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A professor's take on “pucca” humour

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Laugh riot: Professor Sukhbir Singh (extreme right) at the book release function in Hyderabad on Thursday. — Photo: G. Ramakrishna
Laugh riot: Professor Sukhbir Singh (extreme right) at the book release function in Hyderabad on Thursday. — Photo: G. Ramakrishna

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter – E.E. Cummings'

Everyone realizes how true that quote is, but only a few religiously ensure that not only they laugh but also ensure others join them for a few laughs. They neither research to tickle the funny bones nor excessively think to create jokes but elicit humour from everyday instances or their experiences with people they come across.

‘Humour from Hyderabad' by Prof, Sukhbir Singh, former Head, Department of English, Osmania University is precisely that. The subtle humour loaded in the thirty comic episodes is a reflection of how humour can be seen and elicited even from mundane life.

Creating humour is no joke, agreed. That's why most humorists prefer to play jokes around their better-halves just to be safe, and Prof. Sukhbir used the ‘subject' quite effectively taking dig at his wife and weaving a few episodes around her.

He didn't even leave his peers comparing professors' work with donkeys. Even a serious issue like the Telangana agitation too was used to create laughter.

Living most of his life in Hyderabad it was naturally expected to find some rustic Hyderabadi humour in the book.

The book was released by well-known English professor and former Head of the English Department at Hyderabad Central University and Osmania University, Shiv K. Kumar. Prof. Kumar recalled some humorous moments of his life and advised, “Laugh at your self to live longer.”

Prof. Sukhbir Singh described the book as the one that reflects humorous side of his life. He said the collection give a testimony to the fact that life has in it an inbuilt mechanism of automatic titillation to further its onwards flow.

Noted cartoonist Ramakrishna's illustrations added value to the comic pieces. Prof. Sunayana Singh, Head, Department of English, OU, and senior teachers and students were present at the book release.


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