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Love with Levity


Levity is one word I’m in love with. I cling on to it as much as I can like a victim from a crashing plane to a parachute. As much as I’m in love with this word, I guess I irk people around me! levity20w_hires_200


You’ve forgotten the keys! – Oh its ok – I can spend another hour outside reading my ‘fiction’ with the help of the streetlight (err was it Tolstoy who did it before?..not sure!!). You’ve taken all the keys with you! – Borrow the neighbor’s lock for once! Keep some money with you – Oh I have the bus fare. You haven’t combed your hair, your bindi is not there, you look like a disaster!– You say the same when im ‘best dressed’ with all possible feats to beautify myself! Anyways I’ll carry a comb and ask my colleague for a Bindi! Oh I love hop the wall, pop the corn life I was floating through.


It isn’t all that easy everyday I guess. Especially when I get into a Volvo to escape the ‘poking crowd’ and sit next to the ‘well dressed gentleman’ ahem no I’m completely conscious of the probability of the readers in here and I swear I didn’t notice any further. Anyways It wasn’t easy to sit there and search a bag that is ditto to a school bag and churn out coins from among all the other trashes (my endeavor to save the roads from litter.. you see) and count it right there with a stranger staring at you as though you have landed right from another planet all for the heck of forgetting your purse! I almost thought I might have to ask for a rupee or 2 when fortunately one of the innermost pockets of the bag gifted me a long forgotten coin!


So I entirely understood the plight of another ‘well-dressed’ person with an ID card and US accent climbed up to the first floor of the building and knocked at our door for 70Rs! He even offered to keep his gold plated watch with us. Since Eby was there to deal with the whole situation I conveniently sat there behind the curtain in the comfortable sofa enjoying my ‘chocolate ice cream’ only to be shocked to hear my husband deny that man.


??!! He ought to be in utter disaster if he had all the patience in the world to learn US accent (quite perfectly I would say), and then go around for 70Rs! But Eby had for a change become a Sherlock Holmes! How was he drunk this early? He said he met with an accident, Y dint he have any dust or dirt in his clothes, why did he climb up till the first floor when there were actually more people downstairs and other houses nearby? Why did he fumble when I said there weren’t any bachelors in the house he claimed to be his friend’s house? Why didn’t he approach occupants of the same building who would have at least known his friend? Why couldn’t he call up a person he knew? Why didn’t he take an auto to someone he knew and then pay the Rick fellow? What if I kept his watch here and he later claimed that I robbed him of all his belongings and the watch was a proof! What with the happenings here for the past few weeks, how can I trust anyone! (Did I hear appreciations for living with a detective? J thank you!)


So the next time I forget my lock inside and ask for another lock I’d better be safe that the neighbor doesn’t think me a crook forging keys! Next time I dream of borrowing a rupee or two I better not risk being mistaken for a planned deceptive ‘watever’! I can’t blame Eby for being reluctant to part with an odd figure of 70 bucks to a drunk ‘well dressed’ stranger. Nor can I come to think that a person who looked like that would intend to do anything! But the fact is, his branded clothes, shoes or a gold plated watch & accent did not save him from the humiliation of being turned down for 70rs thanks to the happenings around us in Bangalore. For here, with the horrendous surging of murders & robbery, people sure seem to go to hell in a handbasket! No one seem to have any clue whom to trust and whom not to.       


There was a time when the world and our thinking were not like this. A time when the good old village of mine, never heard of conning. There was a time when you step out of your house with a bruise and you have your whole village asking about it. Don’t know about other cities but thanks to the cops in Bangalore (who seem to be in an indefinite slumber) and the crime rates soaring up faster than skyrockets – we are left on our own. Get hit, Get lost, Get strangled no one would help or rather no one would dare to!! That extra money, extra pair of keys and extra caution L seems inevitable! Alvida dear levity!




February 24, 2009 - Posted by | Society, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. hee hee .. that was funny..did u r husband figure out if the guy was faking misfortunes ?

    Comment by bhargavi | February 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. I know, its a delicate situation. U dont know if you need to trust strangers, trust your instincts or trust your moral values that lies within! I wouldnt blame Eby too, with whatever happening in our society, I wouldnt be surprised if Eby calls the security too.

    Btw, this is a normal comment of mine in your blog after a loooong time, na? 😀

    Comment by vimal | February 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. he he.. poor guy! once, a really old man – i think eiter drunk or just sick, asked me for 40 bucks in front of a pharmacy to buy a tab, for which his money wasnt sufficient. i felt really sorry n gave it to him. my friends went all crazy wen they found out. well, blore is teeming with such ‘borrowing strangers’ i guess! 😛
    but always good to have a protective guy around who wud do the deciding/lending/refusing job while we just sit back n watch! may b one adv of being married! 🙂

    Comment by av | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. Your husband plays an important role in all your posts 😀
    You seem to be suffering from Lock~o~key~o~mania 😀

    Comment by tarun goel | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  5. oh well! Times surely have changed and TRUST is very hard to come by. But I also believe that its better to prevent than to repent. So lets just change with the changing world

    Comment by whatsinaname | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  6. Yep… As VImal said, trust ur moral values. Well, thts the only thing u can rely on today. It is so appalling, I mean… Human Rights are becoming Human Wrongs, for one thing…

    Ah well… One has to take utmost care. Cruel world this…

    And thanks for those generous comments. 🙂


    Comment by Kartz | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  7. I have had my share of disappointments with people and with life in general but looking back, I have to admit that even the worse of scenarios all worked themselves out in time. Trusting the process of life rather than the people in life feels safer to me.

    Comment by Beagle | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  8. It takes one forgetfull person to understand the other 😉

    We know this is possible because we do it ourselves 😀 but yes trust these days comes with great difficulty….

    Comment by Smita | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  9. We can’t trust some strangers these days…. because everyday I am reading a news of theft from house by the well dressed people who are faking themselves as Sales representatives and Income tax officers.. Its very difficult to keep them down… 😦

    forgetting is the order of the day.. my once good memory is going somewhere these days.. even a simple thing is hard to remember for me 😦

    Comment by kanagu | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  10. too gud!!and u don’t know abt me.., I am as good as u not sometimes., most of the times 😛 !! enjoiii 🙂 😀

    Comment by Madhuri | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  11. @Bhargavi – yeah what with his ‘Conan Doyle’ style ..even I bought his ‘deductions’

    @Vimal – U think its normal? Really? Lemme reread it!

    @av – LOL i really feel Ive sold pretty well the ‘marriage’ concept to u ..just waiting to see if ur parents wud treat me or trash me for it ;P. And yeah even i was stalked for helping an old man with an address. Sigh! the society!!

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  12. Ayyo… i came here to check your reply to my comment.. then realized i never left one.Wish there was some kind machine which can translate thought process to words and put them in :P..espeically for oldies like us 😀 😀

    I gave away 500 bucks for a guy who came from charity house and still my mom doesnt forgive me for that. What to do. Thankfully you have a sherlocks hubby :).

    Comment by nautankey | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  13. @ Tarun – yeah he often says -my blogging is all abt taking revenge on him ;P quite harmless way..dnt u feel ;P?

    @whatsinaname – trust me today noone is willing to move one bit for anyone other than the one image that they see when they stand infront of the mirror!

    @Kartz – human rights to human wrongs 🙂 u said it! nd wasnt any generous thing..i meant it..y dnt u try smeway!

    @BEAgle – trusting the process of life 🙂 a very thought provoking statement BEAgle.. thank you!

    @Smita – “It takes one forgetfull person to understand the other ” – LOL..i swear I thought of you as I wrote that para!

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  14. @Kanagu – Yeah..Bangalore has turned out to be a criminals paradise and cops slumber zone!

    @ Madhuri – Lol..i knw i knw..its the guys who dnt understand u knw ;P and it will be only ‘your guy’ who wouldnt empathize ;PP

    @Nautankey – Thankfully u said?? I would have been given a ‘lifetime imprisonment’ if the figure was 500 ;P ..u still thnking of searching down a sherlock kind of girl??;P

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  15. everything has its own pros and cons 😛

    Comment by vishesh unni raghunathan | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  16. the last para…my dad would 300% agree to it…we at times have small arugements abt it…he feels in cities and especially in mumbai people dont care for anyone!! and the arguement often ends up by he telling me that i argue becoz i havnt experienced anything beyond the lifestyle of a city..and thn i shut up!!

    loved reading it 🙂

    Comment by sangeeta | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  17. @vishesh – pros & cons of exactly wat r u talking abt ;P

    @sangeeta – 🙂 yeah hes true dear..thr was once a golden age 🙂

    Comment by verbivorehere | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  18. Yes ma’am… Will. 🙂 Glad you feel it is publication-worthy. 🙂

    But know what? Somehow, I feel this wasn’t quite my best. Dunno… I had written one on rivalry not too long ago. Remember? I rate that as my best… 🙂



    Comment by Kartz | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  19. verbi..for some strange reason i dont find my comment here? or didnt i comment here?? 😉 old age is catching up for sure 😛

    Comment by praddy | March 1, 2009 | Reply

  20. @ Kartz – 🙂 well i thought as an individual hed be happy to read ths about himself 🙂

    @Praddy – whats wrong with Chennai water? ;P all of u are getting old as bachelors ;P

    Comment by verbivorehere | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  21. Smtyms 🙂 not always 😀

    Comment by tarun goel | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  22. well, Chennai’s water is as in-famous as its weather 😛

    Comment by praddy | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  23. Levity, Brevity and a Schism 🙂

    Comment by Nikhil | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  24. @ Tarun – :)) well im taking chances

    @ Praddy – Im now confused..shud i feel sorry for the girls or boys there..

    @ Nikhil – Ahem!!!!!

    Comment by verbivorehere | March 3, 2009 | Reply

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