I am James Bond ! ! !

Got an excellent forward today that had me in permanent splits.

Posting it here.

In 1998, Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Computers contacted Sean Connery & asked him to star in some Television advertisements for Apple Products.

Here’s the reply he sent him.

 Sean's reply to Steve


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An email I received a few days ago. I don’t know how much of this is really true, if any of it is. But if it is, then its a really worrying fact.

First no WMDs in IRAQ, & now Libya. Looks like the beginning of the Oil Wars to me. I wonder how much longer will it take for say China to start rattling its sabers against India / Taiwan and other countries in Asia.

It is in the worlds best interests if it wakes up to the veiled threat to world peace, the supposedly ‘Last Baston of Equality, Freedom’ is fast becoming.

Now without further ado, here’s the email reproduced.
“Why Gaddafi end like This….?”

Libya and Libyan “dictator” Muammar Gaddafi:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.

2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.

3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.

4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$ 50,000 ) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.

6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms

– all for free.

7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $ 2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.

8. In Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50% of the price.

9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.

10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.

12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US $5 ,000

14. 25% of Libyans have a university degree

15. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

Was he a dictator? Or is this oil war?

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Suffering a writer’s block.

Haven’t updated my blog for quite a while now… suffering a writer’s block….

Dunno why but have gone blank. SIMPLY BLANK.

Any Ideas, Steve Jobs though a notable fellow by himself, doesn’t excite me enough for a blog post…

With the imminent threat of a Malarial infection in the background (haven’t been keeping well for the past week. Constant returning temperatures are beginning to worry me and the family.) makes it even harder to concentrate.

Lets see might have a blast of fresh ideas.

Till then sit tight.


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Questions You Always Wanted To Ask, But Didn’t Know Whom To?

So I’m back with another post….

If you know me, and have been reading my posts, you know I have a penchant for the off-beat, the uncharted, the different.

So I bring to you, a collection of questions you always wanted to ask, but didn’t know whom to ask. Or even worse, you felt pretty embarrassed to ask.

Well your wait is over. I’ve taken the trouble to get answer to these. So without further ado, these are here:-

Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left? 

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since. 

Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help? 

A: This comes from the French word m’aidez -meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately,’ mayday.’ 

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’? 

A: In France, where tennis became popular, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’ 

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’? 

A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player. 

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? 

A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own. 

Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’? 

A:Invented in 1825,limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatrical performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’? 

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?

A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France , learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ So he had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.

Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches (milling), while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren’t notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.
So there! Now you know!

Looking forward to your Comments.

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When Keyboard Keys Become Alive

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Sonia Gandhi’s Surgery?

Recd this on my email today…..

Check it out folks…..



Sonia Gandhi’s Surgery?

Ever wondered why the Congress is so tight lipped about this so called ‘surgery’?

Ever wondered why this shroud of secrecy behind her surgery?
Ever wondered why Madam Gandhi had to go at this time for surgery? And what was the ailment that could not have been attended to by Indian doctors?
Ever wondered that she is accompanied by her family members AND NOT A SINGLE DOCTOR (NOT EVEN HER PERSONAL PHYSICIAN) has accompanied her.  Most unusual!

 If the then Prime MInister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s knees could have been replaced in Mumbai by a surgeon of Indian origin, why Madam Gandhi needed to go abroad for her surgery?

 And even Manmohan Singh though a pensioner of the World bank and able to get free medical treatment in the US, got his heart surgery done in Delhi…….

And has she actually gone to the US or some other country? It is strongly suspected that the need for her to go abroad at this time is linked to the fact that Dr. Subramaniam Swamy’s petition for the permission to prosecute Madam Gandhi (an MP) for corruption charges, pending with the Prime Minister’s Office, has to be decided before the end of August this year.

 Dr. Swamy has given incontrovertible proof of Sonia Gandhi’s accounts in foreign banks, and these cannot be overlooked or ignored.

 Madam Gandhi is actually suffering from an acute enlargement of her wealth gland. The real surgery for which Madam Gandhi has gone abroad has to do with the operation of her illegal bank accounts, as time is running out for her and her cronies. That is why even Kalanidhi Maran has disappeared from Chennai and is rumoured to have escaped to Zurich. 


लोका: समस्ता: सुखिनो भवन्तु

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1. You say ‘town ‘ and expect everyone to know that this means south of Churchgate. X_X

2 You speak in a dialect of Hindi called ‘Bambaiya Hindi’,
which only Bombayites can understand. ({})

3. Your door has more than three locks. =))

4. Rs 500 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.

5. Train timings ( 9.27 , 10.49 etc) are really important events of life.

6. You spend more time each month traveling than you spend at home.

7. You call an 8′ x 10′ clustered room a Hall.

8.. You’re paying Rs 10,000 for a 1 room flat, the size
of walk-in closet and you think it’s a ‘steal.’

9. You have the following sets of friend: school friends, college friends, neighborhood friends, office friends and yes, train friends, a species unique only in Bombay.

10. Cabbies and bus conductors think you are from Mars
if you call the roads by their Indian name,
they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar  Road, Altamount Road

11. Stock market quotes are the only other thing* besides cricket
which you follow passionately.

12. The first thing that you read in the Times of India is the
‘ Bombay Times’ supplement.

13. You take fashion seriously.
You’re suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.

14.. Hookers, beggars and the homeless are invisible.

15. You compare Bombay to New York ‘s Manhattan instead of any other cities of India.

16. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.

17. You insist on calling CST as VT, and Sahar and
Santacruz airports instead of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

18. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.

19. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.

20. Being truly alone makes you nervous.

21.Url dress up half naked (boxers) n think itz kool

22. You love wading through knee deep mucky water in the monsoons, and actually call it ”romantic’.

23. Only in Bombay, you would get Chinese Dosa and
Jain Chicken =)) X_X :p

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This is a post reproduced word to word from a note written by Nitin Gupta a B-TECH from IIT-Bombay.

I found the post credible enough and am reproducing it here, for my readers. You can post your view either here, or directly on Nitin’s Note here.

Luv & Regards,



It took them an year to act against Raja, 6 months to arrest Kalmadi and 1 day to detain Ramdev!!

Irony is PM had TONS of Evidence to enforce arrests.detain RAJA and KALMADI and NONE against RAMDEV.

Also ironical was the fact that Ramdev was detained for asking what UPA promised before the 2009 Elections.

bringing black money back in India!!

In a shameful irony, Now Enforcement Directorate is being directed to probe Ramdev.

The same ED which was questioned by Supreme Court for going easy on HASAN ALI ( $ 8 Billion tax offender) months back, where SC criticized the UPA’s Inertia to investigate against Hasan Ali and said, ” WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN HIS COUNTRY! There are instances when minor offenders are shot down for violating section 144 CrPC, but you [SG] don’t take action against these people [black money hoarders].We are very sorry. All these people [black money hoarders] are now free”



According to RAMDEV, “I was forced to give a letter of consent in the hotel during the meeting with govt representatives which said that I will call off my fast by June 6. ALL MY DEMANDS EXCEPT FOR BLACK MONEY WILL BE CONCEDED TO!.”


Welcome to the biggest DeMOCKERYcies in the world: INDIA




The total wealth of both Gandhis, as per their election returns, is just Rs 3.63 crore, and Sonia owns no Car!!!!

May be that’s why Pranab Mukherjee is so scared of making the names of Swiss Bank Account holders public!

Following are a few compelling reasons why Congress would go out of the way (including arresting people who stage peaceful protests) to make sure BLACK MONEY never comes back…


In 1991, The effects of License Raj, reached a Flash Point.

India’s fiscal deficit was 8.5 percent of GDP. The country faced a huge “Balance of Payments” crisis.

and was heading towards a default, and the Reserve Bank refused additional credit.

India had to mortgage its gold deposits to raise money from IMF.

In other words, Indian Economy stared at Bankruptcy.

Foreign reserves barely amounted to $ 1 billion. (only worth one weeks of Import)



When the countries, foreign reserves were a mere 1 Billion Dollars!!!!

RAJIV GANDHI had more than twice the amount in his personal accounts!!!

RAJIV GANDHI was rightly given the BHARAT RATNA for dwarfing the country’s reserves.. .How many of us can do that ?

For he literally had more Ratna’s in a personal account than the entire nations Forex Reserves!

Who was the beneficiary of all that amount after Rajiv Gandhi’s Death?

Sonia Gandhi.

2. Gandhi Family benefited from the RUSSIAN SPY OUTFIT,  KGB, says book

According to the archives of the Russian spy outfit KGB, Gandhi family has accepted political pay-offs from the KGB to fund their election campaigns in India, Infact they were regular recipients of KGB Money — a clear case of treason besides bribe.

SEE ANNEXURE 12: News Clipping from Times of India 27.6.92 and Hindu dt. July 4, 92 regarding receipt of payment by Rajiv Gandhi & family from KGB..

Dr. Yevgenia Albats, an acclaimed investigative journalist, appointed by then President Yeltsin to investigate KGB affairs, mentions in her book, The State with in the State : “A letter signed by Victor Chebrikov, then KGB Chief who stated : ‘‘The USSR KGB maintains contact with the SON of the Premier Minister Rajiv Gandhi (of India). R Gandhi expresses deep gratitude for the benefits accruing to the Prime Minister’s family from the commercial dealings of the firm he controls in co-operation with the Soviet foreign trade organizations. R Gandhi reports confidentially that a substantial portion of the funds obtained through this channel are used to support the party of R Gandhi’.”

Furthermore, In December 2005, KGB chief Victor Chebrikov had asked for authorization from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, “to make payments in US dollars to the family members of Rajiv Gandhi, namely Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ms Paola Maino, mother of Sonia Gandhi.”

The spokesperson defended such financial payments as necessary in “Soviet ideological interest

Part of the funds were used by the Maino family to fund loyal Congress party candidates in the General Elections.



The Maino family have had extensive business dealings with Saddam Hussein.



RAHUL GANDHI expenses and tuition fees, when he was at Harvard, was paid from that Cayman Island account.



Here is a curious account of Dr. Manmohan Singh’s behavior….

November 2007, The PM, objected to the Raja Model of not auctioning Spectrum and asked him to be transparent.

Raja: “I am only going by the policy (of the previous government) in force”

January 3, 2008 ( a month later), The PM, quite intriguingly, just ‘acknowledged’ Raja’s letter — virtually giving a go-ahead to Raja.

October 28, 2009, When CBI raids Raja’s Office, He retorts, “why should I resign? I had done everything in consultation with the PM”.


Dr. Subramaniyam Swami writes to the PM highlighting the Fraud.

May 24, 2010, the PM admitted that Raja had told him that he was only following the policy laid down previously — virtually approving the fraud.

Dr. SWAMI writes again 5 times to the PM seeking sanction to prosecute A Raja (with sufficient prima facie evidence). NO REPLY!!!


Nov 2010: SC asks why the PM took 11 months to respond to a request by Subramaniam Swamy that asked for Telecom Minister A Raja to be prosecuted for the 2G scam.

The PM’s OBJECTION in November 2007 turned into NO OBJECTION in January 2008 and finally became his APPROVAL in May 2010.


Where did that money go?? Not to the Prime Minister Relief Fund, I suppose.

So Mr. Mukherjee whenever you dodge the question of bringing the Black Money back to India by saying, ” We have to respect International Commitments!”



1. Why did you reject Germany’s open offer to give names?

In early 2008, Germany’s Intelligence bribed — bribed? Yes — an informant in LGT Bank in Liechtenstein and got a CD containing the names of some 1,500 tax dodgers, and raided half of them, who were its citizens. It also offered, free of cost, the names of citizens of other countries.

Many accepted the offer gratefully. NOT INDIA?

Why Mr. Mukherjee?  Why did Indian Government not take the data when it was offered?????

Which International commitment would that have broken????

Instead you went on an signed a Tax Treaty with Germany which requires you not to disclose the names of the people.

Then you went and signed a pact with Swiss Bank in 2010, according to which, only the money which will be deposited post this treaty is signed can be gotten back..


If Swiss Govt. is ready to give information on future dealings, why not past dealings???

Also Information for the same can’t be shared with anyone, not with Enforcement Directorate, not even the Parliament.


2. Why was UBS (Leading Swiss Bank) given an INDIAN BANKING LICENSE?

RBI was against giving banking licenses to UBS. ( One of the top SWISS BANKS which holds Black Money)

Because UBS bank had not helped track to track the alleged money laundering by Hasan Ali Khan.

Why was then the UBS granted a Banking License to operate in India in 2008?

Ironically enough, That was the first time since 2002-03 that RBI has issued a new licence to a FOREIGN BANK

What a great PICK!!!

At one hand you say, SWISS BANKS don’t cooperate with us, at the other hand you grant the BIGGEST OFFENDER an Indian Banking License..

What is going on Mr. Mukherjee ?

Should we not read between the lines?


When, in the G20 preparatory meeting at Berlin, Germany and France were threatening to blacklist Swiss and other secret tax shelters (US eventually got the list by filing a Law Suit against the same bank, UBS) Indian representatives, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, along with Dr Rakesh Mohan, did not utter a word in support of Germany and France. India, a principal victim of banking secrecy, should have been leading the war cry against it.

So much for the promise you made before 2009 Elections.

This is how you betray the Indian Public.


SONIA G has been vocal about Zero Tolerance to Corruption, “elect us, we will investigate into black money, UPA is committed to Zero Tolerance for Corruption”.

Really? Let’s look at the track record !!


Russian Government was ready to give all the documents citing your families, KGB connections, provided CBI gets a Letter Rogatory for which an FIR is a prerequisite.  Why was CBI not allowed to file that FIR ???


In June 2003, Interpol found that Quattrocchi ( BOFORS accused) and Maria had two accounts, bearing numbers 5A5151516L and 5A5151516M in the London branch of the Swiss bank BSI AG with Euros three million and $1 million.They were frozen on CBI’s request.

British courts later repeatedly turned down Quattrocchi’s several appeals to de-freeze the accounts.

But, on December 22, 2005, the Congress led UPA government U-turned. H R Bharadwaj (Now Infamous Karnatka Governor), the law minister, got the additional solicitor general of India, B Dutta, to go to London to do the dirty job of releasing the amounts.

Then in 2009, UPA government had shamelessly let Quattrocchi off the hook by removing his name from global red alert. Because of the red alert he was always in danger of being caught and sent to India.

Why did the BOFORS accused, Quattrocchi got away eventually due to lack of a case is anybody’s guess…

Why would the Black Money never come back now is anybody’s guess..


With Zero Expectations, I have a small request though Pranab Da, Next time when you are asked about why Black Money can’t be brought back to India. Please don’t BULLSHIT us on National T.V with your answers like, ” We have international commitments! We can’t force a Sovereign Nation to give details…”

Say you DON’T WANT TO.


So please don’t mislead people with technicalities.

…. for one, it insults our Intelligence!

and two, It looks like an obvious case of KISS ASS! Or as they say in Congress, “ITALIAN KISS

and I say that with all due disrespect to you Mr. Pranab Mukherjee!!


Ironically India’s SARAH PALIN, Digvijay Singh had said couple of days ago, ” If we were afraid of Baba Ramdev, We would have ARRESTED HIM!”  

What is congress afraid of is any body’s guess….

Furthermore, According to Subramaniyam Swamy :  Sonia Gandhi ordered Home Minister P Chidambaram to act against Ramdev at 10.20 PM ( June 4) Saturday night saying “Show that half naked Mendicant, what sbe is!


TO SUM UP, this is what happened…

Sonia Sonia…..Yes Baba ,

Doing corruption …..     No baba,

Having Black money ….. No baba,

Show me ur account ….. Bhaad me ja ..



B.Tech, IIT Bombay

P.S: Everyone is free to share this article. But incase you want to mail it, don’t copy paste the contents, MAIL THE LINK INSTEAD.


because the formatting of the Article is often lost in copy paste, also people don’t bother to attach the requisite Annexures. So the Article becomes becomes less readable and less credible.

ANNEXURE 10_43: An e-mail from the magazine addressed to Dr Swamy on February 22, 2002 confirming Rajiv Gandhi’s secret account


ANNEXURE 10_44: Extracts from magazine Schweizer Illustrierte of Nov. 11, 1991, issue regarding Rajiv Gandhi’s numbered Swiss bank a/c amounting to 2 billion dollars

ANNEXURE 10_44: Extracts from magazine Schweizer Illustrierte of Nov. 11, 1991, issue regarding Rajiv Gandhi’s numbered Swiss bank a/c amounting to 2 billion dollars.

ANNEXURE 10_45: Extracts from magazine Schweizer Illustrierte of Nov. 11, 1991, issue regarding Rajiv Gandhi’s numbered Swiss bank a/c amounting to 2 billion dollars.

ANNEXURE 10_46: Extracts from magazine Schweizer Illustrierte of Nov. 11, 1991, issue regarding Rajiv Gandhi’s numbered Swiss bank a/c amounting to 2 billion dollars.

Annexure 18_68 : Dr.Subramanian Swamy’s letter to Director, CBI enclosing a news item in Indian Express regarding receipt of funds by Congress Party from Saddam Hussain.

Annexure 18_69 : Dr.Subramanian Swamy’s letter to Director, CBI enclosing a news item in Indian Express regarding receipt of funds by Congress Party from Saddam Hussain.

Annexure 12_55 : News Clipping from Times of India 27.6.92 and Hindu dt. July 4, 92 regarding receipt of payment by Rajiv Gandhi & family from KGB..

Annexure 12_56 : News Clipping from Times of India 27.6.92 and Hindu dt. July 4, 92 regarding receipt of payment by Rajiv Gandhi & family from KGB..

Annexure 12_57 : News Clipping from Times of India 27.6.92 and Hindu dt. July 4, 92 regarding receipt of payment by Rajiv Gandhi & family from KGB..

Annexure 17_66 : Dr.Subramanian Swamy’s letter to the then Union Finance Minister Mr.Yeshwant Sinha regarding Rahul Gandhi’s foreign bank a/c and the acknowledgement of the letter by the Minister.

Annexure 17_67 : Dr.Subramanian Swamy’s letter to the then Union Finance Minister Mr.Yeshwant Sinha regarding Rahul Gandhi’s foreign bank a/c and the acknowledgement of the letter by the Minister.

Annexure 13 : An unofficial translation of V.Chebrikov, KGB Chief’s,letter to the Central Committee of Communist Party of Soviet Union regarding payment to Rajiv Gandhi’s family..

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Put the Glass Down.

A chemistry professor decided to teach his students a different lesson one day. Holding a glass of water in his hand, he asked the students, “How much do you think this glass of water weighs?” “500 grams!” came a voice from the back. “600,” said another student. “I don’t really know!” said the professor, holding the glass up to make sure everyone could see it. “And unless we weigh it, we won’t know.” With the glass still in his outstretched hand, the professor continued, “What will happen if I hold it like this for a few minutes?”

“Nothing!” came the reply. “Right, and if I hold it for an hour like this, what might happen?” “Your hand will begin to hurt,” said a student. “Indeed. And what would happen if I held the glass in my hand like this for 24 hours?”

“You would be in tremendous pain,” said one student. “Your hand will probably go numb,” said another. “Your arm will be paralyzed and we’ll need to rush you to the hospital!” said a student on the last bench.

“True,” said the professor. “But notice that through all this, the weight of the glass did not change. What then causes the pain?”

The class went quiet. The students seemed puzzled.“What should I do to avoid the pain?” asked the professor. “Put the glass down!” said a student.

“Well said!” exclaimed the professor. “And that’s a lesson I want you to remember. The problems and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. But think about it a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything. It’s important to remember to let go of your problems. Remember to put the glass down!”

We may not have been in that classroom that day, but it’s a lesson we would all do well to remember. Put the glass down! Always. It’s not just problems and worries. Sometimes, we feel hurt and betrayed by a friend. And we carry that grudge through our lives. It grows and causes us anguish and pain. Learning to forgive – and forget – is not just good for the other people, it’s great for you. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in jail and when he was finally freed, you can understand how angry and vengeful he must have felt. But guess what? When he became President, he invited his jailers to be present at the inauguration – in the VIP seats! If he could forgive after 27 years of suffering, surely we can too.

It is the same with our fears too. A failure or an incident in early childhood becomes a deeply entrenched fear over time. Fear of public speaking, fear of Maths, fear of rejection. You name it, and chances are, we have it. Someone gave us that glass to hold when we were little kids – ‘you are clumsy, you are no good, you can’t do it’ – and we have faithfully held on to it all our lives. ‘I can’t’ – becomes a thought that stays in our mind and grows – leading us to complete paralysis. Time to put the glass down!

The story goes that there was a hardworking man who lived a contented life with his wife and children. Every evening when he returned from work, he’d follow a ritual. Outside the door to his house were three nails. On the first one, he’d put his hat. On the second he’d hang his coat. And on the third nail, he’d unwrap an imaginary turban from his head and ‘put’ it there. A friend happened to see this and enquired what he was putting on the third nail every day. “Those are my problems, my worries and my anger,” said the man. “I have lots of that at work, but when I come home, I remember to take it off – and leave them outside. I don’t take them home with me.” Maybe you should learn to do that too. Starting today. Put the glass down. And see the difference!

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The Real Reason Why The Cost of Petrol is so High!

Received on my BBM. Can’t guarantee to its authenticity. But thought it worthwhile to share it here.

Do Leave back your comments / suggestions on the same.

Whether you’ve got accolades  or Brickbats. both are welcome in the same spirit. (returned with thanks. :P)

The media has been constantly talking about rising crude oil prices and how the Indian OMCs are losing so much money as a result of fuel subsidies. To a logical mind, it seems obvious that if international crude oil prices are rising, there is no way we can escape the brunt of it. But if you look at some basic facts, you get a feeling that there has been some deliberate shaping of public opinion. In fact, fuel prices need not be as high as they are now.

The problem is that we fail to ask how much petrol really costs. Let’s try some simple arithmetic. International crude oil prices are hovering around US$ 112.5 per barrel. That translates to about Rs 5,085 per barrel. Each barrel contains about 158.76 litres. So, effectively crude oil costs Rs 32 per litre. Now, add the cost of refining it to petrol or diesel. According to an oil company official, the refining cost is about 52 paise per litre. Add about Rs 6 as capital costs for the refinery. Then there’s the cost of transportation (Rs 6) and dealer’s commission (Rs 1.05). So, adding all that,

the price of petrol comes to about Rs 45.6 per litre. But how much are we actually paying for petrol? Rs 68.3 in Mumbai, Rs 63.4 in New Delhi, Rs 71 in Bangalore!Why are we paying so much more and to whom? The answer is tax.

Not many are aware about the huge quantum of central and state government taxes and duties levied on fuel prices. In some states the tax component is pretty close to 50%. To add to that, these taxes are levied as a percentage of the basic price of the fuel and aren’t fixed per litre. That means rising fuel prices only add more to the government’s kitty. But all we hear about are the huge subsidies and the bleeding OMCs.

An optimal solution at the moment would be to reduce the tax burden on fuels. But neither the central government nor the state governments have shown any willingness to budge one bit….


Recd this response from a friend who’s in the know of how the ball rolls in these fields. I append it below for ur perusal :

“This is true, apart from Central Sales tax and State Sales tax – there is heavy excise duty also charged on the fuel, and CVD credit is not considered while calculating the same”

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