Friday, May 31, 2019

Did Edison really electrocute Topsy the Elephant?

Thursday, May 30, 2019



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Number of syndromes: 1430

I just checked on Wikipedia.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


broadly : downfall
the Götterdämmerung of Communism

Let's speak English: Götterdämmerung: Pronounce and Spell this! LOL

: a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder

Monday, May 27, 2019

My latest crush: Alizée :-)

My latest crush: Alizée

My latest crush: Alizée -- You gotta listen to her singing: La Isla Bonitaée

Sunday, May 26, 2019

happy medium

a good choice or condition that avoids any extremes

a way of acting or thinking that avoids being extreme and that is acceptable to everyone

14 years

Lower KG
Upper KG
I -- X

That's Fourteen years of rigorous fundamental education.
If you miss that -- If you didn't get the basics -- you'll have lots of problems in your adult life.

English Vinglish Part III

Asians particularly us Indians are overtly conscious of this -- Here in each and every milieu -- English is the yardstick for judging us -- I wrote a blog post about this long ago I guess -- It's not that we aren't smart -- but it's because of medium of instruction...


English Vinglish -- Part II

So don't be embarrassed or feel humiliated -- See Arab countries -- there the primary / official language is Arabic -- Ditto -- Germany: German - France: French -- Russia: Russian -- etceteras -- They can't speak English or even if they do -- they speak with heavy, thick accent -- 


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Rough copy: English Vinglish

According to data from the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau, 21 percent — or nearly 60,000 — of working age adults in the city lack a high school diploma. At the same time, 19 percent of adults cannot read a newspaper, much less complete a job application, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

My comments: It's alright if you can't speak English fluently -- or mispronounce certain words -- or misspell certain words -- or can't speak in American or Brit accent -- Like native speakers of English.

Tell me something: How many native speakers of English speak Urdu / Hindi or any Indian regional language?


Thursday, May 23, 2019


1 : deceptive nonsense
2 : deception, fraud

giving the new guy at work her cell phone number—“in case of an emergency”—was just a flimflam to pique his romantic interest

My question is: Is it alright to tell a white lie?

Scenario: If someone is asking you for some money -- particularly -- and you tell a white lie because you don't wanna give him.
Or how about things? Same rule applies?

white lie

Definition of white lie
: a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person He told a (little) white lie as his excuse for missing the party.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Reprint: The joy of giving . . . .

I've learnt that giving (irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions) -- even just a wee bit -- even at a micro level -- unselfishly and unconditionally gives you joy. Sudha Murthy Ji says the same thing -- giving back to society. It's not about money always -- most important thing you'd give to an underprivileged person is dignity and respect. A little chitchat. A pat on the back. Sharing a smoke. Having Chai together. Empathy. Mercy. Compassion.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

How do we underestimate our own? Why do we brush-off 'em?

Ved Prakash Sharma wrote about Vikas (his character in the novel series) -- he'd a skill -- if someone fires at Vikas -- immediately he'd fire his gun -- and that intercepts the adversary's bullet. He called that skill: Sang Art. This is my homage to my favorite Hindi author.

He conceived this zillions of years ago before Iron Dome.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

a difference of opinion

Let me put this concisely about our country: Yep, we've whales of problems -- but my point is in spite of all this -- aren't you glad to be Indians? Look around you in other countries --

To be continued: used for saying that a story will begin again at a later date, starting from the point where it stopped

a nail in the/someone's coffin

: something that makes it more likely that someone or something will fail, be destroyed, etc.
Every mistake is one more nail in the coffin of his professional baseball career.
The lawyers put another nail in her coffin today.

a nail in the coffin

one of a series of events or actions that seriously harm someone or something
These job losses are the final nail in the region’s coffin.

the final nail in the coffin

an event that causes the failure of something that had already started to fail:
This latest evidence could be the final nail in the coffin for Jackson's case.


Definition of Daedalus

: the legendary builder of the Cretan labyrinth who makes wings to enable himself and his son Icarus to escape imprisonment Biography of Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid

Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid

Shaykh al-Munajjid was born on 30 Dhu’l-Hijjah 1380 AH


He attended elementary school, middle school and high school in Riyadh.

Then he moved to Dhahran in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he completed his university studies.

His shaykhs:

He attended the circles of:

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Baaz

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen

Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan al-Jibreen.

The teacher from whom he learned the most by studying under him was Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn Naasir al-Barraak.

He learned the correct recitation of Qur’an from Shaykh Sa‘eed Aal ‘Abdillah.

Other shaykhs from whom he learned include:

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan Aal Fawzaan, Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Ghunaymaan, Shaykh Muhammad ould Sidi al-Habeeb ash-Shinqeeti, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Muhsin az-Zaamil, and Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn Saalih al-Mahmood.

The one from whom he learned the most in question-and-answer sessions is Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him), with whom he had a close relationship that lasted for fifteen years. He is the one who encouraged him to teach and wrote to the Centre for Da‘wah and Irshad in Dammam, advising them to cooperate with him in offering lectures, khutbahs and classes. Thanks to Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, he became a khateeb, imam and lecturer.

Da‘wah activities:

Imam and khateeb at Jaami‘ ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez in al-Khobar.

He has taught a number of classes, such as:

Tafseer Ibn Katheer
Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaari
Fataawa Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah
Sharh Sunan at-Tirmidhi
Sharh Kitaab at-Tawheed by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab
Sharh ‘Umdat al-Ahkaam fi’l-Fiqh by al-Haafiz ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi
Sharh Kitaab Manhaj as-Saalikeen fi’l-Fiqh by Shaykh as-Sa‘di

He gives lectures on Islamic character on Wednesdays, and holds monthly classes in Riyadh and Jeddah.

He has shows on the al-Qur’an al-Kareem radio station called Bayna an-Nabi (sall-Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wa Ashaabihi, broadcast on Saturdays at 2.05 p.m., and Khutuwaat ‘ala Tareeq al-Islaah, broadcast on Wednesdays at 1.00 p.m., repeated on Mondays at 6.45 p.m.

He has appeared in a number of TV shows and videos presenting various lessons, a total of more than 4500 audio hours over a span of 23 years.
He has written a number of books, including the following:

Koonu ‘ala al-Khayr A‘waanan (Be Helpers in Doing Good)
Arba‘oona Naseehah li Islaah al-Buyoot (The Muslim Home: 40 Recommendations)
33 Sababan li’l-Khushoo‘ (33 Ways of Developing Khushoo‘ in Salaah)
Al-Asaaleeb an-Nabawiyyah fi ‘Ilaaj al-Akhtaa’ (The Prophet’s Methods for Correcting People’s Mistakes)
Saba‘oona Mas’alah fi’s-Siyaam (70 Matters related to Fasting)
‘Ilaaj al-Humoom (Dealing with Worries and Stress)
Al-Manhiyaat ash-Shar‘iyyah (Disallowed Matters)
Muharramaat istahaana biha Katheer min an-Naas (Prohibitions that are Taken Too Lightly)
Madha taf‘alu fi’l-Haalaat at-Taaliyah (What you should do in the following situations)
Zaahirat Da‘f al-Eemaan (Weakness of Faith)
Wasaa’il ath-Thibaat ‘ala Deen-Illah (Means of Steadfastness: Standing Firm in Islam)
Ureedu an Atooba Walaakin… (I Want to Repent, But…)
Shakaawa wa Hulool (Problems and Solutions)
Siraa‘ ma‘a ash-Shahawaat (Striving against Whims and Desires)

He set up the Islam Questions & Answers website ( in 1996 CE, which has remained active up until now.

Islam Q&A Website


An encyclopaedia about Islam.


Islam Q&A is an academic, educational, da‘wah website which aims to offer advice and academic answers based on evidence from religious texts in an adequate and easy-to-understand manner. These answers are supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid (may Allah preserve him). The website welcomes questions from everyone, Muslims and otherwise, about Islamic, psychological and social matters.

To spread Islam and call people to it.
To spread Islamic knowledge and dispel ignorance among Muslims.
To respond to people’s needs by offering advice and answers based on evidence from religious texts.
To refute the specious arguments of doubters about Islam.
To advise people concerning day-to-day issues, by giving educational, academic advice about social and other matters.


The website promotes the ‘aqeedah (beliefs) of Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa‘ah and the followers of the righteous early generations of Islam (as-salaf as-saalih). It strives to ensure that the answers are based on evidence from the Holy Qur’an and the soundly-narrated (saheeh) prophetic Sunnah, and are taken from the writings of the scholars, including the imams of the four madhhabs, Imam Abu Haneefah, Imam Maalik, Imam ash-Shaafa‘i and Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, as well as other earlier and later scholars, and from the statements of fiqh councils and seekers of knowledge who conduct research in various Islamic specialties.

The website avoids getting involved in issues that are of no benefit, such as empty arguments, trading insults and fruitless debates.

O Allah, we ask You to make us steadfast in adhering to the path of guidance, and to help us to do that which You love and are pleased with.

The Fortune Teller, by Art Nouveau painter Mikhail Vrubel, depicting a cartomancer.

A mysterious US industry has been growing since the recession — psychic services

While you may have read your horoscope or even had your palm read, you might not think of fortune-telling as an “industry.” However, the IBISWorld report analyzes it as such and notes those in the industry — including people involved in palmistry, cartomancy, mediumship, aura readings and astrology — have about $2 billion in revenue a year. Roughly 85,000 people work in psychic services and make about $1.5 billion in total wages a year.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Shortened forms -- from Prof. Kev Nair's fluency books.

Part: One

I am = I'm

I had = I'd

I have = I've

I will = I'll

I would = I'd

You are = You're

You had = You'd

You have = You've

You will = You'll

You would = You'd

He will = He'll

You would = You'd

He will = He'll

He would = He'd

She had = She'd

Every person has a constant companion from among the jinn

Source: Islam Q&A

Question # 26226

Let's go to the movies: You've Got Mail :-)

keep (someone) posted idiom

Definition of keep (someone) posted

: to regularly give (someone) the most recent news about something Keep me posted on how the project is coming along

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Telecommuting and telework are synonyms for the use of telecommunication to work outside the traditional office or workplace, usually at home (SOHO) or in a mobile situation. According to one study, telecommuting has been growing at 15% a year since 1990 in North America. 80% of Fortune 1000 companies are likely to introduce it within the next two to three years. Although work at the company premises is not likely to disappear, new forms of telecommunication such as voice and picture communication and groupware are likely to make telecommuting more social in the future.

Factors that will continue to affect the future of telecommuting include the availability of bandwidth and fast Internet connections in a given country; social methodologies for balancing work control and work freedom; the perceived values and economies in telecommuting; and the opportunities and need for working collaboratively across large distances, including globally.

With the arrival of the Internet and the Web as a kind of "standard" for groupware, one can join a virtual organization to access resources developed for members who work almost entirely through telecommunication with an occasional face-to-face meeting.

virtual organization

A virtual organization or company is one whose members are geographically apart, usually working by computer e-mail and groupware while appearing to others to be a single, unified organization with a real physical location.


: offering, making use of, or serving as a temporary or expedient remedy or solution

disapproving : able to help or improve something only for a short period of time


Definition of love-hate
: feeling or showing a mixture of love and hate

love-hate relationship

Definition of love-hate relationship
: strong feelings of both love and hatred for someone
I have a love-hate relationship with my ex-husband.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

in mint condition?

The survival of the poorest in India
Parle - G: 7 Biscuits pack for 2 rupees.

Friday, May 10, 2019

God willing

If you say God willing, you are saying that something will happen if all goes well.

God willing

used to say you hope everything happens in the way you want:
We'll be there tomorrow, God willing!

God willing

God willing idiom

Definition of God willing

—used to say what one hopes and expects to do or happen if no problems occur We'll be able to move into our new house next week, God willing.God willing, I'll finish my degree this year.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Draft copy: Reality check

1. The principal character in any Hindi movie -- could easily ward off -- at least a dozen or so heavily armed mob of assassins -- attacking him with swords, knives, daggers and firearms -- He remains unfazed and not even a (slight) bruise -- and his lovemate prodding -- almost dancing with glee for her gladiator!

2. They never carry a secondary / backup weapon -- and the service pistol runs out of ammo -- right?

3. There're so many ways to carry a holster -- they push aside their close quarters


Monday, May 6, 2019

Here's something lighthearted for you guys...

Picturesque: How many of you can spell and pronounce this correctly? I can't. LOL

hot button

an emotional and usually controversial issue or concern that triggers immediate intense reaction

I call it the Dale Carnegie principle.

I call it the Dale Carnegie principle.
A principle I try to live by.
Don't get into heated arguments particularly (pertaining to) Religion and Politics.
If you wanna make friends and stay friends -- don't criticize anyone.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019