How many times what we want to effectively convey is difficult to do. But with good humour and wit and drawing upon our epics the same can be expressed very effectively and that too in a chilling manner. The recent agitations against corruption have raised a host of issues and responses. Seemingly endless debates in TV channels have reduced it to a boring and repititive excercise.
There is tremendous wit out in the society and following is a marvellous example of it.
After the war, Hanumanji submitted his TA Bill for his official tour for collecting Sanjeevani Booti to Ayodhya administration.
The LDC (Lower Division Clerk) in TA/ DA Bill section raised 3 objections:
(1) Hanumanji did not take prior permission of the appropriate authority (Bharat), the King of Ayodhya, during the relevant time for his travel;
(2) Hanumanji, being Grade D officer, was not entitled to air travel;
(3) Hanumanji was asked to bring Sanjeevani Booti, just a single plant, but he carried a whole mountain (unauthorized excess baggage).
The LDC returned the bill. King Ram could do nothing except mark it down for re-examination.
A worried Laxman approached the LDC and offered a bribe of 10% of the TA Bill amount.
The LDC now wrote on the Bill:
"Re-examined: Even during the relevant time, Ram was the de-jure king> through his Paduka.
Further in an emergency, non-entitled officers can be authorized ex-post facto to fly.
Also excess baggage is justified as bringing a wrong plant would have entailed multiple journeys with extra cost; hence bill may be paid.
The TA Bill was paid accordingly.
PS:The LDC & Laxman are both agitating now with Team Anna!!
Can it be bettered is an interesting question to ask. Hats off tocreators of such excellent wit ,humour and satire.