Thursday, August 9, 2007
Well this is was back when I was in engineering... I don't remember what the occasion was, probably the last day of exams... well whatever it was, we had decided to go for a movie and lunch before that... Anagha and Priyanka had gone to E-Square directly to get tickets. The rest of us, lemme see, kaun kaun tha... Suchitra, Gandhali, Supriya and I would be meeting them at Kamath hotel. So when we reach there, Anagha and Priyanka were in splits... and ready to burst to tell us about what had happened.... Since we would take time to reach, they had gone ahead and ordered for us... 6 Butter naans... a couple of sabzis... Well first of all, see, when you look at Anagha or Priyanka, neither of them exactly looks like they could finish 6 butter naans between them... I mean Anagha is tall, Priyanka is short... but both of them are like pretty thin... So when he hears of this monstorous order gawks at them, jaw dropping down and asks... 'Madam... ek saath laoon?' These girls cool as cucumbers reply... 'Haan haan ek saath...' Of course as soon as the waiter had left these girls dissolved in laughter :D
Now this is an episode of when pretty much half of our building had been invited for the naming ceremony of our neighbour's daughter. So there we go... see the baby... exclaim on how cute she is (and adorable she was... :)) and then the only girl in our building I had come to know then, being in 10Th I hadn't got to know too many people, sat together at a table... Now the place where we had sat was right next to a window... we start with our food and suddenly from the window behind us, flies this 'roach... Well I'll admit, cockroaches gave me a huge fright back then and a flying one I find creepy even now and to top it all, this thing was reeeeeeally huge... The thing had settled on my friend's shoulder. Now how do I get rid of this thing without creating a scene? 'XYZ,' I whisper to my friend (Name changed to prevent embarrassment to the girl), 'Don't worry but there's a cockroach on your shoulder....' Before I could complete the sentence, madam had let out a scream, she finds these creepy crawly winged creatures even more freaky than I... Bass ho gaya... The 'roach jumped from her shoulder to the table, everyone in the hotel turns around to stare at us... and now getting rid of the thing is even more difficult. The rest of the evening my mind has completely blanked out... But this one incident has taught me, if ever you see a roach in a hotel on someones shoulder, make an excuse and make the person get up, pick up a magazine or something and swat the damned thing before she gets a chance to scream... Lord!!!! That was reaaaaaaaaaally embarrassing...
Now lets come to the Samudra meet of KIP. We konkani Orkuters in Pune have our very own community started by my good friend Purnima. We all meet once in a while. The most recent meet was at Hotel Samudra, near Nal Stop. Since there were three moms in this group, we were talking mostly in konkani and generally that's what we do anyway, when we don't want anyone to understand us, we make it a point to talk in konkani. Now here we are commenting on each and every thing... as usual, Purnima and I just haaaad to comment in each spelling mistake in the menu and giggle... all of us were pretty much commenting to no end in konkani... And after a nice long drawn meal... as usual pics taken in every which pose... making faces, posing with a ketchup bottle... sab ho gaya.. we are now ready for our bill and the gentleman who had taken our orders comes and says something which sounds suspiciously like... 'Ani?'(Anything else?)... I jabbed Purnima... 'Did that guy just speak in konkani'? 'No idea', she said... And as we started to leave the room, the guy directs us... 'Thain dakunu nayi.. hanga dakunu vacchyati', (Don't go that way, go from here) Well needless to say that guy had probably heard all our comments (I hope we hadn't commented on him.. crossing my fingers...) We clamped close our big mouths and ran down the stairs... whew that was embarrassing... Lesson to learn: Do not presume that the person in front of you can't understand some language you know... you might have to eat crow... :P
There are more of these... but amma just came out and warned me to go and sleep else I won't get up on time and she'll lose her cool early in the morning trying to get me to get up... (as always ;))