Friday, September 21, 2007

Bombay - bloggers, blues


The far wall is a palette of greys. Picture window, framing clouds sky sea rain air road. All grey. Shades. Crows like scraps in the wind, trying to land in a tree with clumps of large vivid green leaves. Rain in the air, glimmering on the ground, on the newly paved sea-walk along Marine Drive. Across the bay, the jagged-teeth skyline of Malabar Hill rises from a tumulus of green. Three dogs strut along the sea-wall in single file. Three men in singlets run the other way. Two men, standing in a tiny red and white boat, do mysterious things among the waves. A couple under one of those bright seven-panelled school umbrellas, bright amid the grey. And a horizon where the pensive sky sighs into the sea.

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The previous night, in the Sports Bar at Phoenix Mills, was a stark contrast. Well, perhaps not stark. Mellow, more like. In the room people came and went, but I didn't hear anybody discussing Michelangelo. Demands centred round beer and sixes. I sat in a corner with sundry Bright Young People whose numbers ebbed and flowed.

Before one Mr. Y. Singh obtruded on our collective conscious, the conversation was wide-ranging.

· The intricacies of marital and extra-marital fidelity, with special attention to shameless flirting. ('Shameless', apparently, applies only when the flirting is Directed at Men because the only fidelity worth the name exists between females. Don't ask. I didn't.)

· The natural orbits of B-school graduates. With and without lungis.

· How weird is jute? (This was repeated at intervals despite a Ban on Talking Shop.)

· How exactly does a vada cut? (By the time we left, there was a common consensus among the girl-children that the vada did cut it, thank you very much.)

· Marxism crept in, from echoes of his opening line to T.S. Eliot – 'Tom, I had no idea you were so handsome!' - to 'I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have ME as a member.' (We refer, of course, to Groucho, not Karl.)

· The Most Formidable Girl-Child was very silent. One feared the Lull before the Storm, but apparently it was just exhaustion. (On three wheels, presumably)

· Whether Rama’s (yes, the famous bridge-builder’s) first name was Aiyyo. And whether he had an unknown brother named Aiyyiyyo. (We have no claims to serious research. Well, research perhaps, but serious?)

· The Ubiquity of Udupi. And thayeer sadam as comfort food, also why it is not available in Lower Parel.

· Ambitions (or the reality) of World Domination, since e-Bay AND Google were represented at the table.

· How men are like blogs, insofar as they can be put up (or put up with) and shut down.

· India as the world's richest source of ethnic jokes (or adhnik jauks, aythneek jokes, uthnuk joks etc.)

· Having to produce ‘virginal certificates’ for vaarrfikayishun at Anna Univaaiirrsitee.

· Who had the raspberry vodka? Umm OK, that wasn't really a TOPIC, more like a revelation. The other realisations were that A Man is as funny in person as on his blog. And that one should not comment on people who stop at nothing e.g. throw truck-loads of popcorn.

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My first meeting was at 11. We reached early, went through Trial by Negativism, packed up and were out by quarter past. Back in my room, I should have sorted my papers and packed my bag. Instead, I sat by the window with more coffee and watched a wan sun soak into the sea-scape. Then checked out with a wistful backward look and joined the rush towards the airport. Onwards and upwards, so to speak, but with a pit-stop at the site of the previous night's carouse to make the acquaintance of a tender cow (cf: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe). Bombay gets better each time I visit.


11 comments:

IdeaSmith said...

Khee khee khee...

*Throwing mwaah-mwaah to Chronicus Skepticus and a tanker-full of popcorn...*

Loads of fun were showered, come to Mumbai again, cuddly-Paddington-sometimes-dirty-uncle!

Chronicus Skepticus said...

Hey, you forgot about the 'virginal certificates'.

@Smithy: YOU get to throw *all* the popcorn you want just, for the love of god, next time don't *aim* so well?

And m-ms right back at you, me lovely! :D

the saint said...

will the girls please put up a video somewhere instead of just teasing us..

Ravi said...

Virginal Certificates?
When did that discussion happen? I think I missed that. Where do I sign up for inspection?

A video is going to be put up? That should be good.I want to watch that. Let me go get the pop corn. On second thoughts, the girls could use the pop corn.

progga said...

Every-bloody-one is getting to go to Bombay. And I'm stuck in frickin' NJ. dammit.
Beautiful picture, JAP. I think my soul just flew right through the screen, through the window, back to Marine Drive, where it belongs.

Priya said...

very nice.

Tabula Rasa said...

koan: if a tender cow is a juicy steak, is a swiss cow holy?

Bombay Addict said...

In morbid depression that a fan could not could meet one of his fav bloggers. Oh cruel world.

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

I-Smith, behave.

Skepticus, thanks for the reminder, addition made. Now do me favour and take your hussing elsewhere!

Saint, you get either the dinner or the video, not both.

Ravi, the Vada has the details.

J.A.P.

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Progga, you could always come back, hein?

Priya, thank you.

Prof, would the cow be made of green cheese because it jumped over the moon?

B Addict, most flattered. Feelings mutual. Drop me a mail and we can try to meet next time?

J.A.P.

Bombay Addict said...

Sir I do not know your e-mail address sir! So, am hoping for a next time..