A Question, My Friends: To Name, or Not To Name… That is Not The Question..

I have put “The Fables Of The Shah Of Blah” into cold storage for a while. The reason that I have done so, is not because I am abandoning him. No, it is because I like him a lot, and I want to construct the Fables well. I am working on something else, which you all may see every other week. This something else may / may not get published. However, it will be a sort of foundation stone for The Shah

In the meanwhile, Mihrank pointed out that Salman Rushdie had a character called The Shah Of Blah in his book, “Haroun & The Sea Of Stories”.

It is a marvellous book, however, I gently swore at Rushdie under my breath. Also, I don’t want his lawyers running after me. After all, I do come from a country of starving millions, and I do not wish to join those millions.

So, I thought of renaming The Shah of Blah, as The King Of Bling. I am sure Michelle Marie will not mind, neither will her other friends from The Kingdom Of Bling.

Question therefore is – how does The King of Bling sound? Or, do you have a better choice out there?



  1. Hello Rajiv-san,
    I personally liked the ‘The Shah of Blah’ very much, and was unaware that the character already existed in a Salman Rushdie story. I understand your concerns about continuing to use this name on your site… 😦 The King of Bling sounds pretty cool too 🙂

  2. Forgive me, Michelle, but I’m afraid I loathe the word ‘bling’, Rajiv! I’ve been trying to think of something else. Is there another word for Shah which could then be allied to an alliterative word that means the same as Blah? I’m confused over the use of bling as a replacement for blah for blah usually means something that is meaningless or boring, while bling refers to something ostentatious. I’m not being any help, am I! I’ll think some more.

  3. To his admirers he was Rashid the Ocean of Notions, as stuffed with cheery stories as the sea was full of glumfish; but to his jealous rivals he was the Shah of Blah.” I think “oceans of notions” has to do with the dense meaning and allegory in his tales. “Shah of Blah” has to do with Rashid being the king of nonsense. These people felt that his stories were nothing but silly stories that have nothing to do with reality.

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