Does that sound like an oxymoron – a fire that won’t burn or scorch? What do you know, such fires do exist. They are pale fires, the sort of fires that children can play with and won’t do any harm. Mind you, I didn’t know such fires existed until I read this piece by the inimitable Francois Gautier!
These are fires the lads of the Sri Ram Sene indulge in when they have nothing much to do on a boring Saturday evening in Mangalore or serving colonels of the Indian army start when they feel chilly on a cold Nagpur morning