Friday, December 26, 2008

The Tale of the Orphaned Carrot

Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a farm where were grown several vegetables. In one section of the farm were grown a multitude of root crops - beetroot, radishes, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, leek and the like. These crops - neighbours, as it were - lived in peace, harmony and a spirit of friendship.

One night, however, tragedy struck. A blight struck the entire carrot crop, destroying all the carrots. All? Well, not quite. One tiny little baby carrot survived, the sole member of the carrot crop not to be obliterated.

All the neighbours came together to discuss the situation. It was clear the baby carrot could not survive on its own without parents, and would have to be adopted by one of the other crops.

Sadly, however, those who had been the carrots' friends till date turned their backs on the poor orphan. "I barely have enough eyes to keep on my own children," complained Mama Potato. "I haven't really been in the pink of health lately," said Aunty Beetroot. "We'll just make the poor kid cry," shrugged Daddy Onion.

Just when things were beginning to look ugly, in stepped the Garlic family. Castigating the others for not doing the right thing by the Carrots, they agreed to take in the poor child and rear him as one of their own.

Over time, he grew into a fine young carrot. He had been brought up with the finest of virtues and values, and dreamt of making his mark in the world. He hoped to find his way to a nice carrot juice at a gym, or a healthy salad at a fine restaurant. It was, therefore, with a great deal of excitement that he set off in the produce truck as it trundled its way to market, and onwards to its final destination.

As it came to a stop and the container in which he was being carried was pulled out, he peeked over the edge in anticipation. To his intense dismay, he found that his new home was Pizza Hut. He was depressed for a while but turning it over in his mind, he realised that, whatever his dreams and hopes, it was only appropriate that he ended up here.

After all, he was garlic bred.

19 comments:

M S said...

Sublime punning and Allegory of highest quality! Good one AC.

Nandan said...

Wow!!! gaajar hal-wah!

DiVa said...

Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Good one :)
- Lizzy

Nandini Vishwanath said...

:) Loved it!

Jaya S said...

This is a super concoction. I really enjoyed reading it.

Sravanthi said...

Brilliant!! This is a class act!

Bg said...

Awesome!

AC said...

Thanks, all :)

Amitabh said...

Very clever.
Congratulations on being gifted with such ken sense of pun.

Anonymous said...

Looooonnnggg time... Damn nice :)
- Sangeetha

Girish said...

LOL!
I can imagine the triumphant expression on your face when you would have finished narrating that story :)

AC said...

Thanks Amitabh, Sangeetha :)

Garbaa: Yeah, I really enjoy delivering this one in person... the look on the person's (victim's?) face as I deliver the punchline is really satisfying :)

Anonymous said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this one :-)
- Soundarya

AC said...

:)

Sourav said...

Fantastic! ... Master you are. :)

Viper said...

Witty, I must say...

AMIT said...

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Anonymous said...

lovely..really nice