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How aspiration works

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Our house help Sarala was telling us the other day: “Look at our country – dirty surroundings, garbage everywhere, people spitting and urinating on the pot-holed roads…
“And yesterday I was watching a foreign country on TV. Such clean and wide roads, people walking around systematically, not a speck of dust anywhere, everything in its proper place… oh… wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in such a country?”


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January 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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Scene in a marriage: Sharing responsibilities

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Hubby: While you had gone out, it took me only two minutes to tidy up the living room. Why can’t you also keep the house spick and span?
Wifey: Oh that… I had deliberately left things a little messed up. If I clean up everything, what will you do?

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January 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Humour in the train

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First class passenger (most probably Maharashtrian) to another: “Do you have pain?”
Aah, one concerned friend asking another about his health, I thought… till I realised that he was asking for a pen.

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January 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 128 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 29 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 15th with 65 views. The most popular post that day was Back seat driving.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cwg cartoon, cwg cartoons, ganpati 2010, cwg 2010 cartoons, and cwg funny pics.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Back seat driving April 2010


The Lal Dabba of Maharashtra September 2010


Hellllllo from the East Coast July 2010


Kiss and make up in Shivaji Park July 2010
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Blistering barnacles! April 2010

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January 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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Eavesdropping: Young man on cellphone

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I am not very keen about marriage but my family is pressurising me. So I am seeing online profiles of about 300 girls every day. If I come across any fataka I’ll say yes to marriage.

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January 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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