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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Where Is YOUR Fire Hose?

Sixty-year-old Mithailal Ram Sanjivan doused his body with a flammable liquid and set himself ablaze outside his one-room house in Ahmedabad, western Gujarat state, in India recently. He was a jobless alcoholic whose wife refused to serve him meat for dinner, because they couldn’t afford it.

After an argument with her, Sanjivan locked his wife Geeta in the house before setting himself on fire outside.

Later, Geeta said that they had not had meat for so long that she had forgotten what it tasted like. She said she didn’t know what he was doing outside, but it smelled good.


  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Mellie Helen said…


  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Yep, Mellie. Dis-gus-ting.

  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    Oh my. Couldn't he have taken some nice quiet PILLS or something?

  • At 12:35 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    UPDATE This part of the world is not as sophisticated as we might assume from the Rue Brittania aftermath of colonial rule. For example, a solar eclipse is expected there tomorrow, and here is the news today: "One Indian paper advised pregnant women not to go outside during the eclipse to avoid having a blind baby or one with a cleft lip. Food cooked before the eclipse should be thrown out afterward because it will be impure and those who are holding a knife or ax during the eclipse will cut themselves, the Hindustan Times added."

  • At 7:30 AM, Blogger Carolyn said…

    That was pretty insane! After reading your above info, it makes me wonder if they think some of our customs are just as archaeic :)

  • At 3:56 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Good point, Carolyn. Finally, a cure for craziness which does not depend on years of government largess, except for the occasional fire truck now and then.


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