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Sunday, July 15, 2007

  me , my husband and Pandeyji

Some six years back when we had shifted to Bombay we weren’t familiar with hang out places and only decent one near our place was this market verandah with a couple of eateries , a coffee shop , florist and …pandey paanwala.. initially we used to go to the market once , twice or sometimes more every week and have snacks , coffee , dinner ..whatever and at the end of it all , always have paan …Pandeyji is from our part of the world and we became friends … though after a while we stopped going there as often , we still ended up at his shop at least once a week ..N would end up there more often …
So with Pandeyji we are on friendly terms … but so much I never realized..
it so happened that one day some 7/8 months back N came out of the ATM to see Pandeyji in the queue … they exchanged pleasantries and Pandeyji asked N – haven’t seen you at our shop for a while, sahib ?

The sahib? replied – oh I have given up smoking , so I avoid ur shop lest I give in to temptations … sidebar : this was during that time ,which happens every six months, where N quits smoking for a week.. but during that week my darling acts as if he hasn’t smoked for 7 years …
men na !!
Anyway , what happened after that was , so wonderful (according to N) and so so weird (according to me) … Pandeyji clutched his hand and congratulated him .. then he went on to hug N , blessing him on the most wonderful act he has done.. "smoking kills , you know … I am so impressed …and proud" I am sure N has added a little mirch masala to it ."I was his hero that day’ .. "I think he had a little tear in his eyes”…ah well, the crux is that Pandeyji was happy and proud of N and N was very flattered and pleased with that …
Now as is his habit, N must have started smoking immediately after the drama …
but he could not muster up enough courage to tell Pandey ji ..
So since then, whenever he goes to Pandey ji’s place, he never buys any cigarettes.. and every time Pandey ji congratulates him … ‘I shrink a little every time , when I hear him telling people how wonderful and strong I am’ .. ya , he shrinks n all but laps it up all the same and says nothing ..
Last week we went to his shop and realized that the cigarettes were finished and it was 1:30 pm and there was no other shop open … N refused to buy it from Pandeyji … so I went ahead and bought a packet…. Pandey ji was not pleased, he went on to lecture me on how I should be more like my husband ..'I tell everyone about him, and how much will power he has’
I didn’t see my man shrink, rather he kept agreeing with him….
I would have told Pandeyji the truth, but N has taken it too far now and I didn’t want to be part of a drama sequence between him and Pandeyji …
like N was saying the other day – how can I do this to him … he is like a paanwaala I never had , but always wished for..
seriously what is with men and their paanwaalas , bartender, barber and the types… they are more worried about hurting their feeling than they are worried about their father's or wife's feelings..
Ha ha ha. Pandey Ji ki Bayin Ankh Mein Anso Agaya Hoga.

Must I admit, N has a strong conscience, otherwise for want of a Cigarrete, who would have cared for Pandey Ji!
Men :)!
haha i can sort of understand his situation. its not easy. n its complicated.

ha ha ha ha
sahi kissa sunaya...update more often...I havint started a new still @ the old den...ciao
smokescreen :)... i bet theres more to it, poor N must be getting blackmailed now :D
Wow!! Real life is more interesting than reel life. :-)

I would confess I was lost in the tale. Seems like Harshikesh Da's sweet movies where I could imagine Utpal Dutt as Pandey ji, Amol Palekar as N and Bindiya or Dipti or Parveen could play as yourself.

Doesn't that fit so nicely ?? I can clearly imagine Utpal Dutt's 'eeeesssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh' at your asking for cigs. What would be his face like and your's and N's? I always wanted to be a part in situation like Harshikesh Da plotted. You are lucky to have one.

Really a hilarious account. But hey don't be sad on N, see he got such a tender heart that he can't hurt even a paanwalla. And even Pandey ji cares for you two setting aside his business. :)
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Praney, I will imagine good old David from Abhiman as Pandey Ji and dashing Amitabh from Namak Haram as N.

For Sanguine, I will find someone naughty and free spirit. Rekha from Khubsoorat, should I say :-)

Do you concur! And what about you Sanguine :-)
lol...good read...but i do understand ur position :) but men would always "be men" ;)
I had in my mind, movies like Golmal, Naram Garam or Rang Birangi. Abhimaan was pretty serious classic Manish. I affraid David spoke only a couple of sentences in Abhimaan.
I affraid David spoke only a couple of sentences in Abhimaan.

Not really :-)
Buhaha. That is the funniest thing I've read in a while. I learn a lot from your hubby :D. He be my hero :D
ok, that was for your husband but do you smoke?
manish oh yes , he is a very caring liar .. hee hee

pre & e! :)

khottayes , it is a complicated , emotional drama , isnt it !!

mehak i want to update at least a week , yaar . but somehow , i always get busy at the wrong time . but i am trying

manu jeewhat !! me and blackmail .. this is the impression i have made on you in past 2 / 3 yrs .. *sheesh*

alkayes it is , ma'am .. it sure is ; intersting and weird...

praneyhis latest theory is that pandeyji is his chacha of last janam ...that is y he cant tell him ..
and manish i told him abt all the comparisions u n praney have been doing , he is happy being amitjee of whatever fame and pandeyji as utpal dutt is good choice ... as far as i am concerned , he says he doesnt think i star in this film :(

marlee i wish they were more men than boys really !!

pravin well i knew you wl side him .. afterall all bullet riders are brothers from start :))

arunima million dollar question , lady .. yes i do smoke (not like N , but occassionally) , otherwise i wudnt have cared really .
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