friends are seated at the far end of a bus. One
has long hair. The other is bald. They
travel silently for a while.
the silence.] I forgot to tell you about my
8: Yes! [Pause.]
you wont laugh at me. [He scratches his
8: Why? Latest
result, latest insult?
&: No salt
on wound. Please. [Disappointedly.] I
have failed in Visual Arts.
reflection.] But you passed in other
subjects. [Calmly.] Thats more
&: 0 in
Arts. I got 0. [Pause.] Anyway, forget
it. I took the plane the very day and went to
himself.] And what did they say?
got my work out and showed it to me. And they
8: They could
have given you some marks for going there at
least. [Frowning casually.] What was it
you drew by the way?
painted the page black.
8: You did
I painted the page black. [He adjusts his
spectacles.] It was my work, my style.
deserve your 0.
you are a fool too. [Exasperated almost.]
Just like the foolish examiners. Its not a
himself.] A page painted black is not a
black page! Hmmm...
Zulus dancing enthusiastically in the night. [Proudly.]
That was what I drew.
conductor starts collecting money from the
talkative old couples in front. 8 laughs
like a madman.]
laughing and lets come back to our usual
questions and answers.
8: OK. [Pause.]
suddenly starts to go faster.]
question. Why does a fart smell?
Biological. Bacteria decomposing food.
a smile.] Nop.
8: The answer
smells so as the deaf can enjoy it. Simple. [They
you heard of the expression Winds raping
his bald head.] Yes. Yes I have.
have you ever heard walls bearing little walls? [He
lifts his eyebrows.]
conductor is approaching.] &: This is
because walls have abortions. [He laughs.
8 is not impressed.]
8: [In a
low voice.] It does not appear he has failed.
8: Hmm. [He
adjusts himself, looking at &.]
This time say something serious.
much thought.] Have you ever entered an
office and given the clerk your name and your
8: Of course.
I did it yesterday itself.
given him your name.
8: Yes. [Pause.]
Actually it was a woman.
Youve given her your address as well.
this means you have neither name nor address now
if youve given them to her!
his head, not knowing if he should laugh
or not. & laughs, but he is
cut short by the bus conductor who comes to him.]
To my house.