Being Happy, Jolly and Lucky
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Being Happy, Jolly and Lucky

Amritsar : India | Sep 05, 2011 at 11:24 PM PDT
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The title of my write-up would make many of you think that I am trying to sell a ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme by forcing upon you the notion that it will make you Happy, Jolly and Lucky. No, but this is just an anecdote about the names that parents in this part of the world where I reside generally assign to their wards and that too without ever realizing the bearing that these names would have on their wards.

This article aims at stressing the irony that is attached with these names.

Just yesterday a man named Happy was arrested for mindlessly firing in the air with his gun. Now if you ask me stupidity or rather insanity drives people to such acts. And Happy, who had been firing aerial shots more out of madness than happiness (he hardly had a reason to do so) or maybe due to a family problem or a scuffle with his neighbour, was one of the saddest human beings in town when he was arrested (much to the relief of his neighbours who were intimidated by this act of Happy).

Now I’ll take you to a park in the city. See that man sitting on the bench? He’s Jolly. No, what I mean is that his name is Jolly. But that sullen look on his face does not match at all with his name. “I hate jokes and I hate laughter. My world has come crashing down because my jovial business partner duped me and eloped with my ever-smiling girlfriend. Now I am trying to figure out what I should do next,” he says.

Well, here comes Lucky-I mean, a man named Lucky. Lucky possesses a Masters of Business Administration degree from a reputed university with distinction besides a very pleasing personality and manners. He could be an asset to any organization. At least, this is what his friends and mentors feel about him.

His day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM (the usual office timings)-sometimes even after 5:00 PM. Lucky spends the entire day visiting various firms and commercial establishments. “Well, he indeed is very lucky,” you would say. Not at all! As despite all his achievements, he is yet to get a lucrative job. All he has got so far are assurances of being contacted from various employers, who seem to be impressed by his credentials but do not actually care two hoots about employing an honest and hardworking person like him.

You see friends; names can be misleading at times. Now when you think of naming your baby make sure that he is neither Happy nor Jolly nor Lucky.

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shaheenparshad is based in Amritsar, Punjab, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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