about uniformity in the matters of tax/duty determination.
          India adopts GST, PM Modi says it’s ‘good and simple tax’   
PM Modi, who’s well known for his gift of the gab, smartly expanded GST as ‘good and simple tax’ while delivering his speech, which was received by a thundering applause by the attendees thumping the table, a common ritual at the Parliament for expressing joy or praise.
          GST Rates list: Here's your complete guide   

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          GST impact on housing: Prices will decline, says Venkaiah Naidu   
"GST plus Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act (RERA) will definitely bring big relief to house owners. There is no scope for evading anything in the GST. Input credit will also be transferred," Union Minister for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu said.
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          Will buy AI only if profitable for us: IndiGo president   
"Let me be very clear that if it is not profitable and does not add value to our employees, customers and shareholders, we will not embark on this journey," IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh wrote in a mail to staff on Air India acquisition bid.
          Government lowers GST on fertilisers just ahead of launch   
“12 per cent rate of GST some felt it may increase burden on farmers, so the consensus within the Council was to bring the rate down to 5 per cent,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who chairs the GST Council announced after Friday’s meeting at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan.
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          Cavaliers Rumors: Cleveland Almost Traded Kyrie Irving To Phoenix In Exchange For Eric Bledsoe, Fourth Overall   

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Eric Bledsoe #2 of the Phoenix Suns during an NBA game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers almost had an entirely different lineup before the 2017 NBA Draft. The Cavaliers were reportedly involved in a five-team trade that will send Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to Cleveland. The latest rumors added that Kyrie Irving was part of the deal with Irving heading to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Eric Bledsoe and the 2017 fourth overall pick.

Jonathan Sherman of Cavaliers Nation first reported that the Cavaliers were involved in a five-team trade talk that would have brought Anthony and George to Cleveland. The deal reportedly fell through because the teams involved are not interested in Kevin Love, his contract and injury history.

After more than a week, details of the failed trade have emerged. The five teams involved in the supposed blockbuster trade include the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, and Denver Nuggets. The Cavaliers were not only getting Anthony and George but also Bledsoe from the Suns.

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          Debt-hit RCom seeks to give up Rs 340 cr worth spectrum   

          Rupee slides 10 paise against dollar; stocks an overhang   
The rupee lost 10 paise to a fresh one-month low of 64.73 against the dollar in early session on Friday, with a decidedly lower start in stocks casting a shadow. The American unit found greater traction among importers and banks.
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          GST Council meeting today ahead of midnight launch   
The GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council that is chaired by Finance MInister Jaitley and includes all the state finance ministers is expected to do a final review ahead of the launch in terms of IT preparedness and generally take stock of the ground scenario.
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          Watch West Indies Vs. India Cricket 3rd ODI Live Stream: Start Time, Preview As India Try To Clinch Series Tie   

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India will attempt to squelch any chance that West Indies could pull off a home series victory on Friday, in a match the will live stream from Antigua — the third match of a five-game one-day international series in which India has already scored a dominant victory after the series opener was washed out, ending in a no-result verdict.

West Indies, on the other hand, have been forced to make changes in their XI after absorbing a humbling 105-run drubbing on June 25, a match in which only two Winds batsmen managed innings of more than 29 runs on their way to a meager 205 total in answer to India’s impressive 310. Wicketkeeper Shai Hope managed the only respectable total for the hosts, posting 81 before succumbing LBW to India’s newest spin sensation, 22-year-old Kuldeep Yadav.

Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris will join the West Indies lineup to replace the out-of-sorts Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter.

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          Boston Celtics: Five Perfect 2017 NBA Free Agency Targets [Opinion]   

5 free agency fits for Boston.

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are viewed as the most competitive team in the Eastern Conference for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to deal with. They are fresh off of a run to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, but they are a piece or two away from being a serious threat to knock the Cavaliers off.

Free agency is a major key for teams that are a piece or two away from championship contention. Boston is one of the top free agency destinations this offseason and are expected to sign at least one star. Ainge also seems interested in trading for a star, as the Celtics have been linked with Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George.

While the Celtics could acquire George, there are a few free agents in particular that are perfect fits for them.

All of that being said, which five players would be ideal pickups in 2017 NBA free agency? Let’s go ahead and dive in.

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          100 Years of Beauty in Vietnam Shown Decade by Decade in a Two-Minute Timelapse   

In another episode of their “100 Years of Beauty” series, Cut provides a chronologically visual history of the past 100 years of beauty in Vietnam, including the turbulent years during the Vietnam War. 100 Years of Male Beauty in India Shown Decade by Decade In a Chronological Timelapse100 Years of Beauty in Palestine and Israel […]

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          Bacha, padá wojbomba! Svalovci se bojí, co brýlatý chlapík zase vyzradí   
Silnější chlapík s brýlemi a ustupujícími vlasy patří k nejmocnějším mužům ve světě NBA. Není to bývalý basketbalista, není to ani trenér, manažer nebo agent. Jen sportovní novinář. Přes Twitter sledují Adriana Wojnarowského téměř dva miliony lidí a všichni čekají na další WojBomb.
          Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda | Diane Ravitch's blog   
Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda | Diane Ravitch's blog:

Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda

The Los Angeles Times editorial board published an editorial todaychastising the California Teachers Association for resisting privatization of public education via charters.
I assume that this editorial was in no way influenced by Eli Broad, who subsidizes the Times’ education coverage, which is a blatant conflict of interest.
The editorial board can’t see any critics of charters other than teachers’ unions, who presumably are protecting their jobs by fighting off the agenda that Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are promoting.
It can’t see why parents and graduates of public schools (like me) think that turning public money over to private and unaccountable boards is a terrible idea.
One would think that the LA Times might express concern about the millions of dollars pumped into the school board race by billionaires like Eli Broad, Reed Hastings, Richard Riordan, and the Waltons. How did it happen that the California Charter Schools Association become the most influential lobby in Sacramento? Isn’t the Times just a little bit curious about the deployment of big money? Have they noticed that the same money has bought the school boards in Denver, Indianapolis, and other cities? Are they aware that Reed Hastings longs for the day when democratically elected school boards are obsolete. Meanwhile, he is willing to spend whatever it takes to buy them.
One would think that a major metropolitan newspaper would worry about the power of big money to buy local school board elections. When did any of these billionaires ever have a child or grandchild in the LAUSD public schools? Why doesn’t the editorial question why they want so badly to buy the school board? What do they want?
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          Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all   
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Civil Rights Activists Outraged by Trump Choice to Lead Civil Rights Division at Justice Department

The key job in the federal government in terms of civil rights enforcement is the leader of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Trump has selected Eric Dreiband, who has represented numerous clients accused of violating civil rights laws. Activists are outraged. The selection of Dreiband is in keeping with 

Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda

The Los Angeles Times editorial board published an editorial today chastising the California Teachers Association for resisting privatization of public education via charters. I assume that this editorial was in no way influenced by Eli Broad, who subsidizes the Times’ education coverage, which is a blatant 

We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles

Joan Kramer, a hero of public libraries, public education, and the common good, died a few days ago. Joan was a hero to all who knew and loved her. This is a tribute from some of her friends who knew her well. Here she is testifying before 

Big Oil Sells Fossil-Fuel Love to Children in Elementary Schools

This is an alarming story, prepared by the Center for Public Integrity. . Teaching materials are being distributed by the fossil fuel industry to elementary schools. It begins: “Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in 

National Education Policy Center: New Research on Virtual Charter Schools

The National Education Policy Center has released new research on virtual charter schools that shows variation among those in different states, though all have poor academic results: Key Takeaway: Case studies from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute suggest that policymakers should prioritize understanding and improving virtual school performance before permitting further growth Pre
Nancy E. Bailey: Beware! Computer Instruction is NOT Inclusion!

Nancy E. Bailey writes here about current efforts to put children with disabilities on a computer and call it “personalized learning” and “inclusion.” It is neither. “Personalized learning must not be mistaken for inclusion. The reality is that it’s student isolation! “Inclusion is generally defined as the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. Doing school
Montana Teacher: Questions About AP Courses

This comment by a reader called amontana Teacger continues a discussion of the value of AP courses. My observation: AP courses are a big money-maker for the College Board, which on its face is nonprofit, but aggressively pursues opportunities to generate revenues, like claiming that access to AP courses promotes equity. Other posts are here and here . Montana Teacher writes: “Thank you for all of
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Urgent Note to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan: Hands Off Our Schools and Our Children!

Education Week reports on the plans of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to redesign American education. They have launched something called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative–or CZI Initiative–to carry out their plan for “personalized learning”‘( I.e., “depersonalized learning”) to remake education into whatever they think in their limited experience is best. They have hired J
June 30: Join Student Data Deletion Day!

Today is the first Student Data Deletion Day. This is a parent’s response to the obscene amounts of personal data collected about every child. Why do they do it? Because they can, and because you let them. Please open to see the many links. As usual, this is an excerpt: “Our K-12 public schools are collecting an enormous amount of data about our kids that will pre-determine whether their dream sc


Phyllis Bush: Facing Cancer Head On, with Humor and Determination

My dear friend and ally, Phyllis Bush, started a blog to write about her experience with cancer, which she insists on calling cancer schmanzer. She is feeling better . She is cleaning closets. She is ready for the fight for her life. Phyllis keeps me informed about the corporate and billionaire funded effort to destroy public education in Indiana. She is a fighter. She is a founding board member
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This Week in Education Organizing - June 30, 2017

Welcome to the Fight-Back!
For the next few weeks, in addition to our usual news and organizing round-up, the AROS NewsBlast will feature information about our new initiative to fight the Trump/DeVos budget proposal and privatization agenda.  Please watch the NewsBlast for information about upcoming opportunities for local action!
Nearly three quarters of voters oppose the Trump administration's proposal to cut education funding by more than 13 percent, according to a poll commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers. The poll found that 74 percent of respondents oppose the budget proposal, with more than half of them - 54 percent - strongly opposed. The poll also found that nearly half of Trump voters (48 percent) opposed the proposal.
As reported in an earlier NewsBlast, members of the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) have been fighting for a school police complaint process within the Philadelphia public school system.  Since PSU member Brian Burney was allegedly attacked at Ben Franklin high school in 2016, the group has been demanding a formal complaints process. The District Superintendent William Hite created a task force to develop such a process—but did not include any PSU members on it.  A complaint system was launched in early April. PSU has hailed the victory, but is arguing that the process does not go far enough. With the backing of the ACLU and Education Law Center, PSU is demanding additional components to strengthen the process, including a community review board. On June 6th, PSU presented their recommendations to the members of the Superintendent’s task force, which has agreed to another meeting to iron our final language. Read more here.

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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (