Funny True Stories from India
These unusual, drole, sometimes strange, funny and thought-provoking stories have been collected by Will and Guy from the World Media and reflect the funny side of India.
Will and Guy have learned that lorry drivers who are caught speeding in an Indian state are being punished by being made to hop like frogs. The Police, in the eastern Indian state of *Bihar, give out a humiliating punishment instead of taking the speedsters to court.
The most popular punishment, we have discovered, is "leapfrog" where speeding truck drivers have to sit on their haunches, hold their ears and hop for almost half a kilometre. Also the drivers are made to chant the name of the political leader they like most while they are being punished.
One policeman informed us that, 'If they remember their leader when they are being punished, it's like they are insulting them. If they have any sense, they won't commit the offence again.'
Very amusing say Will and Guy.
Bihar lies mid-way between West Bengal in the east and Uttar Pradesh in the west. It is bounded by the country of Nepal to the north and by Jharkhand to the south.
A herder feeds a buffalo its own milk before milking it on the outskirts of Amritsar, India
Sit-ups Given as a Punishment in Balasore, India
Indian police have apparently forced around 200 people caught watching pornography to do sit-ups in public to shame them and keep them away from theatres that illegally screen smutty movies Will and Guy have learned.
The Hindustan Times reported recently that police stopped the screening of a pornographic movie at a cinema in Balasore district in the eastern state of Orissa and made audience members; some as young as 17, to do 10 sit-ups each at a public square, watched by onlookers.
The police made the all-male group vow not to watch pornography again.
A man, living in southern India, married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony in an attempt to atone for stoning two other dogs to death; an act he believes left him cursed.
Mr P. Selvakumar aged 33 told the newspaper that he had been suffering from leg paralysis and the loss of hearing in one ear ever since he had stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree some 15 years ago.
A holy man had suggested to him that to make up for this act of barbarism and to atone for his actions that he had to marry a she-dog.
You just could not make it up say Will and Guy.
Asoka took his girlfriend to a test match in the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. Ranjani, unlike many Indian girls of her age, not only did she not understand the game but she was utterly bored.
After tea, Tendulkar hit a powerful six over the long on boundary.
'Thank heavens. They've got rid of the ball!' she shouted in delight. 'Now it must be time to go home.'
India Fireman Acts as Air Controller
A fireman took over guiding a plane into landing after air traffic controllers failed to turn up for work at an airport in India Will and Guy have discovered. The fantastic feat came to light early in 2012.
The fireman, named as a Mr Basha, helped the Jet Airways flight land at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on 9th January 2012. The plane was flying from Hyderabad with 60 passengers on board. Tirupati has no approach radar and pilots rely on air traffic controllers to provide runway and weather information and give landing clearance. Tirupati airport handles only seven flights a day but is the landing point for visitors to the Tirumala temple, one of Hinduism's holiest shrines.
After the air traffic controllers failed to show up for their 07:00 start, airport deputy manager Janarthanan instructed Mr Basha, whose English was described as broken, to operate the radio in the control tower.
Pilots rely mainly on a visual approach to land at Tirupati and Mr Basha was reported to have supplied the support information needed for about 40 minutes before an air traffic controller arrived for work.
Airport authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Airport Authority of India regional executive director D Devaraj informed us, "No-one doubts Basha"s intention to help during a crisis. He wanted the flight to land safely. But he is untrained and must not attempt to do the ATC"s job. Mere good intention is not enough in this case."
Mr Devaraj told the paper the controller on duty "simply forgot to turn
This is the strange but true story of 69-year-old Ziona Chan lives in the remote mountain village called Baktwang, in northeast India. He married his first wife at the age of 17; as time passed he married new wives continuously, now he has 39 wives, Will and Guy have discovered. He has fathered 86 children; and now he also has 35 grandchildren.
His youngest wife is only 31 years old
TThe family often eats 25 kilograms of rice, 40 kg of potatoes and 5 kg lentils a day. They eat meat three times a week and this can mean they finish every time 30 chickens and probably a pig.
The whole family cooks and perform their duties together and from what we can establish are extremely happy. He told us, 'I am blessed,' and added, 'I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world's largest family.'
The world's shortest woman is Indian 18-year-old high school student named Heidegger. She is 0.628 meters tall, even shorter than the average height of 2-year-old.
Heidegger was excited to let it be known that she wishes to enter college earn after the completion of high school, and then Bollywood to become a movie star in the future.
Heidegger will be going on a trip to Japan and Italy, where she hopes to meet up with many otherworld record holders after she has obtained her Guinness World Records certificate.
Thumbs Up: a Universal Gesture?
On holiday in Goa, India, Fred and PJ visited a local beach restaurant for lunch.
Two of the waiters never stopped staring at them, and they thought it probably rare that they served foreign tourists. To let them know we were happy with the grub served they served, PJ and Fred smiled to them and showed them a common "universal" gesture of thumbs up.
The two waiters went out to the street for a while and Fred and PJ heard them talking to each other in the Hindi language. Some minutes later, one of them came back to us together with 2 bottles of Coca-Cola look-alike soft drinks. The waiter opened both the bottles in front of us and then walked away.
Fred and PJ looked at each other confused, unsure as to why they had been given "free" drinks.
Only later they noticed that the label on the bottle read, "Thums Up!"
In recent automobile show in Mumbai, India, in order to pay tribute to India's 5000 years of jewels cultural, the common car was inlaid with gold, silver and precious stones, doubled in value. This "gold jewelry" car used 80 kilograms of gold, 15 kilograms of silver, inlaid with 10,000 gems.
The Gold jewelry's total value is more than 3 million pounds, become the world's first "gold jewelry" car.
Will and Guy are delighted to share with our readers the story of this rather bizarre ritual.
Hindu priests in the south Indian state of Karnataka toss babies from the rooftop of a temple onto a cloth held by waiting men, believing that this will make them grow stronger.
Thanks to their parents and a deep-rooted belief, babies in the Bagalkot district of south India's Karnataka state unwittingly found themselves being tossed off the roof of a temple onto a sheet held by men waiting below, in a ritual that is believed to make them stronger.
We observed large crowds of devotees gathered at the Marutheshwara temple near Mudhol town in Bagalkot district to observe the ritual, locally known as �Okali�.
Eager parents presented their babies, who were between the ages of three months and two years, to priests at the temple who tossed them from the temple roof onto a cloth borne by a group of men standing below. Though the ritual often evokes criticism, it is defended by devotees and priests, who feel that their belief necessitates a ritual that places babies at such huge risk.
A trustee of the Marutheshwara temple, Basavaraj, said that the ritual was an age-old one and it was important that it be respected. 'This is a ritual that we have been observing from ancient times. The important thing is for us to have the spirit of worship in our hearts, because true worship is from the heart,' he commented to us.
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