Sunday, October 23, 2005

I have visited the dentist.
I have suffered mortal agonies of body and soul.
I have shrieked in silent despair while dental instruments of torture wreaked havoc in my mouth.
I have obtained pearly white teeth.
I have also read this poem.
I have quit smoking.
At least I have quit smoking nicotine laden products likely to mutilate the pristine whiteness of my teeth. As to the rest, well I've never observed the teeth of a cow from close quarters as yet but I figure grass can only do a limited amount of damage as far as pearly white teeth are concerned.

What really hurts however is that I have been forced to quit tea and coffee. That me thinks was the most unkindest cut of all. One has suffered much in terms of indignities and heart-felt sorrows but to have to give up tea and coffee and settle down to a lifetime of drinking Bournvita. MUMMMMYYYYY!!!!!!!!

I don't think I shall survive this. First there's impending doom in the form of Hyderabad (and thank ye all fer yer kindly comments......especially my dear ph.......but it's still exile!!!) Then there's the endless rain. No one could be more fond of rain than me. The mere glimpse of a raincloud on a hot summer afternoon would bring briney drops of joy to my unblinking fishy eye, but, but and but..........this isn't rain. It's a minor re-run of the forty days. If there were any particularly long lived animals around I assure you they'd be humming whatever deck songs were the favorites on Noah's Ark.

And on top of all the sorrows weighing down on the little heart, there's the added grief of two term papers, which I have been merrily procrastinating over. Of course I did come up with a brilliantly exciting topic for one of them, but having done so I'm rather stuck for ideas on how to fill in the rest of the several hundred words. Still one has to start somewhere, and the topic I've picked is quite a start. At the cost of shocking my few readers dare I announce my proposed topic for a term paper on Sophocles? I'm dying to, you see......
ok, all those below eighteen please go away
(this is a bit like the please switch off your mobile phones warning, no one pays heed. Still I have done my duty, after this if anyone gets corrupted the fault entirely lies with parents who allow kiddys to sit on the computer unchaperoned)
And my topic is.......drum roll on low key please......
The Erotic Implications of the Recurring Incestuous Patterns in the Mythical Structure underlying Oedipus Rex.

hmm.......what say ye all? any ideas?


Blogger Someone Somewhere said...

Sophocles,as in the writer of Ajax and Oedipus Rex.
i am amazed to see that you can actually choose such a topic in university.
you have made my day even happier :)

"No one could be more fond of the rain than me"
i believe i may just beat you at that.

"I have quit smoking"
yes i know it is harsh but good luck!

Oh and one question.
did the visit to the dentist actually bring you pearly white teeth?
I thought they brought only pain, suffering and and whole lot of silvery cavity fillings.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...

i cannot even begin to comprehend the pain you must be feeling : O
btw how many plays do u have to study in university?

9:42 PM  
Blogger Soumik said...

odbhut! it wasnt bout sophocles at all u know smone smwhere! i mean her course IS on sophocles's theban plays! and yes, we do term papers on nethn from Paulinian thelogical implications of kieslowski's three colors film trilogy to victorian pornography and censorship. but miss babble-fizz, i thot u werent too keen on lacanian implications of the plays!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Dreamcatcher said...

I just remembered that i have a paper to write as well. thanks for reminding me.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Tiny Black Cat said...

and u can't smoke, u can't drink tea or coffee... all for just 'pristine white' teeth? puhleeez! most of us have pretty okay teeth even with all those vices. go sue your dentist. now!

and nothing can convince me to study oedipus rex ;)

well perhaps except an m.a. at jude probably...

3:13 AM  
Blogger DD said...

badite dhop marle erokom i hoy. majhkhan theke cha coffee chadte holo. mwuhahahaha!

after you're done with the term paper post it here.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Bhooter Raja said...

Heartiest congratulations.

(for having quit smoking and useless liquids like tea and coffee. Believe me, life is much simpler without them.)

P.S. Are you sure you have quit smoking? I mean, are poeple entitled to rewards if they catch you smoking in the future?

7:55 AM  
Blogger herenow said...

u atleast have a topic.. i have two papers and havent decided on a single topic..
ideas please
a) on the tempest and its aftermath
b) litt in the english revolution
course coordinators (sc and adg)

11:51 AM  
Blogger cass said...

hehehehehehe...serves u right,now you cant smoke,tee hee.
u want to hear one of my term paper topics??i'll let you know when i think of them!!
how does "'Time and Space',the Right Angle Odysseys of Clarke" sound??

2:17 PM  
Blogger karuna said...

oh you don't have to quit... a friend of mine was advised to drink tea/coffee through a straw after she has her teeth done. Its fun, faces contort into the strangest expressions when you ask for a straw with your tea.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Shobhik said...

I remember reading Oedipus when I was very young. I didn't understand the whole play, but I found it very tragic... nice topic to research...

Why are you so intent on censoring your own posts? Very few people have read Oedipus... I remember this wisecrack claiming that there was an "Ancient *Grik* play" called "HIDIBUS". Apparently there was a "HIDIBUS Complex" too.

Your dental woes have earned you my sympathy.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Prerona said...

had gone to amsterdam recently ... they have some really cool grass-y stuff. got my sister an ashtrays that says man made cigerettes, god made grass and also a really cool weed box - its was so exciting cz i had never imagined there were actually shops dedicated to grass out there. anyway, nevermind. if my mom ever saw this she'd chhoto bon er toh barota bajiye chho ekhun ke jane kaar chhotto innocent bachhake bigrachho ;@) just kidding. enjoy the rain while it lasts. it will pass soon. kete jaabe. abt the other stuff are u in college? eng? JU? just idle curiousity. pls ignore if u like. if it makes u feel better its raining torrents here as well - only its also really cold (er) :(

8:45 PM  
Blogger Sayan Chakraborti said...

The last time I visited the dentist was because of an impacted-molar or whatever he wanted to call it. My mom called it a kankar-lege-bhanga-dnat! I called it The Painful One. You have my heartiest sympathy.

As for the term papers... do post them when they are done.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Ph said...

But we miss you. Come back!!

2:43 AM  
Blogger babelfish said...

someone somewhere : well, pearly white might have been a wee bit of an over-statement. Let's just say they're not brown :D and yes dentist equals pain, suffering and more pain :S

UI : yeah, coffee pangs are unbearable! And I've completely lost count of how many plays I've had to read in the last few years :D

soumik : me thinketh you misunderstood. I wanted to deal with structural analysis of myths, maybe working around with Levi-Strauss. Ideally the Lacanian element should not even enter if my focus is to be on the correlation of the original incestuous cosmic myths and O.R.

dc : we're all in the same boat :D

mandy : an m.a in ju reconciles many people to many things :D

dd : ki prochondo sympathetic approach tor!! aar paper-ta lekha hok, tarpor bhabbo :p

bhooter raja : you, young man, will be entitled to not just one reward but a choice of two. Either I wallop you with that jhooljharu in Tintinda's room or I dunk you in the jheel :D

herenow : panicking over the fact that my Foucault paper is in an unbelievable mess hence totally useless in field of ideas, sorry :S

cassy : waaah! I shall miss you!!!

karuna : most interesting suggestion that was, I must try it someday, if only for the sake of seeing the contorted reactions :D

kanti : thanks for the sympathy and someday I shal post about the Hippopotamus complex which is the animal world's equvalent to Oedipus :D

prerona : I'm in JU, supposedly a post-graduate student, 1st year :D
Idle curiosity is all good but by no stretch of anyone's imagination would I fit the bill as chhotto innocent bachha, definitely not by my Didi's definition :)

sayan : we be joint in our dental woes, and thanks for expressing the interest but believe me term papers will not be worth posting :D

ph : oh glorious day!!! you be the sweetest phantasmagoria I ever met!!

3:49 AM  
Anonymous vAgue said...

hallio babel. layoff. over. 55 words? wasn't that tag an update in your post? ok now i know. i shall attempt. soon.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Prerona said...

lo. mine is a bachha for me forever. before her isc i used top lock her in my room and tell ma i'm 'teaching her commerce' while i let her read archies - or whatever she wanted to read, actually. thats a big part of why / how i spoil my kiddies ;)

bachha and innocent - both relative. i think, at times, the older we get, the bachha'er we get!

JU? English? Cool! Look forward to seeing you when I come to Cal. I wanted to study english but I cudnt. My little sister is doing English. BA. Xaviers.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally a pot smoker...finally..heaven be praised.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Soumik said...

ok the recurring incestuous patterns can be serve up a structuralist analysis, but wat bout the incestuous patterns themselves? and using levi-straussian models need not rule out lacanian implications, need they?

9:27 PM  
Blogger Soumik said...

also, do host a link to the petition against IIPM, since u covered the issue. i hv done so, in case u wanna find the links to the petition and all.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Lancelot said...

hey, but if they have stopped you from tea n coffee surely chocolates too...!!! bulb sparks in brain!!!
and yep if u r looking for matter for your paper that should be easy i know just the way to start!!!

2:22 AM  
Blogger Tiny Black Cat said...

Tintinda keeps a jhooljharu in his room? For the sake of what or whom?

3:20 AM  
Blogger Srin said...

*sigh* im never going to get through 3 years of jude.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Krishanu said...


poor u...r u sure bout the faggy thing? i dont know how many times i have quit or tried to quit (not that i smoke as such, maybe one or two a month...)

sex and oedipus...gross.....

9:21 PM  
Blogger Soumik said...

rite. so u ARE doin the paper allright. bt does that mean u hv to give up blogging?

6:17 PM  
Blogger rainbeau_peep said...

You have the company of a lesser intellect, my dear Bab'ly. I've been thinking about comparing Shiva's lingam with Dionysus' and detailing wot each did with their vital organ. I remember Shiva doing quite a bit. Just have to find out about Dionysus- evidence of a couple of orgies here n there should do, not that there'll be any time once I return to Kol. Uhm, sex sells. But then, ADG won't buy :-[ considering that Lacan and Levi-Strauss is NOT stuff I want to trouble my life with.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Sphinx said...

hey, i think i saw u at park st. today. grey shirt and jeans, u seemed enrossed on the mobile so didn't disturb ya.

11:58 PM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...

isn't she supposed to be at hyderabad?

7:55 AM  
Blogger Sphinx said...

ok so not the same person. I'm thanking my lucky stars i didn't say anything!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Lancelot said...

i suppose hyderabad is responsible for this hiatus...

4:59 PM  
Blogger Teleute said...

missing you :(

12:25 AM  
Blogger Rimi said...

oi!!! today is the 5th and i know you come back today! (er, right?) so i'd better see a new post bloody soon!

and MY topic -- he he he! it ranges from charismatic investiture in James' court, The Tempest, Discworld, the Sandman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, video games, the gender politics and reversal of the basic plot assumptions of fantasy, the genre...i'm getting snowed down here!!! HELP!!!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...


8:24 PM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...

it seems that though has fallen in love with hyderabad :(

3:07 PM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...


6:05 PM  
Blogger Illusionary said...

why do ppl keep talking about papers.I hate that word nowdays. Of course most ppl seem to be having three to do while I(smug smile) have just one.
But I do feel bad for you,babelfish,for having to give up coffee n tea.And Bournvita?Yuck!The dentist trip is something i can relate to though.I have memories.Bad memories.The only good part of the 6 months that i had to go for treatment(7 fillings,1 rootcanal)(still shudder),was the extremely hot young dentist!!

10:40 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

vague : glad you've quit laying off :D

prerona : yay, I shall look forward to meeting you :D nd I agree, old as I am a part of me is still fourteen :)

anonymous : whoever thou art and for whatever reason you chose to conceal your identity, most nice it was of you to drop by :D

soumik : dying over term paper, planning to abandon ambitious topic. Will host links after I've written term paper :S Have not given up blogging and was not writing term paper, simply was exiled in Hyderabad :D

lance : the chocolate I will cling on to for dear life :D hiatus over, yay!!

mandy : I suppose I shall have to ask Tintinda once I get back to college :D

srin : girl, I did it, so can you!! :)

krishanu : poor me is glad for sympathy :)

rainbeau : how right you are deary :D sex sells, though I wouldn't agree, at all, about the lesser intellect bit, tsk tsk, so modest you are :D

sphinx : hehe! it wasn't me...hw sad that you should not be able to recognize me a bare few weeks after we met :S

ui : I was in Hyderabad, I did *not* fall in love with the place and I was most delighted to see your kind comments :)

teleute : you too dear but will see you pretty soon :)

rimi : bally post is up, plis to comment :D If you were snowed down, I am till in a mess, term paper still not started, I think it was due today :S

illusionary : it's the latest obssesion, pujo shesh, paper shuru :D

5:17 PM  

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