Monthly Archives: May 2015

Monsoon

Couch and book beckon
With hot chocolate in tow
To welcome the rains.

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Macbeth

Macbeth and his friend were making their way home in the daily passenger. The train stopped at a platform. A vendor approached his window.

“Buy my chaai sir, help this poor man and you will become famous tomorrow”

Macbeth bought the chaai. On the way home, he pushed his friend from the train so he could be famous as a murderer. Unfortunately nobody noticed and it passed off as an accident. He went home and set fire to his own house so he could become famous as a psycho. It started raining heavily that moment and the fire wouldn’t catch.

The next day, the papers bore his photo and the headlines read, “Chaai Poisoning Vendors strike again : One dead, several sick.”

Prophecies never lie.

L for Los…t.

Some days, I feel like such a dunce. Like today when I couldn’t figure out the simple parallel narrative structure of a movie. When brother dearest pointed it out to me and I responded with an illuminated “aah!”, he sneered. Well, what was I to do but snap back with an “I didn’t ask you to tell me that”? My comebacks were also wearing the dunce cap. Worse, he responded with “What do you do when you see someone sinking? You help. Ergo I did”. Ah, condescending elder brothers can really make your day and boost your self esteem, can’t they. This just got me thinking that there are two different shades to me, really . One, a poignant, deep self that delights in writing poetry and reading and talking about books. But another that has the IQ of a child who has seen a cow or a bus for the first time. That doesn’t make sense, does it. But that’s how I am. As an English major, I know I absolutely have it in myself to read a book and analyze it down to the phonemes of each word. Analyze it so I can give you a giggle-sob-sigh account of what the writer felt while putting down those words. And analyze it of course for its figures of speech and structure and themes and the entire nine yards. But I also know I have a side that can miss the most obvious details, that can trip and fall before the most important people and that can forget to wipe my mouth even, after a meal. And obviously, end up embarrassing the people with me. Oh, only after embarrassing myself of course. It is so difficult competing with someone who is cool all the time. Alright,  a whole family of people who are cool all the time. And even if they aren’t,  they’re not deep and poignant one second and tripping over their laces in another. So maybe I’m different. Caught between identities. Okay, that’s just me using a fancy phrase to euphemise “You’re messed up”.
Sigh. Is this a phase or am I stuck?