Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Minister's Comments

This is based on a conversation heard on a news channel:-

Television anchor is reporting on an earthquake in the Bay of Bengal, expecting a tsunami (imagines soaring TRP and "remember-we got-this-first".)

Anchor: This just in. The Met department reports that an earthquake has occurred in the Bay of Bengal, sparking fears of another tsunami. We get you a live confirmation from the Minister himself.

(Minister's voice appears on the telly)

Anchor: Good Evening, Sir. We have just heard from the Met Department that an earthquake has occurred in the Bay of Bengal. Are the reports official?

Minister: If it is from the Met Department, it must be official, right?

Anchor: Sir, the Met Department says there will be no tsunami. What is you opinion on this?

Minister: See, the earthquake happened about two hours ago, and nothing has happened since. So nothing need be feared now.

Anchor: Sir, can you tell us exactly where the earthquake happened?

Minister: See, an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 happened under the seabed in the Bay of Bengal, west of Nicobar Islands at latitude 9 degrees 11 minutes 13 seconds North and longitude 92 degrees 34 minutes and 28 seconds East.

Anchor: So are there fears of a tsunami?

Minister: I have already told you, there will be none.

Anchor: But the Met Department said there was a risk.

Minister: That was hours ago. From where the quake happened, it would have had to be within two hours.

Anchor: Can you tell us exactly where the earthquake happened?

Minister: See, an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 happened under the seabed in the Bay of Bengal, west of Nicobar Islands at latitude 9 degrees 11 minutes 13 seconds North and longitude 92 degrees 34 minutes and 28 seconds East.

Anchor: So are there fears of a tsunami?

Minister: I have already told you, there will be none.

Anchor: Just in case there is, how ready is the government?

Minister: I just told you there will be none.

Anchor: How can you be so sure?

Minister: I trust the Met Department.

Anchor: Are the reports official?

Minister: If it is from the Met Department, it must be official, right?

Anchor: Can you tell us exactly where the earthquake happened?

Minister: #$%(&%#^@_!!! (&*^)&*^(%!! _)(&_*^!
(Minister hangs up.)

Anchor (addressing the camera again): News just in. We have shocking footage of the Minister of Ocean Development abusing our anchor for asking an innocent question.

(Footage replayed)

Anchor: Can you tell us exactly where the earthquake happened?

Minister: #$%(&%#^@_!!! (&*^)&*^(%!! _)(&_*^!

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