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Cyber-attacks are no longer fiction

Cyber-attacks are no longer fiction

By Devangshu Datta:

India must invest in cyber-defence capabilities. Even small investments will pay off big

BS January 9, 2015

On Monday, November 24, 2014, employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) headquarters in Culver City, California, had a shock when they switched on their workstations. A red skeleton popped up with a bullet-pointed message. Hackers, who self-identified as “Guardians of Peace”, said they controlled all Sony’s data.

SPE shut down servers and took its corporate network offline. It suffered massive damage. Unreleased movies were dumped onto the internet. So were e-mails, medical records and compensation data for executives. The personal information of sundry Hollywood stars and entertainers was also released.

The attack was said to be orchestrated by North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) in retaliation for a Sony comedy, The Interview. This film (released post-hack) is about an assassination attempt on Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Then, a hacker group, “Lizard Squad” forced DPRK off the internet for two days in December.

US President Barack Obama blamed North Korea. The DPRK accused the US of a counter-attack. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the Sony hackers were careless, and revealed internet protocol addresses of DPRK origin.

Consider the damage. SPE, a $8-billion subsidiary of Japanese parent, Sony was crippled for weeks. The digital infrastructure was ruined without physical damage. The release of private data made employees and movie stars personally vulnerable. There was loss of revenue as copyrighted films were released. Future plans were compromised. SPE may even be liable for lawsuits due to the poor encryption of private data of individuals. Insurers will examine this case closely and it could lead to modifications in industrial insurance policies and practices.

The hackers face few consequences. They were anonymous people operating from outside the US borders. There is “deniability” for the DPRK, which is said to have a cyber warfare cell of over 6,000 hackers. The combination of deniability, and the ability to cripple infrastructure without necessarily causing physical damage is tempting. So is the ability to garner intelligence and data.

Not surprisingly, there have been multiple earlier instances of cyber-attacks, allegedly by nations. Iran’s nuclear programme was hit by the Stuxnet worm, which targeted industrial control systems in reactors and research institutions for years. Stuxnet was very sophisticated. It’s said to have been developed by Israeli and US coders but, of course, there’s no confirmation. Stuxnet found vulnerabilities in specialised chips designed for one purpose. In 2009, an allegedly Chinese operation, “GhostNet” hacked data off government servers in many nations. In 2007, Estonia was knocked offline by a coordinated attack, made by at least a million hacked computers, turned into a “zombie army”. Russia was blamed, given tensions between Estonia and Russia. Georgia was knocked offline during the South Ossetia Crisis of 2008. Again, Russia had circumstantial motives. In the 1990s, the US hit Serbian infrastructure to knock out air traffic control and facilitate UN bombing operations. Military infrastructure and equipment is heavily dependent on computers and networks. All military equipment relies to some degree on specialised chips, or on networks. General civilian infrastructure is also vulnerable. The global financial system, for example, is networked and interconnected. Banks, credit cards issuers, financial markets servers, central banks, tax authorities and so on all “talk” to each other. Power grids are smart. So are airport traffic control and airline routing systems, railway networks, traffic lights and so on.

The “Internet of Things” is also growing. This consists of smart unmanned devices connected to the internet. It includes items as diverse as industrial robots, police drones, refrigerators and car navigational systems. Botnet armies of “things” have already been created. At least 140 nations have cyber war programmes. The US spends untold billions distributed across many agencies. It has a Cyber Command, which is part of Special Operations Forces. The US also has an articulated framework of “five pillars” for active and passive cyber-warfare. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO has a separate “Tallinn manual” developed after the Estonia episode mentioned above.

While other countries lack similar resources or focus, even small investments in cyber capabilities can pay off big in offensive terms. And, of course, defensive capacities in this area are imperative. This is one area of civilian-cum-military capability where India cannot afford to fall behind.



The Marriage Of Poor Kim Kardashian

The Marriage Of Poor Kim Kardashian

The marriage of poor Kim Kardashian
Was krushed like a kar in a krashian.
Her Kris kried, ‘Not fair!
Why kan’t I keep my share?’
But Kardashian fell klean outa fashian.

By Sir Salman Rushdie









Once upon a time very very long ago, when death snatched a loved one of mine, I got interested in poems on death. There are many poems on this topic and you can read them by surfing on the internet. Recently, I came across and read a FUNNY poem on death!! Death and funny? You may ask!   Here is the poem. See it for yourself:

QUOTE:  Roses are dead, violets are too, I`m still in love but not with you. You thought you hurt me, and made me cry, But now I’m in love with another guy. Simply because you have no class, all you can do, is kiss my ass. You sit around and talk your s**t, so eff you and your little ass dick. What my man is doing, you can`t do. You tell your homies you played me like a b**ch, and I tell my girls you have a little dick. You said you loved me, but it wasnt true. Well guess what mofugga I played you too. UNQUOTE

While I am on this topic, I am reminded of my favourite writer Khushwant Singh who had also written a lot on the topic of death. Here is an interesting thing connected with this great writer:


His favourite limerick was from the English poet Hilaire Belloc:

 “When I am dead

I hope it will be said

His sins were scarlet

But his books were read.”

How true isn’t it !!

 BTW limericks are generally of 5 lines whereas this one is one line short.

 Hope you enjoyed this narrative.

 Keep smiling!

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My Experiments in Hinglish Limericks–I

My Experiments in Hinglish Limericks–I

My friend Manu has a GF named Teena,

-A classic beauty like famous Kareena,

But there is another angle,

Or rather an infamous love triangle

-For he is slyly dating another haseena!

J S BROCA   7TH October 2017



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A Limerick on Sex Change

A Limerick on Sex Change

There once was this guy named Stan
Who had some trouble being a man
He wore a dress and high heels
And drove a Chevrolet with pink wheels
And soon Stan became a tran

Author: Anonymous



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My limerick on Hugh Hefner

My limerick on Hugh Hefner

Breaking News: Hugh Hefner died on 27th September 2017

A Brief on him:

Hugh Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American publisher and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953, and as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. An advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, Hefner was a political activist and philanthropist in several other causes and public issues. RIP!

Here is my limerick on Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner of “Playboy” fame,

Died at 91, earning his name,

Out of the closet, came sex at last,

His issues with nudies sold very fast,

Truly, sex was no more a taboo or shame! 

By Jatinder Pal Singh Broca

New Delhi 29th Sept 2017

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GHALIB’S “Dil Hi To Hai Na Sang-o-Khist..”

GHALIB’S “Dil Hi To Hai Na Sang-o-Khist..”

Khushwant Singh loved Ghalib and often quoted couplets from the shayar’s creations.I too love Ghalib and have a collection of his shayari.

Here is one famous piece loved by Khushwant,me and many others…
English translation follows the original.
ENJOY …..!!!

Dil Hi To Hai Na Sang-o-Khist

Dil Hi To Hai Na Sang-o-Khist
Dard Se Bhar Na Aaye Kyon?

Royenge Hum Hazaar Baar
Koyee Hamein Sataye Kyon?

Dair Nahin, Haram Nahin,
Dar Nahin, Aastan Nahin

Baithe Hain Reh-Guzar Pe Hum
Gair Hamein Uthaye Kyon?

Jab Veh Jamaal-e-Dilfaroze
Surte-Mehre Neem-Roze

Aap Hi Ho Nazaar-Soze
Parde Mein Munh Chuppaye Kyon?

Dashne-e-Gamaz Jaan-Sitan
Naavke-Naaz Bepanah

Tera Hi Akse-Rukh Sahi,
Saame Tere Aaye Kyon?

Asl Mein Dono Ek Hain

Maut Se Pehlre Aadmi
Gum Se Nijaat Paye Kyon?

Husn Aur Us Pe Husn-e-Zun
Reh Gayee Bulhavas Ki Sharm

Apne Pe Etmad Hai,
Gair Ko Aazmaye Kyon?

Van Veh Garure-Izz-o-Naaz
Yan Yeh Hijabe-Paase-Vazan

Raah Mein Hum Milen Kahan
Bazm Mein Veh Bulaye Kyon?

Han Voh Nahin Khuda Parasat
Jaao Veh Bewafa Sahi

Jisko Ho Dino-Dil Aziz
Uski Gali Mein Jaye Kyon?

Ghalib-e-Khast Ke Bagair
Kaunse Kaam Band Hain?

Roeeye Zar-Zar Kaya?
Keejiye Haye-Haye Kyon?

English Translation

Heart it is, not a brick or stone
Why shouldn’t it feel the pain?

Let none tyrannize this heart
Or I shall cry again and again

Neither the temple, nor the mosque
Nor on someone’s door or porch

I await on the path where He will tread
Why others should compel me to go?

The illumined grace that lights up the heart
And glows like the midday sun

That Self that annihilates all sights
When then it hides in the mysterious net?

The amorous glance is the deadly dagger
And the arrows of emotions are fatal

Your image may be equally powerful
Why should it appear before you?

The rules of life and bonds of sorrow
In reality are the one manifestation

Before realizing the ultimate truth
How can then one attain liberation?

Love is laden with noble thoughts
Yet what remains is the carnal shame

Trust conscience the still little voice
Why do you want test the rival?

There the pride of modesty resides
Here dwells the social morality

How shall we meet, on which road
Why should he invite me to the abode?

True he is an atheist
Unfaithful and unchaste

Dear to who is faith and heart
Why should he then venture there?

Without the wretched “Ghalib”
Has any activity come to a halt?

What then is the need to cry?
What then is the need to brood?


GOLDEN OLDIES….Aap Jaisa Koi….


“Aap Jaisa Koi”

“Aap Jaisa Koi” is a 1980 Indian Hindi song from the film Qurbani. It was composed by Biddu and was sung by the Pakistani pop singer, Nazia Hassan. It was Nazia’s first song. The song was featured in the film as an item number.


Feroz Khan was a famous leading actor of Bollywood in the early 1960s. As time passed, he became a director and he acted as a leading actor in many of his films and most of his films of the 1960s and 1970s were hit in the box office. After two decades of popularity as an actor and director, Feroz made another movie, Qurbani. He wanted to create a new song titled “Aap Jaisa Koi” for the film. A friend of Feroz’s introduced the 15-year-old Nazia Hassan, a UK-based Pakistani to Feroz. Nazia was a child singer in Pakistan during the 1970s. She was offered to sing “Aap Jaisa Koi” and she accepted the offer. She provided the vocals for the song. It was recorded at a length of 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The video of the song was recorded as an item number by a dancer.


“Aap Jaisa Koi” became a superhit song in India and overseas and Qurbani became a hit movie at the box office. The singer of this song Nazia Hassan, gained overnight fame in India and also became famous in her own country, Pakistan, due to this song. “Aap Jaisa Koi” marked for the first time that a Pakistani singer sang for India. The song became so popular, that Nazia, despite being a Pakistani, won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for this song in 1981. She set the record for being the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 15.




I LOVE TAKING A COLD WATER BATH AS IT REFRESHES ME. However in this DILLI KI SARDI and with age catching up, I now begin my bath with hot / warm water.

There is a lot of debate on the subject matter of hot or cold water bath. So, I did a little research on the net and here is some interesting information. Believe it or not, to your peril or advantage! 

7 Benefits of Bathing With Cold Water 

Most people generally prefer to bathe in warm water than cold water. In fact, a cold shower bath has more health benefits compared to a hot shower. A cold shower can help boost metabolism, prevent post-exercise muscle injury and regulate levels of uric acid in your body. There are many other benefits of a cold shower too.

1. Male fertility: Perhaps there are very few people who know this fact, that a cold shower can increase fertility in men. On the other hand, a hot shower is bad for your testicles, because it can potentially lower the sperm count. If you want to plan on having a child, it’s time to bathe in cold water. Think again if you plan to visit the sauna or steam bath.

2. Increased blood circulation to remove toxins: When the cold water touches the surface of the skin, blood vessels beneath the skin will shrink. This reduces the blood circulation, but at the same time the mechanism of blood pressure will automatically destroy the target tissue. This causes the blood to circulate with greater impetus, so that blood flow becomes stronger in the increasing circulation.

3. Builds up immunity: You want to increase white blood cells? Bathe in cold water, because it will increase your metabolism, which in turn increases body heat and revives the immune system by releasing white blood cells.

4. Increases metabolism: When a person feels cold, he will usually wear a sweater to warm his body. Similarly, when your body is doused in cold water, your body will automatically produce heat, which makes the body’s metabolism to increase rapidly. That’s when carbohydrates and fats are burned to make you feel warm.

5. Prevents injury: When you perform physical activity, the muscles become inflamed and you need time to make your muscles become relaxed. To increase strength and muscle mass, your muscle fibers will swell and shrink. Therefore, to prevent rupture of muscle fibers due to excessive physical activity, wash with cold water.

6. Additional benefits: a cold shower can reduce chronic pain, reduce body aches, improve hair health, kidney function, reduce inflammation and regulate the autonomic nervous system.

7. Cold water and the rhythms of the body: Cold water can deepen your breathing and helps fight fatigue. Even if you are having trouble sleeping, take a cold shower for it is believed that it can help you in sleeping more soundly.

Now I come to the celebration part of the title of this piece. There was a very popular number in a Hindi film released in 1978. Its name was “Pati Patni Aur Woh!” The song was “Thande thande pani se nahana chahiye”.

My grand-daughter Sukhman, just loves listening to this  song! So, here are more details on the movie and the song. Yes, I confess, I must have seen the movie 3 or 4 times, just to enjoy this famous situational comedy song.

Pati Patni Aur Woh  a 1978 Hindi movie, was directed by B. R. Chopra. The film stars Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Ranjeeta, and in guest appearances: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Parveen Babi.


The film is a comical take on extra-marital affairs. Ranjeet Chaddha (Sanjeev Kumar) & Sharda (Vidya Sinha) meet, fall in love & get married. Eventually, Ranjeet gets a promotion, a higher salary & a temptation – Nirmala Deshpande (Ranjeeta), his new secretary. Ranjeet lies to Nirmala—to get her sympathy—that his wife is terminally ill. Nirmala feels sorry for Ranjeet and gets close to him. Ranjeet uses this to further his plans. But when everything is going as planned, Sharda gets suspicious. She spies on them & learns the truth. When Ranjeet gets busted in front of both the women, the proverbial hell breaks loose.


The film starts off indicating the parallels of the story with that of Adam & Eve. Here, Adam is Ranjeet, Eve is Sharda while the apple is Nirmala. Ranjeet is newly employed in a company, whose pay scales can be gauged from the fact that he goes to work on a bicycle. However, this bicycle itself brings him face-to-face with Sharda, when he bumps into her by accident. Sharda’s bicycle gets badly damaged & Ranjeet drops her off. The same evening, Ranjeet goes to the wedding of his friend (Asrani), a co-worker & a poet. Sharda is also present at the ceremony. Sharda & Ranjeet’s love blossoms from there & soon they get married. In the course of a few years, Ranjeet is a Sales Manager of the company and father of a son. Sharda & Ranjeet are still living in marital bliss. That is, until Nirmala, Ranjeet’s new secretary, shows up. Ranjeet is inexplicably attracted to Nirmala. She is an honest girl who is trying to make two ends meet. She is much more beautiful compared to Sharda. But most of all, she knows nothing about Ranjeet’s true intentions & his married life. Ranjeet is initially upset with his thoughts about her, but finally gives in. He carefully plans his further steps. He pretends to be the helpless grieving husband of a cancer stricken wife, who won’t live much longer. Nirmala feels sorry for him, thus making it easier for him to get close to her. Nobody, not Sharda, not even his closest friend, suspects a thing. One day, Ranjeet bluffs to Sharda that he will be late coming home as he has a meeting. He takes Nirmala out to dinner. Next day, Sharda finds Nirmala’s handkerchief, with lipstick marks on it, in Ranjeet’s pocket. She immediately confronts Ranjeet, who makes up a story about a co-worker whose handkerchief he may have accidentally taken. Sharda reluctantly believes him. Ranjeet decides to take his next steps more carefully. Sharda too starts thinking that her fears were unfounded. Ranjeet makes even more interesting back up plans: He prepares two books of poetry, professing his love. The poems are the same in both, only one book contains Nirmala’s name, and the other contains Sharda’s. Ranjeet courts Nirmala without Sharda’s knowledge. The turning point comes when Sharda sees him in a hotel with Nirmala. She later asks him about his meeting, about which the clueless Ranjeet lies. Sharda’s fears are confirmed. She starts spying on him & Nirmala, taking incriminating pictures. After sufficient evidence is obtained, she secretly meets Nirmala, posing as a journalist. Nirmala, who hasn’t seen Ranjeet’s “ailing wife” yet, thinks Sharda intends to blackmail her. But Sharda reassures her that she won’t. Nirmala spills all the beans, upon which Sharda reveals her true identity. Meanwhile, Ranjeet gets another promotion & rushes home happily to tell his wife about it. Sharda catches him unawares and lets him know that he is busted. Ranjeet does not know what has hit him. He turns round, only to see Nirmala behind him. Sharda tells him that she is leaving him & the divorce papers will be soon sent to him. Sharda & Nirmala console each other. Ranjeet calls upon his friend & lies that Nirmala has said some malicious lies to Sharda about him. Ranjeet’s friend sides with him & lies about Nirmala’s character. Sharda exposes Ranjeet in front of him as well, with help of the evidence she has collected. Sharda tells Ranjeet to choose either her or Nirmala. Ranjeet quietly gives Nirmala some money & lies to her, in a last-ditch attempt at damage control. But honest Nirmala returns the money to Sharda, making things even worse for Ranjeet. Sharda prepares to walk out on Ranjeet, while Nirmala resigns and leaves Ranjeet as well. Sharda comes to visit Ranjeet one last time, when their innocent son asks what is happening. Sharda decides to give Ranjeet another chance, if only for their son and soon life comes back on track. But soon another secretary(Parveen Babi) joins the office & Ranjeet tries to resort to his antics once more. Just by coincidence, Ranjeet’s friend suddenly walks in & Ranjeet backs off, taking this as a warning.



Thande thande pani se nahana chahiye
Gana aaye yah na aaye gana chahiye
Tum meri hathkadi ho
tum dur kyon khadi ho
tum bhi jara naha lo
do char geet ga lo
ab shor mat karo ji
sunte hai sab padosi
kahey do padosiyon se
jhanke na khidkiyon se
darwaza khatkhataya
lagta hai koi aaya
keh do ke aa rahey hai
sahab naha rahey hai
mummy ko to ladne ka bahana chahiye
gana aaye na aaye….

Lambi ye taan chchodo
tauba hai jaan chchodo
tum aise besharam ho
bachon se koi kum ho
chchodo hato anari
meri bigho di sari
oh oh mummy ko daddy se chchudana chahiye
ab toh mummy ko daddy se chchdana chahiye
gana aaye ya na aaye….

I think / believe that a few portions of the lyrics are missing or are not in the right order. Do the homework for me,if you please. I recall that there is a stanza where the young son says “Mummy ko bhi andar bulaana chahiey!” Anyway, ENJOY THE SONG!

Here is the link: