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)”!