Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monkey trick

I keep talking about longtime buddies. Freny was my colleague in my previous newspaper a decade ago. When it comes to good friends, out of sight never means out of mind. I caught up with Freny in Mumbai last week.
We used to organise picnics on Jan.26 when our newspaper was closed. Once we decided to travel by local train. Most of us gathered at Mumbai VT while Freny wanted to join us at Thane. When the train reached Thane, I saw her standing at a distance.
I could make strange whistle sounds to grab the attention of friends in crowded areas. So I went off…Trrrrrrrrr…and Freny turned and screamed “Monkeyyy.” The way she came rushing to catch the train still flashes in my mind.
She is now a wellknown freelance journalist.
We recollected the fun days at work. We hardly see such amity among colleagues these days, or am I getting cynical?
We were all equally underpaid those days and so there was no jealousy. The pay disparities among staff and the rat race stink now.
Shucks, am I getting old?
OK, a joke shared by Agnelo: A lunatic climbed a tree and refused to come down. All efforts failed when another madcap arrived and warned the guy, if you don’t get down, I will cut the tree with this shaving blade. The trick worked. Moral: You need a madman to handle a madman.
Hey, I told a joke, why you no laughing?


  1. To be honest, I wasn't laughing but I really loved this post. It speaks volumes about your friendship and how with time, it grows stronger. The snapshot said it all. Once again, this is such a warm post, thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Its a nice feeling to catch up with good old friends and laugh about those nice days.

    And Ha Ha Ha to the joke :-)

  3. Ramesh, serious post from you..but a good one so thik hai :))

    acha, i am trying to get in touch with my friend..the moment I do, I will let you know :)

  4. hey ramesh, i wanted to know, what can be done if I need to become a part-time columist in a daily or a monthly? can you tell me? You can contact me on hi5[at]

    Pls guide me.

  5. How wonderful that you were able to catch up with an old friend :)

  6. I entirely agree about the old friends part. I met two of my school friends after 20 years and it felt like we just picked up from where we had left!

  7. As i always say that you have got an amazing list of friends.Those who offer true friendship to others are never short of it.You are a wonderful person Ramesh.Thanks for sharing the picture...beautiful smiles.

  8. Nice post, Ramesh. Good colleagues make work a pleasure.

  9. I too love to keep in touch with friends and loved reading your posts on this.

  10. Is it friendship week or something?
    I find quite a few bloggers writing
    on similar topics.
    But then, does friendship need a 'week'?
    Good post this, from your heart.

  11. Oh.. didnt knw you got a monkey side in you!!! Really its such a pleasure to meet old friends and gossip about anything and everything :)) btw.. I am grinning :D