No smoke without pyre

Charles Cowling


Unlike most countries, cigarettes are sold in singles in India and most shops that sell them have electric lighters attached to the wall for their customers to use. An anti-smoking campaigner fitted the lighters with a device which plays the Indian death chant every time someone lights a cigarette. “Raam Naam Satya Hai” is chanted when a dead body is carried to the funeral pyre. Most smokers observed in this experiment couldn’t bring themselves to light up.

Update: here’s the YouTube clip:



5 thoughts on “No smoke without pyre

  1. Charles Cowling

    Can you get the death chant on your ringtone? I’d love it for when I’m infusing my brain with all those microwaves or whatever life-threatening thing they are, I’m sure it’s ten times worse than smoking, which never did anyone any harm really, not compared with (cont p94)

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Ru Callender

    Yes indeed Charles, the best headline writer News International never had.
    As for the lighter, god I want one..

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling

    Ere we go ere we go ere we go…

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling

    Ponders …wish we had a British death chant…

    Charles Cowling

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