Today, of all the people, a relatively quiet and reticent Zarina Khan was to narrate a “genuine joke”. She simply could not contain herself on how Monthi Serrao responded when informed that two of her grandsons were aged three months apart. “One is aged 18 months and the other is 15 months and Monthi just refuses to believe me,”
|Monthi narrates the Bagdogra joke|
“How is it possible?” Monthi asked giggling uncontrollably. “Just three months difference?”
We were still not getting the joke, till someone quipped Super Fast Express. “No, none of you are getting the point,” Zarina exclaimed.
|Siba Prasad Maitra|
The nickel dropped, but slowly. Only Ved Prakash Grover fully understood the joke and to humor him further, Monthi narrated another ‘funny’ incident – this time of her brother-in-law stranded at Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri yesterday. “He called up to say that his flight was delayed. But there was another aircraft on the tarmac ready to take off for Mumbai. He wanted to know if he could board that one. I told him don’t give me tension!”
Even this one was lost on most of us. But what did strike a chord was when Shekhawat pulled up Siba Prasad Maitra for turning up “after more than a month”. (In Shekhawat’s mental universe, the smallest unit of time is one month.) Arora interjected to suggest that a fine be imposed from now on for every wrongdoing of members.
“We should not charge money,” he declared. “For the first offence, the member will have to exercise without a cap. For the second offence, he will remove his shoes. Third offence, the T-shirt comes off. Fourth offence, the belt…” He did not proceed any further. Still, it made perfect sense to all of us!