Banta goes to see his supervisor in the front office.
    "Sir," he says, "we're doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife, Preeto, needs me to help with the top floor and the garage, moving and hauling stuff."
    "We're short-handed, Banta," the boss replies. "I can't give you the day off."
    "Thanks, Sir," says Banta, "I knew I could count on you!"
  • First visit A young woman wasn't feeling well, and asked one of her co-workers to recommend a physician.
    'I know a great one in the city, but he is very expensive. One thousand rupees for the first visit, and one hundred rupees for each one after...
  • Drinking problem One day a drunk walked into a bar and ordered a gin and tonic. He drank half of it and poured the rest on the bartender.
    The bartender got angry, grabbed the drunk by the collar, pulled him close to his face, and asked...
  • Hostile witness! At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. 'Isn't it true,' he bellowed, 'that you accepted ten thousand rupees to compromise this case?'
    The witness stared out the window, as though he...
  • Painful pinch! As the crowded elevator descended, Banta's wife, Preeto, became increasingly furious with Banta, who was delighted to be pressed against a gorgeous girl.
    As the elevator stopped at the main floor...
  • Indian politician An Indian politician went to the US to visit his counterpart. When the senator invited him home for dinner, the minister was very impressed by the lavish mansion, grounds and the costly furnishings.
    He asked, 'How can you afford all this on a meagre...