Friday, January 30, 2009

Think Positive Always!

Once there was loving couple traveling in a bus in a mountainous area. They
decided to get down at some place. After the couple got down at some place
the bus moved on. As the bus moved on, a huge rock fell on the bus from the
mountain and crushed the bus to crumbs. Everybody on board was killed. The
couple upon seeing that, said, "We wish we were on that bus" Why do u think
they said that?
   
 
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If they had remained on the bus instead of deciding to get down, the
resulting time delay could have been avoided and the rock would have fallen
after the bus had passed ..!!! Think positive in life always and look for
opportunities when u can help Others......




Subash.
(¨`·.·´¨) Always
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Keep
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Smiling! 
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Excellent One Liners


Here are some  one liners..:

1. I say no to alcohol,
it just doesn't listen.
 
2. A friend in need is a pest indeed.
 
3. Marriage is one of the chief causes of divorce.
 
4. Work is fine if it doesn't take too much of your time.
 
5. When everything comes in your way
you're in the wrong lane.
 
6. The light at the end of the tunnel may be an incoming train..
 
7. Born free, taxed to death.
 
8. Everyone has a photographic memory,
some just don't have film.
 
9. Life is unsure; always eat your dessert first.
 
10. Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.
 
11. If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your pants.
 
12. It's not hard to meet expenses, they are everywhere.
 
13. I love being a writer... what I can't stand is the paperwork.
 
14. A printer consists of 3 main parts:
the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.
 
15. The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was the genius.
 
16. The trouble with being punctual is that no one is there to appreciate it.
 
17. In a country of free speech, why are there phone bills?
 
18. If you cannot change your mind, are you sure you have one?
 
19. Beat the 5 O'clock rush,
leave work at noon!
 
20. If you can't convince them,
confuse them.
 
21. It's not the fall that kills you. It's the sudden stop at the end.
 
22. I couldn't repair your brakes,
so I made your horn louder.
 
23. Hot glass looks same as cold glass. - Cunino's Law of Burnt Fingers
 
24. The cigarette does the smoking
you are just the sucker.
 
25. Someday is not a day of the week
 
26. Whenever I find the key to success,
someone changes the lock.
 
27. To Err is human, to forgive is not a Company policy.
 
28. The road to success....
Is always under construction.
 
29. Alcohol doesn't solve any problems, but if you think again,
neither does Milk.
 
30. In order to get a Loan, you first need to prove that you don't need it.
 
??.  and here's the best of the lot
 
31. All the desirable things in life are either
illegal, expensive, fattening or immoral.

Subash.
(¨`·.·´¨) Always
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Keep
(¨`·.·´¨)¸.·´
Smiling! 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hang In there !


Hang in There!

 
Difficulties arise in the live of us all.
What is most important is dealing with
the hart times, copying with the changes,
and getting through to the other side
where the sun is still shining just for you!
 
It takes a strong person to deal with tough times
and difficult choices.
But you are a strong person.
It takes courage.
But you possess the inner courage to
see you through.
It takes being an active participant in your life.
But you are in the driver's seat
and you can determine the direction
you want tomorrow to go in.
 
Hang in there ... and take care to see
that you don't lose sight of the one thing
that is constant, beautiful, and true:
Everything WILL be fine ~~
and it will turn out that way
because of the special kind of person you are!
 
So, beginning today and lasting a lifetime through ~~
Hang in there, and don't be afraid
to feel like the morning sun is shining ~~
JUST FOR YOU!
 

Poem by Douglas Pagels


Wealth Success Love !!!


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A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."


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"Is the man of the house home?", they asked.



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"No", she replied. "He's out."

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"Then we cannot come in", they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

"Go tell them I am home and invite them in!"

The woman went out and invited the men in"

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"We do not go into a House together," they replied.



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"Why is that?" she asked.

One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. "How n ice!!", he said. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"

Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"

"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband to his wife.

"Go out and invite Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, t he lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?"

The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!!!"

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MY WISH FOR YOU...

-Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy.

-Where there is self-doubting, I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through it.

-Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength...

-Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage.

You have two choices right now:

1. Delete this email.

2. Invite love by sharing this story with all the people you care about.




Monday, January 19, 2009

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Hang in There!

 
Difficulties arise in the live of us all.
What is most important is dealing with
the hart times, copying with the changes,
and getting through to the other side
where the sun is still shining just for you!
 
It takes a strong person to deal with tough times
and difficult choices.
But you are a strong person.
It takes courage.
But you possess the inner courage to
see you through.
It takes being an active participant in your life.
But you are in the driver's seat
and you can determine the direction
you want tomorrow to go in.
 
Hang in there ... and take care to see
that you don't lose sight of the one thing
that is constant, beautiful, and true:
Everything WILL be fine ~~
and it will turn out that way
because of the special kind of person you are!
 
So, beginning today and lasting a lifetime through ~~
Hang in there, and don't be afraid
to feel like the morning sun is shining ~~
JUST FOR YOU!
 

Poem by Douglas Pagels



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Perception

Perception
 
 
 

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.

 

 

 

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad".

 

 

 

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

 

 

 

"Oh yes", said the son. "So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

 

 

 


The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

 

 

 

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants to serve us, but they serve others.

 

 

 

We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

 

 

 

The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad for showing me how poor we are."

 

 

 

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing ? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

 


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Appreciate every single thing you have.






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Subash.
(¨`·.·´¨) Always
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Keep
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Smiling! 
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Sack Of Lunch


 
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat.  It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read and perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.
 
Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me.  I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
 
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan.
 
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars.  It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time....
 
As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.  I'll wait till we get to base '
 
His friend agreed.
 
I looked around at the other soldiers.  None were buying lunch.  I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill.  'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.'  She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly.  Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
 
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated.  She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
 
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked.  She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is yours with thanks.'
 
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.  A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did.  I want to be part of it.  Here, take this.'  He handed me twenty-five dollars.
 
Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Aircraft Pilot coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, an said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
 
Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand.  With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch.  It was an act of kindness I never forgot.'  I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
 
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.  A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine.  He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
 
When we landed  I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.  Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.  Another twenty-five dollars!
 
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.  I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich.  God Bless You.'
 
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.  As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return.  These soldiers were giving their all for our country.  I could only give them a couple of meals.
 
It seemed so little...
 
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to his country for an amount of  'up to and including my life.'
 
That is Honor, and there are way too many people who no longer understand it.
 
May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list.... I just did that and it feels GOOD!!!


Subash.
(¨`·.·´¨) Always
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Keep
(¨`·.·´¨)¸.·´
Smiling! 
`·.¸.·´



Sunday, January 11, 2009

PEAS BIRYANI


A Bit Long but WORTH reading

Steaming hot Peas Biryani! Mouth-watering! Delicious! Mother usually made Peas Biryani on Wednesday afternoons in winter. It was her favourite dish to prepare, for it was easy to make, yet a hot favourite amongst the kids. Moreover fresh peas were in season and tasted heavenly!

She heated some oil in a pan and added a spoonful of cumin seeds. Then she added a handful of chopped onions. She proceeded to add some green peas and seasoned them with salt and turmeric powder. Having sautéed them for a couple of minutes she turned in the cleaned and washed riceand poured in a good amount of water. She covered the pan with a lid and let it cook on a slow flame.

Strangely, the ingredients in the simmering pot started a conversation. The rice was the first to say, 'I am the most important of all of us present here for I am pure white and wholesome. I am the key ingredient to making Peas Biryani. I am Sathya, this is the Truth.'

The yellow turmeric powder chuckled and said, 'No longer are you white my dear, for I have dyed you in my own colour. I am Dharma. This is my duty.'

The peas smiled peacefully and said, 'What is Peas Biryani, without peas, eh? We are the most attractive and delicious part of this preparation. We are shanti. We are peace. We are peas (peace) and our colour too is green that is the colour of peace!'

The salt mused to itself and said, 'Who would ever be able to eat Peas Biryani, without salt? I am the most important of all. If I were not there Peas Biryani would be unpalatable. My taste shall be infused in each particle. I am prema. I love each one of you equally.'

The onions said, 'We add the tang to this dish. We add flavour. We are the soul of all vegetarian food. We are ahimsa. We tolerate all other flavours, yet retain our own!'

The pan spoke up and said, 'It's I who is holding all of you in here.But for me, you would all have been separate identities. I have held you together, so that jointly, you can become a delicious dish. Where would you be without me? I am discipline and I am indispensable. '

The cumin seeds were dancing up and down in the boiling water and said,'Try making Biryani, without us! It shall be quite tasteless. We sizzle in the hot oil first of all for we are devoted to spreading our flavour, wherever we go. We are devotion.'

The Biryani was almost ready and the oil glistened on every grain ofrice. It said, 'I ensure that each grain of rice, each pea and each cumin seed, retains its individual identity. I prevent stickiness. I am discrimination! '

The water was almost completely absorbed by now. It smiled contentedly and said, 'I was determined to permeate into each particle of all of you. Without me could peas Biryani ever have been made? I am determination and I am the most important of all!'

Mother came by and checked to see, if the Biryani was done. The gas flame smiled quietly to itself and said, 'Each one is so full of itsown importance. Without the power of heat provided by me, what would they be? It is the power of God vested in me that I can give the energy to cook. But alas, who remembers the power of God?' God smiled to Himself as the lady turned off the gas and waited, till He was needed again.

Each one of us in this world is so full of his or her importance. We conveniently forget God who gives us the power to do everything.Whether acknowledged or not, whether remembered or not, God is the power behind doing and making everything, even Peas Biryani!


FROM: Shoba M.K


Subash.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Motivational Story of Positive thinking !


A MOTIVATIONAL STORY ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING

Read this, and let it really sink in... Then, choose how you start your day tomorrow...

Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!" He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant.

The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.

I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes, it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gun point by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness? " I asked. Jerry continued, "...the paramedics were great.. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors
and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man.'
 
I knew I needed to take action." " What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.'"

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.


Positive thinking the the first step towards a happy life.

Attitude is everything

If everyone  applies  just these, the whole world will live in happiness.


This is the most beautiful advice


 
This is the most beautiful advice I have ever received in an email .... please don't close or delete this one before reading!  

An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'
1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.


5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.


9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.


13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.    
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.


16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.

19 Get organized so everything has its place.


20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

 
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).


31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.

33 Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?'

(Romans 8:31)

My instructions were to send this to four people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you. I decided to send it to more than four, because I didn't want to limit blessings.

SEND IT FORWARD PLEASE,

not backward!
 



Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Breaking a habit starts with courage

Dear Friends,
 
When I was in high school, I loved playing football. It was, and still is, my favorite sport.
But there was one part I hated...those first two weeks of practice in August, when the temperature often hit 100 degrees.
Coach Kilzer, however, knew the importance of those two weeks and he "took no prisoners".. .the agility drills, the grueling wind sprints, and finally the dreaded laps.
 
I still have nightmares about those five laps around the field in full pads following a three-hour workout.
My body after those first few days was so sore I could hardly get out of bed each morning. But as each day passed, the pain would lessen, and after three or four weeks, the transformation of being in "football shape" would happen.
Breaking bad habits is no different. The physical and mental pain can be grueling, whether you're trying to exercise more, smoke less, drink less, eat healthier, or work less...it's never easy.
But the benefits to your health and to your attitude can be priceless. Breaking a habit starts with courage, ends with discipline, and is fueled by desire.
I saw this recently, and would like to share it with you.

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed, just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
Machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then...do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.

The author of the above is unknown, but the words are right on target. If you make good habits, they in turn will make you. But like the weeds in the garden, bad habits can take over your life. Make a decision today to pull those weeds.

RAIN !!

RAIN

One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the
roads are wet and slick.
 
 
Suddenly, my daughter, Aspen, spoke up from her relaxed position in her seat. "Dad, I'm thinking of something."
This announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for a while, and was now ready to expound all that her six-year-old mind had discovered. I was eager to hear.
"What are you thinking?" I asked.
 
"The rain!" she began, "is like sin, and the windshield wipers are like God wiping our sins away."
After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was able to respond. "That's really good, Aspen."
Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little girl take this revelation? So I asked... "Do you notice how the rainwater
keeps on coming? What does that tell you?"
 
Aspen didn't hesitate one moment with her answer:
"We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us." I will always remember this whenever I turn my wipers on.
 
 
In order to see the rainbow, you must first endure some rain.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

Read My Lips - A spirited reply by Shobha De

Breaking News! If the "small incident" remark made by former Maharashtra Dy. CM RR Patil was not enough, BJP's national Vice President, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi goofed up while talking to the media, which led to a public outrage in Mumbai and other parts of India.

BJP, which expected a clear swing of popular votes in its favour, was probably shocked to see the people in the country have turned against all politicians irrespective of their party affiliations. That was the reason why Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slammed some women in Mumbai who were holding protests against the politicians and shouting slogans like "politicians murdabad".

"They should say "pakistan murdabad", not "politicians murdabad". Who is instigating these women groups to hold such protests? Why do some women, wearing lipsticks and powders are protesting against the politicians on the streets of Mumbai", asked Naqvi. "There is a clear attempt to divide the country and break the trust of people in India's democratic fabrics. That's why such protests against politicians are taking place. These women are following western values, and lighting candles while condemning the politicians", he further added.

The electronic media, some Hindi news channels in particular, flashed Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi 's comments throughout the day, which caused a public outrage. Hundreds of people were seen sending SMSes to TV channels, condemning Naqvi's remarks and questioning BJP's stand on this issue.

The Congress Party, which was on the back foot over the issue of terrorism, slammed Naqvi for such "irresponsible" remarks, saying politicians should respect people's views and understand their anger in the wake of such a big terror attack in the country. Meanwhile, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that BJP does not subscribe to Naqvi's personal views. Another BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Ruddy has condemned Naqvi's remarks.

(Content © Breaking News Online)



A SPIRITED REPLY.

 



 

 



 
Yes, Mr Mukhtar Naqvi. I do wear lipstick. But no powder.
And I do live i n South Mumbai in what is considered an 'elite' locality (though 'elite slum' is a more accurate description). I also frequent five-star hotels closeby, notably the magnificent Taj Mahal. I unashamedly refer to it as my second home — for that it has always been.
My lifestyle can be loosely described as a privileged one, by most standards.
So bloody what?
I have worked long and hard for these perks. I have earned them through honest means. I did not inherit a fortune and was raised in a middle class home. Like every Indian, my parents dreamt of giving their children a better life by educating them. We fulfilled their dreams…. and a few of our own. Is that a crime?
I proudly pay my taxes…. and my bills. Which is more than what can be said for most of your tribe — the real 'elite' today — politicians with zero accountability and all the advantages they criticise in others. I refuse to be apologetic for the way I live. As they say, living well is still the best revenge.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has a problem with India's elite. Give him a make-over Unlike a lot of so-called netas, I do not have a criminal record. When I leave home, it is in a nice car, but not a mobile fortress with a cavalcade of State-paid gunmen to protect me. Traffic is not diverted along the routes I take, inconveniencing others. And I am frisked at airports, like everybody else.
So Mr Naqvi, how dare you put me (and other women) down by making such an impertinent and uncalled for remark? We are professionals doing our jobs to the best of our abilities. Can you claim the same? Whether we apply lipstick, cake our faces with powder, wear wigs or fake eyelashes — that is our exclusive prerogative and business. This remark only displays your pathetically biased attitude towards women — particularly a class of urban careerists who defy the stereotype as determined by the likes of you.
The subtext of your remark (and that of other self-styled intellectuals who have discovered a new sport: 'elite bashing') comes at a time when our attention should be on more vital matters — survival under a siege. To target people who belong to a more affluent/educated segment of our society, is to display a perverse narrow mindedness.
My voice is as valid as that of the anonymous vegetable vendor — we are both citizens of India. Are you trying to say TV anchors sans lipstick and powder are better at their jobs? Should women in politics shun cosmetics in order to be taken more 'seriously' (by men, of course)? Should female public figures dress down so they can add to their credibility factor and look the part assigned to them by society? Does lipstick take away from their contribution\competence?
Must ask Condoleezza Rice, a woman who tops the world's 'Most Stylish' lists year after year. Must also ask Sonia Gandhi, who is nothing if not impeccably turned out at all times, and definitely wears lipstick. Oh, and how can I forget my new best friend, Jayanthi Natarajan?
It is a great pity Naqvi brought gender into the present crisis and trivialised the issue. George Fernandes lost the plot when he decided to wage war against a cola. Perhaps Naqvi's battle is against poor lipstick?
A pity that the nightmare suffered by Mumbai has been reduced to some sort of a class war, in which the elite are supposed to 'defend' themselves and say, "No, no, no, we feel equally for the lives lost at CST." Come on. Grow up. Tragedy is like that — it is personalised and intense when it hits home as ferociously as these attacks did. Tragedy too, needs a 'face' or an 'image' that encapsulates collective grief. It so happens the Taj Mahal Hotel became that image, that icon, symbolising the horror of this incomprehensible tragedy that has left the nation reeling in its wake. Why bring class divides into it?
Don't our politicians insist on the best rooms (gratis), at five-star hotels? At least, the rest of us pay the hefty tariffs ourselves. Don't India's Unwashed, scruffy jholawala intellectuals quaff gallons of moofat Scotch, whenever and wherever? First pay your own booze bills, guys, then save the world. 
 
It is believed Narayan Rane's sons drive around in a Bentley with eight commandos to 'protect' them. Who pays? Suckers like us. It is our billionaires and Bollywood stars we flaunt internationally when we need to boost our country's image. It is also the elite who donate generously towards rehabilitation efforts in a crisis. I am sick of being told off by the likes of Naqvi. I am sick of attempts to somehow make me feel 'guilty' for being who I am, looking the way I do.
Sorry, Mr Naqvi. Read my lips: Much more lipstick! Darker and brighter! You are welcome to borrow some.

Shobha De is the author of Superstar India