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Humor in Writing

Humor does rule the world. At least my world.

Reading humorous pieces livens up our day. It breaks the monotone of work and life. Most problems can be fixed with a dose of laughter. But what I like most about humor pieces is the fact that the point under scrutiny is communicated with much effect and quite intelligently. It also reflects a bit of the writer’s character trait. A writer with a good sense of humor will make sure his/her pieces amuse people.

And others on the verge of writing, here’s a bit of information on the various types of humor in writing:

Burlesque – a form of satire. Burlesque ridicules any basic style of speech or writing. (Parody makes fun of specific writings.)

Caricature – exaggeration of a person’s mental, physical, or personality traits, in wisecrack form. Most people think of sketches when you mention a caricature. But this form of humor reflects well in writing too.

Comedy – a ludicrous and amusing event or series of events designed to provide enjoyment and produce smiles or laughter usually written in a light, familiar, bantering, or satirical style. There are also topical, romantic, satirical, and verbal wit comedies.
The word comes from the French comedie which was derived from the Greco-Latin comoedia which was formed by combining komos, meaning “to revel,” and aeidein, meaning “to sing.”

Exaggeration/Hyperbole – An exaggerated witticism overstates the features, defects, or the strangeness of someone or something. Extreme exaggeration is Hyperbole.

Epigram– clever, short saying about a general group. Mostly satire about mankind.

Incongruity – Lack of harmony between two statements or events is incongruity. A particular situation leading to something totally unrelated does bring in a weirdly funny situation. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a good example of incongruity.

Irony – something that has been said or done differently than what was meant. It’s like someone says the opposite of what they mean and the listener believes the opposite of what they said.

Repartee – includes clever replies and retorts. The most common form is the insult.

Satire – wit that is critical humor. Satire is sarcasm that makes fun of something.

Surprise
– Surprise elements bring in suspense and unexpected twists. And humor eventually.

Sarcasm – this is one of the most popular forms of humor in literature. Known to be a sharp, harsh, bitter or cutting remark on something or someone, sarcasm often receives high appreciation.

Parody -humorous version of any well-known writing.

Pun
– Puns are more of word play. Jokes, one-liners and witty remarks often are composed of puns. (E.g.: What disease can one associate with cigarettes? Answer: Premature death.)

Wisecrack
– any clever remark about a particular person or thing. Wisecracks are quick wordplays about a person.

Wit -humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, repartee. Wit is funny because of the sudden sharpness and quick perception. Wit can bite. Verbal wit is a type of humor known as Wordplay.

Another technique to induce laughter is to mold funny characters. Or give them certain personality traits that make them unique, in a funny way. Making characters give unsolicited advice (E.g.:  Advice to people who want to buy a puppy:  Don’t.); or narrating interesting anecdotes that induce laughter; or blending two or more words to make a new one (fantabulous from fantastic + fabulous) induce amusement.
(To be continued…
Books and Authors that make you laugh.
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(Post by Sanjana Kapoor)

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Book Review of “Horn OK Please-HOPping To Conclusions” By Kartik Iyengar

Horn OK Please – HOPping To Conclusions

By Kartik Iyengar

Now this is what I call a fun-tastic read.

Kartik Iyengar chronicles his “journey” all the way to Ladakh – Chief Redbull, Goose Goldsmith and Derek Demonia in an SUV called ‘Motormouth’ jot their passion in overcoming problems during their adventure; write about subjects that need delicate handling wrapped with humor; share their experience of meeting new people and exploring new places; capture the essence of their “journey” to finally bringing meaning to life – a remarkable achievement in my eyes!

Every chapter beings with a sarcastic poetic snippet, goes on to set the context, present his points of view and culminates in a warped moralistic end from a virtual community. (Taken from the description – sorry this was the most apt sketch about the book and I definitely couldn’t ace it.)

The book is hilarious. It has anecdotes from the journey; snippets of randomness that end up instigating brain waves to ponder on the reality around us; and the foreword by The Dalai Lama himself.

The writing is lucid, raw and pertinent. Ample of humor, wit, nutty takes whilst on the journey, but great insight about things we turn a blind eye to. Describing the difficulties in proceeding with the journey, yet not deterred to stop mid-way shows great persistence and will power. Covering the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Guarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttaranchal, Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh and the memories binding the adventure make for a great read.

The blurb on the book said, “50% of this the proceeds from this book has been dedicated to the Mahesh Memorial Trust, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and the Tibetan SOS Village in Leh (Ladakh) by the author. This copy was printed at an orphanage.”

Talk about urban Indians and their sense of responsibility. I bought 2 copies and gifted one to a f(r)iend. I hope he writes the review soon.

I urge you to go ahead, pick this up and release your mind of the mundane chores. And yeah, do your bit of charity, beginning right here.

A MUST READ FOR ALL!!! *smack*

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Book Review of “Treasure Chest for Public Speaking” by Terry O Brien

Treasure Chest for Public Speaking 

by Terry O Brien

This book is a keeper!
Arranged alphabetically, Terry has complied thousands of epigrams and witty remarks for readers to enjoy and use in life. People from all walks of life and all sorts of profession can keep this handy not just for raising toast but to use in everyday life. Life really would be terribly mundane without these quips I feel.
And it’s not that you have to memorize them. Once you read them and understand the underlying humor, wit and sarcasm you are sure to remember them forever.
I wish I could quote all the ones that I liked. But that would mean writing the entire book here. But I shall write the ones that made me laugh instantly –
• Most girls prefer the strong, solvent types.
• He who laughs last must have time to waste.
• When you sing your own praises, it is generally a solo.
• Things are pretty well evened up in this world. Other people’s troubles are not as bad as yours, but their children are a lot worse.
• A reckless driver may get to places a little sooner – even to a cemetery.

I was laughing my way through this book. And I got dead tired. But it was so worth it.
I was amazed at the things Terry has complied. Simple. True. Hilarious. All at once.
And when I read about Terry, I knew the reason behind his witticisms. “He is an academician by vocation and a passionate quiz enthusiast by avocation. He is a Trainers Trainer and a motivational speaker. His leit-motif is the igniting of quizzing instinct and an aptitude to develop the 3rs of learning – Read. Record. Recall.”
With several books under his belt, his natural flair for writing and speaking reflects in this book that comprises wisecracks, quips and witty remarks.
This is a must have for everyone I say. Use some of these quips and you are sure to be stand out in a crowd…(don’t ask me how!).

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