Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dinnertime Observations


Observation at a restaurant while having dinner on Tuesday:

A lady and her six/seven year old boy walk in.
Lady: Aaj thaali mein bhindi hai?
Waiter: Nahin, Madam.
Lady(to son): Bhindi nahin hai
Lady(to waiter): Bhindi nahin de sakte thaali mein?
Waiter: Nahin, Madam. Bhindi Friday ko hoti hai
Lady(to son): What to do, beta? Bhindi nahin hai
Waiter(Helpfully): Aap separate Bhindi sabzi order kar sakte hain
Lady: No no. We want bhindi in the thaali only.
Waiter(Sadly): Sorry, madam
Lady: Beta, let’s go somewhere else and find a thaali with bhindi…
(And, out they went....hope they found it in one of the thirty-odd restaurants that Karama has)

Another observation:

Rotund guy with suspenders(no belt) assisting his trousers walks in. Pulls and snaps back the suspenders. Puts hands in trouser pockets(such types usually aren’t going to buy-just pass time,usually , but I was wrong this time).
Guy(to waiter): Yeh kya hai?
Waiter: Lassi
Guy: woh kya hai?
Waiter: Rabdi(or something like that, he muttered)
Guy: Yeh kya hai?
Waiter: Bhel ka samaan
Guy: (hands still in trouser pockets):  Chalo, paani puri khilaao

He then proceeds to roll up his shirt sleeves all the way, picks up 5 squares of tissue paper in one hand(God, what a waste of paper) , and goes and stands touching the paani puri preparation guy, who seems a bit uncomfy at this sudden closeness. Finishes one round, regularly using tissues to wipe the slurpy part of the paani, and then  begins another round. Finishes that. Picks out purse, changes his mind. Asks for a lassi(couldn’t resist the temptation, I guess), finishes that. Looks into the bottle freezer again, but is able to resist temptation, so he pays and walks out.

By the end of these two observations, I’d happily finished my dinner.

4 comments:

shooting star said...

such interesting people naaaa...
sometimes we also come across such interesting people while eating out....but you narrate veyr well...im not sure i can narrate so well about my experiences!!!

shooting star said...

such interesting people naaaa...
sometimes we also come across such interesting people while eating out....but you narrate veyr well...im not sure i can narrate so well about my experiences!!!

austere said...

poor man was enjoying his panipuri.. najar nahi laganeka...

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

Eateries are such an interesting place to watch people from all walks of life do what they do, like they do... observing from a distance, interesting.

Cheers,
Blasphemous Aesthete