Monday, August 20, 2012


A Mulla Nasrudin Story

Mulla Nasrudin was strolling in his normal clothes (a crumpled unwashed soiled Kurta Pyjama) when he met a friend dressed in a smart suit.

When Nasrudin asked him where he was going, the friend said that he was heading for the grand feast in the town-hall for which the elite of society had been invited.  

Being an avid foodie, Nasrudin rushed to the place as quickly as he could.

When the Ushers at the entrance saw the shabbily dressed Nasrudin in his filthy crumpled clothes they thought he was a beggar so they threw him out shouting that this grand feast was for the elite of society and not for riffraff.

Since there was still some time for the feast to begin, Nasrudin rushed home.

He dressed himself in his best clothes - a magnificent opulent silk robe adorned with golden threads and bejewelled with the most exotic of gems and golden ornamentation. On his head he wore a splendid eye-catching turban glittering with diamonds and even the elegant shoes he wore looked marvellous with their rich texture and ornamental design.

The metamorphosis in Mulla Nasrudin’s appearance was fascinating.

In one word, Mulla Nasrudin looked Majestic – yes, dressed up in his magnificent attire, Mulla Nasrudin he looked Regal – like a king.

He then walked back towards the venue of the feast.

The moment Mulla Nasrudin entered the banquet hall, the ushers were so dazzled on seeing this majestic personage, that they immediately summoned the Chief Usher, who was so impressed by this Regal Personality in front of him, that he was sure Nasrudin was an aristocrat of very high rank, so he bowed in obeisance and conducted Nasrudin to the VIP table to be seated amongst the crème-de-la-crème of elite society. In fact, Mulla Nasrudin was seated right next to the Chief Guest.

The feast began and a dish of wonderful Biryani was placed before Mulla Nasrudin.

Immediately, Nasrudin picked up handfuls of Biryani in both his hands. With one hand he began to rub the delicious rice on his turban and with the other hand he rubbed a handful of Biryani on his robe. Then, he even sprinkled some Biryani on his shoes.

The stunned Chief Guest asked Nasrudin what he was doing.

“Your Honour,” Nasrudin said, “these clothes got me in here for this feast. Surely they deserve a portion of the food, don’t they?”

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram Karve has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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