Immune fraudsters

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz
Agent Best  did not mix with those that worked to unravel non-economic offenses. He considered them crummy, that is until Julia joined him. She was the most exasperating woman Best had ever met. She was beautiful and a pain in the neck, but unfortunately she was assigned as his new partner on this case.
Antigua, a tax haven, offers citizenship by investment of 250,000$. It also has extradition treaty with few countries.
Waiting for Julia at the Hermitage-Bay Hotel he was surprised to see her walk in with the fugitive-scamster.  He had to walk them in – fearing the worst.
Words ~ 100

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

OXO

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A sociologist conducted a global survey on popularity and usage of OXO. Huge areas of the globe had never heard of tic-tac-toe or OXO. He doubted the results and posted the familiar 3 X 3 grid and again asked the same questions. He got a huge response – the game was well known around the globe by different names.
Many people commented on its usage. Its usage ranged from time-pass in boring class ( I am sure we all did that), preventing nuclear war (War games ~ 1983) and political strategy.
One of the participants attributed the preponderance of unpopular and controversial rulers in many countries of the globe to tic-tac-toe policy of political parties across the globe. He opined that in this decade political parties do not contest elections to win but rather to let not–the-opponent-win.
Words ~ 136

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Why such desolation?

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Thank you Anonymous for this week’s prompt.
It was late morning as I walked through the narrow and deserted streets of old Delhi. Even the cats and dogs had vanished. I tried to recall the news – NIL.
The ancient Peepal (ficus) tree just beyond the street would know. I walked to the tree and sat down in its cool shade (hoping it was in a mood to answer my questions).
After half an hour I heard the tree in my mind …… ‘why are you out today?’
I am always on the road. Have you ever seen such desolation? Where has everybody gone?
The tree spoke after a pause. ‘Once nearly 750 years ago, the then ruler* shifted his capital to Daulatabad nearly 1000 Kms from Delhi and forced all inhabitants to move with him. Not even the cats and dogs were allowed to stay back. As for today – there is an advisory that the north western states are burning crop-stubble and the wind direction is such that air quality is likely to be extremely hazardous. Go home and be safe.
Words ~ 174
*Muhammad Bin Tughluq

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Solace

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson
The old man was setting up his cart of Litti-chokha* for the evening crowd.  He filled the large metal-basin with dung-cakes and lighted it with a match stick. The ensuing smoke precipitated an attack of cough that soon left him gasping for breath.
This episode of cough was especially distressing. Unable to breathe because of the smoke that was further exacerbated with the poor air quality and the heavy rush of automobiles – he prayed to Baba-Vishwanath the Lord of Kashi (Varanasi).
The old man found himself at Asian Food-festival, Montreal. The sun was rising and he could breathe normally.
Words ~ 99
PS – Thank you IK. Your post ‘MONTREAL – WHO KNEW?’ inspired this.
*Wheat flour dumplings stuffed with Bengal-gram flour and consumed with spicy mix of mashed brinjals and potatoes. It is very popular in the northern states of India. The locals and tourists both like it as it is nutritious, tasty and quite cheap. Its USP is – it is baked on dung cakes and the pungency of mustard oil along with the flavor of melted butter.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

The lecture

Ajgar kare na chakri, panchi kare na kaam, Daas Maluka keh gaye sab ke daata raam.
English version ~ A python does not serve, nor do birds work, yet Lord Rama provides them all said Maluka Das. (He provides even for the insects hiding beneath stones).
Prompt  …

Thank you for this week’s prompt Wildverb.
The professor of Political-science was introducing the subject to graduate students. He clicked the remote and a slide was projected on the screen. He described the slide ….
This involves the study of governance – different forms of governments; their policies, the process by which the decisions are made and evaluation of the outcomes.
It is an applied aspect of social sciences which  unravels different type of relationships in a society. It is a complex science. Essentially it is all about meeting the real and felt needs of the society in an equitable and just manner.
Those with a political-science degree can get governments jobs. Large business houses need these skills to predict policy implications and consumers reactions. Non-governmental organizations and charities use it to plan and benefit the needy in their area of focus.
The Professor changed the slide …..
In case, you do not get any work you can always compete with the gulls. It is the best training for achieving your cherished goal by hook or crook.
Words ~ 171

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Idea and ideal

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PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young
The sales VP of a large pharmaceutical company reported a decline in sales to the company board.
‘Please specify the deficiency areas.’ The chairman asked.
Diabetes and high blood-pressure drugs, sir.
Thank Avicenna. This is easily solved.
Who is he?
He was a Persian polymath and diagnosed diseases by abnormal pulse rates. I shall call the chiefs of various related agencies and get them to lower the normal values for blood-sugar and blood-pressure in their diagnostic guidelines.
And the doctors shall not object?
They are caged and gagged.
A million more consuming our drugs regularly will do wonders for us, Sir.
Words ~ 101

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

An umbrella short

Prompt  …

Thank you  Michelle De Angelis for this week’s prompt.

Romy and Juliet were not their real names, however they were a team.

R – Where is your umbrella?

J – It is not functional.

Well! Let’s hope it is not needed.

Yours is all that is needed.

They walk through the Lodhi gardens and finally reach the cross-roads and wait – well hid by a huge Peepal (ficus) tree.

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Finally they see the man they had been waiting for – jogging in a greenish black track suit.

Here he comes – I hope you are ready.

Just let him come in range.

Romy points the umbrella towards the man and waits for the perfect range and as he presses the trigger button a crow on the higher branches poos that falls right in his eye.

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Only if you had brought your umbrella!

I had forgotten to pack the ricin-pelllets.

Words ~ 138

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Men in my life

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PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll
There were three men in my life.
I am 50 years old and in these fifty years I and others like me have transformed 1.7m people living in 34 countries from disabled to differently-abled. Very recently I was exhibited at the UN headquarters.
I was invented by a traditional craftsman Master-Ji* in association with Dr PK Sethi an orthopedic surgeon. Dr Sethi introduced me to the world and won the Ramon-Magsaysay Award.
DR Mehta** visualized my importance when he saw people wait for me during his physiotherapy sessions and ensured increased production for my kind.
I am the Jaipur-foot.
Words ~ 99
PS – Before the invention of Jaipur-foot, artificial limbs were of the solid-ankle-cushion-heel variety, fashioned for wearing shoes and sitting on chairs. It has been universally commended for being the most efficient, cost-effective, and user-friendly artificial prosthesis. It costs only $30 in India.
*Pandit Ram Chandra Sharma
**Ex Dy Governor Reserve Bank of India

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

Music and Moksha

Moksha is the transcendent state attained when one overcomes the cycle of birth & rebirth as a result of one’s karma.
Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Ragahav had led a virtuous life. On his 60th birthday, he decided to strive for Moksha. He started looking for a mentor who could guide him on his quest. He met a number of wise men in his search. Finally he was directed to a wise man in a remote Himalayan village.
The man questioned – You wish for Moksha?
Yes sir!
Not possible.
Why?
You have no music in your soul. You have to come back a few more times before you qualify for union with the divine.
Words ~ 89

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

50 years ago

Prompt  …

Thank you Yinglan for this week’s prompt.
Alas! If only ………..
The world could have been a very different place. Hopefully it would have been less crowded, less polluted and rich with extensive natural resources. Moreover there would have been an outpost for our interstellar activities.
Also we could have deported all the lunatics back especially those who suffer from a delusion of grandeur and those having an irrational fear of persecution. They could have been provided special privileges.
Above all, the human race could have fast tracked its technological march to a cosmic Utopia.
If only the Apollo 11 had landed on the far side of the moon (if it truly reached the moon).
Words ~ 107

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