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All about money, honey….

Funny & Thoughtful Quotes About Money 

Recently our Budget was presented and we talked about money,more money and more inflation etc. So I thought about sharing some funny and thoughtful quotes on the subject.


There are people who have money and people who are rich. ~Coco Chanel

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. ~Mark Twain

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. ~Oscar Wilde

There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one. ~Jack Yelton

Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells. ~J. Paul Getty

We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules. ~Buzzie Bavasi

It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life. ~Michael Leboeuf

Money is a headache, and money is the cure.~Everett Mámor

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~Sam Ewing
I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves. ~Joe Louis

It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. ~Albert Camus

We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to. ~Alexander Pope

The waste of money cures itself, for soon there is no more to waste. ~M.W. Harrison

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either. ~Robert Graves

The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. ~Frank Hubbard

Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings. ~Carl Sandburg

When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart. ~John Wesley

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb

Life shouldn’t be printed on dollar bills. ~Clifford Odets

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. ~Bob Hope

Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions. ~A.A. Latimer

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil. ~Henry Fielding

Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving. ~Dan Millman

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.~Woody Allen

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. ~Jean-Paul Kauffmann

If inflation continues to soar, you’re going to have to work like a dog just to live like one. ~George Gobel

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.~Gloria Steinem

Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness. ~Henrik Ibsen

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. ~George Horace Lorimer
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. ~Henry Ford

We all know how the size of sums of money appears to vary in a remarkable way according as they are being paid in or paid out. ~Julian Huxley

Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money. ~Satchel Paige

We ought to change the legend on our money from “In God We Trust” to “In Money We Trust.” Because, as a nation, we’ve got far more faith in money these days than we do in God. ~Arthur Hoppe

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. ~Voltaire

Too much money is as demoralizing as too little, and there’s no such thing as exactly enough. ~Mignon McLaughlin

Money often costs too much. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~Aristotle Onassis

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way. ~Mark Twain

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. ~W.C. Fields

Money doesn’t talk, it swears. ~Bob Dylan

People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage. ~Doug Larson

Money does not pay for anything, never has, never will. It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with goods and services. ~Albert Jay Nock

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. ~Earl Wilson

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. ~Yogi Berra

Inflation is taxation without legislation. ~Milton Friedman

Business is the art of extracting money from another man’s pocket without resorting to violence. ~Max Amsterdam

Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale. ~Zig Ziglar

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. ~Oscar Wilde

Women prefer men who have something tender about them – especially the legal kind. ~Kay Ingram

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. ~Norman Vincent Peale


A poem on a horse…!

Leona Lewis Dedicates Tattoo Poem To Horse
I read this piece of news in a local newspaper today with great interest :

Leona Lewis the British singer, has now got herself inked down her back. Tattoo is a habit than style statement in Hollywood and Leona Lewis seems to have made the best out of it.
The tattoo poem which runs down from the nape of her neck till the middle of her back, reads like this :
This beautiful (?) write-up in form of a body art is her tribute to her favourite animal the horse.

Lewis, flaunted the risque tattoo as she donned a figure-hugging dress at The Love Ball at The Roundhouse, north-west London on 24th Feb 2010.

Leona is often branded dull and mocked as a lacking personality. This is her way of getting out of this image.

One of her friends revealed: “Leona loves tattoos and she felt having a really bold design running the length of her back would have a real impact. She’s seen what other people like Victoria have had done and used her passion for horses as the inspiration. She’s really proud of it and isn’t ashamed to show it off.”


My comments on the above news item :
1.”Compared to other Hollywood beauties, Leona herself looks somewhat horsy” was one comment by a reader. I agree and extend my sympathies to Leona !
2. There are many proverbs connected with horses. Here are some of them which I could recall offhand : 
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.  
Better ride on ass that carries me, than on a horse that throws me. 
For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost. 
Look not a gift horse in the mouth. 
You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. 
Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides.- Russian Proverb. 
Judge not the horse by his saddle.- Chinese Proverb. 
It’s too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.-French Proverb.
If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.- Spanish Proverb.
3.There are several funny quotes on horses too.Here is a random sampling :
Money, horse racing and women, three things the men just can’t figure out.- Will Rogers.
He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.- Benjamin Franklin. 
The horse I bet on was so slow, the jockey kept a diary of the trip.- Henny Youngman. 
One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. – Dale Carnegie.
4. Yes there are several poems on horses too ( better than this tatoo  poem ! ). Here is a small list,if at all you want to horse around or gallop to a fairy land on a flying horse :  
Horse Fiddle-by Carl Sandburg.
The Ballad of The White Horse- by G K Chesterton.
The Flyaway Horse-by Eugene Field. 
The Horse-by Louise Gluck.White Horse -by Rudyard Kipling.
5. I think most of friends can write much better poems on the subject of horses.Ah! Yes,senryus,haikus too…! Why don’t you take the saddle and ride on the subject ? 
6. Before I end,I recall my favourite poem from my schooldays.It was titled :” The Highway Man ” by Alfred Noyes.The poem is too long for this space,but its musical sounds: tlot… tlot… tlot… still reverbrate in my ears. Read the poem by going to the following link :
Happy Trotting !! 
BTW, you can see and enjoy Leona’s lovely back with its tattooed horse poem on several sites. Best Of Luck and Happy Viewing !
I will end on this note as I have given my readers plenty of fodder, literally enough to feed 10 horses ! So chew on it, while I bolt my stable and rein my gallopping horses…!! 
     Animal lover Leona Lewis reveals new tattoo

The New Inheritors ….

The New Inheritors                                          


The latest issue of Business Today, is on the Gen Next and The New Inheritors from the business world with Rajeev Piramal, Nisa Godrej and Aditya Burman on the cover. It is a very good issue and needs to be read by today’s students of MBA. This is what I wrote to the Editor of BT: 

Dear Sir,

Your Issue dated 7th March 2010 on “The New Inheritors” was a great compendium of “Who Is Who of Next Gen.”  

It was well researched and presented a vivid picture of the youngsters from the business world, with their vision, mission and strategy for survival in future.  

Yes, they have stars in their eyes, a fire in their bellies and sky is the limit for them in the present opportunity-filled Indian economy, dovetailed with the global scenario.   

The previous generation’s views and ideas are subject to modifications and tweaking to fit them in today’s environment, since, in the words of Gilbert Bateson :” In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.”  

Further, I tend to agree with Edward O Wilson who had said that: “There is a hereditary selective advantage to membership in a powerful group united by devout belief and purpose. Even when individuals subordinate themselves and risk death in common cause, their genes are more likely to be transmitted to the next generation than are those of competing groups who lack equivalent resolve.”  

Extending this further, to the subject under discussion, it is felt that If the next generation is to face the future with zest and self-confidence, they need to be educated to be original as well as competent.  

It has also been said by various eminent thinkers that ” each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names and they want to divorce themselves from their predecessors”.( Jim Morrison) and ” each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” (George Orwell).  

Sol LeWitt has opined that “every generation renews itself in its own way; there’s always a reaction against whatever is standard.”  

On the other hand, Ninette De Valois holds the view that:” hardly any generation wants to take the whole of the last generation, it just wants to take its best bits.” 

In the final analysis, we should keep in mind a quote of Shri Abdul Kalam:” We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.”  

Overall, this BT is an issue worth collecting and our new generation students pursuing MBAs, can learn several lessons from these inheritors!  

– J S BROCA    New Delhi

FIB Poetry… his and mine

FIB Poetry… his and mine 

Fib is an experimental Western poetry form, bearing similarities to haiku, but based on the Fibonacci sequence. That is, the typical fib and one version of the contemporary Western haiku both follow a strict structure. The typical fib is a six line, 20 syllable poem with a syllable count by line of 1/1/2/3/5/8 – with as many syllables per line as the line’s corresponding place in the Fibonacci sequence; the specific form of contemporary Western haiku uses three (or fewer) lines of no more than 17 syllables in total. The only restriction on a Fib is that the syllable count follow the Fibonacci sequence. An example of a typical fib:

Spiraling mixture:
Math plus poetry yields the Fib.
— Pincus, Gregory K.


The other day Atreya Sarma posted the following fib on Muse :


By U Atreya Sarma, Feb 16, 2010
Greenfield, Wisconsin,

You, male or female? 




“Why ask me?

Your damn doubt itself

Answers, I’m guilty of neither.”


A Fib with its 1-1-2-3-5-8 syllable count

I liked the above FIB and sent my response as under :   

Dear Atreyaji,  really uber-c-o-o-l  ! Here is an attempt to copy you, but I am sure your original will remain the best :  

Me Tarzan

And you Jane?

Me Tsunami

You Hurricane?

Let’s meet at the swanky club

And share a peg at its pub

See what develops and whirls all around

If not, I go to my swing on tree-tops

And you will go back to your lonely lane! 

J S Broca, New Delhi
Feb 16, 2010 

Here is Atreya ji’s response to my novel attempt at FIB-bing !

Dear Brocaji, Your twosome is quite a gusty awesome. Whereas mine is a conventional 6-liner Fib with a 1-1-2-3-5-8 affair, yours is a novel 9-line ‘FIBROCA’ with a 3-3-4-4-7-7-10-10-10 syllable count. A good innovation. Warm regards.

U Atreya Sarma, Greenfield, Wisconsin
Feb 16, 2010


3 Funny situations..

3 Funny situations:
1. During a recent invigilation at an examination centre,much to my horror, I found that students,in general,use unfair means to pass in exams,these days.When I discussed this later with some students in my class,I heard this sher in support of cheating by copying : 
Padhna likhna chchod do
Nakkal parr rakho aas,
Ley ke rajai so ja  bhakt,
Rabb karega pass !
( Leave aside studying and preparing for exams.Just keep focussed on and rely on copying.Forget your worries, cover yourself with a quilt and go to sleep peacefully oh devotee,God will surely help you to pass the exams ! )
2. Lodging an FIR with a police station is not easy they say ! Here is a situation I came across where the Thaana Incharge too couldn’t take any action against  a tresspasser.Read the sher for the reason behind this issue :
Aap ki galli mein sey humm guzrengey jaan bhooj karr baar baar,
Humein patta hai aapney thaaney mein rapat likhwayee huee hai !
Jaa karr aap poochch lena uss thaaney key thaanedaar sey,
Humm nein uski bhi ladki fasaaee huee hai ! 
(I will dare to continue to pass through your lane again and again.I know you have lodged an FIR with the police station about this.Pray do go and ask the thaana in-charge as to what can he do.I have also entangled his daughter into an affair with me ! )
3. Some guys go to great lengths to get married to a girl of their choice,but in case they fail,they also have Plan B.Hear this sher as to what a guy’s Plan B was !
Phir kyaa huaa jo aapney apney haathon mein mehndi lagga li.
Ab humm nein bhi chehrey par sehraa sajaa leeya hai !
Hummein patta thaa ki aap hamari kismat mein nahin,
Issi liyey humm nein aap ki chchoti behn ko  fassa leeya hai !
(So what if you have applied  henna on your hands ! Now I have also adorned a sehra- a garland, across my face.I was very sure that you are not in my fate.As an alternative-Plan B, I also had an affair with your younger sister and am now getting married to her ! )
If the response is good, I ‘ll post some more funny situations soon !  Keep smiling till then !

SRK Inc.

The latest issue of BUSINESS TODAY  (dated 21st Feb 2010) out on 4th Feb 2010 is on SHAH RUKH KHAN !
I read the lead story on SRK and this is what I wrote to BT recently through my letter to the editor :
Dear Sir
This refers to your latest issue of BT dated 21.02.10 on “SRK Inc” It was to be released on 8th Feb but it reached me on 4th Feb. BT surely knows the pulse of its readers.
It was a very timely issue and it makes us believe that perhaps SRK himself might have sponsored the damage-control exercise (being the “actorpreneur” he is ) through BT,since Shiv Sena’s guns have been pointed out at him for his “slip position” about Pakistan  cricketers issue.Bal Thakrey and his gang has been spitting venom against SRK-the most well known Brand Icon of our times.
Threatening his family and residence at “Mannat” speaks volumes about the nuisance value of the self proclaimed political gods in public life.
SRK’s humble begining from a serial called “Fauji” on the idiot box to the CEO of Red Chillies Group with an estimated wealth around Rs 1500 crores speaks of his sheer hardwork and dedication in planning all his ventures in the field of entertainment and his great vision statements of excelling in all his ventures to prove that he is really the best and is not merely lip-synching ” I am the best ” song of his.
He knows how to remain in the eyes of his fans and well wishers–be it through the recent news about a crater on the moon being named after him or the recent bell ringing ceremony at NASDAQ Stock Exchange.
We will surely be watching Discovery channel’s mega show on this mega-buck business czar’s life and times.
To ape his famous dialogue from “Darr” we would like to say : “ Weeee…..llll….uuuu….vvvvv….yuuuuuu…..Shahrukh !”     

Love is in the air….

A few years ago, I had received a greeting card from an unknown admirer (?) on the occasion of Valentine Day. It had expressed the sender’s feelings quite aptly through a short,sweet and a simple poem,which I had liked a lot.Today I reciprocate my feelings towards that secret admirer by translating that cute little poem into Hindi.I hope the essence of the original poem is not lost in translation.

I wish you were my Valentine !
Kaash aap hamari Valentine hotee !

Though I may not be yours !
Chahey humm aapkey koi naan hotey !

And I may, in my ignorance,
Aur shayad, sirf anjaaney mein humm

Be speaking to closed doors.
Bandd darwaazon sey hee mukhatib hotey !

I have no inkling of your heart,
Hummein malloom nahin aapkey dill ki haalat,

No hint of what you might say;
Naan hi jaantey hain ki aap kya kahengey;

But when I think of you as my sun
Lekin itna samajh lijiye aye jaan-e-jaana

Its warmth will just not go away.
Aapki yaadon ki tapish, apney saath harr pall rakhengey !

There is in you a loveliness
Aap mein woh khoobsoorti hai priyey

That makes my darkness shine,
Hummarey andheron ko jo roshan hai kartee

And so I’ll wait, if wait I must,
Issi liyey yeh ummeed rakhengey umarr bharr

To be your Valentine.
Ki kabhi tau aap hamari valentine banengee !

My effort- a senryu…

I had read some senryus by Mallickji on Muse India.I had composed one senryu in a similar manner on the recent utterings by Shiv Sena against Shah Rukh Khan subsequent to his comments about Pakistani cricketers etc.Shah Rukh returned from abroad recently after promoting his latest film “My Name Is Khan” and mentioned somewhere that the matter will be sorted out over a drink with Bal Thakerey ! 

Since I am a novice in Senryus,I had requested Mallickji to polish it. He has done the needful.  

I reproduce the original senryus by Mallickji along with my senryu suitably edited by him. : 


By Kumarendra Mallick, Feb 06, 2010



‘stick’s to non-violence

and benign smiles

Padma awards…

lotus stems not free

of mud  

Delhi to Daulatabad…

no superfast trains for babus

to commute  


roads to Rome

need quick repair  

cheer leaders…

flex muscles to cure

pins and needles  


in the guise of fairies drive out

tiger from the woods  


Dear Mallickji, all are exceptionally good ! Here’s my effort : = 

happy end…

spat between Thakerey and Shah Rukh

over a peg 

J S Broca, New Delhi
Feb 07, 2010 

Jatinder saheb, thank you for your interest, appreciation and composing one as your own (as per your request I have rearranged your words, hope you like it!). Best regards,  

Kumarendra Mallick, Hyderabad
Feb 07, 2010 


Brinjal fest…

I read a small news item recently :
Brinjal fest
Business Standard February 3, 2010
“The poor who are getting hit by rising vegetable prices may get a respite, thanks to the anti-Bt brinjal lobby. At some point, it’s not clear when exactly, Greenpeace activists plan to make the world’s biggest baingan ka bharta (a brinjal dish) and feed it to Delhi’s poor and hungry — the idea, Greenpeace says, is to give Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh something to think about as he decides whether “he’ll allow corporations with American interests to genetically engineer India’s king of vegetables – the brinjal”. The reason for the delay, apparently, has been the fantastic response to the movement. According to Greenpeace’s website, the original target was to use 10,000 brinjals but, given the response, the new target is to use 20,000 brinjals to prepare the dish. So, if you’re poor and hungry, and live in the Capital, don’t lose heart.”
This funnily reminds me of Shakespeare’s famous quote from Hamlet : ” To Be Or Not To Be ….”
I would simply put the topic under discussion as :
” To Bt or not to Bt…?”
The first part of this famous soliloquy goes like this:
( My interpretation in light of the topic under discussion is given in brackets below each line)  
To be or not to be – that is the question:

 (To introduce Bt Brinjal or not -that is the question !)
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
( Should we continue to suffer from the high cost of veggies ? )
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
( Should we allow MNCs to make mega-bucks from this?)
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
( Should we take up the matter regarding the likely adverse health effects of  genetically modified foods on human beings ?)
 And, by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep.
( I feel there are other many more serious problems that affect mankind’s life, which need to be taken up, instead of this fight over the humble brinjal )
Your take on this issue……?

Resignation Haiku

I came across an interesting media report. Here it is: 

“We’ve seen quite a bit of resignation notes in the IT world over the years, but this one takes the cake when it comes to originality. Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, has tweeted his resignation, explaining it with a haiku poem. 

‘Today’s my last day at Sun. I’ll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. 

Financial crisis

Stalled too many customers

CEO no more 

The reasons for Schwartz’s resignation were more or less known much before; recently, Oracle has acquired Sun and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in an interview last week he expects Schwartz to resign. Last week, Schwartz already announced that he’s probably resigning, tweeting a link to his last blog at Sun. 

According to The New York Times, Schwartz was the first Fortune 200 boss to tweet his resignation Well, why not — if you have to leave, you might as well leave in style.” 

I thought as to what would be my resignation style. Being a fan of Hindi film songs, I would say : “Hum Chhod Chaley Hain Mehfil Ko, Yaad Aaye Kabhi Tau Matt Rona” (I am leaving this party. Do not shed tears if you ever remember me.) 

Another one would be: “Hum Tau Jaatey Apney Gaon, Sab Ko Ram Ram Ram!” (I am leaving for my village. I wish you all in the name of Lord Rama) 

Readers, your responses as to how you would put in your resignations in poetry form, are welcome.