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got this gem of a mail from my friend jennifer in bangalore (of course my bangalore friends won't let anyone know this)

Hey Anup,
Purwa went off on a holiday and so has no idea of the impact she has created. the mail from Martin Howell, the editor for RAM equities said it was the biggest scoop from Bangalore. I guess she will get her kudos once she gets back.
the weekend was rather hilarious. am wondering if this is a common occurence? i went to get my haircut done and was trying out this place called Cheveux near KFC. now this is a unisex parlour. first there was this guy who was getting his hair cut and his girlfriend was hovering around the poor hair stylist and generally being quite positive. the boyfriend said he wanted his hair to have a bounce, (was he planning to appear in a dandruff shampoo ad?) and wanted to get up out of bed and without much fuss, be able to go out. after his girlfriend oohhd and aaahd, he promptly decided the hair dresser was fantastic and took his name down so he can fix the next appointment with the same hairstylist.
the second guy was even more entertaining. he comes in takes a seat and then hands his phone to the parlour lady. the lady on the phone is giving out precise instructions for the haircut for her man, including what kind of scissors to use.. the parlour lady was rather cool and having an animated discussion to find out what exactly the lady wanted - she wanted some George Clooney type effect. the parlour lady replied a bit puzzedly that Clooney does not have that kind of hair cut, the lady on the phone had to clarify that it was some Clooney haircut from years ago (perhaps when she had some crush on him?). anyway, after the discussion ends, the guy simply asked, "did you get all that?" the parlour lady then effortlessly dissed the lady on the phone's idea on various grounds and suggested they go for halfway to which the guy simply nodded. All this for a guy who had perhaps two inches of hair.
so now my question to you? Is this a common occurence? The people in the parlour did not seem to be surprised or taken aback by any of this behaviour.
Anyways, hope you are not feeling too pressurized. i think it really makes a difference to the kind of people you work with and in some sense, blessed to work in a bureau where people are quite low key. when you work in an office where the very air seems to be filled with hammers, even small non-issues become long drawn out affairs.
as for forgetting friends, its only natural. one of my favourite phases - friends for a reason, friends for a season, friends for a lifetime - these are the three kinds of friends. there's nothing wrong with being any of them. all of them have a purpose and a place in everyone's life.
more later,
jen

Comments

Sayantani said…
all i can say is that she writes so well! casual, unofficial mails are difficult to write and this one IS a gem.
Ghetufool said…
indeed. that was the whole idea of posting this letter in my now restricted blog.

she should start her own blog. she is an amazing writer.
kaushik said…
To Jen: My pop-in-law has about a hundred strands of hair. The charge him double. Any guess why?
Vincent said…
reading this again (it meant nothing the first time) I see from the style that she must be English. Let me know if she does start a blog. I like to read a few selected blogs but they mostly seem to be out of inspiration these days.

And as for you - I hope for the next story soon. And as for me, i seem to have writer's block.
Ghetufool said…
she is very much an indian but did her schooling in US. trust me, she writes as she speaks. amazing!

but i don't think she has a blog.

will let you know if she has.

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