The Lakh-Ten Lakh-Crore system is confusing enough for those of us who have been taught the Thousand-Hundred Thousand-Million system. We use the Thousand-Hundred Thousand-Million system in our daily routine (work and conversations) and that makes us roll our eyes every time amounts are denoted in Lakh-Ten Lakh-Crore.
NOW… we have Hundred Lakh?? When did Hundred Lakh get added to the South Asian numbering system? This is just making shit up. As if things weren't confusing enough already.
161 Lakh > 16100000 > 16,100,000 (Sixteen Million One Hundred Thousand) > 1,61,00,000 (One Crore Sixty One Lakh).
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a fan of Pranab
Moorakh jee Mukherjee. I think he is an imbecile. I am not a Congress supporter. Furthermore, YES - Routine maintenance and upkeep DOES cost. However, the extravagance in this case is over the top. I do believe that this amount could have been better utilised.
There are comments on the 'news' article and the entire tone is set as if Pranab Mukherjee and members of the Congress took the money and deposited it in their respective Swiss Bank Accounts (do go through the comments and see for yourself).
It is a bit surprising because Belgaum is in Karnataka and Congress is NOT the ruling party in the state. Maintenance of the Circuit House is a function of the State PWD. Further, use of the words 'used just for an hour' in the headline is completely unnecessary and (judging from majority of the comments) misleading.
It may be worth pointing out that the Circuit House wasn't just erected / renovated for the President's one hour stay. The structure will be used for visits by various officials. That's why it is there in the first place. The use may be for official or unofficial purposes - will discuss that at a later time.
I am not suggesting that no one made money when deciding which contractors or suppliers will be enlisted to carry out the renovation. In all likelihood commission / gifts / favours would have been exchanged. Frown upon it as much as you want but that is how things get done (not just in India, btw). My personal views on that will be a topic for another post, some other time.
Charag Hasan Hasrat…
Yaa rab! Gham-e-hijraan mein itna to kiya hota
Jo haath jigar pe hai vo dast-e-duaa hota
Ik ishq ka gham aafat aur uss pe ye dil aafat
Yaa gham na diya hota yaa dil na diya hota
Gairon se kahaa tum ne gairon se suna tum ne
Kuch ham se kahaa hota kuch hum se suna hota
Ummeed to bandh jaati taskeen to ho jaati
Vadaa na vafaa karte vadaa to kiya hota
Nakaam-e-tamannaa dil iss soch mein rahta hai
Yoon hota to kya hota yoon hota to kya hota
As with every Season, my favourite parts are:
Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson) - Excellent addition to the Season.
Louise Greene (Josh Cooke) - Extremely disappointed. This character could have been so much better/stronger.
Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski) - Another good addition. Being easy on the eyes definitely helps. Reminds me a bit of Lila (Jamie Murray) from Season 2. Hannah is definitely better. A sensible strong female character that isn't totally dependent on Dexter. Just one episode - Episode 10 - The Dark… Whatever - where (in my view) the character slipped.
Nadia (Katia Winter) - Simple character included in a few episodes. Serves the purpose and then exits the Season.
Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) - The ugly annoying cunt dies at the end of the Season. Clink.
Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) - Still don't like her. I can't figure out why she has to be such a loser. Depressing confused character.
Labels: TV - Dexter
Seriously, what's the big deal??
There is no shortage of real/actual issues in India. There are plenty of issues/controversies to use against this government and its set of ministers. Making an issue out of this (use of Mr. / Shri) is childish, pointless and ridiculous.
Straighten out your priorities.
Today my Twitter feed went crazy after the shooting incident (Connecticut) was reported. Everyone is 'appalled'.
I am disgusted/disturbed… but my reasons extend beyond the loss of innocent lives.
My reasons are:
These are equally 'appalling' incidents that happened around the same time. Yes, I understand that in the Connecticut incident there were deaths… but is it necessary to wait for something as extreme as DEATH for people to get appalled and feel the need to take corrective/preventive/decisive measures??
It is evident that a lot of effort had been taken to present a balanced/unbiased view. An effort to make a film on a very real issue. Not many film makers manage to get that right. Actually, not sure if many film makers even care about getting that right. Prakash Jha should be appreciated for the effort, at least.
What I did not understand:
What would have made this film EXCELLENT:
Yes, I am aware that VoIP is not a new technology.
BlackBerry's BBM Voice is now out of Beta and available on App World for download. Just tried it out and it works as advertised. Now… if they could have this working over the mobile network as well and not just limited to WiFi…
Vo har maqaam se pahle vo har maqaam ke baad
Sahar thi shaam se pahle sahar hai shaam ke baad
Har inqalaab-e-mubaarak har inqalaab-e-azaab
Shikast-e-jaam se pahle shikast-e-jaam ke baad
Mujh pe itni tavajjo mujh se itna gurez
Mere salaam se pahle mere salaam ke baad
Charaag-e-bazm-e-sitam hain humara haal na poochh
Jale the shaam se pahle bujhe hain shaam ke baad
Ye raat kuchh bhi nahin thi ye raat sab kuchh hai
Tuluu-e-jaam se pahle tuluu-e-jaam ke baad
Vahi zubaan vahi baaten magar hai kitna farq
Tumhaare naam se pahle tumhaare naam ke baad
Hayaat giriyaa-e-shabnam hayaat raqs-e-sharar
Tere payaam se pahle tere payaam ke baad
Ye tarz-e-fiqr ye rang-e-sukhan kahaan 'Qabil'
Tere kalaam se pahle tere kalaam ke baad
The headline suggests that this was supposed to be a gift. Being disappointed is one thing. Approaching the police to register a case (over a gift) is just pathetic. Of course, it would be different if fake gold was intentionally misrepresented as real gold and then SOLD to her. In that event 'feeling cheated' and approaching the police would make sense.
the shameless greedy money hungry gold digging bitch Fathima believe that she is owed the gold in the first place??? Suppose she received a fake LV bag from someone as a wedding gift. Is she going to sue the relative and "expect" a real LV bag?!?
A gift of fake gold sovereigns can be frowned upon - for sure. But someone needs to tell
the bitch Fathima that the world does NOT owe her a living. She can not legally force her father to give her a gift that she "expects".
Labels: Simply Pathetic
Observation - There is an extremely liberal use of commas in this book. Annoying.
Finally… the ship wreck. :)
I don't have a problem reading about human mutilation or watching Tarantino flicks laced with blood/gore/amputation/dismemberment - That's all fine. BUT, wild animals maiming / feasting on other animals is just horrid / disgusting (for me).
To cope with a hyena seemed remotely possible - WTF?! (not the first WTF moment in the book, but just felt like highlighting this one).
The only reason I didn’t stand up and beat it off the lifeboat with a stick was lack of strength and stick, not lack of heart - Ahem… Sure! Whatever helps you sleep at night.
My feelings can perhaps be imagined, but they can hardly be described - Then STOP describing it and lets move on to the talking tiger!!
A masala dosa with a coconut chutney-hmmmmm! Even better: oothappam! HMMMMM! Oh! I brought my hands to my mouth-IDLI! - Bloody irritating Madrasi. Could we please move on with the tiger?
10 or so orange life jackets, each with an orange, beadless whistle attached by a string - Why was it difficult to get the exact number of life jackets? You bothered to count everything else, why couldn't you count the exact number of life jackets? I think it's a fair enough question, given that the list includes 1 solid lifebuoy with an inner diameter of 40 centimetres and an outer diameter of 80 centimetres, and an attached rope AND 1 notebook with 98 lined pages.
Perhaps the life jackets were too close to Richard Parker. But didn't you count them later or was this the time when basic arithmetic failed you? OR did you feel THIS was irrelevant to your detailed account of events (rolls eyes)?
all the while cursing my stupidity - Trust me, laddie - you aren't the only one cursing your stupidity.
At the sight, in shock and surprise, my legs gave way beneath me and I practically fell into the locker - Hang on! So… you were fine with the hyena and the tiger but your legs gave way when you saw a rat?!
Your stupidity shines even more brightly in your stupid plans. Why would you want to finish him off with the sewing needles? That knife between your teeth is not for you to floss with. From your inventory list: 1 large hunting knife with a solid handle, a pointed end and one edge a sharp blade and the other a saw toothed blade. Definitely a better option than sewing needles, don't you think?
Ok… I have had enough of this bullshit. Just scanned through (advantages of an ebook) and the tiger doesn't speak until Page 109 - 110 or such (the book is only 146 pages). I have put up with 88 pages of absolute nonsense to find out that the tiger chat will last for only 37 pages (at best) interrupted by ramblings of the crazy boy.
Right now, I don't care if the bloody tiger is going to recite Ghalib!
Not wasting anymore time on this. Will go home and re-read Wilbur Smith.
Started off with the book. First 10 pages (or so)… not happening. Three-toed sloth, swimming pools, comparing natural surrounding to a zoo… I don't get it.
Wondering what is the point of this book? But then it's only been 24 pages. Feels like a lot more.
45 pages later… I can't understand how this crap managed to get published in the first place.
Will read the rest tomorrow (yes, I am extremely curious).
Labels: Simply Pathetic