The intrepid Rudra was fool enough to participate in the Aintree Grand National but was 'unseated at The Chair' as the official report reads. This explains his recent vow of silence. It is in fact not elective, as many supposed. He suffered a rare and hopefully temporary brain injury that leads to him being unable to initiate any communication although he is well able to respond.
This condition might have some bearing on a communication just received from our corporate correspondent M.P.W of Kenmare and The Basque region:
"Despite his apparent fluency in the English tongue, Rudra still has some rudimentary problems to overcome, as witnessed when boasting about his recent work as understudy to the famous Western actor Boy Bodgers. "