More Evidence…

coming in of verbal abuse of men, close on the heels of yesterday’s post on the subject. This time the perpetrator is none other than the heart-throb of yester years, Madhuri Dixit!



@MadhuriDixit ‘Ma’am, however he may be, he’s still your husband! Pls don’t use such words for him. Thanks.’



That’s Not The Whole Story!

On 19th November observed as International Men’s Day, the following data appeared on violence against men:

Int Mens Day 1

That’s not the whole story. Who is to blame – you be the judge – if they invite it on themselves like this guy has it coming to him:

Int Mens Day 2








Too Clever By Half (डेढ होशियारी)!

The passenger train was ready to leave Indore for Bhilwara. It was 10-00 on a Friday night.

When Hoshiyar Singh Aadhi entered the compartment (railway coach) he found it so crowded there was no place to stand even.

Rail Quora

He was known in his circles for his ‘innovative’ approach in difficult situations.

‘Snake, snake, a black snake there, man, pull your feet away else…it’s right near that suitcase now…,’ Aadhi raised an alarm, swirling and pointing now here now there.

In no time passengers fled in panic like from a house on fire, carrying their bags and baggage.

Aadhi quickly climbed up to a vacant berth at the top, spread his sheet and made himself comfortable with feet stretched out. It had been a long day at work for him. Weary to the bones, he fell asleep immediately.

It was early morning when Aadhi woke up to the call of ‘chai, chai’. He looked around, smiled to himself finding he still had the whole compartment to himself.

The train had halted at some station. Getting down quickly, he called the chaiwala (tea vendor) rushing past him outside on the platform.

‘Are Bhai, kahan thak pahunch gaye hum?, Kaunsi station hai yeh’ (Where have we reached, hey brother? Which station is this?’)

‘Dekh lo, saheb, Indore hai, Indore.’ (‘Look for yourself, sir, it’s Indore.’)



‘Haan, saheb, ab utar jao. Yeh dibba kahin nahin jayega,. Isko yahin kaat diya gaya. Kal raat ko isme jo saap gusgayi thee na.’ (Yes, sir, get down now. This compartment is going nowhere. It has been disconnected right here. Yesterday a snake had got in, you know.’





Source:, images from Quora and IRFCA

Not A Drop Spilled

This Is The ‘Hole’ Story…

And it comes from an authority no less than the Smithsonian. While reading an an article on an intriguing question – it was never a question in my head until now – of why fish don’t swim upside down, I stumbled on this factoid that may be at the root of, well, many things from etymology of ‘a**hole’ to …!


For those of you who must know why fish don’t swim upside down:

The leading explanation is that fish began life right side up, evolutionarily speaking, and so most never had a reason to change. “Just between us, yeah, they never bothered,” says Milton Love, a semi-retired marine zoologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Don’t you wish more of science had such answers!





The Magic Of Music

Am not an avid follower of Tamizh film music (for that matter, any film music) – a very far cry from the days we bunked classes to listen to Shankar Jaikishen and Vishwanathan-Rammoorthy (and their contemporaries)!. However, these days I do turn on the music channel to relieve the boredom of morning workout. Most of the fare dished out don’t appeal, quantity pushing out quality. The visuals – flinging of limbs not knowing what do with them, contortion of torsos, inelegant dresses – are not engaging, to be kind.

But now and then there comes a piece that makes you sit up. So is this one, quite hum-ably melodious (not the foot-tapping kind); the picturization is pleasing, seductive without being obscene, set in a quaint rural house, the rustic couple, appearing to be newly-wed, teasing each other in a prelude to intimacy, I’m guessing; some words are charming – the dialect spoken is new to me.

Shankar Mahadevan and Shashaa Tirupati with her mesmerizing lilt are absolute magic, their joy infectitious. You have to hear them out to see how they flex their vocal chords so easily without a pause, evoking the imagery of a potter playing with his clay, a painter with his brush or a smith bending iron.

The song ‘Karuva Karuva Payale’ from Karuppan is set to music by D. Imman and lyrics by Yugabharathi.

Watch the studio recording first:

Shashaa, I learn, is settled in Canada with roots in Kashmir, a versatile artist, not exactly new to Indian film world.

The song follows:

The artists living it out so well on the screen are Vijay Sethupathy and Tanya Ravichandran.




Don’t Mess With Geezers

OldMan Pixabay1 Don't Mess With Old Men