Archive for May, 2008

These Words are Helpful Friends …

Posted on May 20, 2008. Filed under: Vocabulary/Words |

Abstemious –   sparing in the use of food and drink … ascetic, spartan, sparing .. simple .. parsimonius Altruist  –        opposite of egoist … regard for needs or interests of others       Ambivert –     in between an extrovert and introvert …Antipathy –    dislike              acrimony …..        anomoly …….  analogy …  Atheist ……   agnostic

Banal …………. benefactor………….  benediction …….. benevolence ………..  bete noire         

carte blanche ……… chicanery …………    chimirecal ……… circumspectly ………..   clairvoyant ………..    complacent ………….compunction ………….  concomitantly ………….   crass – crude, boorish  

Deport – carry oneself  …..      desultory ……….        didactically …………   diffident …………..  dilettante ……….  dogmatic         

effete …….    effervescent ………elite ………….   emulate …………………………….  enervate    ………………       ennui  ………..             epigram ………….         equanimity  …………..     ennervate  …  eulogy  ……………     euphimism. ……………      expiate……………

 Facet ………… fetish …………..forte …………….. faux pas (dropping a brick) …………

Gregarious ……………….  gullible …………….Hypochondria ………………

Iconoclastic …….. imbroglio …………….  impasse ………. impede …………  importune …………impute ………. importune ……………  inane …………. inadvertantly ………………inane ……. . intermittent ……….. irasibly

Jingoist ……….. Kleptomaniac……………. Loquacious …..

Macabre ……… machiavellian ………….  magnum opus ……..  malediction ………. martinet … maudlin ………… moribund ….. mulct ……

Non sequitar ……… numismatist (coin collector) ….. … obsequious ……….. ostrasize  ……… Oedipus complex (mama’s boy)   …………. 

Panacea .. pander ……. parania (persecution delusions) …….. parvenu (lower in social scale) .. pedant ………. penury ……. perfunctory …… peremptory ………. patrician and plebian  profligate ……… 

uo Vadis (who goes there?) ………  quixotic …… vegetate vs rusticate (waste life vs energize in the countryside) …

Savior faire (perfect poise) …….. saturnine (grave gloomy heavy seddom smiling) …….. sardonic (bitter sneering scornful)  ……….. soporific speaker (whose speech puts one to sleep) ……… specious (hard to accept reasoning) .. …… suave (smooth) …. stoic (indifferent to pain and pleasure)  ………… sub rosa (hidden)……….. supercilious …….. sycophant …. surreptious ……

Taciturn ………… truculent …….. tyro ………… ubiquitous (everywhere) …….. unctuous (smug smooth pretence of concern)  ………… vapid (lifeless) ……………… vicarious (enjoy w/o doing actually) ….. virago (nag and scold woman) …………. virtuoso ……..

 

Advertisements
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )

Stuff from Soldiers …

Posted on May 20, 2008. Filed under: Books, From a Services Career, Personalities |

Erwin Rommel opines that every problem has a number of solutions.  He says one should select that which appears the best from the most varied aspects. One must then follow it through resolutely. And accept the consequences.

Of the three British Generals he faced in Africa, he writes that Wavell was the only one who showed a touch of genius. Auchinleck always exhibited steady pragmatic deliberateness whenever he took over personal command. He always acted rather than reacted. When Montgomery came, Rommel says that mobile operations ceased to exist.

George S Patton opines that one look is worth a hundred reports. Time spent in recce is never wasted. And be it war or peace, you cannot change the given situation.

Bill Slim says nothing is ever so good – or so bad – as first reports make it. He says that there are three things which said in the right order can get one off a murder rap. Did you do it/ “Yes Sir”! Will you do it again? ‘No Sir! And, Why did you do it? Sorry Sir.

Here is an instance of his leadership. ‘Once the situation was bad, we were out of radio contact with one division and the other had been over run. As I looked over the worried faces of the officers, I realized that it was up to me to get their spirits up. So, putting on a cheerful face, I quipped, “Well, gentlemen – it could be worse”.

And when one idiot queried, “How?”. I could have cheerfully murdered him but managed a grin and uttered, “Well, it could rain”. And by golly a couple hours later it did rain and as I crawled in the mud under the tank, I wished to God that I had murdered the bum.

Here is the response by his Engineer guy when he shows him the Burmese forest and the Chindwin river and asks him to get a river transportation system going. The guy says, “The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a bit longer. For miracles we need time”. Slim asks, “How much?”, and when the answer is a month, Slim says he has two months.

From his memoirs – “I managed to get a photo of the opposing General and placed it on my table. When ever things got difficult, I would look at it and console myself that regardless of who was the better General, even I was at least the better looking”..

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Triple ‘V’ Veirra – Colonel, Indian Army

Posted on May 15, 2008. Filed under: From a Services Career |

Back in 1961, I badly needed a lift out of the Kashmir Valley. I was a one ‘pipper’ – person from the lowest strata of human species, who is only seen, never heard (the rank no longer exists in these times of upgradations). I had heard that the Commander of RASO – which controlled air transportation – was a Colonel Veirra from my Regiment. 

Warily I made my way to the tent that served as his office and cautiously peeped inside. A thundering voice boomed, “I see a red lanyard – come on in”. He rose, pumped my hand, ordered coffee, cake and with much bonhomie talked of the Regiment. Suddenly he says, “Son, I am sorry ……… (this flattened me as the guy despite all the kindness was evidently not going to accomodate me – but he goes on) ……….. I will not be there to see you onto the aircraft tomorrow morniing …… but my Deputy will be there to do that. I wish you a happy flight”.  

Well, those were the days and Colonel Veirra certainly had class ….. Later I heard much about him. He had been a most colorful Commanding Officer who had commanded a great battali0n. There were numerous stories about him. My favourite is about his penchant for the days training from which only the cooks were exempt. One day he goes around the cook houses checking and he spots an extra individual who, seeing he has been seen runs for dear life. The CO, no mean athelete, gives chase. With no place to go, the guy hides in a water barrel. Colonel V spends a half hour searching and finally concedes defeat. He then shakes the guys hand for having outsmarted him and presents him a bottle of rum.                   

Such were the COs of yesteryear.

Incidentally, about this battalion. In an old Visitors Book, sometime around 1940, there are these two entries – General Claude Auchinleck and Brigadier William J Slim. …………………….. And this is what Field Marshal William Slim wrote in a letter to an ex CO;   “In my forty years or so in the Indian Army, I suppose I have had units of most regiments serve with me some time or other. But never have I had a better one than yours and Snap Taylors Third Garhwalis – and that coming from a dyed in the wool Gurkha is somethilng. But it’s true – they were splendid”. 

This great General certainly knew how to dish out compliments. I once visited a Gurkha battalion and saw an autographed copy of Slim’s “Defeat into Victory’. The note above his signatures read, “To those who made the title of this book possible'”.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Savena K Gill, aged 6 yrs, has a dream …

Posted on May 7, 2008. Filed under: Personal Stuff |

” I have a dream

……………………………….. that  no pepl

wont go without   food”.

Savena (Class – Kindergarten)

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...