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Thursday, November 25, 2004

True Story

One day, in a very old house in Mumbai, a wall started shaking. A civil engineer arrived to examine what was wrong. He examined the wall and arrived at the conclusion that the only way to balance this wall and protect it from falling, was to hang a painting on the wall. This would balance the loads on the wall, and stop it from shaking.

The civil engineering wanted to hang the painting as quick as possible, for the wall had started shaking omniously. However no one nearby had a nail. They all started looking for a nail but couldn't find it.

Eventually the shaking got too much and the wall collapsed.

A poet who was observing this whole saga commented -

"For the want of a nail, deewar was lost".

Hyuk! Hyuk!