Me Thinks

Friday, September 28, 2007

School scene - 1

It was 9PM and my stomach was making strange noises. I was speed walking out of the class so I could go home quick and have my extremely delicious dinner made by myself. (sandhula sindhu)

There was a big crowd near the elevator. Couldn't take the stairs as I was too hungry and I was on the 13th floor. Somehow managed to squeeze into the elevator that was actually going up. I didn't care. I just wanted to get in. There were some 40 people in the elevator and there was an Indian guy.

In New Jersey and New York, you shouldn't smile or say "Hi" if you see other Indians because even if you do, they are going to look away like it has happened to me many times before. I don't now why and I wasn't ready for any "bulb" at that time. I tried to act like a local and didn't look his way. He kept staring at me and he probably thought "Lemme see how long you can avoid looking this way, Missy". I conceded defeat, looked and smiled (not too much) and before even I could finish that perfunctory smile, he went "Which part of India are you from?" Instead of saying "Whats your problem and why do you care", I unintentionally sounded decent and the words "Are you asking me?" came out. Before I could finish the sentence with "me", pat came his reply. "I am from Ranchi. Do you know Ranchi?" I nodded as I said "I've heard of it". And as usual, he wasn't interested in what I was saying or going to say, he went "Dhoni is from there. Do you know cricketer Dhoni?" I said "yes" but why did I even bother answering, I don't know. Not that he paid attention. He was most surprised by my yes and he asked "You know Dhoni?!" He could've as well said "Hey woman!! You know cricket and even know cricketers' names!! Thats very surprising." And I don't think he believed that I'd heard of Dhoni. Ranchi pasangala, too much I say. To add to all this pride, he captained and the team won the world cup. I think the guy's mission that day was to tell any Indian looking person that he was from Ranchi. Pasila potruppen. But common sense prevailed. I think of Dhoni, the Ranchi-ite, as a "kaattaan" and one should never mess with him (them).


Blogger The Visitor said...

I think of Dhoni, the Ranchi-ite, as a "kaattaan" and one should never mess with him (them).
How can you say that? When he is cho chweet and handsome. :)

In New Jersey and New York, you shouldn't smile or say "Hi" if you see other Indians because even if you do, they are going to look away like it has happened to me many times before.
Have you read an mail forward involving conditioning of monkeys?

12:27 AM  
Blogger Blogeswari said...


Idhuve oru 10 years kku munnadinna it would have been your turn and you could have said "You know Sadagoppan ramesh? we are from his city.. not just that, we belonged to the same gumbal of friends.. we used to meet at nair tea kadai in alwarpet for tea-kaapi regularly"
mmm deepz un magimaya ulagengum parapiiteena?

3:23 AM  
Blogger Me said...

phew ivalov dhaana...nan ennamo multi level marketing payan kitta maateeteenga nu la nenachen...

10:44 AM  
Blogger I said...

40 people in elevator-a?! Oru mini oor nu sollu.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Dhoni pathi pesinel na, ungaloda readers la oruthar ungalai thannoda hit LIST la serthuduvaar.

Anyways, yeah, inge naan american ponngalai mattum thaan parthu sirippen. :P


11:41 AM  
Blogger Me said...

lks...avanga unna paathu siripaangala?

12:25 PM  
Blogger Oracle said...

Bluetooth freak...Ranchi Dhoni...wats next?

I think you have a problem with all your male "school"mates. :)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Naangellam yaaru? avanga thiruppi hi solra varaikkum hi solluvom illa? adhukku naan oru alanjaxs nu ninaikka vendam - but niraya vaatiavangale hi solluvanga - naangellam maddy illa? :P


1:48 PM  
Blogger I said...

karthik sriram, are you iyer or iyengar?

11:43 PM  
Blogger Blogeswari said...

LOL, LKS.. una paarthu iyengar-a iyer-aa? LOL ROFL

I - you have insulted all Iyers :) LKS iyer daaan.. aana.. seri vidunga .. adu oru periya kadhai

10:41 AM  
Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

I avaragle,

Naan Iyer daan - Thanjavur pakkam Malliyam thaan sondha ooru - but ennoda perai parthu confuse anel na, adukku parents thaan ketkanum - amma is a siva bhakthar whil appa is a vishn bhaktar - thats why this strange name!


10:47 AM  
Blogger Me too said...

ya, like me said, you sure are lucky that he didn't start off about any new 'business oppurtunity'!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Me said...

LKS.. round katti ellarum unna kalaaikanam nra mudivoda dhan irukaanga nu nenaikaren...

12:12 PM  
Blogger KK said...

Like Me, I too thought that you got caught by some Multi level marketing guy :)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Compassion Unlimitted said...

Dhonis devils..Idhu oru naal koothaaga illamal irukkattum..20*20, 50*50..test match ini vendamo..


11:32 PM  
Blogger Sudha said...

I think you were too hungry to listen to him.If u had listened further he might have given u some marketing proposals it seems.Any way that guy should be new to america and might have been happy to see an Indian .Wanted to say about him and his pride and that is what has happened.

12:10 AM  
Blogger The Talkative Man said...

Count yourself lucky. I've been bored to death by an Oriya guy after Lollipop bowler Debu Mohanty played his first game :(

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

deeps...I think the only reason he pissed u off is the HUNGER factor....unakku pasikka neram kalam yogam edhuvumae irukkardha enakku nyabagam illa...i think unakku umachi kazhuthukku keezha lungs laam kuduthu waste pannama, nera vayatha arambichuttar nenaikren....u breathe food...nee poi patniya irukkarchey sivanae prathyakashama vandha kuda, silly guy. kazhuthula snake maatindu vandhu thappu thappa tamil pesaraan solluva...idhula yaaro ranchi rascal vandha, kekkanama!!!


11:52 AM  
Blogger cm chap said...

Ha Ha... Poor you... May be ur to hungry...

In New Jersey and New York, you shouldn't smile or say "Hi" if you see other Indians because even if you do, they are going to look away - That's true..I hv faced it few times...

3:49 PM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

SK, whats conditioning of monkeys? Havent heard of that.
Blogeswai, I know. Namma kaalam mudinji pocchu. Earth bazaar dhan namma nair kadai.;-)
Me, enna ivlodhana sollitta! Amway type nenacchiya?
I, 40 is an exaggeration but it always seems like that number.
LKS, nee sirippa teriyum, avanga sirippaangala? (ada Me thinks like me) Illa sirippa sirippaangala?:-)
oracle, bluetooth is not a school guy.
MT and kk, illa pa illa. No marketing guy luckily.
CU, is that a kavidhai?
TTM, I remember Debashish Mohanty and the hype around him too. "The next Srinath". Admit, must've been hard for you.
sudhakar, good analysis but no thank you. Its hard not to find Indians in NY. Haven't you seen Karan Johar movies? People in NY are all Indians and they speak only in hindi according to his movies.:-)
lavu, you are probably right. That was funny.:-)
cm-chap, you have that experience too? Glad to hear.:-)

11:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

"In New Jersey and New York, you shouldn't smile or say "Hi" if you see other Indians because even if you do, they are going to look away like it has happened to me many times before"

- You said it there. I am currently studying in upstate NY and I have faced the embarrassment of smiling at Indian strangers in NYC/NJ several times. yeppo daan indha ooru la makkal siripangalo

5:21 PM  
Blogger O Relly said...

Lol. I think he just wanted to be friendly, maybe he turned out to portray a different picture.

Nice read.

Btw, I'v blogrolled you. Hope it's ok with you.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LL -- school-ellam eppadi nadakudhu? Amam antha Hawkeye payyan maatuum MBA-vo, Leave-vo he used to blog regularly without fail! I don't even brush my teeth so regularly

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Blogger R S Ramanujam said...

NJ/NY la sirippa? onnu NJTP makkala saagadikkum.. illa NJT train delay announcement vara direction laye avanga gavanam irukkum.. vavvaal maadhiri edho oru waves nalaa thaan anga makkal oruthar mela oruthar idikkama nadakkaranga.. hayya, blog ezhudha oru idea...

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