After numerous rounds of ‘We don’t even know if Osama Bin Laden is still alive’, Osama himself decided to send George Bush a letter in his own hand writing to let him know he was still in the game.
Bush opened the letter and it contained a single line of coded message:
Bush was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Condoleeza Rice.
Condi and her aides had no clue either, so they sent it to the FBI.
No one could solve it at the FBI so it went to the CIA, and then to MI6 in London. Eventually they asked the Mossad (Israeli intelligence) for help.
Within a minute the Mossad emailed the White House with this reply:
‘Tell the President, he’s holding the note upside down.’
,,,,now please don’t stand upside down to read the message ! that’s what bush did !
[recd as a fwd joke]
He was KP to many but Srini to me – our association started more than forty years back when we were trainee officers at AFTC. Though, we were contemporaries, in the engineering colleges, Srini joined Air Force six months after me. He had done his Masters and was with GTRI, Bangalore when he chose to become a ‘fauji’ which surprised many.
We kept meeting on and off during our initial years in our AF careers but became very close when both of us were posted at Delhi. We would call on each other very often as our families were well known to each other. We both liked Roger Uncle Mike but Srini would beat me every time with atleast two pegs extra. But, in another field I could beat Srini – my Hindi was slightly better than his.
If I have become a proud JVVian and own a flat in Bangalore, the credit must go entirely to Srini. When I was wavering with the idea of registering my name with AFNHB for JVV, Bangalore scheme, it was Srini who ‘threatened’ me and told my wife that if I did not join the scheme, he would do the registration on my behalf..Of course, as a reciprocation, I forced him to join MBA at FMS – Delhi by telling him that if JP could go all the way to DU North Campus from Air HQs and do the course, so could he.
He was very jovial & had a great sense of humour and would never hesitate to make himself the butt of jokes. His simplicity and humility was infectious. He was blessed with so much of intelligence but he would never show off.
Our association became stronger when his brother Easwaran started his export business and I quit IAF and started my own experiments in export business.
We had shared a lot including many intimate thoughts. His ever charming wife Mani was a constant source of strength. After a great deal of patience and medical help, they were blessed with a son- Balaji.
My wife Tara and children join me in conveying our heartfelt condolences to Mani, Easwaran and Balaji.
Srini, we miss you.
Can you spot the grass hopper?
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photo by JP
Bargaining….. Sindhi style
A Sindhi phones a dentist to enquire about the cost for a tooth extraction.
“Rs850 for an extraction, sir” the dentist replied.
“Rs850!!! Don’t you have anything cheaper?”
“That’s the normal charge,” said the dentist.
“What about if you just don’t use any anaesthetic?”
“That’s unusual, sir, but I could do it and knock Rs150 off.
“What about if you just use one of your dentist trainees and still without anaesthetic?”
“I can’t guarantee their professionalism and it’ll be painful. But the price could drop to Rs400″.
“How about if you make it a training’ session, and one of your students do the extraction while the other students watch and learn?”
“It’ll be good for the students”, mulled the dentist. “and it’s going to be very traumatic, but I’ll charge you Rs50.
“Now you talking ! It’s a deal,” said the Sindhi “Can I confirm an appointment for my wife for tomorrow then?”