What Does Love Mean?

1. “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
Rebecca – age 8

2. When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Billy – age 4

3. “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
Karl – age 5

4. “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

5. “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4

6. “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

7. “Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss”
Emily – age 8

8. “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen,”
Bobby – age 7

9. “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,”
Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

10. “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”
Noelle – age 7

The Autobiography of A Good Joke.

Here is a lovely quote:

“…The diamond is precious from its scarcity, and, for the same reason, a new thought is beyond all price.
On rare occasions some commanding genius astonishes the world by a new joke ; but this is an event,-the event of the year in which the grand thing is uttered…”

Guys ENagar seems to be running low on jokes… so please put on ur thinking caps, and share your giggles with us 🙂

Happy Birthday

“It was my 30th birthday and I wasn’t feeling too great when I woke up that morning.

I went down to breakfast knowing my wife would be pleasant and say “Happy Birthday” and probably have a present for me.

She didn’t even say “Good Morning,” let alone “Happy Birthday.”

I figured, “Well, that’s wives for you. The children will remember.” The children came down to breakfast and didn’t say a word.

When I started to the office I was feeling pretty low and despondent. As I walked into my office, my secretary Janet said, “Good Morning, Boss, Happy Birthday.”

I felt a little better – at least someone had remembered.

I worked until noon, then Janet knocked on my door and said, “You know, it is such a beautiful day outside and it’s your birthday, let’s go to lunch, just you and me.”

I said, “That’s the greatest thing I’ve heard all day. Let’s go.

We went to lunch. We didn’t go where we normally go. We went out into the country to a little private place. We had two martinis and enjoyed lunch tremendously.

On the way back to the office, she said, “You know, it is such a beautiful day, we don’t need to go back to the office, do we?” I said, “No, I guess not.” She said, “Let’s go to my apartment.”

After arriving at her apartment, she smiled at me and said, “If you don’t mind, I think I’ll go into the bedroom and slip into something more comfortable.”

Mad at my wife for forgetting about my birthday, not to mention that Janet was quite beautiful, I felt justified in staying. “Sure,” I
excitedly replied.

She went into the bedroom and, after a few minutes, she came out carrying a big birthday cake, followed by my wife, children and dozens of our friends.

They were all singing Happy Birthday… and there I sat on the couch… naked.”

Is it time for a change ?

A few weeks ago , there was a major mishap which left the survivors feeling guilty, angry, remorseful, helpless, and confused.
A star student with a promising career in the IT field and the man she was living with committed suicide by laying on railway tracks in the outskirts of the city.
The reason..
The couple could not take the criticisms and disapproval of their respective families and immediate circle of friends .
Its not the usual case of a young couple falling in love and facing the wrath of the parents.
This case is all the more complicated because the man involved is already  married  with 2 young children. His wife is unemployed and is dependent on him for maintenance. He has deserted her to live with this girl whom he had fallen for.
To add insult to injury , this man was the girl’s professor in college and had resigned his job and moved to the city where the girl worked , to live with her.
There has been severe opposition and threats from the girl’s family and none had approved of the relationship.
There is nothing concrete known about the event that triggered this decision but there is speculation that the man’s wife had filed a case and the girl’s father demanded that she resign her job and return to her home-town.
It took some time for me to come to terms with this shocking news, as I had known about this for quite sometime now and had even expressed my views to my friend that she is stupid to have got into such a relationship and that he is using her.

But there are a few things that puzzle me:
1. Who is to be blamed for this ?
the society and the family who did not understand their commitment or the deceased who were cowardly and took the easy way out ?
2. Now that they have proved that they meant something to each other, can we understand and approve such illicit relationships ?
3. why do people who have the courage to get into such relationships do not have the courage to make it work ?
Whatever the reasons, one side-effect of this incident is that , it left me a lot less judgmental. Maybe its time we understood these out of the ordinary relationships and be more tolerant towards them..
After all ,it seems like the heart is a crazy thing with a mind of its own.

Old Age Homes

The Indian society has not come out of its shell and looks at old age homes (OAH) as some kind of prison or curse for the elderly.

It fails to take notice of the multi faceted circumstances which force elders to enter OAHs.

Each individual elder who has entered an OAH , either voluntarily or forced by circumstances has his/her story to unfold. Unless one knows the full story or seeing both sides of the coin one cannot pass judgement whether OAHs are necessary or a necessary evil.

Children often live in far away places . The elderly want to cling on to their own friends , relatives and roots . At the same time they are too old to tackle the day to day problems such as employing domestic labour and paying various service bills without reliable help and therefore they opt for such homes wherein the old age home management takes care of all these problems .

Also , the elderly people who had been habituated to a set pattern of living either religious or social feel fish out of water in changed circumstances and environment in which there offsprings live.

To me it looks as if OAHs are a necessity depending on the environment in which the stake holders are placed. The society that looks down upon entry into OAHs and that which condemns the younger generation for ‘sending’ the elders to the OAHs are totally unaware of the various interplay of relationships and circumstances which force such actions.

However it has to be condemned that many OAHs are run on commercial lines just to fleece money from the dollar earning younger generation under the guise of taking care of elders .

If the humiliating and pitying approach of the society is changed , it would be a welcome change for the elderly and this may even lead to better homes springing up everywhere to meet the high demand.

Beats Me…….

// What do you do if you run over a lawyer?
Back over him to make sure. Then, make another notch on the steering wheel. //

Now what do lawyers do to arouse such hatred ? Mainly, the problem is that they’re smart. Being smart is definitely démodé these days 😉

For one thing, having to acknowledge that someone other than us is smart is in itself very painful. 😛

Jokes apart….

I am not going to defend Lawyers’ plight….just analyse what makes people despise them.

The only time a person goes to court is when something bad has happened. Court experiences tend to be very negative no matter you win or lose, and lawyers bear the brunt. If you lose, well obviously it’s because your lawyer screwed up and if you win, obviously it’s because you deserved to win. In fact, you would have won even if you didn’t have a lawyer.

The legal system is something that is so complicated that a layman finds it difficult to understand and takes it out on the lawyer.

The law is a huge topic, and the language used is not friendly even to the juniors leave alone the “general public” . People begin to get suspicious if they cannot understand what they are signing, and have to take the lawyer’s word that things are moving in the right direction. Lawyers have their own language, and way of doing things, that is often different from other businesses.

When people shop for dentists , they want the ones who promise ‘least pain’ …while when they do for lawyers , its ‘toughest’…so that they can inflict it on their enemies.
But if they patch up later , more often than not the client justifies his actions and makes his lawyer the scape-goat.
Its like “Sonny dear , I wasn’t aware of what was happening..that meanie bag Lawyer talked me into it” 😦
Now , how’s that ? You want the meanest , toughest , most ruthless Lawyer for your dirty work , and then you want to wriggle
out of it ‘spotless’ calling him the very names that attracted you to him in the first place.

Also, court business takes a long time for things to get resolved, and they may not be resolved in the way one would like. He is giving control to another person, and also passing on information that is confidential. That puts the client in a not too comfortable position.
Another thing I have noticed is , everyone is wary as soon they know they are dealing with a lawyer. They think , the lawyers won’t hesitate to slap a suit as things are easy for them. I wouldn’t say they don’t have a point.

But the thing that irks me is ,why is the police never made fun of ….except for their infamous paunch , their ethics never becomes the butt of joke.

In what way are lawyers worse than software engineers in the US who go to the US with one company but get their H1 done by 3 companies in no time 😉

But I should add that I do enjoy jokes, period .Be it on Lawyers or any other professional 🙂

Miracle Love

Among the latest commercials, my favourite is the ‘Pond’s age miracle’ one.

Its simple and catchy and brings out the message with its attractive presentation.

Google took me to its site and it looks like various versions of the same advertisement has been telecasted periodically but with the same message.

The present one is loaded with romantic feel good scenes , where a oh so handsome (hmm..that’s the best part 😉 ) guy wearing a chef’s cap seats an impeccably dressed woman and asks her if she is expecting anyone …. she says “hopefully” with mischief twinkling in her eyes. She enquires what the chef’s special is and he bends down to her ears and whispers ‘you’ in a caressing tone. The stage is all set now.

After which the product promotion portrays the lady using the ‘miracle’ and becomes perfecto in seven days flat and the guy falls in love with her all over agai (ok ok…I agree its a bit too much to take…but , u know…).

The last scene has the happy wife twiddling her pearl strings and dreamily asking him ‘do u accept cards’ and the awesome handsome hubby dear says ‘only if it says….I love you’ .
Oh..it is so impressive.

Coming to the main point here. Now lets see what the message says….
“you want to be noticed by your man…use ponds miracle”.

Its not like its their initial days of courting…she is rekindling interest here. I wonder why he had lost interest in her in the first place.

Is it because she looks ‘aged’ ? What about her other virtues ? Is’nt beauty just skin deep or even less than that ?

I somehow like the commercial that portrays a women feeling elated when she is admired for her flawless skin by all .

As for messages , I like the ad where a woman is mistaken for a college student and just then a little girl comes running calling her ‘mummy’ and hugs her. The mother takes all the surprised glances in her stride and flashes a confident smile.

C’mon Ponds , Shiseido , L’oreal and the likes….high time you introduced a ‘miracle’ that drives sense into men who ignore their girls because she is ‘ageing’ !