Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A letter from a girl to JRD Tata in 1974

Have Passion! 

It was probably the April of 1974. Bangalore was getting warm and gulmohars were blooming at the IISc campus. I was the only girl in my postgraduate department and was staying at the ladies' hostel. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of Science.

I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science. I had been offered scholarships from Universities in the US... I had not thought of taking up a job in India.
One day, while on the way to my hostel from our lecture-hall complex, I saw an advertisement on the notice board. It was a standard job-requirement notice from the famous automobile company Telco (now Tata Motors)... It stated that the company required young, bright engineers, hardworking and with an excellent academic background, etc.
At the bottom was a small line: 'Lady Candidates need not apply.'

Friday, June 11, 2010


The Center for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically. This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK).

If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises.

Take two good friends to the nearest liquor store and purchase one or both of the antidotes - Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER).

Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends.

If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

via Girish Gopal

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Awesome! B_O_M_B_A_Y

Bombay has no bombs and is a harbour not a bay. 
Churchgate has neither a church nor a gate. It is a railway station. 
There is no darkness in Andheri. 
Lalbaag is neither red nor a garden. 
No king ever stayed at Kings Circle.
Nor did Queen Victoria stay at Victoria Terminus.
Nor is there any princess at Princess Street.
Lower Parel is at the same level as Parel. 
There are no marines or sailors at Marine Lines. 
The Mahalaxmi temple is at Haji Ali not at Mahalaxmi. 
There are no pigs traded at Dukar bazaar. 
Teen bati is a junction of 3 roads, not three lamps. 
Trams used to terminate at Kings circle not Dadar* Tram Terminus (Dadar T..T..). 
Breach Candy is not a sweetmeat market, but there is a Hospital. 
Safed Pool has the dirtiest and blackest water. 
You cannot buy coal at Kolsa street. 
There are no Iron smiths at Lohar chawl. 
There are no pot makers at Kumbhar wada. 
Lokhandwala complex is not an Iron and steel market. 
Null bazaar does not sell taps. 
You will not find ladyfingers at Bheendi Bazaar. 
Kalachowki does not have a black Police station. 
Hanging Gardens are not suspended. 
Mirchi Gully does not sell chillies. 
Figs do not grow in Anjir Wadi. 
Sitafals do not grow in Sitafal Wadi, 
Jackfruits do not grow at Fanaswadi. 
But it is true that you may get fleeced at Chor Bazaar!