Monday, May 21, 2007

The Cheshire-Cat Grin.

It’s intriguing the way the Mumbai newspapers kept flashing file photos of Haseena and Koushambi almost every day of the past week or so. The one thing common between the two photos is that both of them have a Cheshire-Cat grin stuck on their faces. In the case of Haseena, it is understandable. After all, she pulled the famous Cheshire Cat disappearing stunt on the baffled Mumbai Police Force who once upon a time used to be compared to the Scotland Yard. For the IT girl though, the smile is hardly appropriate considering the sorry end she met. In case you’re not an Alice in Wonderland fan, the Cat in question was quite a cat. She could appear and disappear at will, you see, and was in the habit of holding long philosophical discussions with Alice. The self-respecting girl that she was, Alice found both her habits disconcerting. Lewis Carroll reports one of the more memorable exchanges between Alice and the Cat in question. It goes like this:

“I wish you wouldn’t keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly; you make one quite giddy!”

“All right,” said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!”

Watch the Cheshire Cat disappear:

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