Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Made for Each Other aka Dumb and Dumber

A friend gave us complimentary tickets for the film 'Tees Maar Khan', so we went to see it this Sunday evening. The less said about the film, the better. Inane might be sufficiently descriptive.

We had a good Chinese meal in a restaurant in the mall. Of course the SRE had to mildly annoy me by constantly checking on the messages on his phone- a part of him is always at work! While driving down from our third floor parking spot, my cell phone rang. The call was from the SRE, who was sitting next to me, driving the car. I disconnected and laughed, "Why is your phone calling me? Very strange."
It rang again. I disconnected it again, wondering at the vagaries of mobile phones.
In the meantime, the SRE checked his pockets, and realised that he had left his phone in the restaurant. I called his number and was answered promptly by the restaurant manager. Since we were halfway down the slope, I told the SRE to proceed downwards while I rushed back to the restaurant, and gratefully received the man's Blackberry from the smiling manager.
Now how did he know what my number was? The SRE has listed me as 'Wife', and since I had gone out alone that morning, we had exchanged a few calls, so 'Wife' was up there in the recent calls!

I don't know if this particular restaurant is jinxed. The SRE had dined there with a colleague after watching a film while I was away earlier this month, and had left his car keys there, and had a merry time looking for them........

Quite apart from this joint stupidity, we had a great time at my niece's wedding. On our second morning there, while waiting at my sister's house for the rest of the family to assemble for the havan, some of us were sitting around after having had tea, when I thought that the contents of the huge fruit basket sitting on the dining table should be used. So a niece and I peeled some oranges, someone chopped up some guavas and served them with chaat masala, some grapes were washed and served. The dozen or so people assembled there were all enjoying this 'fruitful' session, when the SRE plaintively asked if I'd promise not to laugh at him if he told me what he really wanted to eat just then. Of course I never promise not to laugh at him, but I did ask him to speak up! What he wanted to eat was mooli, the white radishes that are an integral part of a North Indian winter. My sister had none at home, but the neighbourhood Mother Dairy vegetable vendor was barely five minutes away. An expedition was mounted, consisting of the SRE and spouse, a cousin's daughter, her six year old son, and the cousin's young daughter-in-law. A couple of kilos of radishes, a few slender carrots and some fat juicy limes were procured. Two large platefuls were served, one with chaat masala, one with salt and pepper. Happy munching over, it was time for the havan to commence.

Long may the SRE come up with wishes that are so easy to fulfill!

19 comments:

starry eyed said...

LOLing at 'dumb and dumber' and listed as Wife!! It turned out to be a good thing...so maybe I should put Husband in front of SH's name on my phone!!

Banno said...

Ah, don't blame SRE for asking for moolis. The North Indian winter moolis are so sweet. By the way, I used to list Teja as HUSBAND, and Dhanno as DAUGHTER, until they laughed me out of it. They teased me that this was in case I forgot, who they were. But isn't it a good idea?

dipali said...

@starry eyed: Yes, I think I should do the same!
@Banno: Not at all- I love them moolis too. But I've obviously laughed at him often enough to instill such trepidation in the man!
I think it is a brilliant idea, especially if, like the SRE, you are addicted to using your phone all the time and hence likely to forget it too! I think having a handbag that I'm fairly paranoid about saves me from such mishaps. Fingers crossed- I don't want to jinx myself!

Mumbai Diva said...

the 'wife' bit is really sweet.

dipali said...

@Mumbai Diva: Truly!

Ugich Konitari said...

Mulis and Gajars of the north, freshly cut and sprinkled with chat masala are my all time favourite memories of some old Delhi winters. And about being listed, all of us family members list each others as ICE (In Case of Emergency) in the address book. Thank fully have never had some outsider types calling on that.....enjoyed your post a lot....

dipali said...

@Ugich Konitari: Thanks. I keep meaning to list the relevant numbers under ICE, but haven't done it yet:(

Sundar Narayanan said...

thanks for a real quick review of that movie!

have decided to put that in the backup queue when it comes on DVD..

well, there is always a way to list things.. the SRE is not alone. I list all relatives by relation. Also put a number in front of those names as well so that they are first on the alphabetical listing in the phonebook!

that way if I am in an accident or something the folks who find me know who to call..

:)

dipali said...

@Sundar Narayanan: We saw 'Isi Life Mein' yesterday- a charming, wholesome, Rajshree film!

I suppose that if I'm out alone and have an emergency, people will find Driver on my phone and call him!

Sue said...

This one is an adorable post. Am still giggling at 'Wife'. Let me go change your name in my phone now. :)

kbpm said...

awwwww you guys! Happy New Year 2011!

Bong Mom said...

Happy New year dear Dipali

Chaddi King said...

Hello Di. Just checked your blog after ages and the wifey thng rang a bell.I do have my wife listed as wife and the funny thing is 3 months back she changed her number and I stored the new number as Wife-New.Issssh got two wifes on my phone, need to fix that asap otherwise apun ka jai siya ram!!

Wishing you and jijs a very Happy New Year

Choxbox said...

That is the cutest post I have read in a while :) And I am drooling at the thought of gajars and moolis with chaat masala in the North winters.

U said...

Hilarious! God, I am craving winter mooli with nimbu and chaat masala now!
PS: I agree with you on Tees Maar. It had a couple of redeeming moments but on the whole it was just dreadful

chandni said...

:) :) :)

dipali said...

@Sue: :)
@kbpm: Thank you! Happy New Year!
@Bong Mom: Thank you, dear. Happy New Year to you too!
@Chaddi King: Nice to see you here after such a long time!
I'm sure you will agree that one wife is quite enough, even on your phone!!!Happy 2011 to you all.
@Choxbox: Thanks. Today I make the first gajar ka halwa of the season:)
@U:Thank you! The redeeming moments in TMK were few and far between!
@Chandni: Hi Chandu:)

radha said...

This was a thoroughly enjoyable post. Somehow I missed it earlier...

Neera said...

Such a cute post Dipali :) A very happy new year to u and ur family :)