Taking the sting out of it!

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People are prone to making a variety of body gestures while trying to speak emphatically. There is, however, one gesture that many find very offensive. Most of the people do not like having a finger pointed at them literally, particularly while having a heated argument. Some feel that pointing of the index finger at somebody is tantamount to hurling the choicest of abuses.

Andhra Pradesh Government's representative in Delhi Mallu Ravi who got carried away with what he was saying at a press conference kept jabbing away with his finger. The scribes did not bother because he was not jabbing his finger at any one in particular. After a while, VGTM-UDA chairman Malladi Vishnu suddenly grabbed Mr. Ravi's hand and pinned it down to the table. Mr. Vishnu had to resort to the unusual step because Mr. Ravi kept jabbing his finger at a video camera. This was more dangerous, because thousands of viewers would be offended.

He arrived three hours behind schedule but more than made up for the lost time by `engaging' the crowd in a monologue that triggered chuckles all over the place. Grabbing the mike quickly and wasting no time, Union Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh began his speech in Hindi... "Bihar mein... (in Bihar... .) he said out of habit but cut short and corrected himself; "Andar Pardes mein... (In Andhra Pradesh... ). The crowd was amused. Knowing that more laughter was in store, it listened in rapt attention. Adding to the delight of the moment, Krishna district Collector Navin Mittal donned the role of translator.

The Minister's reference to `berozgaari' (unemployment) brought a frown on Mr. Mittal's forehead and he turned back helplessly. "Nirudyogam'... prompted many voices from behind. The meeting was in connection with distribution of assets to women self-help groups under Ksheera Vaahini (flow of milk) scheme and the Minister made sure there was enough flow of entertainment at the meeting.

Tibetans have been attending Kalachakra Empowerment programmes all over the world and they have a special group to clean the area at the end of the event. Practice brought the group to Amaravathi, but to their dismay they had nothing to do here.

About 65,000 pilgrims stayed for 12 days, but hundreds of sanitation workers had been keeping the town spic and span removing every bit of paper.

The Tibetan group overwhelmed by the district administration's initiative in providing the best possible basic amenities to those living in tents, decided to express gratitude in a unique way. They organised a music extravaganza for the pilgrims and raised funds to present a purse to the sanitary staff, who gave them no work at all. More than the money their gesture spoke words of appreciation.

P. Sujatha Varma

in Vijayawada and

Ramesh Susarla

in Guntur.

G.V.Ramana Rao and P. Sujatha Varma in Vijayawada and Ramesh Susarla in Guntur.



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