Friday, June 27, 2008

Barabanki

The Site containing all the information about barabanki released


eBarabanki - A gateway to Barabanki is a site which will try to explore all about Barabanki distric.
The land of Barabanki district possesses a rich heritage in keeping with its glorious past. This district since its inception has been the meditorium for numerous saints and ascetics, sanctum sanctorum of 'Sadhna' for the literary intellectuals and battlefield for the freedom fighters.
For bringing the whole world under one umbrella, Sufi Saint Haji Waris Ali Shah of international fame, motivated people through the message of JO RAB WAHI RAM i.e. the supreme power, God is One, is the flower of this fertile land.
Satnami Saint Shri Jagjiwan Das and Saint Malamat Shah lit the torch of communal harmony for the countrymen at large.
The place of pilgrimage of the KANWARIYAS' Mahadeva, the Kurukshetra of Mahabharat and the Parijaat tree - the animate symbols of Mahabharat era are also present as mile stones of the spiritual tilt of this sacred land of Barabanki district.





Banks in Barabanki

Banks in Barabanki

Schools and Inter colleges in Barabanki

Degree Colleges in Barabanki

Engineering Colleges in Barabanki

Medical Colleges in Barabanki

Other Institutes in Barabanki

Hospitals and Nursing Homes in Barabanki

Many more to come.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Essay on Poor Family


Once in a kindergarten, a teacher asked all students to write an essay on the topic "A Poor Family".

One student gets the lowest marks for writing that essay.
The student happens to be the richest girl in the entire class and her essay goes on as.......


She wrote:
Ek baar ek bahut hee gareeb family thi,
husband aur wife dono gareeb they, do bachey they,
woh bhi bahut gareeb they!!
Ghar ke saare naukar bhi gareeb they,
ghar ka maali, driver,
aur guard bhi bahut gareeb they.

Ghar ke 4 kuttey bhi gareeb they,
2 din sey chicken nahi khaaya tha.
3 mercedeez car thi,
unki bahut time se servicing nahi hui thi,
ghar ka A.C bhi theek nahi chalta tha,
aur uppar se ghar mein
1 saal se paint nahi hua tha!!

Family ko holiday ke liye foregin country gaye bhi 6 mahiney ho gaye they,
Ghar ke 5 mein sey 2 TV to chaltey hee nahi they!!!


All in all, bahut hi gareeb family thi!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Yaadein Achchhi yaadein...............


When Gulli-Danda & Kanche (marbles) were more popular than cricket.



When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhepan-chhepai



& pitthoo anytime ... When we desperately waited for 'Yeh Jo Hai



Jindagi' (Doordarshan serial)



When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, Dada Daadi Ki Kahaniyaan were so fulfilling.



When there was just one Tv in every five houses and...



When Bisleris were not sold in the trains and we were worrying if papas will get



back into the train in time or not when they were getting down at stations to fill up the water bottle ...



When we were going to bed by 9.00pm sharp except for the 'Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi' day ...



When Holis & Diwalis meant mostly hand-made pakwaans and sweets and moms seeking our help while preparing them ...



When Maths teachers were not worried of our Mummies and papas while slapping/beating us ...



When we were exchanging comics and stamps and Chacha-Chaudaris & Billus were our heroes ...



When we were in Nanihaals every summer and loved flying kites and plucking and eating unripe mangoes and leechies ...



When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more than asked for and 'ek do teen chaar' and 'Rajani' inspired us ...



When 50 paisa meant at least 10 toffees ...



When left over pages of the last years notebooks were used for rough work or even fair work ...



When 'Chelpark' and 'Natraaj' were encouraged against 'Reynolds
& family' ...



When the first rain meant getting drenched and playing in water and mud and making 'kaagaj ki kishtis' ...



When there were no phones to tell friends that we will be at their homes at six in the evening ...



When our parents always had 15 paise blue colored 'Antardesis' and 5 paise machli wale stamps at home ...



When we remembered tens of jokes and were not finding 'ice-cream & papa' type jokes foolish enough to stop us from laughing ...



When we were not seeing patakhes on Diwalis and gulaals on



Holis as air and noise polluting or allergic agents ...



The list can be endless ...


On the serious note I would like to summarize with ...


When we were using our hearts more than our brains, even for scientifically

brainy activities like 'thinking' and 'deciding' ...


When we were crying and laughing more often, more openly and more sincerely ...


When we were enjoying our present more than worrying about our future ...


When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak ...


When sharing worries and happiness didn't mean getting vulnerable to the listener ...


When blacks and whites were the favorite colors instead of greys ...


When journeys also were important and not just the destinations ...


When life was a passenger's sleeper giving enough time and opportunity to

enjoy the sceneries from its open and transparent glass windows instead of some


super fast's second ac with its curtained, closed and dark windows ...


I really miss them .. don't u?


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Retain your Friendship


Towards grade five, it becomes time to choose a special friend, a "best" friend. This should be someone who you can rely on, not someone who is good looking and popular who will use you for your talents. This person should be loyal to you, and shouldn´t be eager to talk behind your back about you. You should be able to trust this person in keeping personal secrets, and not telling.

This choice is an important one, don´t underestimate it! And remember, a boy can be a girl´s best friend, and visa-versa. You don´t have to be "Boyfriend-Girlfriend" to be Best Friends. This may happen in the future, but it doesn´t have to if you don´t want it to. Good luck in choosing your favorite friend! In todays hectc environment and life culture it has become so difficlt to find good friends. Would it not be a better idea if I tell you some link from where you can find the friend of your own kind. If you want to make friends online or you are searching for a net fried just click on the below link to find one. Making friends.Dating,Activity partners and many other things you will find all that you need.

It’s important that you and your parents are on the same “channel” when it comes to your online activities. This includes when you can go online, how long you can stay online, and what activities you can do online. Communicating with your parents doesn’t mean that you have to give up your privacy. It just means that you come to an agreement based on mutual trust and understanding. While you’re at it, perhaps you can help your parents better understand the Internet, what it can be used for, and how it is helpful for teens and kids.





Online Friends
Towards grade five, it becomes time to choose a special friend, a "best" friend. This should be someone who you can rely on, not someone who is good looking and popular who will use you for your talents.

This person should be loyal to you, and shouldn´t be eager to talk behind your back about you. You should be able to trust this person in keeping personal secrets, and not telling. This choice is an important one, don´t underestimate it! And remember, a boy can be a girl´s best friend, and visa-versa.

You don´t have to be "Boyfriend-Girlfriend" to be Best Friends. This may happen in the future, but it doesn´t have to if you don´t want it to. Good luck in choosing your favorite friend! In todays hectc environment and life culture it has become so difficlt to find good friends. Would it not be a better idea if I tell you some link from where you can find the friend of your own kind.

If you want to make friends online or you are searching for a net fried just click on the below link to find one. Making friends.Dating,Activity partners and many other things you will find all that you need.

It’s important that you and your parents are on the same “channel” when it comes to your online activities. This includes when you can go online, how long you can stay online, and what activities you can do online. Communicating with your parents doesn’t mean that you have to give up your privacy.

It just means that you come to an agreement based on mutual trust and understanding. While you’re at it, perhaps you can help your parents better understand the Internet, what it can be used for, and how it is helpful for teens and kids.


Best friends will still have disagreements just like all people do. It is how the disagreement is handled and how it strengthens the friendship that makes this friend your best friend. Best friends accept each other for who they are, not what they have or who they know. Best friends don´t try to change one another. Best friends support each other through thick and thin.

Minor disagreements are but they don´t last long. My best friend and I have little "spats", but they make our friendship stronger. We are supporting each other through everything-no matter what!!

our child will be upset when a good friend moves away, even if you are the one that´s been transferred their feelings will start emerging in a number of ways. Understandably they will be sad and maybe even a bit angry. There are several things you can do to help them work through this anxious time. First make sure you listen to them, they will have questions about how their life may change, or fears that they won´t be able to make new friends that are as much fun.

Make a plan for keeping in touch with their friend. A weekly letter, e-mail, an occasional phone call, even some summer vacation time will keep good friends together. They can plan a secret code, and correspond in code! Make a puzzle letter by writing your notes on one side of the paper only and cutting it into 4 or 5 pieces before putting it in the envelope.

They will have lots to tell each other, after all before they spent all their time together, and now whatever they do will is news to the other! Follow through with their correspondence, by making sure the letters they write are mailed. Take pictures of your child with other mutual friends to send.


Virtue is its own reward For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way. The rotten apple injures its neighbours You win some, you lose some Handsome is as handsome does When fortune smiles, embrace her Nah every crab hole get crab.

An idle mind is.. the best way to relax. Some are Wise and Some are Otherwise Rain ah fall ah roof yuh put barrel fuh ketch am. St Swithins Day, if thou does rain, for forty days it will remain, St Swithins day if thou be fair for forty days twill rain no more Look before you leap. He Is Rich Enough That Wants Nothing Gentle is that gentle does Poor men seek meat for their stomach; rich men stomach for their meat In the coldest flint there is hot fire Better to be envied than pitied Life is like a box of chocolates, sometimes hard, sometimes soft Curses, like chickens, come home to roost Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors He That Brings Good News Knocks Hard The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook Blethers say nought No one is expected to achieve the impossible The longest day must have an end Justice delayed is justice denied.

Look after number one Everyday is a fresh slate A lie well stuck to is as good as the truth. It is never too late to be what you might have been He is an ill companion that has a good memory If you believe everything you read, you better not read Attack is the best form of defence Modulation in all things.



He is always right who suspects that he makes mistakes If in doubt, mumble So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Exigency is the matriarch of ingenious contrivance. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder C:\ is the root of all directories.

Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry. Fruit out of season, sorrow out of reason Use it or lose it Quickly come, quickly go Kill not the goose that lays the golden egg The bigger they are, the harder they fall You win some, you lose some He that knows nothing, doubts nothing What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity A place for everything and everything in its place.
The happiest women wedge spaces into their week for pals no matter how busy they are.

They meet for muffins before work, hit side-by-side treadmills at the health club, sashay out for dinner on a weeknight. Make it a non-negotiable date.
Everybody needs friends! Having someone to laugh with, cry with–someone who understands and cares and supports you–is part of what makes life worth living. But in today’s busy world, we often don’t make enough time to nurture those friendships that are so essential. Thats all folks . Best of luck :-)

Perfect Cat Training Tips


Before we start training our cats to do something or to stop doing something, we need to look at how cats learn. Cats don't understand any language and also they can not attend lectures what ever language it may be. They learn by experience. If the experience is good, they will try to repeat it. If the experience is not pleasent for them, they will try to avoid it in the future and will not learn what ever you want to make them learn. They enjoy raking the furniture with their claws, so they continue to do it. But it's quite a shock when they stick their nose in a candle flame, so they won't do that again. Its also dangourous when they put there feet into any dish that you made in the kitchen or try to spoil that.



If your cat is scratching your furniture, shredding and destroying your home, you need to realize that your cat needs to scratch and climb. Scratching conditions your cat's claws by removing the old layers of the nails. Scratching and climbing are highly enjoyable feline activities and are part of the essence of being a cat. Since your cat will want and need to scratch, provide her with a variety of scratching posts and teach her to use them. Until your cat can be trusted not to scratch and claw your furniture, she should not be allowed free run of your house when you are not there to supervise her. If your cat has a single favorite scratching site, this may be temporarily protected by covering it with some netting or loosely woven fabric. Cats do not like to snag their claws.



You can buy scratching posts at your pet store or you can build one yourself. Rough hewn 4x4's set vertically with a few horizontal resting platforms are ideal. Whether buying carpet to cover a home made post or purchasing the finished item, remember to take along a comb to check that there are no loops in the carpeting which will snag the cat's claws. You can also attach the carpeting underside-up, as the backing has a rough texture that cats enjoy.

How to become a spelling bee..

A spelling bee is a competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words. The concept originated in the United States, and is usually perceived to be a solely American practice.
Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




You can choose the best one from the below ones.


1- Best way to memorize is read a word, or a spelling three or five times, then have someone quiz you, and even better, have someone quiz you, and instead of saying it out loud, write it in a word doc. or something...

2- You should pay attention to word orgins. If you know what language a word comes from, it makes it easy to spell even if you have never heard of the word.

3- Get someone to read random words from a dictionary.

4- Study the latin root words used for prefixes and suffixes.

5- Go through the spelling list and see which words he needs to work on. Then, use those words and pretend to be in a play or movie. Use the spelling words (look it up and find how to pronounce it) and be very dramatic. Make sure to use them correctly. After that, little theatre is over. say the words and tell how to spell it, (part by part. ex: five words at a time)
Then, you can repeat that over and over again until he gets it.

6- It is more important at this point to address his low-self esteem, or he won't even be able to study any of those words. Let him know YOU find those words extremely difficult, too, and celebrate/reward him every time he learns even one of them. Make the learning extraordinarily fun. Downplay the importance of the Spelling Bee. It's just a game. Let him go into this with a healthy perspective. I lost a spelling bee in the fourth grade and won it in the sixth grade because the prior experience gave me confidence.

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If we produce enough food to feed everyone in the world, why don't we?


We already have way more than enough food to feed the entire world. As it is huge amounts of food go to waste every year. The problem is not that there is not enough, but that the people in countries cannot afford it, and if their harvest fails they can't afford to have it imported either.

Ah, so why don't we give them this food that's going to waste for free, we have no other use for it? Well, that would bankrupt the economies of the countries receiving the food. In those places many peoples livelihoods rely on the food industry; farming is the one of the most common occupations, and then people get employed to package, sell, collect or prepare the food the farmers grow.
Now imagine what would happen if suddenly there was loads of free food around. Why would people still BUY the produce grown in the country? They wouldn't. As no one was buying he food the farmers would go bankrupt as they would make no money. As the food industry would make no money, and thus collapse, the other people payed to package, sell, collect, prepare, etc the food grown wouldn't make any money either, as they would be out of a job or their employers couldn't afford to pay them. Many, many people who previously had a job and enough money to survive would be much, much poorer. This would be especially bad considering in most third world countries the food industry is the main employer.

Thus giving third world countries free food would make the people even poorer.

Also it'd screw up the rest of the country too as the food industries are very important to the economy.



Since we Canada and the United States give so much food and money to poor countries you would think that there would be no starving children... Right? wrong. the country whom we give food and money to take it from the mouths of starving children women and men and sell it for arms.... wonder why I personally don't give to those charities anymore.... If every nation focused on feeding their own starving instead or arms or nuclear what ever it is they do would stop for one minute and look at the big picture we might get somewhere...


We all know that, but some people are so selfish and ignorant that think that the poor people should look for a job, instead of asking for money or free food on the streets. Not everybody has the privilege of having a home and some extra money for their every day needs yet some people complain of having to wake up early or getting their a*s*s*e*s out of bed to go to work. I work in the food industry for a world famous restaurant and I see how much food we waste and throw away, giving that in other countries there are children dying of hunger. So come on people lets be a little more open minded and stop throwing your food away just for the heck of it.


To add to that, of course the dispersment of food is the real problem, getting it to the people mist in need. As to why this is, remember in this country and most other countries, food is buisness. Supply and demand is true here as in anything else. Example: The United States Produces enough milk for the entire world, times 2. Why then is all this abundance not hitting the parts of the world its needed most. Profit is the reason, more money can be made when the public believes there's a finite supply, means they can charge more for an abundently available product. Capiitalism, at its finest.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

History of Paid Leave

Have u ever seen the calendar for September 1752???



If you are working in UNIX, try this out.
At $ prompt, type: cal 9 1752 ........ Surprised????






See the explanation for what you see.



Isn't the output queer? A month with whole of eleven days missing. This was the time England shifted from Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, and the king of England ordered those 11 days to be wiped off the face of the month of September of 1752. (What couldn't a King do in those days?!) And yes, the workers worked for 11 days less, but got paid for the entire 30 days. And that's how "Paid Leave" was born.


Life is like
mail ... sometimes you just don't get it..

Friday, May 30, 2008

Apprisal Letter (Hindi - English)

Appraisal के नाम पर एक लम्बी आह भरते हैं, chaliye ab hum is "dukhad" kahani ki shuruat karte hain,



हमेह्सा की तरह 10 बजे ठुमकते हुए office आया,

11 बजे तक नाश्ता किया और बारह बजे तक mail ही पढ़ पाया ,



हमेशा की तरह आज भी मुझे आलस आ रहा था , और मेरा PM मुझे तिरछी निगाहों से देख -देख गुस्सा रहा था,



मैं बड़े concentration के साथ एक "Careful" mail पढ़ रहा था, तभी देखा मेरे PM ke नाम का नया mail कोने मैं blink कर रहा था,



फिर कोई traini n g attend करनी होगी,ये क्या बकवास है, क्या reply मैं लिख दूँ की मेरे mailbox का उपवास है?



मैंने आँखें बंद की और 10 bar "om" "om" bola, और प्रणाम karate huye मैंने वो मेल खोला,



PM के इस s मेल मैं एक अजीब सा सुकून और भोलापन है, likha है भाइयों appraisal letters आ गए,अब तो one -to-one hai,



मॅन मैं ऐसे बुरे बुरे ख्याल आ रहे थे ,

ऊपर से कुछ लोग मेरे"de-appraisal" की गन्दी affwah उड़ा रहे थे,



PM को letter लाते देख हर कोई useदेखता जाता है, जैसे mallika के किसी नए गाने को देखा जाता है,



आखिर वो वक़्त आया,PM ने एक एक kar sabako ander बुलाया, जो भी अंदर जाता हँसता हुआ जाता, जो बहार आता,मुरझाया hua aata,



बहार आ कर इंसान संभल भी नहीं पता है,

की "कितना हुआ kitna मीला"हर कोई उसपे टूट जाता है,



किसी एक को appraisal मैं 2000 rupaye मिले थे , मैं उसकी हंसी उड़ा रहा था ,

तभी मैंने देखा मेरा PM इशारे से मुझे अंदर बुला रहा था ,



मैं confidence से उठा और आगे कदम बढाया , तभी मेरी belt का buckle टूट के नीकल आया ,



मेरी हालत तो अभी से ही बुरी हो गयी , साला इज्ज़त उतरना तो यही से शुरू हो गयी ,



मैं अंदर पहुंचा और PM ने मुझे बिठाया , उसने मेरा letter पढा और वो हंसी रोक न पाया ,



वोह इतना हंसा की usse आंसू आ गए ,

क्या मेरे appraisal digits usse इतने भा गए ,



जैसे ही उसने appraisal letter मेरी तरफ बढाया , मेरी आँखों के आगे घनघोर अँधेरा छाया ,



मुझे लगा जैसे मेरे dil की दीवार को किसी ने गोबर से पोता है ,

अरे यार "बीस rupaye" ? ये भी कोई increment होता है ?



ये software indusrty है , अखाडा नहीं है , ये "SALARY INCREMENT" है , दादर आने -जाने का भाडा नहीं है ,



मेरे चारों तरफ कलि घटा छायी ,तभी मेरे PM की soothing आवाज़ आई ,



तुम सोच रहे होगे के company mgmt का दिमाग फिर गया है , पर बेटा हम क्या करें , dollar का bhav 2 rupaye जो gir गया है ,



पर फिर भी मुझे लगता है , ये letter fake है , मुझे तो लगता है ये printing mistake है,



तुम HR मैं जाओ ,और ये confirm करके आओ ,



भाई HR मैं जाने के लिए तैयार होना पड़ता है , वही तो ऐसी जगह है जहाँ सुंदर लड़कियों से पला पड़ता है ,



shitt!! जहाँ "Renuka " बैठी है , आज वहां बैठा "Aftab" hai, मैं समझ गया बेटा , आज अपना luck ही ख़राब है ,



उसने मेरा letter खोला ,और खुश हो के बोला ,



वो बोला sir आप के लिए खुशखबरी है ,

आप के letter ने "Printing mistake" पकड़ी है ,



मैंने कहा boss अब देर न लगाएं ,

और मुझे मेरा actual amount बताएं ,



sorry sir ये mistake just by एक्सीडेंट है , बीस rupaye नहीं , दो rupaye आप का increment है ,



मैं क्या करूं आप को ये बताते हुए मेरा dil रो रहा है ,

पर क्या करें dollar का भाव भी तो कम हो रहा है ,



मैं बस वहाँ खडा था ,कुछ समझ नहीं आ रहा था ,

मुझसे ज्यादा increment तो security वाला पा रहा था ,



मैंने खुद को संभाला , खुद को उठाया , मैं लौटा और सीधे PM के पास आया ,



मैं सीधा उसके केबिन गया और दरवाज़ा खोला , इस से पहले की वो बोले , मैं ही उस से बोला ,



sir ये पैसे वापिस ले लीजिये , बात करना फीजूल है, मैं गरीब हूँ,पर भीख नहीं लेता ये मेरा उसूल है|.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

IPL, future matches & most likely results

In my point of view, IPL is all about predefined fortune of players, teams and matches. I can foresee the results in forthcoming following IPL matches,
27th May - Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings,
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Result - Deccan Charges will win this match.

28th May - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result - Mumbai Indians will win this match.

More to come soon,

Indian Clothing Culture


Everyone is shaped by their own culture whether they know it or not. Our very thoughts and actions are dependent on our culture. These thoughts and actions are so ingrained that we don't even think about them until we are confronted with another culture and another way of doing things.



Upon first confronting a new culture a businessperson's first reaction is to think, "my way is best." A businessman or woman may experience a 'culture clash'. This can be avoided with some study that may lead to a realization that he/she was wrong and that others have a better way of doing things. Finally the businessperson may experience a new awakening to the problems in his/her culture.



Saari
For a single length of material, the sari must be the most versatile garment in existence. It is only one of the many traditional garments worn by women, yet it has somehow become the national dress of Indian women. A sari is a rectangular piece of cloth which is five to six yards in length. The style, color and texture of this cloth varies and it might be made from cotton, silk or one of the several man-made materials. The sari has an ageless charm since it is not cut or tailored for a particular size. This garment can fit any size and if worn properly can accentuate or conceal. This supremely graceful attire can also be worn in several ways and its manner of wearing as well as its color and texture are indicative of the status, age, occupation, region and religion of a woman.


salwar-kameez


Another popular attire of women in India is the salwar-kameez. This dress evolved as a comfortable and respectable garment for women in Kashmir and Punjab, but is now immensely popular in all regions of India. Salwars are pyjama-like trousers drawn tightly in at the waist and the ankles. Over the salwars, women wear a long and loose tunic known as a kameez. One might occasionally come across women wearing a churidar instead of a salwar. A churidar is similar to the salwar but is tighter fitting at the hips, thighs and ankles. Over this, one might wear a collarless or mandarin-collar tunic called a kurta.


Kurta-Pyjama


The traditional lungi originated in the south and today it is worn by men and women alike. It is simply a short length of material worn around the thighs rather like a sarong. A dhoti is a longer lungi but with an additional length of material pulled up between the legs. Pyjama-like trousers worn by the villagers are known as the lenga.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

General Health Care

Anand Kumar Singh


Monday, May 19, 2008

Wicked Grin - Must Read

The Perfect Kill


It was late in the evening when I entered Howrah Station .It was teeming with office workers returning home after a typically tiring day at work. I didn't look forward to the prospect of returning home to my husband. The love between us had died years ago. Our marriage had been transformed into a dead corpse buried deep beneath a pile of painful memories. The bits and pieces of pleasure I derived from my daily existence were my only source of sustenance. My husband had accused me of being mentally deranged. But only I know better. He should have thought of a better reason than that to get rid of me.



I hauled my self into a train standing nearby. Finding a seat lying vacant I gleefully slid into it. After having exhausted myself at work securing a place to ease my legs was a welcome relief. The scene inside the train was disquieting. The train being the last one on that particular route, it wasn't long before the compartment was bursting to the full with people. They jostled and fought with each other in a desperate attempt to keep from falling off.



June is the hottest month in Kolkata; it's when the when the summers are at the peak of their torment. The sweltering heat conspired with the intolerable humidity to beat the lives out of the commuters. The stench from the garbage rotting on the rail tracks combined with the nauseating smell of human sweat to pervade the whole atmosphere. I felt like vomiting. I subconsciously swallowed the spittle that formed in my throat. In despair, I stared up at the ceiling for comfort. A solitary fan hung up there in a state of eternal rest, hideously shrouded in spider webs. I closed my eyes in a bid to rest my mind. Slowly I allowed myself to fall into a labored slumber.



When I awoke the train had traveled far into the countryside. The seat next to mine was occupied by a pretty nymphet. She had a concerned look on her face. The object of her anxiety was seated right opposite to us. He was the most loathsome, horrid specimen of mankind I had ever seen. He evidently appeared to be a village goon of some reputation. His bloodshot eyes were planted firmly on the girl. She squirmed uncomfortably in her seat under his leering looks. The redness of his eyes was indicative of the fact that he had soaked himself in liquor far exceeding socially acceptable limits.



The girl's nervousness was infectious. I looked around the compartment. It was completely vacant except for the three of us. I began to grow uneasy. The girl pressed my hand and held up a piece of newspaper for my inspection. She pointed towards a front-page news report. It was on a sensational serial killer who had been haunting Kolkatans for the past couple of weeks. Six young girls had been murdered in different parts of the city. They were discovered with their throats brutally slit open. The killings had been executed with such meticulous efficiency that the murder scenes were totally devoid of any clues. The police were baffled. The report went on to draw parallels with the legendary 'Stoneman' who had terrorized Calcutta in early the 90's and whose identity was yet to be ascertained. The report was undeniably scary and chilling to the bone.



The girl had visibly paled. She motioned with her eyes indicating to me that she considered the man sitting opposite to be a prime suspect. The girl was badly scared and I must admit I was pretty worried myself. Suddenly the train slowed as it approached an oncoming station. I was contemplating the feasibility of getting off the train, well before my intended destination, when the man himself stood up. To my utter surprise and immense joy he hopped off the train as it came to a screeching halt. The girl looked at me and both of us let out a huge sigh of relief. The tension having been released, she began to giggle. I caught up with her silly laughter and soon both of us were laughing away in abandon.



With a rude jerk the train started moving. Soon it was speeding across vast open countryside at a furious pace. Her jangled nerves having been calmed, the girl had begun to doze in her seat. As I looked at her I wondered just how naïve and unsuspecting young girls can be. I slipped my hand inside my handbag and firmly gripped the kitchen knife I always carried. I felt a strange numbness in my fingers but it had to be done. Besides she had an exceedingly beautiful neck. Such a pity!


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