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This is an endeavor to share the facts of interest read over half a centuary.
This effort tends to reflect a touch of British Indian History…..

Under the Black Flag

The great age of piracy in the Western world began in 1650 and was brought to an abrupt end around 1825, when naval patrols drove the pirates from their lairs and mass hanging eliminated many of their leaders.

Capt. Kidd, Capt. Blackbeard, Capt. Henry Morgan, Capt. Black Bart and others were projected as violent, cruel and avaricious who operated from exotic locations.

Little is known about how the pirates of the seventeenth and eighteenth century were different from the good people of England and the continent who lived to the dictates of monarchs and other aristocrats.


These pirates were the original democrats:

They came together voluntarily. A hundred years before the French Revolution, the pirate companies were run on lines in which liberty, equality and brotherhood was the rule rather than the exception.

On a pirate ship the captain was elected by a vote of majority of the crew and he could be deposed if the crew were not happy with his performance.

The crew and not the captain alone decided the destination of each voyage and whether to attack a particular ship or to raid a coastal village.

The written article, signed by all, stated the distribution of plundered goods and compensation during battle.

A handful of pirates were educated and a smaller number were even black sheep of the privileged classes. It was the lure of plunders and desire for an easy life that brought them together in an uneasy partnership.

Reflecting on above we do feel some similarity with some present youths, who are educated and even well of, looking for some expected thrill and games to join unknown adventures.

Do parachute jumpers get a chance to rehearse?
A man is not old when his hair turns grey,
A man is not old when his teeth decay,
But a man approaches a long last sleep,
When his mind makes appointments his body can’t keep.
On the film sets, a lady asked Peter O’Toole, “What is acting?”
“If you have to ask madam, you aren’t got it”. Peter O’Toole replied.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

THE GREATEST BRITON EVER LIVED

THE MAN WHO WON US THE WAR: WITHOUT WHICH THE WORLD WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A TERRIBLE SHAPE.

A peep into his life:-

His primary school conduct report:
Number in class 30
Position in class 30

  • His father Lord Randolph (Chancellor of Exchequer) thought of him as ‘a young stupid and definitely not to be trusted’.
  • He had phenomenal memory…..recited by heart 1200 lines from Macaulay’s “lays of ancient Rome “at Harrow (his school).
  • “I am cursed with so a feeble a body that I can hardly support the fatigue of the day “During his days at ‘Sand hurts’.
  • He was great admirer of beautiful women, but was self-centered and gouache in their company .He had already proposed to Pamella and Ethel only to be rejected by both. His ardent courtship with Clemtine resulted in their marriage in September 1908.
  • Talking of his mother "In my interest she left no wire unpulled, no stone unturned, no cutlet uncooked ……"
  • Before the first night of ‘Pygmolion’, George Bernard Shaw wired Churchill “am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come and bring a friend if you have one”.
  • Churchill replied “impossible to be present for the first performance. Will attend the second, if there is one”.
  • When Churchill was running for office for first time, he went door to door to ask for vote. He knocked on the door of an irritable man and introduced himself, “Vote for you? Why, would rather vote for the devil.” “I understand” answered Churchill.” But in case your friend is not running, may I count on your support?”
  • Churchill appeared to be asleep in his seat in the House of Commons. “Must you fall asleep when I am speaking?” asked the fellow MP.
    “No, it is purely voluntary” Churchill said
  • 1939 he took over as first Sea Lord. He welcomed his staff with the portrait of Admiral Nelson eyeing the proceeding. He concluded his speech “gentleman, to your tasks and duties”.
  • S.S.’ Enchantress ‘was placed at his disposal as first Sea Lord. Until the outbreak of war Churchill spent eight months on board inspecting shipyards and naval establishments. He said “largely my office, almost my home”.
  • During the war he was asked whether he was flattered by the crowds drawn by his speeches .Churchill replied “it is quite flattering, whenever I feel this way, I always remember that, if instead of making political speech, I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big”.
  • His World Crisis was published in 1923 Belfour quipped “A brilliant autobiography, disguise as a history of the universe”.
  • 1920 in Iraq under King Faisal ….. “Living on an ungrateful volcano. Has Faisal not got some wives to keep him quite”?
  • He envisaged “ By the banks of the Jordan, a state of three or four millions Jews under the protection of British empire to take care of Britain’s Zionist obligations”.
  • 1921 president Sinn Fein and De Valero of Ireland were received at 10 Downing Street. Collin commander of IRA astounded at the offer of a Truce “You had us dead beat. We could not have lasted another 3 weeks ….we thought you must have gone mad”.
  • “All my life I have played all or nothing” (when Poland got isolated)
  • “While the Germans used bombs, we only dropped leaflets”.
  • “Let them have it.Remember this; never maltreat the enemy by halves”.
  • “Defeat is one thing; disgrace is another”.
  • “You can always take one with you” His invasion slogan.
  • “There I sat with great Russian Bear on one side of me , with paws outstretch; and on the other side the great American Buffalo and between the two set the poor little English donkey, who was the only one of the three who knew the right way home”.
  • Under the international Law the government of the United State could not sell Arms directly to government of Britain. Arms and ammunition earmarked were sold lock stock and barrel to the US steel export company for $37,619,556.60 who thereupon sold it to the British government for exactly the same amount down to the sixty cents.
  • “Never before in the whole field of human conflict, has so much been owed by so many and to so few”.
  • “If Hitler invaded hell. I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the house of commons”
  • “My children it is permitted you in the time of great danger to walk with devil until you have cross the bridge”.
  • To his Colleagues, “Personal ambitions were to be submerged in the national emergency...
    …..an even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God ‘s good time, the new world with all his powers and might step forth to the rescue and liberation of the old”.
  • Striking Welsh minors tried to prevent the movement of a train at Llanelli, troops shot 2 men dead.
  • Churchill expressed that it would have been better to go on and give strikers a good trashing.
  • 1919… Room 40 was established; which evolved into the government code and Cypher school with the help of Churchill.
  • In spite of this, Germans achieved a number of early naval successes. In August two German Battleship GOEBEN and VRESLAU, escaped from the Adriatic from Dardanelles to Constantinople.
  • On 21st September Churchill boasted that if German fleet did not come out and fight they would be dugout like rats in a hole.Following day Germans sank three British cruisers with the loss of 1459 lives of the Dogger bank. Two more British cruiser were sunk off the coast of Chile.
  • His Admiral Richmond wrote in his diary “It is a tragedy that navy should be in such lunatic hands at this time “.
  • 1920 general election Churchill lost, “In the twinkling of an eye, I found myself without an office, without a seat, without a party and without an appendix”.
  • On 13th December 1931 Admiral Harwood secured victory at the battle of river Plate and Scuttling of ‘GRAFSPEE’, a few days later, February 1940 Churchill ordered the interception of ‘ALTMARK’ in Norwegian waters and saved British POW.
  • He advocated capital punishment as ’a great deterrent’.
  • Repudiated women suffrage as ‘Contrary to natural law’.
  • He was convinced that stinted millions crowded together in the ghastly urban slums of Britain were not fit to breed ‘An imperial race’.
  • “Asking me not to make a speech, is like asking a centipede not to put a foot on the ground”.
  • Without a convincing excuse, Churchill decided not to attend Roosevelt funeral in the spring of 1945; nor did he broadcast to the nation on the occasion.
  • During Boer war …”And let us say at once…no exchange of prisoners”.
  • “Why I would not be out of this glorious delicious war for anything the world could give me’.
  • “A syndicate may compile an encyclopedia, only a man can write a book”.
  • “Conquer or die”.
  • 1897 young Winston was posted in India as lieutenant in 4th HUSSAR. Keen to see ‘action’, he managed as a ‘war correspondent ‘for the newspaper ‘‘Pioneer’. In NW frontiers he was face to face when Malakand field force operating against rebel tribes.
  • Churchill made all efforts to make Roosevelt join the war as ally. When Roosevelt’s representative Harry Hopkins arrived in London, Churchill went all out to impress and even prepare a statement himself. Harry Hopkins listens to the long sermons by Churchill without a word and then summoned up “ Well Mr. Prime Minister, I don’t think the president will give a damn for all that .You see we are only interested in seeing that Goddamn son of a bitch Hitler gets licked”.

AND MANY MANY MORE………………………………………………………

Koh-I-Noor-Diamond of Diamonds

Alauddin Khilji defeated Raja Deva of Malwa (Golconda) in 1305 and took possession of all the royal jewellery, which included the Koh-I-Noor.

In 1526 Ibrahim Lodi gave it to Raja Vikramaditya of Gwalior to induce him to fight Babar. Later Humayun captured the Raja's family and extracted the diamond. He was in turn chased out by Shershah Suri.

Humayun wandered off to Iran where he presented the Koh-I-Noor to Shah Tahmup (of Iran) who in turn presented it to Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar and got the Koh-I-Noor found its way to India. In 1600, Akbar conquered Ahmednagar and got the Koh-I-Noor and had it fix on his crown.

Aurangzeb entrusted one Borgio, a Venetian lapidary, to make it shine better. In the process it lost seventy- five percent of its weight, which came down to 186 carats from its original 793 carats.

In 1739, Nadir Shah defeated Muhammad Shah Rangila who hid it in his turban. After a session of drinks, turbans were mutually exchanged and thus the Koh-I-Noor found its way back to Persia.

In 1751, Afghan Chieftain Ahmad Shah Durrani was presented the diamond for restoring Shah Rukh to the Throne of Iran, who’s descendent Shah Suja, when dethroned, took shelter with Raja Ranjit Singh of Punjab.

Ranjit Singh forced Shah Suja and Extracted the diamond, and had it placed in his bracelet.

In 1850 Lord Dalhousie asked Raja Dilip Singh, descendent of Rajit Singh, to present it to Queen Victoria in England.

“I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts or my thoughts or my thoughts are the result of my dreams. – D.H. LAWRENCE



EILEEN DARBY

A photographer of Broadway stars, famous for her snapshots of Broadway sets and stars, for publication in magazine like “Life".

Darby often put her subject interest above her own……refusing once to photograph Ingrid Bergman for fear of passing on her cold.

She stopped taking photos in 1968, saying she has lost her enthusiasm for the theatre, after seeing the musical ‘Hair’.

“The only thing that improves with age are the ‘good old days’. “

STRAY INCIDENCES

  • Prime Minister Anthony Eden, prior to the Suez crisis, asked Gen. Stock well, ‘General, how do you start a war?’ The General replied, ‘We normally leave that to politicians.’
  • After the 1857 mutiny, the British declared Punjabi Mussulmen’s and Sikhs as martial races. Seventy per cent of the army was from Punjab and nearly all money orders went to Punjab.
  • Churchill regarded Mussolini as a means of controlling Hitler. He wrote a private letter in May 1940 to the Duce urging him to stay out of the war. Italy entered the war in June 1940.
  • 1944 - INA - P Roy, Tamar Singh Gill, Maninder Singh and Tuhin Mukherjee travelled from Penang (Malaysia) to Orissa, from where Roy and Gill left for Calcutta. Roy and Gill stayed at the house of Subhash Bose at Bipin Pal Road where there was a powerful transmitter to contact Netaji. The two were detected by the British, caught and tortured.
  • Their trial at 14 Camac Street was a farce. They were sentenced to death. On Gandiji’s request, Lord Wavell excused them from the noose of death at the very last moment.
  • Charles Andrews, a British missionary in India was appointed as principal of St Stephens College. His love for India helped to make way for Indians as his successors. Mr. Rudra and then Mr. Mukherjee joined as principals.
  • Andrews joined Gandhi in the quest for independence of India.
  • Auschwitz in Poland was occupied by Germans (World War II). It was changed to a place extermination of POWs, particularly Jews. Himmler executed the slaughter of several million Jews.
  • Another holocaust was the genocide of Armenians by the Turks in 1915 and the Ustachi massacre of the Serbs and Jews during World War II
  • During the Victorian era, Heriat Wilson, who lived in the fashionable locality of Mayfair knew men who matter. Amongst her lovers were the foreign secretary, lord Kissillory, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Palmston and the like. Once on a rainy day, the Duke of Wellington had to go back as Heriat was entertaining the Duke of Augrial.
  • At one point Heriat wanted to blackmail her lovers. She sent a copy of her memoirs to all who know her intimately and add a note: if you do not want your name to appear pay £200. Lord Wellington was furious and said “publish and be dammed".
  • Around 1875, Lord Palmston was fondly known as Lord Cupid. During an election campaign in the country side, Palmston, who was then 70 years of age put the wife of a priest in the family way. Thereafter he was known as "very capable man."He won the election and became prime minister.
  • Prime minister Lord George thought there was no harm in loving provided it did not consume much time.
  • Francis Sterenson was governess for his daughter. As relations grew deeper, he promoted her as his private secretary and she ended up his second wife.
  • When Lord George retired he threw a party for friends which included mostly old girlfriends.
  • Lord Kaisillery, leader of the House of Commons was fond of working late in parliament. After work he often would take a girl home.
    Once he realized the girl he had brought was actually a boy dressed as girl. Homosexuality was then punishable with death. Lord Kaisillery found no option but to commit suicide.
  • Queen Victoria's son Prince of Wales was brought up as an ideal future king. The prince was accused of having an affair with a married woman .Dilke who later on became an MP supported the agitation on this issue.
    Later on Virginia, wife of another MP, accused Dilke of an affair which ruined his career.
  • Commander Anthony Cortnic kept a vigilant eye and got Russians expelled from London from Espionage. Later on as an MP he was sent to Russia. The Russian lost no time in getting him photographs with girls. These were published and this ruined his career and also resulted in divorce from his wife.
  • Lady Hester Stanhope was known as the queen of the Desert. She was the niece of William Pitt, Prime minister to George III (the senile king). She venture out alone to the continent and Arbia.She was the first white woman to reach Syria.
  • 14th April 1944 at Victoria Docks Bombay ,S.S Fort Stikine carrying explosives, Raw cotton,Lubricanting oil drums and gold (31 wooden crates each carrying four bars of 28 pounds) , caught fire. The detonation reduced twelve other ships in dock to scrap, devastating 300 acres of dock area and showering the precious metal on the stunned population.
  • Rulers Origins:
  • Napoleon Bonaparte was Corsican by birth and Italian by ancestry.
  • Catherine the great of Russia had a German origin and never mastered the Russian language.
  • Mother Teresa of Albania was well known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
  • Hemingway's anger against Hollywood was that it took unwarranted liberty with contents of his works specially the ending. Somerset Maugham put it in a classic manner. ‘If your characters are well conceived they can withstand anything, even Hollywood.
  • New York State abolished slavery in 1827, almost forty years before the union did so.
  • Man's greatest good fortune is to chase and defeat his enemy, seize his total possessions, leave his married women weeping and wailing, ride his gelding, and use the bodies of his women as nightshirts :
  • Genghis Khan in response to the question ' what is life's sweetest pleasure? '
  • Miss Amy Jonson created a record for solo flight from London to Australia. Commenting on the news, the Dalai Lama observed, 'But why was the honorable lady in such a hurry?'
  • Talking of the perpetual thick fog in Szechuan (China) it is said that ' dogs bark at the sun'.
  • It was summarized that Madam Chiangmai loved power, Madam Kung loved money and Madam Sun-Yat Sen. loved China.
  • Gen. Patrick would often meet King Ibn Saud who was known to spend a lot of time in his harem.Gen. Patrick said, 'His majesty says he spent his youth in wars depopulating his country, so it is only right he should spend his old age repopulating it.’
  • A destitute in ' Feiffer Cartoon ' says, 'I thought I was poor until economist said, “No you are needy." then they found needy self- defeating and called me “deprived". This again was changed to “under privileged". Now I hear I am disadvantage.
  • I don't have a dime yet, but I sure have a rich vocabulary."
  • India inadvertently aided the Northern cause by supplying cotton to European markets which had been dependent upon American South.
    Liverpool in return supplied the North with Indian cotton. What a cruel irony? Withholding the product of the slave labour to preserve the institution of slavery.
    (Paul Johnson, Historian)
  • Since I came to India, we have spent upon repairs at Agra alone large sums. Every rupee has been an offering of reverence to the past, a gift of recovered beauty to the future and I do not believe that there is a taxpayer in this country, who will grudge one Anna of the outlay.
    (Lord Curzon, On Ancient Monument Bill)
    In the spirit of free enterprise, a partnership grew up between the East India Company and private entrepreneurs. Company took monopoly control of production of salt, saltpeter, opium. It left such things as sugar, indigo and raw silk to which were later added tea and jute to private enterprises.

  • “An expert is someone who makes his mistakes in private”.
    “Rudeness is what a weak man uses for strength “
    “There seems to be music everywhere am constantly hearing it”!!
    -M S Subha Lakshmi
    “My sweet lord! I have no unfulfilled desires”.
    -Raja ji

    James Sutherland had some of the following literary anecdotes of interest:

  • Shakespeare asked a boy running home why he was going in such a haste. The prompt reply was “to see my godfather”. Shakespeare consoled “why are you so superfluous? Have you not learnt yet that you should not use the name of god in vain”
  • Edmund Walles wrote some good verses pleasing to Lady Sutherland, who asked “Mr. walles, when will you write such fine verses again?”. “Oh madam, when your ladyship is as young again”.
  • Milton was busy writing his “Paradise Lost” when plague devastated London, followed by the great fire, the author received £5 down from publisher ad was to receive £5 extra for every new edition.
    Milton lived to receive the second £5 and no more. £10 in all for “Paradise Lost”
  • John Sheffield shifted to his estate (Yorkshire) to dodge the great plague of London. He was much loved and admired by his people, who asked on his return to London “At what time may we hope for the happiness of seeing your lordship again?” He replied “My worthy friends, I shall make a point of being with you again, at the next plague”.
  • Monboddo and Lord Kames had sovereign content for each other's work. Soon after “elements of criticism” was published, Lord Kames met Monboddo and asked “Have you read my book”. “I have not my lord. You write a great deal faster than I am able to read”.
  • Charles Howard published a silly book ‘Thoughts’. He met Foote at a coffee house and asked if he had read the book ‘Thoughts’. “No” replied Foote. “I wait for the second volume because I have heard second thoughts were best”.
  • At the famous beef steak club, Lord Sandwich asked Samuel Foot; "I have often wondered what catastrophe would bring you to your end, but I think you must either die of the pox or the halter."
  • Foot came out instantaneously "that will depend upon one of the two contingencies - whether I embrace your lord ship mistress or your lordship principles"
  • Lord Mansfield “suppose we believe one half of what he tells”. Johnson replies “Ay, but we don't know which half to believe”.
  • Yeats was dining with Thomas Hardy and asked him “What do you do Hardy about the books that are sent to you for signature?”
    Hardy took him upstairs, rooms were covered from floor to ceiling with books. “Yeats, these are the books that were sent to me for signature”
  • Walter De La Mare was recovering well from this illness. His younger daughter asked him before going out “Is there anything i could get for you, fruits or vegetables?” “No, no my dear, too late for fruits, too soon for flowers” replied Mare.
  • T.S Eliot was asked if he agrees with the definition that most editors are failed writers. “Perhaps, but so are most writers”.
  • Craly once asked me if I had read a certain book. “Yes Ihad reviewed it” I said. “To read a book you review, is wrong. It creates a prejudice”.
  • Sir Lewis Morris was bitter on not getting accolades on his book “The epic of Hades”. “It is a complete conspiracy of silence without me.! What ought I to do, Oscar?”
    "Join it with happy readiness” replied Oscar.
  • Though English rule in India is one of the noblest things in the world today, through its subsidiaries would he a heavy blow to civilization, yet it's impoverishing the country. Britain has secured peace for India, but compels her to pay a price so heavy for the as to make the invasion & pillaging of all previous conquerors insignificant by comparison.
    - Christine Bremmer, 1807
    The foundation of British rule in India laid on expediency. The main motto is self-interest.
    ~ Christine Bremmer, 1847
  • It was the ladies who lost us the umpire. As Jenny Sharpe points out one of the most eloquent silence in mutiny writings, concerns the fate of lower class soldiers wives in India, and, of course, the focus is always on the fate of European women as opposed to native women. In effect she notes “The native women is not rapable”.
  • And although it may be true that in this rebellion severity is mercy, yet on the other hand there have been cases of ruthless slaughter, of which perhaps, the said the better. But the most haunting image remains that of a terror - stricken mother and a laughing baby. In a rare moment in women's mutiny writing, the agents of terror evoked by the text are not the rebels, but the British, and in a rare insight the Indian Woman is shown to be rape able.
  • Keeling is introducing us to the mammals.
  • Some interesting facts:

  • Ears of the wild cat are flattened and points sideways. It has thick tail ending abruptly.
    on the contrary domestic cat ears stand up smartly.
  • Animals live very badly when kept in zoo in countries of which they themselves are native.
  • In South America hunters keep pack of dogs for hunting Puma, dogs flush puma out of the bushes and chase him up a tree when hunters follow.
  • The Barbary lion of North Africa is the largest lion in the world.
  • When lions were kept in tower of London; a lion name Pompey lived for 75 years.
  • Claws of a Cheetah are not retractable.
  • Cheetah is a cannibal.
  • Civet unlike other cats has its feet “Plant grade” i.e. whole of the sole of the foot is placed flat on the ground for walk. This is contrary to “Digitigrade” of other cats where toes are just put down for a swift runner.
  • Poodle was first bred in Germany.
  • Chihuahua (she-wah-wah) originated in Spain and not in Mexico mostly believed.
  • In 1012 Napoleon's Army was retreating from Moseau, 24 soldiers were eaten by wolves.
  • Just after 2nd world war at Frontier Post in Poland, retreating soldiers were eaten by wolves.
  • Coyote is the sandy colored wolf of America (South and North)
  • Dingo of Australia is a descendant of the “Dhole” the Indian red dog.
  • Fox's home is called “Earth”.
  • Cape hunting dog originally comes from South Africa.
  • Hyena:
    Is spotted in Africa
    Striped in India
    Small brown in North West Africa.
  • Donkey lives longer than horses.
  • Zebra is of four kinds:
    Gravy
    Mountain
    chapman
    Grant
  • Amoa is the smallest of wild called from Celebus.
  • Oxpecker is also known as Rhinoceros Bind.
  • Nilgai is the largest antelope and gives birth to 2 foals at a time.
  • Pringbuck or pronghorn comes from North America.
  • Chamois (Sham-wa) is able to sum up cliffs faces, found in the south of Europe.
  • Antelope has hollow horns which last all its life.
  • Deer has solid horns which shed every year.
  • Fallow Deer is the only deer of Africa.
  • Pere David Deer: A French Missionary watched this herd at Royal Palace in Peking. A living pair was surprisingly presented to French Ambassador, who sent them to France.
  • In 1900 Boxers Rebellion broke out and these antelopes were let loose in Peking and were eaten by local people.
    Subsequently Duke of Bedford ran an extensive park at Wabum.
  • Warthog is an ungainly animal of Africa.
  • Sheep are grazers.
  • Goats are browsers.
  • Ferret - Descended from pole cat.
  • Otter and its home is called “Holt”
  • Only justification for killing any wild animal;
    If starving.
    If sheer self-defense.
    If incurably ill.
  • Honey badger or Ratel has very thick skin and fur.
  • Wolverine on Glutton is found in North America and Asia.
  • Skunk is native of America and Africa.
  • Gorilla is a type of skunk.
  • Raccoon coatimundi is found in North America.
  • Panda - is a native of China. Eats only soft bamboo leaves.
  • Lesser on Common Panda belongs to Weasel family. Giant Panda belongs to Bear family.
  • Walrus is a giant seal.
  • Sun bear belongs to Malaysia.
  • Kodiak bear belongs to America.
  • Spectacled Bear belongs to Peru and Chile.
  • Himalayan Bear belongs to India.
    Smaller American Bear.
  • Rodents gnaw to keep their growing incisors down by constantly growing.
    Under this family come:
    Rats.
    Squirrels.
    Porcupine
  • Capybara is the Largest Rodent.
  • Beaver of North America is a wonderful engineer by damming flowing water for his use.
  • Porcupine could be:
    Crestel
    Tree
    bush tail
  • Baboon and Guinea baboon enjoy vulture meat which they devein even with the wings.
  • Loris of two types; slow and slender.
  • Deers are herbivorous ruminants who chew the cud.
  • Antelopes are with stags also called hart of stau Royal.
  • Buck may also be called hind, Doe, or Ewe.

According to R.Perry A jaguar:
Is more numerous in MotoGrone and Amazonia.
It has extraordinary ability to leap out of water as high as 12 feet.
Jaguar fishing consist of fish being lured by tapping with its tail, and then flipping them out on the bank with his paw.

Desmond Yaraday, was warden of a private reserve around. His job included taking water readings. On one occasion when a well-known crocodile Mulembe, clamped over down a she cheetah which was enjoying lapping water, Author shot the crocodile but couldn't nurse back the she cheetah, a young mother. Search for the cubs began. Male cheetah appeared on scene and defended her pelt from hyenas.

Next Morning he followed the cheetahs spoor and found the lair. Three taramy grey cubs was the reward. His Rex, the bitch refused to let them suck her milk faucets. Only a she cub cheeky Charlie survived. A well-known primitive bushman named her Gara Yaka, who enjoyed playing with Rex and her cubs, Invariably Rex flushed out francolin from bush for Gara yaka sheltered downwind of birds. Once her eyes were on an impala which was hunted down by a pride of lion.

Once two elephant bulls like good Samaritans propped up and helped a third injured bull.

Gara Yaka once got caught in springy sapling fixed with piano wire. Author caught the butcher and taught them a listen. Gara Yaka was injured and sick, was cured by mutti, the native fever breaker herb.

Once Mutt and Jeff, the pet crocs defended the jaws from saddleback jackals. It was said that rex was taken away by leopard, said indeed. Baboons were seen living in caves and fissures eating vulture meat.

A waterbuck escaped to water on seeing Gara Yaka. A crocodile held it by its muzzle and also fought with Gara Yaka. Once an elephant charged the author. It was Gara Yakas criss crossing which saw him to the nearest hut,

In fight to the end a python got better of mulembe. Stones and diamonds were discovered from inside its stomach. Gara Yaka lived freely thereafter.

SNIPPETS

  • At very young age I was at Meham now Haryana where father was a physical instructor in a boy’s school. He also taught math’s and was popular with boys.
    One evening boys were playing football in school playground. Suddenly there was a roar of laughter, loud and louder.Goel keeper on my right had kicked the ball that went straight through the opposite goal. A freak, I cannot forget.
  • My initial school was St. Francis girls school at Daryaganj Ganj, Delhi. Boys were allowed till class IV. Very well managed by British lady Principal assisted by Indian Christian lady teachers. They gave a good foundation.
  • After independence when I passed class IV, I was shifted to Anglo Sanskrit Victoria Jubilee School in close vicinity. Initial months were perplexing as it was all boys mostly from Chandni Chowk Area, were rather noisy, naughty and rowdy.
    Once our school had hockey match with another school scheduled at Delhi Polytechnic grounds. That morning I saw many many boys with hockey sticks.... Puzzling! When there are supposed to be eleven players each side. Match started with noise, abuses and slogans and raising of hockey sticks from both sides. All my doubts were cleared when first goal was scored against our school. Many many hockey sticks came into free play from both sides. Quite a few of us had to rush out to save ourselves. This confirmed that 'boys will be boys.'
  • We had an excellent math’s teacher in class IX. He projected the solution step by step. So far so good. If after this if anyone of us dare point out ‘IF’, this numerical is different, how to tackle it?
    He had only one reply for such supposition: "If family members had not expired we would have a full army with us".
    I forgot his name. May God give him peace...
  • Around 1965 I was posted aboard a dredger in the river Hooghly. As a senior Surregar I was to keep regular shoaling pattern of the area dredged to facilitate deeper draft for merchant ships inward or outwards of Calcutta Port.
    The dredging trip which was usually for ten days was somehow doubled. This created the problem for young officers and men, Captain Chief Engineer took lenient view allowing an employee to have one night in town.
    I was sitting in chief engineer office when a young engineer expressed with humor that after long sailing he has forgotten how to F....., chief with a grin uttered " In that case I am allowing you one more night so that your will you on the path."
  • During final passing out parade in 1957 for our senior cadet on training ship ' Dufferin' we were blessed by a visit by none other than Our Vice President Dr. Radhakrishan welcomed by us all in uniform accompanied by Naval band, saluting and respects from all angles; Dr. Radhakrishsn was taken aback by all the show and shine and humbly uttered " This is not the place for me. I am a teacher."
    Such humility we all remember as it touched our heart. In his speeches and writings one thing is certain that ' Goddess Saraswati' had her abode in him.
  • Way back in fifties, our principal in ASVJ School had only one motif in life; Let my students do well. Since it was government aided school, he after, he reminded us "The cobbler who sits outside our school wall, pays taxes when he buys tools and thread. It’s that money that gives us a chance to learn. Don’t let him down." Many Salutes to Late Mr. Amar Nath Ukhal who devoted all his life for betterment of his students.
  • While we were in school, there was cricket match between India and Australia. Daily ticket was Rs 1.50 which to us then was an expensive. So three of us, Jag Mohan, Ved and myself pooled and took courage to buy one ticket. We had a draw of a coin. Jag Mohan witnessed it till lunch, Ved till tea and myself after tea break. I was so excited when I entered the stadium, what I saw is memorable for life, Vinoo Maxnkad with his short reach managed to take six wickets. Stadium had gone berserk and I was in trance for next few days even describing to other boys was so exciting.
  • With so much of restrictions and instructions, we boys were shy of girls. I was keen used collector. Once a friend with similar interests took me to an apartment (or rather entrance to stairs). He yelled the name of a girl who came down with her duplicate collection to exchange stamps with us .All went well.
    A few days later I took the courage to respect this solely myself with my stamps carefully sorted out, I ventured to be at the same spot. I was numb, because I didn't have a courage to shout her name for being misunderstood. Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • When I was young, poverty was aglore. There was tendency to keep the town trodden down and thereby enhance your image.
    One evening in our Draya Ganj, house, some elders were talking and laughing while sitting in lawn, suddenly a nearby labourer appeared with an empty bucket. He only wanted to fill us his bucket with our tap water.
    My grandmother gave him a big sermon but no water as it does not came free!!
  • There were several servant quarters outside our entrance at Darya Ganj, Delhi. These were occupied by people of all sorts mostly lower class the ladder, one man Chand son of sweeper was around 15 and play with us: Gulli Dunda, cycling ( on hire) etc. one fine day he told us that his father and family took him to nearby village and got him hooked. He continued is natural smile till one day he declared that he had divorced is wife. They were together for six months. Behold! Without much loss of time he was remarried...very confusing it was!
  • Man's elder brother Sukhan was married in an open field nearby. We had the chance to witness. All went well till the couple was asked to round in a pre-defined circle. The bride was given a stick. She was told to trash her husband for once now as he is likely to hit her in future as a matter of routine. As they went around with girl trying to bash the boy; there was uncontrolled laughter till the ceremony was complet.Another baffling experience.
  • The sweeper to our house was treated 'untouchable ' once he was reprimanded for opening the water tap on his own. He defended himself by citing his sub caste to justify the act. Beyond our young imagination.
  • I remember the tram car of Chandni Chowk, Delhi, convenient, but it was faster to walk and people coming in and going out at will while tram moved at its own pace.
  • My Chachaji (younger brother of my father) was not keeping well for long. My grandmother was much attached to him. She was confident that he will recover and enjoy a new I've including a new wife. She was sure that " Aurat tou Admi ke paer ki jhuti ho it hai, jab marzi badahal lou." Even then I felt it was partisan and cruel.
  • My grandfather inherited a sizeable property in Rohtak. He squandered it all for his indulgence in liquor, opium, dancing girls and what not. His own family came last.
  • My grandfather was very interested in Hindi movies. Once he took me to see 'Shehanai' at majestic cinema, Chandni Chowk. House was full and in no time full of smoke delight.
    In one scene a woman sings for the delight of audience (now I know the song sung by Amir Bai Karmatki; "Mar katari mar Jana ke akhiyan kise firse milana na”
    As the song started the shore of coin s commenced unabated on the screen was tempted to go and pick up some coins. Grand pa couldn't allow. I can yet recalled that temptation.
  • Somehow festival of Holi has not much fascinated me in my life in my younger days. Invariably on Holi day I would pick up my book and note book and cycle all the way from Darya Ganj to India gate spend the good part of the day isolated under a tree. I returned back when all the day was over. Life as normal.
  • When I was pretty young I was introduced to AIR (all India radio station) children program . I often managed to have my joke, cleared by the fellow in charge. (This was prior to the actual broadcast). Sometimes I was rewarded and unearthly some pf rupees for my recital on such day. After the program I went straight to a stamp vendor at Connaught placement spent a good part of my fortune on stamps of my choice, great satisfaction.
  • Well after I passed out of school the son of our chemistry teacher, Mr. Mukandi Lal stood first in the higher secondary board. When we congratulated him he expressed his regret that the boy hasn't broken the previous records.
    "Never compromise with aims and achievements"
  • Way back around 1975, it was a necessary routine to shop in the morning for the benefit of our family and Loudon Street, Calcutta. Quite close was the residence of Athar who had the similar routine. We were together on training ship 'Dufferin'.
    One evening I phrased Athar not to miss the old movie 'Sikander' starring Prithvi Raj Kapoor,Sahrah Modi and Pretty Veena, which was to be released on T.V.
    It was Sunday morning when we met as usual at Park Circus Market. Athar was dazed and numb 'Veena is very very beautiful' was all he uttered. I brought him to earth by recounting dominant Prithvi Raj Kapoor and forceful dialogues of Sahrah Modi. Yes, beauty can mesmerize you.
  • It was in early 1960 staying at out Backfors Bungalow- R.S.chamery, Calcutta. One Saturday I was at racecourse far far and doe. I was doing well with pocket full of notes.
    When I went to the counter to place my next bet; I froze my pocket had been picket neat and clean , luckily there were notes left in the shirt pocket.
    Out of the vengeance, I put the rest of the money on my favorite horse ' Vinicitor '. As a pauper and with an inexcusable neglect; I watched the horse r ace holding my breath.
    Behold ' Vincitor' won and my pockets were full again.
  • As a respect to my parents, my mother's cousin Dr. A.R Verma took us to see a movie ' Parwana' starring immortal signer KL Sehgal. I was asked to accompany. 'Minerva' close to Delhi Railway Station was the cinema hall.Dr. Verma had done his doctorate from Cambridge where he taught Physics for long, when love for his country brought him back .He was professor of physic in Delhi University on his return. A pure vegetarian and simple habits always encouraged me to do better. Later on he was director of NPL (National physical Laboratory).
    So we were with Dr Sehgal who to me remained all-time great!! 'Parwana' began so was the smoke from numerous smokers well before longed for interval, it was hot and full of smoke and murky screen. During interval, the door were opened for the much sought after fresh air. A double reward was a cup of ice cream to all of us. What a relief! Those were the days. The means of conveyance was 'Tonga' where sitting in front, I felt if I could hop on to the horse’s back.
  • Immediately after independence, Urdu was replaced by Hindi, practically overnight. My second language at St. Francis School was Urdu at which I was doing well. It was a shock to me on entering ASVJ School in class V. The medium of instruction was Hindi, I had no option but to deliver into some Hindi Alphabet books .Onwards which I purchased second hand at Nai Sarak book Bazaar. It took me time to catch up but I was with the class at few months, I had no difficulty where Sanskrit was introduced in class VI.
  • In class VIII we were taught mathematics by our class teacher Shri Ram Nath. He was most simple and devoted teacher, who was always willing to re explain to satisfy all the students. He still remains my favorite teacher with a smiling face. Later we were told that Shri Ram Nath was himself never passed class VIII, of which he was so dutifully in - charge. He had done VTC (Vernacular Teacher Training) to find a job in a Government School. Efficient and devotion aglore!
    'My hats off to him forever!'
  • Early childhood reminds me of seeing my father conversing with school poem as to why he was eating raw lady finger; His confident reply was that it cures ‘Deafness’. Hope it does!
  • One evening walking with my father we reached the so called 'Outer gate' of the place, we came across a Sathu. After exchanging greetings and taking stock of weather, my father asked him the cure of cough. Take 'Saunth' (dried ginger powder).I understand it did work for all of us.We were thirsty and looked for water for which there was no provision. We roamed about and found River Jamuna flowing peacefully so close. Would you believe it, I can't, that we drank .River was to our hearts content. Hearty thirst with full gust.
    I shiver to think what we have subsequently done to River Jamuna!!
  • Around 1950's while in ASVJ School, we had a senior teacher Shri Sadanand. He was our class teacher in class X very handsome, tall and immueately dressed. For very important announcements, including any corrections in IAS written exam, he was called upon to clarify a school announcement System. Annual results of school was so articulately read out by him.
    It was the era of unemployment (so it remains till today). While in good mood, once he informed us while taking English lesson, that for every engineer there are four acruseers. So he had all the intentions to groom his son as overseer, more likely to get an employment. We who had bit high ambitions were taken aback.

Evil can be glossed over by innocence but in the end sub same it
~ Joh Boyne in ' The bay in striped Pajamas'
print era is shackle for Twitter world.
In 1879, Hennery George of Us Wrote' Progress and poverty' - the association of poverty with progress.
Looking around I confirmed that there are no more games for games. Resultants are sheer aims for gains - comes what may.
Please do not prod ' experts' and force them into saying something that is unnecessary and provocative.
- On Electronic Media
Contentment is natural wealth. Luxury is artificial poverty.
If you get good wife you are doubly blessed, If you don't get good wife you will become philosopher.
- Socrates
I appreciate what is already mine. For once a thing is published it becomes public property.
Why should I look at my hand, as it so cleverly write these words and decide that it is mere nothing compared to the mind that directs it. Is there really any huge Difference between my hand and my brain? Or my mind?
- D.H Lawrence
It was the 1st of January 1900, that Dr. Iola shudder (an American) began her task of healing ministry in Vellore, a hat and dusty village in south India .
Endured with a healing touch in medicines and ‘Lucky Hand’ in surgery; she was a relentless devoted soul.
She founded the ‘Christian medical college’ popular known as CMC, which has cured millions including me; when over two decades back I was operated for a ‘Brain tumor’
It was CMC that bestowed upon me under Sapen expert a gentle Dr, Matthew Chandy this able team, a life favor to lead a normal life. Thanks for my every breath.
- Captain R.K Mehta
When you are comfortable within, your own skin, you are beautiful.
- Millo Jorovich
Longevity is a blessing but age is a curse.
People who can visualize, prefer radio to television
Time and tide never severe,
Those whom love has bound for ever,
Manvers are the outward expressions of expert interior decoration,
My life is not my own, I belong to the public and my work.
- Noel Coward
As of now, good part of its world is thoroughly distributed as never. This does indicate a touch of prosperity Empty stomachs don't fight and that too for so long.
(How) has to be proved thoroughly to usher in the long awaited peace?
Living on your own knees for a while, gives you the chance to rise to your object again, while death annuls the future together.
To gain there goals, thus Rajput’s fought for honor’s, the Marathas fought to win.
Knowing when to fight and when to yield is the essence of success, in life as well as in war.
-Warface and weaponry
- Gommans and kolff

Viceroys Agents

Some interesting events:
  • Raja Bhupender Singh of Patiala ordered that the resident officers should have every gun of his salute. But guns should be loaded of a quarter charge.
    The salute for resident went off in a succession of merry little pops like the opening a row of champagne battles.
  • Political agent of Baluchistan was Khan Bhadur Chareb Khan.Vicerory conveyed him that he has deeply offended many loyal and eminent citizens by calling his dog ' Khan Bahadur'.
    'I will change' was the prompt reply by the political agent. Few weeks later it was discovered that he was calling his dog ' Rai Bahadur’!
  • One guest of a small state was in rites to ' Tiger Shoot’. He was surprised as he approached the machine, to find the tiger fast asleep beside the kill, morning loudly. To ensure success the kill had been laced with opium.
  • Resident at Indore was presented with a usual basket of fruits on X-mass.Defring to the bottom he found 100 Gold mohars.
    Furious at being offered a bribe, he wrote an angry letter to the Regent Maharani.
    She replied apologetically that she had inspected the state records and found that 100 gold mohars were always presented to the resident on Chrismas, was it not enough? Perhaps the resident would indicate how much he considered suitable?
    Investigations revealed year a fire year, the resident’s servants had pocketed this windfall.
  • ADC to Lord Willingdon was fed up with the Lady. He exclaimed ' I can't take it longer. I am going back to my Regiment.'
    Lord Willlingdon who liked dropping in on the ADC's room as overheard' My bay, I never had a regiment to go back to.'
  • Kolhapur was supplied with sausages from Polish Camp. The villagers complained that there was a earth of donkeys that the poles having brought them.
    Soon there was no more sausages...
  • In February 1947 cornfield, political adviser to Viceroy Lord Wavell, went as far his weekly talk.
    Viceroy passed him a letter across the table; ' what do you think of that?'
    The viceroy had been sacked, in the courtesy and most inconsiderable manner. The public arrangement being made on the day of his daughter’s marriage.
  • An honest policeman rigs the evidence to convict a young man he knows is guilty.
    The dishonest policeman rigs the evidence to convict a man he knows is innocent.
  • ........ ‘Of course it was unfair, but I often had to remind myself that my court was of law and not necessarily of justice '.
    - Thompson, District Magistrate,
    NW Frontier Province
  • Waziristan Political Officer facing irritate crowd which yelled ' you are the political officers haven't you got balls'.
    Political officers put bath his hands in pockets and after a while ' I always thought I had balls, but I can't search them.' On this cold, the angry crowd fizzled out with laughter.
  • Cook of political officer of NW Province, stole good China and also sudomised the mess boy.P.O was furious, you rascal! How could you do such a thing?
    'Vaseline Sir, Vaseline...
  • Motto of East India Company;
    'Heaven s light our guide'
    I was also the motto for Training Ship. ‘Dufferin’
  • Mountbatten hoped to be, after Independence and partition, joint Governor General of India and Pakistan.
    At Delhi Airport, in the presence of huge crowd, including reporters’ newsreel photographer, Nehru kissed Lady Mountbatten.
    The incident sent a short wave from end to cent. By it Nehru betrayed his friend Mountbatten, deliberately labelling him and his wife as 'Congress Property '.
    Jinnah who was present, was appalled. If there had been any chance of Mountbatten being acceptable as Governor General of Pakistan, fizzled out.
  • Jinnah went to Nizam to persuade him to join Pakistan, He was a facing Nizam with open top button. Furious Nizam chased him out' How can a Bombay Lawyer behave like this’, shattering Jinnah's dream.
  • S.P Verma depicts flora and fauna in Mughal Art: One painting depicts an actual incident in which Akbar slew a tigress that suddenly attacked the Royal Cavalcade.
  • For naturalist the fancy of interest is the usually a light coloring of two of her five cubed. Experts say these are clearly white tigers.
A lady passenger asked, her taxi driver in midst of traffic jam “can’t you go a little faster?”
“I can madam, but I am not allowed to leave the taxi."
Faith in an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caraum of thinking.
- Khalil Gibran
The narrower the mind the wider the mouth.
Use soft wards for criticisms ___ In case you have to eat them.
Remarkably handsome Lord Mountbatten was said to be a ‘Gay’
After the outrage of Jalllianwalla Baghdad in which hundreds of unarmed men and women and children were mowed down in an enclosure from which they could not escape; the SGPC gave the perpetrator Dyer a Saropa (robe of honour)
Akhitesh Mittal in Itihas
July/1997 - Asian Age
I pray very little regard to what a young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they haven't seen the right person yet.
- Jane Austin
Claret is the liquor for boys: Port for men, but he who aspires to be a hero (smiling) must drink Brandy.
- Samuel Johnson in James Baswell's Samuel Johnson (1791)
War never settle who is right - only who is left.
Disputation between Philosopher and a Theologian as Juban Huxley narrates:
The Theologian used the old quip about a philosopher remembering a blind mass in a dark rooms, looking for a black cat which was not there.
'That may be ' said the Philosopher ' but a Theologian would have found it.'
# What just trembling the world is not faith as Suchitra its superstructure called religion? Religions have out lived their purpose and lost their original structure. They have gone into the hands of fundamentalist.
When the zealots of a religion cause harm to society, what s immediately needed is a quick and strong disapproval from the persons of the some faith, especially moderates.
“Do you believe in clubs for women?” A friend asked W.C Fields
“Yes: If every other form of presentation fails” replied Fields.
A New York cinema discovered an effective means of making women remove their hats.
Just before the performance, this notice appeared on the screen:
“The management wishes to spare elderly ladies any inconvenience. They are therefore invited to retain their hats”. All hats came off.

Reading is a pleasure
Sharing it with others is still bigger.
“…………..the cries, catcalls, jokes and jeers of the mole at the publics-meeting were very much wittier and more worth hearing than the speeches of statesmen from the platform
- Lord Curzon agreeing with GK Chesterton
Love your neighbour but don’t get caught……
Final moments in any sport, it is invariably a touch and go (splitting hair)