In a political move that has stunned the world, the nations of India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore have formed a new alliance known as the Gopal Palpodi Nations Organization (GPNO), based on the popularity of the world-renowned Gopal Palpodi tooth powder in these regions.
|External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee proudly displays a pack of Gopal Palpodi, which he purchased from Mustafa Centre.|
“Gopal Palpodi is the one thing that unites us all! Indhiyaa Malayseeyaa Ilangai Singappoorill sirandhadhu, Gopal Palpodi!”, said external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee. “Gopal Palpodi. Gopal Palpodi. Gopal Palpodi.”, he added, effortlessly switching between male and female voices, before signing off with a “Ting-Tonggg.”
This was confirmed by the heads of states of the other three nations as well, who chorused “Gopal Palpodi is the key factor in cementing our political and economic ties as nations. And don't forget – it's good for your teeth!”
According to the official press release, the GPNO will work towards securing peace and harmony in the region, increasing trade and tourism between the nations, and ignoring Indonesia.
“Never mind SAARC, SAF, The Non-Aligned Movement and all those other blade ideas Nehru and the others came up with. This is teh_pWnage!”, grinned a delighted Vinay Nilakantan, avid gamer and long-time Gopal Palpodi user. “Don't forget that GPNO is an anagram of PONG, making it all the more awesome!”, he said excitedly, before trotting off to acquire the mobile gaming rights for the iconic tooth powder brand.
“Gopal Palpodi is an interesting brand name, in that the first syllable of each word once again forms the first word, and what's left forms the second word! To elaborate, GO(pal) + PAL(podi) = GOPAL(palpodi). Isn't it great?”, explained renowned maths specialist Sheela Shankar. “Hmmm . . . that gives me an idea for a book. I'll call it Gopal, Escher, Bach!”, she thought to herself with a smirk.
“It's all a scam! There is no Gopal Palpodi available in Malaysia. Only Vicco Vajradanti! I checked!” yelled a disappointed Vishal Thyagarajan, taking time off from his Tolkien-reading sessions to make his point. He also said that the famous Gopal Palpodi radio advertisement was inferior in quality when compared to the one for Bison undergarments.
The international community has reacted in their own unique ways. The United States has ordered the CIA to dig up all the information they can about Gopal Palpodi, the Japanese have begun pronouncing it as 'Gopaarru Parrupodi', while the English are expecting rain at Wimbledon. The Maldives and Mauritius have applied for membership to the GPNO, causing an official from the external affairs ministry to remark “Eh? They're two different countries? Then what about Madagascar?”
Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh has offered to host the first GPNO summit at New Delhi. “To tell you the tooth, I'm delighted that all the leaders will gum here and attend the summit”, he said, wisely deciding against adding “I hope that the GPNO will exert its influence from the equator to the molar regions! ”. The summit will be attended by luminaries such as Wildlife Photographer S.U.Saravanakumar, Chess Fanatic McNaToj, and, making a triumphant comeback, the members of ZZTop.
In related news, the makers of Laljee Godhoo Asafoetida are planning a rival alliance, but have so far only succeeded in roping in T.Nagar, Luz, and parts of Kilpauk.