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The cat

Picture of a book containing stories by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay This is a feeble translation of a satire by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. This is a delightful conversation between Kamalakanta - an opium addict, and a cat. Although outwardly humorous, the conversation is, in fact, a hard hitting dialogue about the disparities in society. It is a biting satire on life.

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Wrong number!

A mobile phone Even a few years after mobile phones invaded Indian homes, I was still without one. The reason was simple. I was unemployed and, so, had no money to get myself that wonderful gadget. Quite a few of my friends had acquired grand handsets, and they felt no compunctions about flaunting them. Rajesh was one of them. The pampered son of rich parents, the guy had got himself a really fabulous piece. Well, it would have been alright had he kept the cellphone in his pockets, hidden from our envious eyes. But that was not to be! The chap would fish out the mobile phone immediately upon seeing any one of us and start talking endlessly. Who he was talking to, we had no way of knowing. But the snob appeared to have countless friends who, like him, had all the time in the world to go yakety-yak.

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Must reach the station in time

Train with passengers leaning out of the door Four friends Anil, Bhushan, Chander and I (Deepak) wish to catch a train that will depart in 17 minutes. However, it is raining very hard, and we have only one umbrella that can accommodate two persons at a time. The time taken by each of us individually to reach the railway station is as follows: Anil takes one minute, Bhushan takes two minutes, Chander takes five minutes, and Deepak (that's me), who is the laziest, takes ten minutes to reach the station. How can all of us reach the station in time to catch the train without getting wet?

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