One afternoon, Bill Clinton was sitting in his office when his telephone
"Hello Mr. Clinton," a heavily accented voice says. "This is
Bholaji. I am ringing to inform you that I am officially declaring war on
Well, Bholaji," Bill replies, "This indeed is important news! Tell
me, how big is your army?"
At this moment in time," says Bholaji after a moments calculation,
"There is myself, my cousin Herolal, my next door neighbor Pyarelal and the
entire Kabbadi team from the Village. That makes 8!"
Bill sighs and says, "I must tell you Bholaji that I have 1 million men
in my army waiting to move on my word."
OK," says Bholaji. "I'll have to ring you back!"
Sure enough, the next day Bholaji calls back. "Right Mr. Clinton, the
war is still on! We have managed to acquire some equipment!"
"What equipment would that be, Bholaji?" Bill asks.
Well, we have 2 combine harvesters, a bulldozer and Chacha's tractor from the
Once more Bill sighs and says, "I must tell you Bholaji that I have
50,000 tanks, 2000 mine layers, 10,000 armored cars and my army has increased to
1 and a half million since we last spoke."
"I'll be dogged!" says Bholaji. "I'll have to ring you
Sure enough, Bholaji calls again the next day. "Right Mr. Clinton, the
war is still on! We have managed to get ourselves airborne! We've gotten out old
Govind's crop sprayer with a couple of rifles in the cockpit and the Hockey team
has joined us as well!"
Once more Bill sighs and says "I must tell you Bholaji that I have 4000
bombers and 8000 high maneuverability attack planes and my military
installations are surrounded by laser guided surface to air missiles and since
we last spoke, my army has increased to 2 million."
"Oh cripes," says Bholaji. "I'll have to ring you back."
Sure enough, Bholaji calls again the next day. "Right Mr. Clinton, I am
sorry to tell you that we have had to call off the war."
"I'm very sorry to hear that," says Bill. "Why the sudden
change of heart?"
"Well," says Bholaji, "We've all had a chat and t'be sure,
there's no way we can cope with 2 million prisoners of war."