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For Elderly Military Veterans : Department of Geriatrics in Military Hospitals

January 21, 2020

Sharing a useful post from a Veterans Forum

FROM FACEBOOK – AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION – INDIA

Department of Geriatrics: Fall Risk Assessment

The Military Hospitals in the country will soon have dedicated departments for the elders where all health issues of our senior Veterans would be specifically attended to.

The First such department has been recently established at the Army Hospital Khadki in Pune. This department is co-located in the ECHS building and the senior beneficiaries would be able to easily avail of the service at this Department of Geriatrics.

The Service Doctors have realized that if the elders are counseled in-time and are motivated to change their lifestyle, a lot of their health issues can be prevented. The emphasis, therefore, will be in helping the seniors to avoid falling sick, using far too many medicines, and their trying out a combination of different medicinal system regimes which can prove harmful and result in hospital admissions and ICU care. Such admissions not only result in unnecessary trauma to the seniors but also lead to the outgo of scarce funds to the outside hospitals.

One major issue that the seniors suffer from is in falling and sustaining traumatic injuries. The Department of Geriatrics has recently acquired a highly sophisticated digital device that defines the fall risk of a senior citizen. The device, smaller than a telephone charger, is carried in a pouch tied to both the legs. A walk of about ten steps and back can show instantaneous results and define the Fall Risk as Medium or High. The attending physician then advises the Family to take the required precautions for the safety of the elder.

This preventive diagnosis is revolutionary in the medical world and the Services are the first organization to have acquired it for the treatment of our senior veterans. This will not only save the elders from hurting themselves through a fall but will also obviate the trauma to them which invariably follows a fall and broken bones. Hospital admission is never devoid of secondary infections and these steps will reduce emergencies and resultant admissions to empaneled hospitals.

The AFA wishes all the success to the newly established Department of Geriatrics at Army Hospital, Khadki, Pune. We hope that elders in large numbers are able to have their Fall Risk assessed so that they can avoid hurting themselves and are able to lead a healthier life.

The Lady with an Identity

January 21, 2020

THE LADY WITH AN IDENTITY

Story from My Navy Days

Memoir By Vikram Karve

This happened in the 1970’s – around 43 years ago – when I reported to a frontline warship – a Frigate – my first ship – as a young Sub-Lieutenant.

I reported to the warship in Mumbai – and – in the evening – there was a party in the ship’s wardroom.

(Wardroom is a Navy Officers Mess)

Ladies had also been invited to the party – so – all the “lady wives” of the married officers were present for the party.

Navy Social Etiquette requires that a “Gentleman (Officer) is always introduced to a Lady…”

So – the PMC took me to the ladies – and – he introduced me to the ladies.

In response – the ladies started introducing themselves to me.

“Hello – I am Mrs. “AAA” – the Captain’s wife…”

“Hello – I am Mrs. “BBB” – the Commander’s wife…”

“Hello – I am Mrs. “CCC” – the Engineer-Officer’s wife…”

And – all the ladies introduced themselves accordingly – stating their husband’s name and rank/appointment.

Suddenly – one young lady introduced herself differently:

“Hi – I am Dr. “XXX” – I am a Lecturer at “YYY” College – I teach English Literature…”

I was impressed.

She did not mention her husband’s rank or appointment –  she just stated who she was.

Here was a lady who had an identity of her own – she did not need the “crutches” of her husband’s military rank/appointment.

PS: 

This story happened around 43 years ago in the 1970’s.

Those days “military wives” derived their identity from their husband’s military rank. 

So – it was unique to see a “military wife” asserting her own identity.

Nowadays – with the proliferation of “career wives” in the defence services – most “military wives” have their own independent identity – and many wives prefer to retain their maiden names rather than suffix their husband’s surname. 

VIKRAM KARVE

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This story was written by me in April 2017 and Posted Online earlier by me Vikram Karve in  my Blog under the title INTRODUCTIONS TO LADIES at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/04/introductions-to-ladies.html

Also posted by me in my wiriting blog at url: https://karve.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/lady-with-an-identity/

Pune – Down Memory Lane – Movie Town Pune

January 21, 2020

The advent and proliferation of Multiplex Cinemas totally changed the Movie Watching Experience. 

A few days ago – on one of my rare visits to a Multiplex Cinema in a Mall to see a Movie – while I sat in the Food Court – I remembered my nostalgic days of the 1960s/1970s (50/60 years ago) when Pune was a Movie Town – and the memoir I had written around 10 years ago on my film watching experiences as a young boy in Pune

Dear Reader: Here is the memoir…

MOVIE TOWN PUNE

I love to watch old English Films.

Nowadays – I cannot easily do so.

Multiplexes do not show old movies.

And – TCM – the only TV channel in India that showed English old classic movies has disappeared a few years ago from Indian DTH channels. I am told that even Netflix etc don’t have old classic movies.

All this reminds me of the good old days – when cinema halls in Pune had an afternoon show (called “Matinee” in Pune) in which old classic English Films were exhibited.

Here is a trip down memory lane – a piece from the series of articles “A Punekar Walks Down Memory Lane” I wrote for a magazine a few years ago…

PUNE – A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE 

MOVIE TOWN PUNE

Musings By VIKRAM KARVE

In the 1960s and 1970s – Pune was a lovely place to live in.

Pune is known as “The Queen of the Deccan” and was truly a beautiful city with a salubrious climate and a laid-back relaxed lifestyle and that is why it was considered a “Pensioners’ Paradise”.

Pune was the birthplace of the Indian Film Industry at Prabhat Studio (where The Film and Television Institute or FTII are located now), and it is probably due to Pune’s Cinematic Heritage that The National Film Archives of India or NFAI is located here) and maybe that is why Pune had a large number of cinema theatres to cater to the finer appetites of Punekars who loved theatre and cinema and the fine arts.

They say, that at one time, in India, only Mumbai had more cinema theatres than Pune. Cinema Theatres added the word “Talkies” after their names and most of these “single-screen” movie halls (as they are derisively called now) have disappeared, or are in quite a dilapidated condition, struggling to make ends meet, and some are on the verge of shutting down.

Now, with the proliferation of multiplexes, Pune is like any other faceless metropolis, and, probably, most of today’s young and restless avid moviegoers, who throng the multiplexes for a movie and a good time, hardly know anything about the cinematic heritage of Pune.

By the way, I too love the multiplex experience but I also cherish nostalgic memories of those “good old days” so let me walk you down memory lane and tell you about it.

The first film I probably saw was The Guns of Navarone (1961) and I think I saw it at ALAKA Cinema Theatre which exhibited English Movies. I still remember the long queues at Alaka for this super-hit movie.

WEST END in Pune Camp, famous for its Soda Fountain and reclining chairs in the balcony, also exclusively showed English Movies, and so did the nearby NEW EMPIRE and HINDVIJAY at Deccan Gymkhana.

In Alaka, West End, New Empire and Hindvijay we saw a lot of those ageless action-packed Westerns like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Mackenna’s Gold (1969) and numerous John Wayne movies, of which Hatari (1962) is my all time favourite and, of course, classics like MY FAIR LADY (1964) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965).

Later, ALAKA would screen the inimitable Dada Kondke Marathi blockbusters which celebrated golden jubilees and HINDVIJAY would have a 70 MM screen showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

But, I remember seeing Pakeezah (1972) at HINDVIJAY too.

Opposite the Bus Depot, next to Poona Coffee House, where KFC is now, was DECCAN Cinema where I saw many films, including Jewel Thief (1967) wearing a “Jewel Thief Cap” which was a rage then.

Another film I clearly remember seeing was Dosti (1964) at MINERVA near Mandai.

I was in the 4th standard, and there was a special show for our school, then I saw it again with my grandmother.

Dosti ran for 25 weeks in Pune (maybe a Golden jubilee of 50 weeks in Mumbai) and the silver jubilee was celebrated with a band playing the film’s popular songs outside Minerva Theatre.

Near Minerva Theatre was ARYAN.

Aryan was the oldest cinema in Pune (maybe in India too) and I remember seeing morning shows of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy comedies, though Aryan exhibited Marathi films in its regular shows.

Also near Mandai towards Budhwar Peth was GLOBE (later renovated, air-conditioned and renamed SHREENATH) and further down was VIJAYANAND which showed English movies at the 1 o’clock afternoon matinee show and Marathi films in regular shows.

Most of the cinemas were located either on (or slightly off) Laxmi Road.

If you walked down from Alaka Chowk towards camp, you first had VIJAY on your left, then BHANUVILAS in the next lane to your left, some more distance ahead if you turned towards Appa Balwant Chowk side you had PRABHAT, PARAMOUNT (RATAN) and VASANT.

I remember seeing many great Marathi films like Paathlag,  Jaga Chya Pathivar  and  Amhi Jato Amucha Gavi  in the 1960s with my grandparents in these cinemas.

Though PRABHAT Talkies used to screen Marathi films, I remember seeing Aradhana (1969), since I had to run all the way to our place on Tilak Road to get my granny’s specs which she had forgotten

Yes – as a young boy I was physically fit.

And, by the way, we cycled all over Pune, including for movies, and all the cinema theatres had robust cycle stands where we would park our cycles safely.

Ahead, opposite City Post Office, there was SRIKRISHNA, and behind at the end of the lane called Dane Ali opposite GLOBE, was  VIJAYANAND, which was “out of bounds” as it was in the red light area or bakaal vasti, as my grandmother put it.

On the other side of Laxmi Road, quite far away, on the way to the railway station, towards KEM Hospital in Rasta Peth, there was APOLLO (the first air-conditioned cinema in Pune) which had no balcony.

And as you walked on Laxmi Road towards Quarter Gate, to the right was ALPANA Talkies.

In Pune Camp there were CAPITOL (now called VICTORY), NISHAT and LIBERTY.

There was JAIHIND at Khadki (then called Kirkee) and across the Bund Garden bridge towards Yerawada, famous for its Jail, was GUNJAN, but then we never ventured that far, as hardly anyone lived across the river on Nagar Road, and with the prison and mental hospital at Yerawada, across the river was considered a dangerous place.

Then came the advent of 70 MM and we had ALANKAR (near Pune Railway Station), RAHUL (in Shivajinagar), NATRAJ (in place of HINDVIJAY), SONMARG (Timber Market), APSARA (Gultekdi) , MANGALA (opposite PMC), NILAYAM (behind Peshwe Park) and LAXMINARAYAN (near Swargate).

I remember seeing PATTON (1970) with my grandfather in glorious 70 MM at Rahul – where I now go to eat seafood at the restaurant rather than see a movie – though the cinema theatre is still going strong.

Now the multiplexes culture has taken over and you forget a movie the moment you finish seeing it.

In fact, “multiplex movies” are designed to make their money over the weekend – it seems that the sole aim is to make money and not to produce memorable films which create a lasting impression in the viewers’ minds.

But let me tell you, I too love the multiplex experience – the atmosphere, the food, the everything.

One has to change with times.

I don’t like to live in the past and brood over “the good old days” – but there is no harm in harking back to the past once in a while to evoke delightful memories of the “good old days”.

That is why I have written this.

I enjoyed writing this – I hope you enjoyed reading it too.

Do let me know and I will tell some more about my “good old days” in Pune.

VIKRAM KARVE

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This a revised and abridged version of my story MOVIE TOWN PUNE written by me around 10 years ago in the year 2010 and earlier posted online by me on my blogs a number of times including at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2011/08/movie-town-pune-punekar-walks-down.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2013/12/pune-trip-down-memory-lane-part-3-movie.html  and  https://www.quora.com/profile/Vikram-Karve/Writing-by-VIKRAM-KARVE/PUNE-of-Yesteryear?srid=5Hkq&share=1 and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2012/06/pune-nostalgic-memories-movie-town-pune.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/10/movie-town-pune-trip-down-memory-lane.html and https://karve.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/ etc

Do you want a “makeover”…?

January 21, 2020

Are you heading to a beauty parlour/salon for a “makeover”…?

Read this story…

STORY OF THE EXOTIC GOAT

(A Fable By Vikram Karve)

Once there lived a Goat.

Yes – this story is about a“Goat”.

He was an ordinary looking Goat – who lived wild and free in the mountains.

One day while grazing in the forest – the goat saw a Giraffe– and – the goat said to himself:

“I wish my neck was as long as the giraffe…”

Lo and Behold…!!!

The goat’s neck suddenly became as long as the giraffe’s.

Delighted that his wish had come true – and – that he could now see far and wide – the goat saw an Eagle flying high in the sky.

“I wish I had wings like that eagle…” wished the goat.

And instantaneously – wings appeared on the goat’s body.

Thrilled – the goat flapped its newly acquired wings – when – the goat suddenly he spotted a Tortoise.

The goat admired the beautiful hard shell of the tortoise – the goat said to himself:

“I wish I had a strong hard invincible body like the shell of the tortoise…”

Instantly – his wish was granted – the goat’s back turned into the shell of a tortoise.

The goat felt ecstatic and impregnable – till he suddenly saw a sleek Cheetah speeding across the horizon running at high speed.

“I wish I had legs like the Cheetah…” the goat wished.

And – miracle of miracles – the goat’s legs immediately became like the Cheetah.

Now the goat was truly overjoyed – and – he was on cloud nine – till he saw the enchanting sight of a beautiful Peacock.

The Peacock – with his majestic feathers – was dancing magnificently.

“I wish I had gorgeous feathers like the Peacock…” the goat wished.

And – in a jiffy – the goat’s wish was granted – and –the goat now had dazzling copious plume of colourful feathers like the Peacock.

Adorned with the Neck of a Giraffe – Wings of an Eagle – Shell of a Tortoise – Legs of a Cheetah – and – Feathers of a Peacock – the Goat felt jubilant, supreme, regal and magnificent.

The goat felt on top of the world – and – the goat strutted around grandiosely in majestic pride.

A Hunter was passing by – and he suddenly saw this unique stunning creature.

The Hunter looked at the marvelous creature.

He could not believe his eyes.

The Hunter stared in fascination and gawked enthralled at the sight before him.

Was this an animal – or – was this a bird – or – was this a reptile…?

What a fantastic creature…!!!

The Hunter was totally mesmerized at this bizarre, exotic and fascinating creature – which he had never seen before.

After looking spellbound at the fantastic “Goat” for some time – the Hunter recovered his wits – and – he decided to capture this exotic priceless gem.

So the Hunter cast his net – and – the Hunter caught the exotic “Goat”.

Then – the Hunter sold the exotic “Goat” – an amazing “never-seen-before” unique “one-of-its-kind” exclusive creature – at an astronomical price – to the Zoo.

Large crowds gathered at the Zoo – and – everyone gaped in awe at this astonishingly exotic creature – fascinated by the awesome sight.

The exotic “Goat” spent the rest of his life in captivity locked up in a cage – weeping and crying.

The exotic “Goat” was filled with agony when he saw some ordinary looking goats wandering freely and eating grass outside the cage.

He looked wistfully at the ordinary goats – his erstwhile fellow brethren.

These ordinary looking goats were wandering about freely and unnoticed in the zoo gardens – while the exotic beautiful goat was locked up in a cage.

The exotic “Goat” wished he too were free to roam around like the ordinary goats.

The exotic “Goat” wondered why the ordinary goats did not recognize him.

Depressed at having lost his freedom – the exotic “Goat” spent the rest of his life in captivity filled with sadness and remorse.

Yes – the carefree goat – thanks to his desire to be someone else – he had become so “exotic” – that he lost his precious freedom – and – the goat had to live the rest of his life in captivity.

MORAL OF THE STORY

To sum up – the moral of the story is:

Be Yourself.

Yes – Be Your Natural Self.

Be Comfortable with Yourself.

Be Happy as you are.

Do not try to be someone else.

Dear Reader:

Do you agree…?

Do comment and let us know your views.

PS: Do remember this story whenever you think of having a “makeover”

VIKRAM KARVE

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The Story of the Exotic Goat First Posted by me Vikram Karvein my blog at 12/20/2010 08:38:00 PM at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/12/exotic-goat.html and posted by me online a number of times on my various blogs including recently in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Blog at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/02/beware-of-image-management.html

Law of Triviality

January 21, 2020

I just saw a discussion on Social Media regarding a newly designed uniform.

This reminded me of a story I had written a few years ago on the “Law of Triviality”.

It is amusing to see that the Law of Triviality is still going strong – at least in the Defence Services.

Dear Reader – Read on – about the Law of Triviality

“COSMETIC” CHANGES

Around 5 years ago – sometime in January 2015 to be precise – I was invited to deliver a “guest lecture” at IAT Pune – a prestigious inter-service training institution – now renamed DIAT/MILIT.

I was delighted to meet a Commodore – who I had served with earlier in the Navy.

In fact – this Commodore had been a student of mine at this very same institution around 35 years ago – in the mid 1980’s – when I was his instructor for a Post-Graduate Course he was undergoing.

He was wearing blue combat uniform (No. 10) – instead of the customary Navy whites (Uniform No. 8/8A) – which we normally wore at this institution.

This was quite strange – since – IAT Pune was an Academic Training Institution – which was far removed from combat.

Probably – the only “Combat” happening in IAT – were the internecine “Turf Wars” between the 3 Wings of the Defence Services – and the “Ego Battles” between Senior Officers.

What was even more startling – was the jarring “Golden Star” on the Commodore’s Collar.

I had never seen commissioned Naval Officers wear insignia on their collars – so I was surprised to see the gaudy collar tabs (or “collar dogs”) the Commodore was wearing on his shirt collar.

(Earlier – till the late 1970’s – Master Chief Petty Officers (MCPOs) wore collar insignia – which were subsequently changed to shoulder tabs)

I was – therefore – quite surprised to see a most flashy oversized golden collar tab which looked most garish and totally incongruous on Navy Uniform.

In fact – this ostentatious golden collar star looked most ridiculous and gaudy on blue combat uniform.

When I asked the Commodore about this new piece of jazzy collar accoutrement – he said that golden collar stars for Commodores and Admirals had been recently introduced on the 1st of January 2015 (01 Jan 2015).

I was happy to note that the “LAW OF TRIVIALITY” was still very much in action in the Defence Services.

Instead of tackling the Urgent and Important Complex Operational Problems, Equipment Obsolescence and Human Resource Issues faced by the Navy – the Navy “Top Brass” were busy focusing on “Fashion Design”.

The Top Brass seemed to be obsessed with cosmetic issues like re-designing uniforms rather than more important military matters.

They were devoting their energies to Trivial Issues – like Embellishing, Decorating and adding “Colour” to Military Uniforms – with all types of decorative “insignia” “stars” “badges” “tabs” “emblems” – and gaudy colourful accoutrements to show off their ranks – just like “peacocks” show off their plumage.

(If you have been following the news – a few years ago – you must have seen news reports of a similar obsession with “stars” in the Army – with Generals displaying their “stars” at the most imaginative places – and it seems – this “star virus” has affected the Navy too).

Since Independence – if anything has changed the most in the Defence Services – it is Military Uniforms.

Yes – Uniforms of all the 3 Services – Army, Navy and Air Force – these have been changed/modified many times since Independence.

Yes – the “ornamental” and showy uniforms the Armed Forces wear today bear little resemblance to the simple Soldierly Military Uniforms of the 1950’s.

This increasing penchant for frequently changing uniforms and enhancing ornamentation of military regalia – by introducing new badges/accoutrements/adornments etc – all this bears testimony to the fact that – “The Law of Triviality” – is thriving and proliferating in the Armed Forces.

THE LAW OF TRIVIALITY

A Fictional Spoof By Vikram Karve

LAW OF TRIVIALITY

Dear Reader: I am sure you have read a book called PARKINSON’S LAW – and you are familiar with Parkinson’s First Law

“Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”

This law had its genesis in an Analytical Study of the Admiralty (Royal Navy)

Most of us have seen Parkinson’s First Law in operation in the Military and Civilian Bureaucracy.

Parkinson’s First Law comprises Chapter 1 of this book.

As you read on – in Chapter 6 of the book – titled HIGH FINANCE – you will find another interesting law:  THE LAW OF TRIVIALITY

The author describes the goings on in a Finance Committee Meeting.

An Atomic Reactor costing 10 million pounds is cleared immediately without much discussion – because most of the committee members are totally “clueless” about the intricacies and complexities of an Atomic Reactor.

A proposal for a Bicycle Shed costing 350 pounds is hotly debated for more than one hour – and finally – the proposal is “Not Approved” – as most members feel the estimate is too costly.

This is because – everyone can visualize a bicycle shed.

Everybody on the committee has some idea about construction costs of a simple bicycle shed – and the paltry sum of 350 pounds is within everyone’s comprehension.

On the other hand – most of the committee members are totally “clueless” about the intricacies and complexities of an Atomic Reactor – and also – the amount of 10 Million Pounds is beyond their comprehension.

LAW OF TRIVIALITY IN UNIFORM

Haven’t we seen similar things happening in uniform – both at the macro and at the micro levels…?

A sophisticated expensive weapon system – or an extravagant technology project – costing hundreds of crores of rupees – these are sanctioned quickly – without much debate – because – the “powers-that-be” comprising politicians, bureaucrats and “non-technical” generalist senior officers are quite clueless about state-of-the-art technologies.

On the other hand – a comparatively trivial expenditure – like a small monetary allowance to soldiers – or granting of “one rank one pension” (OROP) to ex-servicemen – these are acrimoniously debated and discussed ad nauseum – and in all probability – the “generalists” and “powers-that-be” are reluctant to sanction this comparatively trivial expenditure – because they can clearly understand and comprehend the simple proposals.

Dear Reader – Have you seen some recent examples where some allowances/grants have been reduced – though the financial impact on the exchequer appears miniscule/trivial – as compared to the overall defence budget/expenditure…?

In the first section above – I gave you the example of frequent trivial “cosmetic changes” in military uniforms and ceremonials which are totally unnecessary – since these cosmetic changes in uniforms and ceremonials do not enhance “operational capability” or improve “combat efficiency” in any way.

In the Armed Forces – this “LAW OF TRIVIALITY” can be observed at the “micro level” too.

Take the example of Officers’ Mess General Body Meetings.

The all-important “Financial Balance Sheet” is passed without much discussion.

This is because most military officers are quite clueless about financial matters.

I remember an instance where a junior officer asked some uncomfortable questions about some large expenditures shown in the balance sheet.

He was curtly told to shut up and sit down by the PMC (President Mess Committee).

The PMC admonished the junior officer:

“The Balance Sheet has been audited by a Chartered Accountant (CA).

You are a piddly Lieutenant – and that too – you from from NDA (National Defence Academy).

Do you know more about Accounting and Finance than a bloody CA…?”

The junior officer was forced to shut up.

I have observed the same pattern in many Officers Mess General Body Meetings.

Important issues are disposed off quickly without any discussion – since most senior officers are quite clueless on these subjects.

On the other hand – trivial items of expenditure like increasing daily messing charges – enhancing party shares – purchase of crockery, glassware and flowerpots – which newspapers and magazines to buy for the library – nominal increase in honorarium to mess employees – these are hotly debated issues – since everyone is a “know-it-all” on these matters.

I remember a Mess Meeting where many hours were spent in heated debate on which Flower-Pots to buy for the Officers Mess – but items worth lakhs of rupees were approved without a murmur.

If you have served in the Armed Forces or Civil Services – I am sure you have seen the “LAW OF TRIVIALITY” operating everywhere.

In personal life too – we gullibly buy a house costing crores of rupees – without due diligence.

We impulsively purchase expensive jewellery and electronic items costing lakhs of rupees.

We spend huge amounts of money on ostentatious events like weddings and give lavish parties without a second thought.

But –we haggle with the vegetable vendor for a few rupees.

Dear Reader:

Have you observed the LAW OF TRIVIALITY in action in your organisation and personal life…?

Do tell us about your hilarious experiences.

VIKRAM KARVE

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This article is a revised version of my blog post LAW OF TRIVIALITYPosted by me Vikram Karveat 6/12/2014 12:49:00 PM at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/06/law-of-triviality.htmland revised and reposted at url:http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/03/humor-in-uniform-law-of-triviality.html

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