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Feast for the rats!

Book This is only a poor translation of one of poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore's short stories. We had published this story in June 2012, but are republishing it with a short summary. This is a lively story about a group of school students. The boys are returning to school after the vacations. Since they are traveling in a long-distance train, we can infer that they study in a residential school far away from their homes. The students know that a new teacher was arriving in school to teach them. But they had not met or seen him yet. Although the boys have not yet met the new teacher, they seem to have taken a dislike for him. What could be the reason for such behaviour? Possibly, the boys are gripped by a fear of the unknown. Perhaps the boys think that the new teacher, Kalikumar Tarkalankar, might be very strict and, so, they are scared. An elderly person boards their coach. At first, the boys play pranks on the man and try to make him feel uncomfortable. But the gentleman does not get angry. The gentleman's warm-hearted nature eventually wins over the boys and they start liking him. They even resolve to prevail over the school management to appoint the gentleman as their new teacher instead of Kalikumar Tarkalankar. Well, well, well! Who does the gentleman turn out to be? He is Kalikumar Tarkalankar himself! I think the story is trying to tell us that we should not be too judgemental; we should not make judgments about something until we actually see or experience the situation.

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Communication gap!

Funny picture of dog wearing hat This friend of mine is not very articulate. He finds it difficult to clearly state his thoughts - a shortcoming that has landed him in hilarious situations at times. Here is one situation which he voluntarily related to me although it was an embarrassing one. The friend was working as an apprentice in a factory. He had to take a bus to reach the factory. The factory was quite some distance from the bus stop, and the friend had to walk the remaining distance. One day a senior colleague offered to drop him at the bus stop on his motorcycle. The friend, not really meaning it, said something which caused the colleague to zoom off and he never offered a lift to my friend ever again.

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Who keeps fish?

Exotic fish This puzzle has been attributed to Albert Einstein. There are some facts which have been stated and some hints given. Based on these facts and hints, you have to determine who keeps fish. There are five houses in five different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. These five owners drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owner has the same pet, smokes the same brand of cigar or drinks the same drink.

(This puzzle had been carried before and is being republished)

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  • Union Public Service Commission - www.upsc.gov.in
  • IIT-Kharagpur - www.iitkgp.ac.in
  • Indian Statistical Institute - www.isical.ac.in
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras - www.iitm.ac.in
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - www.iimahd.ernet.in
  • Indian Institute of Mass Commission - www.iimc.nic.in
  • IIT Bombay - www.iitb.ac.in
  • Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad - www.ismdhanbad.ac.in
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi - www.bitmesra.ac.in
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training - www.cifnet.nic.in
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (Deemed University) - www.iiita.ac.in
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi - www.cmfri.com
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - www.tiss.edu