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May 2016

Lalu causes a scare!

Books on a table This is a poor translation of a story by Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay. The objective is merely to acquaint readers with Sharatchandra's stories, and to exhort them to read the original or better translations. The story tells about Gopal uncle's mission to ensure a decent funeral for cholera victims. There is an outbreak of cholera. In those days, cholera was a dreaded illness, and people used to leave their homes and migrate to other places out of fear if a neighbour contracted cholera. In case a patient died, there would be no one to assist the family with the funeral. But Gopal uncle showed no fear. Youngsters like Lalu assisted Gopal in cremating the dead. However, once while assisting Gopal, Lalu suddenly disappeared. Where did Lalu go? Was Lalu, who otherwise came across as a bold person, in fact chicken-hearted?

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Airs and graces!

Picture of a gas stove Every morning on my way to office I stopped by a roadside snacks joint and enjoyed a plate of "sheera", a delectable dessert that is prepared within minutes; one did not have to wait ages to be served. Having been transferred to a new city only recently, I lived alone and was yet to get organised. For meals, I had to depend upon the numerous restaurants and eateries. This snacks joint seemed very popular for its "sheera", and I stopped by every morning for a plateful. That was my breakfast! The joint was so popular that there would even be cars parked in front of the shabby eatery. On occasions, there were customers who put on airs and made absurd requests to the cook; however, the delightful "sheera" brought even these customers down to earth!

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Killer cats!

Cats playing I was munching some snacks; three cats appeared from nowhere and began a meowing contest begging for their share. Downright annoying! Just then my friend Alok arrived. Looking first at the cats and then at me he asked, "If three cats can catch three mice in three minutes, how many cats will be needed to catch one hundred mice in 100 minutes?" Will you help me answer this riddle?

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