A Bridge Too Far

02 Oct

The Lord surveyed the Ram Setu and said “Hanuman, how diligently and strenuously you and your vanara sena had built this bridge several centuries back. It is remarkable that it has withstood the ravages of the climatic and geographical changes over centuries. It is indeed an amazing feat especially considering the fact that a bridge at Hyderabad built by Gammon using latest technology collapsed the other day even before they could stick the posters on its pillars.”

Hanuman with all humility spoke “Jai Sri Ram, it is all because of your grace. We just scribbled your name on the bricks and threw them in the sea and they held. No steel from TISCO or cement from Ambuja or ACC was ever used. But Lord, why rake up the old issue now.”

Ram spoke “Well, Hanuman some people down there want to demolish the bridge and construct a canal. The contract involves lot of money and lot of money will be made. They will make money on demolition and make more money on construction. ”

Hanuman humbly bowed down and said “Why not we go down and present our case”

Ram said “Times have changed since we were down there. They will ask us to submit age proof and we don’t have either a birth certificate or school leaving certificate. We traveled mainly on foot and some times in bullock carts and so we don’t have a driving license either. As far as the address proof is concerned the fact that I was born at Ayodhya is itself under litigation for over half a century, If I go in a traditional attire with bow and arrow, the ordinary folks may recognize me but Arjun Singh may take me to be some tribal and, at the most, offer a seat at IIT under the reserved category. Also, a God cannot walk in dressed in a three-piece suit and announce his arrival. It would make even the devotees suspicious. So it is dilemma so to say.”

“I can vouch for you by saying that I personally built the bridge.”

“My dear, Anjani putra, it will not work. They will ask you to produce the lay-out plan, the project details, including financial outlay and how the project cost was met and the completion certificate. Nothing is accepted without documentary evidence in India. You may cough but unless a doctor certifies it, you have no cough. A pensioner may present himself personally but the authorities do not take it as proof. He has to produce a life-certificate to prove that he is alive. It is that complicated.”

“Lord can’t understand these historians. Over the years you have given darshan once every hundred years to saints like Surdas, Tulsidas, Saint Thyagaraja, Jayadeva, Bhadrachala Ramdas and even Sant Tukaram and still they disbelieve your existence and say Ramayana is a myth. The only option, I see, is to re-enact Ramayana on earth and set the government records straight once for all.”

Lord smiled “It isn’t that easy today. Ravan is apprehensive that he may look like a saint in front of Karunanidhi. I also spoke to his mama Mareecha, who appeared as a golden deer to tempt Sita maiyya when I was in the forest and he said that he won’t take a chance of stepping on earth as long as Salman Khan is around.”


Posted by on October 2, 2007 in Interesting Articles


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10 responses to “A Bridge Too Far

  1. Iyshwarya

    October 4, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Awesome 🙂

  2. Rahul

    October 5, 2007 at 11:56 am

    well written, funny and a very good article emphasizing on the current state of affairs in india…
    goood work man … keep it up

  3. Zubin

    October 5, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    this one is an eye-opener on d level of frustration a citizen cn go thru…
    lets mail dis to d PMO n also convert it into an RTI application (seriously!!)


  4. Aniket

    October 5, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    good one man

  5. Nikhil

    October 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Too good!

  6. Snehal

    October 20, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    An eye opener..must be read by all.

  7. Somendra

    October 26, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    good humor,
    But let me say. If this proposed dam or whatever it may be can give life to farmers of state. Then its worth to demolish it and make way for development.
    After all its been said Karma is a form of bhakti.

  8. mayank

    November 3, 2007 at 9:29 am

    save ramasetu I am agree about it.

  9. gayatri

    November 23, 2007 at 9:44 am

    hi!!! gud humour!!!! seriously they must be thinking the same way as written!!! but there’s always a door open. i totally agree to this! we should save the bridge as it is a sign of a great epic to all of us. if there’s any doubt regarding RAM being there or RAMAYANA there’s definetly a doubt being raised whether there is any god or not. its racism!!!!

  10. Sapna

    March 14, 2009 at 10:03 am

    It was really nice one…
    This can be the true scenario.. if really God appeares on earth, he needs to prove himself!!!!!!
    What a nice thought…!


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