Thursday, July 19, 2007

Your Tube

What do people do at 11 PM? Normal people go to bed and either drool or debug or code or sleep(?) around in dreamland. Since you all know already that I am far from normal, it is quite obvious that my task varies for that hour. When in India, I worked in a project where my standard home coming time was bang at 11 PM and above. I was so regular at those hours that even the stray dogs that used to bark at me for the first few days gave me a sympathetic and apologetic look later on. I would have appreciated the same look and concern on the face of my office superiors...but hey...doesn't that require some heart? :-) My only solace was...the idiot box.

I know I know. Your dirty mind is thinking that 11 PM means that I would watch Hot Hotter Hottest or Mid Night Masala and cool myself with little bit of sleaze and skin. I pity you perverts (:P). After a day full of sitting before a stupid comp and attending meetings where everyone has no idea what they are talking about, thats possibly the last thing I could find solace in. So...it was JUST FOR LAUGHS on Pogo that I got addicted to.

No No. This post is not about the best or worse gags in that program. Its about laughing at yourself. Hard? Not at all. I will tell you how. In my training program, we had a personality development class as the usual charade and in that we had a game where one guy had to tell something about the other. Not a big deal. As usual I got down everything about the other friend of mine and blurted it out on stage. Then came the real shocker.

The lady who conducted the program then connected the handy cam with which she had recorded the whole thing to the TV and showed us what we did on stage. Holy Cow! I just looked like Dudley who had been kissed by a Dementor (Potter season U see). There on the screen I saw myself gyrating at 180 degrees with my feet moving as if I scared them that I could dance at any moment. I was touching my nose, smirking, rolling my eyes, twirling my lips...Oh dear lord...you made me live to this day to see this? The worse part was this all happened when I had not yet opened my mouth and the other fellow was talking about me.

Then the earth shattered. I was talking at the speed of light and even I had difficulty in understanding what the hell came from my mouth. The lady looked at me and smiled. My naughty mind placed a cloud above her which read "The same god who tortured us by creating Jim Carrey and Chris Tucker, for a change decided to mix them into this moron." She requested me to speak slowly for everybody's sake (which I followed only for a week).

The other worse case was when I had my thread ceremony. Out of the blue they decided to shave my cat moustache and I had to wear a veshti. I would bungee jump from the Petronas towers or watch TR's acting(?) rather than wear veshti for one hour. I had a veshti, angavastram and sacred ash on my forehead. Had they applied sandalwood over my chest I could have bagged Nattamai role in couple of Panchaayat tamil movies beneath an old aalamaram and nasungi pona sombhu.

My cousins had hell lot of fun pulling my leg over the belt that I wore above the veshti. I have promised them that I would wear cargos and T Shirt for my marriage. Unless I find a girl who is ready to trade skirt for a madisaar, I guess I will have to stick to bachelorhood. Trust me...before laughing at others, just imagine what would you have looked like in the same situation. Unless you have the heart to laugh at yourself...you wont find it funny.

As for my case is concerned, I watched the video of my thread ceremony once for 15 mins and switched it off with immediate effect. Why? Simple. I do love watching horror flicks....but this one was for real...and starring me :-)

29 comments:

Raz said...

u ve missed the blue shirt video! :D n the making of the same

Nivi said...

"I have promised them that I would wear cargos and T Shirt for my marriage. Unless I find a girl who is ready to trade skirt for a madisaar, I guess I will have to stick to bachelorhood."

Rotfl.. haha
hilarious harish, and so was the nattamai hehe
But yeah laghing at oneself before others laugh at us makes life hell a lot easier.

Aditi said...

hmm what is a veshti?

sangs said...

hah hah,u would be in the papers if you wear cargos for ur wedding :-D .."Vaalibarin cargo kalyana kolam ??Manamagal Aacharyam "..Vaangi padiyungal ..kungumammm ............

Padmapriya said...

As usual nice narration... this one was more like just for laughs... yet inspirnig..
//before laughing at others, just imagine what would you have looked like in the same situation. Unless you have the heart to laugh at yourself...you wont find it funny//

a week back my mom said the same thing to me.... apo gave a silly laugh .. but now REALLY I understand it by ur samples :(

Karthik B.S. said...

thala super as usual!

N!kh!l said...

ROTFLOL
"I do love watching horror flicks....but this one was for real...and starring me :-)"

I too was scared to look at my thread-ceremony photos man. I had long locks..which i thought were cool but one look at the photos made me realise i looked just better than Captain Vijayakanth :P

SUNSHINE... said...

:-)
Think about our T.R, Vijaykanth and others esp.telugu heroes. What will they feel watching their own movie. That must be a worst nightmare for them and they still manage to take up new films .So this is pretty simple . You need to console yourself with this attitude else you will be drenched in this thought.

Heidi Kris said...

Unless I find a girl who is ready to trade skirt for a madisaar, I guess I will have to stick to bachelorhood.

:P !!!!

Ramya said...

Am sure a lot of girls will be more than happy to trade madisaar for mini skirts ! Your girl just doesn't need to be Indian ! ;)

priya said...

A typical single freakout:))

Dreamzz said...

ROFL! nalla sollareenga detailu!

Dreamzz said...

Speaking fast... same porblm enakku. edaachum valiu kandupidicha sollungappa!

Nithya said...

Aww cmon Harish, ppl are gonna love u, wen u appear on screen :D 3 hrs ku neways ull be occupying the centre stage ;) They will go oohing and aahing after having seen electrifying performances frm ur side ;)
And plz do send me a copy of those 2 videos :D :D :D :D it wouldnt hurt to have a few laughs at ur expense ;) Those videos are sure to crease me up on a dull day :D

Padma said...

ha ha.. :).. even i don't liek to myself in videos.

same pinch one thing.. i used to make fun liek i would not wear madisar or sarees and will be wearing only salwars sorts:).. .. but madisaar has its own beauty :)

To be or not to be said...

ROTFLOL....
The label is very apt...
Lifes like that....
Good going...

Jagan said...

haha.i have been throught the same situation . dejavu

Vidya said...

As you were talking about veshti business, I was thinking about my brothers' poonal ceremony. They had these silk veshti's on and my youngest was not smart enough to wear shorts under the veshti, given its flimsy and slippery nature. And the priest suddenly had the urge to remove his veshti and there was my brother, in his undergarments and I had it ALL on video! :D

Yes, it is scary to watch ourselves starring in such movies. Just ask my brother! :D

Aravind said...

machan enna da application poda armabichitya..;-)

Gayathri said...

:-)

Krithika said...

hahahaa..nice :)
I was so regular at those hours that even the stray dogs that used to bark at me for the first few days gave me a sympathetic and apologetic look later on

Typical..

Sat said...

you know, for clumsy ppl (that includes me as well) the best way to save our face is to laugh at ourselves before others start. that way they at least say u're a sport!!! hehehe....it's a cruel world out there

prithz said...

Hehehe!

First off, same pinch with the 'Just for laughs gags' thingie. Me loves :D

And yeah, a picture of u in shorts n ur madisaar maami in skirt jogging around the sacred fire jus flashed across my eyes when i read those lines. Hehehe! But i bet u r going to feel even more embarrased when u see that video!!! In case, u happen to seriously do it, dunt forget to show me oki. ;)

Harish said...

@Raz
Oops...u have no idea how much embarrassed I was to see it on the screen.

@Nivi
Truly yes. That makes stuff easy to digest.

@Aditi
Its tamil word for Dhoti.

@Sangs
I hope I do. Ippadiyaavudu en peru paper la vanda daan undu.

Harish said...

@Padmapriya
Nijama...u will know it when it happens.

@BSK
Hee hee...welcome back man

@Nikhil
Dude...dont degrade urself with the great gabtun.

@Sunshine
I always had the same feeling as how do these people feel by seeing themselves do that stupid stuff on screen.

Harish said...

@Heidi
:-)

@Ramya
Enakku pirachanai illa...aana en amma udaippale :-(

@Priya
Hee hee...what more can U expect from me :-)

@Dreamzz
U too brutus :-(

Harish said...

@Nithya
Ennai vechchu comedy gemedy panalaam nu paakara. Aduku avasiyam illa...enna adu dan erkanave nadakardu :-)

@Padma
kelvi pattadu illa...azhagu irukira edatula daan aabathum irukkum :-)

@TBNTB
Hee hee...exactly yes :-)

Harish said...

@Jagan
Adangokka makka...and I thought everyone else liked it :-)

@Vidya
yappa...U had him exposed :-P

@Arvind
Ettanai peruda kelambiteenga???
Naan nimmadiya irukiradu pidikalaya :-)

Harish said...

@Gayathri
:-)

@Krithika
Hmm...enna panna :-(

@Sat
Enna pa panradu...ippadi edaavudu comedy panni daan oppeta vend irukku :-)

@Prithz
Kavalaye paddade...sollita illa. Unakku oru periya 40 inch plasma TV vaangi Bose speaker oda ada pottu kaatren :-)