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Meeting people in lockdown – II


Grumpy in lungi drinking thumbs-up

She: What are you wearing? 

Me: I miss a pair of good pyjamas

She: You can wear that green lungi. She gave a meaningful look — you wore them on the beach, they look really sexy on you. 

I nodded in agreement decided to return the compliment. 

Me: You know you should wear that sexy off-shoulder. 

She: No! (Blushing deep red) They are my besties, can’t dress like that before them. 

Me: So I am supposed to be sexy, but you casual. 

I thought the above, mercifully didn’t say it. 

Me: ‘Food is sorted?’ I changed the topic

She: I will instruct N (cook) to make Desi-style burritos with chicken, rajma & salad fillets wrapped in rotis. Plus there are beers.

Me: I think G is more a whisky guy. I recollected aloud. 

She: Oh G is fine with beer as long as it is Bira. If only we run out and have to switch, then it’s a problem. 

That bothered me. I wonder why? Me, a tee-toller bothered about alcohol for strangers in a house that wasn’t even mine.

She: Are you stocked up on tonic water?  

Me: ‘Oh yes.’ I nodded at her reference to my drink of choice during such occasions. 

She: (consoling tone) There’s always thumbs up.

First I have to wear the lungi and now even switch my drink. 

Enough was enough, lockdown or no lockdown. 

Me: I won’t have thumbs-up. 

She (unimpressed) Don’t be a grump dahling! 

I sat down grumpy while she instructed N on the burritos.

Last part tomorrow.


Published by appamprawns

soni writes about children and people in controlled spaces, in his quest for appam stew. homi writes in the hope of being able to buy prawns to make patiyo.

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