The Ringside View

My attempts at writing have always been stacked up in old diaries and scraps of yellowing paper.Time,neglect and phylum insecta however, always ensured that the gibberish i scrawled, never would see the prying gaze of an alien eye.Years later, i still scribble once in a while - this time in word documents stored in some obscure folder somewhere in the innards of my C drive.I am unearthing some of them and opening them up for the interested.To get what i call - The Ringside view.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Where is the love?

Love happens in unsuspecting classrooms during boring Geography classes; love happens at the office coffee vending machine where the coffee itself is insipid and very short on sugar; love happens with dweller in opposite balcony even if dad of doe eyed beauty is grumpy owner of an old wooden hunting rifle. Crux of it is – love happens in the most commonplace of places in the most expected of times. And when it happens, the sense and sensibility section in the attic is shut down until further notice and the hormones are kicked into a vigorous state of overdrive. Dopey eyed Bollywood movies are suddenly making you all marshmallow mushy on the inside and you just can’t seem to step out of home (even if it is to pick up Deccan Herald from the corner store) without dabbing on cologne.

Ok fine, what we are talking about here is the kind of phenom that happens when your age has still not yet shed the trailing teen at the end of it. Point taken. Even I was digressing I realize. Because what I am actually pondering over is the next phase of Cupid strike; the one that happen to junta when in the marriageable zone. Question pondered over is, what is it that happens first in such cases – the compatibility check and then love or love and then compatibility check. Compatibility check, what you ask me. Caste, creed, sub sect, sub-sub sect, the works. The complete taxonomic drill down, that would have made even Karl Linnaeus look semi-pro.

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Iyengar classmate doing masters in the States has fallen in love and is getting married you hear. Oh brilliant. The same dude who refused to even eat with us at restaurants, only because fourteenth item on the menu was Sheekh kabab. Please tell me his love interest is Mallu Syrian Christian. Or even better, tell me she’s Chinese and they apparently fell in love over a C program. ‘No, da, she’s Iyengar as well. Same sub sect and all. Even remotely in the same family tree I hear’. Holy crap. Tell me it’s framed. You can’t find love with such pin point accuracy, I say. And if he’s actually plain lucky to have found love within the clan, should he not try the super lotto?

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P.S: Any resemblance to any character, living or dead is purely co-incidental and in such cases solely for inspiration only. And if the efforts at humour, despite best efforts of the author are still not appreciated, please feel free to let me know and I shall convey the abuses to Siege (who was inspirational in bringing up this topic over lunch today, as I waged a clumsy war, chopsticks in hand)

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8 Comments:

Blogger Sudhindra said...

Was this Iyengar classmate in KGB?:-)...He might be another friend of yours but there quite a few clues in the post that make me think it is him;C code,Siege and not eating in Non-veg hotels:D....If it is him cant wait to tell him :))

October 21, 2007 6:20 PM  
Blogger Bikerdude said...

Eda, one more Iyengar dig and I will convert your thala into paalada pradhaman. Kindly mind it. :)

PS: I think in the marriageable zone, people fall in love after ascertaining mental and financial compatibility first. Boring, but practical.

October 21, 2007 10:38 PM  
Blogger Naveen said...

good one bikerdude...i was abt to tell the same...limits chap limits! any more iyengar digs and invites to my house for lunch/dinner will be slashed!:o)

by the way, is there is 'love for convenience'?! eg., bog and girl both getting pestered at home to get married as they are in marriageable zone or slightly out of it..known devil better than unknown angel..so, why not fall in love?! pressure makes u do funny things!!

October 22, 2007 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha... I'm sure this blog is intentionally directed at someone.. of late, it has become a practice for you to write disclaimers macha ;-)

-Laxman

October 22, 2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger Preeth said...

@Aithal -> Aithal avre beda bidi. But if this were a quiz contest, you would have got two points.hehe.

@Bikerdude -> Ayyo. Never knew I had so much Iyengar readership. Promise pa, no more :)

Naveen -> The blog has a delete option. If I click that, will I be invited for lunch, dinner or both.

@Laxman -> The disclaimer is only when it has real life equivalents da.

October 22, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger Krishna said...

Nice blog! very relevant for all of us :P .. i find myself nodding and acknowledging all that u mention :)

October 24, 2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classic stuff buddy!!
Would like to add to what bikerdude mentions (about mental and financial compatibility).... and that would be compatibility of the families. You see, in India we dont marry an individual but the entire family!! Sounds crazy but couples do consider it!

Neat write up :-)

Cheers
S

October 31, 2007 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 days and no new post yet?

November 01, 2007 9:00 AM  

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