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Some are born fools… some achieve foolishness…!

On an all fools day, while I was shopping in a corner shop, a middle aged chap with a broad smile on his face dashed towards me and said, “Hi, don’t you remember me?” He was a total stranger and I paid him back in his own coin, “My goodness! After a long time…” I shook his hands and added, “By the way, how is your sister?” He seemed to be upset by my unexpected reaction and told me in a subdued voice, “Sir, I am born to be fooled…last year, I called one of my friends over the phone on the first of April just to say, “April fool” but he fooled me by saying “today is 31st March, my friend.” It was a lie but the fool in me prompted me to look at the calendar…”

“Anyway, I was not to give up and called one of my colleagues over the phone and said, “good news…we will get 15% bonus this year”. I expected “really?” from him but he said, “Yes, yes; we had a fax at 7.00 PM yesterday from the head office.” And, that was a fact, but I was not aware of it!” He seemed to come out with yet another incident but I said, “Ok boss, I am in a hurry”.

The crux of the matter is: one has to do the necessary spade work even to play a harmless joke!

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.

15 Comments on “Some are born fools… some achieve foolishness…!

  1. Something similar happened to a colleague.

    A guy from onsite called up saying that a few of the onsite people would be coming back to India. So my friend is like planning a party for them. The announcements are sent out to all for the party.

    Turns out the onsite guy was fooling around. And my friend is going to hear this for a while now.

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