The Australians Make Friends With the Turks in Gallipoli
As awful as war is, it's still being fought by human beings, and they
don't just check their humanity at the door. Sometimes, right in the
heat of battle, sympathy and simple human kindness breaks through.
Spontaneous truces occur when groups of soldiers decide they just can't
take it anymore. In the heat of World War I, the British decided that they needed to
invade Turkey. It was a ballsy decision, considering that doing so would
result in a bloodbath the likes of which the world had rarely seen. So,
rather than suffer the senseless death of tens of thousands of British
soldiers, they decided on a different tactic: Send in Australians. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) were shipped out
to Turkey to seize the Gallipoli peninsula, a task which basically
relied on their ability to sprint across the beach and absorb two dozen
bullets each before falling over. But the Australians -- who were more
than used to living in hellish conditions -- held their own. Although
they were unable to drive back the far superior numbers of the enemy,
they killed or wounded up to 10,000 Turks while losing only a few hundred of their own.
But then a remarkable thing happened. With the blazing heat of the
Turkish beach working on the corpses of thousands of fallen soldiers,
both sides simultaneously came to the conclusion that this was a bunch
of bullshit. At the very least, someone should give all these dead
people a respectful burial.
A view of the scene in front of the Australian lines at Johnston’s
Jolly and along Second Ridge on the morning of 24 May 1915. [Sydney Mail 6 October
On May 24, 1915, a daylong ceasefire was arranged between the troops.
The Allied troops and Turkish troops came out of their trenches together
to bury the dead. It was hard, sweaty work, but in between, the
soldiers struck up quite a remarkable friendship. They started by
exchanging greetings and cigarettes before they began to swap badges
like players at the end of a soccer game. Thousands of Turkish civilians
came out to watch the spectacle from the surrounding hills. For the
first time in recent memory, it was kind of like, you know, there wasn't
a World War going on.When it came to 4 o'clock, the Turks approached one of the Australian
commanders, Captain Audrey Herbert, asking him for orders. He then
retired both the troops and walked down the lines and made the two sides
shake hands. When a dozen Turks popped out of their trench, Audrey
taunted them, saying they would shoot him the next day, to which they
replied, "God forbid! We would never shoot you.
"Twenty minutes later, all jokes aside, the indiscriminate killing began
again, as though this eerie interlude had never happened.
With the prices of petrol skyrocketing, car buyers seem to be lining up to book diesel variants as they are highly economical and easy on the pocket compared to their gasoline counterparts. Well, that is only if you discount everything else and consider the running cost. Take a look at the bigger picture and bring it down to simple numbers to find the cost-effective option between petrol and diesel fueled variant
We did the math to compare the cost of operation for an entry level Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol with the diesel variant. The difference in the cost of the two variants is Rs. 90,000 with diesel being the more expensive of the two; add to that the interest one would gain on the excess amount at 10% p.a if the petrol variant was purchased. The diesel variant being more efficient and the cost of diesel being Rs. 20/litre lesser than that of petrol, it saves a lot of expenses on fuel (See Case 1), but the cost of regular maintenance of the diesel variant is higher than that of its petrol equivalent. Taking all these dynamics into account, the running cost of a petrol car comes to approximately Rs. 4.93/km in comparison to Rs. 9.5/km for the diesel if both the vehicles are run for 15000kms annually. Increasing the annual mileage put on the odometer, the diesel is at par with the petrol variant if and only if a person does a minimum of 45,000kms annually.
Low running? Wait for longer to recover costs
Now, it is understandable that an average Indian cannot put 45,000kms on the odometer annually considering the average run of an Indian being around 15,000kms per year. So does that totally rule out the diesel option? Well, no. Reverse calculating the amount of money saved on fuel (See: Case 2) by using a diesel car amounts to Rs. 30,500 annually after deduction of service costs for both the vehicles. Even so, after adding interest on the additional amount paid by a buyer at the time of purchase the diesel would be at par with the petrol variant mid-way through the third year. At the end of the fourth year with an annual running of 15,000kms, the money you would have saved in terms of running costs in a diesel would cover up the extra price you have paid, and you would have saved an extra Rs 9,700 as well. Only at the end of the fifth year do things begin to look rosyfor diesels, with around Rs 40,000 saved in running costs over these five years.
What about depreciation?
Alright, so you finally made up the extra amount you spent in the initial invest of a diesel car, but what about depreciation? Assuming that both the variants have been reduced to half their cost after 5 years, you will still be losing more money in depreciation for the diesel, since it was a more expensive buy to start with.
The value of a Rs 4.95 lakh petrol car will be reduced by Rs 2.47 lakh at the end of five years. The value of a Rs 5.85 lakh diesel car on the other hand will be reduced by Rs 2.92 lakh – that’s Rs 45,000 lost straight in depreciation for a diesel.
This is an extreme scenario, we accept. The market dynamics for more-in-demand second hand diesel car space may result in lesser depreciation, and a better resale price. Either ways, the Rs 40,000 that a diesel user may gain after using the car for five years starts looking less rosy once you factor in depreciation as well.
Although, with the price of petrol is as high as Rs. 70/litre, the diesel may seem like a more affordable option, it may not necessarily be so. The diesel starts making economic sense for users who either have a run of 45,000kms annually or those who plan to retain the car for at least five years or till the time they hit 50,000 kms on the odometer. And for those who have much less traveling to do in a car, the petrol still makes for a better buy.
What about the feel factor?
Although mathematics seem to be in favour of a petrol car unless you plan to retain a diesel for a prolonged period or drive seriously long distances within the first year itself, it is clear that the choice between petrols and diesels also has other angles that must be considered before making that final call.
Psychological satisfaction is of utmost importance to an Indian customer; and along with it comes the mental peace of not having to refuel a diesel car every few days unlike the petrol equal which is pretty much perpetually thirsty. But, simply the fact that the diesel needn’t be refueled very frequently doesn’t make it a more economical option. A diesel starts making sense only when you have a run of at least 15,000kms anything less than that and diesel will smartly fool you into feeling richer just because you end up filling fuel less frequently.
It is not just the thirst for fuel of petrol cars that brings diesel vehicles into the lime light. The numbers before you clearly state, that you should consider buying a diesel only if your monthly run exceeds a 1000 kilometres. In fact our thesis was endorsed by Toyota at the recent launch of the Etios and Liva diesels, where they made it very clear that for a diesel to start looking rosy; one has to run it for nearly 2000kms a month. The numbers are before you, so remember that with a diesel, you would still be paying that extra cash for the first three-four years of running for the satisfaction of driving a diesel. It still is a case of different strokes for different folks, and choice still remains in the hands of the buyer. Hope this article helps you make a more informed one.
An Arab was admitted in the Lilavati Hospital at Mumbai for a heart transplant,
but prior to the surgery the doctors needed to store his blood in case
need arises. As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn't be
found locally. So the call went out to a number of countries.
Finally a Gujarati in Ahemedabad was located who had a similar type of
blood. The Gujarati willingly donated his blood for the Arab. After the
surgery, the Arab sent the Gujarati as appreciation for giving his
blood, a new Toyota Prado, diamonds, lapis lazuri jewellery, and a million
Once again the Arab had to go through a corrective surgery. His doctor
telephoned the Gujarati who was more than happy to donate his blood again.
After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Gujarati a thank you card and
a jar of Almond halwa sweets.
The Gujarati was shocked to see that the Arab this time did not reciprocate
the Gujarati's kind gesture as he had anticipated. He phoned the Arab and
asked him that this time also I thought that you would give me Toyota Prado,
Diamonds and Jewellery..... But you gave only a thank you card saying “Jai
a jar of Almond sweets..... On this the Arab replied:
"Bapu..... now I have Gujju blood in my veins!"
Shree Ghatkopar Machchhukantha Jain Mitra Mandal is going on a pilgrimage to Girnarji to day. There are nearly 175-200 pilgrims taking part in this 5 nights- 4 days tour. The pilgrimage will start on 16th Nov. 2011 night and will end on 21st Nov. 2011 morning when they will come back to Mumbai . Along with Girnarji, they are also going to other nearby 'Tirths'. MVJSAMAJ wishes all the pilgrims a happy journey. Let this pilgrimage awaken a few souls in the path of real faith, real knowledge & real conduct.
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It's time to once again poke a little fun at the English language or, more accurately, our use of it. So, if you've had your fill of Anna, inflation, petrol prices and the 2G accused, this is very possibly the remedy you need. Sit comfortably and read on for a little frivolous pleasure.
First, consider how the English language has changed. When I was 10, rubber meant eraser, ass meant donkey, gay meant happy, straight was linear, cock was a rooster, pussy a cat, a prick was a jab, a poke a nudge and a screw was what a carpenter used. Oh yes, in case I forget, a tit was a response for a tat. Now, today, even if you're gay, you're unlikely to admit it whilst many more are pricks and don't know it. And very few use a rubber! We prefer to use pens or type.
Now, here's an apocryphal account of what the Irish have done to the language. My cousin Arjun claims the Irish Medical Dictionary has the following unique definitions for words you and I have always understood differently.
Bacteria is defined as “the back door to the cafeteria“, Caesarian Section as “a neighbourhood in Rome“, Cat Scan as “searching for Kitty“, Coma as “a punctuation mark“, whilst Dilate is “to live long“, Enema is “Not a friend“, Fester is “quicker than someone else“, Fibula “a small lie“, Labour Pain “getting hurt at work“ and Morbid “a higher offer“. Nitrates are “rates of pay for night work“, a Tablet is “a small table“, a Pelvis is “a second cousin of Elvis“, Secretion is “to hide something“, Urine is the “opposite of you're out“ and Terminal Illness is “getting sick at the airport“!
However, more than the Irish, when it comes to destroying the English language the real offenders are the Americans. Even though Professor Higgins insists they haven't spoken it for years, they've mastered the art of making simple English needlessly complicated.
So when an American goes shopping rather than buy he asks “Can I get...“. When he contemplates, rather than choose the easiest he opts for the “least worst option“. When he arrives he doesn't disembark but “deplanes“.Worse, if something happens, often it's said to be “oftentimes“. And, of course, twice and thrice have been replaced by “two-times“ and “three-times“.
Finally, here are the Indianisms -our own unique national contribution to the misery of English -that I once threatened to bombard you with. This is a collection sent by Bambi Rao, to whom I'm, of course, indebted.
While the rest of the world on finishing their studies graduate, we “pass out“. Given our grades, perhaps that's more accurate. When we want to ask for a reply we command “kindly revert“, unaware that it means return to a former state. When we want someone to do something, we state “kindly do the needful“, which presumes they share our need. And famously, when we're away we say we're “out of station“. I wonder what's wrong with out of town or, even, I'm not here?
However, there is one Indianism that serves a most useful purpose and I do recommend it to the English. It's to “prepone“, the opposite of postpone i.e.to bring forward an appointment or an event. Quite frankly, this is a word that we need and it makes a lot of sense. It deserves to exist. So my advice to the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary is simple: “Kindly adjust“!
BBC's "Life in the Blue" collection portrays a remarkable array of underwater species in their most natural habitat.
Filmed by one of the most renowned oceanic
cinematographers in the world, the footage spans the globe from the
frigid waters of Norway to tropical ocean seas.
Subjects include venomous fish in Papua New Guinea, great white sharks
in South Africa and giant mantas in Mexico, whales and
many other rarely seen creatures.
time for the annual tax saving rigmarole to start – calls to your
chartered accountant or financial planner, poring over documents,
discussions on best-suited investment options, and so on. Things may not
be much different this year from before, except for one key difference.
You could see your planners considering the proposals in the Direct Tax
Code (DTC) while drawing up the list of tax-saving instruments for you.
Since many individuals prefer to (or are goaded into) buying life
insurance policies merely to save tax – a tendency, say financial
planners, that is not advisable at all – here’s what you need to know
about tax breaks pertaining to life and health insurance policies under
DTC. While DTC is yet to be formally legislated and, hence, is
subject to change till it is implemented, it wouldn’t hurt to keep an
eye on the proposals while planning for the current year. And the chief
reason why you need to understand DTC’s provisions on insurance is
because it will have retrospective effect, which means policies that you
may buy this year keeping the current norms in mind (and even those
bought in the past, if any) might see different tax treatment in future.
Under the current laws, an individual can claim deduction on premium of
up to 1 lakh per annum paid as premium
for life insurance. Life insurance is among the many tax-saving avenues
under section 80 C of the Income-Tax Act. The section also offers tax
breaks on investments in provident fund, pension fund, and ELSS
(equity-linked saving schemes), besides home loan principal repayment
and children’s tuition fees. If DTC is implemented in its existing form,
the total savings-related deduction will be 1.5 lakh. However,
out of this, an aggregate deduction on life as well as health insurance
premium and children tuition fees will be restricted to 50,000. What’s
more, you will not be entitled to deduction on life insurance premium
if it exceeds 5% of the policy’s sum assured. That is, if your policy
offers a cover of 10 lakh, then your annual premium cannot be more
than 50,000. If your policy structure does not meet this condition
in any of the years, you will also have to pay tax on the proceeds
received upon completion of the tenure. This apart, the maturity
proceeds will be exempt from tax only if they are received upon
completion of the original period of contract of the insurance. Another
change is that both forms of insurance – life and health – are clubbed
together for calculating deductions unlike now, where health
insurance-related concessions for premiums up to 35,000 (or up to
40,000 in some cases) fall under section 80D.
Jayashree Gandhi has sent in this email : YOU CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO THE INDIAN ECONOMY BY FOLLOWING FEW SIMPLE STEPS:-
Please spare a couple of minutes here for the sake of India .
I got this article from one of my friends, but it's true. I can see this in day to day life.
Here's a small example:-
Before 12 months 1 US $ = IND Rs 39 After 12 months, now 1 $ = IND Rs 50
Do you think US Economy is booming? No, but Indian Economy is Going Down.
Our economy is in your hands....
INDIAN economy is in a crisis. Our country like many other ASIAN countries, is undergoing a severe economic crunch. Many INDIAN industries are closing down. The INDIAN economy is in a crisis and if we do not take proper steps to control those, we will be in a critical situation.
More than 30,000 crore rupees of foreign exchange are being siphoned out of our country on products such as cosmetics, snacks, tea, beverages, etc... which are grown, produced and consumed here.
A cold drink that costs only 70 / 80 paisa to produce, is sold for Rs.9 and a major chunk of profits from these are sent abroad. This is a serious drain on INDIAN economy.
We have nothing against Multinational companies, but to protect our own interests we request everybody to use INDIAN products only at least for the next two years. With the rise in petrol prices, if we do not do this, the Rupee will devalue further and we will end up paying much more for the same products in the near future.
What you can do about it?
1. Buy only products manufactured by WHOLLY INDIAN COMPANIES. 2. ENROLL as many people as possible for this cause.....
Each individual should become a leader for this awareness. This is the only way to save our country from severe economic crisis. You don't need to give-up your lifestyle. You just need to choose an alternate product.
All categories of products are available from WHOLLY INDIAN COMPANIES.
LIST OF PRODUCTS
COLD DRINKS:- DRINK LEMON JUICE, FRESH FRUIT JUICES, CHILLED LASSI (SWEET OR SALTY), BUTTER MILK, COCONUT WATER, JAL JEERA, ENERGEE, and MASALA MILK... INSTEAD OF COCA COLA, PEPSI, LIMCA, MIRINDA, SPRITE
BATHING SOAP:- USE CINTHOL & OTHER GODREJ BRANDS, SANTOOR, WIPRO SHIKAKAI, MYSORE SANDAL, MARGO, NEEM, EVITA, MEDIMIX, GANGA , NIRMA BATH & CHANDRIKA INSTEAD OF LUX, LIFEBUOY, REXONA, LIRIL, DOVE, PEARS, HAMAM, LESANCY, CAMAY, PALMOLIVE
TOOTH PASTE:- USE NEEM, BABOOL, PROMISE, VICO VAJRADANTI, PRUDENT, DABUR PRODUCTS, MISWAK INSTEAD OF COLGATE, CLOSE UP, PEPSODENT, CIBACA, FORHANS, MENTADENT.
TOOTH BRUSH: - USE PRUDENT, AJANTA , PROMISE INSTEAD OF COLGATE, CLOSE UP, PEPSODENT, FORHANS, ORAL-B
SHAVING CREAM:- USE GODREJ, EMAMI INSTEAD OF PALMOLIVE, OLD SPICE, GILLETE
BLADE:- USE SUPERMAX, TOPAZ, LAZER, ASHOKA INSTEAD OF SEVEN-O -CLOCK, 365, GILLETTE
TALCUM POWDER:- USE SANTOOR, GOKUL, CINTHOL, WIPRO BABY POWDER, BOROPLUS INSTEAD OF PONDS, OLD SPICE, JOHNSON'S BABY POWDER, SHOWER TO SHOWER
MILK POWDER:- USE INDIANA, AMUL, AMULYA INSTEAD OF ANIKSPRAY, MILKANA, EVERYDAY MILK, MILKMAID.
SHAMPOO:- USE LAKME, NIRMA, VELVETTE INSTEAD OF HALO, ALL CLEAR, NYLE, SUNSILK, HEAD AND SHOULDERS, PANTENE
MOBILE CONNECTIONS:- USE BSNL, AIRTEL INSTEAD OF HUTCH
Food Items:- Eat Tandoori , Vada Pav, Idli, Dosa, Puri, Uppuma INSTEAD OF KFC, MACDONALD'S, PIZZA HUT, A&W
Every INDIAN product you buy makes a big difference. It saves INDIA . Let us take a firm decision today.
BUY INDIAN TO BE INDIAN - We are not against of foreign products.
WE ARE NOT ANTI-MULTINATIONAL. WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE OUR NATION. EVERY DAY IS A STRUGGLE FOR A REAL FREEDOM. WE ACHIEVED OUR INDEPENDENCE AFTER LOSING MANY LIVES. THEY DIED PAINFULLY TO ENSURE THAT WE LIVE PEACEFULLY. THE CURRENT TREND IS VERY THREATENING.
MULTINATIONALS CALL IT GLOBALIZATION OF INDIAN ECONOMY. FOR INDIANS LIKE YOU AND ME, IT IS RE-COLONIZATION OF INDIA . THE COLONIST'S LEFT INDIA THEN. BUT THIS TIME, THEY WILL MAKE SURE THEY DON'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES.
WHO WOULD LIKE TO LET A "GOOSE THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS" SLIP AWAY?
PLEASE REMEMBER: POLITICAL FREEDOM IS USELESS WITHOUT ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE
RUSSIA , S.KOREA , MEXICO - THE LIST IS VERY LONG!! LET US LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE AND FROM OUR HISTORY. LET US DO THE DUTY OF EVERY TRUE INDIAN.
FINALLY, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT YOU CAN'T GIVE UP ALL OF THE ITEMS MENTIONED ABOVE. SO GIVE UP AT LEAST ONE ITEM FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY!
Acidity, it is said, is worse than Cancer. It is one of the most common
dis-ease people encounter in their daily life. The home remedy for
Acidity is Raw Grains of Rice.
1. Take 8 - 10 grains of raw uncooked rice
2. Swallow it with water before having your breakfast or eating anything in the morning
3. Do this for 21 days to see effective results and continuously for 3 months to eliminate acidity from the body
Reduces acid levels in the body and makes you feel better by the day.
CURE FOR CHOLESTEROL:
Cholesterol problem accompanies with Hypertension and Heart Problems.
This is also one of the common problems in people who have High Blood
Pressure and Diabetes. The home remedy for Cholesterol problem is RAW
1. Take Raw Supari (Betel Nut that is not flavoured) and slice them or make pieces of the same
2. Chew it for about 20 - 40 minutes after every meal
3. Spit it out
When you chew the supari, the saliva takes in the juice that is
generated and this acts like a Blood Thinner. Once your blood becomes
free flowing, it brings down the pressure in the blood flow, thereby
reducing Blood Pressure too.
CURE FOR BLOOD PRESSURE:
One of the simple home remedy cure for Blood Pressure is Methi Seeds or Fenugreek Seeds.
1. Take a pinch of Raw Fenugreek Seeds, about 8 - 10 seeds
2. Swallow it with water before taking your breakfast, every morning
The seeds of Fenugreek are considered good to reduce the blood pressure.
CURE FOR DIABETES:
There are 2 home remedies for Diabetes. One is Ladies Finger and the other is Black Tea.
BLACK TEA: Due to high medication, the organ that is worst
affected is the Kidney. It has been observed that Black Tea (tea without
milk, sugar or lemon) is good for the Kidney. Hence a cup of black tea
every morning is highly advisable.
1. Boil water along with the tea leaves (any tea leaves will do).
2. Drink the concoction without addingmilk, sugar or lemon.
Black Tea will help in enhancing the function of the kidney, thereby not affecting it more.
LADIES FINGER or OKRA:
Ladies finger is considered to be a good home medicine for diabetes.
1. Slit the ladies finger into 2 halves vertically and soak it in water overnight.
2. The next morning, remove the ladies fingers and drink the water, before eating your breakfast.
After the ladies fingers are soaked overnight in the water, you can
observe that the water becomes sticky in the morning. This sticky water
is considered to be good for people who suffer from Diabetes.