The Curious Case of S.K.Prathap – an Associate Professor of English
This story is written by an approved sniffer. You may wonder whether dogs could tell a story. If dogs can bark why not write. After all dog is the favorite friend of man. You may say that man is not the favorite friend of dog. The idea is stupid. The truth is that he is. Man invented the proverb “curiosity killed the cat that went to Mars” – but never a dog even though dogs investigate many curious and suspicious cases. That is the passport to our job as detectives in Crime Bureau of Investigation of the World ( CBW ).
This story is not a thriller but a dilemma. An Associate professor draws a monthly salary of not less than 0.1 million rupees, by which he can buy a Tata Nano car once in three months. But Prathap was not feeling happy. Some issues haunted him. But who is Prathap?. Wait for the balance of the story.
Prathap was born, completed his studies and works in Kollam, a town near Koyilandy near Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut ), the land of the zamorins. I sniffed through the case. Prathap works in a college run by the CCT ( Casteless Community Trust ) which of course takes a hefty sum as donation from aspirants for giving the job of lecturer in their colleges.
But Prathap’s was not such a case. He never had to give money. Once the CCT members fought among themselves and the trust was taken over by the court for a brief time. It was at this time that Prathap got the job. He impressed the interview board and had to pay not even a paise, save the rupee. But the whole world looks at him as a paid teacher. This was his dilemma.
These facts were found out by investigating a single line from one of Prathap’s huge untitled poem. The line is “How much will make the ship sink the sea into a desert”.
I felt terribly sorry for Prathap. But as a dog what could I do but wag my tail happily when I see him. I became angry at the whole world that misunderstood my dear Prathap. I howled miserably – once for him and once against the whole world, in protest.
Please don’t take this seriously as paid teaching is the rule in Garbage’s own country. And as they say barking dogs seldom biting dogs seldom barking….!
And the story breaks off here…