Indian treasure hunt going according to plan; gold-diggers don’t realize it yet

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a treasure hunt just getting underway in India. In place of the traditional “X marks the spot approach” to treasure-hunting, Indian authorities had undertaken an enormous dig in the hope of finding 1,100 tons of buried gold only on the basis of a Hindu holy man’s dream.

As I noted at the time, “If you will, it is no dream”:

If you’re at all familiar with 1001 Arabian Nights, you know exactly how it’s going to end: while the government’s off digging for gold underneath Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh, Swami Shobhan Sarkar should get a good headstart digging underneath his own house.

Well, Hindu holy man Swami Shobhan Sarkar has yet – so far as I know – to take my advice, but I am pleased to report that the story is otherwise unfolding precisely according to plan:

India ended a search for treasure beneath a 19th century fort after finding only a few bones and terracotta bricks but none of the gold predicted by a Hindu holy man’s dream, an official said today. . . The leader of the dig, Praveen Kumar Mishra, said the hunt had been suspended. The government spent $25,300 on digging at the site, a local magistrate said.

At this point, it’s only a matter of time before someone walks away with the real treasure.

Or better yet, next time around, the gold diggers should try to get their hands on a real treasure map: Then it can be a better of Times.


I don’t know that I’ve ever bothered to put together such an elaborate wind-up for the sake of one silly pun.


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