The Seasoned And The Seasonal

Friday, September 24, 2010

These days I do not have enough patience to read the news stories thoroughly. I read only a few lines and  make up the rest. For example, when I came across this back and forth between Mamata Banerjee and Rahul Gandhi, all I could do was skim through the article. In the following paragraphs, I present the text of their respective speeches for your reading pleasure. I have used bold letters for the original quotes. The less bold ones have originated from my feeble mind.

Mamata Banerjee
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Mamata Banerjee said, "Amra dumurer phool noi (We are not a seasonal flower rarely seen) that we will appear like cuckoos before elections, chirp, and fly away.

"I am also not a parrot that lives in a golden cage, sleeps on a bed of gold, eats gold biscuits, and repeats only what has been taught. On the contrary, I am a cotton tree that walks around in hawai chappal to railway accident sites, protest rallies, and puja inaugurations.

Hey Jones Dude, Here Is An Appeal For You

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Obama with his Blackberry
Last week, in my imagination, President Obama pinged me from his BlackBerry, “GJ, do something! Only you can stop that jackass from burning the Koran. Please post an appeal on your distinguished, widely read, popular blog. The lunatic might gain some foresight.” The President seemed concerned—very concerned.

I didn’t consider it a big issue because in my view, if Hindus, Muslims, and Christians thoroughly read their respective Holy Books, they would burn their own books instead of others’.

Jai Mata Di: Prayer Ceremony

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dear All,
You are invited to a prayer ceremony at our house on next Saturday. We will chant mantras, read the katha, sing bhajans and arti, and then have prasadam. Please arrive before 6:30 pm and make sure that you spend the day in piety.
Thank you,
Binodini Pandey

My sister, Binodini, has sent this invitation to all our Indian friends in the neighborhood. She said that she felt obliged to host a puja after attending such functions at everyone else’s home, and that she wanted to “return the favor.”