Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The cowdung

Monday morning, I kicked (not stepped) on a heap of cowdung, fell and hurt myself. The shoes got spoilt. The palm started to bleed. No, I did not find anything else to kick. I had to kick the cowdung only. Yes, I did not see the big heap, the size of a ... the size of a BIG HEAP of COWDUNG lying right there on my path. I am so proud of my country and its cowdungs.
Mera bharat mahaan!

It must not be a cow, it must be a cowzilla.

What a way it was to start a monday!

I have not been able to do the dishes because of this and it is very inconvenient as it is the right palm. It is tough to keep it dry and it's taking time to heal.

Had been to Chennai to visit bro-in-law and family. They are going to the U.S for some years. Collected a lot of household items which they cannot carry there. Argued with S over a bunch of artificial flowers. Co-sister gave them to me lovingly as it was new and they hadn't used it. I told him I am going to keep it when we buy a flat and got the flowers along. By the way, I have started buying tea coasters for the new house. I don't know when is the house coming.
I am thinking I must also start buying rods for the curtains.

This is called setting your priorities right.

S booked the tickets. Instead of booking Bangalore to Chennai and Chennai to Bangalore, he booked Bangalore to Chennai in both the cases. Don't we make a good pair? One got hurt stepping over cowdung and one booked 2 onward- journey tickets. We had to come back in a bus in whatever seats available. I had the same pee related problem. S was angry that I cannot hold it being a woman. What has gender got to do with pee? If you want to do it, you want to do it. It is just that we have some civic sense and don't do it anywhere. If you are a guy in India, you just need a brick or a stone in your path to imagine that it is a wall and start. Honestly speaking, there have been times I wished I were a guy.

Missed the office cab that morning. Took rest for 2 hours and set off to work. I was angry with some autowallahs for refusing to take me where I wanted and started walking fast. That is when I missed the cowdung and fell... and hurt myself. It is all because I did not sleep in the bus and I was tired, which is again because S did not get the right tickets. I have finished my analysis here and I am feeling much better.

Talking about Chennai, I have made one more conclusion. It has got just two seasons, summer and summerer. Right now, summer is going on.

20 comments:

austere said...

Hilarious. I know it wasn't supposed to be and I should sympathise.

It was because of retrograde mercury, no?

Dee said...

So thats what has happened to ur hand!!

I was looking at it throughout ur presentation and I thought u probably tried some kung-fu move on some autowallah..lol

Besides autowallahs in Bangalore are such bitches!!

Cynic in Wonderland said...

ah pat pat. those days. this too shalt pass. and its the fault of the fates.

manuscrypts said...

i dont think my pro-S arguments (in spite of the obvious ticket booking blunder) will be appreciated here..
and the next time you see cow dung, take a deep breath and move on.. actually skip the deep breath..
and get well soon :)

AmitL said...

OMG..Arunima-I sincerely hope you're feeling much better now..I agree- 'mera Bharat mahaan' is all one can say at such times..and,it's worse during monsoon-when the rainwater spreads the dung..blechh!Wonder whether things will ever change?
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Haha..to hubby booking two onward journeys-and,here I was thinking I'm the only one with whom such 'mishaps' happen.How was the bus journey?

Stone said...

hmmm..S is in trouble :-)

Ping said...

Hahahaha I'm sorry but I find this too funny! But you are supposed to have nice hair if you step into(I'm not particularly sure about kicking though) cow dung, that's what my mum says, so some good might come out of it after all!

And pee on S, please! Tell him you saw a jellyfish sting him, lol!

shobz said...

OMG! That must have really been bad.

This reminded me of the time I tripped on a pitch black dog sleeping peacefully in broad daylight on the white concrete floor of my client's open car-park. I have no idea how I missed seeing the only big black thing on the ground across which i was running. What a way to be remembered by a CLIENT!!

It is horrible when it happens, but really fun to look back upon. nah?

I hope your hands heal fast.

Arunima said...

@shobz: you make me feel better. ha ha ha

Tina said...

Your hubby and mine have quite a lot in common I must say, he booked an evening train for 06:15 which arrives at 15:58!! Nice story by the way :)

Vivek Malewar said...

You're wrong - Chennai has two seasons. Summer and Sticky-summer-with-rains :)

ramya said...

full time pass.. Hilarious :D

Suspended Animation said...

I once had a cow's tail wiped against my white shirt minutes before school... that awesome print which leaves a faint odor, that beats all the deodorants in the world..

btw.. cow dung I suppose has antibacterial properties.. :P

On a serious note... may you get well soon.. and hope S does the dishes really well...(not wash the same dish twice.. :D)

and a really dark beginning to a week.. but don't fret.. there is always another monday!! :D

(@ Ping: that Friends trick was WICKED!!!! ROTFLMAO..)

P said...

I am so sorry but I can't stop laughing. It's all S's fault :D

Nithya said...

HILARIOUS!!
I hate traveling by bus for similar reasons! MEN just don't understand it!!! (Sigh!)
Oh and I can imagine what Chennai is like this time around!! B'lore is heaven in that respect!!

White Magpie said...

I was innocently asked during the interview,"would you mind moving to Chennai?" I just shivered and the interviewer moved on to the next Q...

Bharat ko dosh mat do..cows been shitting fo years on da road...mebbe it ate something bad and ejected tough shit :))

Anonymous said...

hahaha... sorry for laughing but it made such good reading! S is cute... booking 2 onward journeys is something i have heard for the first time!!
maybe S can do the dishes while you let your hand heal...

- anumita

Ritu said...

This is the reason why I keep coming back to Silent Eloquence even when I dont have the time to take a pee break during work... You make me smile...

Sweeeeeet post and a sweet hubby even though a bit exasperating... (booking two tickts both onward is ....ha ha ha)....

Ritu said...

And oh BTW, I hope the palm heals well and soon... So u can get back to doing the dishes :-P

Pallavi said...

hahah !! poor thing.. reminds me of the time I fell face first in slush.. GROSSSS !!

LOL.. congrats on the house.. My house is still coming up for the past 3 years.. I have given up..