Saturday, June 07, 2008

Kash aisa hota...par hua kuch yun

As I was working on a Lotus Notes issue at work, something snapped. "Oh, its just my cuff button that has become undone"... or so I thought. "Oh No, my button actually fell off" Panic Attack!! I took the button and put it in my pocket, knowing very well that now my next job will be to find someone who can stitch it back. I know I know, most people will roll their eyes and maybe say, "...that's so damn easy". Oh Well, this needs a bit of history...

**Flashback with a very weird background score**

I belong to an Army background with my Dad, Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts, all following the Army tradition. Being in Army has its advantages and disadvantages but we will start with advantages that turned out to be my disadvantages later in life. We had a "Helper" for almost everything throughout my Army life. There was this main Helper, who would do all the house chores including getting groceries and canteen ka samaan. There there was a cook who would come occasionally for parties, there was a driver for our jeeps and jongas, there was a dhobi for washing and pressing all the clothes and believe it or not there was also shoe-polish guy who would come to polish Dad's shoes (as in Army shoes tells a lot about person's rank and all, its almost a izzat-ka-sawaal). Rest of the things were taken care by Ma. Anyways, the point is that by the time I graduated from school, I had hardly done any chore myself. Now you would say, "that's not a very nice thing...blah blah" but that's how it was.

After my 12th grade in Dehradoon, I got admission in Engineering college in Karnataka and moved to the hostel and that's where the sayapa (problems in Punjabi) started. My expectations were very low. Kash aisa hota, if someone could wake me up at 6 am with a glass of warm milk, then the bucket in washroom would magically fill up with hot water, the clothes would be ready to wear by the time shower was done, breakfast would be ready on the table, shoe would ofcourse be polished and someone would hand me the tiffin, as I would head to my classes.

But alas, ...par hua kuch yun, my friend would bang at my door saying "uth jaa hero, kab tak karishma ke sapne leta rahega" (Karishma Kapoor was the Priyanka Chopra of that time), warm milk ke jagah subah subah warm gaaliyan sunne ko miltee, the bucket would have to be carried to the washroom and the water would be as cold as Vijay Mallya after the first IPL season, the clothes would be as crushed as Shahid after being dumped by Kareena, breakfast would have to be taken in the Mess with everyone fighting for parathas as Amitabh and SRK fight for TRP ratings, shoes would be as dirty as Salman's jokes in Dus ka Dum and there would be no concept of tiffin.

The moral of the above rant is that with time every chore was learnt albeit the hard way. Now, I can cook my own meals, press my own clothes, do laundry, polish my shoes, prepare my own tiffin etc etc but the one thing that still eludes me is shirt ka button lagana. So, if someone knows how to stitch a button, please contact me with precise instructions in my comment box. Dhanayawad !!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

me first??ok.. i will give u an idea, get button seenewaali..get married! or else, buy needle and thread to begin find out more, wait till next episode.. byeeeeeeeeeeee

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I supposed to the same as Preeti said. :P.

Was laughing reading the 2nd last para :))

You know what you have been lazy for long that's why you had to do all chore from cooking to butting by yourself :P.

Nice post, write for a situation. YOu know what it reminded one of my yet to post "Post on" Butting one more that most of the men do not do ;) ..... Not like yours but that could match with your situation :P. Hope I will post that post soon. Wait and watch :D

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I forgot to mention in my comment in previouce post that My favourite radio station was Radio Shilon and Amin Sayani and his program "Binaca Geetmala" later on it change into Cibaca Geetmala. The radio listening habit in heritage through my father. You won't believe that even today if we wake up in the middle of night we hear songs and my father listening radio :.

And ours, specially my waking up alarm was All India Radio's signature tune. I hope you know that tune........... :)

Like you, your post brought up my childhood many memories..........

2:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Get married is good... what if the biwi too doesn't know how to stich buttons????

get a new shirt, i'd say! :)

10:24 PM  
Blogger Princess Au Contraire said...

hey...i agree with Anks and dont think finding a biwi is the same as a batman in the army! ;-) However, I have a practical solution to sewing on the button...Youtube to the rescue as always...

Hope that helps! Let me know. :-)

1:03 AM  
Blogger Beauty and the BEast said...

lol!! I cud use some tips myself :P

7:38 AM  
Blogger Reema said...

haha! kyaaa post hai!! wat could've been written in 2 lines u wrote in pages :p

abt time u get married really! :D

8:01 AM  
Blogger Rain Girl said...


2:15 AM  
Blogger Khamakha said...

how sweet. tho funny..its so true..u learn things the hard way!!! main hoti toh wud hunt for some tailor aaspaas;) am reely bad with stiching n making a tie n so many other things..:P

12:05 AM  
Blogger Khamakha said...

how sweet. tho funny..its so true..u learn things the hard way!!! main hoti toh wud hunt for some tailor aaspaas;) am reely bad with stiching n making a tie n so many other things..:P

12:05 AM  
Blogger Jyoti said...

for the first time u wrote a short post which I could read quickly..jokes apart..that was really funny to read it all.

Let your mom read this post, she can help you out in best way..either gharwali ;p or sui-dhaga tutorial.

9:50 AM  
Blogger MoonStruck Tempest said...

haha love the post! i know how to lagao button in a shirt..and all the things u mentioned...see i told u i was better than ya...haha
anyway...u need a i can shout there...
also go to my've been tagged!!!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Moonie said...

:) nice! ROTFLMAO @ "water would be as cold as Vijay Mallya after the first IPL season,"

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kissa age bhi badegi ki bus button pe hi ataki rehegi :P

4:00 AM  
Blogger hope said...

hehehe.. bery phunny ji.. tusi to gr88 ho.. chupchap needle uthao aur shuru ho jao :P
u aalsi budhdhu champ :P

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pahili Tuti button jud gaya hoga aur bad mein dusari, tisari, chauthi, panchwi.... sab bhi.....

Lekin aap ke kisse hi bus khatam nahin ho rahi.................


3:02 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

Next post long due !!! :)
I accidentally posted my comments on the prior post!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also saying "Kash aisa hota..............................

ki yeh page update hota :P

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chandu~ (too lazy to type in details) bonjour bhai.. the blog bug is biting me again. where did every1 go :( either got married or engaged or got jobs! pch..

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chandu~of course PP is in touch over phone and updating me. wazzup wid life?Preeti was pretty right.. u shud see a seenewaali hehe

2:30 AM  
Blogger Invincible said...

you know i never had to do those things myself till i moved to Chennai for 4 months, 2 years into my first job. All those except the shoe polish errand. I didn't hv to move out for college, hence the realization in life of doing everything on ur own had to wait few more years.
But for no good reason, i used to take interest in cooking from childhood. And i remember stitching the fallen buttons or sewing the stitches that came off during criket/kabaddi games.

Like someone said here, get urself a 'seelanewaali' :)

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many great suggestions but first one is awesome...

11:08 PM  
Blogger Princess Au Contraire said...

What was the follow up? did you throw away the shirt or did some poor girl take pity on you and sew the button on?

1:31 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

preeti prasad - Yes, you first :P You are telling me all the expensive plans and I don't even know where to get seeniwaali or for that matter thread and needle :P Where is your next episode?

juneli - Copy cat :P

Yea, I am a lazy bum :P Post your post and then we can compare :D

And yes, remember those Geetmalas very vividly. My wake up tune was Doordarshan-tune when going to school :-)

7:18 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

anks - Stop giving me nightmares :P

I like your idea but shopping is too boring.

princess - Thanks for the great tip. But I found a more innovative idea. I took those Canada-flag pin and put that there, and since it is a sleeve button its hidden and if someone sees it, it makes me look patriotic :P

8:39 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

beauty and the beast - Read my tip in the above comment to Princess.

reema - Grrrrrrrrrrrr !! Belcul bekar aur expensive tip :P

me in love - :-)

khamakha - Here it is cheaper to buy new shirt than tailoring it :|

You will learn soon, Girl ;)

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