...and then

Friday, 3 August 2007

The rick guy asked me...

I was talking to the husband yesterday while getting work. I hang up and the rick guy pipes up:
A little annoyed I ask: "Kya?"
"Aapka boyfriend thha?"
"Aapse matlab?"
"Nahi, aap bolo pehle. Kuchh aur mat sochiye."
"Achhaa, aapka bachcha thha?"
I am getting really annoyed now and ignore him.
"Nahi, main is liye poochha kyonki aap 'baby, baby' bol rahe thhe."
"Nahi, madam, all girls sitting in aato talking to boyfriend," he says thinking maybe my understanding of hindi is insufficient.
I say with a big thunder-cloud frown, "Toh?"
"Sab log boyfriend ko 'baby baby' bulata hai."
I smile and relax. And he takes that as a cue to continue.
"Ladki ko baby bulaya toh thheek hai. Par ladka ko kaise baby baby?"
He grins at me and I stupidly try to tell him it's a silly term of endearment, as if he doesn't know.
And as I pay and get off he says, "Boyfriend?" and I say, "Nahi, husband". Pat comes his sign-off line. "Achchha, toh phir baby hoenga to kya bulayengi?" By the time I give him some innane reply, he zooms off leaving a tobacco-stained grin in the air.


Blogger Unknown said...

Simple: jab 'baby' hoenga tou papa bulayengi taaki baby -papa papa- jaldi bolna seekhayga!!

5:19 pm  
Blogger Sav said...

lol! you seem to have this knack of finding strange auto drivers! remember the chap who told you how Indian Express should be managed?

3:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm interesting to know why someone gets so nosy,thou its difficult at such times to keep your cool.

3:42 pm  

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