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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A quick tale 140

This morning, at breakfast

A man, his name is irrelevant to this story, has just heard on the news that comedian Jerry Lewis has been taken to hospital with pneumonia and is expected to make a full recovery. He is surprised. Not because he doesn't think an octogenarian can survive pneumonia. No, he is not the kind of man who mocks old age. Nor does he question the abilities of modern medical science to pull any man from the brink of death. He is merely surprised by the fact that Jerry Lewis is alive. You see, all this while, he had been under the impression that Jerry is no more. Not that he had actually thought about it. But he had simply added Jerry to the long list of famous people who were no longer active and hence presumed dead. He feels so bad that he sits down to write a long letter of apology to Jerry. And while he's at it, he also decides to look up the state of Jimmy Carter, Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall.

8 comments:

Anand said...

I've done that... not the letter though, but the looking-up.

tilotamma said...

I am with this man on that one.

gawker said...

I didn't know Jerry Lewis was alive when I heard the news. And that's exactly what passed through my mind as well.

Bubby said...

enakku Gemini ganesan, 'Kaka' Radhakrishnan, Sundari Bai .. naa anda level :)

ranjit said...

Sorry to say this but the new format and the look is totally unreadable.

MSK said...

There is an interesting difference between this story and rest of the quick tales. This is the only story (I think) in which the protagonist is called by something other than ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘you’ and ‘I’. And there never was any situation to mention about the protagonist’s name except in this tale. (No, it dose not mention the name only mentions about the name)

-MSK

shyam said...

Isnt Gregory Peck dead? :)

Ravages said...

Damn! Now I will have to give JL credit for my funny antics.