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L’express Weekly, 12 November 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by touriaprayag on November 24, 2010

Of miraculous doctors Click here to read l’express Weekly
and breakfast skippers

Not one but two scoops this week: fi rst, if you are
hoping for the Nobel Prize in medicine this year,
forget it: your hopes have just been dashed by
Harry Tirvengadum’s doctors, whoever they
are. Unanimously! And well-deserved too: less than three
years ago, the chap was so sick that he could not face justice.
He allegedly suffered from ‘frontal lobe lesions’ and
‘vascular dementia’ resulting in ‘memory loss, anxiety
and depression’. All charges against him having been suspended
and his accounts unblocked as a result, he leaves
the court on a stretcher –a free man.
Today, thanks to the doctors we strongly recommend to
the Nobel Foundation, Harry Tirvengadum is so lucid that he
gives advice on the affairs of Air Mauritius to…Mr. Bungraz,
the General Manager, no less! We don’t know exactly the details
of the advice so desperately sought and if our sick airline,
which could do with a visit to Mr. Tirvengadum’s miraculous
doctors instead, will feel better as a result thereof, but what
we do know is that Harry Tirvengadum expressed his shock at
the state that Air Mauritius has ended up in since it no longer
benefi ts from the sound expertise of his good self. And, more
shocking than the shock itself is the fact that his feelings were
deemed worth an email to the employees of Air Mauritius!
It looks as if shock is not the monopoly of Mr. Tirvendadum.
If he was shocked by the bad health of our airline, public
opinion is shocked by his good health. And it wants its pound
of fl esh. The DDP has ordered the immediate re-opening of
the case and the population is waiting for the shock waves.
Another scoop: two guys in Richeterre have been skipping
breakfast for a couple of days. Sorry, they are on hunger strike.
The beauty of hunger strikes in this country is that you can
initiate them on your own, to fi ght for a cause that concerns
only yourself and decide on the duration at will. At the last
count, three hours of not being seen eating were considered a
‘symbolic hunger strike’ which warrants the moral and physical
support of anyone who has nothing better to do. At this
rate, we all go on hunger strike every day without realizing it.
And, miraculously, there is always a spokesman in the vicinity.
If Mr. Ramjuttun,who was so concerned, is now nowhere to
be seen, there is always someone on standby willing to step in
and take over.
The sand extractors (not sure who they are or what their
cause is) have taken a bit of time to decide whether to join the
movement by skipping lunch, dinner or the evening gajaks.
They have been looking for a place, a suitable time and probably
a cause to fi ght for. In the meantime, the other planters,
the majority that is, having realized that the world owes no one
a living, have taken the compensation given to them for land
they did not own, put it to good use and have started getting
on with their lives. Away from the cameras.
While Mahatma Gandhi is turning is his grave, we should
acknowledge that we owe breakfast skippers of all guilds a
‘thank you’ note for the great sense of heroism we now feel
during the daily three hours of hunger strike we go through
between two copious meals. Without the spinning wheel or the
home-spun clothes. What a nation of heroes we all are!

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