Somewhere Only We Know
The Cripple And His Talismans (2004)
By Anosh Irani
"Is this a terrorist call?"
"If this is a terrorist call, there is separate number for that."
"I'm not a terrorist."
"Then what are you saying? Listen, you are eating my lunch break."
__I look at the time. It is 3 p.m.
"Madam, I want to apply for the position of governmental suicide bomber."
"Are you insulting us? There is penalty for such acts. I warn you."
"I want to serve, not offend. Now listen: If you want someone dead and that person is not dying, I will do what you need by putting a bomb inside my shirt and then hugging that person."