Yesterday I went to the home of a friend who had lost her father. I sat in silence and let her cry.

One of the silliest things I have seen at a funeral is someone going across to the bereaved party, holding his or her hand and telling them not to worry everything will be alright!

Everything will be alright?

In our country we love to pay little and get much. The mechanic who repairs my car knows this and was at my house this morning and led me to his own garage: "I have made the cheapest car in the world!" he said proudly.

"No, no," I told him patiently, Tata's have already done that and even Bajaj has one on the drawing board!"

"Mine will be priced cheaper!"

In our great country not many awards are won through merit or hard work, most are won through right connections!

The stationmaster of the local suburban station came and stood by me, leaving his office in the capable hands of his assistant, “ There’s an award for the best kept station,” he whispered to me, spitting a wad of red betel nut leaves onto the platform.

Even as musicians carefully wrap their instruments in satin felt, and place them inside cases, I urge them to bring them out. In a despairing world, it is art and creativity that shows beauty that will soon be here again, loveliness, that will bring hope into a despairing world.

There is a duty to be performed for the creators of art, for musicians, painters, and writers. Now is the time to bring out pen and paintbrush, now the time for strains of music to lift downtrodden souls.

Players win, players lose, players prepare, players practise, players get

hurt but players get up. No matter what the outcome is, players keep playin..!.

After years of hard work, Thomas Carlyl finished the manuscript of his book and gave it to a friend to read. The friend's housekeeper mistook the manuscript for trash and threw into the fire. When she got the news, Carlyl's wife couldn't hold back her tears. His friend stood trembling, and Carlyl himself was speechless. Finally, with a display of remarkable courage and restraint he said, "Accidents like these happen."