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The police, government and airline storyteller...!

Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Robert Clements

With the acquittal of the Talwars, new findings in the murder of the little Delhi schoolboy, and the astounding reply given by the airline after employees mercilessly beat up a passenger, I believe we have a master fiction writer in our country who writes tales stranger than fiction!

“That’s his house!” said a local to me. I climbed up the steps of the fiction writer’s fancy home, and the storyteller greeted me with folded hands, “I’m just doing a piece on Nov 8th being Anti-Black Money Day: Bit of a difficult piece though! Need to put in lots of masala!”

“Who hires you?” I asked curtly.

“Mostly government, quite often the police!” he said, “But they are bad pay masters so I don’t put too much into their stories, and within five years or so, the plots crack up!”

“Like the Talwar case?” I asked, and the fiction writer nodded. “Silly plot!” he said, “Took me five minutes to write. Got them into jail. The inspector managed to tell it well in front of the cameras, till this high court judge realized it was mine!”

“But your plots get the wrong people in jail,” I said crossly.

“I’m paid to write stories,” said the writer, “It’s you guys who believe every word!”

“That Delhi schoolboy murder was not a nice thing!” I said, “Blaming that poor bus driver!”

“The police came running to me,” laughed the fiction writer, “asked me to cook up a story that would get them off the hook, and I did just that!”

“And, for this airline you’ve said the sacked whistleblower, the person shooting the video was actually egging the employees on to bash the poor passenger? How can you expect people to believe that?”

“They will!” cried the storywriter chuckling, “The public swallow whatever I write. You people have become such fans of my fiction that I don’t have to think too hard; anything is believable! Half the innocent people in jail are there because of my stories!”

“While the real culprits roam free!” I whispered.

“Like I said, it’s my bread and butter to write!”

“And ours to believe!” I said bitterly as I walked down the steps and out of the house. Outside, I saw  Whatsapp groups and online readers nodding as they believed fictitious stories and fake news, made up by such storytellers for the gullible people of our nation, who’ve not yet learned to discern between fact and fiction..!”
 

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