Politics in India

BRUSH UP YOUR GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, GRANDPAS!

The other day, I was reading the day’s newspaper after lunch but dozed off soon. Copenhagen summit, price rise, food shortage, demands for bifurcation of states were the main items in the newspaper and, naturally, one is tempted to put aside the newspaper and dream of a world free from man – made problems. I was worried about certain unpleasant developments in India and obviously, my mind slipped into a world of wild imaginations. “Stop this videogame”, the grand father told his grandson. “Let me test your general knowledge.” The grandson was a bit frightened and switched off the T.V.

“Which is the capital of Andhra Pradesh?”

The boy kept mum

“O.K who is the chief minister of Kerala?” the grandpa continued. The boy burst into laughter

“Be serious”, the grandpa asserted and asked, “how many states are there in South India?” The boy closed his eyes and began to count, mentally, one, two, three………. The grand father got wild and shouted “Just four, you stupid” The boy, then ran out, saying “Grandpa has gone nuts……. He says there are only four states in South India…”. When grandpa stared at him, the boy told him: “There are as many as 15 states in South India…… Your G.K is a big zero, grandpa”.

Suddenly I woke up from my catnap when some noise shook me up!

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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