It Happens Only in India
BENGALURU HAS FREQUENTLY been in the news over not being environment-conscious enough, but no one can accuse it of not being safety-conscious. The Bengaluru Traffic Police recently sent a notice to M.S. Patil, a Ministry of Defence spokesperson, asking him to pay a fine (Rs100) for not wearing a helmet. Except that MrPatil doesn't use a motorcycle! Since when did not wearing a helmet in a car become a crime? They've been watching too much Formula One.
Submitted by:HEMANTH DEVARAYANADURGA, Bengaluru Source: thehindu.com
THERE'S A NEW UP in UP: a urination penalty. The state road transport corporation (UPSRTC) has decided to post CCTV footage of rogue public urinators on YouTube. A part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (campaign), this is supposed to spread awareness about the health hazards of peeing in the open. No prizes for guessing why the videos have gone viral.
Submitted by:LESTER SANTOS, Vasai Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
IN TAMIL NADU, P. Mohan, a communist party (CPI) member from Veerapandi, a suburb in Salem, has named his sons Communism, Leninism and Socialism. We hope he doesn't have a cat called Maoism! Communism is 24 and an advocate, while Leninism and Socialism are commerce graduates and run a silver-anklet factory. We look forward to pictures of all their life events, especially their wedding announcements.
Submitted by:M. S. MANI, Chennai Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
OUR MYTHS are full of stories of gods and heroes travelling between worlds. However, in the mythical times people did not need visas to
do this: now you can't just buy a ticket to America. The 5,000-year-old ChilkurBalaji temple in Hyderabad, known as the 'visa' temple, is gaining a reputation for fixing this problem. Around 75,000-1,00,000 people go there to seek divine visa assistance every week. Hopefully, there is no
Submitted by:H. D., Bengaluru Source: money.cnn.com
YOU THOUGHT families in soap operas were ridiculously large? Imagine a show about this family. The world's largest family lives in the hills of Mizoram. ZionaChana, children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a mansion with 100 rooms. Good luck to historians putting this family tree together.
Submitted by:AHANA MUKHOPADHYAY,Kolkata Source: dailymail.co.uk
Reader's Digest will pay for contributions to this column. Post your suggestions with the source to the editorial address, or email: email@example.com