Saturday, February 24, 2018

'Le Corbusier was a very poor designer of furniture!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Le Corbusier's highly over rated "Heritage" chairs. Source: The Tribune.

My take - Le Corbusier was a very poor designer of furniture!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

'Updating myself on current music..." - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I have received this link from a very dear person with the following note:

"Here this link - Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli...Keep you updated with the current music...
Andrea Bocelli they say his voice has so much purity that he could make u cry, he is considered one of the greatest ever n he is blind."

I just love it.

Do give it a try.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

'Petrol stolen from motorcycle' - news according to Times of India- by K.J.S.Chatrath

Illustrative photo of a motorcycle

"XYZ (name withheld), a resident of Maninmajra, alleged that his petrol was stolen from his motorcycle when it was parked at Samadhi Gate, Manimajra , on Monday. An FIR has been registered at Manimajra Police Station. " Chandigarh Times (Times of India) , January 31, 2018.

'Inspector General of Police to be CEO of Gau Seva Aayog in Haryana' - News

'Inspector General of Police to be CEO of Gau Seva Aayog in Haryana'-

Friday, February 9, 2018

'Main to piya..."

Sincere thanks to my friend Lalit Joshi for sharing this piece. I do not know who the singers are, but they are good- in fact very good

'What a man!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Elon Musk's latest tweet:

"We're doing OK for a bunch of monkeys
Humanity rocks!"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

'Me at a roadside pakorawala stall' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Fresh, crisp and very tasty....

O P Nayyar & the art of turning bizarre lyrics into lilting melodies' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I am a great fan of O.P.Nayyar. He had the inherent talent to transform even the most bizarre lyrics to catchy music. In 1962, comedian Om Prakash's brother A.S. Pachhi made a film 'Hong Kong' with Ashok Kumar as the hero and music by O.P.Nayyar.

The lyrics of songs of this film were very unusual. Take one, 'Kenya, Uganda, Tanganiyka' (Tanganiyka was the earlier name of Tanzania.

Listen to what an unforgettable lilting tune did O P Nayyar make of it. Just listen. And yes, Helen is unforgettqble too. And imagine who the lyricist was- the respected Raja Mehdi Ali Khan!

Then take another song from this film: 'Hong Kong China Mina Singapore, urr gayee didl ki chiriya furr, Oh Babu I love you, Aana bana karr..

Another song from the same film says 'Honolulu, Honolulu, Honolulu'.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

'Another affectionate letter from Hon'ble Minister Rilways- I am chuffed' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

What happens when one gets a lettter from some one asking one to be careful in life? One feels happy at the concern .

But what happens when this mail is from the Hon'ble Minister of Railways of Government of India- One feels understandably chuffed!

This is what Hon'ble Minister's email  received yesterday by me, a 74+ senior citizen, says, and I quote verbatim:

"Do not attempt to cross the closed railway crossing gate, wait for the train to pass". I do not know who complained to the Honble Minister that this 74+ old man is in the habit of crossing the closed railway gates? Could it have been my Aadhar number? Just thinking!

And then he goes on to advise in a musical tone: "अरे भाई ज़रा देख के चलो"  - (Which I do not consider to be a very polite way to address a 74+ old man!).

And then the last advice:

"पटरी पर पहला हक़ ट्रैन का है।
  क्रासिंग पार करते हुए सावधानी, संयम  और सतर्कता बरते".

Sadly, there isn't even an 'unsubscribe' button at the end of the message, not that I subscribed to be showered with such weighty advice.....अब आप ही बतांये मैं क्या करों? 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

'पिता, पुत्र और ३५० रूपए क नया नोट' ....के जे एस चतरथ

पुत्र : ओ बल्ले बल्ले जी। ..देश कितनी तरक्की कर रहा है !

पिताश्री : अब क्या हुआ ?

पुत्र : अब ३५० रूपए का नोट शुरू होगा। 

पिताश्री : तो ?

पुत्र : तो ? तो अब कल १७५ रुपए का नोट शुरू होगा. परसों ६६ रुपए का का और.... 

पिताश्री: चुप!

पुत्र : कंही रिज़र्व बैंक का यह सोचना  तो नहीं की इतनी डेनोमिनाशंस के नोट शुरू कर दें की जनता इन में  उलझी रहे और समझे की नोटों की बरसात हो रही है और देश बहुत अमीर हो  रहा है और बहुत तरक्की कर रहा है.....

पिताश्री: जा, जा कर स्कूल का होमवर्क करो....

Saturday, February 3, 2018

'पिता, पुत्र और २०० रूपए क नया नोट' ....के जे एस चतरथ

पुत्र: पिताश्री आप को पता भी है की देश कितनी तरक्की कर रहा है?

पिता : वह क्या है तुम्हारे हाथ में ?

पुत्र : यह २०० रुपए का नया नोट है. आगे १००० रुपए के नोट की जगह पर २००० का नोट आया था  और अब १०० रुपए की जगह पर २०० रुपए का नोट आया है. देश वास्तव में कितनी तरक्की कर रहा है!

पिता: चुप कर और जा कर अपना स्कूल का होमवर्क करो.... पता नहीं क्यों, इस नोट का रंग देख कर मुझे एक खास पोलिटिकल Parrrty   का ख्याल क्यों  आ रहा है....

पुत्र: में बताऊँ पिताश्री कौन सी parrrty ?

पिता: बिलकुल चुप हो जा!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


One thing is sure- some one in the Finance Ministry loves to chew cashew nuts!