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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa & Co. (December 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129118890
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129118899
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,497,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niranjan Ramakrishnan grew up in Delhi and lives in the USA. His articles on politics and current affairs have appeared in print and online publications in India and America. In other lives, he has worked for a bank and run two software companies.

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Anyone with roots in the Indian subcontinent has probably had a hearty laugh at the antics of Banta Singh - the prototypical protagonist whose musings and actions are always fodder for a hearty laugh. Banta Singh jokes do not demean the Sikh (or Sardar) community; instead they give them the much-deserved credit for being a fun-loving community always willing to laugh at themselves. In fact, some of the best Sardar jokes are narrated by Sikhs themselves.
Niranjan Ramakrishnan, a much admired political writer for his commentary on the political landscape in the US and India, has taken a detour from his usual serious commentary and compiled a must-read volume of Sardar jokes told all around the world in the South Asian community.. In this book, you will find the classic jokes such as the Sardar who joined the cocktail circuit of whiskey and soda in his adulthood. His solution for the recurring hangovers: give up on soda.
What is more interesting in the book is the author's commentary after each joke. His observations are as much, if not more, fun to read, as the jokes. For example, his commentary on the above joke: "The pitfall of the obvious is real. As Isaac Asimov wrote, any fool can see the sun goes around the earth."
The author has included the original Punjabi text, as well the English translation, in the jokes. The jokes are often told in original Punjabi, even among Indians who do not speak Punjabi fluently. Clearly the jokes work better in Punjabi than in English. But it is the commentary at the end of each joke that is the real gem. Ramakrishnan's insights are a pleasure to read.
If you have enjoyed reading Yogi Berra jokes, or the classics such as Monty Python, P.G. Wodehouse, or Jerome K. Jerome, you will love this little compendium of Sardar jokes.
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