There are fathers who go the extra mile for their children and then there is Surendra Vyas, a legend. A civil contractor in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, Vyas threw a party for his teenaged son who failed his class X exams. His reason? “After failing in exams, kids go into depression, a few even commit suicide. I want to tell them that boards are not the end-all and be-all,” he told The Times of India. In times of result-oriented competition driving students to despair and self-harm, Vyas’ gesture will resonate with those struggling to cope. Dad of the year!
Source: The Times of India
Fan theories about technological advancements during Vedic times are gifts that keep on giving. In the past, Narada, the mythological sage, has been compared to the search giant Google and Ganesha’s trunk implant to the world’s first plastic surgery. Recently, Uttar Pradesh’s deputy CM Dinesh Sharma told an audience in Sitamarhi, Bihar, that Sita was the first test-tube baby. As per Valmiki’s Ramayana, Sita was found in a furrow by Janaka, her adoptive father. Sharma had earlier said ‘Pushpak Viman’ from the epics were actually advanced jets. There’s more–he claimed journalism started at the time of the Mahabharata, with Sanjaya’s commentary of the battle of Kurukshetra to Dhritarashtra equivalent to our age’s live telecast. A case was lodged against Sharma for his comment on Sita.
Source: The Times of India
A man in Agra was left devastated after monkeys snatched away his bag of cash (Rs 2 lakh, according to him) outside a bank and tossed bundles of Rs 2,000 notes (it seems Rs 60,000 in all) from the roof of a four-storey building. Only a fraction of the money could be recovered. Vijay Bansal told ANI he is now bankrupt. “We’ve done so much for monkeys, and this is how they repaid us. They attacked me. I’ve lost my life’s savings,” he lamented.
If you’ve been on a sticky wicket with your partner, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has just the solution. He has suggested that people observe Sunday as a “no-criticism day”. Khattar was expressing concern for India’s poor rank in the global happiness index–India ranked 133 in a list of the happiest countries. If you’ve been tied up all week, Sunday should be a ‘FUN’ day-“F for forgiveness, U for ‘untying’ oneself and N for no-criticism”, he says.
Politicians are known to promise the moon in exchange for votes. Vitthal Ganpat Ghavate, contesting for the post of sarpanch of Ramalinga panchayat, in Maharashtra’s Shirur subdivision, took it to a new level when he assured voters that he would get cricketer Virat Kohli to attend his rally. On huge billboards put up by him, Kohli was listed as the main attraction. The only hitch: The star cricketer had no clue. Not one to be discouraged by this minor inconvenience, Ghavate, on the day of the rally, paraded a distinctly nervous lookalike of Kohli wearing dark glasses. Talk about ‘Virat’ ambitions!