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Nov. 28, 2010
THE TIGER KING
by Arshad M Khan
Once upon a time there lived a tiger in a heavy, rich and bounteous
marshland but suffering from a terrible disease caused by the mammalian
greed virus. The tiger said to the mammals, "Give me your vote. Make me
your leader and I will bring change in our destitute land." They believed him
and he became the Tiger King.
Now the Tiger King wanted change but the change he was talking about was
in himself. Many years ago he had seen a movie called "The Lion King".
"Ah!" he had said to himself. "What a leader! What a king! That's what I want
to be." But he looked in the mirror and saw he was striped. "That won't do,"
he said. "I must change" -- for the greed virus had affected him too.
Now he had his chance. As the King, he commanded all the resources of
the marshland. So he gathered all the mud he could find and slung it on
himself. Soon the black stripes had turned tan, but he could not muster a
mane no matter how much mud he caked on. The lions laughed at him in
their comfortable clubs and salons; their hirelings mocked him with gossip.