A man was expecting a visit from an acquaintance. He gave two ripe mangoes to his servant and asked him to slice them and serve the fruit when the man came.
The servant gave in to temptation and ate a slice. It was so sweet he could not resist eating another one. Then the madness of gluttony seized him and he devoured all the remaining pieces.
Suddenly he saw the man his master was expecting coming towards the house. He thought fast. He grabbed a rusty knife and rushing to his master told him he couldn't cut the mangoes as the knife was blunt.
"I'll sharpen it," said his master and going to a stone in the garden began to rub the cutting edge of the knife against it.
Leaving him to the task the servant ran out to meet the man who was coming.
"Beware! Beware!" he said when he reached him. "Don't come to our house. My master has gone mad. He's planning to cut both your ears."
"Cut my ears!" exclaimed the man, turning pale. "Why?!"
"There he is sharpening the knife," said the servant. The man saw that his host did indeed have a knife in his hands and was sharpening it with what looked to him like a maniacal fury. He did not wait to find out why his host wanted his ears. He turned around and started walking away as fast as he could.
The servant rushed back to his master and told him that the man he had invited was running away with the mangoes.
"What!" said his master. "The greedy fellow! Has he taken both the mangoes?!"
"Yes," said the servant.
The man ran after the acquaintance shouting:
"Give me one! Give me one at least!"
The other man thought he was asking for one of his ears and ran for his life!
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Statue of Goddess Saraswati Installed in DC
Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, has gifted an imposing 16-foot statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education and wisdom, to the American capital city here.
The statue of goddess Saraswati, on top of a lotus flower, stands tall a block away from the Indian Embassy in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which was installed several years ago.
Just three percent of Indonesian population is Hindu.
Little over a mile from the White House, the statue is yet to be formally inaugurated, but has already become an attraction of city residents and the large number of tourists who visit the city every day.
"Dewi Saraswati is one of the goddesses in Hinduism, the primarily practiced religion among Balinese people in Indonesia, which itself is the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. Yet, her representation at the Indonesian Embassy was not decided out only of any religious grounds but more on its symbolized values that parallel with several key principles of Indonesia-U.S. relations under comprehensive partnership, in particular education and people-to-people contact," a spokesperson of the Indonesian Embassy told PTI.
A cultural gift from Indonesia to the city of Washington, D.C., this statue began to be constructed in mid-April this year by five native Balinese sculptors led by I. Nyoman Sudarwa, who wrapped up the job in a mere five-week period.
"Although the official inscription is yet to be honored, the public can readily enjoy this 4.9-meter tall statue today by the entrance to the Embassy building on Massachusetts Avenue," the spokesperson said.
The installment of the statue was initiated by the Indonesian ambassador to the United States, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, with the support of the chairman of the National Economic Committee as well as the Badung regent in Bali.
World Bank sees 6.7% GDP growth for India by FY2014-15
WASHINGTON: The World Bank on Thursday forecast a 6.7 per cent growth rate for India by next fiscal as exports and private investment are projected to strengthen and provide a boost to growth.
In its latest 'Global Economic Prospects' report, the IMF said South Asia's regional growth will be driven mainly by a projected pick up in India, whose GDP in factor cost terms is projected to grow 5.7 per cent in the 2013 fiscal year (ending in March 2014), and then accelerate to 6.5 per cent and 6.7 per cent in FY2013-14 and FY2014-15, respectively.
Exports and private investment, which slowed sharply in 2012, are projected to strengthen during 2013-15 and provide a boost to growth. However, how robust that recovery will be, will depend on the pace of policy and fiscal reforms, and remains subject to significant uncertainty and downside risks.
Some upside risks to the outlook include a faster-than- projected pick up in global demand and a larger than expected decline in commodity prices, the report said.
According to the report, a greater dependence on foreign investment inflows to finance India's significantly larger current account deficit compared to the past has increased its vulnerability to a sudden reversal of investor sentiment.
"Several factors could result in a slowing or reversal of investment inflows —an unanticipated monetary tightening in some high income countries; resurgence of debt tensions; escalation of geopolitical conflict; and even disenchantment with the pace or nature of domestic reforms," it said.
Moreover, the sharply relaxed monetary policy in Japan could result in strong and disruptive private capital flows, it added.
Noting that the business sentiment in the manufacturing sector in India weakened to a four-year low in May, the report said if business sentiment were to remain weak in coming months, this could adversely impact investment and growth.
The report said the sharp economic slowdown experienced in the post-financial crisis period exposed structural vulnerabilities and has made the task of reviving growth in a sustainable manner even more urgent.
"But with India's positive output gap mostly closed after its steep growth deceleration, and given capacity constraints in most South Asian countries, policymakers need to remain vigilant against relying on short-term demand stimulus in order to avoid overheating (inflation and current account) pressures.
"South Asian countries should continue to rebuild their fiscal buffers to be able to deal with future crises," it said.
US immigration bill: Tech companies Adobe, Intel and others step up lobbying
WASHINGTON: Eager to secure more visas for skilled foreign workers, tech companies have stepped up their lobbying this week in support of a comprehensive US immigration reform bill.
Human resources executives from Adobe, Broadcom, Intel, Motorola Solutions and other corporations met with dozens of lawmakers and senior advisers from the congressional committees in charge of immigration laws. They also spoke to a wide array of Democratic and Republican senators including some on-the-fence Republicans, such as Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio, and some who have voiced opposition, including Mike Lee of Utah.
Lawmakers who favor the bill "have been urging us to work with them to make sure that the bill gets passed with the highest number of votes possible," said Robert Hoffman, senior vice president with the Information Technology Industry Council trade group.
The effort comes as the US Senate is working on immigration reform legislation. If enacted, the legislation would give 11 million illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens, use billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to increase security at the US-Mexico border and establish a new work visa for foreign laborers.
The bill also boosts the number of visas available for highly skilled foreigners, which will benefit those with expertise in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The tech industry says such a step is badly needed. "Even through the depth of the great recession, we struggled to fill jobs," said Ardine Williams, Intel's vice president for human resources, before making her case for the bill to lawmakers on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, another set of executives from Microsoft , Texas Instruments and other big tech firms roamed the halls of Capitol Hill trying to convince lawmakers to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
Tech agrees to help pass the bill
Silicon Valley and other business groups were initially upset with a host of high-skill hiring provisions in the original bill drafted by a bipartisan "Group of Eight" senators, including Democrat Charles Schumer. While the Senate Judiciary Committee was working on the bill in May, business groups threatened to withdraw their support if senators did not loosen requirements that would have required them to recruit Americans before foreigners.
Their demands pit the business community against organized labor, which had fought to keep the strict protections for US workers in the bill. But the lack of support from businesses would have represented a setback for the supporters of immigration reform and the Group of Eight.
With help from Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Schumer, industry succeeded in having the bill changed to make it easier to hire foreign workers. Labor groups, which are lobbying Congress to pass an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented foreigners, are hoping additional worker protections will be included in the final legislation.
Under the bill, the number of H-1B work visas would increase to as many as 180,000 a year from the current base limit of 65,000. As well, foreigners with a master's or doctorate degree from a US university and a job offer would be eligible for permanent residency, or green card, and not be subject to the yearly green-card cap.
Schumer told the tech industry that if it got most of what it wanted, it would have to do more than issue press releases merely praising the Senate's efforts, industry sources said. The sources said they were told they would have to support the entire bill enthusiastically. Tech lobbyists are now carefully wording their support for the entire bill without outright endorsing the centerpiece of the legislation - citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Compete America, which represents many companies in Silicon Valley and other influential business groups like the US Chamber of Commerce, has met with about 300 of the 435 lawmaker offices that make up the House of Representatives. At least 60 votes will be required to pass the legislation in the Senate. Schumer and other authors of the bill are trying to get more Republican votes in order to pressure the Republican-controlled House into acting.
Democrats control 54 of the 100 seats in the Senate. It is unclear whether every Democrat will vote in favor of the legislation and if the four Republicans who helped craft the original bill will back the final product.
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Methi Mattar Malai
2 1/4 cups chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes
3/4 cup boiled green peas
3/4 cup milk
a pinch of sugar
3 tbsp oil
salt to taste
To be ground into a paste
4 green chillies
25 mm. (1") piece of ginger (adrak)
3 cloves of garlic (lehsun)
2 tbsp cashewnuts (kaju)
2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
For the dry masala
(to be roasted lightly and powdered)
2 small sticks cinnamon (dalchini)
4 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 cardamoms (elaichi)
4 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
Wash the fenugreek leaves. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Wait for 15 minutes and then squeeze out the water.
Put the tomato in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove and blend into a puree.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil, add the cumin seeds and fry until they crackle. Add the fenugreek and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the fenugreek.
Add the balance 1 tablespoon of oil and heat again. Add the onion and fry until golden.
Add the paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the tomato puree and dry masala and fry again. Add the peas, fenugreek, milk, sugar, salt and a little water and cook for a few minutes.
Contributed by Tara