Posts Tagged ‘laughter’

A couple of laughs

June 6, 2019

I love laughing and treasure every sudden gem that I come across. Here’s a great one from the “middle” in the Deccan Herald of Tuesday, June 4, 2019, by Indu Suryanarayan, who decided to learn music at the then-recently-opened Ayyanar College of Music on Vani Vilas Road, Bangalore:

“I bought a four-and-a-half shruti bamboo flute (to learn from Sri Doreswamy)…. Every morning, I left after coffee my flute in hand. On the way, if I encountered toddlers following their mother’s advice to answer nature’s call squatting by the roadside, I would use my flute to hit them on the head and ask them to go and do it inside.” It makes me wonder what else the poor flute was used for!


Having got up at 1.30am to do some ironing, I justtttt shut my eyelids after the alarm rang at 5.30am. I believe in the theory of relativity, because just a fraction of a second later, it was 6 am. This entry is especially for Srikanth, to whom it happened yesterday!

How demanding can a baby be? STL, 270913

September 27, 2013


I was playing with him, putting a small “tika” on his forehead, before his bath. He batted my hand, and the eyebrow pencil’s mark fell on the space between his nose and mouth. I simply fell about laughing…and very wickedly, completed the unintentional mustache before I took him in to his bath, and washed it off.

I should be very contrite…my poor litte imp…but I simply cannot stop loffing!

It’s never too early to spout nonsense at a baby!

June 5, 2013

Here’s KP, cooing and gurgling happily to the nonsense verse I am spouting at him:

(The verse is in Tamizh, about two men, “Muthukrishnan” and “Venkatasubban” who steal peanuts and eat them…!)

And here’s the father, being feted on entering the 40th year of his life, completing 39:

Life is full, life is good…even though clouds pass over the sun at times.

Some politically incorrect Indian jokkus.

March 1, 2013

Q.What are Jokkus?

A. In the old days of travelling “tent” cinemas, Tamizh people had a politically very incorrect crack about Kannadigas. It was said that a comedy sequence would be shown on the screen, and the Kannadiga audience would watch stoically. Following this, a sub-title would be flashed: “Ithu Jokku” (This Is A Joke). The audience would then laugh.

I’m sorry, that’s what I heard, growing up…so I am retailing it here!

Here are some old, and some new (at least, to me), PIJ (Politically Incorrect Jokkus) that I got on an internet forward….

If there are any non-Indian friends who are reading this….there are too many contexts to explain, so just enjoy the ones you do understand!


Any chance of Rahul Gandhi entering the cabinet? Isn’t it time Sonia did some beta testing?

Maybe Yeddy could be sent to Kashmir. In a few years, all the land will belong to his family, and all problems will be solved.

Government of Egypt blocks all internet access. The country can now be renamed gypt.

100 phones tapped each day per operator. Finally we have a government that listens to us.

Vote for Baba Ramdev. He’ll be the PM who can help you make your ends meet. Your head and toe, that is.

Mayawati, Jayalalitha & Mamata should now form an alliance. They can call it Behenji-Amma-Didi. Or BAD, for short.

Kalmadi’s aide is in jail. Raja’s aide is dead. Satish Sharma denies ever having an aide. India seems quite serious about eradicating Aids.

Police Manual: if it’s one guy, take a bribe. If it’s a couple, harass. If it’s a bunch of people, lathi charge. If it’s a mob, disappear.

According to Census 2011, there are 940 females for every 1000 males in India. Those 60 unfortunate men join the Ram Sena, I guess.

Dear Baba Ramdev, we can’t ban 1000 & 500 rupee notes. We are a secular country. So we need to respect all denominations.

On most days, Digvijay Singh makes no sense. On some few days, he is silent.

Two weapons against corruption: Lokpal and Chappal.

A documentary on Air India’s planes Saare Zameen Par.

I really don’t understand why people consider alcohol to be a problem. Chemically speaking, it’s a solution.

Since 1977, West Bengal has been crawling along at approximately 0.00000000001 kmph. They’ve just covered 3 CMs in 34 years.

If P&G buys Unilever, the unified entity can be called Procter and Gamble and Lever. Abbreviated to PaGaL.

Gandhi would have been a great bowler. He could spin as well as fast.

Baba Ramdev is going to create an army with a headcount of 11,000. Or a leg-count of 22,000. Depending on which side is up.

Three generations of Bachchans BigB, WannaB, and now BayB.

25-paise coins to go off circulation from Jun 30. The govt feels they can’t handle one Anna, so there’s no need for four annas.

Every night families in rural U.P. must be shuddering in anticipation of Rahul Gandhi dropping in for dinner and whacking their charpai.

I think Manmohan should get VVS Laxman into the cabinet. The UPA is in major trouble in its second innings.

Kalmadi: So what are you here for? | Anna: Jan Lokpal bill. And you? | Kalmadi: video bill, sponsorship bill, catering bill, etc.

All MPs to get iPads. Awesome. As some would say, from anPad to iPad in 3 days.

It’s been a pretty decent tour for india. We beat three teams Sussex, Kent & Leicestershire. And lost to only one England.

The word Engineer is derived from Anjaneya (or Hanuman), who built a bridge and didn’t hang around with girls.

Bangalore may have a nice past. And a great future. But there’s no current.

Infosys: More profits means great quarter.
UB: More quarters means great profit.

BJP guy gives 500 rupee notes to journalists for +ve Rath Yatra coverage. He must have heard that a good reporter always takes notes.

Anna Hazare breaks vow of silence. So Manmohan Singh wins this one.

A big time Eid Mubarak to all. Except of course, goats. Who tend to look at EID backwards.

Think of the tiger. Think of hockey. All national icons. Now you get it? The real problem with the rupee is that it is the national currency of India.

PM says India and China are good friends. Of course we are. We have so much in common. Like Arunachal Pradesh.

Live, laugh, love….

September 17, 2012


I hope all of you are alive and well….I went to Goa for an amphibian/reptile workshop, little realizing that there would be NO connectivity of any kind. Also, we were in the dripping forests, steering clear (99% successfully) of leeches, sighting various extremely venomous, and non-venomous snakes, and frogs and toads…and trying to dry out our clothes as much as we could before the next trail. So…forgive the long gap…but wait for the photographs of the area that we visited, pics of a Green Vine Snake catching a frog and taking it up high into the tree branches….I’ve been to Goa-the-town before, but the forests of Goa are….a wonderful experience that I want to share with you.

Politics and politicians…both are jokes

April 10, 2012

The problem with political jokes is
they get elected.
~ Henry Cate, VII
We hang the petty thieves
and appoint the great ones to public office.
~ Aesop
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us
in these acceptance speeches
there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
~ Will Rogers
Those who are too smart to engage in politics
are punished by being governed
by those who are dumber.
~ Plato
Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge
even where there is no river.
~ Nikita Khrushchev
When I was a boy I was told
that anybody could become President;
I’m beginning to believe it
~ Clarence Darrow
Why pay money to have your family tree traced;
go into politics and
your opponents will do it for you.
~ Author Unknown
If God wanted us to vote,
he would have given us candidates.
~ Jay Leno
Politicians are people who,
when they see light at the end of the tunnel,
go out and buy some more tunnel.
~ John Quinton
Politics is the gentle art of
getting votes from the poor
and campaign funds from the rich,
by promising to protect each from the other.
~ Oscar Ameringer
I offer my opponents a bargain:
if they will stop telling lies about us,
I will stop telling the truth about them.
~ Adlai Stevenson
Campaign Speech, 1952
A politician is a fellow who
will lay down your life for his country.
~ Texas Guinan
Any American who is prepared to run for president
should automatically, by definition,
be disqualified from ever doing so.
~ Gore Vidal
I have come to the conclusion
that politics is too serious a matter
to be left to the politicians.
~ Charles de Gaulle
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession .
I have come to realize that it
bears a very close resemblance to the first.
~ Ronald Reagan
[Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”]
~ Larry Hardiman
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
~ Doug Larson
Don’t vote, it only encourages them.
~ Author Unknown
There ought to be one day
— just one —
when there is open season on senators.
~ Will Rogers

Excellent procedure…

October 17, 2011

No racial profiling in Israel. Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.
You step into an armoured booth that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.
Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial.
You’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: “Attention to all standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight 670 to London. Shalom!”

A sense of humour….my questions

August 23, 2011

On my Facebook page, I posted a joke that was sent to me by a friend, and talked about one of the first jokes he’d enjoyed…and that set me musing about that sense that seems fairly rare in the animal kingdom…the sense of humour.

All babies seem to start laughing and smiling quite early, but at some point in their lives, it’s not just happiness that prompts the smiles or laughter, but “funny” situations. When we pull faces at them, or make “funny” noises, they react with laughter.

But unlike other milestones, the development of one’s sense of humour seems to pass almost unnoticed. When does one learn to appreciate absurdity, irony, and parody? When does one learn about the fun of wordplay and puns? Humour, to a great extent, is the putting together of unexpected elements…when does one learn to do that?

Often, a sense of humour also means, being free of ego and being able to laugh at oneself. Is this the same as laughing at other things in the world?

We all know some people of our acquaintance who are more “humourous” than others. They can say things which set people laughing. What sets these people apart from those who don’t have the ability in the same measure? How are they able to spot the humour in a situation, and articulate it, in a pithy few words or sentences?

What makes people suddenly come up with very humorous words? Why is a sense of humour sometimes cruel and biting as well? How often have I seen someone taking a witty dig at another person..who is discomfited at the ensuing laughter! What distinguishes “cruel” humour from “kind” humour? Why is unkind humour still so funny?

I don’t find that a generally happy outlook in life is a pre-requisite for a good sense of humour; sometimes happy people are so contented that they don’t seem to need a great sense of humour. But I do know that the nicest people can sometimes be without a sense of humour, and that can make them utter bores!

Then there are the people who can appreciate, and crack, jokes about everything else under the sun…except themselves. Would I be able to say these people lack a sense of humour, when they can obviously laugh at other things?

What would be a more “adult” sense of humour, compared to a “schoolboy” sense of humour, with its implied crudity? How would I say that someone’s sense of humour is “sophisticated”…especially when such persons can enjoy the “slipping on a banana skin” joke as much as ever?

A sense of humour is one of the “subtle” senses that a human being has….I think it’ the best “sixth sense” that we have!

Oh..the “schoolboy humour” joke that set this train of thought chugging from the station?

Teacher to student: “Who is Gandhiji’s son?”
Student: “Dineshan”
Teacher: “What? That is rubbish”
Student: But sir, you taught us that Gandhiji is the father of Dineshan”

I don’t know if my sense of humour has stagnated…but I had a hearty laugh at this!


July 4, 2008

A sad cloud forms over my brain…I didn’t call my brother too often; he was as taciturn over the phone as he would be witty and mordant off it. But once in a while, I would call and we would exchange some cursory chitchat. And I miss that…

I try to cheer myself up with old memories, and the echo of his laughter in his very happy, sunny childhood does the trick.

Laughter IS the best medicine.

For a really shocking haircut, please go to:

They’ll make your hair stand on end without any horror movie….

GREAT link

October 12, 2006


I want to thank a million people…here’s one thank you each:

amoghavarsha sent it to me and I still haven’t stopped laughing!