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Mera April fool banaya gaya – not once but twice. My sons did that early in the morning by putting a very realistic banana in my breakfast tray and when I sleepily tried to peel it, they laughed.
Then I did it to myself. I went to work and forgot my office keys at home. Damn the banana, it disturbed my already fragile hold on sanity and commonsense. Groan
Before the buggers rib me about it endlessly, let me tell them the actual meaning of a fool
The fool can mean different things to different people …… and in different ages.
Folk think it means someone lacking sense but it was not actually true.
It can vary with situations too – a smart person with a grip on reality can also suffer from a temporary aberration – I did when the banana hit me.
In Punjabi we normally call a fool Khota, Jhalla, Kamala
In Hindi …. Chutiya, Jhalla, Paagal
In our youth, we used to call a fool CH2SO4, or Chutiyam Sulphate … a slang used in the movie Ishqiya
The Americans call a fool a moron, a jerk, an asshole
and the British call a fool a duffer
But ………… a fool never actually meant that you know.
A fool was like an infant, spontaneous and enthusiastic … beginning his journey in life. A fool in Shakespeare’s plays was naive, had a good soul and normally made the most profound and ironic observations. The wisdom of the infant was there in the fool – the court jester.
I shall hold on to my tattered dignity and insist that I am more like the Tarot Fool – embarking on a fresh journey and am not a CH2SO4.
This is my statement and I will hold on to it.