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Outwitting a Thief

This is the cover of a book by Shibram Chakraborty Falling off to sleep without latching the door is an invitation to thieves. The author made this mistake, but fortunately, he had a ball of thread close at hand.

On a lazy afternoon, all you need is a book by Shibram Chakraborty to send you into peals of laughter. The author's play with words is extremely amusing, and it is a treat to read the stories in Bengali. This is but a poor translation of a story by Shibram Chakraborty and comes nowhere near to capturing the essence of the original.

While we are on the subject of "capturing", this story narrates how the author captured a thief, a giant of a man, using a ball of thread. Yes, a ball of thread! The thread that snaps easily. Please read the story to know how the author did it.

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Talk Therapy!

Funny picture of a dog wearing a hat After a hard day's work, I was returning home on my motorcycle. I had purchased the vehicle only recently; like any new possession I loved the motorcycle dearly, and my heart bled if it suffered any scratch or dent. And, my heart bled quite often because it wasn't easy to protect the bike from unruly riders who believed they owned the roads. But, fortunately, till now the motorcycle had escaped with only minor scratches that were visible to my eyes alone.

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Switch on the Lights

Beautiful flowers in my rooftop garden I have a lovely roof-top garden, which is illuminated by three incandescent bulbs at three different corners.

The switches of these bulbs are situated downstairs and I keep forgetting which switch corresponds to which bulb with the result that I have to switch on all the light bulbs thereby wasting a lot of energy even if I am working in only a particular corner.

I have decided to mark the switches so that I light only that bulb which is situated in the corner where I wish to spend a pleasant evening. Please help me determine which switch belongs to which bulb by making just one trip to the rooftop.

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