Are you not among the lucky few who have made it to this year's Jaipur Literature Festival? Are you one of the hundreds who will be wistfully scanning social media and news websites for updates on the litfest attended by the likes of Margaret Atwood, Ruskin Bond and Stephen Fry? We have a fun activity to distract yourself with.
A Facebook group called Senior Reading Raccoons started a thread, where they are adding 'ing' to book titles and coming up with a plot for it.
Manoj Vijayan, one of the group members, started the thread.
Take a look at some of the ones he came up with. It's hilarious.
Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lining: A short sighted tailor and his struggle to locate where his stitching just went.
Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tidings: Bunch of hungry people at KFC get the welcome news that their order is ready at last.
Charles Dickens, David Copperfielding: A policeman named David plays cricket and waits patiently for his turn to bat.
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travelling: After a suspense-filled wait of several months, Gulliver gets his F-1 visa at last.
Preeti Shenoy, The Secret Wish Listing: A woman inadvertently puts up all her forbidden desires on OLX.in, and has to disconnect her phone after a flood of dubious types call offering to fulfill them for her.
Anita Desai, Firing On The Mountain: With his office temporarily closed for renovations, an impatient CEO takes his employees to a hill resort to give them their pink slip.
Chetan Bhagat, Five Pointing Someone: A major goofup on a dance show results in everyone blaming Chetan.
Durjoy Datta, You Were My Crushing Till You Said You Loved Me: Overweight man attempts to find love by sitting on top of various romantic partners while feeding them endearments.
Soon, people started commenting and coming up with some crazy plots for the 'ing' books--
Lee Child, High Heating: Heart wrenching story of a poor child whose mother burnt the dinner as she was busy with Facebook and Kindle.
Joseph Heller, Catching 22: Story of a man who had to catch 22 psychiatrists to teach him to count to 22.
George R. R. Martin, A song of ice and firing : A series featuring the world's best HR heads and their ice cold decisions to fire people in a quest to see who cuts the most costs without affecting the businesses.
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twisting: Oliver joins a dance class and learns to do the twist.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jarring: a story from the point of view of all butlers (including Jeeves) who are annoyed by the constant summons made by the bell by their masters which are jarring to the ears! (The sound of the bell ringing, that is. Not the masters.) or both actually.
Laila Lalami, Moor's Accounting: Gut wrenching story, set in the moors, of one chartered accountant's struggle to balance her books.
Sequel: The Moor's last sighing (Rushdie) - IT raid.
Keep it going, social media. We don't need to be at JLF. This is gold.
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