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Date: 25 FEBRUARY 2019

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Post No. 6121

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Operas and concerts

In Boston, the famous tenor Beniamino Gigli was singing ‘Faust’. The stage of the Boston Opera House was not adequately equipped as that of the Metropolitan. There was a trap door which sank down in order that Mephistopheles might conduct Faust to Hell. As Gigli stepped on this and began to sink, something went wrong and he became struck midway and could not get any further, though he made every effort to squeeze through. In the midst of the predicament which was now clearly evident to all the audience, the voice of a slightly inebriated Irishman roared from the top gallery,

“Thank God. I am safe at last! Hell is full!”



Brahm’s kindness often revealed a finely imaginative quality. During his concert in Hungary with Joachim, the audience one evening consisted of a solitary man. The violinist was all for giving him back his money and closing before the start.

“No, said Brahms, our unique partisan does not deserve such disrespect. Let us go on with the program”. So they began, and soon were enthusiastically playing whatever their fortunate solo audience suggested.



A story is told by Deems Taylor about the first performance in Carnegie Hal of the extremely modernistic Ballet Mechanique, by George Antheil. The composition may be classed as an extreme of extremes; and among unorthodox instruments augmenting the orchestra were ten grand pianos, six xylophones, a player piano, fire alarm siren, an airplane propeller and several automobile klaxons.

The audience, which had been attentive and quiet previously, began to fidget after the start of the music. The general excitement and consternation mounted, until finally, after eight minutes of the composition, a man in one of the front rows raised a white handkerchief tied to his cane. Where upon the entire audience burst into laughter.

Xxxxxx SUBHAM xxxx

I want to hang fifty People! (Post No.5470)

Compiled by London Swaminathan
Date: 25 September 2018


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Post No. 5470


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Dr Samuel Johnson, when paying court to Mrs Porter confessed that his family was not without stain, as he had had an uncle who had been hanged.
Mrs Porter with a woman’s tact, set the good doctor’s mind at rest by assuring him that, although this was not the case with her, she had in her family at least fifty who deserved hanging.

pay court to = Pay flattering attention to someone in order to win favour.

When Madame de Stael published her celebrated novel Delphine, she was supposed to painted herself in the person of the heroine, and Talleyrand in that of an elderly lady, who is one of the principal characters.
They tell me, said he, the first time she met her,
That we are both of us in your novel, in the disguise of women.

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1st Prince of Benevento, then 1st Prince of Talleyrand, was a laicized French bishop, politician, and diplomat. (from Wikipedia)

Engagement Anecdotes

When George IV of England went to meet his future bride, Princess Caroline of Brunswick, he kissed her hand gallantly, and then, suddenly recoiling, he whispered to one of his friends,
For God’s sake , George, give me a glass of brandy.



What Brahms said,
In breaking his engagement to Agathe von Siebold, Brahms wrote to her,
I could not love thee, dear, so much if I did not love my freedom more.


Flirtation Anecdotes


Get that Villain! (I want to shoot him)

Near eighty, Aaron Burr, after he was married to Madame Jumel, engaged in flirting with country girls near the Jumel mansion.

One day the postmaster at what was then the village of Harlem was surprised to see Mrs Burr drive up before the post office in an open carriage. He found her in a violent temper and an enormous horse pistol on each cushion at her side.

What do you wish, Madam? he said.

What do I wish? she cried,
Let me get at that villain Aaron Burr.

Talleyrand once said,
Mme. de Genlis, in order to avoid the scandal of coquetry, always yielded easily.

Xxxx Subham xxx



POMPOUSNESS (I am a V.I.P. attitude) ANECDOTES! (Post No.2998)

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Post No. 2998

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I am an M.P.


A peddler with a hand-cart full of shrimps was ordered out of the way by a member of Parliament, who was trying to park his limousine.

Look out yourself,” said the coster.

Do you realize,” demanded the other that I have an M.P at the end of my name?”

“So ‘as every blarsted shrimp in this ‘ere cart”


Take Two Chairs!


A pompous young man called on Joseph Choate the prominent lawyer and statesman The lawyer was busy and asked the young man to take a chair. But the youth was impatient and again interrupted the lawyer with the remark

“I am Bishop Blank’s son”


“Please take two Chairs” said Mr. Choate.



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Victor Hugo! Who is he?


When Victor Hugo was an aspirant for the honors of the Academy, and called on M. Royer Collard to ask his vote, the sturdy veteran professed an entire ignorance of his name.


I am the author of “Notre Dame de Paris Les derniers Tours d’un Condamne’; “Marion Delorme etc.


“I have never heard of any of them.”


“Will you do me the honor of accepting a copy of my works?’


“I never read new books.”



Oscar Wilde


To Boston is attributed the credit of having retorted to the superciliousness of Oscar Wilde in kind. “You’re Philistines,” Wilde accused his Boston audience, who have invaded the sacred sanctum of Art.”


A voice in the audience called out, “And you’re driving us forth with the jawbone of an ass”


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Brahms Compositions!


Widmann relates that “when the school-masterish music director of a very small Swiss town graciously assured Brahms that he was familiar with every one of his compositions, the Master motioned him with his hand to be still and listen attentively, as the festival orchestra was just then playing something of his own. It was, however, a military march by Gungl. I can still see the good man before me, how with open mouth and reverent contorted eyes he listened to the rather commonplace fanfares, which he now really held to be a Brahms composition while Brahms, in outrageous glee over his successful trick, whispered to the rest of us: Just look at the Basilio. (the hypocritical dupe in Rossini’s “Barber of Seville’)





God Relieved!


A Congressman said to Horace Greeley one day: I am a self-made man.” “That sir,” said Greeley, “relieves the Almighty of a great responsibility.”




Don’t Laugh!


To a young speaker Thomas Corwin, the Congressman, gave this advice:

“Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All the great monuments are built over solemn asses.”




Generosity: Stories and Quotations


Article No. 2000

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Date 17th July 2015

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Aristotle, on being censured for giving alms to a bad man, answered: “I did not give it to the man, I gave it to humanity.”



There is a story about a hero of the Chinese rice-fields. During an earthquake and Tsunami, he saved his community by quick thinking. From his hill-top farm he saw the ocean swiftly withdrawn, like some prodigious animal crouching for leap, and knew the leap would be the huge tidal wave. He also saw that his neighbours working in low fields must be gathered to his hill or swept away. Without a second thought he set fire to his haystacks and furiously rang the temple bell.

His neighbours thought his farm on fire and rushed to help him. Then, from that safe hill they saw the swirl of waters over fields just forsaken – and knew their salvation and its cost. After wards the people of these rice-fields used to go to the temple to worship their neighbour’s spirit while he was alive.



In South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, there are lot of Hero Stones, for those who save the community from wild animals or invading enemies. Each one has his name inscribed on it with his heroic deeds. Some of them have become temples of “Village Gods”.




On his death bed Governor Hogg of Texas (USA) requested that no monument be placed at his grave; but that instead, there be planted, “at my head a pecan tree, and at my feet an old fashioned walnut tree and when these trees shall bear, let the pecans and walnuts given out among the Plains people of Texas, so that they may plant them and make Texas a land of trees.”

His wishes were carried out. The first nuts were saved in 1926 and planted in nursery rows. And the same thing has been done each year. When the saplings are large enough to transplant they are distributed to schools and county boards.




“I am rich enough,” said Alexander Pope to Jonathan Swift, “and can afford to give away a hundred pounds a year. I would not crawl upon the earth without doing good. I will enjoy the pleasure of what I give by giving it alive and seeing another enjoy it. When I die I should be ashamed to have enough for a monument if a wanting friend was above ground.”

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A Tamil Muslim Miracle – posted by me on 2nd December 2013.

One of the anecdotes in Seethakkathi’s life may be compared with Popes anecdote:

During his tour, a poor man met Seethakathi and told him about the difficulty in getting his daughter married for want of money. When Seethakkathi came forward to give him money, the poor man told that he would take the money when the marriage was finalised. After sometimes Seethakathi died suddenly. The poor man came all the way to Keelakkarai to get the money for his daughter’s wedding, without knowing Seethakkathi’s demise. Town people gave him the bad news when he enquired about the whereabouts of Seethakathi.

The poor man felt very sad but yet wanted to pay his respects at his grave. When he went to Seethakkathi’s grave and paid his respects suddenly a hand protruded from below the grave. It was Seethakkathi’s hand and there was a pearl studded gold ring in one of his fingers! The man took it and thanked his philanthropy even after he died. This gave the popular Tamil phrase “Seththum Kodthaan Seethakkathi” meaning Seethakkathi gave even after his death!


Brahms (1)


An English lover of Brahms’ music willed him 1000 pounds (British Currency). When Joachim sent the news to Brahms, he replied:

“One can experience nothing more beautiful, nothing that does one more good, than what you have just told me. That a perfect stranger, who has, as far as I know, never even written me, should remember me thus, touches me most deeply and intimately. Once before I have had the inestimable joy of experiencing the like. All exterior honours are nothing in comparison.

As I do not need to ‘invest’ the money, I am enjoying it in the most agreeable manner, by taking pleasure in its distribution.”




The whole world is one family for the large hearted

-Pancatantra 5-38-7; Hitopadesa 1-71

The generous give and give, and misers cringe and cry!

–Kahavatratnakar, page 124

The selfless shirk not from sacrificing their lives for those in dire need.


Himself without any clothes, the beggar is passionate about giving charity!

—-Kahavatratnakar, Page 140