Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Cowshed

This is how people refer to the bachelor rooms. Yeah yeah yeah. You got it right. It hurts and possibly it is right at times as well.

The folks who live with me I guess are all neat and tidy when in their respective homes but a look into this room and you could puke to death. Clothes, books, bags...oh...everywhere scattered around the room in such a way that I could call 911 and he would see this room and believe that we have been ransacked. Every week me and my other roommate put everything in place and vacuum clean it and make it appear orderly...and the dream lasts for 2 days. The third day it looks the same again. How frustrating?

One of my roommate when he left India was told by his parents to lighten up the place by his presence. Well, he got the figure of speech wrong and took it quite literally. Any room he enters and leaves has the light turned on. Now with a salary which is only being rivaled by the Janitor at my clients place, we cant afford to pay huge electricity bills. Another one has a fancy for other guys dresses. He sees a nice shirt of mine or other fellas and the next day he is wearing them. It is even more convenient that we works for a different client. Depending on the feedback (which is more number of looks from the female staff) the shirt would be missing from the rack for the longer span of time and the buyer can forget having bought it in first place.

Another one is a worse bathroom singer. He screeches and drags and brays worse than donkeys and 3 stanzas later you pray to be admitted in an asylum. Worse are his claims. When reported that he could do away with singing he bragged that one girl in his college fell head over heels in love with him just for his singing(?) abilities! Now I always knew that Love was blind....turns out that it is deaf as well :-)

But then all of us are not perfect beings. Each of us have a trait or 2 which irritates someone out there. Even I have not cared about my health as much as my roommate did and Thanks is a very small word in exchange for that. Every person must once in his/her life live in a dormitory or a bachelor house. Our parents have no other choice but to give in to our tantrums or know the way we are and so it is always nice and cozy at home. But when you live in with a stranger or a friend....you get to learn a few lessons. You will get to learn the meaning of patience, giving space, letting things go, enjoying companionship, sharing joy and grief....and much more.

Trust me, however rich you maybe, but life sucks without companionship or when there is no one around to talk. As for the way the room looks....well.....Boys will be boys :-)

47 comments:

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Dreamzz said...

//One of my roommate when he left India was told by his parents to lighten up the place by his presence//

LOL... had the same experience!

Dreamzz said...

// the shirt would be missing from the rack for the longer span of time and the buyer can forget having bought it in first place.
//

now u r reminding me of my college hostel days!.. i hated these then.. i hate them still!

Dreamzz said...

//Now I always knew that Love was blind....turns out that it is deaf as well :-)

//

ROFL! nice one!

1$ Saint said...

love is handicapped...in all ways possible...hmmm companionship huh? just wait wen u live wid ur girl....but maybe ur allready trained well...lolz

SKM said...

ya!ya!Boys Bachelor life is always like this.Don't ever think girls are neat.Avanga bachelorette life um ippdithan.What about your kitchen? the kitchen is always the most infected area.unga veetula yeppdi.My kutti Bro once made me to clean their kitchen.adhu pola nasty dirtiest infected kitchen na pathadhaeilla.;)

Karthik B.S. said...

Rolling On The Floor Laughing!

Man, this was one hilarious post!

Karthik B.S. said...

//One of my roommate when he left India was told by his parents to lighten up the place by his presence. Well, he got the figure of speech wrong and took it quite literally.//

ha ha haha!

Karthik B.S. said...

//When reported that he could do away with singing he bragged that one girl in his college fell head over heels in love with him just for his singing(?) abilities!//

i am reminded of a Wodehouse classic wherein, the protoganist's lover is impressed by his singing abilities.

Curious said...

Lolz...

Actually...gals are equally messy too...or atleast this girl is!!!

Phew man..Everytime I consider cleaning my room...all it takes is a look around to change my mind..Too confusing to decide..where to start from!

So maybe that's why..u guys are messy too!

Sat said...

Just when i was beginning to think 'where's the next post'...you're abck
iru padichittu varen :D

Sat said...

haahaha
really funny one there...i hope ur room mates dont frequent your blog else you stand the risk of being strangled my friend :D
But yeah, with sharing your house comes all kinds of trouble. May be that's why, when I am in India, I always live alone....works out to be expensive when it's a city like B'lore but what the heck...
And as far as room's cleanliness goes...haahah....girls are no different. place a chair in my room and i bet in a week it would have disappeared beneath a heap of clothes. and i love it when my mom goes 'Dont you blow dry your hair!!!...the place looks like a darn barber shop' Nashty! :))

P.S: loved the figure of speech thing

Sat said...

BTW, i can see that you've laughed just as much writing this post...looks like you've enjoyed writing it up...dare I say it's your funniest in a long time?

nandoo said...

nice one mate.. reminds me film street house.. :D

Hell's Angel said...

haha!!funny post...:-) but my room looks worse even when staying with my parents..:P..it all depends on individual interests i guess.. My room has never been spic and span!!

Krithika said...

hahaha..gud one!! :)

Janani said...

So the article published in de paper is TRUE... But to tell u a fact at times even girls can manage to maintain the room as nasty as you said... So this is not gender oriented it is w.r.t lazy genes..he...he...

mystery said...

Now I always knew that Love was blind....turns out that it is deaf as well :-)....LOL
agreed with wat u said about living in a dorm..it sure does chage u n helps build a character..
n about cleanliness..hmmmm...u should c my room..vazhkai ya verruthuduva...hehe...but i do clean it..once in a blue moon..:)..

Heidi Kris said...

Trust me, however rich you maybe, but life sucks without companionship or when there is no one around to talk. As for the way the room looks....well.....Boys will be boys :-)

absolutely true. And ofcourse girls are girls ;) And we are equally bad like you guys, but better than you ;)

Gayathri said...

Haha.. Good one.. But I know some ppl who are extremely finicky about cleanliness(not gender specific).
But you are absolutely right. It is fun to live with friends. The dinner times are exceptionally the best at my place. :-)

priya said...

Being too picky picky can be tuff, but literally free of all is just cute.

Nithya Shankar said...

Lol ! That was one hilarious post :)

"Boys will be Boys"
Yeah rite...But then "Messy girls will remain messy". You gotta check out a few of my hosteller-frnds' room..GOD ! You can't set ur foot into their rooms. Got to wade your way through clothes :|

Raz said...

:) seri blue shirt yarthu? :)

never had the opportunity to live at hostel! but thnks! i am a clean freak and will be fuming al the time , when things r not clean.

another thing i hate is wet bathroom! i want it dry - i know many leave it stagnated with water!
cant stand it

prithz said...

Hostel life is simply awesome and i must say that one mustnt miss out on dat.. as u rightly mentioned... v get to know a lot while in hostel with frnds and strangers...

as for cowsheds... well, personally, messing guy's room are something i love, inspite of the fact that i keep my room spic n span... boys must be boys :D

Ganesh Ranganathan said...

I live in a room with other students too...can understand how you feel..

Syam said...

indha maathiri illana thaan thaan engayo thappu nadakuthunu artham :-)

KK said...

Bhaiya!!, Nice post :)
For about a decade I have been living away from home now... I have lived in a dormitory, hostel, house with friends and strangers... I understand what you are saying :)
// the shirt would be missing from the rack for the longer span of time and the buyer can forget having bought it in first place.
//
This reminds me of an incident in hostel. Sharing shirts is inevitable... so one of my friend used to take my shirts... so after many days I wore that shirt to college... one of my friend comes and asks me "Hey ithu Dilip shirt, nee yenda potutu iruka?" and the worst is he didnt believe me when I told him its my shirt... Then I thot no point talking to that character so freeya vittuten, avan mela iruntha kovamlam yen friend mela kuthi theerthuten :)

Aditi said...

Interesting post... hehe yea boys will be boys..

Deepa said...

I've known a good number of exceptions, so no excuse, boy!:-)

golmaalgopal said...

hee hee...cool post...angeyum bathroom singer kodumaiya....???same blood... :))

but yes...it's always fun living with friends...

Ajay said...

hehehe how very true
boyz will b boyz :)

Vidya said...

Ahem...boys will be boys ! :)


Vidya

Vinesh KS said...

the cult of untidiness!

Usha said...

dont worry harish, girls-um appadidhan - same mess in the rooms, same horrible bathroom singers, same same same. aana eppadi thideernu kadhaiya vittu reality post ellam ezhuda arambichutta?

ramya said...

//the shirt would be missing from the rack for the longer span of time //

adhennadhupa...idhellam nan experience panni parthadhu illa, as hostel pera mattum than nan kannula pathirukken, nothing to do inside...fully born n brought up as home bird...

anyway njyd/ing ur bachelor life n experience ayirukeenga niraya vishayathula pola..

Harish said...

@Dreamzz
I donno about what you went thru buddy...but about 90% of time I had nice time with my roommates. The another reason is also that I hate being alone.

@1$Saint
Buddy...I guess after living with so many weird characteristics I can say I am trained. But the only thing i fear is....what if she turns out be a summation of all those weird things :-)

@SKM
Adellam kekkadeenga. My job is to clean it as much as possible...just that I am being tired of it :-(

Harish said...

@BSK
Avan aatam thaanga mudiyala pa. paadi paadi en uyira vaangaraan :-(

@Curious
I am surprised by the confessions I am getting from you all here. Guys are of course messy....but I never thought Gals were :-)

@Sat
Enna panna yaar. Serious post pottu pottu enakke aluttu pochchu. So the best way is to lampoon oneself and not hurt anyone else as well. My roommate doesnt read this stuff...illana inda neratukku unakku obituary mail vandirukkum :)

Harish said...

@nandoo
Uhummm...Deva me and Babu would clean everything and the rest would conspire and kalachify it. Ennada panna...idellam sagajam daan.

@Brinda
When in my house, I was asked to clean my room once in every 2 weeks. Now it has deteroited to once every month. Guess worse is yet to follow...

@Krithika
hee he...thanks yaar..

Harish said...

@Janani
I guess what you said is exactly correct...Cant agree more with that..

@Kavi
Ettani peru pa idu maadhiri kelambi irukeenga? Naan en roommate daaan ippadi nu ninaichen...ingae aatha oru periya kootame kooda irukku..

@heidi
Better than you? Sorry yaar...I guess the confessions here seem to be equal :-)

Harish said...

@Gayathri
Unga veetulayuma? Dinner in my room is almost like a contest...but with disastrous results :-)

@Priya
Cant help that ;)

@Nithya
Voila...I remember the room that was next to me now ;)

Harish said...

@Raz
Blue shirt roommate odudu. Well...adu Director (nandoo) oda choice. btw...you are the ideal person who should be living with some messy idiots as mine...that should be one hell of a ride ;)

@Prithz
Trust me...I try my best to keep mine better. But then...kya karen ;)

@Ganesh
Dude...I have been doing the same for the past 7 years. Till now it has been more or less lucky ;)

Harish said...

@Syam
Oru vaarthai sonnalum thiruvaarthai soneenga...

@KK
Maapu...inda kodumai unakkum nadanduda? Same blood ;)

@Aditi
Thanks yaar...

Harish said...

@Deepa
I hope that better be the case :-)

@Gopal
U 2 brutus ;)

@Ajay
Aint that true :-)

Harish said...

@Vidya
I guess that consolation can rest in peace after reading the whole lot confession here :-)

@Vinesh
Something that cant be changed...

Harish said...

@Usha
Enna...romba naal kazhichchu vandi irukeenga?Enna ma panradu?
Sometimes the blogger needs to tell his own sad story as well rite :-)

@Ramya
Trust me...one should experience that life. your tolerance level will increase like Mumbai Stock exchange ;)

Usha said...

ah ok, idhan idhan :)) I guess you have changed the template.

Enigma said...

well gfuys /girls tehy are equally messy. we never rea,ize it as back hoem moms wuld be running around to pick up things and tidy it. but if u visit a working moms home then u wuld know. i guess we all wuld learn by experience . as we mature and become more balanced we atrt tidying up things. or may be after wedding becoz teh better half nags we might do things neatly :P