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Friday, December 08, 2006


As if the names Nirav and Niraj are not confusing enough, these two best friends, who used to always stay together, also used to wear identical shirts at times. Now that Nirav and Niraj work in different companies and in different cities and that I am more accessible to Nirav by the virtue of being his roomie, he wanted to use me as an substitute for his weird fetish of wearing identical shirts together. I politely declined his offer because I somehow do not identify myself with the Band-wallahs. The band-wallahs are the people who play at the band and are always dressed in uniforms. And someone like me who doesn't even know to play a single musical instrument, not even the tabla on a table, posing as a band-wallah would be nothing short of an insult to the tribe. To tell you how much I detest the idea, Lech and me decided not to have lunch together at office about a year and half ago because we were wearing identical shirts. That we ended up having lunch together, sitting as far as possible from each other, amongst our group of four, with Deepa and Kashy acting as saviours, is a different thing though.
Today morning, when I set out along with Nirav, wearing a flashy white crumpled cotton short kurta with bright yellow sunflowers, which I admit is gaudy, Nirav made the same suggestion which he thinks is cool and I think, with due respect to him, is outright stupid. I declined it yet again as politely as I could. Nirav, was one of the few who genuinely appreciated the shirt. There were a few others who appreciated it too, but I could clearly see the sarcasm eventhough they tried their best to hide it. And the rest; they chose to ignore the shirt.
Being a Friday, I started from office a bit early in Swapnil's car and got down at Sion at about 7 pm. From there, as usual, I took a BEST bus. After buying the ticket from the conductor, it was not difficult to find a seat in the relatively empty bus. Just as I sat on my seat and was about to let my breath out, I happened to notice this guy sitting on the seat ahead of me. This guy who was a typical Bombay tapori(vagabond is the closest translation in English, though the effect gets lost), the continuous tobacco chewing types,to my surprise was wearing an identical shirt except for the fact that his sunflowers were blue! I got up and took a seat away from him.

Please come back on Monday to see me wearing that gaudy shirt!


Blogger Supriya Sane said...

hey nice read..
me and Megha had the same WestSide W brand ka kurta which we wore on different days as we were roomies and the day we wore we pretended not to know each other..waise i have brought same identical T shirts for SPGG which we wud wear together..hehe tahts a different story:-)

Dec 10, 2006, 12:20:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

:-O Ten of you wore it together!!!

Dec 10, 2006, 2:29:00 AM  
Blogger Shivoham said...

Nice post man. Quite a way with words you have there.

Dec 11, 2006, 12:45:00 AM  
Blogger Anu said...

nice to see you back :)
it's difficult to imagine you wearing smthing with flowery print!! have you discarded that particular garment after seeing a 'tapori' wearing the similar one??

Dec 11, 2006, 4:13:00 AM  
Blogger Guang said...

_|| does this guy have such foible?
havent seen your blog in blogspot for a long time.
and i think i havent seen you wearing this clothes with sunflower!
BTW: I am monica...

Dec 11, 2006, 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Guang said...

hey neel, take snap of you with this gaudy shirt and send it to me!

Dec 11, 2006, 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Nilima said...

Realy a nice read.Hey Neel, I would like to have some tips from you on blogging :)

Dec 14, 2006, 8:20:00 PM  
Blogger EXSENO said...

I don't blame you Neel, I wouldn't want to dress the same a my friend either I too think it's silly or childish.

On the other hand a stranger wearing the same type of shirt wouldn't bother me because you know when you buy it they make more then one of a kind, so I would think to myself this person has good taste and laugh to myself.

Dec 16, 2006, 3:23:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Shivoham : Thanks dude!

Anu : Making the same promise again. Will be blogging regularly. Havent discarded it yet. After all, i am a semi tapori ;-)

Monica : :-) Will send you the snap soon!

Nilima : :-O Tips from me? :-)

Exseno : Lol! That tapori had a good taste :-)

Dec 18, 2006, 5:29:00 AM  
Blogger chitra said...'s almost the end of Wednesday! When next can I see you in that shirt Neel? :-)

Jan 17, 2007, 1:14:00 AM  
Blogger Ash7 said...

Nice read!!!! Once I had a similar experience when I was wearing a stripe T-shirt and to my embarassment a street urchin was also donnin the same... ;-)

Btw shirt with sunflowers printed on it??? I thought flowers are printed only on.... :-) :-P

Feb 16, 2007, 2:34:00 AM  
Blogger Art said...

long time no see

Mar 19, 2007, 12:56:00 PM  

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