Monday, December 6, 2010

Taka taka tak…

I opened the door to see some men clearing up the opposite room.
“Vacating?” I asked.
“Ya. We are shifting to the next street. Seven years is too much,” said a Chinese-looking neighbour. I had seen her many times, but never talked.
“Seven years? I have been here nine years and we have never talked a word. If you don’t mind, where are you from?” I asked, stupidly thinking she will reply China.
“Darjeeling,” she said.
Ma Salama. And she was gone.
So much for neighbourhood.
Remembered an incident narrated by a friend about his nosy neighbour. In Mumbai, many residents keep their doors open. Neighbours interact on a day- to-day basis.
One day this friend had a tall, dark female visitor. At the opposite room, a housewife was engaged in tailoring work and the machine was going on “taka taka taka…” This friend left the door open and the two chatted. He suddenly told her he got a new job. The lady instantly gave him a bear hug. Blushing, he pointed to the door. She was double his size, picked him up literally up to the door and pushed it while holding him.
Suddenly the machine sound stopped. Taka taka tak.
Silence for a minute. My friend, still in her grip, peeped through the little open door. The neighbour had stopped her machine and looked out like a giraffe pointing its head out.
In a moment, the friend opened his door and the neighbour had almost reached his door to check out.
Snooping neighbours may be a blessing for wives, but not Casanovas.

29 comments:

  1. Hahaha.. i am imagining the bear hug..

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  2. I always keep the door shut... I don't intend to give Taka taka tak moment to anyone!

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  3. :)I know ...how it is to have nosy neighbors...!i think the neighbor would have had the "sutta badane" that is "burnt brinjal"look on her face !when the guy opened the door:)

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  4. hmm...so much love and sympathy for the poor neighbour..

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  5. ohh hoo i can assure nosy neighbours are a big no-no even for the ladies!!!

    AND

    dude, you need to socialise a bit (AND I MEAN NOT ON THE INTERNET). 9 years and no knowledge of neighbours!! that is so not cool !

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  6. poor guy..apart from broken bones, he got this too!!

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  7. that too was funny..Rameshji

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  8. I am not for nosy neighbours, but I am also against not knowing people around you at all..

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  9. nice one yet again!

    neighbours are a boon untill you are doing al the right things!
    Love thy neighbour.

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  10. I really hate nosy neighbors. But, really sad that you had an Indian living next door, and you did not even know that she existed! Like Sepo said, get out there and meet more real people :). Good one about the bear hug ;-)

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  11. annoying neighbours..i have em too..waiting to get rid of them..:) :)

    U look like this hot/cute scientist..sorry for my language..:) :)

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  12. Somewhere in between the two extremes would be nice?

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  13. You can close the door but not locked always, it is better to know our neighbors.

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  14. The situations are two ends of a spectrum, neither is good.

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  15. There always is a msg in your post. Thanks, I will keep my door closed.

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  16. Very nice flow.Good article
    Very nice flow.Good article
    Very nice flow.Good article
    Very nice flow.Good article
    Very nice flow.Good article

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  17. Neighbors are generally nosy! :) Why wives? As if men are not into gossip. Ayyada!!

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  18. aaaaaaaaiiiiiiiii machaaaa,

    eppidi erukke, nee nalla aalu enkitte shollavai ellai, appo nee thana blog podera remeshhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    taka taka kelavi romba attrai!!!!!!!!

    appuram urucku varubmothu pakkalam , ennaa!

    anyway

    romba nandri macha!!!

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  19. Lolz...good one...but these days I don't see any neighbours leaving the doors open.
    They may be nosey behind the doors(Pardey ke Peechay - Chupe Rustom) kind.

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  20. ha ha ha..good one.

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  21. Very funny, I like the way, when you bring different elements together so perfectly in your blogs.

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  22. ha ha..very funny...
    Once it so happened that once i got a friend request from a person residing in my own locality...later i realized that she staYS IN MY NEXT FLAT..

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  23. Snooping neighbours believe me are a blessing to no one. Good to watch out for our neighbours, especially the elderly, there is a fine line to be drawn between being a 'good' neighbour and being into everyone's business.

    That said, as always, a great post. I love your combination of wit and wisdom.

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  24. Such 'bear hugging' neighborliness is almost non existent here in Delhi. You could have an earthquake and still, no one will bat an eyelid or lift a hand to help the other...wonder if this is the sign of a growing, shining and developing India...sad!

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  25. I never offer a bearhug ever again...hehe

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