Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.


The Karakul is a historic hat, worn by Jinnah, Soviet Politburo members, and Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming to America’. Made from the wool of Persian lambs, it is often worn by youth leaders approaching retirement age. In India, the rich. black sheen is usually achieved by liberal application of coal dust. The pointiness of the hat can vary. Greater pointiness is an indication of higher status. You, too can wear a Karakul hat, but make sure it’s not too pointy.


16 comments on “KNOW YOUR HATS : KARAKUL

  1. Amit Ganguly
    September 11, 2012

    New concept taken today about the Pointiness about a hat !! Informative post indeed.

  2. meowpurrs
    September 11, 2012

    “Youth leaders approaching retirement age” Lol! 😀

  3. indiamap
    September 11, 2012

    Suits him, think so.

  4. Ghazala Hossain
    September 11, 2012

    Teri topi meri topi se lambi kaise? lol

  5. Barb Drummond
    September 11, 2012

    Hmmm…. the lanolin in the wool is flammable and so is the coal dust. Seems a dangerous thing to wear for a politicitian – or is it for non-hothead varieties?

  6. inducares
    September 11, 2012

    How did you catch them together in identical garb?

  7. Ekta
    September 15, 2012

    Few things-
    1. Youth leaders approaching retirement age…wow if that’s any indication that if not both of them but at least one (we all know which one)

    2. Good concept about the hats…learn something new

    3. Reg the pointiness..,I just noticed Rahul dodo oops baba’s hat is more pointier than that of mr abdullah!

    4. Rubbed with coal? Hmmm Coal Gate hai!

  8. kevin
    September 18, 2012

    Love the reference to Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America”.

    • shovonc
      September 22, 2012

      Thanks. Check it out. It’s true.

  9. moderndayruth
    September 23, 2012

    My father has one of those (and wears it)… i hate fur industry, whatever it production historically might stand for 😦

  10. Sheikh A.
    May 7, 2013

    Amazing, isn’t it, how similar they both look? Now there are of course some theories to explain the resemblance, but surely we do not indulge in that kind of slander of dead people 🙂

    • shovonc
      May 29, 2014

      Surely not. That would be in such poor taste.

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