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The Porcupine's Quill: A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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August 14, 2016
THE CHAMELEON AT THE BORDER
News Item: India and Pakistan celebrate Independence Day -- India on August 15,
Pakistan a day earlier.
So where are you headed?
I am going to Pakistan to celebrate Independence Day.
You! a saffron chameleon ...
I change color to green over there. Plenty of food, so much meat, and all kinds of
mithai ... barfi, laddu, halwa ... yum!
Don't you get enough sweets up here?
Yes, but I can return for that tomorrow.
You a chameleon or a pig?
Don't be insulting. I just love festivities. The people out on the streets, the vendors,
the fireworks ... it's fun.
What about the military parades?
No, not much in that -- showing people how they can be blown up, and all with new
bombs. You humans go on like that, and we chameleons will outlast you.
So what do you do tomorrow?
Well, I come for the celebrations here ... turn orange again. Hey I had a thought
about the parades. Would be fun to crawl inside and up a general's trouser leg.
Ha! Ha! Ha! A general dancing a jig. That would be funny. But they'd probably kill
Not such a good idea then. Generals don't like a joke ...
No they don't. Not much humor in the killing business ...