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Transfer letter

While most of the conversation over dinner with Sarnath and other rascal rowdies was about Art and went straight over my head, this is something that other semi-literates might find interesting:

The rear entrance of the Manipur Secretariat building has a sign that reads Please Show Pass for Entry. Some enterprising individual has scratched out the P from Pass on the sign.

Somewhere in Delhi is a wall with All-India Anti-Terrorism Front: Maninder Singh Bitta written on it. Some enterprising individual has added the same P before Anti.

Coincidence? I think not.


About Samit Basu

Novelist. Best known for fantasy and science fiction work. Most recently, The City Inside (Tordotcom)/Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster)


13 thoughts on “Transfer letter

  1. Ha ha ha ha ha, amazingly funny, samit.

    Posted by Amit Chatterji | September 7, 2005, 5:37 am
  2. ’tis a conspiracy, i tell you.

    they’re out to get the P-s.

    *chewing on nails in terror*

    Posted by Teleute | September 7, 2005, 6:22 am
  3. Hi Samit. Excellent blog here. I’ve included it here: http://www.kitaab.org


    Posted by Zafar Anjum | September 7, 2005, 8:44 am
  4. duck obsessed

    Posted by dwaipayan | September 7, 2005, 10:51 am
  5. duck obsessed

    Posted by dwaipayan | September 7, 2005, 10:51 am
  6. errr..time to start working on the the third part, IMHO.

    *thin voice, like sundry comic book villains* soon, soon, the world shall be rid of P’s. muahahaha

    Posted by the still dancer | September 7, 2005, 2:26 pm
  7. Hahah ! Very keen eyes you have, sir !


    Posted by Ash | September 7, 2005, 3:59 pm
  8. recent reader of your blog..becoming a regular now; Linked to mine – hope thats ok!

    Posted by apu | September 7, 2005, 4:42 pm
  9. Hilarious. But I suspect a “foreign hand” is involved in all this Panti-Terrorism. I wait for the Counter-Panti-Terrorism unit to start up? (Will they wear g-strings…?.Ah I can always hope…)

    Posted by TTG | September 8, 2005, 4:23 am
  10. Lol. Speaking of funny boards, there have been this entire lot of boards reading – “Congratulations on Janmasthami”. like, to whom? Devaki?

    Posted by Essar | September 8, 2005, 4:46 pm
  11. Delhi evidently has good street-humour. I saw a sign on the road, with a arrow pointing to an old house. The sign was meant to read “To Let.” Someone had added an “I” between the two words. All this sounds like one of the lamer Readers Digest jokes.

    Posted by BridalBeer | September 8, 2005, 5:13 pm
  12. LOL

    Posted by .m. | September 9, 2005, 5:09 am
  13. What is tyhe point of painting “All India Anti-Terorrist Front” on a wall anyway? It gives you the sense of an organisation that might well be on paper. Is that statement one on terorrism, India, or Buta Singh? I have a feeling it can be only about one of them. So the P thing is poetic justice.

    Posted by shaun | September 9, 2005, 3:38 pm

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