This is just going to hurt a little bit

April 26, 2006 at 8:53 am | Posted in Poems | 15 Comments

Got stuck in chicken and egg situation at work and just could not resist thinking about vicious circles and this poem by Nash. Was always fascinated by it from the time I first came across this in Class VII or VIII. It is funny that the most obscure of things could make you think about something as wonderful as this and along with the poem a whole lot of nostalgia about when you actually came across it first. Ah! those were the days.

This is just going to hurt a little bit

One thing I like less than most things is sitting in a dentist chair with
my mouth wide open.
And that I will never have to do it again is a hope that I am against hope hopen.

Because some tortures are physical and some are mental,
But the one that is both is dental.
It is hard to be self-possessed
With your jaw digging into your chest.

So hard to retain your calm
When your fingernails are making serious alterations in your life line
or love line or some other important line in your palm;

So hard to give your usual effect of cheery benignity
When you know your position is one of the two or three in life
most lacking in dignity.

And your mouth is like a section of road that is being worked on.
And it is all cluttered up with stone crushers and concrete mixers and
drills and steam rollers and there isn't a nerve in your head that
you aren't being irked on.

Oh, some people are unfortunate enough to be strung up by thumbs.
And others have things done to their gums,
And your teeth are supposed to be being polished,
But you have reason to believe they are being demolished.
And the circumstance that adds most to your terror
Is that it's all done with a mirror,
Because the dentist may be a bear, or as the Romans used to say, only
they were referring to a feminine bear when they said it, an ursa,
But all the same how can you be sure when he takes his crowbar in one
hand and mirror in the other he won't get mixed up, the way you
do when you try to tie a bow tie with the aid of a mirror, and forget
that left is right and vice versa?

And then at last he says That will be all; but it isn't because he then
coats your mouth from cellar to roof
With something that I suspect is generally used to put a shine on a
horse's hoof.

And you totter to your feet and think. Well it's all over now and after
all it was only this once.
And he says come back in three monce.
And this, O Fate, is I think the most vicious circle that thou ever sentest, That Man has to go continually to the dentist to keep his teeth in good
condition when the chief reason he wants his teeth in good condition
is so that he won't have to go to the dentist.

– Ogden Nash

Cheers,
Laks

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Happening India.

April 21, 2006 at 4:26 pm | Posted in India | 1 Comment

This video on abc news titled “India Rising – One billion reasons to care” is definitely worth a look…..

Cheers,
Laks

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.
~W.B. Yeats

Quantifying traffic violations and the Great Wall

April 21, 2006 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Bangalore, Traffic Cops | 1 Comment

En maga…. En aithu.. Guru.. Seedha hogi…. Oudha???

If you are wondering what these are?? Well, I was bangalored the week before last and am still suffering the hangover.

Bengalooru never ceases to amaze me. Something or the other happens every time I visit that leaves me spell bounded to say the least. This time it was no different.

Great wall?? Yes we chose to call it the great wall of Bengalooru.

There’s this busy one way in Koramangala that passes through Jyothi Nivas College and goes on to Forum. We know it better for the Paramount juices that you get at arbitrary times in the night. One fine morning (as fine as it gets anyways) we were going to get some cash from the ATMs that reside on that side of the town and bang in the middle of the road, there’s a wall. Not just any wall, but one that was built with cement blocks! And there’s a small board that says “take diversion”. Now, I have seen road signs, traffic blockades and even check posts. But a wall?? Merely for diverting traffic. Beats me. Only feasible in Bengalooru.

Now if you think that this is the last of it, think again. We had gone for some movie shopping at SP Road. This is near the Kalasipalayam bus stand. And on our way back, we randomly caught the main road from on of the various gullies and there was quite traffic hullabaloo with lots of buses meandering through the road (though left to me I would not call it so). And we just patiently followed the busses, only to be stopped by the cops. Apparently this was a bus-way that only busses are allowed to travel. Why? Again beats me. If you think this is weird wait a minute but be careful. The cops initially demanded the papers and licenses, which were thankfully in order. Then there was this random demand for Rs.400 for the car and Rs.200 for each of the bikes. After much negotiation, finally this one cop says you guys seem to be nice people and moreover, you guys are all of similar height. So, pay Rs.200 per vehicle and go. What? Are you serious? Apparently he was. This was the last straw.

The garden city. I have such fond childhood memories of this city and I lived there for six months in 2003. It was still good then. What has it come to?

Cheers,
Laks

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. ~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

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