Four Stray Thoughts : October 3, 2010

Here are my Four Stray Thoughts for October 3, 2010:

The return of the Samosa

An interesting piece of news said that Samosas are back in Mumbai theatres after 3 days. This is due to the death of one of the main suppliers of samosas to the theatres. May his soul rest in peace. The interesting statistics to me is to see the number of samosas that are reported to be eaten in India Mumbai, only in theatres. One can only imagine, how many of them are eaten in our city and then extrapolate it to our country and the world. Amazing. I would prefer interesting numbers like this rather than the financial projections given by analysts, who are often wrong.

Let the games begin

The Commonwealth Games have been the center of attention the last couple of months in India. From allegations of widespread corruption, money laundering, favoritism, delay in preparations, bridge collapses to what not. It looked like with the presence of snakes and other animals in the village, India had managed to create the first realistic games village for any sports event. As with everything Indian, things will work out fine in the end and life will go on. And when they are over, I hope we return back to real issues that we need to address in our beloved country.

Heat and Water

I am fairly convinced that our Geography text books need to make drastic changes in their content. No, I am not talking about the World going flat and turning the whole concept of a round world on its head. I am talking about the seasons in a year. We are taught that there are 4 seasons: Summer, Rain, Autumn and Winter. Really? At least, where I stay there seem to be only two since the last few year. And even their names need to change. The two seasons that are left with us now are “Heat” and “Water”. From the sky, only 2 things seem to be pouring : “Lots of water” and “Lots of sun”. If the educationists still want to stick to 4 seasons, I suggest the following : Water, Hot, Hotter and Hottest.

The curious case of Dry Days

The other day at night, I had to buy some stuff and went out. There seemed to be a mob of people and utter chaos on a street corner. I am not brave enough to go near any congregation of people at night, especially without reason. And I was right. The crowd, though peaceful in nature, was getting anxious to get their stock of liquor from the only liquor store in my area. But why the hurry, at 9:00 PM in the night? Well, whenever the government anticipates any trouble, they want to catch the trouble makers by surprise by declaring a dry day. A dry day is when all liquor shops and hotels (serving liquor) are mandated to keep themselves shut. So what the people were doing were lining up in numbers to get their liquor quota for the next 1-2 days. I fail to see the reason but I look at the lighter side. The government laughs their way to extra sales tax on liquor, the store owners laugh more seeing the thirsty consumers lining up at their door and the drinkers after they have consumed enough to send them tipsy, laugh louder for having beat the system. Hic Hic Hurray!

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