Saturday, March 2, 2024

Strange but True

A friend of mine used to go to his uncle’s home in a village to spend his summer vacation. There were about 15 of his cousins spending the summer vacation there. 

They had a huge backyard with lots of trees. Mainly coconut trees. Plus a few others like many vegetables, curry leaves tree, banana trees, orange trees, and a lone tall jackfruit tree (in Tamil Palaappazha maram). 

Even though everything was producing results, the jackfruit tree was not producing any result. It has been there for more than 10 years. 

One day, the aunt called my friend and asked him to do a favor. She asked him to get naked and go to the backyard and hug the jackfruit tree and come back. My friend said what the heck are you talking about. I will not do that. But the aunt begged him and since he loved his aunt, he said I will do this on 2 conditions. 

I will do this when no one is home. 

You should never ever tell anyone I did this. 

Auntie agreed. One day auntie sent all the other cousins to a movie in a nearby town. My friend undressed, got naked, went to the backyard, hugged the jackfruit tree for just a second, came back home and got dressed. The whole episode took less than 30 seconds.

 Auntie never talked about this incident to anyone. No one else knew. 

Bingo, from next year onwards, that jackfruit tree gave at least 10 to 15 fruits every year for the next several years. 

Is this a coincidence or is this a strange phenomenon!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Republican Primary Update

So far, there have been primary election in 3 States. Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Donald Trump trounced his opponents in all 3 states. There were only 3 people contesting against Trump. 

Vivek Ramaswamy – withdrew from the contest after the Iowa primary and gave full support to Trump. 

Ron DeSantis – withdrew from the contest after the New Hampshire primary. 

Nikki Haley – South Carolina is her home state. She was a popular Governor of that state. But Donald Trump trounced her today by a margin of 60% to 40%. Nikki does not want to quit. She wants to fight Trump in the coming primaries. Next primary is on March 5. It is called Super Tuesday. 15 States and one union territory will be voting. It looks like Trump will be the victor on Super Tuesday also. 

Mr. Trump says he is considering 6 people for the Vice President slot. Two of them are Vivek Ramaswamy and Tulsi Gabbard. 

Tulsi was a Democrat and resigned from that party in 2022. With the name “Tulsi”, lot of people think she is of Indian origin. She is not. She is an American Samoan born and brought up in Hawaii. Tulsi is a vegetarian and a practicing Hindu. She is a combat veteran holding the rank of Lt.Col. Well liked by people in both parties. 

Stay tuned for Super Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Yogi's Quotes

I was reading a news item that said: 

“This application is déjà vu all over again”. 

This is one of the famous quotes by Yogi Berra. He was the Manager for the New York Yankees, a professional baseball team. But Yogi Berra was more famous for his quotes, ala, Rajni Kanth quotes. I don’t know if I wrote a blog post about Yogi’s quotes or not. Anyhow, here are some of his famous quotes. 

It ain’t over till it’s over. 

You can observe a lot just by watching. 

He must have made that movie before he died (referring to an actor). 

I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early. 

If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him. 

Baseball is 90% mental – other half is physical. 

Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded. 

I take a 2-hour nap – from 1 o’clock to 4 o’clock. 

Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel. 

It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. 

You should always go to the other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours. 

If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them. 

And finally, my favorite: 

Yogi goes to a pizza corner and ordered a pizza. The waiter asked if Yogi wants him to make 6 slices or 8 slices of the pizza. Yogi said: I am very hungry and so make it 8 slices.