Cake for thought…

Cake for thought…

Yesterday I had blogged a piece titled :”Eat Cake,Pay Tax”.At the end of the posting,I had expressed my doubts as to whether my letter would find favour with the Editor of a serious paper.Lo and behold,today’s Financial Express has published my letter with a few snips and cuts here and there.This now makes me comment that if your joke is really good it will certainly find its mark. Here is the letter as published in FE :  

Letters to the editor
The Financial Express
Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 
 
Cake for thought  
“Eat cake, pay tax” by Amitendu Palit (FE, September 5) was a refreshing read. The piece reminded me of the famous phrase: “Let them eat cake”, attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette of France. It was supposedly spoken by the Queen upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since cake is a richer product, as opposed to normal bread, the quote supposedly reflected her obliviousness to the condition of the people in those times. Incidentally, even in the Chinese culture, there is reportedly a similar story that involves rice and meat, instead of bread and cake: An ancient Chinese emperor, who upon being told that his subjects didn’t have enough rice to eat, replied: “Why don’t they eat meat?” Taxing moon cakes is a novel idea for the local tax authorities of China to extract their pound of flesh and it certainly lends credence to another popular phrase: “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”. Let us hope that our Income Tax authorities don’t get inspired from this supposedly new area of revenue and think of taxing gifts customarily exchanged during Diwali and Christmas. Kudos to the author for giving the readers some alternate form of fodder and food (cake) for thought.  
JS Broca, New Delhi
Those who wish to see my letter as published may go to : 
This  publication has left a sweet taste in my mouth. 
  
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