CARROTS! CARROTS! CARROTS!

I have a Facebook Group on Humour in the Indian armed forces titled ‘Humour In And Out Of Uniform’ (the acronym HIAOOU has become a popular greeting between the members of the group close to 25000). The group encourages original anecdotes concerning humour. Even after more than three years of its inception, the group gets, on an average four to five original posts everyday. Sometimes, of course, I get more […]

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VOTE-BANDI, NOT NOTEBANDI, IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR

खुश थे जब जेब में न होते थे पैसे, अब हैं तो कुछ अजीब लोग मिले हैं ऐसे I हर चीज़ खरीदने पे लगा दिया है महसूल, और कहा के यही है कफ़ायत का असूल, तुम्हारे पैसे पे मुल्क का भी उतना ही है हक़, जितना औरत का मर्द की कमाई पे है मरने तक I देश को ज़रुरत है देश वासी हों तुम जैसे I खुश थे जब जेब […]

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HUMOUR AS A WAY OF LIFE

Sunbyanyname is the name of my blog. It is in sharp contrast to that period of  my life when it used to occur to me that life is a great burden, most people are unfair and self-centered and that human beings are condemned to live in bondage and disease throughout their miserable lives. My father had died prematurely of a jeep-accident at the age of fifty-six years and my having […]

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LIFE IS INTERESTING BECAUSE OF WEIRDOS

This article is written in jest only. When we were in the Navy, many of us were at the receiving end of a number of these weirdos’ intended or unintended jest. It is, therefore, alright to recall some of their eccentricities in sheer nostalgia. When you get a rotten tooth pulled out, you sometimes miss the slow ache the tooth used to cause and your tongue goes to the void […]

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“WE ARE ABOUT TO GET FULL OROP”

This is in good humour and should be read in that spirit only: The year is 2023. In a solemn ceremony, veterans (those who are stll alive, that is) have gathered fondly at the venue of their fiercest and bitterest campaign field; not Kargil, not Poonchh or Khemkaran, not even at Siachen, but, at Jantar Mantar. They are celebrating the golden jubilee of their campaign to restore OROP that was […]

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KAALI DIWALI KA GEET

Most defence colonies in India, this Diwali, present a desolate look as a mark of protest against the machinations of netas and babus who denied the veterans full OROP despite its approval by two parliaments. The idea of the babus, as we understand, is to discredit and dishonour the faujis in the eyes of the general public. What do they think of themselves? In a country, wherein we are often […]

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AAWAAZ DO HUM CHOR HAIN – AN ANTHEM OF THE MODERN NETA AND BABU

The most shameful images that this country had to see in Independent India were aired yesterday, on the eve of India’s 69th Independence Day, when the government tried to forcibly break-up a peaceful protest by ex-servicemen for the long pending demand of OROP (One Rank One Pension). Lets contrast it with the historic Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 13th April 1919 when the soldiers of the British Indian Army tried to […]

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NOSTALGIA ABOUT TELEGRAMS

On the 15th of July 2013 we bade adieu, in India, to the 163 years old Telegram service in India. It was started by the British East India company between Calcutta and Diamond Harbour in 1850. Four years later it was made availabe to the general public. It was, for a century and half, the fastest means of communication available to the common man in India and elsewhere in the […]

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FITNESS FREAK

They look at my gaunt frame and ask: “What keeps you so fit and lean?” I tell them try to look inside the mask, And see all the running I have seen. When I was small I used to run, From poverty, violence and abuse, The taunts of my classmates were no fun, It almost made me a recluse. They teased me for my long hair, Since I was born […]

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BEST OF ‘MAKE YOUR OWN QUOTES’ – PART II

It has been less than two years since I put up in this blog ‘Best Of ‘Make Your Own Quotes’ ‘. In these 21 months since the post and 23 months since I started with the Facebook Page called ‘Make Your Own Quotes’, a lot has happened. One, from a membership of just 30 or so, the Page has a membership of nearly 500 now. Two, a number of (nearly […]

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LAUGH WITH THE PUNJABIS – PART IV

I am a Punjabi Sikh by birth; my dad’s side of the family being from the village in Ropar (now Rupnagar) district of Punjab, and my mother’s side of people from village Urapur near Nawanshaher in Punjab. From the time I was small, I have been exposed to Punjabi humour. About a year ago, I have started a group on Facebook to promote Punjabi humour. The group is called ‘Laugh […]

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LAUGH WITH THE PUNJABIS – PART III

I am a Punjabi Sikh by birth; my dad’s side of the family being from the village in Ropar (now Rupnagar) district of Punjab, and my mother’s side of people from village Urapur near Nawanshaher in Punjab. From the time I was small, I have been exposed to Punjabi humour. About a year ago, I have started a group on Facebook to promote Punjabi humour. The group is called ‘Laugh […]

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LAUGH WITH THE PUNJABIS – PART II

I am a Punjabi Sikh by birth; my dad’s side of the family being from the village in Ropar (now Rupnagar) district of Punjab, and my mother’s side of people from village Urapur near Nawanshaher in Punjab. From the time I was small, I have been exposed to Punjabi humour. About a year ago, I have started a group on Facebook to promote Punjabi humour. The group is called ‘Laugh […]

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LAUGH WITH THE PUNJABIS – PART I

I am a Punjabi Sikh by birth; my dad’s side of the family being from the village in Ropar (now Rupnagar) district of Punjab, and my mother’s side of people from village Urapur near Nawanshaher in Punjab. From the time I was small, I have been exposed to Punjabi humour. About a year ago, I have started a group on Facebook to promote Punjabi humour. The group is called ‘Laugh […]

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CHALTA HAI – MOHAN RAM-BHAROSE

CHALTA HAI – MOHAN RAM-BHAROSE is Chalta Hai’s first attempt at movie making and is already being talked about as a potential Oscar winner. Here are some of the scenes that have already been shot (being an international movie, some of the dialogues are in English, whilst others are in Hindi; the ones which are in Punjabi have been deleted in order to avoid getting an ‘A’ Certificate for the […]

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