People often make fun of malayalis especially by sending that ridiculous email forward about how we do no work because we spend all day tying and untying our lungis. In fact many of us upright, honourable sons of Kerala soil (Malayalam: sow-yell) intend to fight this stereotype by going on a nationwide hartal sometime soon after this tea break.
Therefore I was most happy to read a recent piece of news on the Indo Asian News Service that will finally put to rest the myth of the lazy malayali. This is the headline:
Youth held with 31 fake passports in Kerala
Do you even need to read the rest of the news piece to bask in the karmic glory of this man's effort and commitment to duty? Yes? Ok:
Kozhikode: A youth was arrested with 31 fake passports at Kozhikode International Airport in Kerala on Sunday.
"Nissar was to leave by an Air Arabia flight to Sharjah. The search was conducted by the Air Customs Intelligence unit following a tip off. The seized items were found concealed in his luggage," a customs official at the airport said.
Nissar will be handed over to the police for further investigation, the official said.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service
Nissar's achievement is nothing short of being the Tata Nano of document fraud for it's sheer invention. To put it in another way: NISSAR HAS ONE PASSPORT FOR EVERY FLAVOUR OF BASKIN ROBBINS ICE CREAM!
(My own sources indicate that the 31 passports included 11 Bijus, 7 Johnnys, 8 Babys, 4 Chackochans and one compulsary Blossom Babykutty. My sources refused to be named.)
And not content to just ship his clients to diverse foreign countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Nissar has also ensured that they get the opportunity to drive home to the labour camp right from the airport only stopping to buy full bottle VAT 69 on the way.
We are proud of Nissar Panalam and have decided to immediately bestow upon him the Kerala NRI Tilakam award brought to you by Atlas Jewellery.
Tomorrow will be holiday.
Pic. courtesy: Wikipedia A few hours after I posted this I got an email from Jogesh S, the photographer of the wonderful image above who said that I had given the wrong credits. So all thanks to Jogesh's work and do check out this and several other fantastic photos from his collection here: http://flickr.com/photos/75621441@N00/495874906.