I take my readers back to my post where I had written about how I lost a pair of slippers when I had gone for a concert/lecture programme.

I was reminded of that incident when this ditty came way my in a WhatsApp forward. It is in Hindi and I have translated it to English below each line.  This poor fellow is devastated because only one of the pair was stolen!

रंग से गोरी न थी ..😊
She was not fair in complexion
लेकिन सुन्दर थी..😊
But, she was beautiful
बहुत ऊँची न थी…😊
She was not very tall
लेकिन मेरे लिए योग्य थी…😘
But, she was just right for me
प्रेम देने वाली न सही…😊
Though she was incapable of giving love
मेरे कदमो से कदम मिलाती थी…😊
She used to walk in step with me
मंदिर – मस्जिद आने से इनकार करती थी….😊
She is used to balk at accompanying me to Mosques and Temples
लेकिन बाहर मेरा इंतजार करती थी….😍
But, she used to wait for me outside
कही भी जाओ मेरे लिए रुक जाती थी वो….😉
Wherever I went, she would stop for me

जैसी भी थी
However she may have been
मेरी चप्पल थी.. 🙄🙄
She was my chappal
पता नहीं कौन उठाकर ले गया साला 😠😟😭😞😞 एकदम नयी चप्पल थी।
Don’t know who stole her away from me, she was brand new.

14 thoughts on “Chappal!”

  1. I can’t imagine why anyone would steal only ONE sandal!
    unless they just quickly “grabbed” and got another’s as well at the same time.
    the poem is very apropos given the dilemma! 🙂

    1. The chances are that the thief must have taken one each from two different pairs in the hurry. Often we are expected to remove our footwear before entering places and you will find many pairs in such taking off places.

    1. I look forward to that day. I wonder if you have heard this story. As Mahatma Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track.

      He was unable to retrieve it as the train started rolling. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first shoe.

      Asked by a fellow passenger why he did that, Gandhi replied, ‘the poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.’

  2. we have similar customs – particularly in Maori meeting places – but also some residents expect one to remove their shoes if say they have polished floors in-house.
    I often remove my shoes at home, especially when wet as it saves the carpets/other getting damp – just today put on my outdoor shoes to go to the postbox (they were put on in the bedroom because their soles were dry) but when I came back I carefully stepped out of them at the front door, and then carried them to dry in the laundry… I padded back to the bedroom to put on my slippers (I do wear my slippers outdoors as they have rubber soles but only if the ground is dry…)

    1. When at home, I wear what we call hawaii slippers here which are actually what the Americans call flip flops. For short forays outside the home, just near the main exit, I have kept a pair of leather slippers like the one shown in the post which I wear and take off immediately on return to wear the flip flops.

      1. and here they are called “jandals” even though “Jandals was once a well known brand here”… lots of people wear jandals all year round. I can’t wear them as my feet are not shaped right and I have other issues with the skin on my feet.

  3. Hi Rummy,

    That Chappal looks s comfy. I’m sorry yours disappeared (perhaps someone took it by mistake?). In any case, this sort of thing happens a lot when we have to take our shoes off, including in parties at private homes (although in this case, I do not believe it is an innocent act). Are there chappals for women?


    1. Are there chappals for women? Max, Indian women are no less than the women of the rest of the world. Each woman here will have at least a dozen chappals in stock and will still feel that the stock is not enough.

      1. Rummy,

        My kind of women (I am a huge shoe fan) :). But believe it or not there are women who survive with only two pairs of shoes (and I am talking about middle to upper class ladies).


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