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Compiled/partly written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled/partly written by MELVIN DURAI
September 2012

Lord Indra recently received a notice from a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in the Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh. The God of Rains was asked to explain in writing within three days why it had not rained adequately in the district, despite the presence of clouds. According to Times of India, the notice warned of strict action if the Lord didn’t reply within the time frame.

A prankster had apparently used a fake stamp and forged the signature of Sub-Divisional Magistrate Satya Prakash Sharma to create the notice. It was sent to a revenue clerk, asking him to deliver it to Lord Indra, whose postal address was listed as “The Heaven.” A. K. Dwivedi, the acting District Magistrate, ordered an investigation into the matter, hoping to identify the prankster. No written response has been received from Lord Indra, but torrential rains flooded a large portion of the state in early August. As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for—Lord Indra might just answer.


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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