Wednesday, August 09, 2006


The fish-loving Bengalis will be deprived of their favourite Hilsa this year owing to a paltry catch even in the peak of the Hilsa season. “Though an unpalatable truth, the supply of Hilsa to the city markets is low this year. We blame unfavourable climatic conditions for the low catch,” Mr Kiranmoy Nanda, state fisheries minister, said. He said that owing to frequent depressions and cyclonic conditions in the Bay of Bengal, the fishermen, who venture deep into the sea for fishing, had no option but to stay anchored. Also, he said, this time the onset on monsoon was not accompanied by any easterly breeze ~ which is responsible for the diverting the shoals of Hilsa to move from sea to the river for the purpose of breeding.This year, supply of Hilsa from Bangladesh has also been as low as 574 metric ton till July as compared with the 3,375 metric ton supplied during the same period last year. He said that even Bangladeshi fishermen had had a bad season this time around.

Bugger! Anyways...I haven't had a decent meal of 'ilish' maach in more than two years...atleast this year I won't be alone in my misery...

Allen Heckard filed a lawsuit in Hillsboro, Ore., in June against Michael Jordan and Nike founder Phil Knight for $416 million each, charging that they are responsible for his "pain and suffering," and his "defamation," in that nearly every day for 15 years, people have mistaken him for Jordan. Heckard admits to being a pretty good basketball player (though 6 inches shorter than Jordan) and to wearing Air Jordans, and in fact curiously told KGW-TV that, all in all, being recognized as Jordan was a "positive" thing. He said he arrived at the "416" figure from multiplying his age by seven (though he appears to be in his 30s, not 59). (Needless to say, Heckard filed the lawsuit without benefit of a lawyer.)

Umm...what do I say, they've been weirder lawsuits!

Stressed-out Chinese can now unleash pent-up anger at a bar that lets customers attack staff, smash glasses and generally make a ruckus, a Chinese newspaper reported Monday. The Rising Sun Anger Release Bar in Nanjing, capital of the eastern province of Jiangsu, employs 20 muscled young men as "models" for customers to punch and scream at. "Customers can specify how they want the models to appear -- they can even appear as women -- and then they are free to give them a sound beating," the China Daily said. The bar charges from 50 yuan ($6.25) to 300 yuan for the pleasure. If violence does not work, counselors - students from local universities - are at hand to dispense advice, the newspaper quoted the owner of the bar, Wu Gong, as saying.

Can we do something similar at work??



stuti said...

Hilsa - now, i sure would be the MOST APPROPRIATE person to comment on That one!!!! :-)

Lawsuit - couldn't figure head or tail of it, but ya, have heard about weird cases before.....

Restaurant issue - would Love to be able to exercise that at work, provided i'm Never at the receiving end of it!!

sougata banerjee said...

Three weird stories, one totally related to me (darn I am missing the "ilish maachh" again this year), one kind-of related to me and pretty weird (washington is next door to oregon and I do visit oregon quite often for work - never had a liking for basket-ball or Mr. Jordan though) and one totally unrelated (the idea of beating models in the bar if implemented in rural & semi-urban India will definitely save a lot of housewives in our motherland).

Kudos to you for piecing these great stories together.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

stuti - ya u would be, considering ull be learning how to make this old and vital bengali delicay soon!

Sougatada - ya sir, ive tried the ilish maach here in a so called bong restaurant but it was hardly up to scratch. and totally agree on the housewives..hahaha! btw, no action on the orkut?

stuti said...

Let's alter your comment to.."you're HOPING" i will!!!! ;-))

Mann Sahib said...

I just noticed that ur blog is going to be turning a year old in another 24 hours!!!!

Congrats bro, you got a lovely thing going here.

P.S.: We are organinsing a small get together in GHall on Friday nite cos our dear Gen Moy is leaving for the US. Please do come over. Shall be sending u a seperate invite but neways, this is just in advance.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

mann sahib - thanks so much sir for the good wishes...aate rahiye!