When 6 poets enlivened Ludhiana evening with their wisecracks

Touching upon issues like corruption, right to vote, self-styled babas, fight against corruption by NGOs, and political parties, six poets had the audience eat out of their hands at a Hasya Kavi Sammelan held at Nehru Sidhant Kendra on Saturday night.

With his typical satirical style, Surendra Sharma stole the show with his stress on the husband-wife relationship. He questioned Baba Ramdev. "If yoga can cure all diseases, why Baba is making medicines? I asked him this question," he said, adding that he had also asked Anna Hazare why he was quiet when the Shiv Sena was saying that Mumbai was only for Marathis.

Sharma did not spare even AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

"Rahul Gandhi should think when Dalits will start having food like kings. Eating food in the kitchen of Dalit families will not improve the condition of the country," he said.

He added, "These days we vote for parties and not for individuals. Had we voted for individuals, all parties would have fielded the best candidates."

Dr Sita Sagar got thunderous applause when she narrated her poem on Ludhiana and its specialities. She had composed this poem in a few minutes after she got information from Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of the trust, on her way to the sammelan venue.

Ritu Goel made the fathers emotional when she narrated her poem Pita. "Lots of poems on mothers have been written by poets, but not many have expressed feelings of fathers who appear to be hard from outside but they too are emotional, loving and caring from inside," she said.

Mahendra Ajnabi, winner of the last year's Kaka Hathrasi Hasras award, compared men with ghosts. "These days ghosts say aaj ka aadmi bahut dravna hai, voh to ham sab se bhi dravana hai. Jab bachcha sota nahi hai, to ma kehti hai chup ho ja, nahi to aadmi aa jayega."

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