Thursday, February 05, 2009

Passing The Parcel

You remember when you were a kid, and you went to those birthday parties where there were more adults than people your age, and you would end up playing games like passing the parcel because the organizers weren't smart enough to come up with something actually fun? Well, evidently, Pakistan's state apparatus is feeling nostalgic.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 4: Pakistani investigators probing into the Mumbai attacks are closing in on a Bangladeshi connection to the terrorist strike and are said to have evidence of not only the involvement of a banned militant organisation, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami, Bangladesh (HuJI-B), but also of its role in planning the attack and training the terrorists.

A reference in this regard is likely to be made in the report of the country’s premier investigation agency, FIA, that will be shared soon with India as findings of preliminary investigations.

Poor Bangladesh. This was their terse response:
Law Minister of Bangladesh Farooq Khan said Pakistan cannot blame us.

“Our land cannot be used against any country,” he asserted.

Basically, Pakistan saw India's "blame a regional rival that used to be the same country as you" and raised them with "blame a regional rival that used to be same country as you, and with whom you had a brutal civil war". I can't wait to see Bangladesh catching the pillow, and then passing it on to Burma or something. The pillow will keep heading eastward, with either Singapore or Australia being the last ones with it before the music stops.


supersizeme said...

what a hilarious notion, that about australia possibly becoming embroiled in all this, can you just imagine that? they're the most bush-friendly nation there ever was (not that there's any connection (??)).

I feel really bad for bangladesh though, but then in this game of whodunnit - why rule out any possibilities?

Sputnik said...

Is 'passing the parcel' the Pakistani name for the game of telephone? Or, lest you accuse me of being ethnocentric, is 'telephone' the American name for passing the parcel?

Ahsan said...

What the hell is "telephone"?

Let me tell you what passing the parcel/pillow is: all the kids sit in a circle, and the music starts, and you pass something around, and then whoever is stuck with the parcel/pillow when the music stops is kicked out. Highly unfair arrangement, because there is little skill involved, but then what do you expect for a kid's game?

Hades said...

Damn! man. Don't diss passing the pillow.

It sure as hell beat musical chairs or the khoi bag--too much effort inlvolved there.

naqiya said...

telephone = PC version of Chinese whispers

Ahsan said...


What's "khoi-bag"? Sorry for being completely clueless on these issues.


Thanks, this was cleared up yesterday in person.

Hades said...


Pinata is what the firangs call it.

Khoi=the small styrofoam balls that are put into it along with the cheap toys and chocolates.

Ahsan said...


Well I am ashamed to say I didn't know what Pinata was either, until I just wikied it.

Farooq said...

You didnt know what Pinata was??

Thats almost on par with you not knowing what Stonehenge was (true story).

Hades said...


Interesting. I must ask the Mumbaikars and Delhiites I know whether a khoi-bag figured in their b'day parties. In Calcutta, where I grew up, a khoi bag was de rigueur.


telephone = PC version of Chinese whispers

Do check this out.

There's this Seinfeld episode which takes the mickey out of PC which I highly recommend.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for mentioning Pinata. You just brought to my mind lots of fond memories. I used to have a birthday party with pinatas, clowns, and all sorts of entertainment while I was growing up in India. Pinata, passing the parcel, musical chair and return gifts used to be the highlights of these birthday parties. My favorite part of the party was always ‘Piñata’. As far as I remember, ‘Khoi bag’ is the Bengali name of Piñata.I remember the practice of pull-a- string Piñatas or `Khoi bag' bursting at the end of the party. We used to regard Piñata as a treasure trove and would eagerly wait to break it. Kids, scrambling on the ground, snatching candies and chocolates and stuffing them in small bags and bragging about how much loot they got. It used to be great fun which I missed in my nephew’s 'Elmo' theme birthday party here in U.S.