A Shakespearean Fool: An April Fool Five Sentence Fiction

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My brother introduced him to me during his wedding, saying — “Didi, meet Joy, my friend and the greatest fool on this planet, a flop engineer and a hit human being”— Joy blinked his eyes in affirmation with a broad 10 inch smile showing the brightest teeth.

His jokes were the centre of attraction at my brother’s wedding, mostly about jobless engineers and the rest about him only, as he was proudly and frankly making fun of himself.

He was short-n-stout with sharp features and dark complexion, so people called him a clown, but I found him quite witty and intelligent, so addressed him as a ‘Shakespearean Fool’.

When I explained him how the fool in Shakespeare’s plays was the most important, ingenious and inventive person, his eyes simply got wet with my compliment and he was overwhelmed.

Joy remained the same fool for his family forever, for being born on 1st of April, though he proved his genius later by getting selected in a multinational company, and his mother said, “I’m so proud of you Bokai (his nick-name, which means a fool in Bengali)”!

Sangeeta Mishra

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  • Ahw that’s really nice,the appreciation would have made him feel so good about himself 🙂

    • Oh yes Vinay! This is a true story, and the boy is quite close to my family. He still values that appreciation. Thanks a lot. 🙂

  • Very nice story.

    • Thank you so much Subhodeep. Glad that you liked the story.

  • Jyothi D’mello

    Thankfully there are people out there like you who see the best in everyone 🙂

    • Oh, me? No no Jyothi. If you meet the boy once, I’m sure you’ll say the same. He’s damn witty and cute, and is real. 🙂 <3 Well, thanks for you kind words. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    a very good way to influence someone’s mind—the practical use of knowledge.

    • Cracking jokes about oneself ?? I guess you are talking about that. Then yes, you are right. It is the practical use of knowledge. 🙂

  • Purba Chakraborty

    he he he 😀 A wonderful sweet story 🙂

  • Anjali Sengar

    He he.. Nice one 😉

  • Ha ha so sweet! Always will be a bokai for his mother.

    • Yes Indrani ! The boy will always be. Though he becomes annoyed being called like that, still he gets happy about his nick-name when his mother calls him with it. 🙂

  • nice story, it’s good to be a Shakespeare’s fool, than a social media idiot

    • Haha… very well said. Our contemporary society is full if such idiots, who think themselves the masters of social media.

  • Shakespeare’s fools were the most intelligent creatures!

    • Well said Mr. Metheikal. They were quite interesting characters– funny, quick-witted yet insightful !

  • Sad the world tags you as a fool for being born on a particular day…it is an albatross he would be carrying his whole life and trying to prove himself otherwise.

    • Yes, Bushra ! But by carrying the Albatross he has learnt how to carry the burdens of life with a smile on his face as well as putting smiles on other’s faces too. Great inspiration. !

  • nice one! 🙂

  • It takes courage and intelligence to crack jokes and especially about yourself. Your Shakespearean fool couldn’t be any less courageous and intelligent.

    • Truly said Mr. Kr. He is indeed brave and witty. That’s why despite being called a fool by everyone, he never looses hope and still makes fun of himself. The reason he’s my protagonist.