Kiku Sharda Arrested for mimicking God on TV!!! What next?
Everything you read or write about nowadays could suddenly become the subject of endless controversies, with authors being evicted from literary fests and the targets of unwanted FIRs, so it seemed best to stay clear of all this, at least for a while, and write about something totally non-controversial, like bell peppers, commonly known as capsicums.
And why not? Fruits and veggies have enough qualities and virtues to elaborate on and extol, like
their delectable tastes & riotous colours. Even then, I find their humility and stoicism to be the most noteworthy. Though the humble beans may have been the subject of gazillions of offensive remarks about their offensive, odorous capabilities (by ungrateful creatures who fry them anyway, day after day), have we ever seen a bean take offense to this? The humble fruits and vegetables seem to be the only subjects who don’t have activists or loud supporters and won’t take
matters in the wrong spirit and hence are the only things one can talk about, to be pretty safe.
We humans, who will one day end up just like the beans, bell peppers, and others, have a lot to learn from these creatures, so bereft of ego, so ready to serve, and therefore, here goes a humble salute.
Salute to bell peppers:
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