The latest Indian census shows an alarming decline in the girl child ratio while our population is promptly on the rise. Coupled with this is the fact that the attitude towards daughters all over the nation seems to be changing—for the worse. Illegal practices by bribe-happy doctors are adding to this misfortune. Yet there appears to be a ray of hope for the optimist, in the country’s ‘sample surveys.’ But how hopeful can we really be? We have all this and more to ponder over as India inches towards China’s dramatically low gender ratio with sufficient scope to take over as the world’s most populous nation.

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here.

  1. Dadnoun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect.
  2. Dandynoun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes.

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here.

  1. Dad - noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect.
  2. Dandy - noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes.

Also see letters P, M, K, C, J and R.

  1. Sabbath - noun An unknown quantity in San Francisco social life.
  2. Sacerdotalist - noun One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest.
  3. Sacred - noun Dedicated to some religious purpose; having a divine character; as the Dalai Lama of Tibet; the Moogum of M’bwango; the Cow in India; the hair of the dog that bit Noah, etc.

Previous entries: P, M, K, C, J. Notice I have listed double the number of extracts under this letter. This is simply because these are some of the finest in the whole book by Bierce. A little bonus for you to chew and occasionally swallow and digest.

You have been with me through entries under the letters P, M, K, and C. Today, we shall read through J.

  1. J - is a consonant in English, but some nations use it as a vowel–than which nothing could be more absurd.

Today is the day of the letter C. ’nuff said. Or maybe, ’nuff seen. Whatever that means. We’ve read through P, M and K. Read on.

  1. Cabbage - noun A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.
~This post is dedicated to my own blog. For being there.~


In my last post I gave you ten of what I thought were the finest ‘Devil’s definitions’ of words in Bierce’s ‘The Devil’s Dictionary.’ Today, I shall outline some more, this time from the letter M.

~This post is dedicated to my good friend, Raghul Selvam, for failing to dissociate in lofty hours. He is still alive today.~


While Ambroce ‘Bitter’ Bierce himself rather fancied the name ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ to ‘The Cynic’s Wordbook,’ I think the latter is equally good and thus decided to title this post as you now see it! …

It pleases one to no small limit to see all (or at least most) of his favourite actors, director(s) and screenplaywright(s) working on a common project and coming out with what can only be a masterpiece of a film. This coming year looks like its my turn.…

I play the violin. I’m no maestro, but I can handle the bow well (but I still cannot play the vibrato!) And this beautiful instrument–which came to me somewhat as a serendipity–has, for some reason, convinced me to spread the word about those great musical masterpieces I listen to everyday.…