Bengalis go out for coffee1

Earlier this year, while I was in Delhi, they were holding the Asian Games for athletes over forty. I registered for six events, but on the day of the competition, I had such a high fever that I could not participate. The following day, I went to the stadium to watch some of the events.

In one walking race, two Bengalis stood first and second. One finished at least three minutes behind the other. But the judges mixed it up and declared the second-place finisher first.

When they made the announcement, everybody started laughing. The judges got mad because they felt they could not have made such a mistake. The walker who stood second even went to the judges and said, "I was far behind him"

One judge said, "I do not want to hear that."

So the walker who was second went and embraced the one who had actually stood first. He said, "What can we do?"

The other competitor said, "Let us go out for a cup of coffee."

The wives of the first and second-place finishers were roaring with laughter. Fortunately, the couples were good friends. So all four of them went out for a cup of coffee.


  1. TCE 14. 31 March 1983