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Pattu maami from Mylapore has taken an apple leaf out of Tim Cook’s book to slap a lawsuit on famous chocolate manufacturer, The Hershey Company; she claims that the design of Hershey’s Kisses, one of the company’s most popular products, is a blatant copy of the design of kozhukattai (known as modak in Western India) – a dish made on Vinayaka Chathurthi for Lord Ganesha but mercilessly consumed by human beings in the Lord’s name.
While Hershey’s Kisses have been in production since 1907, the humble kozhukattai has been in production since times immemorial. The Mylapore maamis association has demanded compensation to the tune of $100 billion dollars towards unpaid royalties, equivalent to 10% of Hershey’s aggregate income since 1907 from its flagship product. “It’s quite fair I say. And we haven’t even considered inflation,” said Pattu maami sternly.
If the case is successful, this will go on to become the biggest lawsuit in the history of pointless lawsuits, relegating the Apple-Samsung case to the sidelines. The Hershey Company, however, is in no mood to go down without a fight. Much like Samsung’s innovative defense where they claimed that the tablet was invented by Stanley Kubric in his sci-fi movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”, the company has claimed that its original inspiration was actually the onion. “If you take a good look, you’d realize that Hershey’s kisses closely resemble the onion, which surely dates back to a much earlier time than even the sweet dumpling. The maamis have no case!” stated a representative.
Meanwhile, the Mylapore maamis have run into some rough weather in their own backyard. The Mambalam maamis have claimed that the kozhukattai‘s design belongs to their own ancestors. To resolve this issue, a kozhukattai making competition is expected to take place soon to determine the design that resembles the Hershey’s Kisses the most.
However,Venu Shaastrigal [name changed on request] of Kapaleeshwarar Temple is unhappy with the trivial pursuit of dollars by the Mylapore maamis. “None of us can claim the kozhukattai‘s design for ourselves. It belongs to Lord Vinayaga himself. While I am not totally against the lawsuit, I feel that the money should come to the Kapaleeshwarar temple as a token of appreciation for Lord Shiva, for giving birth to Lord Vinayaga,” he remarked thoughtfully.