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PROMOTING MARRIAGE THROUGH FACEBOOK

PROMOTING MARRIAGE THROUGH FACEBOOK


Granny flies from US to marry Facebook friend in Haryana


Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times


Popra (Karnal), January 30, 2014


Saying good-bye to all worldly comforts, a lovelorn US-born woman came all the way to Haryana’s Popra village to marry her Facebook friend and play the role of a doting Indian wife.


Adriana Peral, 41, is 16 years older to her husband Mukesh Ror. The couple got in touch with each other over social networking website Facebook in February, 2013 and reportedly got married in November.


Peral, who hails from California, was a grandmother back in the US, when she decided to marry Mukesh. Now, the couple wants to fly to the US to see Peral’s mother, daughter and two grandchildren.


Popra is located about 70km from Karnal, adjoining the border of Jind district. Peral told HT that her marriage with a stubborn US navy official did not last long.


“With tears in my eyes, I used to pray in the church to have a caring life partner. I am happily married and want to see Mukesh join some profession and have a nice house in a town,” said Peral, adding that she is still adjusting with the limited amenities at her new house. Meanwhile, the US embassy in New Delhi has refused to entertain Ror’s visa application.


“On January 3, I appeared at the embassy to get a tourist visa but it was turned down. The official at the embassy did not even open my file. Parel’s visa for India will expire on February 10 and she wants to take me along to introduce me to her family in the US,” said Mukesh, a postgraduate in mass communication from the Kurukshetra University.


But Peral sees nothing wrong in the rejection of visa application, saying it was the US policy to maintain an eye on the unscrupulous elements trying to enter the country using unfair means. “I hope that Mukesh will soon get a permit to visit or settle with me in the US. But I am not averse to stay back in India to lead a peaceful married life,” she said.


Mukesh had worked for various Hindi news channels and newspapers from Assandh sub-division of the district, but now, he said, he was busy with his new life and working on his visa clearance.


Mukesh’s mother Bimla Devi also stays in the house and family leads a comfortable life from whatever they earn from their eight acres of farmland. Peral, who studied till Class 8 back in the US, said that she was a receptionist at a clinic in California.


“We became friends on Facebook and our relationship ended in the marriage. After initial hesitations, I grew faith in Mukesh and decided to marry him. I came to India in August, 2013 and I do not regret my decision of marrying in a land which has a completely different culture,” said Peral.


Now pregnant, Peral is firm on delivering the baby in the US.


Clarifying that she was not a typical Haryanvi housewife doing all household chores, Peral finds the ongoing chilly weather as completely unbearable.


“I chop vegetables and unsuccessfully tried my hands at making ‘chapattis’. Though the living conditions are different than I used to have in the US, but I am enjoying my life here,” she said.


Quoting Bible that “a person without true love was a dead”, Peral said that here she missed the church and gymnasium the most.


“I used to spend up to five hours in a gymnasium. Here, I have no place to jog. I go to Assandh or Karnal for shopping and I enjoy becoming a centre of attraction in the market,” she said.


When told that marrying an elder woman and that too from a different religion was still considered a taboo in the Haryanvi society, Peral said that she didn’t care as long as Mukesh loved her.


“I have seen women in the village covering their heads, but no one objected my wearing the western dresses. I also enjoy wearing salwar-kurta stitched by my in-laws,” she said.


COMPILED BY J S BROCA, 31ST JAN 2014 / MONTOO 18TH APRIL 2020


20TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Window Dressing

Window Dressing


Window dressing is a technique used by companies and financial managers to manipulate financial statements and reports to show more favorable results for a period. Although window dressing is illegal or fraudulent, it is slightly dishonest and is usually done to mislead investors.


Companies typically window dress their financial statements by selling off assets and either purchasing new assets or using this money to funds other operations. This way the cash balance on the balance sheet appears to be at a normal amount. Unfortunately, this strategy can only fool novice investors. Experienced investors can analyze the statement of cash flows and long-term assets to see that the company is funding current operations by selling off assets.


Window dressing is probably most commonly found in investment brokers and mutual fund houses. Mutual fund managers often sell off poor performing stock and other investments near the end of a period and use the money to buy high performing stock. This way new investors see the portfolio of high performing stock and want to invest. Obviously, this is only a short-term strategy for novice investors. Any experienced investor will analyze portfolio trends over the past few periods to see if the funds managers are investing wisely.


In short, window dressing is a short-term strategy to make financial statements and financial portfolios appear more consistent and desirable than they really are. Although window dressing does not amount to fraud in most circumstances, it is usually done to mislead investors from the true company or fund performance.


COMPILED BY J S BROCA 20TH NOV 2017


REVIEWED 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020

ZEN SAYINGS….

ZEN SAYINGS….


I am an avid collector of Zen quotes, sayings and teachings. The funnier the better.


BTW, Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism and originated in China during the 6th century. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, to Korea and east to Japan.


The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word ”Dzyen” (Modern Mandarin: Chán), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which can be approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state”.


Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine, and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.


Zen is a serious matter, but several light hearted quotes are there too.


Here is a random collection of some funny Zen sayings.


No other intentions to hurt some ones’ feelings please.


Pure humour is the purpose. So, enjoy while I meditate…..


Zen Teachings


1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just leave me the Hell alone.


2. Sex is like air. It’s not that important unless you aren’t getting any.


3. No one is listening until you fart.


4. Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else.


5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.


6. If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead, try missing a couple of payments.


7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.


8. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.


9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.


10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.


11. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.


12. Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree.


13. Don’t worry, it only seems kinky the first time.


14. Good judgment comes from bad experience … and most of that comes from bad judgment.


15. A closed mouth gathers no foot.


16. There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one works.


17. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.


18. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.


19. We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our ass… then things just keep getting worse.


20. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.


HAVE A NICE DAY!!


FIRST POSTED ON RML 1.04.13


RE POSTED 17TH SEPTEMBER 2020

LOCKDOWN RESEARCH PROJECT ON: Nidhhi Agerwal

LOCKDOWN RESEARCH PROJECT ON:
Nidhhi Agerwal
Nidhhi Agerwal graces the Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards 2017
Born 17 August 1993 (age 26)—Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (present-day Telangana)
Nationality Indian , Education Christ University—Occupation Actress, Model Dancer
Nidhhi Agerwal (born 17 August 1993) is an Indian model, dancer and actress who appears in Bollywood and Telugu films. In 2017, she made her acting debut in the film Munna Michael. She was Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2014 finalist.
Early life: Agerwal was born in Hyderabad and brought up in Bengaluru. Born into a Hindi-speaking Marwari family, she can understand as well as speak Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Her schooling was at Vidyashilp Academy and Vidya Niketan School. She holds a graduation in Business Management from Christ University, Bengaluru. She is well trained in ballet, kathak and belly dance.
Career: In 2016, director Sabbir Khan confirmed that Agarwal was signed as the lead in his film Munna Michael, alongside Tiger Shroff. She was chosen among 300 candidates. About her acting passion she said, “I always wanted to be an actress. Every time I saw Aishwarya Rai on a hoarding I’d tell myself that my face would be up there too one day.”
Nidhhi was also asked to sign a no-dating clause till completion of the film. She also signed a film of KriArj Entertainment which will be directed by Shree Narayan Singh. This will be her second Bollywood film & Naraayan’s third directional venture after Toilet: Ek Prem Katha & Batti Gul Meter Chalu. She will also star in Akshay Kumar’s Ikka directed by Ali Khan, it will be a remake of 2014 Tamil hit Kaththi.
Filmography—
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2017 Munna Michael Dolly / Deepika Sharma Sabbir Khan Hindi Hindi Debut
2018 Savyasachi Chitra Chandoo Mondeti Telugu Telugu Debut
2019 Mr. Majnu Nikitha “Nikky” Venky Atluri
iSmart Shankar Dr.Sarah (Pinky) Puri Jagannadh
2020 Bhoomi dagger TBA
Lakshman Tamil Filming
Tamil Debut
Ashok Galla film dagger TBA Sriram Aditya Telugu Filming
Television
Year Show Channel Note(s) Ref.
2017 The Kapil Sharma Show Sony As Guest with Tiger Shroff & Sabbir Khan
2019 Konchem Touch Lo Unte Chepta Zee Telugu As Guest with Ram Pothineni & Nabha Natesh
Bigg Boss Telugu 3 Star Maa As Guest with Ram Pothineni
Awards and nominations
Nidhhi Agerwal awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Totals—-Wins 1, Nominations 1
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2017 Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut Munna Michael Won
2019 SIIMA Awards Best Debut Actress Savyasachi Nominated
Honored with life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television
Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2014 – finalist
COMPILED BY J S BROCA 25TH JUNE 2020
LINK:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidhhi_Agerwal

SOME MORE LIMERICKS ON NURSERY RHYMES..

SOME MORE LIMERICKS ON NURSERY RHYMES..

From my old collection of 2006 ie 14 years ago…ENJOY..


1. GOOSEY, GOOSEY GANDER


GOOSEY GOOSEY MY FAMILY’S PET GANDER,


UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS IT WOULD WANDER.


HE MET A BOY ON THE STAIRS


HE WOULD NOT SAY HIS PRAYERS,


HE’S NOW CHANGED HIS NAME, HE’S CASSANDRA!!


2. MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB


MARY’S PET WAS A LAMB THAT WAS WHITE.


IT WAS WITH HER ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT.


IT WENT WITH HER TO SCHOOL


WHERE IT WAS GOOD AS A RULE,


THE CHILDREN LIKED THIS UNUSUAL SIGHT.


3. SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE


THE KING LOOKED AT THE PIE IN THE DISH,


WAS IT MEAT? WAS IT FRUIT? WAS IT FISH?


WHEN HE PUT IN THE KNIFE


HE HAD THE SHOCK OF HIS LIFE,


BLACKBIRDS FLEW OUT OF THE QUICHE!


HE WENT TO HIS DEN TO COUNT MONEY,


THE QUEEN STAYED TO EAT SOME BREAD AND HONEY.


THE MAID HANGING OUT CLOTHES


WAS PECKED ON HER NOSE


AND SAID “I DON’T THINK THAT WAS FUNNY


4. HUMPTY DUMPTY


HUMPTY DUMPTY FELL OFF A HIGH WALL,


BUILT EGG-SHAPED HE SURVIVED NOT THE FALL.


THE KING SENT HIM MANY MEN


TO MAKE HIM ONE PIECE AGAIN,


BUT HE WAS TOO MANY PIECES TOO SMALL!!


5. HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE


THE BROWN COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON,


THE CAT ON HIS FIDDLE PROVIDED THE TUNE.


THE DOG THOUGHT IT SO FUNNY


HE TRIPPED OVER A BUNNY,


THEN THE CAT ELOPED WITH A LARGE SPOON!!


COMPILED BY J S BROCA 26THJUNE 2020


LINK:


https://arthurslimericks.com/nursery/a.htm


Meet Antara Mehta, Maharashtra’s First-Ever Woman Fighter Pilot

Meet Antara Mehta, Maharashtra’s First-Ever Woman Fighter Pilot


Geetika Sachdev•23 June 2020


Nagpur-based Antara Mehta, a flying officer with the Indian Air Force (IAF), has become the first-ever woman from Maharashtra to become a fighter pilot.


An engineer and national-level basketball player, she had harboured the dream of joining the IAF, ever since she was a child.


Today, she is the 10th woman fighter pilot in India. That’s not all – she is the first one from her family as well.


Antara graduated last week from the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, and is the only woman officer from her batch, who has been selected for this stream.


Her advanced training will continue at the Air Force Station in Bidar and Kalaikunda.


Regional Public Relations Officer, Nagpur Region, Directorate of Public Relations congratulated Antara on her achievement


Flying Officer Antara Mehta, daughter of Ravi & Poonam Mehta becomes the first women Fighter Pilot frm #Nagpur & #Maharashtra at Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy on 20 June 20.


She is the only women officer in her batch selected for Fighter Stream.


Antara had her share of hardships. She struggled to clear the Services Selection Board (SSB) exam twice, but didn’t give up, and the third time, she cracked it.


Looking back : In 2015, the then Indian Defence Minister Late Manohar Parrikar had issued an approval to induct women as fighter pilots in the IAF. Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh, and Avani Chaturvedi were the first women to be inducted as women fighter pilots in the IAF. While six women received training for this position, only three could qualify for advanced levels. Manohar Parrikar called it a ‘Red Letter Day’, when the three women pilots were inducted into the fighter stream, promoting avenues for more women to be a part of this wing. Out of the three, Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth became the first woman fighter pilot to undertake a mission during the daytime.


COMPILED BY J S BROCA 24.06.2020


LINK:


https://in.makers.yahoo.com/meet-antara-mehta-maharashtras-first-ever-woman-fighter-pilot-121110029.html

ARTHUR’S LIMERICKS ON NURSERY RHYMES..

ARTHUR’S LIMERICKS ON NURSERY RHYMES..


From my old collection of 2006 ie 14 years ago…ENJOY…


1. JACK SPRATT


JACK SPRATT WAS ALLERGIC TO FAT,


THERE ARE MANY AROUND JUST LIKE THAT.


BECAUSE OF THIS STATE


AND YET HAVE A CLEAN PLATE,


FAT WAS EATEN BY HIS WIFE, MRS. SPRATT.


2. LITTLE MISS MUFFET


I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT YOUNG MISS MUFFET,


EATING CURDS AND WHEY WHILE ON A TUFFET.


A LARGE SPIDER CAME DOWN


WHICH CAUSED HER TO FROWN


AND TO THINK SHOULD SHE / SHOULDN’T SHE SNUFF IT!!


3. THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK


THE DUKE OF YORK WAS A LEADER OF MEN,


HE MARCHED THEM UPHILL AND THEN DOWN AGAIN.


HALF WAY UP ON THE CLIMB


THEY WERECOVERED IN GRIME,


THEY KNEW NOT FOR WHY, WHEREFORE OR WHEN!


4. OLD MOTHER HUBBARD


MOTHER HUBBARD LIVED ALONE WITH HER DOG,


WELL FED, HE WAS AS FAT AS A HOG.


THERE WAS A DOG’S CUPBOARD


USED BY MA HUBBARD,


BUT IT’S EMPTY NOW, NOT EVEN SOME GROG!!


5. DING DONG BELL


BELLS ARE RINGING, THE CAT’S IN THE WELL,


TOM GREEN PUSHED HIM IN, SAYING HE FELL!


JONNY STOUT HEARD HIM MEW,


WHAT ELSE COULD HE DO,


BUT GO IN, GET HIM OUT. WHAT A SMELL!!


COMPILED BY J S BROCA 24TH JUNE 2020


LINK:https://arthurslimericks.com/nursery/a.htm

Standing Firm

Standing Firm

The dark side is strong but its spirit is haunted
Tempting your senses with more than you wanted
On strength from within
You must never give in
As the soldier of truth presses onward undaunted….!

COMPILED BY J S BROCA 11TH MAY 2020
LINK:
https://kingoflimericks.com/limericks
aboutself-improvement/

Achievement

Achievement

On the road to success you don’t have to go far
No need to ascend to the outermost star
But the prize you can win
Will arrive deep within
When you learn to accept people just as they are

COMPILED BY J S BROCA 4TH MAY 2020
LINK:
https://kingoflimericks.com/limericks-about-self-improvement/

In Grace We Trust

In Grace We Trust

There’s a delicate balance that ought to be struck
B’tween counting your blessings and pressing your luck
Keep God on your side
But be watchful of pride
And bend yourself down without losing your pluck

COMPILED BY J S BROCA 29TH APRIL 2020
LINK:
https://kingoflimericks.com/limericks
aboutvirtue-and-decency/


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