Thursday, November 10, 2005

Life Aquatic with Long Legs Obsessed Man

* Life came full circle when I was invited to judge the inter-hostel dramatics competition in my alma mater IIT. The last time I was on that stage I was taking my clothes off in front of a capacity crowd and the audience was admiring the chequered boxer-shorts I had specially purchased for that play. Needless to say that was the most fun I have ever had performing. This time around a fully-clothed-me was up on stage describing how I used relative grading (the curse of my IIT life) to decide the winners. All the eight plays were extremely entertaining and overall standards were very high. They actually used lights and sound effects!

* Three crazy weeks of writing and reading. Writing output has reached new heights. And reading – ah! Been reading some wonderful stuff –

Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear – Walter Moers
One Night @ the Call Center – Chetan Bhagat
The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) – Dante Alighieri
The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
The London Pigeon Wars – Patrick Neate
Marvel 1602 – Neil Gaiman and others
City of Glass (graphic novel version) – Paul Auster
Most of Will Eisner stuff
Most of Sin City by Frank Miller
The Far Side (7 volumes) – Gary Larson
The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller and others
Tons of other graphic novels

Finally the backlog of books to read is reducing. Another ten days and I’ll be out of the red (read?!).

Social life – zero, zilch, non-existent!!

* Paid a visit to the newly relocated Odyssey. And then went to Landmark. The Universe was in a mischievous mood today. First I bumped into a young lovey-dovey couple who were busy necking in the Sci-Fi/ Fantasy section. Personally I believe libraries and bookshops are highly romantic places. And I am all for public display of affection. So I gave them a little space and moved away. But why, why did the chap have to go ahead and crack that dialogue to his girl – “Relax... A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card”?

Grease?! You dolt, you are in a bookshop for crying out loud. You are surrounded by beautiful love inspiring words. And you come up with Grease. I shot a glance at the girl which conveyed both my disappointment and commiseration.

I moved over to the graphic novel and comic book section. I was looking through Bone – Jeff Smith’s hilarious 1300 page collection of the adventures of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone. Two girls were standing near me looking at the Indian Writing section. Even though I had my back (they could probably see my profile) towards them I could feel one of them boring through me with her eyes. It felt like ants were crawling down my back. So I turned around and faced them.

A short scrawny 18-something girl was standing with a tall (very) stunning enchantress. Contempt, hatred and loathing for my very being were tightly packed together in an unwavering look from the short one. I have drawn some sharp reactions from people in the past but this was the oddest of them all. And from a stranger who I could have squashed under my foot? Never!

Now I should have been thinking about an appropriate expression for my face. But somewhere the Tall Girl Alert had been activated in my brain and all thought processes had ceased. Instead of looking at the little one I was staring at the tall one. After a few seconds I realised I wasn’t blinking. Luckily she spoke and reactivated my brain.

What book is that?

It’s called Bone. It’s a graphic novel.

What is that?

I told her. For the next 10 minutes I introduced her to Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman and Japanese Manga. She decided to purchase Bone. And then the little one pulled her away and I got a call from a friend. She waved and left. Damn! I didn’t even ask her name or take a number. And she had long slender legs which seemed to go on and on. Cruel, cruel world! Gave me a taste of forbidden ambrosia and then snatched it away. Sniff!

* Read on someone’s blog that they were having a bad hair week. It seems like I have been having a bad hair year. It’s because of the frequent haircuts. I should go back to the 3 cuts a year policy. Life was so simple back then.


A Hairy Snail said...

Man. Interesting life you are leading! As for me, I can't remember the last time I introduced anything to a girl. Talking about graphic novels, wow. :D

And 3 haircuts a year can be shocking for the people you live with. The parental units are getting old - seeing me with a beard one day, and then nothing the next itself is MI-induceable.

The Wizard of Odd said...

Paul Auster... Sigh. O the pain, Mercutio.

You are getting better and better. Come december 16th, am almost afraid of what I will meet. Will you be at the airport this time?

Long legs :) poor shortie... the malevolent gaze was all due to what I call RGR or Recessive Gene Rage. Been there, been that. More later.

"Choose an identity"


May I be Reginald Christie, please?


Anshumani said...

Mel - "I can't remember the last time I introduced anything to a girl" ... hehe dude I just read that comment in my own whacky way ... * To a girl - hmmm say hello to junior - don't be shy now" lmao

DnP - now is Paul Auster good or bad? haven't read any of his stuff but this graphic novel based on his book City of Glass is awesome ... you must read it

And are we talking about the same Reginal Christie from the play
Christie in Love ... man that play is great ... I want to play the constable in it

Anshumani said...

DnP - oh completely forgot that John Reginald Halliday Christie was a serial killer ... the play I mentioned is based on him

PJ said...

To go back to IIT and judge dramtics , indescribable i miss CLT,Litsoc,Saarang....... but a new life brings with it new hues and with it i try and shed the scars of IIT. How are u Anshu?Feeling a lil nostalgic.....I'm hopeful u still remember the bastard called PJ.A new lesson learnt today, the world without RG is uneventfully pleasant.....

Graphic novels...publishing.....dramatics judge...more publishing! ......more reading!!..... sounds faintly like the bells of eigth sem! Miss that a lil, ....U seem to be ensconsed there!!

Jus stumbled by, wanted to say hi and that I enjoyed reading!