Of Metaphors, Similes….

What would we do without them!

Here’s one I had not heard of before:

Speaking of a woman (in politics) M observed:

‘Oh, she’a a mandhi…’

A mandhi is a female monkey. Normally used for an inattentive, not-given-to-emotions mutt. But this wasn’t it…

‘How do you mean?’

Adhu penum paarkum, mudiyum pidungum.’

A rough translation: She would groom you for lice…and pull your hair too (causing pain).

A person who is a mix of the good and the bad.

Any better way to say it?


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Dare You Try Getting Them Out Of Your Head – Unforgettable Melodies

Well-with-in-humming-reach of bathroom singers!

Songs that made us bunk classes merely to listen!!

Mukesh and Asha Bhosle in 1972 movie Ek Baar Muskura Do starring Joy Mukherjee and Tanuja set to music by the inimitable O.P. Nayyar


Mohammed Rafi crooning for Rajendra Kumar in a 1966 movie Suraj, starring Rajendra Kumar and Vyhanhimala, music set by who-else Shankar Jaikishen.

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Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi singing in a 1962 movie Dil Tera Deewana starring Shammi Kapoor, Mala Sinha, music once again by Shankar Jaikishen


What No City But Mumbai Teaches …

3, 4 and 5 are my favorites!


Source: The Nationalist Mind

It isn’t WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get…

It’s WYGIWYDS What You Get Is What You Don’t See!

Rather it’s what the Russian artist Gleb Goloubetski sees! And how!

Here we go:


A Sisterly Encounter

It was a practice for V and M to be driven by car to their school in the morning and let them walk back home in the evening.

One day the ‘inequity’ of it all suddenly strikes M while returning home.

‘V, this is not fair. I’m carrying this every evening. I think we should both do it on alternate days.’

She is referring to the double-decker lunch-carrier in her hand.  The carrier has one ‘box’ each for them, usually filled with curd-rice to be had during midday lunch break.     

V thinks M has a point. She offers a deal: she would carry it in the morning and M would in the evening.

After giving a few days for the new arrangement perhaps in deference to her elder, M brings it up again: ‘But, V, in the morning, it’s in the car, you know…’

V sees the merit in what M is saying.

On the following morning, when they are settled, V picks up the carrier from the seat and places it on her lap and turns to M: ‘See, I’m carrying it.’!!!

Did M hit the ceiling, jump out of the car or simply cry in exasperation?

Well, some fifty years later, today M has no recollection of what she did. She recalls this much: soon afterwards, the matter resolved itself peacefully – they had to go for individual boxes as their breaks for different grades were no longer in sync.

What is amazing in this story is, perhaps no surprise for psychologists: how these childhood incidents reveal clues into their latter-day personalities. M maturing into a homely wife/mother/daughter-in-law, a sensible and calming influence to all who know her, bringing up her children as well as could be. And, the first responder for her spouse, as he copes up with age and health! Likewise V blossoming into a multi-talented person of quick wit, an organizer, an entrepreneur and a tireless problem-solver! (More on her here).

Today, after all the hair pulling, snitching on each other, swiping dresses and chocolates…way behind them, life has taken the sisters – in fact three of them – on different courses in their education, marriage, location, families… all housewives, so alike as chalk and cheese, all the same fond of each other as ever, talking often…few secrets between them – making people like me, only son of my parents, jealous!

I should know, for M grew with me coming in when she was some eighteen or nineteen.

More on the breed of sisters here:

Making no bones about the break  

I’m doing just that, Mom

Life’s never easy on the first born



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The Other Woman


Source: Best English Quotes And Sayings

Thought For Food…

Move over, ye West!

You know about the phenomenon of remote causation only now and with quantum ‘particles’.

Like most other things in today’s civilization we – yes, not China – contemplated on it all along and continue to, that too with objects of Newtonian physics!