I want that, I WANT THAT
April 25, 2006
Getting into the garage, the Time Machine was started. vrooooooom….
April 25, 1987
Dinner time at this household. Mom, dad and grandpa get ready to have dinner. The kid is missing. On searching the house, he is found in his gradpa's bedroom. He is sitting on the bed, with a slate, on which the message "Hunger Strike" is written. Scenario something like this:
The movies and ongoing politics shown on TV had spoilt him. He thought he too had "maangein" which had to be "fulfilled". He was wrong. In the initial days, this hunger strike tactic worked to get his parents to buy him something or allow him to watch more TV. But as days progressed, they got immuned to it. Sometimes they would spend only some minutes to convince him to give up his 2 hours of hunger strike (that was his max then). Later, his grandpa used to get his plate next to him, sit there and eat before him, savoring the food. In 5 minutes, he gives up and runs to grab his plate. Mind games, I tell ya.
April 25 1990
Lunch time on a Sunday afternoon. Family assembled at the dining table. Son gone missing. This time, there was a cleverly placed note on the table: "Please don't try to search for me. I have left the house for good". On frantic searching, the kid was found either hiding under the bed, or in the attic (after having suffocated for more than an hour, sitting next to a lizard). Grandpa, and parents slowly got used to it and he ran out of hiding places.
April 25 1991
Again Lunch time, Sunday afternoon (the time was chosen aptly to get maximum attention, and ofcourse sympathy). Family at dining table, kid missing again. No seach required. Everybody (including the whole colony) knew he was in the balcony. He had a mat, and sat on it listening to songs on radio. He had the Devadas look, was silent most of the time, lost in some thoughts (thoughts like when wouldl they come and ask "why this sad look, beta"?), mangled hair, "paavam" look on face. Even neighbor's dog used to come and give him company. He would eat very very less, and would say that he is not feeling well. Things changed when once a doc uncle (dad's friend) took out his syringe to scare him. He at once ate like Ghatochgada (vivaha bojanambu).. Sigh! Even this Devadasu trick had its expiry date.
April 25 2004
Things have changed. Newer tricks are played by the younger sibling. And I fall for it!
April 25 2006
As of now, I owe my roomies/friends collectively an amount which is more than the GDP of China and India put together. And it (my trick to get things done) is currently working on them, out of fear that I won't repay them back. Hmmn, it is working now. Atleast till I posted this.
akal ke kachey,
mann ke sachey,
pehentey hain kachchey..