A social psychologist and a social worker were having dinner, served family style. The entrée was fish but the serving platter contained one larger piece of fish and one smaller piece. Each said politely, “Choose first.”
“No, you choose first.”
After a while, the psychologist said, “All right, I’ll go first.” and took the larger piece.
The social worker asked, “Why did you take the big piece? That’s impolite!”
The social psychologist replied, “Which piece would you have taken?”
“Why, I would have taken the small piece, of course.”
“Well, that’s what you have!”
When a man marries his mistress, he immediately creates a vacancy.
1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
2. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
3. Those who live by the sword, get shot by those who don’t.
Look at our neighbors
China’s architect Chairman Mao said “Power flows from the barrel of the gun”.
Pakistan for more than half of its independent history has been under one dictator or another.
Myanmar is still under military junta.
Neighbors like Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka still have strong influence of army in the daily matters of the state.
India itself also had a dictator, who almost successfully legitimized herself.
Yet Indian army simply minds its own business. It has no political ambition and its preferences never shape the policies of the nation. WHY?
What is there in the country that is preventing them to do it?
My first response would be size and complexity. India is too large for a coop to be successful. To stage a military uprising, you would have to arrest 700 members of parliament, another 25 Chief ministers, have the support of atleast 100 military garrisons (army, airforce, paramilitary and navy) All this in a country where the 3 dense chiefs can’t even talk to each other informally over a phone (unless the defense minister is present) would sound like a remarkable feat. But then military chiefs have ruled over China and Russia.
Then I thought maybe politics is not what they want. But then I could find 3 well publicized instances where the Army Chiefs said a few words against their incompetent political masters and were dealt with.
1) Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, a war hero and the first army chief of independent India, said a few words against politicians. Nehru, could not ask him to resign, so he had him exiled in a golden cage. Nehru promoted him to High Commissioner to Australia in 1953.
2) In 1959, K. S. Thimayya was forced to resign when he bad mouthed his Defense Minister V.K. Krishna Menon
3) Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, after liberating Bangladesh, stupidly said that he had an offer to join the Pak army and if he had did, Indians would have been defeated. Indira Gandhi made sure that this was his last public appearance.
So what do you think is the reason?
Please note how badly mutilated and torn the sheet of paper has become.
- Courtesy Karthi
Recently there was an office email debate going on about the benefits of Homeopathy
The views range from:
Homeopathy is a glorified placebo prescribed by quacks.
There is so much diet and other restrictions. Do you think I am crazy that I would go for it?
Homeopathy is the best medicine that a man can get. It boosts ones immunity, has no side effect. What else can you ask for?
One gentleman even forwarded me the link to this 5 million dollar experiment conducted by BBC proving that Homeopathy is nothing more than a placebo.
My personal take after all this (and I am no qualified medical professional) is that:
Most medicines have a psychological element attached to it and hence the very feeling that some near and dear one cares for us and that we are getting the right medicine has more healing effects than the medicine themselves. Hence even if they don’t work, I would prefer a pill popper to consume Homeopathy/Ayurvedic medicine rather than any toxic bio-medical concoction which the doctors normally prescribe.
Whats your take?
Well if you do, then don’t read about the new injection which my college IIT Kharagpur has developed. Because in wrong hands, it has change the course of next 10 years of your life.
You are given 3 jugs of water
X, an empty jug with a capacity of 19L
Y, a 13L jug filled with water
Z, a 7L jug filled with water.
Through pouring and without using any additional tools/containers you have to give me 2 jugs with 10L each. Can you help me?
To practice, there is a nice xls sheet with animation to give you company.