The Rough And The Smooth.

It is fitting that this landmark post is published as part of our Loose Bloggers’ Consortium exercise where a group of bloggers write on the same topic every Friday. This is one activity, or shall we say, discipline has been part of the motivation that has kept me blogging regularly, others being some very inspiring bloggers and commentators who comment here regularly.

This is my 2000th blog post.


A pastor had a wife and 12 children and needed to move as his rental agreement was coming to an end for the home where he lived.  He was having difficulty in finding a new home. When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they knew that the children would destroy the home. He could not say that he had no children, he could not lie. After all, pastors cannot and do not lie. So he gave up looking for a large home and moved into the small rectory that the church provided him.

Life is rough, for honest pastors.


A lawyer had a wife and 12 children and needed to move as his rental agreement was coming to an end for the home where he lived. He was having difficulty in finding a new home. When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they knew that the children would destroy the home. He could not say that he had no children. He could not lie, after all, lawyers cannot and do not lie! So, he had an idea. He sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 children. He took the remaining one with him to see homes with the Real Estate Agent. He liked one of the homes and the agent asked : “How many children do you have ?” He answered : “12 children”. The agent asked “Where are the others? The lawyer answered, with a sad look, “They are in the cemetery with their mother”. And that’s the way he was able to rent a home for his family without lying.

MORAL : It is not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words. Lawyers don’t lie… they are creative… They are smooth.

This topic was suggested by Maria the gaelikaa, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!



Our young friend, lawyer-in-the-making Ashok, has given a topic which must bring forth a number of interesting posts. I cannot think of anyone of the ten LCBs not having anything to do with lawyers at some point of time in their lives.

My first acquaintance with a lawyer was when I was a child of four or perhaps five. A close personal friend of my father’s would visit the city where we were then living to attend to some High Court matters from a small mofussil town. He was larger than my father in size and smoked huge big cigars. The total picture was one of an intimidating personality. Although he was quite friendly, I was always in a bit of awe of him and often thought that it would be nice to grow up to be a lawyer like him and smoke big cigars!

When I grew up and got to know him, I found him to be anything but intimidating, but his story was fascinating nevertheless. He lived the life of a bachelor all his life, taking care of his widowed mother though he had a mistress tucked away conveniently in that small town, where everyone knew about it but accepted him for he was a great man and a pillar of the local society. There are many stories as to why he chose to live like that, and the one that appealed to me was that his orthodox family refused him permission to marry outside his caste and so he decided not to marry at all. My next ambition then became to live a life of a bachelor with a mistress tucked away in a nice corner somewhere.

That providence decided otherwise about both the ambitions is now known to all my readers and so let me proceed with my next lawyer acquaintance. Another friend of my father’s sent his son to study for the bar in the same city and he stayed in the college hostel. This student was all of ten years older than I was at that time and for me it was a great wonder that this guy living in a hostel and studying to be a lawyer could have all the freedom that was denied to me living with my parents. That man, incidentally one the many Ambis in my life, eventually did become a successful lawyer in the mofussil areas and also became quite a rake. Luckily I did not have much to do with him to influence me into emulating him.

Fast forward to my adulthood, working life and the national emergency, when I had to face the might of police highhandedness, about which I had posted here. The lawyer who was hired for me by a very close friend became a great personal friend and I could not but help admire him for the way he took on the police and the judiciary during the emergency to fight my case. That he won the case was entirely due to his high skills as a lawyer and the way he had the police official squirming in the cross examination was a sight that I shall never forget.

Subsequently, I had occasions to rub shoulders with some of India’s best legal brains in the area of trademark protection in Mumbai and Delhi and have nothing but great admiration for their pioneering work when the judiciary did not really understand intellectual property rights the way it does now.

After that experience, I have had nothing personal happen to me calling for the need of a lawyer, except to accompany some friends for attesting as witness for wills and testaments when too I have come across some very nice lawyers not at all like lawyers in the jokes one comes across so often. Peculiarly enough, we do not have jokes about lawyers and other professionals as much as the West does. Our humour tends to be highly ethnic in nature and the legal profession has therefore been spared much damage that the Western humourists have caused to their lawyers.

I quite like the enthusiasm and commitment that our proposer of this subject Ashok, has for the legal profession and I hope that he will become a highly successful one and here is wishing him all the very best that life can offer to enable him to do so. After all, I have already decided that he will be my lawyer for all future needs!

This post is the Loose Consortium Bloggers’ Friday post when Ashok, Conrad, Grannymar, Magpie11, Marianna, Maria, Gaelikaa, Helen, Judy , and I write one post each on the same topic. Please visit the other blogs too to have different views on this fascinating subject.