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Share Spice Up Life
2015-12-26 18:02
When I was a little kid growing up in India, we often moved between different states that each had atleast a different predominant language, a different cuisine and a different music, even though they all had many similarities too. I suppose I had a particularly sensitive sense of taste and did not like strong flavours. I could not stand the 'heat' of spices like chillies and cloves, the 'zing' of ginger, the sourness of tamarind, the 'sting' of mint and the strange bitterness of asafoetida am ...
Personal category: StoryTeller|1122 views|3 comments Popularity 1
Share Summer Rain on Someone's Parade - Contrasting Metaphors
2015-12-25 07:55
The Earth is parched and scorched in the merciless sun. The sky has been cloudless or sometimes an odd, isolated cloud floats in the vast blue ocean that is the sky. It is a bit of divine teasing. Heat and dust is everywhere around. Not enough water to drink, bathe, cook, wash clothes and clean. People are looking dirty, raggedy and 'hot under the collar', which literally develops a dark, almost black ring of smear from a mixture of sweat and dirt in the air within a few hours of taking a show ...
Personal category: Quote Me|1015 views|2 comments Popularity 1
Share The Only Place...
2015-12-24 14:13
I would reckon that most people live lives where they cannot speak out their mind easily, tell the truth as they see it, voice their opinions and thoughts freely without need to censor them or sugar coat them. I would wager that people sometimes have to 'agree' with their bosses or those that have considerable power and clout over them, even while disagreeing with them in their hearts. It is one of the ways to make sure the bills get paid, that they get to eat and to have some degree of comfor ...
Personal category: Quote Me|1052 views|2 comments Popularity 2
Share Getting away with it!
2015-12-23 10:37
The phrase in the title means - someone did not face a consequence of their action or did not get a justified punishment for their wrong doing or crime.The phrase usually brings up in the mind a feeling that someone got away with something they should not have. It usually has a negative connotation to it. It implies justice has not been served or that injustice won. Look around you and observe. We constantly, regularly or frequently see people getting away with it. - Politicians get away wit ...
Personal category: Quote Me|1930 views|10 comments Popularity 8
Share A Word I hate From My Culture
2015-12-15 17:39
It is common to see translations of words and phrases from different cultures often making their way into another language or even the original word itself. Most of them migrate with just one specific meaning associated with them, particularly if they have a strong connotation of being positive or negative. Examples are :- "Pariah", "Caste", "Leftover women". "Caste" was a word manufactured by Europeans to describe something found in Indian culture, but not quite accurately. It has become a c ...
Personal category: Quote Me|1314 views|1 comments Popularity 2
Share CCCP USA Style
2015-12-13 09:38
No! The first part of the title is not written in Cyrillic script! It stands for Cynical Calculating Corrupted Politics. It seems that it no longer matters exactly WHAT a candidate or politician says or suggests or means. It is all about posturing, calculating how it will affect their access to power. A certain, ambiguous or plainly oxymoronic language is supposedly a requirement to stay in the political arena. Anyone suggesting anything in plain, simple unambiguous language is immediately vil ...
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Share PNC Shambhu - Age and Weight
2015-12-12 17:58
When PNC Shambhu went to the USA for his graduate studies, he was still a young man, eager to learn and share insights about different places and people. He was very fortunate to get a 'host' family who kept a loving, watchful eye over him as part of a program arranged by his university. They introduced him to life in the new country. They sometimes took him in during holidays and occasions. It was a single parent family - a mother raising two adopted children. One of them happened to be ...
Personal category: StoryTeller|963 views|2 comments Popularity 1
Share The Last Post? - It was nice knowing y'all!
2015-12-11 13:36
Dear All, It is with some regret that I want to inform you that I will be winding down my participation on ChinaDaily. I am rather disappointed in the way CD and some moderators handle posts that can legitimately be seen as threats or intimidation. I have tried to contribute to making debate on CD more about ideas and less about persons and personalities. In the process, sometimes I have given back as good as I have got in areas of put downs or teasing, but never indulged in threatening or intim ...
Personal category: Quote Me|2631 views|22 comments Popularity 11
Share What do you view yourself as?
2015-12-10 18:03
In order of priority - A living creature - A Human being - A father, son, brother, friend, cousin - An Professional - A citizen These translate into what I consider the most important causes in life to which I owe my loyalties - The living world - The human society - The personal relationships - The profession or work I do - The countries to which I belong The first three are nat ...
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Share The Purple Egg
2015-11-30 13:31
The Multibillionaire was on stage. He saw a sea of faces looking up to him from the crowded, large theatre. There was no standing room. It was packed to the rafters. The spotlight shone on him and the table in front of him. It shone on a large brown-coloured egg kept in an open, beautiful red velvet-lined tiny gold casket. The image of him, next to that of the brightly illuminated brown egg was projected on to a large screen display behind him and on large television screens all around th ...
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