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Editorial : Humour Makes The World Go Round

Come along for a laughter filled ride on our Humour Issue

A look at the best laugh out loud moments – from people, places, books, movies and life

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The American comedian Martin Lawrence once said:

I don’t want to sound facetious, but humour is the key to the soul. You know what I mean?

Yes, we all know exactly what he means – for it’s difficult to imagine life without wit and laughter. Look back upon your favourite life moments and chances are that there was something absurd or funny about them – be it the pyjama parties and night-outs with your best pals or the special day about town with your beloved. Humor makes happy occasions extraordinary, and the not-so-happy and downright sad events tolerable. Laughter is the free of charge gym for the soul (better still, it’s also sweat free!), and as one of the best comics ever declared: “A day without laughter is a day wasted”(Charlie Chaplin, who else!)

Over the next couple of weeks, we celebrate wit and laughter by talking about people, places and pop culture that brighten our lives with a streak of humour – some that you may have never heard of before, others who have likely kept you company since childhood. We chat up with a few women stand up comics to figure out what makes people laugh; and learn-through their absolutely different view points – just how many shades of humour there are! We reminisce about writers whose wit makes us break out in loud cackles, and chat up with a publishing house and an illustrator who are on a similar mission. We help you perk up your home and office with some eccentric humor, and bring you amusing moments from our everyday lives. We also look back at our favourite funny moments from Indian cinema, and continue our journeys into unknown lands as part of our regular travel features.

All this, and more, for a hearty laugh, for as Mark Twain, possibly the greatest humorist ever, declared :

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that’s laughter.

Photo courtesy: https://flic.kr/p/7JEHM9, Nick Kenrick via Flickr

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