Monday, June 26, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Random thoughts rendered into couplets
Why are our fears very acute during the night
but they appear, during the day, so light?
Old dhoti, at your butt, will tear
if you bend without sufficient care
If you push it in, after peeing, without care
Remember, gentlemen: light colored pants are a scare!
Prompted by Suren, I learnt a lot about crop dusting
And the art of farting in public - not all that I read was disgusting.
"Sleep Well" is reliable brand of Agarbatti
As it contains citronella -- a powerful "kosu-viratti"
In the Voter Application form from a third gender, is it true
That Father is substituted by the applicant's 'Guru'?
"Supra Eco Homes" claim that even elevators work on solar power
As if there would be sunshine all through 365 days of the year
Raw Mango, Ridge gourd or bottle gourd peels
Are good for making chutney, don't you feel?
Croma electric kettle has the worst deceitful design
You can't clean it or close the lid, once open, again.
Before getting angry, will it not be nice
If you can realise it is a regrettable vice?
Friday, June 16, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
At-the-Gate advertisements: So called “No Parking” sign boards
During my evening walk I stopped by a house near our colony park. What arrested my attention was the fact that this house in particular was strange. The compound wall entertained a large number of “No Parking” sign boards that are put up by vendors who want free advertisements in lieu of pleading on your behalf that public should not park their vehicles in front of their gates. There were almost sixteen sign boards.
What could be the motive behind that resident allowing so many boards? Was he just tolerant? OR he does not care how his property is being abused? Or he has struck a deal with vendors to pay him a small fee every month? Or he is very particular in telling the world that he would not, at any cost, tolerate parking in front of his gate? I feel the reason could be a mixture of any of these.
All such sign boards have a few things in common. All of them refer to some service or product or facility available in the neighbourhood – location specific. All of them face competition – there are more than one to compete. Normally I find schools, Data / Internet / Telecom companies, Fashion / hairdressers, dentists, supermarkets, eateries etc.
There are some owners / residents who are peeved at this imposition. Some wait and watch and shoe away guys who are tying them. Some cleverly remove (cut out) the advert part and keep only “No Parking” part. Some place many boards one over the other to irritate the mischievous vendor.
Some simply tear and throw them away. Some display “Beware of Dog” board even when they don’t have any dogs.
Strangely the Bangalore Municipal Corporation thought that they are losing a lot of revenue through this insidious way of avoiding advertisement fee payable to the municipality. Some years ago they roamed around, colony after colony, identifying offenders to take them to task. They did not succeed I understand.
What is your take on this issue? Is this an issue at all -- it is just making mountain out of a mole hill? Years ago, I read a very humorous story (article) on this topic, by a lady journalist. I am unable to retrieve it. Can anyone help?
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Empty Asafoetida Container (=EAC)
Hing in English is Asafoetida. Decades ago, there was (and still is) a popular brand of edible hing called LG, produced (packed?) by LG Godhu Co. It used to be sold in rectangular tin containers. Hing, a vegetable origin resin, gum like substance, used to come in small one inch by two inch blocks. They will be wrapped in dried leaves and packed into paper cartons or tin boxes.
After the hing has been consumed the empty metal container was used for storing tailoring needs, cash, small pencils / erasers etc. The empty box used to emanate strong smell years after the box being empty. The feature is commonly known as “PaZhaya Perungaaya Dabbaa” (Empty Asafetida Container) in Tamil.
Now I am coming to you and me. Like EAC we seniors also behave. We live in past glory. We live in memories. We talk of friends and relatives connected with us who are famous, big, well known etc. Live in shadow glory. Intrinsically inside us there is nothing much left now. Even future is limited or nothing guaranteed. But we keep harping on the past often regurgitating pleasant memories. Replay. Why do have this weakness I fail to understand. Do you?