My stories…40 truths.

1. I saw two men on a bike. The pillion rider was standing upright, hands on the driver’s shoulders, talking on the phone. (I wouldn’t blame him, if he was using LOOOOP). An amusing thought entered my head. As if on cue, the bike drove over a pothole. The pillion rider went flying over his friend’s head, only to land smack in the middle of the crowded road, bang on his bottom.

2. Jai and I were at Linking Road, before an evening out with friends. I was wearing “heels” (Read: 0.5 inches high), and I was tired of walking around in them. Without a care in the world, I threw them into my bag, and fished out my pair of oshos. (Ever-ready). Changed my shoes in the middle of the road.

3. In FYBA, I didn’t know anyone on my first day of college. I was broke, and needed 12 bucks to get home. (8 – train ticket. 4-bus). Desperate, I rolled up my dupatta, and sat down near the bhelwaala on Churchgate station’s platform No.1. I proceeded to sing “Pardesi, Pardesi” for half an hour. Made a tidy sum. πŸ™‚

4. I love to talk to rikshavaalas. I saw the first electric meter of my life in one the other day, and proceeded to have a brilliant conversation with my driver about its awesomeness, and how he thought the rest of Bombay is yeda for not having installed it yet.

5. I have a coffee shop (CCD) I’ve been going to everyday for the last 4 months. Dates, socialising, with the significant other, just to write, work on the laptop, or cry my eyes out. It all happens here. Drop in sometime, let’s chat. It’s opposite Ashok Academy in Lokhandwala.

6. Another rik dude I met. Coolest guy ever. Hindu, married to a Muslim woman. They eloped. His son is Christian, and his daughter is planning to convert to Buddhism. He doesn’t understand Hindutva, and hopes to be on TV with his family one day to show the nation how secularism can work.

7. I’ve met the most amazing people in the most unexpected places. A very, very cool Subway server (Infiniti Mall), who always gives me extra, extra, extra olives, who will soon fulfill his dream of being a pro singer on ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’.

8. I’ve forged bonds that I know will last this lifetime, if not many more to come.

9. I’m more open minded.

10. I’ve got the balls to stand up for the ones I love, and that when a big guy with rotten teeth and biceps the size of Texas bad-mouths my mum, I can and will KICK. HIS. ASS.

11. I’ve learnt that not ALL professors are tight-assed. (Love you, Simmin-Bawa-Ray-Sharma).

12. I’ve learnt that changing rooms have more than one purpose.

13. I feel big enough to stand out in a crowd, yet small enough to hide from my father when I spot him in the mall and I’m actually supposed to be in CAT class.

14. I’ve found 2 first loves.

15. I’ve got words, pictures and a gazillion memories of different sides.

16. I’ve learnt that ‘Sarkar’ could be a good movie.

17. I’ve got a cool DVD-dude, with every conceivable film under the sun. (Go, Raju!).

18. I’ve got a grocer who makes honking noises when I say “Bas”, after lacing my order.

19. I’ve laughed at pick up lines like, “D’you wanna ride my disco-stick?” and “Baby, we have a Kismet Connection”.

20. I’ve had my heart broken and mended time and time again.

21. I’ve met a hot, dumb, failed actor.

22. I’ve met a hotter, smart, on-his-way-to-success actor.

23. I’ve met wonderful people all over Bombay. Every station on the Western Railway, and even some on Central. (Sion, zindabad).

24. I’ve learnt that Anisha Sharma is kinda cool.

25. I met my best friend: Mr.Stage.

26. I’ve become immune to the worst circumstances.

27. I’ve overcome. Over and over.

28. I’ve rejoiced. Over and over.

29. I’m SHIT scared of pigeons.

30. I’ve become fat. πŸ˜‰

31. I’ve had awesome, not-so-awesome and downright run-out-of-the-room-bawling hair days.

32. I’ve met people with really weird names, and really radiant personalities.

33. I’ve learnt that cats on stage ARE cool. As are drunk old women, blonde liars, spaz Hulks, horny secretaries, MJ fans in slow motion and hot models with physics majors.

34. I’ve laughed at stoned people who sing, “Saaaaraaa Zamaanaaaa” in Colaba, wearing nothing but a dhoti, a garland and headphones.

35. I’ve learnt to hate people called Francis.

36. I’ve learnt to love people called Jai, Aakriti, Shalaka, Bhoomika, Dilshad, Atiya, Rohan, Rishabh, Prachi, Payal, Akshit, Rahul, Deepak, Vikram, Raza, Vivek, Varun, Anusuya, Divyak, Sancharee, Danesh, Devanshi, Shawn, Nikhil, Jayanth, Simmin, Tanya, Mohena, Dhvani, Aditya, Abhijeet, Akshay, Alfu, Anna, Angie, Aparna, Arjun, Ash, Dan, Dev, DJ, Prince, Jamie, Ashlene, Ravee, Prabal, Suprateek, Trupti, Neha, Neeha, Nazneen, Mohini, Nandini, Pranav, Vaspaan, Tom, Aryan, Aidan, Arzan and so many more.

37. I’ve enjoyed slow motion runs at Bandstand.

38. I’ve learnt that no matter when, theatre is always a good idea.

39. I’ve learnt that sometimes, it’s fabulous to go with the flow.

40. I’ve learnt more in 3 years than some have learnt in a lifetime.

Thank you, Bombay.
Thank you.
I owe many people a lot, but to you, I owe it all.

~ by cranialrumblings on June 24, 2009.

30 Responses to “My stories…40 truths.”

  1. ❀
    a. you.
    b. Bombay ( i was born in Bombay, and i will always live in Bombay.)
    c. Mumbai just the same.

    I love your 40 truths. Hilarious.
    I love you.

  3. hahahahaha…. this was hilarious!! i love the things u chose to write about. 40 more soon, yes?

  4. ~. And I’ve learnt there is always something to learn every day of your life. Today it was reminiscing about how close my truths are to yours. And how many 40 truths about Mumbai im missing. Brilliant.

  5. i MISS BOMBAY :((
    & if i ever AM in bombay im giving dat Lokhandwala CCD a visit 4 SURE!

  6. vary naice πŸ™‚

  7. Awesome!!! Love it as always! πŸ™‚

  8. #3! Wow! Confidence! Something I lack. Will try and make it to that CCD sometime soon… πŸ™‚

  9. I could do the Dragonball-Z thing again to put across my appreciativeness. πŸ˜‰


  10. uve posted so many stories n this is the 1st time ive visited ur blog..i love it!!!im not suprised though….:)i miss jaihind n oyu guys so much..muah

  11. Lovely!!!Needs courage to tell the truths.loving someone deeply gives you courage.
    and u hv it!!!!!!

  12. AMAZING!!!!!!! inspiring too….everyday i feel i’ve done so much….learnt so much…..but theres always so much more…n yes mumbai is the BESTEST!!! πŸ™‚

  13. Wisdomous, you are. *channels Yoda*

    And Anisha Sharma isn’t just kind of cool; she’s a template for coolness. How dare you say “kind of cool”? *indignance*

    Sorry bolo. Bolo. Did you just say sorry? Slap yourself. πŸ™‚

  14. deolali zindabad

  15. :heart:


  16. i love this, i remember you’d said you’d do this. PS it isn’t just changing rooms that have dual purposes.

    I love this and I love you for everything, for starting MY bombay.

  17. lots of love ani shah
    deolali zindabad

    you are one of the person ill always cherish forever
    God bless

  18. Thank you, its a pleasure knowing you. πŸ™‚

  19. I find it hard to believe that no. 1 and no. 3 can actually be true? Like, really?!?!

    You seem to be a very VERY interesting person πŸ™‚

    P.S. I love having conversations with rickshaw-wallahs or anyone at all. Though I’ve not really had many conversations since I’m quite a wuss when it comes to striking a conversation. There was this one time a rickshaw guy and I had a conversation about the bomb blasts in Bombay and once a conversation with another guy who told me about how a woman who left without paying him and how it’s easy to distrust people in general once someone betrays you.

    • Hello there!
      I take it that we don’t know each other, so yayy.! A random reader! *excited*
      Ok, sorry.
      I hope you enjoyed the read, and yes! #1 and #3 ARE true. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much. πŸ™‚
      And rickshaw-wallahs ARE fun people! πŸ™‚
      Enjoyed reading both your blogs. . . πŸ™‚ Keep ‘rumbling’ πŸ˜›

  20. πŸ™‚

  21. ❀ πŸ™‚

    I found my name!!! I found my name!!! In #36!

    And for #3, you rawk! Totally! \m/

  22. this … really awesome… theres so much feeling there.. u cn almost feel it…

  23. I found very informative. The article is professionally written and I feel like the author knows the subject very well. keep it that way.

  24. AWESOME!!!!
    *two thumbs up!*

  25. you are awesomeness … if awesomeness were a woman she’d be you n you’d be her……….. JAY HO!!!!!!!

  26. Loved it as usual.. lol…

  27. Nice Blog πŸ™‚

  28. Er, hi.
    Just stumbled across this and I must say, this is particularly amusing – specifically point 2 and 3. Although I’d love to know if you’re actually not kidding when you’re talking about point 3.

  29. A typical moment to go all awww, but truly, touched I am πŸ™‚ I can only imagine how much you’d have learnt and grown and lived since 2009 πŸ™‚ God bless!

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