Thursday, January 15, 2009

ID X..

Winston Churchill during the second world war period, had two small weaknesses – one for French liquor and the other for _______. Housekeeping officers of 10, Downing Street were concerned about the depleting stock of ___________. One of them whispered to his counterpart in the India Office about securing a possible alternative supply of __________ from Madras.The governor of Madras agreed to take personal responsibility for the project and selected two reputed and loyal _______ manufacturers from X. To handle the affair, the governor required an intelligent English-speaking person as an assistant. He needed to have knowledge about ______-making and their quality. The normal process of post creation would not suffice. Nothing could be disclosed about the project. Hence by exercising his special powers under the Defence of India Rules, the governor created a post of an assistant, naming it CCA. It was located in the chief secretary’s secret cell. No one but the governor, the chief secretary and the incumbent knew the real meaning of CCA.
Then later in the early 1960s the Madras government set up a pay committee to review the pay structure and the service conditions of its officers and staff. One day a ‘top secret’ double-sealed cover landed on the desk of the chairman. It was from ‘CCA, office of the chief secretary, Fort St George, Madras’. He opened the cover to find a very humble and polite representation for upgrading the post of CCA to that of office superintendent in the chief secretary’s office because of the petitioner’s unblemished service record of 20 years. But there was noone with any clue as to what CCA stood for. The chairman sent for the petitioner who clarified that CCA stood for Churchill’s _______ Assistant.

6 comments:

Ded said...

Cigar??

arun laxman said...

trichy..or trichnopoly as it was known then

"The Kid" said...

the cigars manufactured near pudukottai.(it was mentioned in last festember's invite brochure!)

patti said...

Trichinopoly is correct da.

Hariharan said...

nice q patti!

Mohawk said...

No da, those cigars are called 'Dindigul Surut'.


Trust me, I've even made a field trip for conformation and have experienced the real McCoy.