Before Avocado Toast, There Was Snowflake Toast – Gastro Obscura

Farmer LAWs – Facts about the Agitation


In a debate on Republic TV “yesterday”, Sanju Varma of BJP said 70% of the MSP allocation goes to just two states — Punjab and Haryana. To this, Prof. D K Giri retorted, ‘but they also contribute ‘70% of the country’s food production’.


Let’s find out: ( via Sh. RajGopalan on WhatsApp)

Statistics for the year 2017-18 show as follows:

The largest contributor was U.P. (31.98%).
Followed by

  • Punjab #2 (17.9%),
  • M.P. #3 (15.96%),
  • Haryana #4 (11.19%). – Rajasthan, Bihar and Gujarat follow at #5, 6 and 7 together accounting for 21.09%.

This shows that Punjab and Haryana together contributed 28.28% of the total wheat production in 2017-18.


The largest contributor was West Bengal, with 13.26% for the same period (17-18).
Followed by Punjab #2 (11.85%),
U.P. #3 (11.75%),
Andhra #4 (7.24%),
Bihar#5 (7.01%),
Tamil Nadu #6 (6.45%),
Orissa #7 (5.78%),
Telengana #8 (5.54%),
Assam #9 (4.57%),
Ch’garh #10 (4.19%), Haryana #11 (4.0%),
M.P. #12 (3.65%).
Others 14.71%.

Punjab (@#2) and Haryana (@#11) together contributed 15.85% of the country’s total rice production.

So, the 70% myth gets blown away. And it is not only the uninformed professor, but the general impression among most of us is that Punjab and Haryana are our exclusive food suppliers.

During the debate, Shri. Chengal Reddy, a renowned farmer’s leader from Andhra said that rice and wheat producers are not the only farmers! (A POINT TO NOTE). There are fruits and vegetable producers, producers of chilli and spices, pulses, oil seeds, tubers, rubber, cotton, sugarcane and others. They are farmers, too!
Therefore, Punjab farmers cannot hold the country to ransom is the message that Chengal Reddy, as well as the statistics given above, delivers.

Food for thought (yet not taught)


Don’t Hope,… Decide!

While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, I had one of those life-changing experiences that you hear other people talk about — the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly. This one occurred a mere two feet away from me.

Straining to locate my friend among the passengers deplaning through the jet way, I noticed a man coming toward me carrying two light bags. He stopped right next to me to greet his family.

First he motioned to his youngest son (maybe six years old) as he laid down his bags. They gave each other a long, loving hug. As they separated enough to look in each other’s face, I heard the father say, “It’s so good to see you, son. I missed you so much!” His son smiled somewhat shyly, averted his eyes and replied softly, “Me, too, Dad!

Then the man stood up, gazed in the eyes of his oldest son (maybe nine or ten) and while cupping his son’s face in his hands said, “You’re already quite the young man. I love you very much, Zach!” They too hugged a most loving, tender hug.

While this was happening, a baby girl (perhaps one or one-and-a-half) was squirming excitedly in her mother’s arms, never once taking her little eyes off the wonderful sight of her returning father. The man said, “Hi, baby girl!” as he gently took the child from her mother. He quickly kissed her face all over and then held her close to his chest while rocking her from side to side. The little girl instantly relaxed and simply laid her head on his shoulder, motionless in pure contentment.

After several moments, he handed his daughter to his oldest son and declared, “I’ve saved the best for last!” and proceeded to give his wife the longest, most passionate kiss I ever remember seeing. He gazed into her eyes for several seconds and then silently mouthed. “I love you so much!” They stared at each other’s eyes, beaming big smiles at one another, while holding both hands.

For an instant they reminded me of newlyweds, but I knew by the age of their kids that they couldn’t possibly be. I puzzled about it for a moment then realized how totally engrossed I was in the wonderful display of unconditional love not more than an arm’s length away from me. I suddenly felt uncomfortable, as if I was invading something sacred, but was amazed to hear my own voice nervously ask, “Wow! How long have you two been married?

“Been together fourteen years total, married twelve of those.” he replied, without breaking his gaze from his lovely wife’s face. “Well then, how long have you been away?” I asked. The man finally turned and looked at me, still beaming his joyous smile. “Two whole days!”

Two days? I was stunned. By the intensity of the greeting, I had assumed he’d been gone for at least several weeks – if not months. I know my expression betrayed me.

I said almost offhandedly, hoping to end my intrusion with some semblance of grace (and to get back to searching for my friend), “I hope my marriage is still that passionate after twelve years!”

The man suddenly stopped smiling.

He looked me straight in the eye, and with forcefulness that burned right into my soul, he told me something that left me a different person. He told me, “Don’t hope, friend… decide!” Then he flashed me his wonderful smile again, shook my hand and said, “God bless!”

– By Michael D. Hargrove and Bottom Line Underwriters, Inc.
Copyright 1997

Motivational stories

A glass of Milk, paid in Full

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.

He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:

“Paid in full with one glass of milk.

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.”

Author Unknown

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Wisdom Quotes

There’s no greater risk that the one that comes from trying something without knowing what you’re doing.
Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. (Warren Buffett)
It is impossible to reach perfection, but if we try hard enough we can at least reach excellence.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. (Vince Lombardi)


“Politeness is okay, but it gets old and boring. You want to attack life with a passion, not a politeness, you want people to think about you and remember you and say “she is so passionate” you don’t want people to think about you and remember you and say “she is so polite,” because, who cares about polite?”
– C. JoyBell C.

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Predicting the future

Humans do it all the time. Sometimes with great success. Not just easy-to-measure and profitable endeavors like sports betting or the stock market, but essential human interactions like, “what’s the best way to welcome a kindergarten student on the first day of school,” or “If we arrange the intersection this way, traffic will flow better.” In matters of public health and engineering, the ability to have a good idea about the repercussions of our work is urgent.

When dealing with a prognosticator, it’s worth asking three questions:

“What’s your track record?” It’s unlikely we’ll be right every single time, but once we adjust for luck and statistical anomalies, do you regularly outperform the others, or are you simply loud about it?

“Can you show your work?” It’s hard to trust someone who has a secret method. While this might be a competitive requirement, it’s more likely that the person has simply had a lucky streak (streaks are statistically likely).

“Have you taught your method to others?” This is a variation of the previous question. If people are using the method to successfully predict the future in other areas, then we’re seeing a resilient and robust approach to understanding how the world works.

Rules of thumb (the topic of my very first book, co-authored 34 years ago) are a stand in for the sort of rigor that is far more common today. With our predictions etched into the memory of the internet and more data available than ever before, we ought to be better at predicting what’s going to happen next and determining who’s good at that and who isn’t. But belief is a strong force, widely held, and sometimes it takes us a while to realize that confidence and volume are not a replacement for seeing things as they are and understanding how they work

International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December

Anti Corruption Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is commemorated to raise awareness against corruption, which is a barrier against social and economic development in societies.

Content marketing ideas

  • Listicle idea: X Signs of a corrupt workplace you must watch out for
  • Infographic idea: A roundup of the sternest anti-corruption laws around the world
  • Video idea: People who are working to reform corrupt systems from the ground up
  • Podcast idea: How safe is the life of a whistleblower?

Brand campaign that worked:

This ad by Videocon shows how an elderly man subtly rebuffs a request to pay a bribe to get his work done.

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime – 9 December

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime – 9 December


This day is celebrated to commemorate and honor genocide victims and to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role is combating and preventing genocide.

Content marketing ideas

  • Listicle idea: Modern-day genocides you might not have heard of
  • Infographic idea: Genocide museums around the world
  • Video idea: How did Anne Frank’s diary change the world?
  • Podcast idea: How do genocide survivors cope with memory and trauma of the past?


BibelotBIH-bə-loPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, late 19th century
1A small, decorative ornament or trinket.
Examples of Bibelot in a sentence “Alyssa couldn’t resist purchasing a few bibelots before she left the store.” “Mr. Willis’ collection of Santa-themed bibelots, tchotchkes, and collectibles was pulled out every year on December 1.”