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India Today - - LEISURE -

‘ Hello, this is Bank of Bod­ies,’ cooed the op­er­a­tor. ‘ If you have the soul, we have the body. How may we help you, sir?’ The op­er­a­tor sounded nice, the rich warm con­tralto loaded with prom­ise, but there was a time and place for ev­ery­thing. San­jeev Verma was brisk and busi­nesslike. ‘ I need one hand for Pappu Verma, Su­per Milky skin tone. You have the rest of the specs. The op­er­a­tion has to hap­pen no later than to­mor­row.’ ‘ Just hold on, sir.’ The gen­tle strains of a bha­jan wafted over the phone, ren­dered comtem­po­rary and peppy by the ju­di­cious ad­di­tion of a disco beat rhyth­mic chants, and what ap­peared to be cas­tanets adding that es­sen­tial Latin touch. The whis­pered lyrics were in heav­ily san­skri­tized Hindi, and strove to es­tab­lish a con­nec­tion be­tween the Bank of Bod­ies, Lord Kr­ishna and the Com­pe­tent Au­thor­ity. San­jeev grit­ted his teeth and waited.

SAU­RABH SINGH/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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