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You are feeling blues, you want to lighten mood. You search for a joke. And what do you get, a dirty bundle of text full of innuendos which make you sick.

Why can not any one write simple clean humor? Which is not a rambling like mine. 

http://www.amazon.in/Inimitable-Jeeves-Wooster/dp/0099513684/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499823353&sr=8-3&keywords=wodehouse
 One writer who used to write excellent subtle humor was Wodehouse. His stories of Bertram Wooster and his "gentleman's gentleman" butler - Jeeves, are "ekamevadvitiya".  Most of us grew up reading his books and chuckling in the class room.

But his books are not of the type which make you guffaw like "Three men in a boat". Again, if you have not read TMIAB, you are not literate at all. Sorry, some serious flaw in flow today. Make a point to read the book immediately. You can read it online from Project GutenBerg

Raold Dahl's William series are good, suitable more for children.

http://www.amazon.in/Complete-Works-Saki-Hector-Munro/dp/8171674232/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1499823245&sr=8-4&keywords=sakiI tried to remember another author whose satire was excellent. He is Saki - Victor Hug Munro. Saki's works are also available online.


What happened which made me convert from JK to PGW? It was to be expected. Life already gives us so much to worry about, why do we read sad - contemplating (!) books. Let us at least have a laugh. Not your LOL kind of laugh looking at one liner - in an image - in whatsapp. Let us read the book and laugh out uncontrollably.

Life is too short to sit contemplating its meaning.

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