Nasrudin and no cream

Nasrudin was a waiter in a five star restaurant. He was told that he had to always make sure the rich customers would be kept satisfied. One day the restaurant had ran out of cream when a customer asked for coffee without cream. Nasrudin who wanted to keep the customer satisfied said, “We don’t have […]

Nasrudin, Shakespeare, and Mamet

This afternoon I saw “American Buffalo” by David Mamet. So this reminds me of the following: After some political upheavals in his native country Nasrudin emigrated to the USA and was now an American. Upheavals were the events du jour for Nasrudins and he soon found himself in England hungry and without any money. He […]

Mullah Nasrudin and I agree

I was searching for this (one of the best known stories) to send to my sister and much to my surprise I had never written it. So here it is for you Sousan jan. Others can benefit too. Mullah Nasrudin was a Ghazi (judge) and there was a major case before him. First it was […]

Mullah Nasrudin and the misunderstanding

Mullah Nasrudin immigrated to the USA and became a university professor. One day he arrived at the weekly university talk open to all the public. Typically these talks were given by visiting professors and attended by the university staff and their spouses, as well as few students and general public. As Nasrudin entered the huge […]

Mullah Nasrudin the priest and the minister

Mullah Nasrudin was walking in the countryside with a priest and a minister. It was a hot day and they were sweating  profusely. Nasrudin cried aloud, “Dear God, we are three of your hard working servants, please let us find solace from this heat.” Just then they came to a large pond. Since there was […]

Mullah Nasrudin the Calvinist

Most of these Mullah Nasrudin stories I remember from my childhood. I heard them in Iran from oral traditions. I recreated them from my memory into English (not translation but recreation since I do not always remember the original Persian stories). Others I have got from a few Persian books I have gathered over the […]

I felt the earth move

This afternoon we had one of those typical Southern Californian earth quacks. It reminded me of a time about twenty five years ago when there was another Lakers/Celtics rivalry. Those were the times of Magic Johnson and Kamal Abdal Jabbar on our side and Larry Bird on theirs. Anyway at the time I worked for […]

Mullah Nasrudin the boy scout

Mullah Nasrudin and his brother were both boy scouts. They wanted to do good deeds and win many badges. One week the scout master asked all the scouts about the good deeds they had performed in the last week. One by one the scouts talked about their respective good deeds. Finally it was the turn […]

Nasrudin and what people think

Mullah Nasrudin was returning from the market with his son and donkey. They had sold all the goods they had taken to the bazaar and now the Mullah was riding the donkey and his son was on foot when a passing man said, “Aren’t you ashamed old man that you ride the donkey and your […]

Nasrudin and the lawyer

Nasrudin was a coroner and was called to testify in the court. The lawyer for the defendant asked, “Are you sure that Miss Jones was dead when you were performing the autopsy?” Nasrudin: “I am positive.” Lawyer: “Did you check his pulse?” Nasrudin: “No.” Lawyer: “Did you check his breathing when you did the autopsy?” […]