Friday, September 26, 2014

Aur tumhare paas kya hai?

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It is not just a popular put-down in India......one close family member was hit with a variation of this (by a member of the academic tenure-track progress committee in the USA as part of a seemingly casual conversation).....so, what has been your contribution so far?....what do you do all day??.....within a few months he was asked to leave.....thankfully he was fore-warned (and fore-armed with a tenured position, no less)......
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China: Aaj mere paas yuan hai, bangla hai, range-rover hai, naukar hai, trillion dollar account hai....aur tumhare paas kya hai? (China: Today I have everything....what do you have?) 

India: Mere paas Mars hai!! (India: I have my Mars!!) 
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Yes, victories are never permanent (nor that meaningful in the grand scheme of things) but it is important to remember how exactly China lost out to dirty, poor, big talking but good for nothing India......the mighty Yinghuo-1 was piggy-backing on a Russian rocket which mis-fired (and the Japanese ship ran out of fuel!!!)...

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Link (1): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deewaar

Link (2):  bbc.com/news/world-asia-india
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regards