Author: Khushwant Singh
Editor(s): Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8122203760
With candor and without malice, KS is at his best in this collection of his Joke Book, a seventh in the series. It carries his selection of jokes sent to him by contributors all over the country and published in his Weekly Column in a leading Newspaper of Delhi.
FROM EDITOR's PREFACE:
We Indians are singularly humourless people who find it difficult to laugh unless it is prescribed by a doctor and administered as a dose good for our health. Got to any park in any city and you will see middle-aged men and women with long, sad faces looking as if they had just broken away from a funeral procession for a few minutes to rest their feet before rejoining it. They line up on a lawn like soldiers on drill and await their leader’s command to begin their exercise.
He raises one arm; they fall silent. He brings it down with a jerk, they start laughing: hee, hee, hee-haw, haw, haw-and bray like donkeys for full fifteen minutes. Their and bray like donkeys for full fifteen minutes. Their leader raises his hand again. They fall silent. Put back their long, sad feces, break lines and rejoin the funeral procession.
Laughter clubs proliferate. They produce more laughter among onlookers than they do for themselves. They are a truly laughable lot.