Usually, most posts of mine for the blog marathon are written in the night, after putting the kids to bed. But last night I was exhausted and decided to put it off for today. But today, my children are at home--they have a school holiday due to some staff training day at their school. Meanwhile I had already got three mails asking why the blog isn't updated and asking if all was fine. That was really thoughtful--thank you to all who wrote and asked.
One of my good friends Ajay (those who read this blog regularly will already be familiar with this name) too asked me the same and I asked him if he would like to write a guest post. His mom is an author and I think he has inherited some of her qualities. He asked me what the deadline for completing the post was and I said two hours. He texts me in 20 minutes saying he has mailed it to me. I couldn't help laughing out loud after reading what he wrote. Let me not keep you in suspense. Here is his post:
Last night, on returning home bruised and battered in the Gurgaon summer, I found my flatmate comfortably sprawled out on his bed, AC working full blast, watching "Finding Forrester". Although both of us had watched the movie earlier, neither of us minded the re-run. So I started watching too. Soon, out came a bottle of VAT 69, ice and soda. As the movie continued to flow on, so did the liquour. Soon the words and dialogues started becoming clearer. The emotions and expressions of the characters started making more sense. (Consumption of liquour does have that effect on some people, I guess :) )
The story of the movie revolves around a gifted 16 year old black kid (Rob Brown) who has got a basketball scholarship into a prestigious NY school. He also has a knack for writing. He befriends a 70 year old best-seller author who had become a social recluse (Sean Connery) after his first novel. The central idea of the story was a mix of Bhagvad Gita and the Ten Commandments of Moses-- Nishkaam Karma and Love Thy Neighbour. Won't reveal the 'climax' and details of the plot though for obvious reasons.
So it was a pleasant coincidence when, having watched a movie about great writers the previous night, I was invited by Preeti today for a guest post on her blog. And a chance to be inducted in the league.
Now with the background done, I am a little bit at a loss for what to say and write. So I'll narrate a joke (which was originally in Punjabi)
Once there were three guys on a battlefront. After a long and exhausting battle, their side had just emerged victorious. In the night there was feasting and celebrations. Given the situation on the battlefront, these guys had to share a tent and bedding. With all the gluttony there was the obvious concern of flatulence in the night which all three acknowledged. So they decided to have a code for whenever somebody needed to fart which was to say "Faujaan aa rahiyan ne" (The cavalry is coming).
In the night, the first guy gives the call Faujaan aa rahiyan ne and the other two duck for covers. Then the second guy does the same. And then the third guy. This goes on for quite some time. Finally the third guy says, "Faujaan ne dere laa laye ne" (The cavalry has set up camp) :)
Hung-over and over-worked at the fag end of the week, please excuse if this jock (joke) doesn't live up to the usual standard of this blog :)
Moral of the story: Shit happens, but think nothing of it!