In fact, it was the biggest store in the world – you could get anything there.
The day was long and arduous for the young man, but he got through it.. And finally 6:00 PM came around. The boss duly fronted up and asked, “How many sales did you make today?” “Sir, Just ONE sale.” said the young salesman. “Only one sale?” blurted the boss. “No! No! You see here, most of my staff make 20 or 30 sales a day. “If you want to keep this job, you’d better be doing better than just one sale. By the way “How much was the sale worth?”
“$236,000″ said the young Marwadi.
“What!”, “How did you manage that?” asked the flabbergasted boss.
“Well”, said the salesman, “This man came in and I sold him a small fish hook, then a medium hook and finally a really large hook. Then I sell him new fishing rod and some fishing gear. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast.
So I told him he’d need a boat, so I took him down to the boat department and sold him that twenty-foot schooner with the twin engines. Then he said his Volkswagen probably wouldn’t be able to pull it, so I took him to our automotive department and sold him that new Deluxe 4X4 Blazer.
I then asked him where he’ll be staying, and since he had no accommodation, I took him to camping department and sold him one of those new igloo 6-sleeper camper tents. Then the guy said, while we’re at it, I should throw in about $100 worth of groceries and two cases of beer.
The boss took two steps back and asked in astonishment, “You sold all that to a guy who came in for a fish hook!!”
“No” answered the salesman, “he came in to buy a box of sanitary napkins for his wife and I said to him, “Sir, your weekend screwed anyway, you might as well go fishing.”
Boss: “You sit in my chair……..”
Today I’m thinking about all the women I know – my mother, my mother-in-law, my aunts, cousins, nieces and friends… very few of us feel comfortable going to a public beach in a swimsuit. Often we go in salwar kameezes and in sarees. Sometimes in T-shirts, combined with shorts or trackpants or leggings. Some of us have swimwear. Usually these are modest swimsuits with frills, or sporty type things that reach to mid-thigh. None of us wear butt-displaying thongs, or even modest bikinis.
Are all of us downtrodden products of patriarchy?
Our menfolk have no cultural restrictions about wearing fewer clothes; so there is definitely a gender based difference here. But in the presence of family, they will still usually enter the sea wearing shorts and perhaps a singlet or T-shirt. Often they just roll up their full-length trousers and enter the water. Are these modestly dressed men also products of regressive thinking? Are certain styles of dressing backward, and certain other styles more progressive?
There are no easy answers. But imagine having a lovely day at the beach, and then some moral police with a baton tells you that you are wearing too many clothes, so please take off that shirt and scarf? I thought about how my mother would feel if she were subjected to this. I thought about how I would feel. We would both be insulted and in fact completely outraged by a culture which thinks that they can tell women to disrobe “for their own good”. Here’s the photo of the woman in burkini sleeping on beach at Nice. She was made to remove her blue top (photo by vantagenews.com). It’s really disturbing.
I am equally outraged by cultures that tell women to cover up. Again, it is always “for their own good”. There are very valid historical reasons for keeping women hidden from public male gaze. Many of those reasons are still relevant. Where policing is both inadequate and corrupt, and where the legal system doesn’t work, fears about the safety of women will always lead to regressive practices.
All of this makes my blood boil.
What’s the answer? Is it legislation, the way France has done? They are trying to bring change through enacting a rule, and enforcing it strictly. I’m not even sure they are heading in the right direction (is the homogenisation of people and the erasing of cultural identities a desirable thing)? But even if we believe that women should be showing their bottoms on beaches and tennis courts, as if that somehow improves their status, how should we go about it?
I believe that if France enforces this burkini rule, it will achieve nothing. The traditionalists will simply keep their women at home. It will imprison women even more. In all these things, the way forward is education. It is a slow process, but one that works. We have seen it first-hand in India, haven’t we? From my grandmother’s time, to my mother’s era, to mine, to my daughter’s lifetime, I see so much radical difference in the status of women. A combination of legislation and educational social campaigns have made this happen.
Real change in India will continue to come, not just through legislation, but through education, exposure to ideas, and availability of opportunities for progress. It is these things that are helping the women of India to define what they want to be. Astronauts, artists, gymnasts, wrestlers, managers, pilots, auto-rickshaw drivers … there are women doing all these diverse roles. Each woman is negotiating her own identity. In the process, they are also creating very personal definitions of what they want to wear. This sort of negotiated process has pushes and pulls, with many mini-rebellions, many small victories, and many losses; but is still better than an authoritarian crackdown that tells women how to dress.
India has still a long way to go in gender parity; but great strides are being made by Indian women everyday. We are marching forward in spite of huge cultural diversity and many historical imbalances. Maybe this is something that France should learn from us!
A man was carrying 2 babies, one in each arm, while waiting for a train.
A woman upon seeing those 2 cute babies asked the man, “Aren’t they cute, what are their names?”
The man giving the lady an angry look replied, “I don’t know.”
The lady then asked, Are they boys or girls?”
The man looking angrier than before replied “I don’t know.”
The woman then started to scold the man, “What kind of a father are you?”.
The man replied, “I am not their father, I am just a condom salesman and these are the 2 complaints that I am taking back to my company.”
(source: userr amr on 29.08.2016)
Beetroot is a plant which comes from the same family as sugar beets which are the raw material for producing sugar. However, when compared to their cousin, the beet root is completely different in its nutritional composition as well as taste and colour.
As most people know, beetroot is a vegetable that has a very dark red colour. More often than not, it is used in salads to add a bit of exotic colour to the plate. Beetroot juice has also become quite popular, mostly because of the many health benefits of this vegetable which is also described as a power food.
How Does Beetroot Benefit Your Body?
Beetroot has gained popularity off late as a power vegetable mainly because it is said to be natural stamina booster while also helping the body fight against rising sugar levels and obesity. The following are some health benefits of making beetroot a part of your diet.
Beetroot Maintains Blood Pressure and Improves the Heart’s Health
Studies have shown that those who drink beetroot juice on a regular basis are less susceptible to cardiovascular problems. Beetroot also helps in maintaining the blood pressure and does not let it rise up above average.
Beetroot Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Beetroot can also regulate the sugar level in the blood with the help of the alpha-lipoic acid present in its composition. This acid can decrease the glucose level in the blood and also increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Beetroot Promotes Healthy Digestion
Beetroot may not be overburdened with nutrients and minerals but one thing that it is certainly rich in is dietary fibre. Due to this, eating beetroot is sure to promote healthy digestion while eliminating problems like constipation or difficulty in bowel movement.
Beetroot Boosts Up the Energy
Beetroot juice is the drink of choice for professional athletes as it leads to faster oxidation of muscles ultimately meaning that they can work out longer in the field without getting tired.
Beetroot Reduces the Level of LDL or ‘Bad Cholesterol’
The dietary fibre in beetroot is pretty effective for burning down the cholesterol which ultimately results in weight loss and a healthier life.
Beetroot Detoxifies the Body
Like most vegetables, beetroot acts as a great anti-oxidant for the body. The red colour of the beetroot is because of the presence of beta cyanine which is known to be one of the best anti oxidants. Moreover, anti oxidation does not only cleanse the blood, it also gives you a cleaner and glowing complexion.
Beetroot Reduces Chances of Dementia
Beetroot is said to be extremely healthy for the brain as it promotes blood flow to the upper most organ of our body. Dementia is a neurological disease which can occur as the person’s age increases. However, eating beetroot can reduce the chances of memory loss as it keeps the brain healthy.
Beetroot Fights Inflammation
Beetroot is a really unique vegetable which also has properties to fight against inflammation. It protects the skin cells as well as internal organs against environmental risk factors.
Health benefits of the Beetroot Greens
As the name suggests, the beetroot is actually a root, much the same way as an onion or radish. However, the beetroot greens or the leaves are also as nutritious as the main vegetable. These green leaves are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and minerals like zinc, manganese, potassium, calcium, etc. Most importantly, beet greens are extremely rich in iron, even more so than other green leafy vegetables like spinach or broccoli.
These leafy veggies can easily be cooked much the same way as spinach or even be mixed with some other vegetables in a sort of broth.
Some health benefits of beet green are as follows:
1. The iron and calcium present in the beet greens can help fight against diseases related to the bone structure like osteoporosis. In fact, eating beet greens is extremely healthy for the bones and will also ensure that you do not suffer from joint pains at an early age.
2. The greens also act as a booster to the body’s immune system through production of white blood cells. They strengthen the body from within so as to be able to ward off infections.
3. Beet greens have even been known to be an effective remedy against Alzheimer’s disease.
How to Incorporate Beetroot in Your Diet
Beetroot makes a really popular salad ingredient because of its crunchy texture. It can be cut into slices along with other salad ingredients or it can even be grated and added over the salad to give it an even more colourful look. Grated beetroot can even be added along with coleslaw and used as a filling for your sandwich.
Another popular way of consuming beetroot is in the form of juice. The beets can easily be juiced in your own kitchen and can even be mixed with other fruits like apple or pomegranate.
Beetroot has been a favourite among the Russians for a long time. The famous Russian soup called Borscht is a classic beetroot recipe which you can try at home. If that proves to be too difficult, you can also simply boil the beets and marinate them with other herbs, oils, salad dressings or lemon juice.
Nutritional Benefits of Beetroot
Beetroot is a pretty versatile vegetable which contains a little bit of a lot of vitamins and minerals but does not specifically contain any one particular compound in a large quantity.
Some of the vitamins which beetroot gives to the body are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, thiamine and riboflavin. Apart from this, beet root also contains trace amounts of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. Beetroot also provides trace amounts of carbohydrates, proteins as well as dietary fibre.
One of the most amazing Murder Stories!!!
A true and bizarre tale ..For those who have served on jury.. this one is something to think about…Just when you think you have heard everything!!Do you like to read a good murder mystery? Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess.
This is an unbelievable twist of fate!!!!At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, (AAFS)President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death.
Here is the story:
On March 23, 1994……. the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus,and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide.. He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency.
As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.
The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.
When one intends to kill subject ‘A’ but kills subject ‘B’ in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject ‘B.’ When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were bothadamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore, the killing of Mr.Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded..
The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple’s son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident..
It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son’s financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother. Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn’t actually pull the trigger. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.
Now comes the exquisite twist.. Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus. He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother’s murder. This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window. The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself. So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.
(source: user skt on 25.11.2014)
It is all about Magic of Numbers
An IAS officer who is posted in North Tripura got a call at 10pm on 21st July. He was surprised to get a call so late in the night. A young voice from the other side apologised for calling so late and asked if he is free for a few minutes because the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi wants to talk to him.
His brain froze for a few seconds and he could feel his legs shivering. He meekly whispered yes and after a few beeps, the call was transferred and none other than Mr Modi was on call. Modi apologised to him again for calling so late and said that he is just done with a meeting with Mr Nitin Gadkari and they needed his help to repair National Highway 208-A connecting Tripura to the rest of the country. He says he doesn’t even remember how he responded to it. All he remembers is Modi telling him that the GOI has spoken to both the Assam and Tripura Government and all help would be provided to him to oversee the project.
He didn’t sleep that night. Modi’s voice kept echoing in his mind and he couldn’t believe what had just happened. He tried connecting all dots and couldn’t find any logic.
Next day, when he reached his office, he got communications from Tripura Government, Assam Government and GOI. He was sanctioned funds for the project to repair 15 kms of the highway. He immediately took his staff and went to visit the stretch. He found 6 JCBs standing there that were provided by Assam Government.
Over the next 4 days, more than 300 trucks with materials kept arriving and along with local workers and PWD officials from Assam and Tripura, he opened the highway for vehicles with necessities for Tripura.
Yesterday Mr Nitin Gadkari called him to thank him for his remarkable efforts and promised that NH-44 would be repaired on a war mode. He also asked him to visit PMO office whenever he is in Delhi.
That’s my India with such remarkable stories of valour and I am proud of it. This story signifies how the Central Government is concerned about its people and there are numerous, I repeat, numerous such stories from across the country.
(Tripura is not a BJP run state, remember)
Sent from my iPhone by user kapil on 26.08.2016)