‘Divine Lunatic Mission’ by Harishankar Parsai

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Mock!, Uncategorized

Everyone knows about the smuggling of goods, but there is also a kind of spiritual smuggling. Suppose a man grows a long beard and goes off to America with a disciple and declares, “I am one thousand years old. I lived as an ascetic in the Himalayas for centuries, and have talked to god three times.” the trusting, and yet doubtful amercian will ask the disciple, “Is your guru telling the truth? Is he really a thousand years old?” The disciple will respond, “I can’t say for sure. I’ve been with him only half that time.” In other words, the disciple smuggles in five hundred years for his own use. Now he can open shop independently.

*Submitted from the short satire ‘Divine Lunatic Mission’ by Harishankar Parsai, the doyen of Hindi satirists.  The book ‘Inspector Matadeen on the moon’ is a collection of twenty one short satires that expose and denounce all that is

 corrupt and venomous in the Indian body politic.

**’Divine Lunatic Mission’ was originally published in Hindi as ’Divine Lunatic Mission.’  


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