Monday, November 22, 2010

meet gyanvati


Gyanvati comes and cleans my house everyday . At first I thought it ironic that her name was Gyanvati, as she can't read or write a single word . But then,when did being literate have anything to do with wisdom? We have a conversation almost everyday over tea . I must admit that it often just consists of Gyan delivering monologues while I am crouched over work pretending to listen . Her conversations are usually to do with her current conundrums and she has the habit of reciting whatever she said yesterday ,today;and I know she will repeat the same things again and again for the next few days till she finds another quandary to delineate. So, in the past five months that she has worked with me, we have basically had three subjects of conversation . The first being the lady who worked for me prior to Gyanvati and how she never came back after her 'chutti'( Her main worry was that in the unlikely event of her returning , I would fire Gyan). The second was when Gyan herself wanted to take a holiday and could not find a trustworthy replacement for ten days ; someone who would not usurp her job. Lately , (she's back from her vacation) her pet peeve has been my neighbour who doesn't let he enter the house before seven am ...wasting much of her time in the morning . She complains about her in an embarassingly loud voice .Now both she and I wait desperately for my neighbour to change her mind .

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Little story about little things




Lately I have been noticing how many creepy crawlies so inconspicuously inhabit my house. This, being just a few of them . Tiny though they are, each one has distinct, precisely drawn motifs all over their body..just like they have their own distinct kismets.
Yesterday , the lady who irons my clothes returned a neat pile,in the Fab India brown bag I usually give her . Along with my clothes, out popped a little worm . The kind that does a head stand,lifts up its tail,brings it close to its head , then stands on its tail end, and dives forward head on to move forward. It had basically made a trip from the ironwallah's shed near the park,to my home, which in worm miles might be the distance between my house and the Agra. Anyway , I decided to be kind, and let the worm demonstrate its walk through the entire day . I didn't think I'd see it again , but through the day I spotted the caecilian ,on my couch - in the afternoon , on my bookshelf - in the evening , and on my TV stand at night. Just when my thoughts were veering towards what a long journey it had taken from the shed and all that balderdash, in crept a thick lizard. In about 5 seconds it cruelly masticated the tiny worm to death.

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