Santa brought gifts — all the way from Jalandhar

My kids had a great Christmas, with some nice gifts, mostly from their Aunt and Uncle in Pennsylvania, but also from the man in the red suit, who came all the way from … Jalandhar, India.

North Pole? No, not according to the funny clip below. It's from the 1998 Christmas Special of the short-lived BBC sketch show "Goodness Gracious Me," starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal. You can watch the entire special in five parts on YouTube. Also worth watching: "I'm a Punjabi Girl."

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

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