Blog: The Grist Mill

Blogger: Giribala
(via funmunch.com)  Father’s Day was celebrated on June 16th this year. Fathers are held in high regard in India, and command great respect. As the head of a family, a father has to work hard to provide for his brood. Unlike their counterparts in the other parts of the world, most Indian fathers do not stop caring for their offspring even after they acquire adulthood. I have come across on my timeline many wonderful pictures and sincere, heartfelt outpourings of sons and daughters honoring and extolling the virtues of their dads. I am sharing a few inspiring posts which can be copied and sent to fathers in case someone falls short of words next time. I have edited these slightly for the s... Read more
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Blogger: Giribala
There was a time when I used to be as arrogant as the people who pepper their speech with obscenities and look down upon others who don't use foul language. Not that I knew I was arrogant; I merely considered myself superior to others on the virtue of my ability to eat extremely spicy food. I learned from the health articles that contrary to some popular misconceptions, there weren't any evidence that chilies—red or green—caused slightest harm to our bodies or digestive tracks. Rather, chili peppers, along with other spices, stimulated our taste buds and produced saliva and other gastric juices, which helped in digestion. I found out that chilies had high vitamin C content and were low ... Read more
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Ritu Tawade: The Great Savior Of Indian Men All of us know how India has acquired the disgraceful distinction of a rape country. I am not very much concerned about the women who are raped, assaulted, or sexually harassed, as it is one of the duties of Indian women to sacrifice everything and suffer silently to keep the men folk happy. Rather, I am aghast at the bad reputation of our great nation and our men in general. These days, people all over the world think that all Indian men are rapists. So I was overjoyed when I learned that someone has come forward to the rescue of Indian men. Madam Ritu Tawade, a BJP corporator in Mumbai, tells us that the reason behind the rise in sex related crim... Read more
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Blogger: Giribala
They are still the most loved and cherished members of our family. In the past, they have always moved with us to various cities around the globe. Even now, one of them always accompanies us on our camping trips as well as to other outings where we stay in log cabins or family suits. We can not imagine our life without them. But a recent incident—none of their fault in the least—have given them a bad rap. Now we can not even speak aloud our beloveds’ names at public places, nor can we Google them. I was even a bit apprehensive to mention them here, but then decided not to be a chicken any more. It hurts to know that they are treated like pariahs. These handsome dudes have fed me dal-c... Read more
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Goatie Bansal And Pawan Bakri (May 10, 2043)Thursday, May 14, 2043 Believe it or not, mano ya na mano, the above picture was captured a few days ago by a family member of Goatie Bansal and it has gone viral. This weird sight was witnessed when Goatie Bansal was about to kill a goat named Pawan Bakri for good luck. It is believed that when someone is about to die, his and his onlookers' faces from previous lives flash for about a millisecond. After seeing this picture, we decided to conduct an investigation into the previous lives of both, Bansal and the goat. What we discovered is a 30-year-old story which has been lying quietly in the folds of history. First, we tracked down the goat owner ... Read more
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Daddu (name withheld on request) has agreed to write movie reviews for the Grist Mill. He is a closeted Hindi movie fan. Although he doesn't allow his family members to watch the degraded movies, he himself goes out and enjoys every movie with his Khap friends. Their families believe that they are away discussing important social issues. At first, Daddu sent me reviews of the movies that had the word “youth” in their titles, but I explained to him that this was a family blog. Daddu will write in Hindi, and I will translate him for you in English.Mere Dad Ki Maruti:When I sat down to write this review, I realized that these days I forget what had happened in a movie as soon as I get... Read more
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(In this article, the first part tells the real story of Mohammad Azam Khan’s April 2013 trip to the US, and the second part is fictional.)Part I This astonishing story is from 2013 AD. That year, Akhilesh Yadav, 39, the young chief minister of an Indian state, Uttar Pradesh, and his urban development minister, Mohammad Azam Khan, 64, were invited along with a 12-member delegation to attend a symposium on South Asia at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The subject of the symposium was. "Harvard Without Borders: Mapping the Kumbh Mela." As the chief minister of UP, Akhilesh Yadav had successfully hosted the Maha Kumbh, a 55-day religious congregation, which takes place every 1... Read more
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All of you must be aware that scientists keep on experimenting and publishing results of new studies. For example, one of the studies taught me that if I put a foot in front of the other foot, I will move forward. I am a great fan of such studies. So you can imagine my excitement when a study proved that pessimists live longer, happier lives. Now I am also a sucker for all sorts of tips and advice that promise longevity because I feel my life has just begun and I still have many unfulfilled dreams. It gives me shivers to think how foolishly optimistic I have been until now. It could have cut my life short any day in the past. Hence after reading how optimists die early and pessimists live l... Read more
clicks 272 View   Vote 0 Like   11:52am 25 Apr 2013
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Maya Kodnani and Narendra Modi (via countercurrents.org) We trusted you all these years and now you betray us. Why you no save Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi? Why you want death penalty for these brave warriors? We have heard many stories of royal intrigue, conspiracies, and Machiavellian designs from the past, but this is the most shocking tale of betrayal in the recent history. Just because we called you Hindu Hridaya Samrat, you have started acting like those samrats or kings from the past, who used to kill their own brothers and fathers to acquire thrones? This is a severe blow to all the Hindus. Dr. Maya Kodnani, a gynecologist, an MLA at that time, a modern-day Jhansi-ki-Rani, was a ... Read more
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(Picture via nytimes.com) The recent bombing incidents at Boston Marathon in the US and at the BJP office in Bangalore, India, have left me sad and dismayed. I am disappointed at the decline in quality and quantity of such terrorist attacks. It is very important for countries like India and the US to have more homegrown terrorists as it has become increasingly difficult for the terrorists from outside to carry out terror attacks on foreign soil. There are many websites that teach people how to make bombs, but very few that clearly demonstrate how to make terrorists out of ordinary people. Who will make these bombs if there are no terrorists? Here are a few easy-to-follow tips to radicalize s... Read more
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For some time now, Dinesh had considered himself the most eligible bachelor in the town. It was a realization that had dawned on him lately, as all of his friends had become householders. Not that he had intended to remain unmarried. It was just that he couldn't find a bride to his liking. He had wanted a wife as beautiful as Madhuri Dixit, who would also get along well, working with his mother in their joint household and not spout abuses all day long like his two sisters-in-law. The most eligible bachelor didn't have any competition in the town. All the youngsters were little boys, having grown up before his eyes. They had to yet find jobs and make money. It would take them ye... Read more
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(via nytimes.com - link below) All of us know that helping others makes a person a better human being. We also keep hearing stories where the good always wins over the evil. In fact, we are born in this world amid a cacophony of wise sayings passed on from generations of philosophers and thinkers blasted from public platforms and mean and selfish talk in the confines of privacy. Thus, most of the people remain confused and are skeptical of helping others. This is the reason, from time to time, we need new-age gurus to interpret and reaffirm the wisdom of our ancestors. Adam Grant, 31, a professor at Wharton, has proved with the help of extensive social-science research and experiments that ... Read more
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Holika and Prahlada (via rediff.com) On the eve of Holi, the recently concluded festival of colors, many Hindus celebrate the death of Holika by burning her effigies in bonfires. I usually feel sad at the untimely and cruel death of this young woman, who was a casualty in the enmity between two egotistical cousins. I have to confess that I am also a bit guilty of eating green chickpeas roasted in the Holi bonfire during my childhood. Although the Hindu Gods have become apathetic, incompetent, and ineffective like the Indian Government these days, there was a time when they were as pragmatic, decisive, arrogant and crafty as the US government. Business meant business to them. They were foreve... Read more
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Related Blog:"What did Sharad Yadav mean by, ‘Who amongst us has not followed girls?’" by Indian Homemaker Relate News: IBN: JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav says stalking women in India a norm, 'everyone does it'NDTV: 'Who amongst us has not followed girls?': Sharad Yadav's shocker during anti-rape bill debateINDIAN EXPRESS: 'Sexist' Sharad Yadav says 'Who amongst us has not followed girls'NDTV: Sexist mindsets of netas exposed?The Grist Mill: Bring Your Own Grain... Read more
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Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) was born on 17 December, 1936 in Flores, Buenos Aires City.Newborn Jorge Mario Bergoglio (1936) He was an adorable baby. Soon enough, he learned to crawl on his own all by himself.Jorge Mario Bergoglio (1937) Amalia Damonte, who grew up in the same Flores neighborhood of Buenos Aires as Bergoglio, says that when they were 12 or 13 years old, he had a crush on her. According to her, he said that if she didn't say yes, he would have to become a priest."Amalia Damonte and Jorge Mario Bergoglio (1948-49) Pope Francis graduated from a technical secondary school with the qualification of chemical technician. According to some sources, he also earned a master... Read more
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Gender equality, a habit, which people in West have taken on like wearing clothes, still remains elusive in India. Most of the people here are like members of some remote tribe, proudly gyrating in nude showing off their stuff/junk of inequality in the name of culture and tradition. They remain oblivious of their grossness because it is the only way of life they have known. This habit is so normalized and ingrained that it will take decades for all our people to adopt equality and become civilized. A society that does not shed its old festering scabs of customs and traditions is worse off than the snakes that shed their old skins periodically. A society which keeps half of its population un... Read more
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Oh dear, let’s go to Mars! Let’s accept Tito’s offer, Of this space adventure, And explore heavenly stars. Our vitals fit the bill, For the 2018 Mars trip. Let us train some more, And learn all the tricks. We’ll be blissfully cramped In each others embrace While jetting through space For five-o-one days. No household chores, No commuting to work, Only time aplenty To love and reflect. With courage in our hearts, And stars in our eyes, Let’s put ourselves on the map, By mapping unknown skies.                *** You make it sound so nice, I am certainly enticed, But before I make up my mind, I need to ask my wife.                ***(Related News: US millionaire D... Read more
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Recently, I happened to watch "Farah's childhood dreams come true" on NDTV. It is one of the episodes of a show called, Band Baajaa Bride with Sabyasachi. This episode was about a 25-year-old girl who is a vegetable vendor’s daughter. Sabyasachi, the fashion designer, who has made a fortune by draping healthy Bollywood actresses in curtains and bed-sheets and selling beautifully designed clothes at exorbitant price, helps the girl fulfill her childhood dream. I learned that he has been doing such philanthropy since last year. I was greatly moved by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's gesture. I myself coming from a poor family, understand that an underprivileged girl’s only dream in life is to g... Read more
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For better results, watch the video in full-screen mode. Animation and cats' accessories are original. Background picture via nytimes.com. Some of the cat pictures are from various clip-art collections. Meanwhile, I am practicing my Oscars speech. If you want me to mention your name in my speech please let me know. Also if you want to convey any message to any Hollywood celebrity, send me an email.Related link:The Wall Street Journal: Why the Harlem Shake mattersThe Grist Mill: Bring Your Own Grain... Read more
clicks 244 View   Vote 1 Like   7:46am 27 Feb 2013
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It is very important for a country to have a good Prime Minister. A bad Prime Minister is like a bad zookeeper, who along with his subordinates, siphons the money allotted for the animals for his own use. He doesn't care if the animals are fed properly or if their enclosures are cleaned or maintained. As a consequence, the zoo stinks and the animals either starve or kill each other. In 2014, Indians will once again get a chance to pick a Prime Minister. I request all fellow Indians to vote judiciously. Let us find out who has the capability to make our zoo, I mean our country, a happy place.Via Open Magazine BJP’s Narendra Modi is on everyone’s mind these days. He and his supporte... Read more
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Important message: Before I divulge the details of my love story, I want to inform you that the Grist Mill has now become a seven-header blog. At any point of time, if you find my stories boring or upsetting, please click on the tabs above (About, Contact, etc.)and have a look at the assiduously designed, uplifting blog headers. The good news is that ever since I added these headers, the daily page-hit count of my blog has skyrocketed as I have been clicking on the tabs again and again. *** The following lines by Emily Dickinson depict my feelings of the early days of my love story:ALTER? When the hills do. Falter? When the sun Question if his glory Be the perfect one. Surfeit? When the daf... Read more
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Latest Super-Hit Chart Buster Indo-Pak Rap: Ok, Ok, Oh My God!Lead Vocalist: Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief at TIMES NOW Other Indian Singers: Raza, Strategic Affairs AnalystLt. Gen (Retd) B S JaswalPakistani singers: Zafar Hilaly, Former Secy, MEASyed Tariq Pirzada, Former Pak Ambassador to USProf Zafr Jaspal, Quaid-e-Azam UniversityAdmiral (Retd) Jawaid Iqbal, Defense Analyst Original Video: The Newshour Debate: Pak's Open Aggression (Full Episode) Related Link: THE HINDU: Manmohan Singh's Abject Surrender Inspired by the Gregory Brothers' Auto-Tune the News Music Director: Ratan Cyril Seth  Video Editor: Giribala JoshiThe Grist Mill: Bring Your Own Grain... Read more
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Life is to celebrate. We get to live 365 or 366 days every year. Even though, most of us celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Friendship Day, Women’s Day, All Fools’ Day etc., many distinguished people are still left under-appreciated. It is very important to honor friends and relatives who are sexist, superstitious, bigots, homophobes, racists, etc. Many times people do not even know that their friends, or relatives, or they themselves are qualified for such exalting sobriquets. Therefore, I will put down a few guidelines so that you can identify such people and send them appropriate cards or gifts on their special days. The days are decided on the basis of the... Read more
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Asaram The Rock Star reveals his misogyny: Meanwhile, I am chanting Saraswati mantra to rid my country of such charlatans.Audio courtesy Hunter Song from Gangs of Wasseypur and video clips courtesy CNN-IBN and other sources.The Grist Mill: Bring Your Own Grain... Read more
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I have been awestruck by the events of the past week. In the US, a macho gunman—guns, the ultimate symbol of manliness—snuffed out scores of lives in one go, and in Indian capital, New Delhi, six brave men accomplished the height of manliness, making themselves distinguished among their lesser brethren, who continuously crave for such distinction by pinching and groping women at public places while trying to keep their own mothers, sisters, and wives under control at homes. How did these ordinary men achieve such greatness? That is the question. Even though, these historical events confirm that the two greatest democracies on the earth, India and the USA, have reached the pinnacle of th... Read more
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