Wednesday, July 22, 2015

He is to me what Hobbes is to him!

Calvin is a rebellious kid. He doesn’t like school and has problems with education. He is a little dark since he like being a little destructive. But his childish innocence is more charismatic than his mischievous!

His best buddy is Hobbes – His stuffed tiger doll. Hobbes is alive only for Calvin and is portrayed as a lifeless doll by the caricaturist Bill Watterson when there is a third person! So, what Hobbes says is just a figment of Calvin’s own imagination!

Here are a few that I enjoyed and why

The fun is actually in the mundane things you know but just don’t stop to describe it!

They say Math is not about plugging numbers in a formula and solving it. It is about “the approach” and “the angle” at which you look at it. Well, here is the approach and the angle!

Its not enough you arrive at solution to a problem. Its equally important to review it and look if something is wrong with your answer!

Writing (or composition as the sophisticated British call it!) is just as important as math!

Sometimes you have genuine reason for not completing your work at home!

If you are really focused in class, you wouldn’t realize the time pass! Would’nt you?

Knowledge is Power. But did you know it has drawbacks?
Plato, Swami Vivekandanda, Einstein, CV Raman, Jaggi Vasudev… all have a chink in the armour!
Calvin doesn’t!

But don't underestimate Calvin's creativity just because he is into reading, writing and math!

And finally, this is among my all time favourites!

There is always chear…
When Calvin is here!

Monday, May 4, 2015

பலம் (strength)!

Listen to me my love... you should eat well. That is the only way you become strong!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Explaining cheque clearance Hyderabadi style!

Hyderabadi Customer in a Bank:  Merku Cheque Deposit Karna Hai. Kab Tak Clear Karte?

Banker: 2 ya 3 Din Mein Clear Hojata.

Customer: Arre Miyan, Dono Bank’aan To Amne Samne Ich Hai. Phir Itti Der Kaiku?

Banker: Dekho ustad, Procedure Follow Karna Padhta. ‎Misal  ke Tor Pe, Agar Ap Qabristan Ke Bahar Accident Mein Margaye To Apku Ghar Ku Leke Jate, Gusal Dete, Kafan Pehnate, Janaze Ki Namaz Padhate. Ya Phir Marte Ich Samne Ke Qabristan Mein Dafan Karte kya?

Customer: Aise Baigan ke misala nako de re bhai, samaj gaya mai..!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Unique, Compassionate genie meets an Ironic end

I came to know of Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire. (S)he was a unique character. I guessed the fact that Robin Williams produced the eponymous movie, before looking up Wikipedia to verify it. For, at least to me, "unique" completely defines Robin Williams too! And who played the lead role in the movie Aladin? I don't know. But, at the mention of the word, the first picture that flashes across my mind is the ever-effusive sky-blue slave Genie! Not Aladin!

None can dispute his unparalleled talent in comedy and mimicry. However, that is not why I respect Robin Williams. He is well known as a comedian. But, in all the roles that I have seen him play, the familiar, kind smile didn't portray comedy so much as it did compassion . In fact, in a few movies such as "Good Will Hunting", comedy was conspicuous in its absence, but can one recall a movie where compassion was missing?

Nothing can be more apt an example to define the word "Irony" than his death. A man who has made many laugh and feel has died because of depression. I think the oft-used statement in obituaries written for artists  "A tragic and irreplaceable loss for the world of art" has to be repeated, for when it refers to Robin Williams, it can never be cliche.

Robin Williams.  Rest In Peace

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Guinness record for the longest typing mistake!

Say whatever you want about Dr. Swamy (and I have said a lot myself), but one has to admit he has a sense of humour! :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Engineer, Manager and the hot air balloon

Thanks to Facebook users, here is one that I found worth posting... after you know how long! :)

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says, “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”

“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.

“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s of no use to anyone.”

The man below says, “You must be in management.”

“I am,” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Home alone!

...So my mom calls up my sister to tell her that she has traveled safely to Bangalore from my sister' s home. My sister's six-year-old son picks up the call and was audibly upset that his grandparents have left. He says "Paatti, why don't you come back? I am alone here!". My mom got a bit worried and asked, "Why are you alone? Where are the rest?". He says, "Me, Hari-anna, Amma, Appa and Chinthamani paatti are all alone here!"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Friday, September 23, 2011


An excellent portrait of how TV has changed itself and all else in 20 years!

Retronym of "Follow"

Shared on social network by a friend that I was "following"!

Now I am thankful to the friend and Jesus to have provided a reminder of what "follow" used to mean by default! :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Childhood notions

As the reality that I am a father sinks in, I find myself frequently in conversation about children, childhood and their notions. The fact that there is an army of children under four in my extended family only makes this even more frequent.
My niece is a non-stop talker! As she gets home from playschool she keeps rattling things apparently related her own experience at school that day. What she speaks about is anyone's guess. But one thing can be said for sure. What she speaks about is always unrelated to what she does while talking. Almost as if she has two brains that work independently. One for speaking and another of everything else!
She sometimes says "You always speaking, no eating that why I keeping standing!" and sometimes she says "woh nai chahye" (Hindi for "I don't want that). When I ask her what she talking about, she says "That is my friend at schools. She speaks in Tamil"
Come to think of it, my own childhood memory tells me that I was no different. There was a time I believed that there are only three languages in the whole world. Tamil, Hindi and English. And there are only three religions in the world. Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Hindus speak Tamil, Muslims speak Hindi and Christians speak English. Real simple!
I have also believed that men are of two categories, the ones with mustache and the ones without. The ones with mustache smoke and the ones without it don't smoke. So, if anyone asked why my dad never had a mustache, I would have likely answered "Because he doesn't smoke! The day he started to have mustache, he would automatically start smoking!"

Saturday, September 10, 2011

What I carried for work yesterday!

As I started for work yesterday, I carried the weirdest set of items to the office, none of it relevant to work.

  • Pair of running shoes, running shorts and a bright yellow running T-shirt (which friends from my earlier company can't forget and will miss forever!)
  • Quarter kg of lady's finger (Okra) and a piece of Brinjal.
  • A frock that would fit a three-year old, a T-shirt and a pair of trousers that would fit a five-year old
  • A pair of formal pants, T-shirts, towel, tooth brush, soap box and under garments! 

We had a sports event at work in which I participated after which I was going to my brother's place to stay over the weekend. Conspicuous in its absence was the laptop! I forgot it at work the previous day! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meeting Deadlines

It has been such a long time since I filled up this space. Goes to show that not a lot of fun is going around in my life. But this is one strip that made my day today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sathish Acharya's Kopykatman on Osama's death

Sathish Acharya's cartoons continue to impress me. I think going through his cartoons is one sure shot way of exercising and reducing my bloating tummy! Here is his take on Osama's death and "burial at sea". Click on the image to make it readable

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lighter side of life: Bath

Today's conversation
My wife: "Why don't you go take bath?".
Me: "Let me have a hot cup of filter coffee and warm breakfast and go fully fresh to take bath!" :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sathish Acharya's cartoons!

Sathish Acharya's cartoons are part of my daily diet nowadays! Here are a couple of his recent best!

"Amul Baby"

After World Cup victory

Friday, October 8, 2010

Mixed bag of Picture jokes

A friend and ex-colleague of mine has a Facebook album full of a mixed bag if picture jokes. Quite a few of them are exceptional. Here are a few I liked!