Wit And Humour Based On Anecdotal Evidence: Continuing The Family Legacy Of Storytelling Based On My Grandfather’s Anecdotes: Continuing the family legacy of storytelling based on my Grandfather’s Anecdotes

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Aparna Joshi

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Ship of Life sails from Port to port... the journey adds passengers, stories and experiences unique to each individual. It is the first volume that chronicles the anecdotes shared between three generations of the author's family. The anecdotes make leaders and historical people human instead of distant cardboard figures that led the nation. Each of the anecdotes is contextualised in the historical background of the times, in order to better explain and understand the yester-years. The book is divided into two sections, these sections are based on the broad contours of socio-political heritage, as a form of living memory. The first section of the book, are stories about Maharajas from India, stories span from 'The Kashmir story' to “The Vicereine's Ring”, that also provide a window into British lifestyle in India. The second section of the book is about Presidents, Prime Ministers and visiting dignitaries 'The Russian Encounter', draw the attention of the reader.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aparna Joshi is a Writer, Researcher and keen Traveller, whose travels within India and overseas, in the U.K, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Spain drew her to ancient sites, monuments, museums and places of worship. A visit to the Peace Palace at The Hague led to the publication of her first book on Kindle, 'The ICC comes of Age at 18', tracing the establishment of the International Criminal Court on 1st July 2002 at The Hague under the Statute of Rome, now adopted by 129 countries in November 2019, on the 5th of September 2020, she completed her Second book on Kindle called 'India and Her Neighbours: Past, Present and Future'. This book explores India's Foreign Policy, its equation with her many Neighbours.

Her papers have been published on Research Gate.net and Academia. They focus on Ancient History , Mughal Miniature and Global Art in the Medieval Period, Social Musicology, Women in History, functioning of International Organisations, Political Leadership and Cold War. She has successfully completed Certificate Courses from i) Stanford University on Nuclear Terrorism and Cold War ii) Harvard University on Women in History; From Handel to Mozart Opera in the 17th Century iii) George Town University Terrorism and Counter Terrorism.

The current book Humour and Wit (Based on Anecdotal Evidence) is an unusual compilation which fondly captures the anecdotes and tales about the famous personages of the past and present eras.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgement .................................................................................... 11

Anecdotage is a Sign of Dotage ................................................................. 13

Introduction.............................................................................................. 15

Timeline of Events .................................................................................... 17

Commissions and their History ............................................................... 19

Some Important Abbreviations................................................................ 21

Based on Anecdotal Evidence – A Synopsis ............................................. 23

Maps .......................................................................................................... 27

Historical Introduction ............................................................................... 28

And the Scene was Set…............................................................................ 33

Dramatis Personae.................................................................................... 35

PART I
THE RAJAS AND MAHARAJAS

1. Travelling with the Holy Ganges .............................................. 41

2. For the Love of Dogs ............................................................. 43

3. Down the Nine Steps of Falaknuma ........................................ 45

4. This is Heaven on Earth ........................................................... 47

5. The Durbar Disasters: 1911 ...................................................... 51

6. The Vicereine’s Dinner and the Regal Ring ................................. 53

7. Alone and Abandoned in the Desert............................................ 55

8. The Bard’s Strange Tribute ......................................................... 57

9. The Power of a Comma .............................................................. 59

10. Plus Fours, Minus Fours ........................................................... 61

11. Gandhi’s Goat in London .......................................................... 63

PART II
PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS & VISITING DIGNITARIES

A Magic Carpet Ride ........................................................................ 67

The Dramatis Personae ..................................................................... 69

12. The Russian Encounter ................................................................ 71

13. God to the Soviets ....................................................................... 73

14. The Fruit Bill of Jawaharlal Nehru .................................................. 75

15. The Octopussy Odyssey ................................................................. 77

16. The Scholar Ambassador of India ................................................... 79

17. The NAM Coat .............................................................................. 81

18. Frost ............................................................................................... 83

19. Panchsheel…. who is she? ............................................................... 85

20. Thus, the Shimla Accord came to be ................................................ 87

21. The Cleopatra Profile ...................................................................... 89

22. Death of D.E.M O’ Cracy .............................................................. 91

23. My body is now Amendments.......................................................... 93

24. The Little Sparrow........................................................................... 95

25. Humour in Parliament ...................................................................... 97

26. Hit by a Mule .................................................................................. 101

27. Barristers at Law ............................................................................. 103

28. The Shimla Pact and Delhi Gymkhana Club ...................................... 105

29. Squirrel at the First Table .................................................................. 107

30. Mistaken Identity .............................................................................. 109

31. The Unpaid Bill .................................................................................. 111

32. Alexander Invaded India .................................................................... 113

33. Races ................................................................................................ 115

34. Shoe Lace .......................................................................................... 117

35. Juggad Technology ............................................................................. 119

36. Maun-vrat Mondays ........................................................................... 121

37. Prime Minister, Not Madam................................................................. 123

38. The Country owes a Debt of Gratitude to him....................................... 125

39. Paid me in Half a Country .................................................................... 127

40. Are Your Lordships in Consultation?..................................................... 129

41. The Perils of Devilling ........................................................................... 131

42. Metre Gauge Body, Broad Gauge Brain ............................................... 133

43. Will this Cheque Bounce? ..................................................................... 135

References .................................................................................................. 137

Photo Credits ............................................................................................. 139

Short Biographies ....................................................................................... 141

Epilogue ..................................................................................................... 143


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