Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On a Commode in India

My grandmother's bathroom in Tenali, Guntur District, Andra Pradesh, India is private in that there is a door that is supposed to prevent other humans from entering it while occupied, and public in that there is a window that allows for the entry of other living things.


While sitting on the commode, you are forced to confront nature. Lines of ants in the window sill. A lizard climbing up the wall. A fly buzzing around aimlessly. And then there are the mosquitoes. Oh... the mosquitoes.

This got me thinking:

If one was to subscribe to the Hindu theories of karma and reincarnation, and specifically to the notion that our current lives are the result of the state of our past lives and will result in the state of our future lives, how does one explain a mosquito that bites a person while they sit on a toilet?

What kind of life did such a creature lead to end up here and where can it go from this point?

What's lower in the reincarnation hierarchy than a mosquito that bites people squatting on a toilet?

If I was a bad comedian, the punchline for what was meant to be a rhetorical question would be "a lawyer."

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1 Comments:

Anonymous SV said...

Don't know if it is bad, but this is definitely one of the best of your comedies! I'm still LOLing here

6:19 PM  

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