The funnyman who was also a sailor

Notion Press
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“Her complexion was as though she had been immersed in a mixture of one part whisky and three parts white wine. (Would she have tasted like the cocktail as well? I don’t know, sir.) Her eyes, nose, lips and ears had all had their own pretty little stories to tell. Together, the sum total told a gargantuan story. Her hair was darker than the road under her feet and was oozing out of her cap like a cascade of crude oil. Her figure was like that of a balloon that was on a diet, if balloons dieted at all, and then tied in the middle with a string.”

“Aren’t you a little too young to be acting funny with me?” What?? I saw that the silly girl had got it all wrong. The situation needed correction on an emergency basis. I immediately started nodding my head to convey to her that I indeed was younger than her but realised that the second part of the question about acting funny needed shaking of the head. So, I stopped the nodding halfway through and took up the shaking. This was a cross between nothing and nothing. I ended up making a complete fool of myself. The girl was getting impatient and had no time for my antics.”

“To sit in the beautiful garden with a glass of chilled beer whenever a drizzle the size and sharpness of pine needles came down from the sky to ever-so-lightly caress us to the accompaniment of mournful songs from the HMV record player that was in the barracks was heaven on the Earth. Lord, did we savour the moments so very thoroughly! Nostalgia threatens to drown me as I relive those days sitting in my upright chair at home now”
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About the author

Ponn Asokan’s ebook 500 Popping Questions and Rocking Answers on rock music of the 70s sold so well that he took to writing seriously. It led to his authoring three more ebooks: U S Army and Marine Fitness Secrets, Guidelines for American Pet Owners and Stories with a Twist.

This book will be something you will not forget in a hurry. It will make you guffaw even if you are alone while reading it.

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Notion Press
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Published on
Jan 8, 2019
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Pages
152
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ISBN
9781684662234
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Language
English
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Humor / Form / Essays
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