Age Anecdotes (Post No. 3549)

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Date: 16 January 2017


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Fabia Dollabella saying she was thirty years of age.
Cicero answered:”it must be true, for I have heard it these twenty years.



92 year old man after a young girl!

When Oliver Wendel Holmes was still on the Supreme Court bench, he and Justice Brandeis took walk every afternoon. On one of the occasion s, Holmes, then 92, paused to gaze in Frank admiration at a beautiful young girl who passed them. He even turned to look at her as she continued down the street. Then, turning to Brandeis, he sighed, “Oh! what I wouldn’t give to be 70 again!


A farmer called out to Colonel Thomas Hart Benton and inquired to know his age. The Colonel replied, “According to the calendar my age is seventy four, but when anything is to be done I am thirty five years old, sir”.



Bernard Shaw on Youth!

Youth, said Bernard Shaw , ” is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children “.


I do not approve of shadows in painting “, said Queen Elizabeth to Daniel Meyers. ” You must strike off my likeness without shadows.

The queen was near sixty when she said this and the shadows, as she charitably called them were wrinkles big enough to have had a straw in them.


I am 38, only my Mum is 41!

Stirred by the patriotic fervour that swept over the country, an Irish man of 41 tried to enlist in
the army. Although the recruiting sergeant saw that this man would make a good soldier, he could not accept any man over 38.

“Listen, fella”, said the sergeant, ” are you sure of your age? Suppose y ou go home and think it over, and then come back tomorrow.”

Next day the Irish man returned.
“Well,how old are you now? Asked the sergeant.
“I was wrong yesterday “,said the hopeful recruit. ” Sure , I am 38. It’s e old mother who is 41″.


Ex President of USA

In his e extreme old age John Quincy Adams was slowly and feebly walking down a street in Boston. An old friend accosted him and shaking his trembling hand asked, ” and how is john Quincy Adams today?

“Thank you “, said the ex-president, ” John Quincy Adams is well, quite well, I thank you. But the house in which he lives at present is becoming quite dilapidated. It is tottering upon its foundations. Time and the season s have nearly destroyed it. Its roof is pretty well worn out . Its walls are much shattered, and it tremble s with every wind. The old tenement is almost uninhabitable, and I think John Quincy Adams will have to move out of. It soon. But he himself is quite well, quite well “.



Business is Business!(Post No.3545)

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Date: 15 January 2017


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Business is Business and How to win the game

by S. Nagarajan


The nature of the world is to find fault with everybody. You have to bear these comments and you have to sail smooth against the rough waves.

Be it a manager, or a CEO, or a club president, nobody could satisfy all.


If he begins on time,                        He is a tyrant

If he waits for late-comers               He is too tolerant

If he requires constant attention       He is a despot

If he does not care                            He makes himself foolish

If he assumes the spokesman’ role   He becomes a bore

If he yields                                        He becomes unnecessary

If he calls for silence                         it is an abuse of power

If he permits disorder                        He falls in authority

If he is firm                                        He takes himself too seriously

If he is good-natured                          He does not maintain his rank

If he expounds his own ideas             People are perforce against him

If he asks for a choice                        He is irresolute

If he is dynamic                                 He is worked up

If he remains cautious                       He is inefficient

If he does everything on his own      He is conceited

If he delegates                                   He is lazy

If he is attentive to the ladies            He is obsequious

If he is not                                         He is a snob!!!


I.P.Guillon, Rotary Club of Marmande, France has written the above  under the caption The Club President  in French.. This has been translated in English by Wallace Flint, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, U.S.A  The Rotary Club magazine ‘The Rotarian’ has published it in its July 1982 issue.


Well, let us formulate and plan our own good principles and action plan to achieve our goal.


What is business? There is an internet joke as to how one should win the game of business.


Father:  I want you to marry a girl of my choice

Son   : I will choose my own bride

Father: But the girl is Bill Gates’ daughter

Son    : Well in that case…. OK


Next father approaches Bill Gates.


Father: I have a husband for your daughter

Bill Gates : But my daughter is too young to marry!

Father: But this young man is a vice – president of World Bank

Bill Gates: Ah! In that  case… Ok



Finally father goes to see the president of the World Bank.

Father : I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president

President : But I already have more vice-presidents than I need!

Father : But this young man is Bill Gates’s son-in-law.

President : Ah! In that case… OK




This is how good business is done.


Manipulate intelligently supply and demand and win the game without harming anybody but to the satisfaction of all concerned.

Keep the secret in your heart and start playing.






Poet Byron’s obsession with Body Weight (Post No.3532)

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Taft and Byron Fatness Anecdotes

W H Taft, 27th President of US, always relished humour at his own expense. He liked to tell of a small boy who had had a habit of biting his nails. His nursemaid, seeking to frighten him out of it, told him that if he did not stop he would swell up like a balloon. Considerably impressed, the boy desisted from that habit.


A few days thereafter Taft appeared at his home for a luncheon. Marching straight up to the President, the boy accused, ” You bite your nails”.




Lord Byron (1788-1824)

According to his friend Trelawney, Byron’s terror of getting fat was so great that he reduced his diet to the point of absolute starvation. When he added to his weight, even ‘ standing was painful, so he resolved to keep down to eleven stone, or shoot himself. He said everything he swallowed was instantly converted into tallow and deposited on his ribs. He was the only human being I ever met with who had sufficient self -restraint, and resolution to resist his proneness to fatten.


As he was always hungry, his merit was the greater. Occasionally he relaxed his vigilance, when he swelled space. I remember one of his old friends saying Byron how well you are looking! If he had stopped there it had been well, but he added, “you are getting fat”, Byron’s brow reddened, and his eyes flashed,” Do you call getting fat looking well, as if I were a hog?” and turning on to me he muttered, “The beast, I can hardly keep my hands off him”. I don’t think he had much appetite for his dinner that day, or for many days, and he never forgave the man. He would exist on biscuits and soda water for many days together, the, to allay the eternal hunger gnawing at his vitals, he would make up a horrid mess of cold potatoes, rice, fish or greens, deluged in vinegar, and gobble it like a famished dog. Either of these unsavoury dishes, with a biscuit and glass or two of Rhine wine, he cared not how sour, he called feasting sumptuously.


Upon my observing he might as well have fresh fish and vegetables instead of stale, he laughed and answered: I have an advantage over you , I have no palate; one thing is as good as another to me .





Spiritual Message though a Village Woman (Post No.3529)


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Date: 9 January 2017


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Hindu saints are great writers. They propagate great ideals through simple similes or imageries. When those examples are seen in our day to day life, it goes straight in to our head and heart. Ramakrishna Paramahmasa was one who propagated the highest ideals in Hindu literature through parables, pithy sayings and similes. It is a strange coincidence that a Tamil saint who lived approximately 1000 years before Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa also used the same simile.


An ascetic or a Yogi is like a water carrying village woman. She fetches water from a faraway well or tank in five or six metal pots piled up one over the other on her head. Juts to avoid the boredom, she gossips with other women watch fun on her way, but always remember the water pots on her head. An ascetic or Yogi also does everything like an ordinary man but always remember God. Though the women artistes in the Circus, Folk dance and Acrobats also do such things they are trained for it. But a village woman is just an ordinary person bt with extraordinary talent in carrying and balancing the water pots.


I have given below the sayings of Paramahamsa and Pattinathar; I have already written about Pattinathar. Please read my post: “Eyeless Needle changed the Life of a Millionaire”- posted on 2nd January 2017.


Pattinathar Verse:-

What though  they do, what though they undergo,

The liberated are ever poised in Silence.

With easy skill she  sports a gait

Flourishing her hands Twain.

Yet the house maid has an eye on the water pot

She carries on her head – Pattinathar Poem



Ramakrishna Sayings: –

As a boy holding to a post or pillar whirls about it with headlong speed without any fear of falling, so perform your worldly duties   fixing your hold firmly on god ,and you will be free from danger.


As the village maidens in India carry four or five pots of water placed one over the other upon their heads, talking all the way with one another about their joys and sorrows, and yet do not allow a single drop of water to spill, so must the traveller in the path of virtue walk along his route. In whatever circumstances, he may be placed, let him always take heed that his heart does not swerve from the true path.


The magnetic needle always s to the North, and hence it is that the sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.







Who are the Despicable Five? What are the Five Things to be Avoided? (Post No.3517)

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Five Despicable People

anyavaadii =who gives wrong answer

kriyaa dvesii = who hates to work

nopasthaataa = who is not present

niruttara = who does not answer

aahuta prapalaayii = who runs away after being called


anyavaadii kriyaa dvesii nopasthaataa niruttara:

aahuta prapalaayii ca hiina: panchavidhasmrta:

Naradasmrti: 2-33



Five Things to avoid during Twilight (Sandhyaakaala)

aahaara = food

maithuna = copulation

nidraa = sleep

sampaatha = studying scriptures

adhvani gati = travel


aahaaram maithunam nidraam sampaatham gatimadhvani

etaani pancha karmaani sandhyaayaam varjayet budhah



Five Witnesses

likhitah = written document

smaaritah = narrated/ recounted

yadrcchaabhijna = unexpected and unobstructed intruder

guudhah = spy

Uttara saakssii = listener of witness’s statements


likhitah smaaritas caiva yadrcchaabhijna eva ca

guudhah Uttara saakssii ca saakshii panchavidha krtah

Naradasmrti: 1-27



Five that belongs to Everyone (universal)

vaapi = lake

kuupa = well

tadaaka = tank

devaalaya = temple

kujanmaa = tree

vaapikuupatadaagaanaam devaalayakujanmanaam

utsargaatparatah svaamyamapi kartum na sakyate

–Panchatantra 3-92




Five to be Remembered:

(from my previous post)

You must always remember the following Five:-

Janani – Mother

Janmadaataa- Father

Vidyaadaataa – Teacher

Raastra – Motherland

Dharmopadestaa – Teacher of Dharma


Janani Janmadata ca suvidyam pradadati yah

Raastram Dharmopadestaa ca pancakam santatam smaret



8 Auspicious Things, 16 Gifts and 32 Charitable Acts! (Post No.3505)

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Date: 1 January 2017


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Ancient Hindu poets have composed poems to remember important things in life. Uvamana Sangraham is a book that contains good verses giving details of Eight Auspicious Symbols, Sixteen Good Fortunes or God Given Gifts in life and 32 Charitable Acts.

According to it, the Eight Auspicious (Ashta Mangla) symbols are:

1.Fly whisk 2.Purna Kumbha/Pot 3.Mirror 4Ankusam/Goad 5. Drum 6.Flag 7. Two Fishes 8.Lamp

Eight Precious Things (Aiswarya) are

1.Good Relatives 2.Good Government 3.Good Children 4.Gold 5. Clothing 6.Servants 7. Grains (food items) 8. Vehicles for Transport


16 God Given Gifts

1.Strength 2. Youthfulness 3.Good Children 4.Good Health 5. Long Life span 6. Lands 7. Woman/wife 8. Gold 9. Intelligence 10. Enthusiasm 11. Education 12. Victory 13. Fame 14. Respect 15. Grains/Food Items 16. Beauty


32 Charitable Acts

Provision of 1.Washerman 2.Barber 3.Ear Ornament 4.Mutts 5.Public Gardens 6.Public Tanks 7.Lime 8. Cremating bodies of Orphans 9. Fodder for Cows 10. Medicine for Eye sight 11. Water Provision by erecting Pandals/Thatched Sheds 12.Oil for head 13.Rescuing people from Danger 14. Milk for Children 15. Giving birth to children 16. Raising them 17. Setting Orphanage 18.Food for learners/students 19.Food for all animals 20. Medicine for the sick 21. Providing Bulls for breeding 22. Serving food in Prisons 23.Solving the difficulties of People/Community Service 24. Help for Marriage 25. Food for mendicants 26. Provision of Snacks 27. Help for clothing 28. Provision of women 29. Shelter for the Poor 30.Giving to Beggars 31. Water Drinking Places for cows 32.Provision of Mirrors




31 Beautiful Quotes on Omkara (Aum)—Post No. 3499


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January 2017 Good Thoughts Calendar

8- Vaikunda Ekadasi, 13-Bogi Festival, 14-Pongal/Makarasankranti, 15-Mattu Pongal, 17- Tiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana, 26-Republic Day 27- Thai Amavasya.

Ekadasi- 8, 23; New moon day- 27; Full moon day- 12.


Om or Aum is also known as Pranava, Eka Akshara and Udgita


1 January Sunday

I am the syllable Aum in all the Vedas- Bhagavad Gita 7-8

2 January Monday

He who utters the single syllable Aum which is Brahman, remembering Me, as he departs, giving up his body, he goes to the highest goal Bhagavad Gita 8-13

3 January Tuesday

I am the syllable Aum and I am the Rik, the Sama and the Yajus as well –Bhagavad Gita 9-17

4 January Wednesday

Aum stands for the inexpressible Absolute – Dr Radhakrishnan

5 January Thursday

Truly seeing Thy golden feet this day, I have gained release.

O Truth! as the Omkaram dwelling in my soul—- Manaikkavasakar in Tiruvasakam 1 (Tamil)

Showed me the way to escape; and taught the meaning of the mystic OM

—- Manaikkavasakar in Tiruvasakam 51 (Tamil)



6 January Friday

The sacred syllable Aum is verily the lower Brahman and it is also said to be the Higher Brahman. Aum is without beginning, unique, without anything external to it, unrelated to any effect and imperishable- Gaudapada.


7 January Saturday

If we worship Aum as Isvara, we pass beyond grief; Know Om to be Iswara, ever present in the hearts of all. The wise man realising Aum as all pervading does not grieve- Gaudapada.

8 January Sunday

Firstly there was an unexcelled king among kings, namely Vaivasvat-Manu, an estimable one for all sensible people, like the unexcelled mystic syllable Om for Veda-s. [Raghuvamsa 1-11]


9 January Monday

Vedic Recitation begins with Aum and ends with Hari: Aum or Om Tat Sat.

10 January Tuesday

In making a sound we use the larynx and the palate as a sounding board. Is there any material sound of which all other sounds must be manifestations, one which is the most natural sound? Om (Aum) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate. M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by the closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Om, represents the whole phenomena of sound-producing. As such, it must be the natural symbol, the matrix of all the various sounds. It denotes the whole range and possibility of all the words that can be made- Swami Vivekananda

11 January Wednesday


The word OM has been retained at every stage of religious growth in India and it has been manipulated to mean all the various ideas about God. Monists, dualists, mono-dualists, separatists, and even atheists took up this Om. Om has become the one symbol for the religious aspiration of that vast majority of human beings. Take, for instance, the English word God. It covers only a limited function, and if you go beyond it, you have to add adjectives, to make it Personal, or Impersonal, or Absolute God. So with the words for God in every other language their signification is very small. This word Om however, has around it all the various significances– Swami Vivekananda



12 January Thursday


Aum or Om or Pranava or Eka Akshara is found in the scriptures of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.



13 January Friday


When someone correctly enunciated the syllableOM according to the rules, the lore that he had previously rehearsed came back to him.- Vana Parva, The Mahabharata


14 January Saturday

The Panchbhutas (five elements) came from the Omkara; all the movable and immovable things came from it; Om has the three types of living beings; and Om is not only Pranava but also the Symbol of Shiva – Tirumanthiram


15 January Sunday


Since the two words Om and Atha came from the mouth of Brahma, bot are considered auspicious (Sanskrit works begin either wwith Om or Atha)—Patanjala darsanam.


16 January Monday


The great hail it ever as OM,

it smashes karma and quells evil;

it wipes out embodiment and ushers weal

Nor name nor form is it endowed with

And is beyond the pale of mind and buddhi.

It is of the shape of all things existent;

It is, aye, Wisdom, pure and unalloyed

Whose nature is Bliss absolute – Tamil Poet Bharati


17 January Tuesday


Devas chanted: OM OM OM

Heaven rumbled its Amen

The earth did quake; a blizzard

Smote the sky with a storm of dust.

The elements of five then attested;

It is Dharma who is the Lord of the Earth

Our mission stands fulfilled

May this world four fold be in bliss immersed. Bharati


18 January Wednesday


OM, the imperishable sound

is the seed of all that exists

The past, the present,  the future,

all are but the unfolding of Om

And whatever transcends the three realms of Time

that indeed is the flowering of OM

–Mandukya Upanishad.

19 January Thursday


The pure Self and Om are as one;

and the different quarters of the self

correspond to om and its sounds A U M

–Mandukya Upanishad.


20 January Friday


Experience of the inner world corresponds to A, the first sound

This initiates the action and achievement.

Whoever awakens to this acts in freedom and achieve success

–Mandukya Upanishad.

21 January Saturday


Experience of the inner world corresponds to U,

the second sound

This initiates upholding and unification

Whoever awakens to this upholds the tradition

of knowledge and unifies the diversities of life

Everything that comes along speaks to him of Brahman

–Mandukya Upanishad.


22 January Sunday



The state of dreamless sleep corresponds to M,

the third sound.

This initiates measurement and merging.

Whoever awakens to this merges with the word

and has the measure of all things.

–Mandukya Upanishad.


23 January Monday


The pure Self alone,

that which is indivisible,

which cannot be described,

the supreme good,

the one without a second,

That corresponds to the wholeness of OM.

Whoever awakens to that becomes the Self

–Mandukya Upanishad.


24 January Tuesday

By sound alone is the non-sound revealed. Now here the sound is Aum. Moving upward along it one rises to the non-sound. So this is the way, this is immortality, this is the total union and peace. Just as the spider moving upward by the thread reaches unbound space, certainly the meditator moving upward by the syllable Aum reaches the self-sufficiency

– Maitryopanishad VI-22


25 January Wednesday
OM is a word of solemn invocation, affirmation, benediction and consent. The word is used at the commencement of prayers and religious ceremonies, and is generally placed at the beginning of  books —-Dictionary of Hinduism


26 January Thursday


OM is a compound of three letters A U M, which are typical of the three Vedas; and is declared in the Upanishads,  to have a mystic power and to be worthy of the deepest meditation. In later times the monosyllable represents the Hindu triad or union of the three gods, A being Vishnu, U Shiva and M Brahma. This monosyllable is called Udgitha- Dictionary of Hinduism

27 January Friday


Image of Ganesh looks like OM: parAdicatvArivAgAtmakaM – who is the embodiment (AtmakM) of the four  levels (catvAri) of speeches (vAg) commencing with  parA (parAdi) , namely parA, pashyanI, madhyamA, and vaikharI

praNavasvarUpavakratuNDaM – who has a curved (vakra) trunk (tuNDaM) in the shape of (svarUpa) the sacred mystic syllable “Om” (praNava) – Muthuswamy Dikshitar

28 January Saturday

In every piece of music there are three aspects, namely (1) the meaning of the song; (2) the laws of music, and (3) the sound of the song. Similarly, on OM there are three aspects. The first is the mere sound, the mere mantra as pronounced by the mouth; the second is the meaning of the syllable, which is to be realized through feeling; and the third is the application of OM to your character, singing it in your acts, and so through your life— Chinmayananda


29 January Sunday

No sound is beyond the ken of Om; all sounds are permutations and products of Om. Brahmam too is Om, identified by It and with It. The Brahmam, which is beyond Vision, is manifest for the vision as Atma. —Sathya Sai Baba

30 January Monday

Subrahmanya taught the meaning of OM to the sage Agastya and Lord Shiva and so Subrahmanya is called Swami Nathan.

31 January Tuesday

I want to soak myself in the Omkara and remain motionless like a picture, Grant me it _ Arunagirinatha’s Tiruppugaz





Eastern and Western View of Women (Post No. 3486)

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Date: 26 December 2016


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There is good and bad said about women in all the literatures of the world. To take one quotation out of context and interpret it as the author’s view about women is wrong. There are lots of praise for women in the Vedic mantras  (Marriage Hymns); in the Upanishads they are shown as spiritually inclined; in the Hindu epics Draupadi, Savitri, Sita and others are shown as intelligent women. When it came to Kaikeyi, Tadaka and Surphanakha we see diametrically opposite views. It is same in Tamil literature as well. When the poets sing about young women they praise their beauty. When the same women are shown as concubines or harlots they are condemned. As Mothers, they command the highest respect in Hindu literature, which is not seen in any other ancient literature. If we consider the Vedic age they command more praise and respect than any other period (Please see my earlier posts on Manu and others on women)



The lock is opened by the hand

And good mind by the intellect;

It is tune that opens he song

And women the home of delight–Tamil Poet Bharati


It is mother’s milk that gives us strength

While the wife’s kind words reap our harvest of fame

As women’s blessedness blasts all evil,

let us rejoice with linked hands.

Blow the conch! Dance in joy!

For woman is sweeter than life itself.

She the protectress of life, and creatrix too;

She is the life of our life, and the soul of sweetness


We will grow lofty by dint of merit;

we will rub off the old stigmas;

if men take us fully as their equals Attributing nought of defects to us

We will join them and labour in the fight

To win back our nation and retrieve –Tamil Poet Bharati


Gone are the days who said to woman: Thou shall not

Open the Book of Knowledge

And the strange ones who boasted saying:

We will immure these women in our homes

Today they hang down their heads–Tamil Poet Bharati


Thou to me the flowing Light

And I to thee the discerning sight

Honeyed blossom thou to me

Bee enchanted I to thee

O Heavenly Lamp with shining ray

P Krishna, love, O nectar-sparay

With faltering tongue and words that pant

Thy glories here I strive to chant

–Tamil Poet Bharati




O woman, woman, when to ill thy mind

Is bent all hell contains no fouler fiend – The Odyssey, XI


For since of womankind so few are just

Think all are false, nor even the faithful trust– The Odyssey XI



The time for trusting women’s gone forever!- The Odyssey XI

A man shall walk behind a lion rather than behind a woman- Babylonian Talmud

And I find more bitter than death the women, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands – Ecclesiastes XXV-19


Women are the gate of hell – St Jerome

Nothing is  worse than a woman, even a good one – Menander

Women have no souls – Lewis Wager





Down from the waist they are Centaurs

Though women all above;

But to the girdle do the gods inherit

Beneath is all the fiends

There is hell, there is darkness, there is sulphrous pit

Burning, scalding, stench, consumption;

Fie, fie, puh, pah

Give me an ounce of civet, good Apothecary,

to sweeten my imagination there is money for thee

-King Lear Act 4, Scene 6


age cannot wither her, nor custom stale

Her infinite variety; other women cloy

The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry

Where most she satisfies; for vilest things

Become themselves in her, that the holy priests

Bless her when she is riggish

–Antony and Cleopatra Act 2, Scene 2



O peafowl like woman adorned with garlands

Of bourgeoning flowers, the one that just now

Quested for you, had gone away; compose yourself.

If you earn for me I will kick you on your hips

And if I think of you, you kick me – Pattinathar, Tamil saint





For, a woman who has sold her soul for love, reveals the changed attitude (towards her husband), due to the orgy of the demon of unchastity -Rajatarangini 3-501

O these wretched women, pursuers of physical love, barren of thought, by whom men are soon hurled downward-Rajatarangini 3-513

Women being quick-witted analyse, at the same time while they are lamenting, their altered position and sons even while they are by the side of the funeral pyre discuss the material and moral condition-Rajatarangini 7-734


Thou to me the Harp of Gold

And I do thee the finger bold;

Necklace shining thou to me

New-set diamond I to thee;

O mighty queen with splendour rife

O Krishna, Love, O well of life

Thine eyes do shed their light on all

Wherever turn, their beams do fall

–Tamil Poet Bharati

Bharati’s poems are translated by several scholars and published by Tamil University, Thanjavur










Churchill’s Moustache! More Rough and Ready Anecdotes (Post No. 3472)

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Date: 22 December 2016


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Did you call me X Y Z?
Chief Justice Marshall of the US Supreme Court related that Governor Giles of Virginia once addressed a note to Patrick Henry
“Sir, I understand that you have called me a “Bobtail politician “. I wish to know if it be true and, if true, your meaning” – W M Giles

Patrick Henry replied
“Sir, I do not recollect calling you a Bobtail politician at any time but think it probable I have. Not recollecting the time of the occasion, I can’t say what I did mean; but if you will tell me what you think I meant, I will say whether you are correct or not”.
Very Respectfully,
Patrick Henry



Winston Churchill’s Moustache!

At that stage in his political career at which Winston Churchill switched over from the Conservative to the Liberal side of the house , many of his erstwhile adherents were sorely offended. A snappish young lady once told him playfully, “There are two things I don’t like about you, Mr Churchill.
“Yes”, he inquired.

“Your new politics and your new moustache”.
“My dear Madam, said Churchill coldly, you are not likely to come into much contact with either”.


Shooting just for the Motion!

At Kentucky (USA) political meeting a certain participant in the debate was shot by the several of the others at the meeting. The event occurred on the open floor and created a considerable stir in the community .

A Northerner, who was in the town, asked an
acquaintance who had been present, why the shooting had occurred.
“He made a motion that was Out of order”, explained the Kentuckian.
Horrified at this excess of parliamentarianism ,
“You mean to tell me that they shot a man in cold blood on the floor of the meeting just for making a motion that was out of order!”
“Well, drawled his informant, the motion was toward his hip pocket ”


Rudeness Anecdotes (Post No.3469)

Compiled by London swaminathan


Date: 21 December 2016


Time uploaded in London:- 18-14


Post No.3469



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The would -be wit found himself quietly put down several pegs when, at the dinner table, he held up his fork with a piece of meat upon it and asked his hostess,
“Is this pig?”
“To which end of the fork do you refer ?”, asked one of his fellow guests.

I can’t remember your name
At a recent gathering of Hamilton college alumni, Alexander Woollcott was interrupted in the telling of a story by a former classmate, who said, “Hello Alex! You remember me, don’t you?”

Mr Woollcott shook his head,
“I can’t remember your name, but don’t tell me……” He then went on with his story.


Real Pearls and False Teeth!

At a stuffy English garden party, Beatrice Lilly, Lady Peel, wearing the Peel pearls, was approached by a lady of lineage who said maliciously,
“What lovely pearls, Beatrice, are they genuine?”
Miss Lillie nodded,
“Of course you can always tell by biting them” , she said.
“Here, let me see.”
“Gladly, said Lady Peel, preferring her jewels, but remember Duchess, you can’t tell real pearls with false teeth”.


“I simply can’t bear fools”.

One of Dorothy Parker’s more telling retorts was in answer to the snobbish young man who had been discoursing at some length at a party and had finally observed,
“I simply can’t bear fools”.
“How odd, was Miss Parker’s reply.
“Apparently your mother could”.


For deadly comments on deadly occasions Beatrice Lillie deserves some accolade.
“Don’t think it has been charming”, she said to her hostess when leaving a party, “because it has not” .


Polished Brass!
Robert Hall being unsuccessful in securing the hand of a Miss Steel, while smarting under his disappointment, took tea with a company of ladies, one of whom, the lady of the house, said, in bad taste ,
“You are dull, Mr Hall, and we have no polished steel to brighten you”.
“O, madam, replied Hall, that is of no consequence; you have plenty of polished brass”.


I never forget a Face, but……
A celebrity hound approached Groucho Marx at a party.
“You remember me, Mr Marx. We met at the Glynthwaites some months ago”.
“I never forget a face”, Groucho replied, “but I will make an exception in your case”.

Against the charge of malice, Samuel Rogers defended himself thus:
“They tell me I say ill- natured things. I have a very weak voice; if I didn’t say ill- natured things no would hear what I said”.

When one of the town’s most important movie producers had his secretary call the late john Barrymore to invite him to a party, Barrymore politely murmured  into the telephone,
“I have a previous engagement which I shall make as soon as possible”.



I am Herman Goering!

Herman Goering accompanied the Fuehrer on one of his visits to Rome. On the crowded railway platform filled with dignitaries and troops, the massive Marshal roughly jostled past an Italian gentleman of aristocratic bearing, who turned and haughtily demanded an apology. Fiercely the Marshal turned upon him and snapped,
“I am Herman Goering”. The Italian bowed and replied,
“As an excuse that is not enough, but as an explanation it is ample”.