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Plague of insensitivity is sweeping the planet (The Funny Side)
My friend watched the dinosaur movie "Jurassic World" in front of her pet bird so that the creature could remember when his kind ruled the earth. She was trying to be nice but I thought it was really insensitive.
 
The same friend once told me that she thought I was as "dumb as a box of rocks" while we were walking through an ornamental park. "Shh," I said, moving us away from the rockery. "They can hear you."
 
But, of course, there are no people on earth as insensitive as children. Child: "Can we have a bee hive on the balcony?" Me: "No. Mum's allergic to bee stings." Child: "Can we have one when she's dead?" Me: "I guess."
 
Now a question: if someone is two hours late for dinner and then complains that the food is overcooked, is it justifiable to dice him into cubes and lightly flash-fry him with cilantro as an extra meat dish?
 
I knew you'd say yes. I do this sort of thing a lot these days (identify acts of thoughtlessness, not flash-fry friends). Because it is clear that a massive epidemic of insensitivity is spreading around the world.
 
The most astonishing example came from a reader in China. A funeral company touting for business set up hundreds of fake gravestones bearing the names of (living) local residents in gold letters, the press there reported. Sales staff would show residents their names, saying: "Look! That could be you."
 
Residents were unimpressed to the point of apoplexy. The hard-sell morticians at the China Dragon Garden graveyard in the Beijing suburbs were eventually persuaded that their venture, though creative, scored 8.9 on the Richter insensitivity scale. Especially in a community where omens are taken as scientifically verified proof. Doctor: "You have three months to live." Patient: "My test results were that bad?" Doctor: "Your test results were fine, but you picked waiting ticket 44 and sat in the Unlucky Chair."
 
If you think about it, most disputes are due to thoughtlessness. In the paper was a story about a bid by organizers of a UK vegetable growing contest to attract more entries by allowing people to enter veggies bought at the local supermarket. They never thought about the vegetable growers, who were outraged. A cynical colleague reading over my shoulder (go away) said that everyone had probably been entering vegetables bought from supermarkets for years anyway.
 
He maintained that people today were over-considerate, and offered an example. Earlier this year, a university in the US state of Connecticut said it was promoting inclusiveness and invited applications from the "LBTTQQFAGPBDSM" communities. This apparently refers to every possible sexual preference, and caused much head-scratching. Please do not write in and tell me what each letter stands for. I treasure my innocence. Let children be children.
 
I concede that it may be possible to be too politically correct, but I still think it's good to be thoughtful. On the afternoon before writing this, my bird-owning friend declined an offer of ice cream because she said her teeth "were extremely sensitive these days". I replied: "Shh. They can hear you."
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

More of the same, please. It has always been my take that our country lacks a sense of humour .... never having outgrown the Johnny Walker type. The actor, not the real stuff.

And, more importantly, the more civilised a society, the more sophisticated its sense of humour. Where are we on THAT index?

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As oil prices decline, big is once again beautiful at Auto Expo
Greater Noida : The stars were there in large numbers. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan, Mohinder Amarnath and top racing driver Karun Chondok came to lend some of the shine of their stellar names to the vehicles on display at the Auto Expo here, some 30 km from the Delhi border.
 
But on Thursday, the big cars were the real heroes, sought after by visitors in large numbers. Officials expect those numbers to swell when the show is opened to public on Friday. 
 
Notwithstanding the anxiety over recent Supreme Court ruling banning any fresh registration of diesel-powered large SUVs and cars (over 2,000 cc) till March, every player in this segment has something new to offer at the India Expo Mart. 
 
Perhaps the declining price of oil has convinced manufacturers that big is once more beautiful. 
 
It not as if the hatchbacks and sedans are not vying with their dazzling displays. But in the desire for owning a vehicle, the sports utility vehicles win hands down. 
 
Compact SUVs and multi-utility vehicles (MUV) seem to be the flavour now. More than a dozen such vehicles are making their debut as part of 80 new offerings that the 13th edition of the Auto Expo is promising to some 600,000 visitors expected till February 9.
 
One example would be the Mahindra Aero XUV which was showcased in front of the media on Thursday. An in-house Mahindra design, the SUV is powered by a mHawk 210 HP engine which houses a Next Gen turbo boost, delivering high torque.
 
Loads of fans came to view the vehicle, some even saying that they would be interested in buying it irrespective of the new emission laws put in place in the national capital.
 
Elsewhere, India's love for cricket was evident as Tendulkar, brand ambassador of BMW, came to give a boost to the car's image. Kohli launched an Audi sports car.
 
Amarnath and Zaheer, on the other hand, came in as a part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) initiative. They launched two ICC limited edition cars to commemorate the upcoming 2016 World Twenty20 to be held in India.
 
Tendulkar was, as always, followed around by legions of his fans who, for the moment, forgot about the cars when they saw him.
 
Former Formula 1 racer Chandhok was also a crowd puller. The auto-enthusiasts spotted him and managed to hold him off, asking for selfies and autographs.
 
"It has been quite chaotic, hasn't it" Chandhok, who is a Nissan GT Academy coach, asked while speaking to IANS.
 
"The Auto Expo has been developed into a great show. I came here in 1993 with my dad. I was a young boy at that time. Obviously it has changed a lot now. It is a great place for manufacturers to showcase their products," added the Chennai-resident.
 
A top upcoming Indian racer, Aditya Patel, was spotted at the entrance.
 
"The passes and tickets have been in high demand. I am waiting here to give some passes to a whole bunch of friends," Patel said.
 
Raymond Group chairman Gautam Singhania, a self-confessed car enthusiast, was seen checking out the newly unveiled Nissan GT-R.
 
"It is a nice car but they have got the 2015 edition. It is a cult car. I also enjoy the Ferraris because I race them. The Ford Mustang was nice so was the Wrangler Jeep," Singhania said in a brief chat.
 
"It could have been done bigger though, closer to New Delhi as this place is very far from the airport. I was supposed to come here on Saturday for a function but I am not going to make it now," added Singhania before heading to the Audi pavilion.
 
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Close shave for passengers as train derails near Vellore
Chennai : It was a narrow escape for the passengers of the Bengaluru-bound Kanyakumari-Bangalore City Express after four of its coaches derailed in Vellore district, around 170 km from here, the Southern Railway said.
 
There were conflicting reports about the number of passengers injured in the accident, with some placing the number at 15, while others 40. 
 
The Southern Railway in a statement said the coaches derailed at 4.15 a.m. between Somanayakkanpatti and Patchur of the Bangalore Railway Division.
 
No lives were lost in the accident.
 
According to railways, buses were arranged to transport passengers to Bengaluru and senior officials have reached the accident spot.
 
Owing to the accident the Southern Railway has cancelled 11 trains between Chennai-Bengaluru, Jolarpettai-Bengaluru and Arakonam-Bengaluru.
 
The Chennai-Mysore Shadabdi Express for Friday has been partially cancelled between Jolarpettai and Mysore. 
 
Similarly, the Mysore-Chennai Shadabdi Express has been partially cancelled between Mysore and Jolarpettai.
 
Train number 16614 between Coimbatore-Rajkot has been diverted via Tirupattur, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Renigunta.
 
For Passengers' assistance, the following help line numbers are provided by the Southern Railway:
 
Madurai: 0452-2308250 
Salem: 0427-2431947 
Trichur: 0487-2430060 
Thiruvananthapuram: 0471-2320012 
Palakkad: 0491-2555231 / 0491-2556198 
Bangalore: 080-22156553, 080-22156554, 080-22873103 
Bangalore Cantonment: 080-23339162 
Krishnarajapuram: 080-25650308
 
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