‘The Tale of Melon City’ by Vikram Seth is full of ironical instances. The poem begins with a ‘just and placid’ king ordering the construction of an arch. After the construction, the king went there and his crown struck the arch. He felt disgraced and ordered death sentence for the person responsible for it. The circumstances took such a turn that he himself got hanged.
The second instance is that a chance was given to any person who passed that gate to decide the ruler of the state. The first person who passed that gate was a foolish man and he decided that a melon should be the ruler of the state. Without giving any second thought, a melon was placed on the throne.