360° Coverage : How money and magic overlap in Asia (The Funny Side)

11 Updates

How money and magic overlap in Asia (The Funny Side)

Dec 20 2013, 12:12am CST | by

ALWAYS AGREE QUICKLY with wacky, annoying people who accost you with irritating ideas. It usually makes them go away faster.

ALWAYS AGREE QUICKLY with wacky, annoying people who accost you with irritating ideas. It usually makes them go away faster. But not always. An accountant friend said to me the other day that she...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos


44 weeks ago

How money and magic overlap in Asia (The Funny Side)

Dec 20 2013, 12:12am CST | by

ALWAYS AGREE QUICKLY with wacky, annoying people who accost you with irritating ideas. It usually makes them go away faster.

ALWAYS AGREE QUICKLY with wacky, annoying people who accost you with irritating ideas. It usually makes them go away faster.

But not always. An accountant friend said to me the other day that she had realized that her profession was actually a religion. "Of course!" I replied. "Stands to reason. Wow, look at the time. Shouldn't you be heading off to do something really important right now?"

Unfortunately nothing was more important than delivering me three items of proof for her assertion. Number one: yoga has become a dominant cultural practice in the world (there are now more aficionados of this Indian discipline in the US than Methodists and Presbyterians put together), and modern yoga was developed by an accountant. "Lahiri Mahasaya maintained that there was no separation between his day job as an accountant and his work as a yogi," she said.

Well, of course. Both are about sitting on your bottom for long periods, dealing with annoying people and trying not to fall asleep.

Her second piece of evidence was in her bag: a book on the philosophy of accountancy which said that accounting rules attempt to grow ethical corporations in the same way that religious codes attempt to grow ethical communities. "Accounting is coming to be understood as 'making' the very things it pretends to describe," author James Aho wrote. This was getting too deep for me.

Her third piece of evidence: historians recently translated ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and discovered that the female deity Seshat is actually "the goddess of accountancy". Seshat wears a head piece with seven pointed studs and a leopard-skin dress. I seriously think this should be made compulsory uniform for all accountants, especially the guys.

After listening to this, I responded with the line which becomes second nature to all married men facing strong-minded women: "Yes, dear, I'm sure you're right."

But maybe she actually was. The following morning I was amazed to receive an email from a reader with a link to a news report about a "living god" in Nepal. Chanira Bajracharya, aged 15, had decided to retire from her role as the holy incarnation of a deity to rejoin normal humanity, it said. "I want to study accounting," she told reporters. The article added that she has been living a solitary life of study and contemplation and had no friends of her own age. Clearly, fate had prepared her for life as an accountant.

Money and magic overlap a lot in Asia. The guy who runs the Chinese funerary shop near my office, which sells paper replica products to burn ceremonially for your dead ancestors, has stocked up on paper iPads so that people can send Bitcoins to grandpa. I haven't been able to explain Bitcoins to myself, so have no hope of explaining it to grandpa's ghost.

Anyway, here's a beancounter joke. Q: "Did you hear about the accountant's prayer?" A: "Lord, help me be more relaxed about insignificant details, starting tomorrow at 10.53:16 a.m."

And here's a rather topical "accountants are boring" joke: Q: "What do undertakers do to liven up their Christmas office parties? A: Invite an accountant."

In the end, I told my accountant friend that I would accept that her profession was a religion if she would wear for me the same costume as Seshat wore in ancient Egypt: a seven-pointed crown and a leopard-skin dress. Fingers crossed.

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent flier. Send ideas and comments via www.mrjam.org)


Source: IANS


1 week ago

Appointments: Two promotions at Ryecroft Glenton charted accountant

Oct 20 2014 9:18am CDT | Source: Ne.Business.co.uk

North East-based Ryecroft Glenton has promoted two of its experienced executives to managerial rol ...
Source: Ne.Business.co.uk   Full article at: Ne.Business.co.uk


1 week ago

Fired PwC employee breached firm's ethics in Comcast complaints

Oct 13 2014 2:32pm CDT | Source: San Jose Business Journal

Even after Comcast Corp. issued a public apology last week to Conal O’Rourke, an ex-accountant who lost his job at one the nation’s big four accounting firms after a dispute with the company over his home cable services, PricewaterhouseCoopers has stood by the termination. PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed in a statement to the Silicon Valley Business Journal Monday that an internal investigation concluded that O’Rourke had violation the firm’s ethical standards and practices, and subse ...
Source: San Jose Business Journal   Full article at: San Jose Business Journal


2 weeks ago

Accountant training has ‘wrong focus’

Oct 12 2014 10:54pm CDT | Source: Business Day

Profession said to be ill-tuned to SA’s n ...
Source: Business Day   Full article at: Business Day


2 weeks ago

A Man Claims Comcast Called His Boss And Got Him Fired After He Complained About Their Service (CMCSA)

Oct 7 2014 6:22am CDT | Source: Business Insider

A man is claiming that Comcast contacted his employer and got him fired after he called to complain about the service.  The Consumerist reports that a man known as Conal complained to Comcast after he was billed for services he didn't actually have. After his complaint, the company promised him extra television channels as a make-good, but instead send him a variety of equipment that he didn't need.  Conal complained t ...
Source: Business Insider   Full article at: Business Insider


3 weeks ago

The 25 Best Colleges To Attend If You Want To Be An Accountant

Oct 3 2014 1:20pm CDT | Source: Business Insider

If you've always been good at math and like working with numbers, you might have a future in accounting. But your raw talent alone won't necessarily land you a job. It's important that you also get a good education from the right college. To help figure out the best schools for aspiring accountants, LinkedIn recently identified the most desirable companies for accounting professionals — those that both attract and retain employees — and then found which colleges and universi ...
Source: Business Insider   Full article at: Business Insider


3 weeks ago

SalesforceVoice: Why Your Customer Service Agents Need To Have Empathy

Sep 29 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Forbes Real Time

The following is an approved excerpt from Jeff Toister's "Service Failure," which reveals many surprising causes of poor customer service and provides proven solutions drawn from real examples and cutting-edge research.  Many employees struggle to empathize with customers because they don’t have a similar experience they can relate to.  An accounta ...
Source: Forbes Real Time   Full article at: Forbes Real Time


4 weeks ago

Mazurkiewicz honored by NYS accounting group

Sep 26 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: Buffalo Business First

A partner in the tax advisory group at Dopkins & Co. LLP is being recognized by the New York State Society for Certified Public Accountants for his local volunteer work. Gerard Mazurkiewicz is the recipient of the 2014 Michael H. Urbach CPA Community Builders Award, NYSSCPA announced Friday. Mazurkiewicz was selected based on his deep involvement with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, an organization for which he h ...
Source: Buffalo Business First   Full article at: Buffalo Business First


4 weeks ago

Not just an accountant's angst

Sep 24 2014 10:55am CDT | Source: Business Standard

As independent India's 11th Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) from January 2008 to May 2013, Vinod Rai came under intense and vituperative attack from ruling party politicians. None of his predecessors h ...
Source: Business Standard   Full article at: Business Standard


5 weeks ago

Lynnwood accountant gets 41-month jail term for stealing from relatives

Sep 22 2014 7:59am CDT | Source: Seattle Business Journal

Lynnwood accountant Bruce Bergman, 59, was sentenced to 41 months in jail for stealing more than $1 million in relatives' tax payments. Between 2002 and 2011, Bergman took money from relatives who thought he would pay their IRS taxes with the money. Instead, Bergman kept their money and never paid the taxes due, leaving the couple with a tax bill of more than $1 million. According to the government, some of the money he stole from his relatives went to support a drug habit that cost him a ...
Source: Seattle Business Journal   Full article at: Seattle Business Journal


5 weeks ago

Scottish Independence: Devo Max Could Be the Best for Both Worlds

Sep 18 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: IBTimes UK

Saffery Champness' private wealth accountant and partner Ronnie Ludwig sp ...
Source: IBTimes UK   Full article at: IBTimes UK


Don't miss ...


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/27" rel="author">IANS</a>
The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) was established in 1986, initially to serve as an information bridge between India and its thriving diaspora in North America. Today it is a full-fledged, 24 by 7 agencies putting out the real-time news from India, South Asia and news of interest to this region around the world.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Australia to stop visa requests from Ebola-affected countries
Sydney, Oct 27 (IANS/EFE) The Australian government has stopped visa requests from Ebola-affected countries to help prevent its outbreak in the country, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament Monday.
Only two people remain in hospital after Spain Ebola scare
Madrid, Oct 27 (IANS/EFE) Ten people were discharged Monday from the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid where they were in quarantine, after they showed no signs of the Ebola virus at the end of the 21-day incubation period.
Ebola co-discoverer: Crisis avoidable by acting early
Hong Kong, Oct 27 (IANS) Peter Piot, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus in 1976, said here Monday that the lesson that people should draw from an Ebola crisis was that it could be avoidable by acting early.
Geological discovery raises questions on continent formation
Sydney, Oct 27 (IANS/EFE) The discovery of fragments of Australia in the subsoil of the volcanic Vanuatu island in the South Pacific raises new questions on how continents are formed, an Australian university said Monday.

Latest from the Network

Reinartz out for three months with eye injury
Berlin, Oct 27 (IANS) Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen will be without their defensive mid-fielder Stefan Reinartz for three months as he fractured his eye socket. The 25-year-old German, who has earned three...
Read more on Sport Balla
Pakistan PM urged to probe London rally incident
Islamabad, Oct 27 (IANS) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to probe a Kashmir rally incident in London, where Bilawal Bhutto was forced off the stage, media reported...
Read more on Politics Balla
Google employee held for 'cyberstalking'
New York, Oct 27 (IANS) A 23-year-old Google employee has been arrested for allegedly cyberstalking a former classmate, a medai report said. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, Nicholas Rotundo, an internal...
Read more on Politics Balla
Indians in Washington celebrate Diwali
Washington, Oct 27 (IANS) The Indian community in Washington celebrated Diwali with the Indian ambassador S. Jaishankar noting how the festival has become part of Indian American community's presence and profile in the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Astronomers produce first images of exploding stellar fireball
Washington, Oct 27 (IANS) The expansion of thermonuclear fireball from a nova that erupted last year in the constellation Delphinus was more complicated than the simple models used previously would have predicted,...
Read more on Business Balla
Paul Allen Donates At Least $100M to Fight Ebola Virus
Paul Allen has just made himself a certified crusader against the deadly Ebola virus.Allen, the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks owner, pledged to donate "at least $100 million" to Tackle Ebola. He wrote a...
Read more on Sport Balla
Spanish La Liga standings
Madrid, Oct 27 (IANS) Following are the Spanish La Liga standings after Sunday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Barcelona 9...
Read more on Sport Balla
China stocks open lower
Beijing, Oct 27 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened lower Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index opening at 2,293.57 points, down 8.71 points or 0.38 percent. The Shenzhen Component Index opened at 7,881.01, down...
Read more on Business Balla
Italian Serie A results
Rome, Oct 27 (IANS) Following are the collated results of Italy's Serie A matches Sunday, according to Xinhua. Chievo lost to Genoa 1-2 Juventus bt Palermo 2-0 Udinese bt Atalanta 2-0 Cesena lost to Inter Milan 0-1...
Read more on Sport Balla
China mulls scrapping death penalty for 9 crimes
Beijing, Oct 27 (IANS) Chinese lawmakers are considering to remove the death penalty for nine crimes, including smuggling weapons and nuclear materials. The draft amendment to the Criminal Law was submitted Monday to...
Read more on Politics Balla