While admitting that English is not the lingua franca between me and a very old friend from the late eighties of the last century, he is back in my life via Facebook and WhatsApp. He uses English to convey some highly emotional messages. He is the son of a friend of mine and as it so often happens in India, I had introduced his parents to another set of parents with a daughter of marriageable age. Before too long, the two youngsters had got married to each other. I attended the wedding.
Recently, he was blessed with a grand child and this is the message that he sent me.
“You will no doubt remember that you were detrimental in my getting married many years ago and therefore I wish to convey this message to you before I send it to anyone else. My wife, Latha who came into my life thanks to you, and I have been blessed with a grandson. We are delighted and seek your blessings and good wishes for the child and all of us.”
For some strange reason, I think that he may have deliberately made that typo. What do you think?
I received this image from a friend to describe a political figure in India who is our biggest joke.
I had a good laugh and shared with a number of my friends who too enjoyed learning a new word for our joke. One however pointed out that there was a lady politico too, who fits the bill and wondered if there was a special word for that species.
Lo and behold, I found one for that too.
I have enjoyed learning these two words. Have you come across any such words recently?
A friend posted a karaoke song in a WhatsApp group in which I am a member. Some others and I complimented him on his delivery and he has promptly said that he is encouraged to post most such efforts.
This reminds me of a story that goes back to four decades.
A colleague had invited me over to his home for a meal during a visit to Pune where he was stationed but I was stationed at Mumbai. It was an excellent meal and I thoroughly enjoyed it except for one dish which was obviously a favourite of my colleague and his wife made with karela. I did not have the heart to express my dislike for the vegetable or the dish and complimented the lady of the house for having made it specially for me. I had the mortification of being forced two more helpings of that dish that night. And that was not all. After we moved to Pune permanently, they were still graceful hosts and kept cooking that dish every time we went there for a meal thinking that it was my favourite dish.
My late wife who liked the vegetable and the dish however enjoyed my discomfort and would tease me for having been such a dishonest flatterer.
I have had two telephone calls from other members of the group who did not like the rendering of the karaoke and have criticised me for having praised the friend!
Has being polite like that resulted in such faux pas for you too?
Pune where I live is experiencing cold wave conditions and my home being on the ground level and surrounded by trees hardly gets any sunlight. As a result it can be 2 to 4 degrees colder than outside.
As it happens so often in my life, synchronicity struck and I came across this image in WhatsApp sent by a friend who knows how much I love to read.
My daughter in love could not resist the temptation to take this photograph while I was deeply into a a very interesting book.
My friend Arun sent me this photograph yesterday in WhatsApp and went on a nostalgia trip about a pheriwala (door to door hawker) who used to visit their home selling a variety of biscuits and asked me if I too remember such pheriwalas.
I responded that even now, a hawker comes to our neighbourhood every morning selling the same variety of biscuits. I added that till a couple of years ago, he used a bicycle with a trunk on the carrier to carry his ware and that he would use a claxon type of horn to announce his arrival. Now, he has upgraded to a moped due to progress. I added this photo obtained from Google Images to show the kind of horn that he used.
Today, as I was browsing my Facebook account, lo and behold, I get this advertisement on my screen
Do you now see why WhatsApp and Facebook apps are for free?
I have been on permanent break for so long that I have even forgotten when I started. I have no earthshaking meetings to attend, appointments to keep, or targets to meet and I simply have to live one day at a time and spend my time as entertainingly as possible.
So has my friend Shackman who too retired from active business life many years ago. That is why it intrigues me that he has come up with this topic for this week’s Friday blog post.
With modern online shopping available to add to my library, life has been made easier further. I don’t have to step out of my home for anything at all.
My life revolves around my set routine about which I have written here. Since I am not involved with any activities that need me to get suited and booted, I spend all my time dressed very comfortably in our native dress and am totally relaxed. I get plenty of excitement from my social media activities, reading and crossword puzzles besides many phone calls. More than enough for me to lead a contented and peaceful life.
My daughter in love and son look after all domestic matters and that too is something that I do not have to concern myself with and worry about. All my comforts are provided for and even the odd shopping that I may want is done by one of them.
All in all, a comfortable and peaceful retired life which I think I have earned after a lot of stress filled times till eight years ago. I am extremely grateful for my present lifestyle.
Lastly, I am not dressed like that bloke in the image on top. This is my normal every day look. Very comfortable and functional for my current lifestyle.
This is my contribution to this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Shackman. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.