the format of the mahabharat is definitely Q & A. sages, skeptics, gods, sinners, kings, warriors, passersby - they all ask questions. not all questions are glinting diamonds of insight. some are audacious and smart; but many are the mahabharatan equivalent of "huh?" and "why me?" and "who is she?" ...but they are asked nonetheless.
almost all questions get a story in response. it is the listener's job to listen carefully, and hold onto the thread. there are times when the question is unanswered. maybe because the questioner is not ready for an answer to his own question. maybe because a readymade answer would make it too easy. why extract teeth in a hurry when they will fall out on their own, and leave one all the richer for having played with a loose tooth, faced the fear and joy of having a tooth finally fall out - leaving a pulpy, bleedy bed at one end, and a beautiful enameled pearl at the other.
of late, though, believers are warned not to test their Lord. i wonder why. anyone who has the answers will not fear being questioned. we seem to have developed a collective fear of having our palms skinned for making 'ignorant' queries. the only time we feel safe enough to ask a question - i do this too often - is when we know half the answer. else we sit still in the crowded room and hope some extroverted other will compensate and make the right sounds.
it's these crowded rooms that are the problem. most contemporary forums for question-asking are crowded rooms (schools, press conferences, satsangs, book launches, public blogs). and crowded rooms are better suited for show-off questioners and derisive conversation, than for asking a sincere question. when you question the Lord, it isn't the Lord you are testing. you are testing the depth, sturdiness and mettle of your own question.