I have been an avid reader of his regular weekly column "With Malice towards One and All" as much as I loved his uncharacteristic flamboyant style that set at naught all hypocritical traditions and limitations to create a canon which only he was capable of creating. It was a pleasure to introduce him to my M.A. English students just the other day through the Sahitya Akademi documentary on the life and work of the legend. I narrated a few jokes from his joke books which the students thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps, somewhere deep down, I had the premonition that the Emperor was getting ready for his final journey. The laughter that we shared still rings loud and clear amid the surrounding gloom of the vacuum created by his departure for the abode of the immortals, as a befitting tribute to the legend who, until his very last, continued to entertain and enlighten one and all with his writings. May his soul rest in peace that passeth understanding. --Nibir K. Ghosh, March 21, 2014.
They line up on a lawn like soldiers on drill and await their leader’s command to begin their exercise. He raises one arm; they fall silent. He brings it down with a jerk, they start laughing – hee, hee, hee – haw, haw, haw – and bray like donkeys for full fifteen minutes. Their leader raises his hand again. They fall silent. Put back their long, sad faces, break lines and rejoin the funeral procession.