Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ooty Musings.....on life & wife

Its the wrong time to visit Ooty- the rainy season in October. but as i had to make an official trip I had no choice but to go. i expected Ooty to be deserted at this season but to my surprise it was burstng to the seams with honeymooners. Must be the wedding season or something.

I saw a lot of honeymoon couples wandering all over the town hand-in-hand. And more of them doting all corners of the Botanical garden. Everytime I turned a corner- there pops out a cuople cuddling close together for some quality time (at 3PM in the afternoon). I saw cuddles, huddles, hugs and even two Kisses...which broke up on my sudden appearance. Rather than disturb people carrying on their official work, I decided to walk back to the center of the park where the crowds were milling about.

Here there was more trouble in store for me- I was constantly pestered and irrtitated by pesky couples asking me to click their pictures while they posed in various abominable romantic poses (cheek-to-cheek etc)...I felt like a Porno cameraman when taking some of the pictures- especially with the angles and poses suggested by the couples themselves. Of course I had my revenge on them, by asking them to reciprocate by taking my pictures while I posed in the same fashion as they did- making faces...And strange to say- one ultra-competitive couple ended up having a big fight over me...Uh! its not like that- if it came out wrong - what I was trying to say was, the hubby first clicked me while wifey was looking on in the background offering suggestions. At the end of the shot, the wife walked up to the husband grabbed my camera (before I did) and scrutinized my picture- what came out next was a sarcastic and withering update on her hubby's non-existent photographic skills..the lady requested me (rather ordered) to go back to my postion commenting that she would take the picture this time and show how it is done- and in the mood that she was I hastened to comply. So she took the picture, then beckoned me over and together we scrutinized the result.

I could no way see any difference between her husbands and hers(both were atrocious)......but would i say it to her face? (mad - I am not) I praised her about how superbly she had taken the picture vowing in my mind to erase it first chance I got. She then turned with a sneer and started blasting her husband again and this time the poor man - probably incensed by the scene of his wife and me with our heads close together discussing stuff intimately- started shouting back at her in equal measure and I took the opportunity to walk (escape) away from there without looking back till I reached a safe distance from the weird couple. The funny thing was I had noticed the newness of the mangalsutra on the girls neck- they couldn't have been married for more than a few days- so all this rage at the husbands incompetence pointed to only one thing- the girl was obviously ranting off her disappointment with her hubby in something else ...I am sure, you, the reader can connect the dots.

And finally comes the most interesting part, what happened the next morning as i was preparing to check out and leave Ooty for Coimbatore. I had got up quite early (for Ooty) at 7 Am and had poked my head outside the door preparatory to going out for a walk. the morning ws misty, drizzling and intensely cold and i changed my mind in an instant and opted (wisely) to head back to bed for another hour. and then it happened. the door of the neighbouring room opened- a girl - another newly wed honeymooner came out wrapped in a shawl and hollered inside "come on, its a lovely climate, we will go for a walk before breakfast". I was standing outside my door near the balcony railing and I turned back to stare at the room inside. The husband wa still in bed half propped up on his elbows and looking with horror at the mist outside he screamed in desperation "But look, you cant be serious, its freezing outside- you will freeze, come back to bed"

And then, the wife turned halfway and said (wait for the punchline before you clap) "ok, so what if I come back frozen, you are there to warm me up arent you?" she said this with an arched eye-brow and for one minute I envied her husband - a man whose wife was so proud of him in all matters (said & unsaid). I almost clapped then- but felt it wouldnt be proper. So I went back in to lie down all alone on my bed and wait for the day to come, when my wife will demand of me to warm her up after a cold walk......

So, the wait for my wife to come continues while my Ooty trip was over so quickly....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Worm in the Apple core.....

In my experience I have met many people who have not hesitated to take undue advantage of others innocence just to gain a little something in their lives or careers. And then there are some people who try to do evil or mislead others simply because they enjoy doing evil. I have been watching one such person- a Lady who is an young divorcee- for the past few weeks as she randomly picks up on other girls during their canteen visits and offers unsolicited advice.

Don't take me wrong- I have nothing against Divorcees, but if this is how they respond to others happiness- then God help these poor innocent girls who hang around listening to the diatribes against men unleashed by the failed marriage lady. She typically targets newly married girls and starts pouring poison down their ears slowly- about how not to give into your husband on anything, how to start dominating your marriage from day one, how not to trust your husband in anything at wonder her husband divorced her so fast.

And the word on the street is (though she denies it) her husband was a decent enough guy who just couldn't take her nagging and hence divorced her within a year of getting married. And this is the Lady who is now offering marital advice to all the young unmarried girls and newly wed girls. Her topic is mostly about total domination- destroying husbands ego and putting the men under feet. no wonder....and these stupid girls keep listening to her poison with open mouthed wonder. If they tried any of her tips at home- they would end up divorcees too. Maybe that's what the lady is hoping for.

Are all divorcees like that? Do they actually scheme to destroy other girls happiness too? Makes you wonder doesn't it?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Temptations of the Robotic Kind.......

Long, long ago (last year) I happened to meet a spiritual person who pointed out that if I decided to become a sanyasi and give up the ways of the flesh- I must first try and experiment giving up a few of the little pleasures which I routinely enjoyed- beforehand. On that basis I have recently (ever since May) given up watching films in the Theatre- the Big Screen Experience.

At one time of my life- I was an ardent film-fanatic. I have seen two shows continously sometimes- noon show followed by evening show. I have seen the same film daily, at the same theatre and same time. And I have absolutely enjoyed the experience of going to see a film in the theatre with a stunning big-screen experience. I dont like watching movies in DVD's at home- and always avoid doing so. For me- a movie is a Big Screen experience and watching it with a large audience.

But now that I have turned increasingly religious and have started on the path of salvation- I have been giving up my vices. I dont smoke and I dont drink - so the easy options dont exist for me. My only recongizable weakness is for watching films in theatres (and looking at girls with great curves- but even I dont think I am ready to give that up yet-sanyasi or no sanyasi). So ever since May- I have not watched a single film in theatre.

The last film I watched was an absolute delight- a gem of a movie called "How to train your Dragon" which I watched at PVR- my first time in that theatre and also at Ampa Skywalk Mall. I had not actually gone to see that movie- but it was the only one who's tickets were available that day. So I had no choice except to watch it. And the Movie rocked- it was an unbelievable experience - I absolutely loved it- it touched great heights of movie experience (and I am not joking!!!). My enjoyment of that day was so absolute- like I had made a Test Century at Perth- that it was anti-climatic to think of even going to another movie till recently.

Now there were a few other films which tempted me in recent times- Salt, Inception, Naan Mahan Alla etc- but I somehow resisited the temptatiion to go and see them. Nothing, would even come close to that PVR experience. So why try? If I was going out- let me go out with an awesome experience- let my last film be a truly memorable one. But now I am being tempted by Rajni's Endhiran- the Robot. Everyone says its great to watch on big screen. And now after all this time- I am tempted to go and see it.

Should I watch it or not? What if the movie experience sucked? And I felt later I should have stopped at Dragon? (which is my high point till now). Can Endhiran somehow displace Dragon as my ultimate movie watching experience? Is it necesssary that every new experience should neccessarily be better than the last one? Or is Dragon just a benchmark which would never be attained again in my life? And should I try and resist this temptation on the Path to SALVATION- the way of the sanyasi?

If I can resist the "Robot" temptation then I am sure I am on the right path- I am a lets see what fate has in store and how strong is my will power.