Archive | September, 2008

Pay them !!!!

29 Sep

Politicians get more pay … “sure no problem” say the politicians. “It is we who are benefiting..”

Babus get more pay …. “sure thing” say the politicians. “It is they who show us where to put our thumb print”

Defence forces get more pay?… “What??” cry the morons. “What do they do? Other than Guarding our borders, Staying away from family, posted in the border districts, helping out during floods, plus put their lives at risks… they dont deserve a raise”….

We pay cess for everything.. everything from roads, to maintaining politicians, their cars, their jaunts, their cronies, and their families… yet when it comes to paying the armed forces, the morons (sorry politicians) want to form a committee.

What idiots…

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Whats next folks? Sarees for men?

24 Sep

Apparently Skirts for men were the new thing at the India Coutre Week (link courtesy CNN/IBN ).

Whats next Sarees?

I’d like to see him walk down Brigade Road in this outfit…

UPDATE: As Mytri points out in her comments below, there was a time when Sarees were worn by men.. ayyo ayyo ayyo !!!!

Generation to Generation – 2

23 Sep

Feeling really silly…

Every generation thinks that they had a better time than the ones that followed. How many times have you heard your dad or your grandfather start a sentence with “During my times….” and you groan…

How many times have YOU started to say to your son or daughter “You see, when I was your age…” and immediately heard the sound of snoring…. I am willing to bet that you’ve done it quite a few times.. me too.. guilty as charged…

So heres a highly exaggerated version how different generations view things…

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Gassy Issue

18 Sep

Written words have a wonderful way of conveying the wrong thing. Heres a email we received from M’s Personal Assistant:

Dear All,

Mr. M will not be coming to the office because he has a back pain due to some gas problems

Regards, X

Heres what had happened to M. He had sprained his back trying to lift a full Gas Cylinder.

Sucking up still works

18 Sep

Well folks if you think being servile was passe think again. Our Honorable “Super Efficient” Home Minister got a new lease on life and an opportunity to showcase his talents further.

Whats more… the Government is appointing another minister for Internal Security. That way the blame gets distributed and the press/opposition now have the satisfaction of asking for two peoples resignations…

In the meantime Shivraj Patil is shopping for more clothes…. and the PM warns of more terror attacks. Notice here no one mentions anything about tougher laws….

What a country….

Say that Again Plisss?

15 Sep

Got this one as an email forward.

Literal translations between languages and local customs can be funny. Heres what some American companies found when they tried to launch their products overseas.

When Braniff translated a slogan touting its upholstery, “Fly in leather,” it came out in Spanish as “Fly naked.”

Coors (beer) put its slogan, “Turn it loose,” into Spanish, where it was read as “Suffer from diarrhea.”

Chicken magnate Frank Perdue’s line, “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken,” sounds much more interesting in Spanish: “It takes a sexually stimulated man to make a chicken affectionate.”

Not to be outdone, Puffs tissues tried later to introduce its product, only to learn that “Puff” in german is a colloquial term for a whorehouse. The English weren’t too fond of the name either, as it’s a highly derogatory term for a non-heterosexual.

The Chevy Nova never sold well in Spanish speaking countries. “No va” means “it doesn’t go” in Spanish.

When Pepsi started marketing its products in China a few years back, they translated their slogan, “Pepsi Brings You Back to Life” pretty literally. The slogan in Chinese really meant, “Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave.”

When Coca-Cola first shipped to China, they named the product something that when pronounced sounded like “Coca-Cola.” The only problem was that the characters used meant “Bite the wax tadpole.” They later changed to a set of characters that mean “Happiness in the mouth.”

A hair products company, Clairol, introduced the “Mist Stick”, a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that mist is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the manure stick.

When Gerber first started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as here in the USA – with the cute baby on the label. Later they found out that in Africa companies routinely put pictures on the label of what’s inside since most people can’t read.

Bus Rides for a Rupee

12 Sep

So you can get to ride the Volvo buses in Bangalore for a Rupee !!! Yay !!!!

Before we rejoice.. its only for 4 days.

Coincidentally its also during the 4 days when the BJP has its meet in Bangalore… Hmmmm