Whether it was one-liners like these, or more elaborate jokes, anecdotes or riddles that would go on for several paragraphs, Khushwant Singh could keep a reader amused for hours. He wrote eight more such collections for Orient. The last one was published in , two years before Singh died at the age of In fact, they still sell at a time when most publishers are giving up on the format.
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Caustic columnist, noted contemporary fiction writer, and a poet of repute, Khushwant Singh was a man of many talents. But for the common man, his most well known work will always be his joke books. Displayed prominently on road-side kiosks and railway stations, for most, he was India's most well-known 'funny man'.
After all, to the lay man Khushwant Singh was to Santa-Banta jokes, what Facebook is to our social lives. But are the days of these oft-repeated jokes and smses over? Harvinder Chowdhury, a Sikh lawyer has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against websites that have made a career out of such quips. Jokes such as these, make fun of an entire community, making them seem like people of 'low intellect, stupid and foolish', she argued in court.
Despite the judge's insistence that Sikhs themselves might object to such a PIL, a case has been registered and Harvinder has been given a month's time to prepare. Perhaps, we ought to prepare ourselves too. If this case follows through, we may no longer be able to crack jokes in general. Biharis, Gujaratis, Marwaris, Parsis et al might want a blanket on jokes against their communities as well.
Would this be the beginning of the end of jokes? Life in this age of bans, is becoming quite ridiculous. Santa said to Banta, "I have invented a new kind of computer which behaves like a human being". Widows Santo and Banto were discussing about their husbands.
Santo said: "Banto, widows are better than us? Banto asked: "How? Santa and Banta met on a village road. Santa was carrying a large gunny bag over his shoulder. Banto had gone to her parents for a week. So Banta started going to Santa's for dinner. For the first five days Santa's children welcomed him as chachaji. But on the sixth day, they called him mamaji.
Banta asked them: "Earlier you welcomed me as chachaji, why are you calling me mamaji today? Banta sent an sms to his pregnant wife. Less than a minute later, the report came on his phone and he started dancing. The report said, 'delivered'.
Will the JokeBan come through? Read the best of Khushwant Singh's Santa-Banta jokes, before they get banned. Source: Patrika. Khushwant Singh jokes humour Supreme Court. Speed News Desk.
Here are 10 Santa-Banta jokes by Khushwant Singh before they get banned
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Read the best of Khushwant Singh's Santa-Banta jokes, before they get banned
The top court took cognizance of a public interest petition seeking a ban on jokes ridiculing sardars. Khushwant Singh, the late author and journalist, was famous for such jokes. Santa was carrying a large gunny bag over his shoulder. Less than a minute later, the report came on his phone and he started dancing. O bolo ta ra ra. He ran into his friend Ram Lai who was working there as a waiter.
Khushwant Singh's Joke Book 9 Quotes
In the world of jokes, Khushwant Singh is the only name that still sells