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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Monday, July 25, 2005

What's in a name?

* U.S.President Bill Clinton's call to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during Pakistan's misadventure in Kargil (Kashmir):

President Clinton: "I'm sorry to say Mr. Sharif that what you are doing in Kargil is not very 'sharif'(meaning gentlemanly)."

Nawaz Sharif: "Mr. President, names have no meaning in political moves. Do you think what Madam Madelein Albright has been doing in Kosovo makes her all that bright?"

* Russian President Putin's call to President Bush after Secretary of State Condolitza Rice's visit to Moscow:

"Mr. President, Ms Rice has just concluded her trip and you know what? Your Candy turned out to be too bitter a pill to swallow."

* British Prime Minister Tony Blair to President Bush when the latter wanted his support for Mr. Wolfovitz, nominated to become President of World Bank:

"Ofcourse, you can take my support for granted, George, even if I have to pay a heavy price for it. They are already calling me your Poodle for supporting you on Iraq war and now they will create some 'Poodle and the Wolf(ovitz)' tales."

* Tony Blair to his wife Cherie Blair, a human rights lawyer of international repute, after she made a scathing attack on her husband's government in a speech in Malasia for changing laws to detain terror suspects for indefinite period without charging them--"It would be all too easy for the U.K. to fight back against terror in a way which cheapens our right to call ourselves a civilized nation":

" Hi Cherie, sorry to say your speech certainly brought no cheers for me or my supporters in Britain, even if you were enthusiastically cheered by your audiance in Malasya."

* According to polls, President Bush's rating is very much reduced in his second term of presidency. Political analysts have mentioned many factors for this but somehow they missed the most important one:

"The woman behind the successful man, the First Lady Laura Bush. The fateful day 'the desperate housewife' came out from behind the Bushes at White House Correspondents' Dinner held April 30, President Bush's ratings started to slip dramatically, as the First Lady's popularity progressed instantly."

* President Bush announces John Bolton's installation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations:

A Bolt(on) from (de)Blue for Kofi Annan!