Many actresses all over the world are adopting children and rearing them without a father. But at some stage they realize the child needs a dad in their lives, and off they troop in search of a dad. Here I am going to place an imaginary scene where an actress goes over to the Institute of Daddys and says, “Principal sir, I need a father for my kids!”

The Principal looks at her, wishes he was younger, but hastily puts aside such naughty thoughts and says, “You may choose! Here’s the first one; a bit domineering though!”

“Domineering!” says the actress, “that means he’ll bring my kids up with authority!”

Every day around the time I start writing this column, I hear a loud sound like rolling thunder. The first day I thought the army was sending tanks after me, about something I’d written, and shook with fear, till my wife said it was okay, and it was just our neighbour’s son with his motorbike!

“That’s the boy who’s bought himself a Harley-Davidson,” I said, “why has he fiddled with the silencer, to create such a loud sound?”

“Come over to my house Bob,” my friend said over the phone, “and bring the family too! I want you to see my new home!”

We went over along with another couple he’d invited. The watchmen were polite and explained that there was a parking slot for visitor’s cars and directed us to the same.

“It’s got a swimming pool and club house, and I spend my evenings relaxing in the pool,” he said.

That night a watchman was asleep!

I remember that night many years ago! I woke him up harshly; he stumbled to his feet, a seventy year old, who should have been resting at home with his feet up, but now still working to support his wife. “What’s your name?” I thundered.

In a little over a week, the Jains will celebrate Kshamavani Parv, which means, “Forgiveness Day” . It is one of the most significant days for the followers of Jainism, as it is the day of forgiving and seeking forgiveness.

Corrie Ten Boom lived peacefully with her father and sister in Holland. This peace was disturbed when World War II started. Hitler began his final disposal of the European Jews. Thousands of Jews were imprisoned, sent to concentration camps and gassed to death. The ten Booms provided refuge to hundreds of Jews in Holland. The helpless people were hidden in their attic, fed and helped to escape.