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Achamillai, Achamillai Acham Enbathillayae( Fear nothing) sang the great Tamil poet, Bharathiyar. The song is often taught in schools and the kids are made to repeat it as if courage itself is an offspring of memorization. But today, the teachers who preach have chosen not to be followers. This heart pounding piece from rediff tells you how cowardly these teachers have been in at the time of need.

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July 19, 2004 at 3:32 pm

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Sexiest Man Alive as the Country’s Vice President

The Leewinsky’s, Flowers and Jones’s have a chance to get a mouthful again . 🙂

USATODAY.com – 10 things to know about John Edwards

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July 19, 2004 at 1:19 pm

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Beat Him, Hate Him- You can Never Break him

The English media has often ridiculed Lalu. This article is a very positive piece of reporting on an astute political brain. Lalu has really stood the test of time and this article is a very rare tribute.

Now showing: Lalu Prasad, MBBS – The Times of India

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July 16, 2004 at 6:24 pm

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Oops , we did it again

In one of the most unprecedented blunders( whoa!!!) in reporting, NY Post on its July 6 issue ran an anchor story that President-to-be( I am an optimist and anti-Bush) Kerry had chosen Dick Gephardt( Dick-Who??) as his running mate. I am sure John Edwards isn’t as amused as us .For guys who don’t follow American politics, it is like reporting Sonia Gandhi has picked Govinda to lead the country. I am not comparing the credentials of Govinda and Gephardt but I am comparing the enormity of the blunders. Gephardt is no mean politician. He champions labor causes and also ran for the Democratic President ticket.

They made a similar error last year when they wrote that Red Sox won over the Yankees in the game 7 of the American League Championship series. Followers of baseball know that it was in fact the Yankees who won and not the Red Sox. I guess the reporter, editor wanted to go the Broadway show that night and decided that Red Sox would win as they were leading after 8 innings. How good it would have been had the Sox actually won, atleast Mr.Grady Little( Boston’s coach) wouldn’t have lost his coaching job.

 

No newspaper blunder ever comes close to one of my favorites. This one would have made Chicago Daily tribune look like an idiot. They ran a headline in 1948 saying “Dewey Defeats Truman”. History would tell you that it was actually the opposite that happened.

 

“Post” Tabs Wrong Horse

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July 16, 2004 at 5:17 pm

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We are not Tata, Birla

This is a common lament amongst Indian middle class families comparing their lifestyles to rich Indian families. A man who would have let out this rant at some point of his life is now all set to take over the Birla empire. Priyamvada Birla bequeathed all her property to Rajan Lodha, a chartered accountant believed to be one of her close confidante. Haven’t we seen this before in Bollywood movies?? It happens not only in reel but also in real life 🙂 . Sounds more like a scene out of Michael Madhana Kamarajan. With that fortune, evvalavu pattanikaran kadana adaikallam ( He can pay a lot of loans with that kind of a fortune :-))

Birla will of fortune spins for Rajan Lodha – The Economic Times

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July 15, 2004 at 5:23 pm

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Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

My cousin is in middle school. He carries a pile load of books on his shoulders. He goes to school at 8 in the morning and comes back at 4. He has a shit load of homework to do. He does it until 8:00 and then goes to sleep. There have been days in his primary school when he had not been able to finish the homework due to their sheer volume and I have written some stuff for him in my left hand. Aren’t schools supposed to be more fun and engaging???

Many schools have forgotten the old saying “All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. They are merely profit making organizations with an eye for edging out the other school in terms of academic results. Kids are being sacrificed in the deal. They are made to work harder than they can, beaten up for any small mistakes and some have even chosen to take the route of ultimate sacrifice in order to escape from the teachers.

The blame for some of the young kids commiting suicide not being able to cope up with these “concentration camps” also rests with the parents. All parents want their kids to become a doctor or an engineer and are not open to nuturing the talents of the kids. Pressure coupled with Punishment is not the best environment to grow up.

I hope the Government listens atleast to this The Hindu Article-Terror in schools and does something to enforce a stricter rule regarding the dominating and often “Nazi” like teachers.

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July 15, 2004 at 2:05 pm

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Jeff Murdock

A-Rated : Not recommended for conservative women, children and my mother 🙂

Sometime in late 2002, we decided to watch something else other than Saturday Night Live on TV and we started watching a British Comedy on Channel 8. What a good change!!! The British Comedy happened to be “Coupling”- easily the most funniest thing that I have ever seen since Charlie Chaplin. America till then was obsessed with a certain dude named Joey but Jeff proved that Joey was not nearly in the same class…..The Giggle loop, even now I am wary of it when I am in a serious situation

Sharing Jeff’s wisdom ( thanks to BBC)

“I mean, where exactly do you take your socks off? My advice is to take them off right after your shoes, and before your trousers. ThatÂ’s the sock gap. Miss it, and suddenly youÂ’re a naked man in socks. No self-respecting woman will ever let a naked man in socks do the squelchy with her.”

“Only an interview? What if I panic? You know, what if I say an accidental word… thereÂ’s pressure, you know, the wrong word could just pop out of my mouth by accident… Nipples!”

“Oh, wouldnÂ’t that be great… being a lesbian. All the advantages of being a man, but with less embarrassing genitals.”

“I need breasts with brains. I donÂ’t mean individual brains, obviously… I mean, not a brain each. You know, I like intelligent women, but youÂ’ve got to draw the line somewhere… I think breast brains would be over-egging the woman pudding.”

“You know, when I was a kid, I used to write the word ‘naked’ hundreds of times on a piece of paper, and then rub my face in it.”

“This is the curse of Jeff Murdock. I meet the woman of my dreams and I canÂ’t take my trousers off.”

“All of us in our time are visited by the Melty Man… DonÂ’t say his name, Patrick. DonÂ’t even think his name, or he will rise from the shadow dimensions to do his evil work inside your terrified pants.”

“Steve, itÂ’s a bad idea to actually count womenÂ’s breasts. The whole bus stares at you.”

“You know whatÂ’s great about skirts? When a womanÂ’s wearing a skirt, you know, you know, that somewhere in that room, shifting all the time, there is the VAA: the Visual Access Angle. A clear line of sight back to base camp.”

“I am a prison for sperms. Those poor little tadpoles have been sentenced for life in Jeff MurdockÂ’s groin. And let me tell you, that can be a pretty lonely place.”

“When God made the arse, he didn’t say, ‘Hey, it’s just your basic hinge, let’s knock off early.’ He said, ‘Behold ye angels, I have created the arse. Throughout the ages to come, men and women shall grab hold of these, and shout my name.'”

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July 15, 2004 at 11:13 am

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Hail Thee Shane “O” Warne

“Warnie Warnie” was the chant, when one of my greatest supporters and best critc, Vani comes in thinking I was calling out for her and asks me to stop being so ecstatic about an Aussie cricketer. Shane Keith Warne- the synonym for controversy- has done it one more time. He equalled Muralidharan yesterday with his 527th wicket. It is incredible because he plays in Australia where the wickets are suitable to fast bowlers and he has a colleague in Glenn McGrath who has 435 wickets himself. Muralitharan plays in the sub continet where the pitches are more suitable to spinners and SriLanka don’t have a genuine wicket taker other than him and to a lesser extent Vass. I never got to watch his ball of the century live but I watched the ball that bowled Basit Ali around his legs in Sydney, I don’t remember the year maybe my brother does. I can still hear Richie Benaud in my ears – “You wouldn’t believe it, he has bowled him around his legs” . Shane Warne was, is and will be a true magician.

Warne – ‘I’m proud of my efforts’

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July 14, 2004 at 4:27 pm

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Yada Yada Yada

Today is the Baseball All Star Game. I am suddenly reminded of the Seinfeld episode in which George decides to change the way the Yankee uniform looks. See whether you can find the episode in this website of Seinfeld Scripts. For all those folks who dig Seinfeld, this is the place to be.

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July 13, 2004 at 3:56 pm

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There is Something about Steffi

Any reminders about Steffi make me yearn for those days in school. This is an advertisement featuring Steffi that is being aired all over the Network televisions these days. I mined the web and found a link to it. I hope you guys recognize the little boy in the commercial

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July 12, 2004 at 8:07 pm

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