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Aflatoon

Aflatoon
Aflatoon
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ONCE a dramatic pronunciation, aflatoon taken on the meaning has of 'mischief-maker' and has been petrified in this cast by a Bollywood film of that name.

As children we used to use the word aflatoon as a ritual pronouncement or spell, a magic incantation. It was our equivalent of 'Abracadabra! ' and when we invented unlikely and unconvincing magic tricks— making coins fall through hidden slots in cardboard or inducing little shells to pearboxes, from under handkerchiefs— we waved our wands and dramatically pronounced " Aflatoon, chhoo ho jao ". Which didn't mean, "In the name of Aflatoon I to disappear", but wascommand either anyou address to the coin or shell or just a call toitself, harness the powers within the ether.

I remember thinking, on seeing Walt Disney's Cinderella for the first time, that our spell was much simpler than their Fairy Godmother's rigma role of " salagadoola menchikaboola Bibeddy bobbedy boo !"

Yes, but the doubt persisted: was it as effective? I can't recall the exact experiment but I did put the...

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