Sticky Post…


Time heals many wounds.

Time wounds many heels.

I use Titan and Vaseline Intensive Care

You???

Kenya, #हरामी_हिन्दुस्तानी and others.


Even in Kenya, where I am presently, हमारे #हरामी_हिन्दुस्तानी भाइयों ने इस देश की भी G ले रखी है।
As soon as I reached Kakamega, near the bus stop, just by looking at the garbage heap, I was reminded of home and, YES, that building is housed by Indians, I was later informed.
A Kenyan would brake his car to let you pass; just visit Nairobi, the chaaddarmod Indian would go honk-honk-honk hooooooonnnnnnkkkkkk, as soon as the traffic EVEN SLOWS DOWN!
We were climbing a steep slope on our टुच्ची 100 CC bike near Karen, the POSHEST locality. GK or Jor Bagh would look like MIG housing society, in comparison. To give us right of way, at last 7 cars (none worth less than 1 Crore, even one 6 wheeled Mercedes SUV) braked and waited for our dumb and dumber for nearly 10 seconds!!! Absolutely heart touching.

Breaking the silence against imposed “martyrdom”


Silence is not an option...

During the last few months, there has been a wave of praise in the mainstream and social media for an Indian documentary film on IPC section 498A entitled “Martyrs of Marriage”. The filmmaker, Deepika Bhardwaj, has been extolled not only for technical excellence in filmmaking, but has also been elevated as the messiah for men. Recently, there has also been an expected, well-justified and visible pushback from the men’s movement in India, because the movie is anachronistic, it promotes a feminist lie, misrepresents men’s rights activists (MRAs) and undermines the men’s rights movement (MRM), which provided much support, information and content for the film.

The perspective of the men’s movement and the reasons for the pushback require a close look at the history, significance and purpose of the men’s movement, and the factual narrative that Indian MRAs have fought to establish over the last 10-13 years. It would involve learning…

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rOtring Initial F Fountain pen, lousy cap and $ 110!


Dear Ma’am / Sir,

I purchased a Rotring Initial (F) pen, last year, from Amazon.com  and got it delivered to a friend who was coming to India, from the USA.

I could not get a Rotring converter so I went to William Penn and got myself a $ 11 Visconti converter!

Having owned Parkers (cheap ones and a Sterling 75 for 20 odd years till my Super Boss stole it) till now, I wanted change.

This Rotring is hardly that change!

This purchase was inspired by the legendary Rotring 600 that belonged to my Uncle! The ‘clack’ of its cap! Pure music!

I treat it with due respect, often rudely refusing strangers this pen and take the pains to take off my bag from the back and offer them a ball point pen.
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In Defense of Arranged Marriage


Khatvaanga

The purpose of marriage is children. I know I link to Darwin Reactionary a lot, but fact is he addresses the idea in such detail it is hard not to reference him. But perhaps there is no need to go into utilitarianism, let us discuss the story of Swetaketu instead.

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Bengaluru mass molestation: primary victim changed her story


The Male Factor

Earlier in this article I have shown how media could not provide any credible evidence of alleged mass molestation in Bangalore. The first person who claimed molestation in her FB post had natural tendency to blow things out-of-proportion as she would “punch a man’s face with a bat” on mere receiving a friend request.

In that article I used this picture from Bangalore Mirror –

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After publishing the article I received this comment on The Male Factor (TMF) from Chaitali Wasnik –

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Around the same time she has posted on her FB wall about TMF article.

The reason we did not publish this comment earlier was because we did not believe in her story told here for following reasons –

  • The face of the girl in the picture did not match that of Chaitali Wasnik
  • Chaitali mentioned in her FB post that she was returning from office when…

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Demonetization will adversely impact 97 percent Indians: Prof Arun Kumar


http://www.indialegallive.com/commercial/special-story/demonetization-will-adversely-impact-97-percent-indians-15912

Demonetization is a foolish step… The poor will suffer the most: Prof Arun Kumar

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Economics professor ARUN KUMAR is one of the most widely quoted authors on black money. He has authored The Black Economy in India (Penguin, 1999) and Indian Economy since Independence: Persisting Colonial Disruption (Vision Books, 2013).

In an interview to India Legal’s Editor-in-Chief, INDERJIT BADHWAR and Associate Editor MEHA MATHUR, Prof Kumar describes how this hasty drive will adversely impact demand, employment and investments. Excerpts:

When and under what circumstances is demonetization used as an economic tool and how common is this practice worldwide?

As a tool for economic surgery it has been used, but not in the context it has been used in India. Where it has been used largely is where currency has totally lost its value, like the Soviet Union or Weimar Republic—where you have to carry sackfuls of currency to buy your daily supply. There the currency was abolished and new currency created. But India is not in that situation.

Was the Indian economy facing a crisis that needed such a swift and heavy surgical strike?

Not at all. In fact, our macro-economic indicators were reasonably good. But the real point is, what does this move achieve? According to the prime minister, there are two objectives. One is (curbing) terrorist financing and counterfeit currency—and the second is that the black economy has become very large and the source of poverty and all the problems in India so we need to get rid of the black economy.

The question is—does demonetization overcome these two problems. As far as counterfeit notes are concerned, they are only 400 per million, which is very tiny. And according to RBI, there is only Rs 400 crore worth of counterfeit currency.

Total currency in circulation is 17.5 lakh crore. It’s not even “oont ke muh me zeera”, as they say in Hindi. It’s negligible.

Terrorists need financing. So they print these fake notes and circulate it. But once they have given the money to another person, it’s circulating within the economy. So they have to print more and more money. That is what you have to stop. And how do you stop that? Not by demonetization, because there are state actors involved in counterfeiting. They can counterfeit the new currency notes also.

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If you take out 85 percent blood from somebody’s body and then put five percent into it, what will happen to that person? He will die. Similarly, when you take out 85 percent liquidity from the economy and slowly replace it by five percent, then the circulation of income goes down.

India’s growth rate, trade, GDP and forex reserves have been relatively steady. Why meddle so drastically with a system that seemed to be producing results?

This is a complete miscalculation that you have to overcome black economy through this measure. Understand the meaning of this. First you make income, out of which you are saving and you create wealth. Whatever income you have, you consume a part, you save a part of it, and that saving you invest in kinds of things. That will give you your wealth. Wealth is held as a portfolio—you can put it in real estate gold, share market, cash. Cash is only one component of your wealth—one per cent of your wealth. Of the black economy, which, according to my estimates is 62 percent of GDP, for the current GDP of 150 lakh crore, we are generating 93 lakh crore this year as black income. So your black wealth would be 300 lakh crore, roughly three to four times. Out of that, three lakh crore would be black money.

So there is a difference between black wealth and black income?

Yes, black income, black money and black wealth, all three are different.

This is the common mistake that people make. They think the three are same. Black money is only one percent of your black wealth. So suppose you are completely successful in eliminating three lakh crore, you are only eliminating 1 percent of your black wealth and three percent of your black income.

The next point is, will you be able to eliminate even three lakh crore? People have found ways of recycling this. On the day this announcement was made, jewelry shops were open till 3 am, issuing backdated receipts for purchase of gold, etc. One businessman said he had 20 crore rupees and he gave four months’ advanced salary to his workers. They will deposit it in their banks. So your black becomes white. Then, the Jan Dhan Yojana is being used in large amount in rural areas. The landlord tells 100 people to take Rs 20,000 each from him, deposit, and return it to him later. So you won’t be able to demobilize even three lakh crore, at best you can demobilize 50,000 to 70,000 crore, so neither of the two objectives that the PM has stated will be fulfilled.

Also, you are only demobilizing three lakh crore at the most for one year but black income generation will continue by selling spurious drugs, narcotics, capitation fee, under-invoicing and over-invoicing. Therefore, cash will again be there. And you are introducing Rs 2,000 notes so storage of black will be even more easy. Therefore you are defeating your own logic.

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The demonetization move is impacting 97 percent of people who are not part of the black economy, without solving the problem of the black.

We all know India has a huge and thriving parallel economy. Perversely, this parallel economy, run entirely on cash, has produced results in terms of employment, consumer demand, rural credit, informal “banking,” and money-flow. How will demonetization hit/hurt this sector? This is also being projected as a Robin Hood kind of measure—taking it from the rich and giving it to the poor. That is the political message going out. Is this a pro-poor measure?

No. basically, it’s not a parallel economy. Black economy and white economy are largely intertwined in India. So when you sell your real estate property you generate black and white income simultaneously. When you produce sugar, you don’t show 10 percent but show 90 percent. That’s why when the black economy is affected the white economy is also affected. This move, which is supposed to impact the black economy, is affecting the white economy terribly. Demand is going down.

As someone gave a very good analogy, if you take out 85 percent blood from somebody’s body and then put five percent into it, what will happen to that person? He will die. Similarly, when you take out 85 percent liquidity from the economy and slowly replace it by five percent, then the circulation of income goes down. Footfalls in malls are falling, charging of mobile phones is falling, the balloon seller is not able to sell balloons, the small trader is not able to sell produce. Even the large trader is not able to sell produce because discretionary expenditure has slowed down. For example, instead of buying a shirt I decide to buy it next month. So circulation of income is slowing down, leading to a decrease in demand. When demand slows down, production slows down, employment drops and investment falls. And when investment falls it will have long-term consequences.

If this goes for a month or two and investment falls, the impact will persist for more than a year. And the cash shortage will not be sorted out very quickly.

You have to replace the 500 and 1,000 notes worth 14.5 lakh crore that you printed over 15 years and you have to replace it very quickly. That is not possible because you need paper and ink which is imported. And ink is in short supply, which is why they floated a tender three days back. According to Business Standard, it will take 108 days to replace the old currency, provided there is no shortage of ink or paper. And if you are printing Rs 100 notes, then you need 10 times more paper than for Rs 1,000 note.

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Circulation of income is slowing down, leading to a decrease in demand. When demand slows down, production slows down, employment drops and investment falls. And when investment falls it will have long-term consequences.

The next point is, people are hoarding because they are not sure when the supply will be normalized. As a result, the demand for currency will be 50 percent more. The people who will suffer the most are those in the unorganized sector, as they don’t have credit or debit cards or card readers. They are the ones who need more currency in circulation. The entire agriculture is unorganized sector. It’s also there in manufacturing.

Is there the danger of a huge chunk of people being left “economically disabled” for a long time to come?

That’s what is happening. So the balloonwala is not earning. A beggar complained that people are not giving alms now and she had four children and one of them died for lack of food. Even those who don’t deal with Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will be impacted. In rural areas, farmers are not able to buy seeds and fertilizers. Arhtiyas (rural commission agents) don’t have money to lend. So, sowing next season may also be affected. Money is what you don’t eat. With money you buy food, clothes and services. So money is for circulation. It’s like the blood flow of the body, which keeps everything going. If there is a shortage of that then we have a problem.

At the moment we are feeling the discomfort. When do you think will real pain start?

The real pain for the poor is already on. Real pain for us is not on because we use credit cards. It will start when our income gets affected. When production stops then middle class people will be laid off. And they will begin to feel the pain. When truckers go on strike, which is a possibility. If they had prepared properly and managed to create enough supply of new currency then possibly this pain would have been less.

The other option would have been benign neglect.

Coming to options, this move does not sort out the black economy but creates problems for the whole economy. The point is that black economy has not been created yesterday. It has been growing for 70 years. So this problem can’t be solved overnight. There is no magic wand. What you could have done immediately is to bring in Lokpal. One of the key ways of tackling black money is accountability. Businessmen, politicians, bureaucracy, police and judiciary are not accountable. So how do you bring about accountability? That’s the key. If you can bring about accountability of these sections then you can solve the problem of black money. So RTI for political parties is essential but they do not agree. Whistleblowers are very important because they are the ones who expose the scams—be it Vyapam or Adarsh etc. But instead of strengthening the Whistleblowers Act you are diluting it.

Then we are not doing much about direct tax. There is GST but more important is direct tax code. You have to simplify your direct taxes. Intelligence agencies tab Hawala on daily basis but you are not doing anything about that. So there are many things you can do immediately because you have the laws. That shows the intention is not there. If you had taken recourse to these laws, you could have targeted the three percent of people who indulge in black money and not affected the 97 percent. This is impacting 97 percent of people who are not part of the black economy, without solving the problem of the black.

And you have not offered carrot to those who have by default become part of the black economy.

No, the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) was there till September 30, wherein you could disclose the amount for 15 percent penalty. The FM said: “Please come clean, then you can sleep in peace.” But as long as you say we will not take steps against the businessman he is happy. So wherever amnesty has been given that has not worked.

Voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) has been done six times in India. The government gave an undertaking in the Supreme Court that we will not have this scheme ever, the reason being that it’s unfair to the honest person. The honest businessman’s capital is rising slowly because he is paying full tax. The dishonest businessman’s capital is rising fast. So the honest one says let me also become dishonest. The CAG report on voluntary disclosure scheme in 1997 said two things. People have become habitual tax offenders. Those who declared in the earlier five schemes also declared in the sixth scheme. They think another scheme will come, let me generate more black income today. Therefore after 1997 they have not done a VDS, although the IDS of 2016 was also like VDS.

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The balloonwala is not earning. A beggar complained that people are not giving alms now… Even those who don’t deal with Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will be impacted.

The Mauritius route is also like a VDS. You take the money out, bring it back through round tripping and so you don’t pay tax. So the system has created these easy ways of generating black income. We have wonderful laws. But we don’t implement them. So have the political will to implement laws.

Another thing, cash does not necessarily mean black. So of the 17.5 lakh crore, 14.5 lakh crore is in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Out of that, 50 percent would be with businesses. If you go to petrol pump or shops you see wads of currency notes with the cashier. Railways, airport—everywhere it’s needed. Companies have petty cash. Bulk of the cash is white which has to be used for circulating in economy. As to households, an ordinary peon generating 10,000-20,000 is nothing. One Madhu Koda generating 6,000 crore is more than the entire black income generated by all class C and D employees.

The misnomer is that black economy means cash. That is where the understanding is lacking of Modi. He thought that if he demobilizes the cash the black economy will collapse.

But that sounds more like a self-serving political ideology….

The political ideology is that I will be the hero of the poor that I have eliminated the black economy that was affecting the poor. What he might do if that 2 lakh crore doesn’t come back is to say I am giving 10 crore families Rs 20,000 each. These rich people had stolen this amount, so I have taken it back from them and distributed it to the poor. But it will fall flat for the following reason: while you might give them 20,000, if they lose their employment they will lose far more.

So as you are saying its very basic genetic structural reforms and which means gradualismBecause reforms can’t come without gradualism.Like Chandrashekhar had to mortgage gold as that was a crisis situation. Even to some extent wheat control orders of Indira Gandhi in 1972 were passed during shortage times.

But the point is that those (measures) were affecting where the crisis was. This is affecting everything.

So it is a billion dollar political blunder.

The trading community will desert him as far as I can tell, because traders are very upset. Farmers are upset, workers are upset.

What they will do is to restore supply to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai so that the national press says the queues are dwindling. But there will be no money in villages. They have to walk 10 kms for money and return empty handed. And there’s no money in Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns.

Now they will go after lockers….

No, that will affect only the middle class. The poor doesn’t use lockers.

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Black economy has not been created yesterday. It has been growing for 70 years. So this problem can’t be solved overnight. There is no magic wand.

But you get money for political parties from this three percent.

But if you have the political will to do this you should also have had the political will to do that. Like Mayawati has said that she wants her funders to take back old notes and give new notes. Her political funding won’t stop. Now it will be easier with Rs 2,000 notes. They won’t be harmed. I was talking to a commissioner who said we don’t touch those cases where we know there is political backing. And income tax department doesn’t have the capability to handle so many cases.

It’s just one man’s mind at work….

He just didn’t consult anyone.

We have to look at Article 21 of the constitution. Property right has been granted by the constitution. Your job has been recognized as a fundamental right.

He is not doing that. He is replacing old currency with new currency. He is not depriving you of that.

But he is taking away livelihoods.

That’s the consequence of this move. As far as property is concerned, he is not taking away your property. It’s a legal tender saying “I promise to pay” and you are paying with new currency. But it creates recession. It’s a foolish step. Any policy can go wrong.

The SC can condemn you for the process.

The SC is clever. It can say anything orally but when it comes to judgment it doesn’t do that. PILs have been filed and they have been consolidated in the Delhi High Court. But ultimately the court will say it’s a policy issue and therefore we can’t do anything. That’s my feeling.

One man is trying to deliver on something that is undeliverable, against the advice of everybody else. 

That’s not how you run such a complex country like India. If I were there I would have asked 100 people. He didn’t trust his own cabinet and took away their mobiles and confined them to a hall till 8 pm. Urjit Patel called all bankers and told them to watch an important announcement. This is absolutely not the way to make policies in a complex country like this.

‘Being-overly-good, at-least-trying-to-be’ syndrome!


https://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoonview.asp?catref=kscn3574

If one gets to know that the neighbours cannot have a child because AuntyJi has a medical impediment; it shall be, by no means, be called an act of kindness if you kill your father to get UncleJi married to your now newly widowef mother.
No!

Just NO!

Animal meat meet meat lover.


https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1140300592672084&substory_index=0&id=370463842989100

I know someone who shouted, screamed at me, “ज़ख़्मी कर दिया तूने; बुज़दिल, नपुंसक इंसान, उस बेचारी को” when I hit, with a stone, a bitch who was trying to get to my marinade. (The तलफ़्फ़ुज़ has to be stressed!)
I looked around to the horrified and disgusted looks from the nubile PYTs sitting around our campfire. They were even pointing at me with their long, lithe fingers and exchanging ‘those glances’.
The alcohol helped.
“If any animal lover even touches this thing on the grill, By Gawd, I am going to use my pistol!”
Within 3 hours, after I was sufficiently drunk, they all were savouring my grilled organic elephant!

VIP SkyBags hopeless customer care.


Subject :- I am going to be killed. Please save me.

Dear Madam / Sir,

Please go through the following Tweet.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Rahul_Does/status/758876874311213056
https://mobile.twitter.com/Rahul_Does/status/790071047257100289
I purchased this bag and the raincover was porous!
Your Social Media team coordinated across Facebook and Twitter and sent me a new raincover after 20+ reminders and 2-3 months.
The joke?
The new raincover is torn!
Like, what nonsensical idiocy is this!
We are VIPs, in more sense than one, for the last 3 generations.
Your customer care is going to kill me as a customer.
Please save me!
Yours truly,

Ra.


On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 11:37, Sonali Desai<> wrote:

Dear Sir,

I regret for the inconvenience caused to you…..

Please send us the photograph of issue in bag along with warranty card / bill copy details so that we can give you required service

Let us know your exact location to provide you service center address.

Regards,

Sonali

Customer Service

Dear Madam,

5 months!

I am on to this mess for 5 months.

And, I don’t think that you went through my Tweet where in all photos are present.

For your benefit and perusal, here it is, again.

Twitter

Twitter

Though the photos have been optimised for web, everything is still legible.

Do let me know if you need the 2000 pixel, original photos.

I was, in a matter of days, going to pack this junk and post it to your Bombay HO as your Twitter and Facebook teams work as if they are waiting me to beg!

My grandfather, a VIP Governor, gave me my first VIP, when I was 6, going to hostel. I still have it and store my insane stuff like restaurant or hotel bills signed by all members present with memories scribbled. (Shubir, I have the GK bar bills from 1999)

My father, another VIP cabinet minister gave me my second, a VIP Odyssey, in which I store all my documents.

I thought that buying a VIP would make me a VIP.

What a bloddy fool I was at 40!

Ra.

Sent from my Y! phone so please excuse any possible typos that this phone
almost always catches. But then, we all are mistake prone humans! +91 93545 RAHUL.

Rahul Sharma,

123, EWS (Economically Weaker Section)

Gurgaon.

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Dear Ma’am,

I have ‘submitted’ the said bag with Mr Ali.

I regret to inform you that your people have been unable to understand the issue.

It was the leaking rain-cover in July, 2016.

It transformed to the problem of torn rain-cover on 23rd October, 2016.

It metamorphosised into your customer care taking me for a bloddy beggar who kept asking for responses for a few months.

The tweetstorm, for your perusal, once again.

Search Twitter – %40vipbagsindia %40rahul_does

Search Twitter – %40vipbagsindia %40rahul_does

 

Here, screenshots of Facebook chats can also be seen.

Now, you may keep it where it belongs!

I wanted to go for a http://shop.skybags.co.in/tropic-45-weekender-black but now, going through all this bloddy nonsense, I would rather use a grocery bag to carry all my stuff that you see in the photo above!

Thanking you,

With deepest condolences and sympathies on my deathly demise,

Yours truly,

Ra.

Sent from my Y! phone so please excuse any possible typos that this phone

almost always catches. But then, we all are mistake prone humans! +91 935 RAHUL.

Royal Enfield


Hello Royal (?) Enfield,
 
How it is hanging?
 
Is there a place on the internet where one could get the technical names of various OEM parts? It is very disgusting to ask, “भैया, *ये* वाला देना”!!!
 
My email regarding the same is also unanswered, for the last few months.
 
You, after becoming the whopper of a market leader, have gone down the Najafgarh Nullah in customer service. (Had I bought shares, in 2004, in stead of the Electra, I would be having ~6 Crores in my kitty!)

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Allure of White Skin!


Conrad, ‘The Rover’, “The perfect oval of her face, the colour of herbsmooth cheeks, and the whiteness of her throat forced from the Citizen Peyrol a sigh through his clenched teeth.”

Your Latest Trip.


Manik arrives from Chandigarh after finishing his shift@Dell.com and we leave by 12 PM for this with Gaurav.

Update.

We leave without any deadlines to reach anywhere or get back. 13th October, 2016.

Ye Achha plan haI!

Photos to come, as they happen.

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Manraj breaking the mental lethargy!


He starts.

25 great films you might not have seen before


25 great films you might not have seen before https://imgur.com/gallery/TGWp6

​Suddenly, my whole life whole life makes perfect sense!!!


​Suddenly, my whole life whole life makes perfect sense!!!

  • Bad handwriting
  • Bed-wetting
  • Stuttering
  • Nail biting
  • Shyness and being withdrawn
  • Defiance and provocative behaviour
  • Poor concentration
  • Bad memory
  • Reading difficulties
  • Problems with spelling
  • Neurotic personality
  • Physical tiredness!


https://wasioabbasi.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/never-force-left-handed-child-to-be-right-handed/

#FeminismIsAIDS


http://www.thefrustratedindian.com/2016/05/lisa-haydon-feminist/

 “I don’t like the word feminist. I don’t think women trying to be men is feminism. I also don’t believe in being outspoken for the sake of it, or just to prove a point. Feminism is just an overused term and people make too much noise about it for no reason. Women have been given these bodies to produce children, and the spirit and tenderness to take care of people around us. It’s fine to be an outspoken and working woman. I don’t want to be a man. One day I look forward to making dinner for my husband and children. I don’t want to be a career feminist.”

SriSri RaviShankar Totally Destroyed Yamuna FloodPlain


​And so many of my friends and lovers, present and past, keep insisting that I become more spiritual and join their best babba/babbi!
“He/She is not like others. She/He is different!”

http://thewire.in/59508/art-of-living-event-completely-destroyed-yamuna-floodplain-expert-panel/

I wonder what else this RaviShankar chap had to lick/suck, besides eggs, to get here! तलुवे, I am sure; it is the other word that start with त or ट that eludes me!

#ArtOfLying #SriSri420 #SriSriRaviShankar #ArtOfLiving #FraudBaba

Keynote Speech – ANU Sex & Consent Week. Tuesday August 2nd 2016.


My name is Lucie Bee and I’m, according to SWERF rhetoric, a ‘Happy Hooker.’

SWERF, if you weren’t aware, stands for ‘Sex Work Exclusionary Radical Feminism.’

So, I’m a ‘Happy Hooker’ and I’m here to tell you, that’s a Goddamn Lie. What I am is an Angry Hooker. What’s worse for the SWERF movement, including ‘divinities’ like Melinda Tankard Reist, is that I’m a Loud Angry Hooker.  I’m a loud, angry, tired hooker.

I apologise if that word makes you uncomfortable. But it’s thrown at me like a knife so often these days, even when accompanied by seemingly benign words like ‘happy’, it’s thrown at me so much that I feel like I’ve earned the right to say it. To reclaim it. To call it my own. I usually don’t hold court much with the notion of reclaiming words, but disarming them, disarming people with them, is something I spend a great…

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If dreams came true!


My grandfather, Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma, who raised me, came alive! Everyone was happy and swarming at our place. I, like I had done all my life, again started sleeping, hugging him. This time, we smoked together!

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There was this customary cricket thing in HRMS.

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Dry smoked pork fry.


​Amazing smoked pork! Just made some and it is very flavourful, some credit to me, too.

I followed your instructions but increased onion (ulli) and garlic and fried them in coconut oil at highest heat.


Crushed half teaspoon of star anise, cumin, and cinnamon and one big helping of black pepper.

Rest all was same.

While boiling, I used very little water, just enough to half submerge the pork and after 4 whistles, nearly 2-3 tablespoons of rich black juice was left which was further reduced and used for cooking.

Oh How! How could that Black Gold be thrown!

Rohtak Gangrape case – The Story Untold


Fake rape! #FakeRape???

Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj

Nation has been raging against the gruesome crime of “double gangrape” in Rohtak for the past few days. The incident reportedly happened on July 13th, when the girl was allegedly abducted from outside her college and gangraped by the same 5 people who had gangraped her in 2013 too. As per complainant’s family, all the accused repeated their crime in order to teach her a lesson for not compromising the case filed before.

It is not surprising that media is presenting only one side of the story caring little about the facts of the case and the history of the case because in today’s day and age, it is not facts that draw attention of viewers but sensational stories that shock viewers beyond belief. Facts are boring. Details don’t interest audiences who anyways have very less time. So a story even if evidences on ground go against it – are served…

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Celebrate Women’s Dignity before Women’s Day!


“. It was a woman’s right to throw all her education and training, experience and wisdom by the wayside, and to appear in court as a mendicant seeking maintenance from her separated or ex-husband.

This new idea of “women’s empowerment” gradually began obscuring the erstwhile virtue of dignity. “

Silence is not an option...

During my childhood, I often heard older women advise young girls in the family about the importance of being educated. It had little to do with the noble goal of gaining knowledge, but it was about something more practical. It was about securing employment so as to not depend on one’s husband completely, or being employable should the husband lose his health, life or limb.

It seemed, at times, that these old women were a paranoid lot who were overly worried about the possibility of ending up alone. However, I now know that some of the really wise women were actually focusing on the importance of living a life of dignity under any given circumstance.

As a child, I saw some married women, and also widows, who ran a “pooTakULLa illu” providing sumptuous meals to many hungry people, and using the money thus earned to maintain the household and educate…

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I just backed System Shock on @Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598858095/system-shock

Write to DGCA for making weapon carriage fee a % of fare rather than the flat 5000 Rs.


Hello fellow weapon lovers,

The DGCA has invited public comments on the new, proposed fare rules at LalitJi’s email address at (lalit.dgca@nic.in) and should reach positively before 27th June, 2016. LalitJi

I request fellow lovers to exhort the DGCA to pass appropriate rules, stopping the blatant robbery by all airlines on the matter of weapon carriage.

It was started when the USD was about 50 INR.

Mindlessly applying the international rate of $100 on domestic carriage, 5,000 Rupees was fixed as weapon carriage charges.

It is acceptable, purely by my standards, to pay 5,000 on a 50,000 Rupee’s ticket.

To charge the same on a Rs. 2,090 ticket is ridiculous, to say the least.

Please take time to visit the website and send email, containing your suggestions, to Lalit Ji for rationalising the fee.

Regards,

Ra.

Some more ridiculous changes that are proposed, here.

Save and free Kesha


Women Compromising Standards to Get Ahead


PeopleFlo

Recently Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s “Shark Tank” sent out a tweet that would be deemed by many as controversial. Her tweet stated, “I find running a #business in a man’s world to be a huge advantage. I wear bright colors, yank up my skirt + get attention”. She came to her own defense and argued in summary that she simply works her assets to her advantage. Specifically for her, she feels her legs are her greatest physical feature, therefore, she shows them off to gain attention and close deals.

Barbara Corcoran Tweet ABC Article

This story was featured on many different news shows and has been shared voluminously on various other outlets. Comments and feedback typically fell on one of two sides of the coin:

1. No problem showing the assets and flirting. Work what your mama gave you.

2. That is disgusting. Have some respect and earn business with your brain.

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Why this focus on ’rapes in India’ by world media?


Judging from media reports, India has a BIG problem with rape. No other country seems to come even close. All over the globe “another rape in India” is reported ever so often.  On my last visit to …

Source: Why this focus on ’rapes in India’ by world media?

AskMeBazaar Customer care is worse than UP Government office


Hello JaswinderJi and other contact personnel,

1. Thanks a tonne for that, however, I received just one phone call from your pickup person and that call was disconnected by me as I was in a meeting.

2. I am subscribed to missed call alert, so would have known via SMS, if there were more calls while my phone was out of reach.

3. Within 100 minutes I got an SMS telling, “(1/5) Dear buyer, in regards to your complaint logged for Prepaid, DGA8476287, we made multiple failed attempts to pick up your order. Kindly send the…”
4. Do you tolerate lying and irresponsible vendors? झूठे, स्साले!
4. There was no call on my secondary number, I would like to point out.
5. Your number being out-going only, probably, was unavailable for my return call.
***6. I feel that you take your customers for a liability. It is the customer’s mistake to trouble you by contacting you and “She must be made to suffer! Slow, painful torture.”

And justice prevailed.


To, Ms. ___ Jalan. (MM)
Court room 104, Rohini Court.

Respected Ma’am,

  1. On 18th April, 2014, I was returning from Rajender Nagar side to Punjabi Bagh when I was stopped at 11:50 AM for traffic light violation at Vivek Cut Light vide Challan number PNC-2335-00929-14.

  2. Apart from the Chalanning Officer, HC Sanjeev (1833/T) the police witness was Ct. P. Bhaskar (5618 T), there were 5 other policemen sitting there on their bikes and scooters (one of them bright red), at the spot.

  3. I hereby categorically submit that I did not jump the red light and as I crossed the first light, it turned Orange and even as I passed the second pole, it was still Orange.

  4. Delhi Traffic Police that day acted like Delhi Challaning Police. Or Delhi Trapping Police!

  5. I never jump red lights or take wrong side ‘shortcuts’ or even cross the stop line, or wait in the wrong lane on a matter of principle, as is the wont of many drivers (from 2-wheeler’s to swanky Rs. 3 Crore SUVs) on Delhi roads. Having learnt my driving and then spending considerable time in Chandigarh, I grew up to respect the Zero Tolerance they have for even touching the stop line with the wheel, on a red light. Not even Minister’s or Chief Minister’s official or personal cars are spared!

  6. Then there was the experience in Kerala that becomes relevant here. On highway pedestrian crossings are posted traffic regulators. Once enough pedestrians accumulate on either side of the road, she raises her STOP sign and the entire traffic, highway-high speed traffic comes to a halt, 20 metres on both sides, and people cross the road! The mere presence of the authority in uniform matters.

  7. Here I have an empty road, I am the ONLY vehicle (as the traffic rush is on the other side, at this hour and I was coming from Sidhharth Hotel side from where, due the timings of the two lights, I ended up being the only one) at a 20 seconds’ pedestrian crossing light and there are 7 policemen, about 50 metres down the road, very visible, who form a human chain barricade and swoop on me alleging that I jumped.

a. Even if I were a ‘jumping kind’, the sight of so many policemen would have deterred me, I am sure!

  1. Just 2 kilometers down the same road we have

a. Shadipur Metro station under which there are hundreds of auto, cycle and the menacing e rickshaws parked on the road adding to the chaos and unstopping vehicles that pedestrians face while crossing the road,

b. Shadipur crossing where traffic going right towards PUSA spills over to the left most side of the road and blocks the traffic going straight, in spite of a green light

c. AND another 1 kilometer down we have the Kirti Nagar-Moments Mall-Rama Road crossing where pedestrians risk their lives, literally, as it is flanked by two wide flyovers and the traffic there is at a breakneck speed. On both sides of the road.

There is nary a policeman in sight!

  1. Instead of bunching up at an innocuous spot waiting to ambush violators jumping a 20 second red light couldn’t these people have been doing a better thing? Like, managing traffic?

  2. Probably it is their ‘targets’ that they have to fulfill.

  3. Venture out of Delhi and one sees 20-30-40 spotless white and blue attired Delhi Traffic Police men, once again, all bunched up at one spot Challaning commercial vehicles; both coming in Delhi and going out.

  4. Same is the scene, albeit the number of the ‘ambush’ is lower 5-10, on Delhi’s inner roads where it is the LMV drivers that are being Chalanned, in a long line.

  5. One always sees a semblance of traffic management in the Luteyen’s zone and also, to be fair, at many other locations where the traffic policemen are actually toiling to restore and maintain order on the road.

  6. The regular updates on their Facebook and Twitter page, about broken-down DTC buses leading to jams, and other advisories are really a boon, in the age of always connected smart phones. Using these, many a times, I have altered my route and reached the destination on time!

  7. However, it is this highhandedness, the utter disregard for what is right, the submission that, “we are so many here; are you suggesting that we are lying about your jumping the light?” makes one uncomfortable about the misuse of power.

  8. To counter the suggestion, if I took a whole bus load of traffic violators and jumped a red light, I shall have a clear majority of people who shall side by me saying that we did not! However, as Gandhiji said, “Majority is not always morality.” or something to that effect, their being seven against one does not make them right or true or correct.

  9. I repeat, I did not cross the light and I was Challanned wrongfully. I challenged this Challan and refused to pay up the “mamooli Rs. 100” at the spot, as was suggested by the traffic policemen.

Ma’am, I humbly request you to grant me justice and quash this Challan and take appropriate action against the offending policemen.

It would be worthwhile to look into the priorities of the Delhi Traffic Police, as well!

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Rahul Sharma.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:05:34 PM
New Delhi.

Honourable Railway Minister.


I have thought at least a hundred times, since 6:25, after catching this train at 4:50, “To tweet or not to tweet!” Some people earn this way, their daily bread.
The reasoning of the TTji is that they’re’nt hawkers but pantry car employees and are out of the purview of point 9 mentioned in The Charter.
In this Punjab Mail, not one stretch of 5 minutes has passed, in the last 8 hours that 1-2-4 people have not walked the aisle, selling…… without pause, chai-chai-chai, omelette-cutlet, paani-juice-frootti, and what not; NON STOP!
The hawkers are so much better. At least, they stop when their round is complete or they run out of their wares. No such problem with this staff. Full of energy, even after 9 hours of hawking the wares for the commission. Mean of me as this is the way they earn but I have gone and grown mad after enduring all these 4,978 minutes of …
Watch videos; note time stamps.
PNR:2114650125,TRAIN:12138,DOJ:07-02-2016,TIME:05:15,3A,NDLS TO BPL,Rahul Sharma,B4 30.

Update: 3rd May, 2017.  http://wp.me/p2FQ2-fQ

PNR : 2807798852
AMARNATH EXP(*15098)
Boarding Date : 3-5-2017
06:09 YJUD → 20:40 GKP
Class : Sleeper Class
COACH 11 • CHART PREPARED
Status:
Passenger 1 S12 , 59
Passenger 2 S12 , 58
Passenger 3 S12 , 62
Passenger 4 S12 , 57
Passenger 5 S12 , 60

To tag or not to tweet, that is the question; important for the second time!

How does one ask fellow citizens/children to vacate your 6 mo. pre-booked seat?

सबसे पहले, गौ-धन (a very slick and pious and miraculous mixture of cow dung and cow urine) से चुपड़ कर #BulletTrain को हम विराट हिन्दू राष्ट्रवासी अपने चूतड़ों में डलवा लें, expecting / providing basic facilities (like, say, SEATS) to non Bullet train तो बाद में देख लेंगे!

 

This unreserved girl in purple is sitting on my 6 month old pre-booked seat.
Do I kick her off?
Also her father?
And three others, following them?
She is a mental case, by the way!

The worst part is that every wait listed squatter that we see here has already paid more fine than we paid for our reservation!

( By the way, can we say, conservatively, that this paying capacity was enabled by the 60 year mis(?)rule!)

But, I digress! Let’s continue with Bullet Trains!

The point is not THIS girl but Bullet train, costing 10,00,00,00,00,00,000! We could be running 1000 more trains on this Bihari-Jharkhandi-labourer route in half of that money!

‘The Other Side of the College Sexual Assault Crisis’ BY MAX KUTNER


NEWSWEEK: ‘The Other Side of the College Sexual Assault Crisis’
BY MAX KUTNER / DECEMBER 10, 2015

When you are the most notorious alleged college rapist in the country, it takes a lot of guts to attend your graduation ceremony.
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The pseudoscience of everyday sexism


I love the look on her face when she is being peeled by Milo the Great!

EYE Review 2015 – Part 2: #SexistSums


Sick!

Sensations!


Update : 7:47 AM, 07/02/2016.

Just dreamt about you.

I returned home, present day, to find you, a 26-27 year old sitting at my station with his rig connected.
We got talking and as I hadn’t yet recognized that younger version of you, I JUMPED from the chair, 13 feet in air (it was a dream) on hearing your name and with trembling hands took out the cassettes.

Sensations being the top!
I asked that when had you created that master piece.

Very demurely and with a proper blush, (I was nearly twice your age, you see!) you answered, “At 19.”

I woke up with tears; happy tears!

Today is going to be one hell of a day!

Going to request AshokJi, yet once again, to get them converted to MP3. (Sorry about the piracy.)


One of the gladdest days of my life! The music of my life, Sensations, found!!! after being lost for 10 odd years! Last time, it got lost for ~5 years. This is fate! This cassette has been playing on and on in my life for the last 20+ years!

But, where are you, Nandu Bhende Sir? :(

Nandu Bhende

Nandu Bhende’s Sensations, Babla Disco Dandiya, Our own, Eruptions due to delayed ejaculations

Nandu Bhende Sensations Chords

Chords and scales of Sensations by Late Sh. Nandu Bhende

Babla V Shah Disco Dandia, dubbed and rearranged by my father, Rajesh Kumar Sharma! Please forgive the piracy.

Digitizing them all, ASAP!

Messages from/to Bhende Sir:

Dear Sir.
Could one get a CD of Sensations?
My cassette is there but it is pretty much worn out! (It was lost, I did not know.)
Thanks for the answer.
Regards.
Ra.

Septembarrr 10, 2010
Nandu Bhende
9/10, 7:01in the mornin’
Nandu Bhende

Hi,
A CD was never made commercially available. Let me c if I can do anything about it.
Great to know that something one did way back in the eighties is still being heard!
All the best,
Nandu Bhende

Being HEARD!!! Almost all of the song’s chords were “researched” and then noted down on the cover page / jacket during 1995. The arrangement “studied” and various instruments assigned to friends with various talents. We were to recreate it!”

An email that was to become a letter never sent.

Dear Sir,

I have happy tears in my eyes as I listen to this, after so many years; something that I grew on!
 
I was force fed a constant diet of Babla since 1979, at 4 years of age. Jayanti-Honey followed and then came Sensations. It was THE constant on my so many cassette players.
 
The cassette, along with other gems got lost (a relative had taken them, without telling/asking) in 1996 2002. I found all the lost cassettes in her house in 2007 and I remember crying on the discovery!
And, the tears turn to a deluge when I open this link that does not even LIST/Mention “Sensations”, the music that I listened to for close to 10+ years, tried to emulate with my friends, lost for 11 years and found again and LOST again!
There is no mention of that Sensational album or Jayanti-Honey anywhere on the internet except for my short review.
Whenever I visit this relative’s place where I lost the 4 MOST PRECIOUS of my cassettes, I get this physical kind of a blow, somewhere in my lower abdomen.
1. Sensations,
2. my best of Babla in a 90 minute Sony tape,
3. Jayanti and Honey’s 1985 hits and a
4. 90 minute tape of our band’s “Eruptions’, if it could be called thus.I had got these 4 MOST precious cassettes to get them converted into MP3 and she seems to have forgotten where she kept them in stead of giving them to the neighbour who has this facility.
Sirjee, kuchh karo! Please. I NEED Sensations.
I have been pestering you for the last few years and shall continue to do so.
Your most Bhayanakally BHAYANKAR Fan,
Rahul Sharma.

Back to feed, Indians!


FEEDBACK Please equip your stewardesses with झाड़ूs and चाबुकs (or hire circus trainers) for us unruly Indians, to be used liberally on all the ladies and gentlemen; girls and boys’ buttocks. Especially, at the time of landing; when we stand up and start walking towards the gates with our luggage, even as the aeroplane is taxiing! This was my second flight with Ms. Shweta and she is awesomely courteous, even to the aforementioned fellow citizens! Good job! YGIB3

Bihar and Magic of ModiJi!


Decimated is too strong a word for them for the 90 seats but, yes, ModiJi’s Magic has started waning.
He is, probably, the most जादुई charismatic one; for the shortest time, as well!
I have seen an AuntyJi turn off the gas with a roti on the tawa when her husband shouted, “ओेए चंचल्ल! ओेए ऐत्थे आ! ओए वेख, मोद्दी ने जर्मन की चाए पीने से मना कर दित्ता।”
while the चाटू India TV was going on and on and on AND on with the burning questions,
१. आख़िर क्या है राज़?
२. क्यों नहीं पी मोदी ने मर्कल की चाय?
३. क्यों?
४. क्या है रहस्य?
५. किस कारणवश नहीं पी, मोदी ने चाय?
६. क्यों।
and she watched, fascinated, as if he is her son or grandson!
All the while cups and plates and tea-cozies were revolving and breaking and bursting around Modi and Merkel! 

 

Feminism.


“Why are we here today?” she asked.”To make revolution,” they answered.

“What kind of revolution?” she replied.

“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.

“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.

“By destroying the American family!” they answered.

“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.

“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.

“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.

“By taking away his power!”

“How do we do that?”

“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.

“How can we destroy monogamy?”
Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears. Was I on planet earth? Who were these people?
“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/240037/marxist-feminisms-ruined-lives-mallory-millett

From Slate : False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.


Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Photo by Stokkete/Thinkstock
False accusations of rape are rare, but we should stop pretending they don’t exist.

Photo by Stokkete/Thinkstock

In the emotionally charged conversation about rape, few topics are more fraught than that of false allegations. Consider some responses to the news that singer-songwriter Conor Oberst had been falsely accused of sexual assault. Last December a woman writing in the comments section of the website xoJane, going by the name Joanie Faircloth, claimed Oberst raped her when she was a teenager. The charge spread across the Internet; Oberst denied it and brought a libel suit against Faircloth when she refused to retract the story. In July she completely recanted, admitting that she had made it all up to get attention. Yet instead of showing sympathy for the ordeal of the musician—one known for being supportive of feminist issues—some chided him for taking legal action to defend himself against a false, career-damaging charge. In the Daily Dot, pop culture critic Chris Ostendorf decried the lawsuit, arguing that it could intimidate real victims of rape and that it promoted the idea of men as victims of false accusations—even though that’s exactly what Oberst was.

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गुड़िया की फ्रोक!


I was quite indigent for quite some time. So was, in a manner of speaking, he.
He got a windfall of about 20,000 Rupees.

After paying off his local debts, including 800 to the chaiwala, he was left with 1200.
He went and paid the entire amount against my phone bill.
I complained that the bill was for 600 only and didn’t need paying and he should have bought some small gift/item for his family.
“अरे यार, गुड़िया की फ्रोक तो बाद में भी ली जा सकती है!उनसे ज़्यादा तुझे ISD फ़ोन की ज़्यादा ज़रूरत है ।”

 
  
  

Rape Case inside Taxi in Delhi wasn’t Rape but an ugly fight over Rs. 500 Taxi Fare.


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Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj

Woman, who alleged that she was raped by the Taxi Driver actually fought with the man over fare of Rs. 500 which she refused to give. A fight followed in which both the driver and the woman attacked each other. Medical as well as Forensic evidence have established that there was no rape committed upon the woman. Judgment also mentions that the woman demanded Rs 5 lacs from the driver to settle the case.

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In April 2015, shortly after Uber case, another news of rape in a taxi in the dark hours of the night, made headlines in Delhi. According to reports splashed across various news papers Times of India  India Today DNA and also various leading TV channels, it was alleged that driver Ramesh Kumar had raped the woman, sexually assaulted her and threatened of dire consequences.

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Six months into the incident, the case has reached it’s final judgment and…

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Disconnect?


 

I have removed one screen, <The TV>, from my life.
3 remain. A dysfunctional £ 1,000 laptop that takes 3-4 minutes to open a browser, that shan’t be replaced, this stupid iPhone and a Panasonic साथी।
However, as asked again and again, for whom do I disconnect?
Friends who cross my house twice a day and who I have been begging for the last 5 years to stopover for a chai/whiskey/Limbu paani, without avail?
Relatives and Ad-hoc Momma#1 etc. who value सूसूराल सिमर का more over your visit?
Who???

My pork roast.

IMG_3567

The new house!

  
…Revelation of the day!!! Maybe, I am not important enough for them!!! Yesss! That MUST be the case!

Maybe, I never was!

Organ!!


DORSO

Bike trip? Smartyphone? You?


Just dreamt of you.
You were test riding a bullet. I asked you three pointed questions.
1. How long are you in India for?

  1. Are you planning a bike-trip?

  2. How much of “me time” you require so that I don’t bug you?
    You were busy with your phone. Searching for a helmet and other accessories.
    You walked away, looking at directions to an auto-spare shop, still looking into your phone.
    I woke up. Now going to toilet.

False Witness – Final Installment


तुम्हारा नाम क्या है, बसंती?


Why do I have this  feeling that I can very safely bet some of my body parts like, half of eyebrows, half of मूँछ, half beard and one bloddy eye on the fact that these gents, both class II Head Constables,

Bearded Dhannos!

were imparted weapons training by Mrs. धन्नो? Not the one of, “धन्नो की आँख, शराबी, रे, हमका लागे!” fame but the aforementioned one. “तुम्हारा नाम क्या है, बसंती?” This is such a depressing video. They hold and fire guns like they did in FTTI Yudhishthir movies. ZERO training! What WAS happening during their basic training? Was this green t-shirt doing dishes at the local SP’s residence? https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153505228310798&id=102527030797

You do not even have to aim! Come on!!! You Pakis! You can do it! We all are standing in a bunch!

A woman’s age!


Morning visitor. HathniKund rest house.
He asked your age.

I was having my mattar mushroom fried.

You told him.

He commented. “मैडम, आपके बदन को देख कर तो नहीं लगता कि आप की age इतनी है!”

I choked!!!

We laughed.

He left.

The Sexual Harassment Quagmire: Digging Out With True Equality


ऊूफ्फ!

My "Male Side" To Gender Issues. Member of the National Coalition For Men (NCFM.org/ncfm-home/) Since 1985.

Updated November 3, 2014

An in-depth analysis of what Male Matters considers the sexes’ most destructive behavioral difference

Courtship in 1882 In 1882, before dating evolved, a man would call upon a woman in her home.

FOREWORD:

We all behave pretty much according to societal expectations. A large part of these expectations is gender-role expectations. As everyone knows, males have certain role expectations and women certain others.

Individual men and women interpret each expectation in their own way according to how they were socialized to interpret it. They also decide how the expectation should apply to them — or whether it should apply at all. Thus the sexes can have a broad range of behaviors in response to each expectation.

Take, for example, the traditional expectation that the man should initiate male-female interactions and relationships. Some people fully believe in this expectation and act accordingly; some do not believe it in the…

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The Tragedy of TrueTwit.


HaaHaaHaa! Beautiful. Made me laugh, early in the morning!

SeanMunger.com

bad twitter

Dear Fellow Author on Twitter:

I’m writing this open letter to you because I just received a direct message from you saying, “[your name] uses TrueTwit Validation Service. Please click here to validate.”

Now, I know there are a lot of people out there giving social media advice these days to authors trying to gain visibility for their books. They’re a dime a dozen. In fact, there are so many of them, I don’t want to be one of them. I would rather spend my time writing zombie books. Yet here I am, writing a blog giving advice on how to use social media. I’m doing this letter to you as a blog, and thus not calling out your name(s), because I’m too polite–and I don’t want to harm my own brand–to send it to you directly. But you forced me into it. So here goes. Although it’s not…

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Football’s Gender Pay Gap Problem


Yay!

The Invisible Atheist

A few nights ago, my Husband and I were sitting together in the living room of our London apartment having a fairly typical Saturday evening. It had been a rather stressful day so we’d settled in with a bottle of wine to enjoy a relaxing evening together. While we were close in proximity however, we were somewhat divided in our activities.

His idea of relaxing on a Saturday evening is living vicariously through groups of very rich Men kicking a ball to one another, every now and then commenting about how they “almost scored there” or some such nonsense while I tend to curl up with a good book, this particular evening’s reading was ‘Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men — And What to Do About It by Evelyn Murphy.

A fairly standard Saturday spent together, whilst enjoying completely unrelated activities you might think. However, for…

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The New Indian Arms Rule, 2015


***UPDATE*** 16th June, 2016.
Please visit https://rahuldoes.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/DGCA-Revise-AirFare-Rules and request the DGCA to instruct airlines to revise policy on weapons on board, *BEFORE* 26th June, 2016.

New Indian Arms Rule 2015 is coming up. Please go through the proposed changes.

Some changes are RIDICULOUS like all bullets to have serial and batch number and these to be entered in the license at the time of purchase! .22? Anyone?

You want to get your gun repaired? No Problomino! Just pay a GOVERNMENT FEE of 5,000 (to the DC???) and Titu Afzal Bhai will do it!

Unfortunately contrary to what everyone had hoped these new (draft) Arms Rules are much much worse than the executive order issued by the previous government in March/ April 2010. We NEED to raise our collective voice and stop these rules from going through in their current form, to begin with PLEASE send in your objections to the rules and put your dissent on record ASAP.
This draft response is attached along with the post viewtopic.php?f=3&t=23372 and can also be freely/ directly downloaded from:
http://www.indiansforguns.com/public_response_arms_rules_2015.doc
All feedback is to be e-mailed to feedback.arules2015@gov.in”

I do not know what shall happen. We are neither as many as the Net-Neutrality waale nor as politically-fashionably-correct Nirrabhaya rape waales. (The Verma Commision waale laws are draconian, accept it! The effect can be felt even now, the JJ act, anyone?)

I have this sinking feeling that we shall lose this battle and our voices shan’t be heard!

The full text of “Public Response”

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