Monday, November 07, 2005

Here’s what I’ve been doing over the past fortnight…eating, sleeping, fighting with Ma, eating, cribbing, fighting with Didi, sleeping, reading vague story books (which I swear I did not pack, I packed strictly academic books, The Last Continent must have sneaked into my back-pack on its own), eating some more, calling up Baba long-distance to crib about Didi and Ma and sentimentalize over how I’m missing his daily doses of nagging, cribbing and yelling…..did I mention studying for term papers? hmm…..nope, I seem to have missed mentioning that. Obvious huh – since I didn’t study at all. (All those who believe, alas erroneously, that my blog silence was induced by writing two term papers erm actually I plan to start writing them…..soon…..I hope!!)

And we’ve been shopping. In fact the sum of all the time spent on the above activities is easily expended by the amount of time we have spent shopping. Of course when I say we I actually mean Ma and Didi. I was there of course. Acting as a glorified coolie of sorts. And bursting into fits of manic laughter at regular intervals. Most inappropriate behaviour I realize, in retrospect, it being far from polite to do a credible imitation of a hyena in the face of the shop-keeper who is displaying his best wares. Ideally I should have gone to the corner and snickered quietly. But I ask you, is it possible to keep a straight face in front of an obviously aesthetically deluded shop-keeper who’s idea of a beaootifool sari is a sea of the brightest yellow with splotches of fluoroscent green and pink streaked with electric blue and covered with large dots of vivid maroon. If that’s your idea of the colours of India, I’ll stick to black and white please, thank you verry much!!

Of course Hyderabad has its nice bits too. I was all awestruck admiration for Golconda fort. They have a most admirable light-and-sound show. Unfortunately my enjoyment of the place was greatly undermined by my intense desire to kill someone/anyone. At any given moment I would anyway express a preference for the young of any other animal species but human babies are still most tolerably cute at times. On the other hand parents who think the right age to take their child sight-seeing is when he is two months old should be buried alive in the dark cavernous tombs they drag their howling babies into.

Nothing really exciting happened though. Very pretty land and all that but with a incredible dearth of good-looking men. As it turned out the only one fulfilling any sort of aesthetic demands was a dashing young to-be docterate in chemistry. Most impressive batting style he has, 3 sixes and two boundaries and a score of about 30 in two overs in a five over inter-departmental cricket match as well as one stunning catch. Most talented, intelligent, handsome young man who took me out for Diwali and got me tons of loverly crackers because I was so sad about missing diwali at home. The wedding one is pleased to announce is on January 22, 2006. Very auspicious date and all that but the honeymoon might well be in Hyderabad. He will be a singularly nice addition to the family…..sigh, my sister has such good taste!

I have also had at least one exciting experience I could have done without. Most unintentional it was. It happened in my sister’s hostel. Their campus is practically a jungle ok. I went to take a bath and I was in a state of erm.…well I was in an unpresentable state when I noticed a frog lying in one corner of the bathroom. It being the first time I was in any such situation I threw water on it in an attempt to get rid of it. Since it didn’t move I assumed it was dead. As someone mentioned later throwing water on a frog would have about the same effect as throwing air on a human being. Most astute comment it was as I realized later that the thingy had been alive all the time. Most embarrassing it was.

Yes well, such is life. I am now home and happy. Back to my beloved bloggy-woggy. Back to my beloved-est readers, muuah muaah I love you all….especialy erm…umm....oh never mind…..I’m sure the person I’ve missed the most knows all about it so I shall be silent on that count. Indeed it feels good to be back in my own fish-bowl.


Blogger Dreamcatcher said...

Yeaaaaah back. Was asking about you today.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Someone Somewhere said...

nice to see you back
missed you :)

8:06 PM  
Blogger Teleute said...

erm, a seven inch long monster tentul-bichhe once sent me running out of the shower wrapped in a towel, screaming for my mother. this was at home, thankfully. we thought we had managed to chase it away, but it was still lurking about and made an aapearance after i finished my shower. it was tremendously disturbing.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Soumik said...

yes the frog bit was rather nice.

8:28 PM  
Blogger DD said...

frogs lying at corners of the bathroom- muhaha!

everyday experience for four years. they are so bootiful.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...

u back
:D :D

10:37 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

dc : thank oo sweetie, will see you in college tomorrow :D

someone somewhere : oh, how sweet you are :) glad to be back!!

teleute : most disturbing!! these abluting adventures have got to stop :D

soumik : hehehe :D

dd : I know it be everyday for you, alas not for me, and bootiful they may seem to you but twas a bit embarrassing for me :D

ui : yaaaaa! I'm back, thank you dear :D

12:11 AM  
Blogger Illusionary said...

nice to have u back too!My mum once had a lizard in her bathroom.It was on the exhaust fan doing god know what.She switched on the fan without noticing.There were lizard pieces all over the bathroom walls.Believe me.I've never seen a worst sight.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Tiny Black Cat said...

awww, poor frog! probably it chose that place so carefully to attract your attention... bechara at least deserved a kiss.

1:36 AM  
Blogger babelfish said...

illusionary : *shudder* you poor dear :S

mandy : *raised eyebrows* sympathetic ain't you? I shall someday ensure you get cance to find froggie prince :D

6:11 PM  
Blogger rainbeau_peep said...

Ei jey, evil under the sun!!!! U submit ur term paper in the next class, and I shall ensure that awl featured bathroom specimens mentioned in ur blog and comment box find their place in ur bag and behind! ! ! i kid thee not!!! Welcome home nevertheless! :-D

6:47 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

rainbeau : Child, how could you say such a thing!!! Most heart broken I am at such cruwel words...what you think I'm The Fish or something?!!
Here I've been dithering in happy hopes that along with you and the beautiful squee I shall submit sometime later....have yet to start writing...also dubious as to propriety of suggested topic of paper!!! :D
Thanks for welcome, though absence of animal kingdom would have been much prefered :D

9:43 PM  
Blogger Tiny Black Cat said...

khek khek khek. na thaak... calcutta has enough of good-looking men (erm, theoretically). you were wondering what happened to all of the species in hyderabad na... that's why i kinda offered the clue


11:27 PM  
Blogger Lancelot said...

frogs have become companions so to say... seen a train of 4-5 frogs jump out of drainpipes one after the other, each one bigger than the previous, and boy they get BIG!!!
Belated Diwali greetings and welcome back

12:30 AM  
Anonymous vague said...

welcome back- swim around and be amazed:)

12:47 PM  
Blogger herenow said...

yay! ure back!!!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Rimi said...

i am wanting fellow faankibaaj shoulder to cry on, i have just realised two term papers have to be submitted by the 28th and another by the end sems. since one of them is for your dearly-beloved... babel, darling, HELP!!!

*in tiny font and smaller voice* can someone lend me the texts, at least?

oh yeah, welcome back too. please to be overlooking long face...

3:02 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

mandy : I like theoretically :D

vague : *happily swimming* amazed you stepped out of indecisive laziness for long enough to comment :D

herenow : yay!! thankoo dear :)

rimi : one fellow faankibaaj present and accounted for :D what texts, bolo, parle jogar kore debo :)

9:14 PM  
Blogger jaded said...

"obviously aesthetically deluded shop-keeper who’s idea of a beaootifool sari is a sea of the brightest yellow with splotches of fluoroscent green and pink streaked with electric blue and covered with large dots of vivid maroon" hehehe!classic description!

"At any given moment I would anyway express a preference for the young of any other animal species but human babies are still most tolerably cute at times"
SO true and everyone thinks i am deluded!but it's true!

and froggy must have gone well with fishy :-D..ok no, unless he were to turn into a prince..*sigh*

anyway good to have you back:-)

11:14 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

jaded : thank you be not deluded, just very cute :) but fish not interested in froggy :D

10:45 PM  

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