Incredible India 63 – Nose-Chopping, Breeding Catholics, Killer Idlis, Foot-Path Babies

Hell, we’re desperate to stop writing those dreadful Incredible India stories.

But those countless Shaitans in India just won’t let us put a period to these only-in-India stories.

Here’s a bunch of Incredible India stories that should make every Indian hang its head in shame.

* The other day a poor Dalit (an untouchable, according to Indians) went to a barber-shop in Kiragavulu in Mandya district of Karnataka and demanded a shave.

The barber refused.

And when the poor Dalit named Chikkamanchaiah insisted, the incensed barber took his razor and cut off the man’s nose.

Think we’re making this up.

Here, read this excerpt in the Times of India:

Police said Chikkamanchaiah , 51, requested Mahadev and his father Mariyayya to shave his beard. The duo not only refused to do it, but also asked him to leave the shop. A quarrel ensued, and Mariyayya grabbed Chikkamanchaiah’s hands and Mahadev chopped off his nose. He was rushed to the district hospital where doctors reattached the nose.

Say what you will but civilization is in short supply in that benighted land aka India.

* With 1.2 billion people, we think India is an over-populated hellhole shithole with hundreds of millions struggling without food, clothing or shelter.

Hell, what do we know.

We were idly perusing India-related stories on our iPad 2 via Zites (a superb Tablet application owned by CNN) and the following is what we stumbled upon at CBS News.

Catholic priests in South India concerned that their numbers are shrinking are asking the church members to breed more.

In other words, Catholics are being exhorted to have more children.


Here’s the Breed-More Catholics excerpt from CBS News:

Worried about its dwindling numbers, the Roman Catholic church in southern India is exhorting its flock to have more children, with some parishes offering free schooling, medical care and even cash bonuses for large families, church officials said Tuesday.

The strategy comes as India’s population tops 1.2 billion, making it the second most populous country in the world after China, and runs counter to a national government policy of limiting family size.

But in the southern state of Kerala, where Catholics have long been a large, important minority, church authorities believe the state’s overall Christian population could drop to 17 percent this year, down from 19.5 percent in 1991. While they don’t have precise numbers for the Catholic population, they believe it is also dropping sharply.

“The Christian community in Kerala is dwindling. We realized that if the numbers decreased further, it would have a negative impact on the community,” said Babu Joseph, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India in New Delhi.

….A large number of church-sponsored groups in Kerala have begun campaigns with the slogan “A large family is a happy family.”

….the Catholic church plans to honor large families at a ceremony next month.

* We’ve always considered our Bollywood stars as a bunch of Chutiyas.

Some of them like Salman Khan are hit-and-run murderers, some like Shiney Ahuja are rapists while others like Sanjay Dutt traffic in prohibited arms.

And then there are the big time Pak-Loving Chutiyas like Shahrukh Khan who insist we should all love our Terroristan neighbors.

Now, another Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor has joined the Chutiya gang with his gushing praise on that useless Congress ‘neta’ Rahul Gandhi in the Hindustan Times:

Recently, for the first time, Ranbir opened up about the Gandhi scion. “It feels great to know that people think I’m eligible, but if you ask me, Mr Gandhi is the future of politics in India. So, it’s an honour if people put me in the same bracket as him,” says Ranbir. Interestingly, according to the results of a survey conducted by a matrimonial site from Mumbai, Gandhi tops the list of bachelors most likely to get married in 2011

* Whoever knew that our favorite breakfast Idli-Sambar could be deadly.

Hey, they’re among the few pleasures left for us in the autumn of our lives.

But doctors are cautioning against Idlis.

Here, read this excerpt from the Deccan Chronicle:

The rice and idlis immersed in sambar that South Indians are so fond of, are the worst enemies for the heart and also are major causes of diabetes, according to leading nutritionists.

“Rice, idli, milk, potatoes and basically all that is tempting to the palette make sugar levels in the body shoot up drastically and result in increased glycemic index,” Dr Chenniappan, senior consultant cardiologist, Ramakrishna Hospitals, Tiruchy, said at a national conference on Nutrition in Metabolic Disorders at Women’s Christian College, Chennai.

Staple foods were traditionally eaten with less refined grains high in dietary fibre but have been replaced by polished rice, resulting in an increased calorie load.

* In Incredible India, Shining India, babies are still born on the footpaths and streets.

Yes, in the land of Infosys, Wipro, TCS and a thousand BPOs poor people are forced to deliver babies on the street because hospitals refuse to admit them on one ground or another.

Here’s the tragic story of one Mumbai footpath delivery (courtesy NDTV):

A 22-year-old woman was forced to deliver a baby on a street in Mumbai in the dead of night after a hospital denied her admission. Owing to lack of any medical care, the baby could not survive for more than a few hours.

The incident happened outside the BMC-run Bhabha Hospital in Kurla (West). The hospital has seen three such incidents in the last three months.

Now, if you Chutiyas will excuse us, we have better things to do, like getting back to our delicious Peach Lemonade + Gin cocktail. 😉

7 Responses to "Incredible India 63 – Nose-Chopping, Breeding Catholics, Killer Idlis, Foot-Path Babies"

  1. Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I can’t agree more.

    These thing happen only in India.

    I see that your posts have slowed down over the past few days… or maybe I am hallucinating. All ok? Responds:

    You write: All ok?

    Well, it depends on whether you consider being sloshed most of the time OK! 😉

    Increasingly, it takes more and more to keep us un-sober! 🙁

  2. Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 1:25 am

    SI: Depends on whether you consider being sloshed most of the time OK!

    Well, I hardly drink and when I do I never get “drunk” so I have no idea how it feels to be sloshed. If you take advice then i’ll say you may have had enough but then you aren’t the advice taking type… are you? 🙂 Responds:

    You write: Well, I hardly drink

    Good Lord, what a wasted life!

    You might as well go to Sears Tower and take a leap. 😉

    Nice view. Been there?

    • Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Sears Skydeck?

      I’ve lost count of how many times I have been there.

      I go there only every time when some friend/cousin/relative visits.

      The view is nice. I always time it to be there 15-20 minutes before sunset to see the city’s full transition into darkness. Each phase is amazing.

      Another touristy thing i’ve done probably 25 times is the Chicago lake and river architecture tour. Responds:

      We’ve only had the noon view from the top of Sears Tower but at the top of the previously-standing WTC Tower in NYC we’ve seen the transition from dusk to night!

      • Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 1:49 am

        I’ve been to the top of empire state… wasnt impressed. Sears (now Willis) towers is more majestic. Never been to WTC. Responds:

        We didn’t like the Empire State Building too. Been there a few times.

        We desperately wanted to take a short-cut leap to the Yellow Taxi we espied below but the grills prevented us!

        Bloody Hell, that’s an infringement of our Fundamental ‘Leaping‘ Right! 😉

  3. sam   October 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I was shocked to read about Ranbir yesterday and thought of posting it here.

    Good that you brought it up.

    Useless fellow.

    And I liked him for his acting.

  4. முனிAndy   October 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Here’s a bunch of Incredible India stories that should make every Indian hang its head in shame

    just check out how incredible Americans are. Responds:

    Hey, that should be under Amazing Americans! 😉

    God, we hope Republicans have not seen the CDC story. They’ll use it as an excuse to ask for more cuts in the number of government employees.

  5. unknownvirus   October 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    The catholic statement doesn’t come as a surprise.

    When the pope doesn’t urge the use of condoms, why blame the mere mortals? Responds:

    So, are Hindus the only ones practicing family planning in India?

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