Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Solving the Kashmir issue...

An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly that made the world community smile...

A representative from India began: ' Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Rishi Kashyap of Kashmir, after whom Kashmir is named.

When he struck a rock and it brought forth water, he thought, ' What a good opportunity to have a bath. ' He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Pakistani had stolen them. '  

The Pakistani representative jumped up furiously and shouted, ' What are you talking about? The Pakistanis weren't there then. '

The Indian representative smiled and said, ' And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech. ' And they say Kashmir belongs to them..

PS: I am not sure if this true or not

PPS: I wish if this actually is true :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Launch of "GovernMint in India" - Book by T.S.R. Subramanian

For past few days, I was busy in the launch of the Book - "GovernMint in India" by T.S.R. Subramanian - a person who can leave you only impressed in all the meetings - he has been a top bureaucrat for India - what I liked in all the meetings is his approach to every thing - he always knew what he wants and somehow always maintained a tracer of activities in his mind.
........."He was chief secretary of UP in the period immediately after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. He rose to the post of Cabinet secretary in Government of India, the highest civil service position in the government, and worked under three prime ministers in this capacity......"
The book is actually his second - the earlier book - Journeys through Babudom and Netaland;
 was a bestseller of sorts. This one is a squeal to the earlier book and covers the state of governance in India.
The book was launched by India's Vice President - M. Hamid Ansari - and I must add here that I was totally impressed by his intellects - this is my fav part of his speech - 
...."This reminds me of what I had read in a book when I was in Iran many years back. A friend had analysed the state of Iran and concluded with a famous Persian couplet: 
Dar ein shab-e-siyaham gum 
gusht raah-e-maqsood Az gosha-e- baroon aayi,
ai kaukab-e-hidayat
(In this dark night the desired path is lost; O guiding star, do emerge from your corner so that I may see the path).".........

Details can be found in this Press Information Bureau (PIB) release of the event
Hoarding of the launch at the West gate for VIPs
From Left to Right - T.S.R. Subramanian (author of the book), His Excellency Sri M. Hamid Ansari (Vice President of India) and Kapish Mehra (Owner of Rupa and Co Publishing) 
With Tej
With Madhavi in center and Tej in right

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Simple Solution for Big Recession!

A friend forwarded it to me....

There was an article in the St. Petersburg Times newspaper last Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix The Economy?"
Here's what one guy wrote back:

Dear Mr.President,

There are about 40 million people over the age of 50 in the work force. Pay each of them $1 million as severance with the following stipulations:

1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.

2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.

3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.

All this and it's still cheaper than the "bailout" !