actuality.log


Tuesday, January the 16th, 2007

It’s a few A.M. and I can’t really sleep. I’m jotting this down as I stroll around outside my hotel room, almost as if I’m searching for another insomniac to alleviate the loneliness. Where, by ‘insomniac,’ I probably mean ‘sexually frustrated person.’ But they’re the same thing right? Right?

This would be a lot easier if I were curled up at home under familiar settings, but no, I’m stuck in some dingy hotel in what is (allegedly) the most happening city my country has to offer. You see, I’m here for a friend’s wedding, a sort of pompous “mostly north-Indian, slightly south-Indian tradition fused” affair; one which has actually been rather charming to experience. There has been much festivity over the past few days here, epitomised by the elegantly-dressed folk and their song and dance… and drink.

The wedding gift lovingly crafted by Crayola with my pictures over the past many nights was a huge hit; complete with phrases like “this is easily the best gift ever” and “I hope you know our kids and you make it to their wedding,” and culminated with my embarrassment on the dais as I was forced to accept hugs and laurels as I was presenting it.

Upon repeated explanation of the piece,

A clear-enough digital version to see some detail:
Complete digital collage.

A crappy picture of the final product showing the mostly-transparent framing and size in relation to a couch:
Complete printed collage.

I began to behave like this masterful story-teller on a book tour—pausing for effect when somebody was gawking wide-eyed, and overemphasising the corny bits I knew people were greedily eating up. While all this was rip-roaring fun superficially, I was furious deep down (What’s new, you say?). Apart from the usual anger triggers, I ended up having to deal with a bit more than I’d bargained for. Harping on specifics never did anyone any good, so I’ll leave you with a couple of unrelated observations:

  1. North-Indian women—at least the ones who were brave enough to show a lot of skin—have the smoothest, creamiest backs I have ever seen.
  2. While instinctively salivate-worthy, they—the ones I was brave enough to talk properly to—still sound as dumb as one would imagine.

Which brings us full circle. Good night.

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4 Responses to “Night night”

  1. anita says:

    That’s an amazing gift.

    Curious – would one imagine those girls to be dumb because they were pretty, or is it a North Indian vs. South Indian thing? Wasn’t quite clear by the way you wrote it…

  2. J says:

    I want to see you answer that question, dear pundit.
    *evil smile*

  3. pundit says:

    anita: (As J has astutely noted, yours is not an easy question to weasel out of. Hence I’m not going to try.)

    Actually, it’s a bit of both.

    *Sigh*

  4. anita says:

    i won’t be offended. just curious. i don’t have any south indian friends, so i was just wondering if there was some common stereotype in terms of intelligence…and i take it the answer is yes, so i guess you don’t have to explain…


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