it started off as a nice story about a writer who also sells tea…but then he started talking about Indian literature in general.
And then, alas, entered Graham Chapman as the Colonel.
Colonel: Now, I’ve noticed a tendency for this program to get rather silly. Now I do my best to keep things moving along, but I’m not having things getting silly. Those two last sketches I did got very silly indeed, and that last one about the bed was even sillier. Now, nobody likes a good laugh more than I do…except perhaps my wife and some of her friends…oh yes and Captain Johnston. Come to think of it most people likes a good laugh more than I do. But that’s beside the point.
Future note to all journalists writing about India: If you dont want the Colonel to cut your article/broadcast, follow these guidelines for Not Being Silly. In other words, Do Not Say These Silly Things
“Hindi’s reach is lengthening. Although it is spoken by half of India’s 1 billion people, its writing is absent in the literary canon of India, which is dominated by exiles such as Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth.”
“Factual information, as well as fiction is increasingly sold in Hindi. The biggest-selling newspapers in the country are no longer English-language broadsheets but those printed in Hindi.”
Also, Do Not Quote Other People Saying Silly Things
“In 1997 Rushdie, who was born in Mumbai, declared that Indian writing in English was “proving to be a stronger and more important body of work” than writing in home-grown languages.””
OK, this post is getting silly now. Here’s the Colonel again.
Colonel: Now, let’s have a good clean healthy outdoor sketch. Get some air into your lungs. Ten, nine, eight and all that.