|Banta`s eldest daughter had been taken to the delivery room in a hospital and he was anxiously waiting outside, when he heard the crying of a newborn babe. A few minutes later a nurse came out of the delivery room.|
Banta rushed up to her and enquired, "Sister, am I a grandfather or a grandmother ?"
|Banta and Santa were working on a roof, when Banta slipped and fell to the ground. Santa leaned over and called out:|
"Are you dead or alive, Banta?"
"Alive," moaned Banta.
"You are a liar. I donot know whether to believe you or not," said Santa
"Then I must be dead," said Banta, "because you wouldnot dare call me a liar if I were alive."
|Subedar Santa and Subedar Imamuddin were in the same regiment in the British Indian Army, they were inseparable friends and spent their evenings drinking together.|
The partition separated them as Subedar Imamuddin was absorbed in the Pakistan Army. To keep his friend`s memory alive Subedar Santa always filled two glasses with rum and water and sipped from each alternately! When somebody asked him why he did so, he explained:
"This glass is Imamuddin`s; this one is mine. So I take a sip from each- One on behalf of Imamuddin, the other for myself."
Suddenly one evening Santa was seen with only one glass on his table. He was asked what happened.
He replied, "You see, I have given up drinking but Imamuddin has not. So I have put away my glass and drink only on behalf of my friend."
|Santa boarded a crowded bus with a bagful of purchases. There was no vacant seat. As the old bus rattled and swayed, he supported himself precariously, holding the bag in one hand, the other hand holding the bar provided near the cieling.|
"Ticket...ticket.....ticket," the conductor made several rounds past Santa. His wallet in his hip pocket and both hands engaged, Banta did not know what to do.
"Ticket, sir," the conductor asked again.
Santa thrust the bag into conductors hand and stuggled to take his wallet out, when the conductor protested: "I cannot be carrying passenger s baggage like this- I am the conductor."
"Okay, then give me the bag, and here, will you please hold the bar," replied Banta.