A joke is created
Laughter is by-product of humour which keeps us in good spirits disallowing the stress to take shape in our mental faculty. Making fun and laughing at the discomfort of others and cracking jokes on one’s name, cast, creed, profession etc, may not be in good taste but everything goes in the name of humour which evokes laughs. Probably people are so much fed up with bearing the constant stresses of various nature that they lap up everything which make them laugh and bring a smile on their faces. Humour can not be created. It simply happens. The hallmark of humour being its spontaneity and when same is documented results in jokes.
One day I came from the market and was parking the car at my designated parking lot. I forgot to take out the ignition key and had shut the door in a hurry. Before I could realize my mistake and rush back to the car, car was locked. Panic struck as I had no duplicate key ( had lost already by yours truly) I was standing near the car like a stupid watching the handle of the car wishing some Gini to appear and open it. My wife from third floor balcony stared, glared making faces and with both hands gestured in bharatnatayam style.( She likes to shout indoors rather than in open thereby keeping my prestige intact) She was asking questions in such a way that I thought her to be fit for teaching assignment in a deaf and dumb school. I was unable to communicate in the same way wondering did I pray for my wife to appear instead of the Gini. Soon people gathered around my car. Everyone offered his own indigenous suggestions from breaking the side window glass; to calling an expert car mechanic to open the door; to dial the company for duplicate key;to fetch a locksmith for manufacturing a new key. I felt elated to get so much support from the neighbourhood when a lady shouted in a typical Punjabi style, “ O thank Goddde Traabhawanji, you are not lockede inside the carrre.”(Thank God Tribhawan Ji, you are not locked inside the car)
The laughter her innocent remarks evoked was spontaneous. For about ten minutes, everyone present had a hearty laugh forgetting everything and a joke was thus created.
Humour is thus part of our life. A life without humour is like a dry barren land. When we laugh, world seems to share a laugh with us. Unfortunately sorrow has no friends.-------------------------------x-------------------------------Tribhawan Kaul