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Monday, September 21, 2009

Is raat ki subah nahi...

With all due respect for the post (and not for the person), I believe you and I work lot more and are little smarter than President of India.


  • What if someone barges inside your house and tries to kill you? If you are brave enough to catch him alive, what will be your next step?
  • You are working on bunch of tasks. If you get one more task which is lot more important, what will you do?

Think about it. What will be your answer? Now, if you are President of India, this is precisely what you will do –

  • What if someone barges inside your house and tries to kill you? If you are brave enough to catch him alive, what will be your next step?
    You will catch that person and lock him in your bathroom for years. The guy will ask for mercy. You will spend next few years deciding what you should do next...

  • You are working on bunch of tasks. If you get one more task which is lot more important, what will you do?
    You will wait for all the pending tasks to be completed before looking into the new task...

Do not agree? Read on...

Mohammad Afzal, also known as Afzal Guru, was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India in 2004.

As expected, he sent a mercy petition to our “
busy” President.

Now our President is so damn busy with other “
important” tasks that President doesn’t have time to decide fate of this case. After all, our President is responsible for so many highly important things!

Don’t believe me?
Here are examples :
To stroll in mughal garden inside Rashtrapati Bhavan...to travel different countries...to pay occasional tributes to departed useless politicians...to read out government’s praise in their customary address to the nation on the eve of republic day...to sign bills and to dismiss state governments as per wish of the ruling party...And yeah, to enjoy lavish vacations at reserved bungalows

Compare to all these important tasks, Afzal Guru’s fate is such a small and unimportant matter. After all, he was part of one of the most gruesome terror attack to destabilize our nation. Huh… such a small and routine crime!

Ajmal Kasab, don't worry. You have many more years of life in front of you even if you are handed over death penalty. After all, your mercy petition will follow 28 others for which our "busy" President is yet to take a final call.

It’s been years since Afzal Guru's mercy petition is left undecided (
for the reasons, which are very easy to guess if you are willing to use your brain). And instead of expediting this matter, our law minister is busy teaching us why this petition cannot be addressed on priority basis : There are other 28 mercy petitions pending in front of the President and only after those petitions are addressed, Afazal Guru’s turn will come.

A peon, a CEO, an engineer, a scientist or even a criminal… almost every professional knows how to prioritize their work. Sad – looks like what you and I know, our president doesn’t.

Is there anyone who can teach our law minister and President how to prioritize tasks? Can you?

P.S. : To all terrorist - In India, a common man's life has no value. So you are free to kill as many Indians as you want. However, every terrorist's life is very very precious and hence, we take years and years to decide if we should kill someone, who has killed hundred innocent fellow Indians. So even if you are caught alive, India guarantees you years and years of life in advance.

Mera Bharat Mahan (?)

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Did you ever face DEATH???

How will you react if you face DEATH??? What will be your through process? How will you try to protect yourself? What kind of decision will you take?

Read this article which is published in "The Hindu" on 11th September 2009. It's little long but it's by far the best account of Mumbai's terror attack. I could "feel" it while reading...

(These photo is taken from CCTV footage obtained by NDTV showing gun-toting terrorists in the corridor of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.)

Three ways of dying lay before the occupant of room 632 at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower on November 26, 2008. One, jump out of the window of the fifth floor. Two, stay in the room and be charred to death. Three, walk down the Taj and face the bullets of the terrorist.

A senior citizen, staying in room 632, told the court in a stunning testimony on Thursday, that he chose the third option. "It would have been an instant death," he reasoned.

His name and address cannot be revealed for security reasons as per the court's order.

The witness who held a top position in the banking sector, had come to Mumbai on 26/11 for a board meeting. He was put up at the Taj. At 10.15 p.m. he received a call from the hotel's room service.

"There is an emergency at the hotel. Please take care," a voice said and hung up. When the witness switched on the television in his room, he learnt of the terror strike at various places including the Taj. Half an hour later, the cable connection went off. At about 11.15 p.m. there was a knock on the door. A voice from outside said "Room service, room service."

Anxious, restless and suspicious, the witness did not open the door. However, he heard someone fire at the door and open it forcibly. "Two gentlemen entered," the witness told the court.

"You still describe them as gentlemen?" judge M. L. Tahaliyani asked.

When the witness said yes, the judge remarked it was his goodness. One of the two pointed a gun to his temple and ordered him to keep quiet. The other delivered a blow on his neck. Then they dragged him outside and instructed him to knock on other doors. The witness said he did as told, but there was no response .

Pushed back into his room, the assailants then asked him to take off his kurta and pyjama. When the hostage was hesitant they hit him. They tied his hands and legs with his clothes and pinned him to the ground face downwards.

"One of the gentlemen, who was hefty and wearing a red T-shirt and big shoes started kicking me. I was crying and told them I had blood pressure."

"Kidhar se aya? [Where have you come from?]," one asked while removing some weapons from a bag. After this they were in constant communication with someone on a mobile phone and gave a bit by bit account of the interrogation that followed.

The witness said the conversation was in Hindi, which he could understand. "They said Salam Alaikum. It was a polite language."

Snatches of phone conversation were heard from the corridor. In the next half an hour four staff members of the hotel were brought in as hostages. Two more terrorists also entered. One of the terrorists had a limp, the witness said.

The attackers asked him his name and the place he hailed from and subsequently conveyed it on the phone. When asked about the profession, the hostage lied and said he was a teacher. This too was told on the phone. This reply made the attackers furious. While at first they had accepted it, later they started hitting the hostage.

"How can a teacher with Rs. 20,000 salary stay at the Taj? Are you a smuggler? Are you teaching people to kill Muslims?... Are you from Chennai? Are you an architect? A scientist?" they asked later . The hostage replied in the negative.

The witness told the court that the terrorists saw his sacred thread and confirmed on the phone that he was a Brahmin. He said they tied his hands with the sacred thread. The attackers also said on the phone that the hostage was fat and bald.

Meanwhile, the other hostages were also bound and put on the floor, and were similarly interrogated . At about 2.15, the four terrorists took the five hostages including the witness, to room 520 on the fifth floor. About 45 minutes later a powerful blast was heard. The other hostages got up and started shouting, "We are dying." At this point, the terrorists went out of the room. The witness said he was able to crawl towards the bed and free his hands. "Since my hands were tied with the thread, my wrists were bleeding."

Knowing that the hotel kept a business kit on the table, he groped in the dark and fished out a pair of scissors from it. With it he was able to free himself and the other hostages as well.

The staff then took the metal wastebasket in the room and broke the window. Fresh air rushed in as the room was facing the poolside. Now all the five could see each other clearly. They learnt each others' names.

Two of the staff members jumped out of the window and sat on the landing. Using the curtains and bed linen in the room the hostages made a rope and all the four staff members went down to the first floor landing.

The witness said he chose to stay in the room as he could see the others were still figuring a way to get out. He kept shouting to them not to leave him and they shouted back but they could not hear him.

Finally, they made their way out. With a metal rod, they tried to reach out to this hostage in the room, but the attempt failed. That's when the hostage considered the above three options to die. He could not go down the rope. The fire on the rooftop was raging, and metal pieces were falling, making the room unsafe. The hostage decided to go out. Since he was not completely dressed, modesty did not permit him to move out in that condition. Once again, groping in the dark "like a blind man," he found a pair of pyjamas and a T-shirt.

The corridors were dark and covered in thick smoke. The hostage saw a staircase and must have climbed down three flights. He suddenly spotted a bright light. It was coming from a room. In the lit room, he saw the window was open.

The 69-year old witness said he jumped on the landing, having got some experience while doing so on the fifth floor. Fire brigade rescue operations had started by then. He called out to them.

It was six in the morning when the hostage finally came out of the hotel. Some Good Samaritans offered him a lift in their car. However, the hostage feeling an acute pain got himself admitted to a hospital and was discharged after treatment in three hours.

The witness said he identified the bodies of two terrorists in the identification parade. He said the attacker with a limp had interrogated him.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Victoria's secret :-)

Do you know this? I am sure you don't (and not sure if it's even worth knowing!)
But I am sure you will still read this post :)

Queen Victoria’s underwear is British national heritage
INNER TRUTH: Queen Victoria's super sized knickers measuring a huge 52 inches around the waist have been bought back into the royal collection for 600 pounds at an auction in London. The linen drawers were hidden in a private collection for 100 years.

Excerpt and picture taken from :

The Times of India (Hyderabad Edition)
9th September 2009

Page 17

LOL! What all you find in newspaper! :D

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

If Columbus had been married...

If Columbus had been married he might have never discovered America.

Where are you going ?

With whom ?

To discover what ?

Why only you ?

What do I do, when you are not here ?

Can I come ?

Coming back when ?

Dinner ghar par hee khaoge ?

Most importantly -  What will you bring for me ?
(LOL! Do you agree ?)

001.jpg image by Cheeriotown

Monday, September 7, 2009

Title ko chhodo....post ko padho :-)

WIFE: 'What would you do if I die? Would you get married again?
HUSBAND: 'Definitely not!

: 'Why not? Don't you like being married?'

: 'Of course I do.

: 'Then why wouldn't you remarry?

: 'Okay, okay, I'd get married again.'

: 'You would?'

: .......?

: 'Would you live in our house?'

: 'Sure, it's a great house.'

: 'Would you sleep with her in our bed?'

: 'Where else would we sleep?'

: 'Would you let her drive my car?'

: 'Probably, it is almost new.'

: 'Would you replace my pictures with hers?'

: 'That would seem like the proper thing to do.'

: 'Would you give her my jewelry?'

: 'No, I'm sure she'd want her own.'

: 'Would she wear my shoes?'

: 'No, her size
is 6.'

: -- silence --

: 'shit....."

Rest is history.

001.jpg image by Cheeriotown

(P.S. : This is a forwarded email. I just couldn't resist sharing it with you!)

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