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Hats off, Sri Lanka


Indians seem to consider other countries of the subcontinent (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal) as their poor parents. And Sri Lanka is no exception to the rule. They have almost constantly invaded this small island.

But Sri Lankans have actually nothing much to do with Indians. Women dress differently (no salwar kameez for example, but long skirts instead), they speak Sinhala which is similar to the North Indian and Indo-European languages but bifurcated some 2,500 years ago and has nothing to do with Hindi for instance. And then they are mostly Buddhist. And really more relaxed than Indians.

But far from me the idea of comparing both people. I just want to narrate a situation that made me laugh. We flew Delhi-Colombo with Air India; The plane was full of foreigners (there is for example no more direct flights from France and most have a transfer in India), Sri Lankans and pilgrims. On the way back, we flew Air Sri Lanka.

While the departure was at 13:55., they opened the doors for boarding at 13:00 – at least that’s what the screens indicated. And at 13:10 “last call!” Panicked, I made my little family rush and we were at the door at 13:15 and boarding... hadn't even started! Summoned to explain himself, the guy from the company explained that they were obliged to do that with Indians otherwise they would never leave on time! A “last call” at 13:10 while boarding started only at 13:25, respect... When Sri Lankans give lessons to their powerful neighbours...

But it did not stop there! The flight of 3,5 hours was quite turbulent and the pilot left the ‘fasten-your-seatbelt’ signal on for about an hour and a half. Typically, Indians, this signal, they don’t give a damn. Worse, they seem to get up as soon as it is turned on. Hostesses explaining to passengers that they have had bad experiences, the security stuff, nothing matters. It was not counting on the Sri Lankan hostess who was pissed and almost rude, yelling at people to sit down again. But Indians are tenacious, they still stood up. So BOOM, they locked all the toilets, I have never seen anything like this! “You want to get up eh?! Well get up but you are not gonna pee!” Frankly, I wondered if the staff was not taking some kind of little petty revenge because the turbulences were frankly not so bad. In the meantime, I had quite a laugh, my favourite Indian a little less...


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This might explain that...

Or maybe not, who knows...

India, by her average IQ, is ranked 122 on a global scale of 183 countries. Now what to do with this piece of information...

Country ranking IQ.jpg



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Helen's pearls - Reincarnation

Helen, my son’s nanny, displayed her hunting skills the other day: she killed a huge fly, two or three times the size of a bumblebee, probably harmless but, when in doubt... PAF!

  • My mother-in-law got a little upset: “But Helen, why did you kill this poor thing, it may have been a human being in a previous life.”
  • Helen almost did another strike: “But what BULLSHIT (she is not scared of words this one)! What all do I have to hear? Humans reincarnated into flies? And what about ants then? You don’t crush them when they invade your kitchen? Besides, it is not possible that those billions of ants get all reincarnated into humans, otherwise we would be many more. In my religion (Catholic), we don’t get reincarnated, but if we were – who knows – we would reincarnate only into a human not in beetle... »
  • My mother-in-law yet didn’t give up: “But there are more people who die that people who are born, so where do their souls go?”
  • Helen ended the conversation with her legendary tact: “Nowhere.”

india,reincarnation,helenI had to check the argument of my mother-in-law’s argument, as it sounded weird to me. And indeed: 55 million deaths per year for 131 million births worldwide. If all the humans get reincarnated (the number of saints remaining still really really small), and into humans (let's leave aside the theory of karma which increases the probability of return on Earth as a frog if you behave badly), it leaves 76 million babies of unknown origin. So when you kill a mosquito, you have less chances of taking the life of a reincarnated human than of a future reincarnation as a human. And there again, the chances are very small - no one seems to have counted the mosquitoes (I tried anyway, in case where) but there are thousands of billions it's course. Their chances to get reincarnated beings humans are so infinitesimal. On the other hand, they do at least 750 000 victims a year.

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