Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A eunuch – sissy . . . .

I wanted to be a soldier. But—somehow—I turned into a eunuch – sissy.

Real-life, true-life . . . .

In real-life, true-life your girl is most often taken by someone else. You don't get to marry her.

Marriage . . . .

Marriage isn’t the be-all and end-all of life.

Present and past . . . .

To understand your present – you need to know your past / history first.

My Comments: Be a Black Cat guys

Be a Black Cat guys. Now--that'd be a true life of perfect chivalry: courage, honor, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.

Intellect, idealism and courage . . . .

The Indian Army is looking for a few good men and women. For the best and the brightest amongst them. Men/Women with intellect, idealism and courage. Men/Women who can lead and inspire others. Think about it, it’s a challenge that’ll change your life forever. And that’s a soldier’s word.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Forty something . . . .

I’m forty something and a confirmed bachelor!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Godliness . . . .

You’d be an extraordinary person if you’d learn, adapt and exercise the attributes of God. For instance: forgiveness, generosity, mercy etc.

Ego . . . .

I've learnt that you’d be egoless. You shouldn’t be egoistic.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


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This book CHANGED my LIFE!

Pulling Your Own Strings: Dynamic Techniques for Dealing with Other People and Living Your Life As You Choose by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This book CHANGED my LIFE!

I've learnt . . . .

I've learnt not to hold grudges; and to forgive; but at the same time be assertive.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Social conscience . . . .

You’d be good-hearted and have a clear social conscience. That’s all. Nothing else matters.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Secondary OS . . . .

Yesterday: My computer was acting crazy (unresponsive) -- so I'd to Restore it to a previous state. And, I've Ubuntu installed so that way I'd go online and do things. So I mean you'd have a Secondary Operating System like some Linux plus your Primary OS like Windows 7.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Alternate OS . . . .

I'd strongly recommend that you've an alternate Operating System like Ubuntu.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month, and that she can never know who he is. Judy's life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties, and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to the mysterious "Daddy-Long-Legs"!

Monday, October 15, 2012


I believe in straightforwardness.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Naked Voices: Stories & Sketches

In this collection of sixteen stories and three sketches, translated by Rakhshanda Jalil, Manto brazenly celebrates the warts of a seemingly decent society as well as its dark underbelly - tired and overworked prostitutes in 'The Candle's Tears' or 'Loser all the Way'; ruthless as also humane pimps in 'The Hundred Candle Watt Bulb' and 'Sahay'; the utter helplessness of men in the face of a sexual encounter in 'Naked Voices' and 'Coward'; and the madness perpetrated by the Partition as witnessed in 'By God!' and 'Yazid'. In one of the three sketches, which form part of this collection, the author brilliantly reveals himself to the world in a schizophrenic piece titled 'Saadat Hasan' calling 'Manto the writer' a liar, a thief and a failure! And in another titled 'In a Letter to Uncle Sam', Manto superbly couches his anti-imperialistic views in an innocent letter from a poor nephew to a capitalist and prosperous uncle in America.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil

Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil has edited two collections of short stories: Urdu Stories (Srishti, 2002) and a selection by Pakistani women writers called Neither Night Nor Day (Harper Collins, 2007); a collection of essays on the little known monuments of Delhi, called Invisible City (Niyogi, 2008, revised third edition 2011); two co-authored books, Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia (Niyogi, 2006) and Journey to a Holy Land: A Pilgrim’s Diary (OUP, 2009). She was co-editor of Third Frame, a journal devoted to literature, culture and society brought out by the Cambridge University Press. She has edited and introduced a volume of essays entitled Qurratulain Hyder and the River of Fire: The Meaning, Scope and Significance of her Legacy (Aakar, 2010; and Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2010).

She has published eight works of translations: Premchand’s short stories entitled The Temple and the Mosque (Harper Collins, 1992; revised and enlarged 2011); a collection of satirical writing in Hindi by Asghar Wajahat entitled Lies: Half Told (Srishti, 2002); 32 satirical cameos by Saadat Hasan Manto entitled Black Borders (Rupa & Co., 2003); Through the Closed Doorway, nazms by Urdu poet Shahryar (Rupa & Co. 2004); short stories by Intizar Husain entitled Circle and Other Stories (Rupa & Co. 2004; Sang-e-Meel, Lahore, 2012); a collection of Premchand’s short stories for children called A Winter’s Tale and Other Stories (Puffin, 2007); Naked Voices and other Stories – a collection of stories and sketches by Saadat Hasan Manto translated by her from Urdu (Roli, 2008);  and Panchlight and Other Stories by Hindi writer Phanishwarnath Renu (Orient Blackswan, 2010).

She runs an organization called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture and blogs at and another at IBN Live. Her debut collection of fiction, Release & Other Stories, was published by Harper Collins (India, 2011), and received critical acclaim.

Her Ph. D. on the 'Progressive Writers' Movement as Reflected in Urdu Literature' is being published by Oxford University Press. She was, till recently, Senior Associate Fellow at Council for Social Development, New Delhi and Associate Editor of their journal, Social Change. With over 15 books behind her, she now contributes regularly to national and international newspapers and magazines, writing book reviews, opinion pieces and travelogues. She also contributes regularly to Himal (Kathmandu), The Herald (Karachi) and The Friday Times (Lahore).

At present, she is engaged in an IGNCA-sponsored book-length study of Dr Rashid Jahan, communist doctor and writer.

Indian English (Pushpendra Mohta)

Indian English

Example of bad Indian English! :-)

Mala's mixed fruit jam: The ideal fruit-filled accompaniment for your cakes, bakes and morning toast! Roll it in a chapatti or just savour it on its own for a heavenly taste of fruity goodness.

Saadat Hasan Manto

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mosquito repellent

Mosquito repellent (appliance) should be battery-operated / battery-powered.

On the warpath . . . .

My life has (perpetually) been on the warpath. I’ve to fight my (persistently tormenting) demons everyday.

Ideals . . . .

There’s a time when our ideals used to be Mahatma Gandhi and Panditji. Now—our youngsters are making heroes out of a pack of riffraff.