The Valentine Jayanti

Most popular male gods in India are either Lord Shiva or Hanuman-epitomes of manhood. While Shiva is fav among females, an ideal husband material with two naughty kids, Bajrang Bali Hanuman gulps plenty of laddoos from ‘no woman no cry’ sloganeering bachelors. The moment I realised I am loaded with enough testosterone, I switched from Lord Hanuman to Lord Shiva, and memorised the famous Shiv Tandava mantra. Ready for the kill!

Quiting Lord Hanuman began with quiting gymnasium, where I sweated hard on my biceps and pecs, and began looking like a mini-hanuman. Wore half-sleeve tight T-shirts shopped from Chor-bazaar, walking with forward-thrusted chest. Girl who always sat next to me, disappeared as if my sweat will make her pregnant. Realised my sweaty stinking stupid self and quit the bone-breaking muscle-aching gym sessions.

Switching to Shiva meant attitude, male anger and the ‘third-eye’. Trick worked. The girl returned, and my third-eye was all on her. Always talked to her looking down, with ‘trinetra’ right at her face. Soon I was in love like one of those Amol Palekar movies. I would strategically chose seat next to her, but would never talk, never meet eyes. And when the bubbly girl would offer to come to college canteen, the angry Shiva in me would rise from nowhere and reject her. As if I have millions of tasks. Same night, I would be drinking like ‘neelkanth’.

Then came the festival of love. Valentine’s day. Angry Shiva seemed to send his Sainiks in city of Pune to vandalise it. While Hanuman’s Bajrangi Sena is already locking horns somewhere else. Choice between brown-eyed girl and gods was little difficult, but boiling testosterone in me finally won.

Red roses were soaring high in demand, so chose the pink, and hid it between shining white Govinda-style baniyaan and my dashing blue full-sleeves, stuck beneath my jeans at waist. After a quick Reiki of library and canteen, located her among bunch of frolicking girls. To take the rose out sharply, made a window in shirt keeping the lower button open. Crashed into girls, and the rose right in her hand! Execution was flawless like Godse shooting Gandhi. We had a Vada-Pav together and remained friends forever. Never knew bloody rose was colour-coded. ‘Pink’ meant rose without testicles.

Happy Valentine’s!

The land of Nobel

Nobel Prize had been a childhood fascination for me, from the days I began collecting trophies in school quizzes and gully-debates. While Mother Teresa and Rabindra Nath Tagore seemed too ethereal, Hargobind Khorana seemed achievable and I began studying medicine. And when I first opened my email account on Hotmail, one of my first emails was directed to scripted in a broken english,

Dear Dr. Khorana,

I had been fascinated by your research from childhood, and wish to join your lab. Though I am in process of application to your university and have taken all requisite tests, there are meagre chances to join your prestigious university. Please accept me as Eklavya if not Arjuna, by just replying this email.


Man never replied. Eklavya turned Devdas. Cursed the old man with abuses gulping bouts of drinks. Years later, I figured out man didn’t know how to reply emails. He didn’t even reply to White House when they conferred him with National Medal of Science. A white house representative had to track him down on foot to make him attend.

Anyway, I figured out, to win a Nobel- you have to become a cynic psychopath scientist with a french beard, an Einsteinian hairstyle, a test-tube in hand, and sitting in a US-lab. And here I was! Sitting in a prime lab in United States, with similar attire and outlook, and joined the most cynic professor’s lab. Man kept snails as his pets, who even followed his orders! My research progressed with snail pace, and I would have taken more Vodka shots in those test-tubes than performing experiments. Well, that was cynic!

One day my professor asked, “So Kumar! How is your research going?”

In serendipidity, I answered, “I am making a mathematical model of snail behaviour.” Huh!

“Hey! That’s awesome. Let’s meet up this wednesday and see it.”

WTF? Mathematical model of snail behaviour!!! What the hell is that?

Greatest solution to all problems existed even those days some 12 years back. Baba Google!

With a good bout of plagiarism and copy-paste Java animation programme, I was ready with a simulation program on snail movement. My professor clapped when the snail model moved dodgily on the computer screen. When I discussed the model with an IITian friend, man wrote his first mathematical paper on some ‘stochastic behaviour’ and scribbled my name in acknowledgement. The snail shit was superhit!

But, I knew Nobel would never be awarded for decoding a snail’s behaviour. It has to be a ground-breaking research which will shake the world. Something like, “The formula to kill the cancer”, “the secret of addiction”, “the special gene responsible for woman’s abnormal behaviour”, “the neuron which excites on seeing the porn”, “why Katappa killed Bahubali?”.

I quit the US Lab, and began my journey to ground-breaking research, breaking a coconut in one of the famous south Indian temples. The priest said looking at me, “You have a bright future waiting for you, all you lack is focus.” Priest was damn right!

Focus! I googled and ordered the famous book by Daniel Goleman “FOCUS”.

I don’t know if I misunderstood him, but to achieve a target, I understood I have to be close to the target. Left the country, weathered the snow, and landed for good in Land of Nobel. Searching for the clerk in Nobel committee who will get things done for me, and assures, “Kaam ho jaayega” (The work will be done!)

Norway! Here I am! Come on Nobel, now lay on me!



In a dinner with Nobel laureate physicist Anthony Leggett (who incidently was my room-mate’s guide) in 2004, he asked, “Doc! You would know it better. Isn’t virus a live moving nanoparticle which targets our cells? Why the hell people are crazy for designing one to target this or that, when its right in front of us? Leave it. I don’t know anything about this.” And he laughed away.

Years later, in 2012, Nature published ‘virus as nano-particles’, what they called ground-breaking research. Beautiful minds toss such ideas on dinner table!


Mixed doubles

Two fascinations of rich elite class remained with me for long— playing golf, and having rejuvenation spa. The swinging shiny chiseled golf-stick, stroll through golf-courses donning a stylish golf-hat, and a ride on those golf carts with hot women. Ah heaven! For records, golf fascination remains. But, frequent body-aches pushed me to a rejuvenation spa situated bang opposite my hospital, which displayed a half-naked woman lying flat with some oil dripping on her nude back.
Well, I had some oil-massages from village barber, and at a local akhaada-style gym during early young days. The masochistic telmaalish (oil massage). While the barber would kick and thrash randomly on body, giving harsh spins to the neck and torso, generating cracking sounds through every joint of body, the akhaada one was soft oil massage rubbing chest and back like some gay-porn. 
My eyes searched for some pehelwaan (muscleman) figure in the spa, but all it had were the dark-haired north-eastern fair-skinned girls with accented crisp english. A shiver ran through spine as they seemed to scan my body, and guided me to a dark room. I wondered if some beastly muscle-man is lurking in dark. May be a revenge from the dark past.

Years back in med-school days, we witnessed some sadistic sessions of homosexual thrashings. A fair smooth-skinned fellow (colloquially called ‘chikna‘) would set the honeytrap in public toilet at a happening posh street in midnight. He would trap a gay with erudite suggestive gestures, bring him to hostel, and suddenly a group of sadistic fellows would thrash him brutally. The Gandhian in me would run to his rescue, only to be scorned and laughed at, as homosexual chikna. Soon I began growing my beard to never ever called chikna again.

Coming back to the spa session, there wasn’t any muscleman waiting, rather one of those chikni girls ordered me to be naked. What? A respected suave doctor and father of two daughters, stripping off in a dark room with a woman? What if a patient is lying next to me, and figures out Doctor-saab has a mole on his ass? Forget a patient, what if this girl visits my hospital next day and gives a naughty smirk in front of my colleagues? I just covered my face with palm, followed her orders, and my hindu self began muttering HanumanChalisa (a religious chant). She was indifferently massaging my body, while I was differently shrinking and giggling when she touched the sole of my feet. I don’t know if she sensed my discomfort or was surprised at my repulsive behaviour. She asked, “Are you a gay?” This was extreme insult to my sexuality, and I retorted, “Why? Are you a lesbian?” 

Woman casually said, “Yes, I am. My husband died of excessive drinking barely three years after marriage. I hate having relationship with men.” 

Her confession shed off my inhibitions, as if the woman was harmless and my humanly wiggling willy too shrunk back. So did the pride of false man-hood, the gay-beating, and the lesbian-hatred. 

The blue ice: a shit-com

For whatever reasons, birds always found my head as a coveted shitting destination. Even in a crowded environment, if a bird is flying around, I would gear up myself holding a file or book overhead. My transient breath of relief would be annuled as the raven comes back swifter dropping on me accurately like a targeted missile. I was brutally splattered with bird-droppings during my short stint in Indian Institute of Science, which boasted of highest density of nasty crows (kauwa). For the first time in my life, I wore a Govinda-style yellow shirt to camouflage the shitty polka-drops.

The fear of bird-droppings soon extended to any flying object as I would hide even at sight of aeroplane. I always wondered what happens to the shit in the air. Most convenient way would be to disperse it in vastness of atmosphere, and cruise away. The untimely rains and windy splatters. My curiousity ended recently when an elderly woman in Bhopal (city in central India) got hit by a huge chunk of ice fallen from sky. Early investigations suggested it could be ‘blue ice’, human excreta disposed from aeroplanes which gets frozen in stratosphere. My fear wasn’t completely ungrounded and some do throw the shit right up in the air, especially Indian planes devoid of sanitary space on ground.

While the aeroplane mystery took some time, Indian railways were pretty blatant and open-minded from its inception. A hole in the toilet peeps directly down on track. At a usual train velocity of 150 km/hr, a 15 minute shit of yours can make roughly 38 km trail of shit droppings. Considering ever-engaged toilets in trains, the multi-origin shitty trail would extend from origin to destination spanning some 1000 kms. One of the royal heir I heard of, always took a local 30 minute railway stretch every morning at 6 0’clock, only to shit in moving train! His habit seem to have ended at a serious note when he disregarded the statutatory warning displayed in Indian Railways – Please do not use toilets when the train stops at platform. People say, constipated Raja-Saa’b continued his rituals even when train stopped. Sanitation fellows with long brooms began cleaning the toilets, shoving through holes beneath the train, and gave a powerful thrust when they found anything obstructive. This time, it was Raja Saa’b’s ass!

I haven’t utilised public toilets much in life, since I considered them as some sacred love destination. Similar to temple walls, toilet walls too are studded with scribbled names of ‘love-couples’. I wonder how somebody can have an amorous feeling while shitting, and scribble his flame’s name. Extreme love! Isn’t it? As I recently travelled and about to position myself strategically on a shaking commode, I found it written on toilet wall – I love you Priya. I pity the love of poor girl Priya with the shitty boy.

There were days even in my life, when village toilets were reserved for women who seem to have incessant affair with bathrooms. I would be forced to stroll to bamboo-plantations and ease myself with bushy grasses rubbing my body. Umpeen times would I change my position as I would imagine somebody staring at me and breaching my privacy. At a distance, I saw a queue of villagers shitting calmly with one palm on their cheek as if in a great contemplation. Surely, those early days devoid of toilets, gave India great philosophers. Even today, at least my blogging ideas shoot off from long gruelling sessions in toilet. Doesn’t my blog stink?

[a satire on need of sanitation in developing nations; a sequel to earlier blog ‘Love is in the air’]

झुकी झुकी सी नज़र

कल अपने २३वें व्हाट्स-ऐप ग्रुप का उदघाटन समारोह था, जिसका प्रादुर्भाव महज़ उन लोगों से हुआ, जिनकी तोंद निकली है. मेरे वो मित्र जो अपने उदर से असंतुष्ट हैं, शामिल हुये और स्वास्थ्यवर्द्धक पोस्ट फारवर्ड करने लगे. खाने-पीने की रणनीति बनी और यहाँ तक की आपस के उदरों की मौजूदा तस्वीरें भी शेयर हो गये. मामला गंभीर निकला और ऑड-इवेन प्रणाली पर योग और जिम की अदला-बदली तय की गयी. खैर, मूलत: एक और वजह मिल गयी ग्रुप बनाने की. जिरह और हास-परिहास की पुरानी आदत और कभी आत्म-चिंतन की वज़ह से अक्सरहाँ ग्रुप से बाहर-अंदर होता रहता हूँ. पर कौतूहल है कि हर दो मिनट में फोन को टटोलने पर मज़बूर कर देता. ये कैसी चुंबकीय गुलामी है? फेसबुक पे लाइक कितने तो व्हॉट्स-ऐप पे चुटकुले पे कोई भला हंसा क्यूँ नहीं? न हँसे मेरी बला से, अजी बिल्कुल ताजा भेजा था. साँप सूँघ गया क्या ग्रुप को? बस ऊहापोह सी लगी रहती.

ये माजरा पहले न था. ताश के पत्ते निकलते या पकौड़े तले जाते. चाय की दुकान पर एक-एक कर दोस्तों का जमावड़ा होता. काफिले आते-जाते, मुद्दे बदलते, वाद-विवाद होता, और हम अक्खड़ जमे रहते. आवाज में बुलंदी, नजर ऊँची और ठहाके ऐसे की नुक्कड़ पे बस अपना ही राज. कभी सिक्का जमता तो कभी किरकिरी होती, पर डटे रहते. 

ऐसा नहीं कि टेलीफोन न था. चौक पे सरकारी औफिस में सस्ते में ट्रंक-कॉल बुक होती, एक छोटी खिड़की से रिसीवर पकड़ाते, और पीछे खड़े लाइन में लगे लोग दाँये-बाँये देख न सुनने का स्वाँग रचाते. अजी, कौन सी प्रेमिका से गूफ्तगू है? वो राँची वाले फूफा जी होंगे या दिल्ली वाले मामाजी. प्रेम-संलाप करना हो तो अगले चौराहे पे STD बूथ है, कटघरे में जितनी मरजी दबी आवाज में बतिया लो. बस ऊपर वो LED स्क्रीन पे मिनट देखते रहना! बड़े जालिम होते वो टेलीफोन वाले, हर तीन मिनट में पैसे दुगुना. 5 मिनट 59 सेकंड में जिसने झट से रिसीवर रखा, वो है चपल चतुर.

साल-दो साल की बुकिंग पे आखिर घर में भी फोन लग ही गया. क्या उत्सव का माहौल? पड़ोसी बधाई देते, और नंबर जरूर नोट कर जाते. शुक्र है अब चौक पे न जाना. झा-सा’ब के घर फोन जो लग गया. बात की बात, और मुफ्त की चाय सो अलग. और शामत हम बच्चों की, जो घंटे-दो घंटे मुहल्ले में फोन आने का संवाद लिये घूमते. ये तो धन्य टेलीफोन विभाग वाले की अक्सर फोन डेड रहता, और हम चैन की साँस लेते.

मेडिकल कॉलेज में भी यही फोन-बूथ का सिलसिला चलता रहा. रात को ११ बजे के बाद फोन के रेट कम हो जाते, और हमारी कतार लग जाती. आधी नींद में वार्तालाप भी कम होता, और पैसे बचे सो अलग. तभी एक क्रांति हुई. एक रेडियो-नुमा या भारी भरकम वायरलेस जैसी चीज, जो फोन का काम करती. हॉस्टल में इक्के-दुक्के अमीरजादों नें खरीदी और हम कौतूहलवश निहारते. जींस में लटकाते, तो आधी जींस एक तरफ खिसक जाती और कूल्हे अर्द्धनग्न. हाथ से कान तक लाने में यूँ प्रतीत होता, जैसे गाँडीव उठा रहे हो.

बड़ी कशमकश में हमने भी एक अभूतपूर्व जुगाड़ू निर्णय लिया. पाँच मित्रों ने मिल एक मोबाइल फोन खरीदा, और ये बंटवारा कर डाला कि हफ्ते में अमुक दिन इसका राजा कौन? दोस्त इसे पाँचाली कह उपहास करते, पर हम पाँडवों ने चीरहरण न होने दिया. ठीक-ठीक याद नहीं पर वो ‘मोटोरोला’ कंपनी का फोन सालों चला, अविवादित, अजीर्ण.

आज अपनी आई-फोन ६ प्लस की ग्लैमरस माशूका के होते हुये भी उस पाँचाली की बहोत याद आती है. रिंगटोन ऐसा कि पड़ोसी भी जाग ले, भरपूर वजन कि फोन उठाओ तो डोले-शोले बन जायें. सीना तना, आवाज में कड़क अंदाज. धीरे बोलने वाले, कमजोर दिलों वाले दूर ही रहे.

कॉफी पी रहा हूँ और सामने बैठी युवती के नजर उठने का इंतजार है. आधे घंटे से नजर झुकाये, अकेले खिलखिला रही है. अजी वो ही क्या, मैं, आप और ये सारा आशियाँ. कूबड़ों की तरह झुकी कमर, पागलों की तरह अकेले में हंसना, और तोंदूमलों का ग्रूप!

The second innings

One of my nerdy friend, have got two divorces and three wives already. I envy his facebook marriage updates. Probably, the planning begins right at time of marriage. While I have been busy looking for an accountant to manage my taxes, he had been much shrewd to hire a good divorce lawyer. 

Its not about talent. Both of us were barely 20-30 ranks apart in college days, now we are 2-3 wives apart. If each wife is given a score of 2, he is at whopping 6, while I have a measly score of 2 with two negative (-) points of kids making it ‘zero’….cipher…..shoonya. Damn! Its all about talent.

While many of my earlier posts (e.g. Desi midlife crisis) does point towards me being in ‘frustrated forties’, I am not. Neither my clicking ‘follow’ on any remotely girlish gravatar proves anything. That reminds me, I once followed a long haired fellow in half-downloaded gravatar on my phone, proved to be a thick-moustached, heavily bearded spiritual guru later. To magnify my embarassment, he would send ‘love and light’ in his comments. 

Anyway, a craving for second innings and to even the score did lead me sieving through unanswered facebook requests. I diligently sorted out wheat from the chaff, I mean women from men. Next step was to exclude ones with many hobnobbing mutual friends. Criteria was set to ‘less than three’ mutual friends. After adding all of them, I just waited, like my wife waits for ‘whistle’ of pressure-cooker. The vibrations, the dancing nozzle, and the warning muzzled sounds culminating to extreme shrillness announces ‘rice is ready’. I too was vibrating and dancing like a cooker nozzle. 

And, it worked!!!

Many, “Sorry! May I know you?”, popped on my mac. 

The question griped me, and pushed me to oblivion. Having spent close to 40 yrs on earth, world doesn’t know me. People win Wimbledon, become bollywood superstar, bomb countries by this age. And me? Sending facebook requests to girls? Is my identity restrained to a mutual friend? Nah!

I just snubbed off, unfriended all of them, and got back to life, wife and rice.

Second innings begin with fall of early wickets. 

Match forecast: Brutal thrashing, innings defeat and follow on, when wifey reads it.

The common wall: great Indian neighbours

I love him but I just don’t like the way he gurgles and clears throat every morning. We greet each other when we rush to pick our newspapers; While I give a conceited grin holding an intellectual The Hindu, he mocks me with saucy hot Times supplement. He keeps his car shinier than mine, and would light up his house 15 seconds before me in Diwaali. And both of our wives are locked in everlasting sugar-coated fierce duel. The day one joins Yoga, other joins Zumba, and the fight goes on. 

Years back somewhere in 1985, our childhood neighbour got a videocon colour TV, which was talk of mohalla. A month later, a massive deluge happened and our entire city was flooded. Yet, my dad sailing through waist-high water, was lifting a large box on his head, like Vasudev lifting Lord Krishna. It was a new Onida TV which said, “Neighbour’s envy; Owner’s pride.” 

Rest of the TV-deprived neighbourhood would gather to watch the ’87 world cup. TV was disproportionate large in our small home; My mother would fry delicious pakodas for kids who parted with us; While, neighbour uncle would slap any guy caught smiling when India lost wicket. India lost the world cup, but we won as better host.

Event led to an unsaid ‘cold war’, a war of superiority, and we took the brunt most. If his kids got more marks, I was screwed and vice versa. But, my dad suddenly become Gandhian and began giving Amir Khanish lectures. He arranged many Vajpayee-Musharraf style meetings but one day the neighbour kid stole all our fresh lemons and the war resumed. Lemons were returned, kid beaten and a wall was erected. The wall on which we urinated for long.

We moved from kid-hood to adulthood, and my father turned into Robinhood helping any needy, but neighbourhood bitterness persisted. Whenever friendship of our generation bloomed, aunty would charge at her son, “If you like them. Go and stay with them.” As if we were Pakistan, and he was Shahrukh khan, huh!  Shahrukh khan my foot!! He wasn’t even close to Rajpal Yadav. 

Years gone past, we moved to other states, other countries, globalised. The wall stands but lost its sheen with some algae layers at bottom, I believe nobody urinated on it for years. Faded yet a memory stands, when there wasn’t a wall, a TV, and a reason to fight. Our fathers played chess, while we toiled in mud and sand.

Uff! He coughed again. Bloody! Man has TB I think. 


कुछ चीजें न याद है और न ख्वाहिस हैं सुनने की. भला उस जमाने में डाइपर रहे होंगें, शोभा डे जैसे हाइ-फाई लोगों ने पहनें होंगे, हम तो नंग-धड़ंग घूमते रहे. दूरदर्शन पे तो डायपर वगैरा के विज्ञापन भी नहीं आते थे, क्या हगीज़ और क्या पैंम्पर्स? इसकी एक वज़ह शायद ये भी रही हो कि कार और फ्लाइट में घूमना फिरना कम था. अब ट्रेन-बसों में तो खिड़की से धार बहाने की बच्चों को आजादी थी. न उम्र रही, और न आज़ादी; ये मलाल रह गया कि डायपर कभी न पहन सके. 

विज्ञापन तो क्या थे? सुनील गावस्कर और वेंगसरकर तो छोड़ो, आलोकनाथ तक साबुन के विज्ञापन में. नहाने से जैसे नफरत सी हो गयी. वो तो धन्यभाग्य पहली दफा प्रीति जिंटा एक ऐड में दीखी और जैसे देश में स्नान-क्रांति आ गयी. 

डायपर तो एक छोटी कड़ी है. तालीम तो जैसे अधूरी सी रह गयी. अजी आधे तो ऐसे जीये, “बी.ए. हुए, नौकर हुए, पेंशन मिली और मर गये”. बच्चों को वन्डरला (एक फन रिसोर्ट) घूमाने गया. जोश में पानी में छलाँग भी मार दी, और ऊँकडू हो दायें-बायें लात मारने लगा. कई जुगत लगाये. बच्चे तैरते हुये ठिठोली करने लगे. हिम्मत तो देखो! भला कोई अपने बाप पे भी हँसता है? मैं एक बारी छुटपन में शतरंज के खेल में पिताजी पे हँसा. अजी वो थप्पर रसीद करा, कि अगली शाम तक शतरंज खेलने की हिम्मत न बनी. अब ये और बात है, लतखोर प्रवृत्ति थी कि अगली शाम फिर बिसात बिठा ली.

किताबों का शौक था या नहीं, ठीक ठीक याद नहीं. पर पढ़ डाली जो सामने दिखी वो. एक बारी तो रोमानिया का इतिहास तक पढ़ डाला. अब माँ-बाप भी शेखी बघारने में कंधे पे बंदूक रख देते. घर में बर्तन कम, कप-शिल्ड ज्यादा दिखने लगे. कोई बड़ी बात नहीं, अगर मिश्रा अंकल को मेरे क्विज-डिबेट वाली ट्रौफी में चाय पिला दी हो. इसी धक्केबाजी में मेडिकल परीक्षा भी दिला दी. अब तक तो वो मशीन बन गया था, कि एक तरफ से सवाल डालो तो, दूसरी तरफ से जवाब निकले. ये सिलसिला चलता रहा, और मैं पढ़ता रहा. मशीन घिसती, खराब होती, पर धड़धकेल चलती रहती.

अमूमन ऐसे लोगों को रट्टू-घिस्सू, पढ़ाकू कहके भी दुत्कारते हैं. जब जब ये महसूस होता, एक गिटार क्लास या जिम ज्वाइन कर लेता. लेडीज़ हौस्टल के चक्कर मार लेता. या होस्टल सुप्रीटेंडेंट के घर दीवाले में बम फोड़नें में शामिल हो लेता. ऐसा लगा जैसे तालीम दुगुनी हो गयी हो. किताबों मे झुका सर जैसे तन गया हो. मशीन में जैसे जान आ गयी हो.

मतलब जी वो कहते हैं, माँ दा लाडला बिगड़ गया. 

हरे-नीले चश्में पहन, कंधे तक बाल बढ़ा जिम मौरीसन सुनने लगा. रॉक शो में जा बाल को आगे-पीछे करने लगा, जैसे वो धोबीघाट की धोबन करती है. परिपक्वता इस मुकाम पे ला देगी, अंदाजा न था. आईना देखा तो जैसे बिहारी टोन में दिल की आवाज आयी, “साला, धोबी बना दिया बे!”.

समाजवाद और साम्यवाद का वकील हूँ. डॉक्टर हो या धोबी, तालीम तो तालीम है. मेरी दकियानूशी तालीम बदली. और देश भी तो कच्छे से डाइपर तक आ गया. 


एक शिरकत अंग्रेजी में भी

Another brick in Deewaar

The intelligent idiot

While rest of the world thinks I am a genius, atleast there is one human on this planet who proclaims me an idiot because I always bring an expired sandwich-bread! Would Newton or Einstein would have checked expiry date on a bread? Being a doctor, I do mean what an expiry means. But, this bloody bread expires within a week, as if all the fungus in the world are waiting for that very hour to infect all the humans. The fury of expired bread-loaf….hooohooohaaaa…..won’t spare anyone.

Well, this may be one idiocy, but there are plenty.

# I always withdraw twice from ATM and play with all the buttons, just to see an irritated face of person standing behind me.

# I always get down to pee when a bus halts even for a minute. I strongly believe, bus always stops to bestow this pleasure on us.

# I love to stand in a busy traffic on Maratahalli bridge (bangaloreans would know travails of it), just to catch a glimpse of dog-sex happening beneath; and as I smile in ecstasy, many passerby bikers join me to create a huge traffic jam.

# I always give tip to the waiter beforehand, because I believe he would fart on my burger to make it spicy otherwise.

# I never put fan on max speed and never sleep directly below it, because one astrologer told I would die of a fan falling on me.

# I have thrown some 437 coins in river ganges from the passing train, since somebody told it fulfils the wishes.

# I love to ease myself in the toilet in running train, but I never use toilet in a flight.

(I believe plane toilets have some vacuum-cleaner mechanism, which would pull my mojo into it.)

# I go to toilet three times every morning, one for headlines, one for editorial and one for sports page reading.

# I pretend as if my vehicle broke down when somebody honks from behind, giving an abrupt stop, jerky starts and slow nudges.

# I recently had a wonderful dinner at a marriage party, and couldn’t find my family because they were sitting in true marriage party happening in some other marriage hall on same street.

# I remember the full name of Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

P.S. Will be back with another post if alive

(I am making a suicidal attempt of eating four loafs of an expired bread while writing this post)

Why Alia Bhatt could be the perfect Indian wife?

In a typical desi pre-nuptial grand analysis,  my friend had to chose among a strikingly beautiful middle-class girl, and a featureless stinking rich girl. He obviously chose the second. His idea of marriage was so flawless and vivid. Right after marriage, he went to those beauty mongers VLCC etc., and ask them to convert his wife to Katrina Kaif in 30 days. After a fortnight, they called, “Katrina toh nahin, kuchh woh Sonakshi-Sonam fusion bana dun. chalega?” [ can we make her sonakshi-sonam fusion instead?] . Whatever, not a bad deal!

Though trends are changing, scepticism about good wife persists. Inspite of all those proven-disproven Alia Bhatt’s dumbness, I believe she would win hands-down in great desi marriage bazaar.

1. A rich family:  Most blatantly flouted laws of India is dowry law, which only props up in divorce cases much later after deal is already done. A celebrity social activist Mahesh bhatt may not give a penny, but still, damaad of bhatt family may atleast get a BMW in vidaai, and some chillar in post-nuptial rituals.

2. An earning wife: Its a growing trend in cosmopolis life since a lone bread-winner can’t manage all EMIs and school fee. So, both bread-maker and bread-winner are poor women (colloquially called abla naari). Even if you are fired, Alia would keep doing shaandaar or some movie to pay the pending bills.

3. A narcissist flatter-loving father-in-law: Indian damaad would love to flatter their father-in-law to get some goodies in return. Just shower praises about his good old Aashiqui days, and his bold moves, Bhatt Saab may offer you something which you would never refuse. May be a movie-contract in sex-loaded murder mystery in exotic locations? You won’t mind a itchy-scratchy dad-in-law boring you with his harangues. Would you?

4. Not-so-hot wife: Indian men drool at  sexy hot women, but would pledge to break your teeth if you ogle at their wives. Maladies of having hot wife can be asked to cricketer Stuart Binny, whose wife is discussed more than his cricket. Alia somewhere fits in that bubbly charming girl who may be spared of lecherous, lewd look probably.

5. Little dumb, as they say:  From ages, the right to grab the newspaper in morning, and switching news and sport channels had been a men thing. Women who do so or get into this social activism etc., end up with divorce. I won’t get into made-up Alia jokes. I am assured she can definitely order things online and get all the household plumbing work etc. I don’t know if she knows cooking a good rajma-chawal though.

6. A stray brother-in-law: Hahahaha! Enjoy! Its all yours now.

Note: Author scribbles satires on gender equality, and this blog is in similar series, and wish not to offend any one. Besides, author doesn’t think any of the male readers would ever get Alia.