theindialog

December 7, 2009

Dogs

Filed under: Tamil Nadu,Tidbits — loggers @ 11:00 pm

Every so often we have come across stories that do not fall into any category or theme we are following, but still deserve to be mentioned due to their peculiarity in nature. Once such experience was during my stay in Coimbatore, which was due to host the largest dog show in south India. Dog-owners from all over the country come to show off their wares[1], with judges flown in from countries as far as Australia and New Zealand to adjudicate. The canine equivalent of a “Man Hunt” or “Miss India”, this show holds immense importance not only for reasons of pride for their owners, but also due to the prize money involved and subsequent market price in the event of success.

Parallels can be drawn to the rationale behind owning horses – apart from the personal attachment individuals have, they can be significant sources of income if looked after, trained to be fast and strong to win big derbies. Ego games between breeders have seen dogs being imported from countries such as Spain and the UK, specifically for dog shows and then sold on the market if they do well. This is an expensive passion, with maintenance costs considered to be as much as, if not more, than those associated with having an additional child.

There is even a sophisticated market for trading dogs, if your morals permit you to do so. For example, the pup that has been appearing in the Vodafone ads recently, has seen its market price shoot up from Rs. 1,500 to Rs.30,000-Rs.40,000. Talk about return on investment during a recession.

–Mihir


[1] An individual in Pune is known to own close to 550 dogs. Another in Karnataka supposedly hires A/C buses and bodyguards for his dogs

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October 14, 2009

The Power of Trump Cards

Filed under: Cricket,Leisure,Tidbits — loggers @ 10:47 pm

What has kept us busy during 300+ hours of train/car rides:

WWE

WWE

ODI & T20 Cricket

ODI & T20 Cricket

Wickets 479, clash.

September 30, 2009

Maps Page

Filed under: Tidbits,Uncategorized — loggers @ 4:51 pm

We have added a Maps page for you to keep track of our locations

September 29, 2009

Comment of the Day

Filed under: F&B,Meghalaya,Tidbits — loggers @ 3:22 pm

The 4 of us visited Bombay Biites in Shillong.
Our order: crispy chilli babycorn, chinese bhel, veg. fried wonton, chilli cheese roll, chilli garlic chow, paneer shashlik, corn sheekh kebeb, cheese balls, cheese pizza, chocolate cake w/ choco sauce (x2)

“Food is life” -Mihir

September 28, 2009

Tawang — Bumla

Filed under: Arunachal,Humour,Tidbits — loggers @ 8:46 pm

As a follow-up to our Srinagar to Leh road sign post, we thought we would share the signs that kept us occupied on our way from Tawang to Bumla. The messages had a deeper and more patriotic tone this time around, which we thought was appropriate for a drive consisting of numerous military parks and security checkpoints leading up to the Indo-China border.

Here goes:

-Logic is the anatomy of thought

-Don’t worry, be happy

-Progress is like a wheelbarrow, if you don’t keep pushing, it stops

-Life is enjoyable

-Only those who dare to fail can achieve greatly

-Catch someone doing the right thing and say great job

-If you lead wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully

-Visit Bumla, forget Shimla

-There is no substitute for hard work

-Hard work is equal to prayer

-Life is like a novel with the end ripped out

-Lord make me worthy of the men I serve

-Life is long if you know how to live it

-There is little difference between being lost and exploring

-Your world is as big as you make it

-Freedom without discipline leads to destruction

-Success without fulfillment is empty

-Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire

-The best of ideas will not work, unless you work the ideas

-You will be disappointed if you fail, but doomed if you don’t try

-Fear is only as deep as the mind allows

-Either lead, or follow, or get out of the way

-BSNL: Basic Social Need for Life

-Life is not too long, but there is always time for small courtesies

-One bullet, one enemy

And our personal favorite:

line

August 21, 2009

Comment of the Day

Filed under: Conversation,Rajasthan,Tidbits — loggers @ 12:31 am

If you want to conduct jihad, conduct jihad on yourself. Conquer your ego.

-Syed Salman Chishty, Founding Member & Managing Trustee of the Chishty Foundation, in reference to Islamic extremism

August 19, 2009

Comment of the Day

Filed under: Education,Rajasthan,Tidbits — loggers @ 12:50 am

[Going forward] the education sector will be about survival of the fittest. However, until we reach a 1:1 ratio of students to available seats, there will be opportunity.

-Pramod Maheshwari, CEO Career Point Infosystems Ltd.

August 16, 2009

The Rajbhog Culture

Filed under: Conversation,Delhi,F&B,Lessons,Tidbits — loggers @ 7:25 pm

A conversation with the cook at our temporary residence in Delhi turned into a philosophical quest. He went on to articulate his existential view with the help of Rajbhog, an enlarged and enriched version of a rasgulla stuffed with dry fruits. It is a blend of milk, sugar, saffron, cardamom, rose water and pistachio. The word ‘Raj Bhog’ literally means ‘royal meal’.

Rajbhog

Rajbhog

Legend has it that rulers in India would squeeze the saccharine juice out of the Rajbhog before consuming it. The liquid would then be distributed to the masses for consumption. This was symbolic in that the royalty kept the best for itself and distributed the residue to the commoners. According to the cook, many in India still perpetuate the Rajbhog culture by exploiting those who are economically lesser and then rewarding them with leftovers of sorts. All this at a time when even Rajbhogs are colored artificially.

Profound, we think.

August 11, 2009

Comment of the Day

Filed under: Delhi,Politics,Tidbits — loggers @ 12:55 pm

“In India, the right wing goes beyond the pales of civilization…where murder and the elimination of groups of people is okay. At the moment, there is no doubt that this [left of center establishment] is the best deal.” – Dr. Aditya Mukherjee, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study

August 6, 2009

Comment of the day

Filed under: Humour,Tidbits — loggers @ 12:40 am

This one is for our regular readers:

Naman: Do you mind jhootha?

Alok: My jhootha is Japani anyway.

July 29, 2009

Comment of the Day

Filed under: J&K,Tidbits — loggers @ 1:43 pm

“Maine army do karan join ki – pehle pet, doosra desh, kyunki pet ke bina desh ki sewa kaise karoon”

(I joined the army for two reasons, first to feed my stomach, and second to serve my country, because to serve the country I need to keep myself well fed)

– Jawaan (soldier) in Pehelgam

Travel Lesson #1

Filed under: F&B,J&K,Lessons,Tidbits — loggers @ 1:41 pm

We learnt that food in restaurants/dhabas is cooked with excessive amounts of oil (in Kashmir and perhaps other parts of India). Make sure you ask for less oil in your food.

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