you never heard about...
The following is the selective out of what I read in around half a century, mostly from British Council Library in Calcutta and New Delhi. Good part of all this does reflect a touch of British Indian History.
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.
Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounded him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived.
He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.
Hitler had boundless ambition for his country which rendered him a menace the peace of the world, but he had a mystery about him in the way he lived and the manners of his death that will live and grow after him.
- J.F KENNEDY (in his Dairy)
“Whatever was best in your family…. I got it Whatever was best in my family…. You got it” -Capt. Mehta to wife Neelu
“The world of Greene is a world of greys”-Pico Iyer on Graham Green
"The prevalent Gender Gap/Trap expects women to be “handmaidens” to domesticity”-Rebecca Solnit
In early childhood, I was made aware of the greatness of “Pankaj Mullick”, an all round singer and director of music of his era. What invariably fascinated me most was: Who wrote the song? .... Pankaj Mullick Who directed the music? .... Pankaj Mullick Who sang the song? …. Pankaj Mullick I was always his ardent admirer. During our working life around 1958 in Calcutta, I was astounded one Sunday to listen from AIR that they have sucked their regular Singer Pankaj Mullick. The reason given was that they had decided that harmonium is outdated and should not be played on AIR. This was not acceptable to Pankaj Mullick. He picked up his harmonium & just walked off. No Comments. Personally I felt that it was an insult to all his vast admirers. Later on, AIR did rectified their blunder to our peace and admiration.
Some views expressed by world leaders.
There was a great Marxist called Lenin, who did two or three million men in, that’s a lot to have done in.
But where he did one in: that was a great Marxist Stalin who did ten in.-Robert Conquest
Stalin was undoubtedly the tallest personality of our time, and as such is bound to leave his mark on history.-M N Roy
It is right to say that Marshal Stalin’s weight and influences had been in favour of peace.-J L Nehru to Parliament
Every crime was possible for Stalin.-Djilas
He was one of those rare and terrible dogmatist, capable of destroying nine tenth of human race to “make happy” the remaining tenth.-Djilas
Stalin was a dictator and gave Russia yet another taste of dictatorship. He even shook hands with Hitler.-Nehru after his visit to Russia
Stalin identified himself with industrialism; he committed the crime in the name of steel, of turbines of tractors.-Philip Sprath
World Poetry Day… 21st March
Some thought provoking ideas: Does poetry need to be saved ? Proclamation by UNESCO says: “In today’s world, there are unfulfilled aesthetic needs. Poetry can meet the need if the social role of interpersonal communication is recognised and it continues to be means arousing and expressing awareness.” Unhappiness is a kind of YOGA. Do you want to be happy or do you want to write. My noon, my midnight, my talk, my songs; I thought that love lasts for ever; I was wrong.
“Pluck the day when it is ripe, trusting as little as possible in the future.-Poet Horace -65 BC
“I sometime have the sense that Bengalis care more for the tress in Tagore’s song than they do for trees on soil.”-Sumona Roy in “How I became a tree”
“Love will rise like a Phoenix, Friendship will follow with children of God, But just, one has to be turned inside out.-Santanu Acharya in “Imagine”
“Slanting silver ropes slammed into loose earth, ploughing it up like gunfire.”-Arundhati Roy in “God of small things”
Alfred Noble, a Scandinavian businessman; made lot of money through transaction in armaments especially through his company “Bofors” around 1800.One day he happened to read a premature obituary of himself, when a French newspaper confused him with his brother, who had died. The obituary called him the “Merchant of Death”. This broke his heart.He went on to bequeath his vast fortune to institute something that would make his name honourable.Thus the “NOBLE PRIZES” were born.
Nothing is more expensive than ignorance in action.
“Their pay is small but income is good”-Common perception regarding: Govt. employees during British Regime
I have measured out my life with “Coffee Spoons”. -T.S. Eliot
“It is curious how sometimes memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined”. -Arundhati Roy in “God of Small Things”
Vijayanthimala fasts was becoming a character rather than acting out a character. -Re. Vijayanthimala in “Hindu”
This man was deeply religious yet “extremely realistic” at the same time. -Charlie Chaplin, On Mahatma Gandhi after he met him in London in 1931.
It is when words fall that weapons are used. Diplomacy and writing can go together, as words are the weapons in diplomacy. …… and keep no records of wrongs -Lakshmibai Tilak, In her autobiography “Smruti Chitre”
All architecture is a search for paradise on earth. -Alvar Aalto (Finnish Designer)
Magic indicates clever manipulation with no actual change. Fast losing its Midas touch.
Value of a compromise is that it can supply a bridge across a difficult period. -Aga Khan
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness that the pursuit of success with constant restlessness”. A handwritten note on happiness that Albert Einstein gave to a bellboy in Japan in 1922. It was later sold for $1.56 million at an auction in Jerusalem.
“Is there a limit to imagination of a writer who takes real facts and uses them to construct a world where Truth and Fiction coexist? -Lucien
“Mess isn’t necessarily an Absence of Order- A study using clustered desks and shop fronts by researchers at the University of Groningen, Germany, made similar conclusions. -Abrahamson Freedman, Author of “A perfect mess”
It is prudent to err on the side of caution rather than relying on interpretation of law alone.
Unless lions have their own historians, the story of hunt will always glorify the hunter.
1834- Slavery abolished in U.K.
Other Men’s Flowers. -A.P. Wavell,Field Marshal Viscount Wavell
When things are going badly in battle; the best tonic is to take one’s mind off one’s own trouble by considering what a rotten time one’s opponent must be having. -APW
What you have lost, few women in history have and how you have endured it, there are still fewer in history. -from a letter of condolence to Mrs J. Kennedy on assassination of President Kennedy
I don’t think, it is altogether inappropriate to introduce myself. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris. And I have enjoyed it. -in 1961 President Kennedy was on official visit to France. Jacqueline, his wife, was the crowd puller everywhere!
Some Jews who fled Hitler…. (Hungary) to USA, during WWII became world famous for their contribution to: Teller –Nuclear Scientist Szilard- Nuclear Scientist Neumann- Nuclear Scientist Capa- War photographer Arthur Koestler- Writer Oppenheimer- Creator of Atom Bomb Einstein- Scientist Korda- Film Director -and what not!
“Silence is one of the many ways in which we communicate with each other. Often the most powerful things can be said by not saying anything. Silence sometime (or invariably) conveys emotions better than speech. Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” -Enoch Arnold Bennett
“Smiles are the same in any language.”
“Today is the yesterday I’ll regret tomorrow.”
In 1857, the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah aged 83 years, was put on trial by British Military Court. In his defence, it was argued that since he was the emperor of India (Hindustan), it was British who should be considered the rebel and not him.
“We don’t need a working majority – We need a majority working.”
“The rotten luck is the residue of bad choice.”
“Golf is eventually a Massive in pursuit of the minute. -Oscar Wild
Thuggee was rampant as a religiously inspired criminal conspiracy. Perpetrators prided themselves as Secret Sect – a gang of Assassins.
The so called First war of Independence of 1857 was neither First nor National nor a war of Independence.
To read the mind-set of Benito Mussolini- The Doctrine of Fascism:
Manners are the outward expression of expert Interior decoration.
I continue to tell foreigners how great we are. Before I die, I would like once again to be able to believe in myself.
A woman could never be a president. A candidate must be over 35 years… where are you going to find a woman who will admit that she is over 35. -EW Howe
The best way to get a husband to do anything is to suggest that he is too old to do it.
When they told that by the year, woman will rule the world, My reply was “Still?”.
Men talk to women so that they can sleep with them. And women sleep with men so that they can talk to them. -EW Howe
My husband and I had best sex during the divorce. It was like cheating on our lawyers.
I’m never through with a girl until I’ve had her three ways. -John F. Kennedy
A survey asked married women, when they most want to have sex?.. 84% of them said right after their husband is finished.
They are working for Viagra for women. Are they crazy? That’s been for hundreds of years – it’s called “cash”.
Pointing to Winston Churchill in Parliament, a member said “Your fly buttons are undone”. “No matter, the dead bird doesn’t leave the nest”, was prompt reply from Winston Churchill.
Why can’t people in theatre behave like normal human being ? There would not be a theatre if they did.
Utterances of Noel Coward:
In public speaking, the present trend is that Style is gaining ground over substance.
Regarding R.K. Narayan’s work: NO TENSIONS NO PRETENSIONS
“Because my English is already as Indian as any Indian language”. -R.K. Narayan
People, who can visualise, prefer Radio to Television.
Contentions of Sandra Lee Bartky (1935-2016) – A Chicago born feminist philosopher:
K.L. Sehgal, the all-time great singer of North India, is a Guru aglore. He has left no human aspect untouched and has played every string of life. My mind refuses to address him as “Late KLS” because I am convinced that he is immortal.
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
AND MANY MANY MORE………………………………………………………
“I was forty nine when I posed for the cover of playboy magazine. I looked good. So why not? As you age you get the face you deserve” - JOAN COLLINS
Honesty is the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination dishonesty is the second best policy. - GEORGE CORLIN
Money – the one thing that keeps us in touch with our children. - BRANDRETH
Sex education may be a good idea in the SCHOOLS, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework. - BILL CROSBY
I wanna a live till I die, No more no less. - EDDIE IZZAID
It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world everyday always just fits the newspaper. - JERRY ESINFELD
AT my age I do what Mark Twin did. I get my daily paper, look up the obituaries page and if I am not there, I carry on as usual. - PATRICK MOORE
Personally I know nothing about sex, because I ‘he always been married. - ZSA ZSA GABOX
Where there’s a will – there’s a relative. - RICKY GERVAIS
Sex is more fun than cars, but cars refuel quicker than men. - GERMAINE GREER
A woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a Jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed and a jackass who pays for everything. - PARIS HILTON
Grahm Green‘s courtship of Vivien was beset by problems .As a catholic, she did not want to marry a man who was not. Her deeply religious nature with fear of sex even led him for a time to propose a ‘celibate marriage’.
Croly once asked me if I have read a certain book “yes I have reviewed it”. I said “To read a book you review is wrong it creates Prejudice”.
Walter De La Mare was recovering well from his illness. His younger daughter asked him before leaving “If there anything I can get for you, fruits or flowers. No no my dear; too late for fruits, too soon for flower, Replied Mare.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. - TIMOTHY LEARY
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
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’. “
After the uprising of 1857, Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah was exiled to Rangoon, he was charged with sedition against his own empire.
“Indians divided by creed, caste, Tribal loyalties, feudal resentment, personal grudges, envy & greed, sometimes fought with each other instead of the real enemy, the British.”-Llewellyn Jones
Rani of Orchha opposed Rani of Jhansi and siding with the British.
“Vikram Sarabhai used his resistance to Indians first Nuclear Explosion and his relationship with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi including the suggestion of a degree of flirtatiousness with her”. -Amrita Shah in “Vikram Sarabhai”
The Modern Wit – Shelley Klein
When I eventually met Mr Right, I had no idea that his first name was Always. -Rita Rodness
Swans mate for life, and look how bad tempered they are. -Jeff
My love life is terrible. The last time I was inside of a woman when I visited the “Statue of Liberty”. -Woody Allen
Every woman must have four pets in her life. A Mink in her closet. A Jaguar in her garage. A Tiger in her bed. And a Jackass who pays for everything. -Paris Hilton
He has left his body to science – And science is contesting the will. -David Frost
Scandal is something that brings the society together. -Max Clifford
I think the less time you have left in life, the faster you should drive. The old people should be allowed to drive their age. If you are 80 do 80 If you are 100 do 100 -Jerry Seinfeld
Sex is more fun than cars, but cars refuel quicker than men. -Germaine Greer
When a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. -Prince Philip
Where there’s a will – there is a relative. -Ricky Gervais
Personally I know nothing about sex, because I have always been married. -Zsa Zsa Gabor
At my age, I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look up the Obituaries page and if I am not there, I carry on as usual. -Patrick Moore
Honesty is the best policy, but it is important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. -George Carlin
Money – The One thing that keeps us in touch with our children. -Gyles Brandreth
A bank is a place that will lend you the money if you can prove, you don’t need it. -Bob Hope
Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework. -Bill Crosby
I wanna live till I die. No more No less. -Eddie Izzard
It is amazing that the amount of News that happens in the world everyday always just fits the News Papers. -Jerry Seinfeld
To err is human, but to really foul things up, you need a computer. -Paul Ehrlich
Sheer pleasure of being alive.
If I have a secret at all, it is that I do just what I want.-Cary Grant
It is a daunting task to do nothing. -Kushwant Singh
I look back elegiacally on my life as an obsessive reader…. I think of those sublime periods of lamp-lit solitude, where in Wallace Stevens’ phrase “the reader becomes the book”. It can still happen, but it has something of the character of the occasional lovemaking of a long-married couple, in that it reminds me of how things have changed, of how frequently I am now consumed by a passion that was once a routine. -Geoff Dyer (Jeff in Venice, death in Varanasi)
Any successful union has to have differences only which leads to lust to unite. Unless we differ, we cannot remain in the union of our choice.
If you can spare, why not to spare for “Have Nots”.
“A smooth sea never produced a skilful navigator”. -Prof. CD Narasimhaiah
There is more in men to admire than despise. -Albert Camus
RC Mujumdar, noted historian has depicted in his “History of Bengal”, that the revolt against the Indigo planters, by the local peasants in 19th century was the forerunner of Indian’s Freedom Movements.
It was the famous book “Neel Darpan” which ignited the flame. In 1860, District Magistrate Sir WL Towers had indicated in his judgement. …. Not a chest of Indigo reached England without being stained with Human Blood. …. and such system carrying on Indigo; I consider to be a system of bloodshed.
Kohima War – 1944
History is a silent reminder of “Britain’s First Battle” of WWII. This was literary fought hand to hand on a tennis court adjoining the DC Bungalow in Kohima.
The “Tennis Court Battle” was also called the battle under the cherry Tree, which was adjacent to “Japanese Sniper Post”.
As many as 1200 Indians and British laid their lives fighting the Japanese.
After the Kohima War, famous lines engraved on the Tombstone:
“When you go home, tell them of us and say ‘For your tomorrow we gave our Today’”.
1857 was the watershed year in history of communal relations in India.
Before 1857 there were no communal riots. The Mughals, the Nawabs of Awadh and Murshidabad and Arcot, Tipu Sultan and Nizam of Hyderabad promoted communal harmony including liberal grants to Hindu Temples.
It was only after the suppression of 1857 feeling that British took to Divide and Rule.
The Secretary of state for India, Sir Charles Wood advised Lord Elgin in 1867: “We have maintained our power in India by playing off one community against another. Must continue to do so, Do all you can, therefore to prevent all having a common feeling”.
Similar advice was doled out to Lord Dufferin by Vicount Cross in 1887.
Advising Lord Curzon; George Hamilton even advocated to plan Education Text Books, to further enhance the differences between two communities. -M. Katju (In Divide & Rule)
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
Some interesting facts:
According to R.Perry,
"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, HeneryGeorge 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 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 tumour’ It was CMC that bestowed upon me under Sapen expert a gentle Dr, Matthew Chandy this able team , a life favour 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 visualise, 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 before.
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 anmuls the future together.
To gain there goals, thus rajputs fought for honours, 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:
Soon there was no more sausages...
........ ' 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
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? 'Veseline Sir, Veseline..
For naturalist the fancy of interest is the usually a light colouring 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 ave 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 Samual 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 he 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 he 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.