Archive | November 2012

Calvin Khan, lifesaver patrolling the Aussie beach

Asylum seekers coming to the shores of Australia on boats is a political thorn for the Australian government. It has been a pestering  issue for the past decade and still a major concern to date.

During the past few federal elections, numerous politicians played political football at the expense of the asylum seekers cum boat people. Current opposition leader of the Liberal Party, Tony Abbott  is well-known for his slogan “Stop the boats” or “Turn the boats”.

Manly beach is a well-known popular beach in Sydney, New South Wales.  Stand up comedian Nazeem Hussain gone  undercover as Calvin Kahn on “very foreign correspondent”  to make this video clip. He is  taking the mickey out of the Australian immigration laws in this You Tube  is hilarious.

Enjoy the YT posting . I did



FIRST MISS INDIA – Pramila (nee Esther Abraham)

Generally  public eyes see the  beauty contestants  as young and glamorous  when they are on top of their career and rarely see  them when they are old.

Below  is a snapshot of first Miss India Pramila (nee Esther Abraham) in 1947 and then at the ripe young age of 90.

She still looked beautiful with her old charm.



The Parrot

Christmas is around the corner and many are thinking of what to buy for their dear ones. Here is a story of a family who bought something dear to their elderly mother.

The Parrot (Author unknown)

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful professionals and prospered.
Some years later, while chatting after having dinner together, they discussed the Christmas gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.

The first said, “I had a big house built for Mama.”

The second said, ” I had a hundred thousand dollar theatre built-in the house.”

The third said, “I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her.”

The fourth said, “You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can’t read anymore because she can’t see very well.

Well, I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the Church, but it was worth it. All Mama has to do is just name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it.”

The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mom sent out her thank you notes.

She wrote:
“Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.”

“Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so I will never use the Mercedes. It was a very nice thought. Thanks.”

“Michael, you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I’ve lost my hearing and I’m nearly blind. I’ll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.”

“Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift.

The chicken was delicious. Thank you.”

Luv You,


English-Vinglish -Sridevi is back!

Article  below was originally published in Tamil Week in October 2012. It was also published in the Canadian Monsoon Journal (November 2012)

English Vinglish: Sridevi is back!

11 October 2012, 10:52 pm

By Saba-Thambi

It was refreshing to see Sridevi back in action after a long drought in the silver screen. The recent movie “English Vinglish” brought the legendary star back to the screen as a young mother.

The much-anticipated movie was released last week simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu across the globe. I had the opportunity to see the movie in Hindi with English subtitles in Australia.

English Vinglish is Sridevi’s first movie after 15 years of absence since she married the producer Boney Kapoor.

The top star from the last century has returned to the celluloid screen portraying a traditional Marathian mother from Pune.

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Copy of the print in Monsoon Journal (November 2012 pg 41)
Monsoon Journal (November 2012- Page 41)

Monsoon Journal – November 2012 – page 41

Sun Bathing Kangaroos@Caversham Park

Sun bathing roos @ caversham park

Laughing is contagious :)

. . . and we use only a few facial muscles than frowning!

One dark night two men were walking home after a party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs.

Right in the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows.

Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.

“Holy cow, Mister,” one of them said after catching his breath, “You scared us half to death we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?”

“Those fools!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my Name!”

(This is another e-mail circulation –  Joker unknown)


Going in Metric !

Hi viewers

One of the witty jokes circulated on e-mail (author unknown)

Financial troubles of an Aussie farmer explained:

“It all started back in 1966 when they changed from pounds to dollars. My demand overdraft doubled. Then they brought in kilograms instead of pounds -my wool clip dropped by half.”

“Then they changed rainfall to milli meters and we haven’t had an inch of rain since. They brought in Celsius and it never got over 40 degrees. No wonder my wheat wouldn’t grow.”

“They then changed acres to hectares and I ended up with half of the land I had. By this time I’d had it and decided to sell out my farm.”

“I just got the place listed when they changed from miles to kilometres. Now I’m almost double the distance from town for anyone to buy my farm”.


From Chennai to Perth

By Saba-Thambi

April has been a good month for the Perth Tamil community playing host to three South Indian entertainers from Chennai. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia which inhabits approximately 1.9 million people. Due to the lower number of Tamil population in relation to the Eastern state counterparts, Sydney & Melbourne and the distance between the states discourage the entertainers who come to the Eastern states to visit Perth.

The month of April was exceptional in that the Tamil fans were first pleased to see Dr Padmashree Manorama, and Nahaisuvai Thendral Dindukkal I. Leonie at the Rixon Theatre, Penrhos College. It was the first visit to Australia for both of them and they were on their last lap of appearances on stage after visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Dr. Padmashree Manorama

Perth fans of Ms Manorama were delighted to see their comical actor in person. Knee surgery on her legs prior to the Australian tour did not deter the comedienne from visiting the four major capital cities.

According to Ms. Manorama, she has appeared in the silver screens for the last 52 years. She was introduced to the Tamil cinema via “maalaiyitta mangai” in 1958; however her debut was somewhat in a Sinhala film. The acclaimed actor is also proud of her achievement in acting with five South Indian Chief Ministers namely C.N Annadurai, NT Rama Rao, M. Karunanithi, MG Ramachandran and Ms Jayalalitha. This incredible accomplishment by Ms Manorama will be remembered forever. The comedienne commented that she never let her age to grow and instead she let her mind and heart to mature. Her tongue-in-cheek claim was that she is still twenty six!

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