“STEAMER TRUNK” (PETI):- Reading the drastic evolution in travel and tourism on “CNN” i was reminded of my vintage “STEAMER TRUNK”.This trunk has seen numerous sea-voyages upto 1968 and today i use it as a “BOOK-STORAGE TRUNK”. The Gambling Hindi slang term “PETI” originated from these type of “STEAMER TRUNKS” that was also used to store money safely during long sea voyages before the invention of air travel.During the “Socialist Era” of restricted “Foreign Exchange” and “Heavy Taxation” the seemingly large and humble “STEAMER TRUNK (PETI)” was the ultimate hose bank in most house-holds.I have posted different views of my vintage “PETI” filled with a library of books. “Ha Ha Ha HEE HEE HEE, my “CAGE VALUE” in “KHOKHA’S” is much more than your “PETI’S” says India’s most prolific sports betting predictor, “MITTOO THE POPPAT” !
Saturday(24-11-2013) :- Mr Archis.Patil “GUINNESS BOOK WORLD RECORD HOLDER” :-At the “ADIDAS ORIGINALS COLLISION” concert at “Bandra Amphitheatre” was entertained by amazing break dance competition, Graffiti art, paintings and live bands.As a “Solo-Backpacker” tourist and years of solo travel although i travel alone i never ever feel alone ! Have always picked up conversation with total strangers and in many cases the conversation developed into acquaintances.At the beginning of the “B-Boying “ contest i happened to strike a conversation with two young men standing next to me near the main stage of “Bandra Amphitheater” and hence got acquainted to Mr Archie.Patil and his friend Mr Ansari. Mr Archis.Patil, is a “Guinness Book Of World Records ” record entrant in “FREESTYLE FOOTBALL” skills.In my life i have seen a lot of celebrities but never ever met a “GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER”.
Thursday(21-11-2013):- “MITTOO” alias “MITTOO THE POPPAT” says “TEST YOUR BIRD KNOWLEDGE BY READING THE “GUINNESS WORLD BIRDS BOOK”. :- When will my photo and name be included in the latest :-“GUINNESS WORLD BIRDS” . This is the 1987 edition of “GUINNESS WORLD BIRDS” on which i am being photographed in “MITTOO STUDIO’S” at my owner Rudolph’s house in Mumbai.Have i not predicted a string of “SPORTS RESULTS” ? Am i not the World’s best talking “Alexandrine parakeet” ?Remember, i was the “MODEL” for the topic “SHOULD RETIRED FILM & CIRCUS ANIMALS BE GIVEN PENSION” on “B.B.C RADIO” in 2004.I am still predicting “SPORTS RESULTS” in 2013 and hence not yet in the “PENSION SCHEME” . My Master/Trainer Rudolph represented me at the “B.B.C Studio” in Maker Chamber 6.My biography has the details.Excuse me for whistling my own praises since you have to advertise to be successful in the competitive World of “SPORTS SPECULOATION”.
Strange but bizarrely, i just missed becoming a member of the “Speak Asia” fraternity of “On-line Survey members” by refusing membership for a variety of reasons, much before the scheme had become a “Media Probe”.
I was invited for a “Speak Asia” sales talk at “Pearl Centre Building” in Dadar on Sunday(1-5-2011) by one of my school colleagues, a member advising me to join the same.The introduction lecture and explaination of the “Speak Asia “ scheme was held in a air-conditioned class-room of a “Professional Tutorial coaching school”situated in the building.
The “Sales talk”of the “Speak AsiaEntrepreneur” proved too lucrative, even for a professional gamboler like me, something that is very easy money in the competitive speculative world of Mumbai and Indian economics.Since the joining charges were just Rs 11,000 with a dividend of Rs 4000/month for the simple work of answering ” Company Survey Questionnaire’s” online on the internet at home i agreed to become a member.It was definitely safer than betting on “Race-horses” or “Day-trading” on stocks and at best, a decent source of “Pocket -Money”!
Ironically, the person who was supposed to enroll me behaved a bit suspisciosly, refusing to meet me on the “Appointed Date” at my home, neither having the courtesy to inform me the same by telephone.
Hence i refused to become a member, suspecting some hidden scam in the “Long run” as this scheme had all ingredients of a “Ponzi scam” in the making. At age 51, dabbling in “Stocks” and “Horse-racing”made me sensitive to “WHITE COLLAR CRIME“, a common feature in both these speculative Industry’s.
Agreed, my school friend must have been angry at me for refusing the same , but then, business and friendship are two different ball-games and hence the matter was forgotten.
A week later the telivision news channel “Star News” was repeatedly playing its probe inquiry into“Speak Asia” business network, trying to expose the “Ponzi Scam” to its viewers. As is common in media, once the “Hounds” are after you then the entire press becomes an army.
“Speak Asia” has been exposed as one of the bizzarrest shadow companies operating in India with about19 lakh members and a turnover running into crores of rupees.
The company does not have a “OFFICE” in India and its “REGISTERED OFFICE” in Singapore is situated in a small apartment managed by a few employees.
Their bank account in the “United Overseas Bank of Singapore” in Singapore has been sealed since Friday(27-5-2011)as also their operations in India.
My sympathies to the 19 lakh panelists of “Speak Asia” , including my good school friend if this unbelievable financial business turns out to be one of India’s biggest “PONZI SCAM”.
My Alexandrine parakeet “Mittoo” alias “Mittoo the Poppat” who has genuinely predicted “Sports Betting Results” in his blog “MITTOO THE POPPAT” would have given better dividends to his “Fans” and “Followers” on the site “LEGALIZE CRICKET BETTING” on “Facebook”.This was a “GAME” i devised in order to get the Government to legalize “SPORTS BETTING” in India.How much is the “ILLEGAL GAMBLING INDUSTRY” in India worth ? Mittoo’s “NOTIONAL CAGE VALUE” is now “126.96.36.1991 KHOKHAS(Rs 5,23,98,571)” as on Saturday(16-11-2013).
WHEN WILL CRICKET BETTING BE LEGALIZED IN INDIA ?
As for me,a strange case of premonition and gamblers sixth sense and hope my friend respects the same.
“SPEAK ASIA” the greatest con game on the Indian public.
RADHE(Rajesh)” :-This cat was named after “Rajesh Khanna” but fondly called “RADHE” by all the fisher-women and shop-keepers in Worli fish market in Mumbai.This cat is the “KingKong” among all the stray cats in the Worli fish market which has a gang of resident cats.He is huge in size and towers over the other cats like a basketball player, also a bit obese.This could be the aftereffects of“Castration” as well as medical treatment that this lucky cat underwent, rescued by a local cat enthusiast from an almost fatal disease a few years ago. Mr Atam. Wadhawani, Worli markets cat philanthropist daily feeds all the stray cats in the market with his own money, a princely sum considering that fish is expensive“Radhe” responds by name to all the fisher-women in the market akin to a dog, unbelievably docile and a aristocrat amongst the stray cats.To defecate he goes outside the market onto the road pavement akin to a dog. All other cats defecate in the fish market itself, not Radhe as shown in the Photo.A freak of a cat and the star attraction of the “Worli Fish Market” in Mumbai.These photos are all candid photos that i took on Friday (4-1-2013) in the Worli fish-market.Thought of capturing memories of this unique cat, one of the thousands of stray cats on Mumbai’s streets and markets.Only difference, “RADHE(RAJESH)” is the king amongst the stray cats that i have observed as a cat owner and a regular buyer of fish products in the Worli Fish market of Mumbai.
NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IN “CAT SIZE” IN COMPARISON WITH THE DARK BROWN CAT.
Will the Indian media give the “ILLEGAL CRICKET BETTING” accounts of the ” India V/s West Indies Match” being played at Wankhede Stadium, the final farewell match of legend Sachin.R.Tendulkar ? According to unofficial and unproved sources there is a minimum of Rs 2000 crores being bet on Sachin.Tendulkar alone, all “ILLEGAL MONEY” that might also be utilized in financing “TERRORISM” ! This is a a petition from “Honest Professional Gambolers Inc”! Remember, there are numerous “Professional Speculators” in India who earn a living from ” Horse-racing betting” and “Stock Market speculation” ,doing honest work like the normal “Businessman”, “Blue-collar worker” or “White-collar worker” . In other words, a part of the employed Indian economy. Honest speculators pay ” LEGAL TAXES” to the Govt, highest in the “Horse-racing sport”, the only legalised gambolling sport in India.. When will “CRICKET BETTING” , the most popular sport of India be legalised ? Honest Indian Professional speculators can’t “BET” in the “UNERGROUND CRICKET BETTING” in India of which a turn-over of Crores of rupees is quoted by responsible media extablishments, and wonder the reasons for the govt not legalising cricket betting, a ” Employment generator” as well as “Income generator”. “STOP CORRUPTION” has become a fashionable phrase in India and its time this phrase is put into practice with the “LEGALISATION OF CRICKET BETTING IN INDIA”. WHO IS EARNING REVENUE FROM ILLEGAL CRICKET BETTING? Definitely not the Govt of India or Pakistan! Pakistan is the only Country which has had a few of its cricket players convicted on criminal conspiracies of “MATCH-FIXING” and imprisoned in England.The illegal cricket betting Industry in India had become a talk on the political level with the Pakistan Interior minister Rahman.Malik once even cautioning the cricket players against indulging in illegal “cricket Match-Fixing” in India during a tour of India . Its a lame excuse “Insurance Weapon” ,for if the Pakistan team loses then the Pakistan media might blame the players for “Match-fixing” and if they win, then everything was fine! Why is an esteemed national newspaper like “Times of India” not doing a“STING” on “ILLEGAL MEGABUCKS” in Asian cricket as they have done successfully on other lesser corruption causes in the Country?The Indian government is officially losing billions of rupees in tax revenue due to “ILLEGAL CRICKET BETTING” and hence, earlier “Cricket Betting” is legalised, lesser will be “MATCH-FIXING” accusations.Hope “CRICKET BETTING” in India is legalized . IF NOT, SEEMS ITS BETTER SOME CORRUPT PRACTICES EXIST FOR THE GOOD OF A FEW? Touche! Topi
I was aghast and confused on seeing this photo of Queen cat Matahari appearing under the name“snowycat” downloaded by author “Unionmaminia“, the same being used in “Wikepedia commons” photos , also as a “Model” in Wikepedia Encyclopedia description of “Traditional Persian Cats”.
This particular photograph of “matahari” was taken as a 9 month old kitten in our building garden of“Vaibhav apartments,Mumbai” in February 2008, one of the most beautiful , photogenic photos of an animal that i have taken in my “Amateur photography hobby“.I use the word “AMATEUR” for the simple reason that i have never sold a photograph for monetary benifit, contributing most to the “Wikepedia commons” for updating the “Wikepedia Encyclopedia”, the most popular encyclopedia.
This particular photo of “Kitten Matahari” must have been downloaded from one of my other websites, most probably from my “Yahoo Groups website photos on “Persian Cats “ titled “Matahari, a queens ransom” , the same later plagiarised without any credit to the “Original author”!
Most of my “Wikimedia commons” photos have been used by other authors for various articles, always crediting me with being the “Author” of the particular photograph.
I am basically a traveller/Photographer/ blogger who combines photography with narratives , descriptions or debates.Most of my World-Wide travel photographs are in “Digital form” in “Wikepedia Commons” for usage by other authors , less travelled, and also as “Encyclopediac education” on various topics.Have personally written numerous blogs on controversial taboo topics as well as universal subjects, including nature conservation and pet welfare.
This has been the first instance where someone has “Robbed” my “Intellectual property rights” and has also used it as a “Encyclopedia model” under a different name. Either “Matahari’ has an “Identical Duplicate” whose owner clicked the photograph in the same manner that i did in February 2008, or, its blatant infringement on “Intellectual property rights”.
Every artist, author or owner likes to be appreciated for their contribution to any work and hence blatant“Copying” or “Duplicating” without acknowledgement to the “original author” is a crime on the “Internet”.A minor solace is that “Duplication” of an “Original” is the greatest form of tribute to the “Original author”, but, a mention of the “Original Author” is essential.
I have stated my case and its for the readers and viewers to give their judgement.
.Providence made me attend the Worli Festival-2013 held at Worli sea-face as my “Scuba/Snorkeling 3 day trip” to Sindhudurg Fort in Malvan had been cancelled .Cycled my way along the sea-face at approx 1800 hrs and was surprised at the face-lift given to this beautiful sea-facing promenade of Mumbai. This was the first day of the 3-Day Worli Festival , the second year that this festival has been organized in Mumbai. There were 3 stages located at various parts of the long Worli sea-face promenade, each stage having a different entertainment programme.After viewing the stalls and the stage programmes was casually walking along the promenade when i stumbled across a young western girl asking for a volunteer to perform her magic.This was a typical street act ,the types commonly seen on the pavements of the Champs Elysee in Paris or the Thames Riverfront embankment in London, to name two of the world’s Capital city’s famous for “STREET PLAYS “. She called me to the centre of the sea-face promenade , a huge crowd surrounding us, eagerly awaiting the “Houdini Straight Jacket Escape Act”.She told me to wear a tight jacket that she provided while her assistant help got her hands tied. She then told me to check that her hands and chest were properly tied which i did in front of a gaping audience.She then put a pyramid covering over both of us, hiding us from the audience, akin to being in a enclosed capsule. I was standing in front of her while she was behind me, both of us covered in a claustrophobic wigwam style tent.She told me to take off my jacket which i managed to wriggle from,eagerly awaiting the final act. I could hear some talk between her and her assistant help and could feel some hand movements.Within a few minutes the claustrophobic wigwam tent was dropped and out emerged Katherine wearing my jacket tightly tied onto her chest.The audience starred in disbelief while i was stunned to wonder what had actually taken place, magic or sleight of hand!The closest i came to meeting a magician was when i shook hands with India’s foremost magician Mr P.C.Sorcar junior after completion of his magic show at the City hall in Bangalore in the late 1990’s.I happened to be in Bangalore when P.C.Sorcar demonstrated one of his famous magic shows, “The eternal water of India” at the City hall,the water in the bucket never ever getting empty!Have read the biography of the most famous escape artist magician Harry.Houdini and hence was amazed to have witnessed young Katherine perform this type of escape act , fooling me and the entire audience.HOW DID SHE DO IT ?.Remember, this was an ordinary street act and not performed in a auditorium or under specific stage conditions as do all magicians.It was a “Katherine Straight jacket exchange act” done on the spur of the moment in front of a live audience and not a video recording.I clicked a photograph of her wearing my jacket and later untied her hands and chest.What perplexed my thinking was the swiftness in which the entire”Sleight of Hand” jacket exchange was enacted by Katherine and her assistant.I returned home a wiser man, realizing that sleight of hand tricks can be used anywhere by a skilled person, most common being the famous “Pickpockets” and “Chain snatchers” of Mumbai.A talent can be used in a good as well as a bad way in society. Congratulations to Katherine of Ukraine for demystifying magic and proving that it is nothing but skilled sleight of hand by a trained and talented artist.
PET OWNERSHIP CREATING NEW JOBS IN MUMBAI (Monday 7-1-2013):- “THE DOGWALKER”:- Mr Suresh.Gore regularly walks these dogs around my locality in Prabhadevi in Mumbai. Prabhadevi is one of the wealthiest localities in Mumbai with “Million dollar Flats” passe ! Just in the 1970’s and early 1990’s when i took my dogs for walks in this same locality never ever came across any “DOG-WALKERS” .Few house-holds in the area owned dogs, the owners themselves walking their dogs. Today dog-walker Mr Suresh.Gore is walking a total of 10 dogs of different breeds from different house-holds and earning a regular income. The amazing fact is that all these dogs get along well and don’t get into “Dog-fights” .Note that there is a “Rottweiler” in the group, one of the most fierce dogs made famous in the movie “Exorcist” and a “one-man dog” in the Dog World.Seems domestication and living in Apartments have reduced the ferociousness of most “CITY BRED DOGS”. I doubt if a “Rottweiler” bred on a “Farm” would ever be taken for a “Dog-Walk” along with other breed of dogs.NOW WHEN WILL INDIA HAVE ITS “CAT CLUBS” AKIN TO “DOG CLUBS” SO THAT I CAN SHOW-OFF MY CATS !
Lower Parel in Mumbai(Bombay) was once synonymous with the textile mill industry the entire locality catering to the mill-workers and their lifestyle. The Textile mill strike of the 1980’s sounded the death knell of the mill Industry in Mumbai due to various reasons resulting in closure of all the textile mills in that locality.Post Economic liberalization -1992 by the Indian Government the mill owners were given a choice to sell their mill land after compensating the mill workers.This process started the gradual and later hectic pace of redevelopment of mill property in the entire “Lower Parel” locality. What was once a lower income middle-class locality of Mumbai was suddenly transformed into pockets of elite malls,Corporate buildings, residential buildings and entertainment night-clubs, something unbelievable in the 1980’s.I frequently visit “Phoenix high street mall” and the two most prominent night clubs in Mumbai, “Blue frog” and “Hard Rock cafe”, all in the vicinity of Lower Parel locality.On Thursday(31-1-2013) had visited Hard Rock Cafe for the “Zeppelicaine Rock concert”, a tribute to the legendary English rock group “Led Zeppelin”.As i walked along the street from my mobike parking slot on the road side-walk towards the Bombay Dyeing compound that houses “Hard Rock cafe” i decided to do a picture-blog of the contrasts in lifestyles of the two different faces of Mumbai.After confirming my entrance ticket to the club, entered this elite Franchisee nightclub, a total contrast to the life just outside on the streets of Lower Parel.This is what confuses most tourists and people unaccustomed to India and its very visible difference between extreme wealth and extreme poverty, most apparent in Mumbai.Hence the World’s costliest private building is in Mumbai while the World’s largest enterprising slum is also in Mumbai.I was at the club at approx 2100 hrs, a bit early and hence decided to visit the local middle-class beer bar at “Deepak restaurant” a few minutes walk across the street in Lower Parel.As mentioned the contrast in life-style and cost of living between “Hard Rock cafe” and “Deepak Restaurant” was akin to day and night, a very normal comparison feature between posh restaurants and average restaurants in any city, least of all Mumbai. What strikes a tourist or new visitor is the abrupt change in locale as a person steps out of the comfort of the luxurious restaurants into the street, not very common in most city’s.A tourist can experience the typical Mumbai street markets and chawl life-style of the middle-class in Lower Parel while at the same time enjoying the luxuries of high and expensive living of the privileged class.The fact is that everyone is happy in their own economic World although the contrasts in economic spending differs.This is the spirit that encourages economic prosperity and competitiveness in Mumbai city .Economics defines an individuals success or failure in the Megalopolis called Mumbai, same most visible in Lower Parel locality.“Deepak Talkies” , a landmark theater and one of Mumbai’s oldest still stands opposite Deepak restaurant, a reminder of the locality’s typical middle income movie clientele. After a bottle of beer at “Deepak Restaurant” made my way back across the street towards Bombay Dyeing compound and into “Hard rock Cafe”. Spent the night listening to excellent cover music of Led Zeppelin.
English-rock band “Zeppelicaine” sang cover songs from the play list of Led Zeppelin which included Black Dog, Kashmir, Dazed and Confused, Going to California, Stairway to Heaven, Whole lotta Love and many more songs. .In October 1972 Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, who were not yet the legends that they were eventually going to be, along with their manager Richard Cole had one night walked into a small pub named “Slip Disc” in Colaba, the most well known night-club of 1970’s Bombay during the “Hippy Era”.Nandu.Bhende, one of Bombay’s most famous English rock singer of the Indian rock band “Atomic forest”performed with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at “Slip Disc”, the photos of that era becoming a collectors item. In 2013 Bombay now Mumbai has some of India’s best night-clubs in the “Lower Parel” locality while “Slip Disc” is no more in existence,economics playing a role in its demise as a night club.It was pleasant seeing and photographing the most famous voice on“MUMBAI 94.3 FM RADIO”, the one and only “RISHI K”. Akin to ” Hindi Playback singers” the “Radio Jockey” is always invisible and many of us listeners “FALL IN LOVE WITH THE VOICE” whether male or female.Among male English radio jockeys, Mr Vinod.Advani and “Rishi K” have been my favourites.Awaiting to see the most heard “Radio female Jockey” of “Mumbai FM 94.3” , the one and only “ERICA”. The concert finally wound up before midnight and as i made my way back to my motorcycle realized that in life only “Change is permanent”.What was once a low income residential and commercial area was abruptly transformed into an upscale locality of India, let alone Mumbai.This is why Mumbai was and still is known as the city that never sleeps,the economic enterprise of the poorest as well as the wealthiest keeps the city in motion, an ever-changing Mega-city.As for me, i do the “Economic balance act”daily as a self-entrepreneur,running in the same place to stay in the same upwardly mobile ever changing Mumbai!Thats what keeps me mentally as well as physically fit, the joy of living and experiencing the ups and downs of Mumbai’s financial life-style.