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A lesson:

THE PERFUME

     As  she  stood  in  front  of  her 5th grade class on the very first day of school  she  told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.
     However,  that  was  impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the  year  before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that  his  clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy  could  be  unpleasant.  It  got  to  the  point where Mrs. Thompson would
actually  take  delight  in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.
     At  the  school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s  past  records  and  she  put  Teddy’s off until last. However, when she reviewed  his  file,!  she  was  in  for a surprise. Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote,"Teddy  is  a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has  good  manners… he is a joy to be around." His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because  his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle." His  third  grade  teacher  wrote,  "His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries  to  do  his  best, but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life  will  soon  affect  him  if some steps aren’t taken." Teddy’s fourth grade teacher  wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t  have  many  friends  and  he  sometimes  sleeps in class." By now, Mrs.
Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.
     She  felt  even  worse  when  her  students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped  in  beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s. His present was  clumsily  wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of  the  children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the  stones  missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled  the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting  it  on,  and  dabbing  some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed  after  school  that day just long enough to say,"Mrs.Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."
     After  the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she  quit  teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.  Mrs.  Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him,  his  mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.  By the end of the year Teddy had become one of the smartest children
in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her teacher’s pets."
     A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she  was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before  she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school,  third  in  his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.
     Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough  at  times,  he’d  stayed  in  school,  had  stuck with it, and would soon graduate  from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.
     Then  four  more  years  passed  and  yet another letter came. This time he explained  that  after  he  got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further.  The  letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he  ever  had.  But  now his name was a little longer…. The letter was signed,  Theodore F. Stoddard MD.
     The  story  does  not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring.  Teddy  said  he  had  met  this  girl  and  was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs.  Thompson  might  agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. 
     Of  course,  Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one  with  several  rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the  perfume  that  Teddy  remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.  They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear,  "Thank  you Mrs.Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."
     Mrs.  Thompson,  with  tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you  have  it  all  wrong.  You  were  the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.

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Last week the property owners reverted with a yes on our queries regarding the gas bank and genset location – they however remained silent on the rear access that we wanted created. We received an email from vipul stating that the owners were skeptical on any structural modification to the exterior of the building.

This was giving us a lot of anxiety…

We e-mailed him a photograph of the stairway that we proposed to build, also stating that it was a temporary and modular structure that can be easily installed and dismantled. We also requested they suggest an alternate, as a service access is very vital for the restaurant.

I was with the interior designer at her residence going through the seating plan and the design for the interior that she had envisaged. It was nothing striking as far as her ideas were concerned. I was also disappointed with the interiors of her residence…I have been having thoughts running through my head if she is an interior designer after all…

While at her residence… got a call from tittu stating that Vipul / the landlord has okayed the rear access. He apparently got as sms to this effect. Suggested he ask Vipul to email to his for records. Now thats eased some of the stress…:)

The bankers have requested for another couple or more days to get back to us.

Also made a mental note to contact Amit Benegal for his ideas on the interiors.

Last week Roop Chand Yadav came down from Surat and gave us a food trial. We gave him a menu of his choice and he came up with

Pepper pot soup and Dal shorba
Adhraki Chicken ( Ginger chicken)
Veg. Jal Freizi
Lucknowi Biriyani
Sag Kitchidi
Punjabi Kadi

The food came out really well except for the soups which were a huge disappointment. We were impressed. The vegetable Jal freizi was extremely delicious. Jal freizi is one of my least favorite dishes but this one was just up there….The chef mentioned that the jal freizi was cooked without a drop of water. The Lucknowi Biriyani is traditionally prepared in a dum (curried rice cooked along with the meat in the stock) but this one was not made so….however the outcome was quite good. Balanced in spices…low on fat…with the meat cooked just right and it tasted yum… In all a good meal which didn’t feel heavy at all…quite what we have in mind for the restaurant…

John came with his wife and daughter for the food trials. They were also pretty impressed with the food Chef Yadav dished out.

We are hopeful of a few more food trials soon. Roop Chand was referred by an ex colleague of mine who works for Blue Moon foods in Bombay.

Saleem called on Monday – his friend, who apparently works for a company which plans to diversify into the hospitality business…have a piece of land on Hosur road. he wants me to take a look at it and give him some inputs. We were to go there today but something came up on their side. Will go there probably tomorrow.

Kris and Chinappa came down from Hyderabad on Saturday last…I am meeting Chinaapa for the first time after 1990. We were  at Loyola together. Also Chinappa’s wife had referred Amit Benegal to us…

It was great fun jamming up with them after so long… here is a pic of them

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Nothing justifies your decision…Kuljeet

IN MEMORIUM

Kuljeet Randhawa
Expired – 8 Feb 2006
Age – 29 years

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Cartoons and the Outrage

Ok so i decided I will have a little something to dabble on politics. Although I am not a serious thinker on world politics the recent controversy on the Charlie Hebedo  cartoons have captured my imagination. I have briefly mentioned in my earlier post the Prophet of Doom e-book, banned in this country which is increasingly getting me convinced on the message it portrays, initially I trashed all what it said…without commenting on it to be blasphemous, but I am seriously doing a rethink now.

So what is troubling the Islamic community. – that these cartoons portray Prophet Mohammed in bad light?. I dont think so…If freedom of speech is to be tolerated, then I strongly feel the world community should rise against this biased and illogical uprising – the eye for an eye policy that is propagated viciously in many Islamic countries.Does that mean everyone who has been touched by the Daniel Pearl incident should remain quiet?.

Somebody even remarked on the cartoons and equated it with the policies of Nazi Germany. Mebbe he has a point there…but then again if we look at the cartoons it just reflects what is happening around you…I don’t see why there should be so much hell raised on some silly caricatures.

I have a reasoning…no matter what you do…the Islamic fundamentalists, if they decide, can raise the flimsiest of reasons to fan hatred and indulge in violence.

For all the weird cartoons I get in my email on George Bush…If the islamic ( read saudi arabian) logic is extended to me…I should be shot. Thankfully the Americans laugh at it…I would be stoking the fire if I were to ask them to think any differently.                                                                                                                   
It shocks me to realize that the world we live in is quietly loosing whatever innocence is left of it. War, Epidemics, Pornography, Hatred, Violence, Killings is slowly part of our everyday life…and you cannot ignore it anymore. It just comes looking for you….for a relatively peaceful country like Denmark also to be challenged now…well I hope something gets done…Ah! wishful thinking!!! or is it?

So what are those guys in middle east reading Danish newspapers for…??? Bharath asks A pertinent question and Oz replies

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Jethro Tull – Live at Bangalore

A Short review – .

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Just got back from the concert 30 minutes ago…

Man, what a show!!!!

Guys, if you decide to see just one concert in a year…and if Jethro Tull plays anywhere even remotely near…DO NOT MISS IT!!!

Thank you (IA) and Goodnight.

The Jethro Tull concert – Bangalore ( the outsourcing capital of the world)

 Reached the concert venue much earlier than the scheduled time of opening. Yeah am a tull head with time to spare. Back in 94 it was – when I had travelled, with a friend, overnight to Madras ( as it was called then) from Ooty with no tickets in hand hoping to beg, borrow or steal a ticket for the show. Did manage to buy tickets from a guy then who had a couple to spare. I realised it then the folly of being late at the venue. Had high prized tickets but managed to stand about four rows ahead of the lower prized tickets.

It wouldnt be so this time I had told myself….reached there early only to find there was no queue at the venue. there was a small queue forming for the 600bucks ticket. It was 4.30 pm then, realised that it wouldnt be much of a problem getting in and finding a good spot.

The TICKET…Picked up a 1200 bucks ticket from the pizza hut outlet on 2 Feb. Was hoping there would be somebody to go with for the show. I couldnt think of anyone who would come for a TULL show…with me…:). –  Got one ticket for myself.

Friday morning at around 9 called up Manoj asking him if he was going for the TULL show…”Why, of course machan…you want to come…?I have a few tickets to spare. Hemant said he was flying down from Hyderabad…just heard that he is not. You want to join us we are about six of us…including the girls…Even frenchie is coming”. I didnt tell him I had just bought the ticket…but instead i said…”Hey cool machan…I’m game…” “O.K call me at four and we’ll work the rest…”he said. Hey thanks machan…you are a cool dude…” I said…

Yogi – its been a while since I met him…Thoght I’d ask him if he wanted to come along. rang him. Got an sms back from him which said. ” Am in a class will call back at Lunch time”. Which he promptly did… ”

“Hey machan how are you da?” “I’m cool man, how are you?”I enquired… “Good da machan… So what’s happening…you coming for the Tull show tonite?” I asked him. “No da machan…wife is not in town and the kid wont want to see a rock show” he said. Yogi is not a Tull fan…he is the Bryan Adams type… ( who by the way is playing in Bangalore tonite… 5 feb 2006. Uriah Heep plays in Bangalore on 8 Feb……and quite a few other local gigs happening) not that he would go for the BA concert either. Had a ticket – thought Id ask him if he wanted to come along…He was the only guy in 94 who knew that I was going for the show from Ooty and he covered up for me then. I doubt if he remembered…neways wanted to tell him and also offering to take him for the show…well…mebbe another time. Hey thanks Yogi machan…thanks for covering for me in 94… ” who are you going with da?” Yogi enquired…”Manoj, his friends, frenchie and maybe Hemant” I said…just for effect…” Hemant, machan, that guy will fly to Dubai if he wants to…impress somebody…”I laughed… ” Imagine da… those days Tull concert was so huge…people travel from all over the country just to watch Tull play…( well it does happen even now…in Arif alladin’s case…more about him later)…but now…I continued…You have colleges sponsoring a Tull concert for their culturals…” “Man how times change…illeda…?” I could hear him laugh at the other end. ” So you not coming ?” “No da…you have a blast tonite….bye..we’ll catch up sometime ” he said.

The venue… IIM Bangalore is about about 200 meters from where our restaurant is coming up.  One of the finest management institutins in the country. The Jethro Tull concert was part of their cultural festivities called Unmaad 2006. (Hey did you know they once opened for Pink floyd?) There were a few cultural activities on at 4.30 pm and sinse there was no queue for the Tull show I thought i’d spend some time  watching the culturals. Even managed to sell the ticket I had bought to guy there who was looking for one. He bought the ticket from me…for the value of the ticket and I also gave him the Aqualung Live CD that came along.

Cyrus Barocha was the MC for a programme called Wall of Fame which was a intercollege Jam session or something like that… The session was interesting with Cyrus managing a few laughs with his crappy sense

 of humour. The programme was well attended… with a fair amout of SHE breeze blowing…

Murali called at around 4.30. he said he’d just reached home from office and wolud be there in about an hours time.

He reached the venue at around 6pm. He too had a spare ticket…apparantly manoj had got an invitee pass for him too. He sold his ticket at the gate…minus the CD…The guy who bought the ticket from him also was looking for an additional ticke…”Yaar, Thanks  I have 6 CD’s with me.” he said when Murali had offered to give him the CD later as he was not carrying it with him then. Hey! you get to see the show on an invitee pass and keep the CD too…good show…:) I thought.

Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ)  a pathbreaking Bangalore band celebrating its 10th Anniversary was the Opening act for the Tull show…Apparantly they were the opening act for Deep Purple when they played in Bangalore in 2001. Their third album  was given away as a freebie at the venue…I am told that its also available as a free download at their site… I like the way the band sounded on CD…Although I was not impressed with thier live act…that probably was because of the poor sound that was used for the show…Hey check out Thermal and a quarter…Their CD Plan B is quite cool. I liked the song that they sung Live from their album Jupiter cafe too… neways it was fun.

TAAQ ended their act at 8.15…they had a fairly decent show…got booed a bit by the impatient crowd…but then thats quite normal…Manoj, Frenchie and the other guys stayed away from the TAAQ act…I had to take the girls and keep them company till they came in after their beers. It was tough for me to explain TULL to the girls who were about to witness their fist TULL act…I surely sounded excited which probably got them a lil uppity too…

The Band took stage at 8.30 pm sharp with the patient yet ‘inTULLigent’ crowd sending a minor roar when the first backstage test of his flute by IA came through the speakers…the “MAGIC” was about to begin!

“Good evening ladies and Gentlemen…It’s good to be here once again” he said to a rousing roar and kicked off the show with ‘My Sunday Feeling’  followed by Life’s a long song. The young kid in the picture sure had a whale of a time especially when she heard Bouree. Murali and I had managed to get to about 10 rows from the stage pushing a pulling…..lol. till a loud short lady stopped us in our tracks. So that was were we stayed for those next magical 120 minutes.   As I mentioned earlier…this was my first show where I got to stand so close…There were about 10000 people in Madras in 94. I guess it was far too low a head count this time around…possibly 4000(?? )Tull heads were present this time. looking at the pictures I made i told myself…i will get myself a new camera shortly… The Camedia C-150 that I used gave me a whole lotta problems this time…Its slow to reload and gave me quite a few stills that were out of focus. Actually I was a lot worried this time coz the last time around they took off my batteries when I objected to them wanting to keep my Camera.They werent allowing anyone to enter the venue with cameras then. This time around they were objecting only cigarettes and lighters. anyways I was prepared this time with a spare set of batteries in my socks. they did feel my pockets and let me in without a word…I guess with so many cameraphones they thought it wiser not to object at all. I mentioned the poor sound quality…although the sound from instruments came out pretty OK…the vocals were hardly audible…I mean I was not expecting CD quality sound ouput or anything… but the sound from the vocals just sucked!!!. Even Frenchie ( yeah he taught me French in college) asked me a couple of times ‘what did he say?…what did he say??’…here he is mesmerized by the Jethro Tull magic. This is his first time at a Live TULL act. he was at the Buddy guy show which was held at the Center for Performing Arts…he told me earlier that day that he managed to sit in the first row at the show and during the concert stood up and asked buddy… ” Hey Buddy can I have the plucker man?” and Buddy stretched his hand and handed him the plucker he way playing his guitar with… and I thought WOW!!!!

IA then went on to play the following ( listed in noproper order) Jack In the Green , Mother goose , MOZ ART , Cross Eyed Mary, Bouree…. (This was just taken after the flute solo…She was impressed too)

The Bouree was greeted to a loud roar from the very appreciative crownd and he rendered an awesome variation to the original…I lapped it up all. Gawd u are never too old to rock and roll…ever.!!!

 Bouree was followed by   A Christmas song ( ‘we are not too far from another christmas are we’…he joked in his inimtable style. Read this blog for more Tull wit at the show)and followed by one of my all time favorites Budapest and Aqualung Oh!yeah and he played My God and Thick as a brick earlier too. He ended the show with a fiery rendition of Locomotive breathJethro Tull played minus Barre and Giddings…which was possibly a reason for a low turn out…however a rocking show indeed. Jethro Tull…Ian Anderson thank you very much indeed!!

Oh! yeah and maybe the next time around…hope I would be lucky to hear The whistler, Cheerio, One brown mouse, a Small cigar, Fire at Midnight and Bradford bazaar

Arif Alladin…He was the winner of the castrol contest and won a prize to meet Ian Anderson Back stage. I met Arif on 4th Feb. Arif happens to be the guy who would possibly be installing the exhaust system for our restaurant. I heard that he wanted to ask Anderson what keeps him going after all these years…Dunno what answer he got to that cliched question…lol… Anyways Arif has a company called sweetech engineers and his name gets mentioned in the TOI write up on the TULL show the next day.

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Jethro Tull Live

 

Jethro Tull – Live

3 Feb 2006, IIM Campus Grounds, Bangalore.

I will be there…

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