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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Please pray for this poor man

Take a man (or a woman). Tie him to a chair. Then, for 36 hours do the following:
  • Shout in his ear
  • Stand up on him and jump
  • Pull his hair
  • Cry sitting in his lap
  • Spill food on him
  • Keep calling his name relentlessly for hours at a stretch

Do you think he will survive this? I am embarking on an adventure to find out. I mean to say, we are traveling to India with our 21-month old son.

You might ask for what masochistic reason I am putting myself through it. Let me explain.

One of the unforeseen side-effects of marriage is that you will inherit a brother-in-law. These brothers-in-law don't just sit there and mind their business, they get married. And you will have to haul yourself, your wife, a hyper-active toddler and 400 pounds of baggage across the Pacific to attend the wedding.

That's not all. One fine morning my wife casually asked me, "You are going to wear a Sherwani for the wedding, right?" I had two options. I could say "No" and hear how geeky, old, crumpled, faded, distasteful, atrocious, did I mention geeky, my normal formal attire is. Or I could say "Yes" and look like the official clown at the wedding. I chose to tell her a toned down version of "You will have to hold me at gun point." She looked like she intended to do precisely that.

So please pray for me people. Wish me luck to preserve my sanity on the flight and dignity at the wedding.

Update
I survived! Both wife and kid have been extraordinarily well-behaved. Thank you for the outporing sympathy, empathy and prayers.

Shwerwani Update:
The groom himself decided not to wear a Sherwani and I got nothing to do with it ;). So I am off the hook for the sherwani. yay.

96 Comments:

  • Oh Dear Almighty![where is the prashad?...] Let this official clown be at peace and help him preserve his sanity.
    Amen!
    [where is the prashad?]

    By Blogger Aashun, at Sun Nov 19, 04:09:00 PM 2006  

  • I think you should go with the flow. Get the wildest "clown suit" you can find, drink and dance up a storm, be loud and obnoxious, and hit on all the females. They will never invite you back. And for added insurance, mention that you have an e-commerce business.

    By Blogger Alan, at Sun Nov 19, 04:48:00 PM 2006  

  • hehe, you could do what Alan says or be the nice 'bavagaru' that you are and make your wife proud ;-) I totally envy you. However crazy weddings are, I think they absolutely rock. Have a safe trip!

    By Blogger rads, at Sun Nov 19, 06:14:00 PM 2006  

  • Sherwani? Go for it buddy! Us gals can be real picky at our/our siblings/our cousins/ our friends weddings... only those though nothin else :D :P

    By Blogger La vida Loca, at Sun Nov 19, 07:30:00 PM 2006  

  • Trip to India! Good luck - with the 36 hrs travel and all that it will entail. And for the wedding too! I bet you're gonna be back be loads of India stories too.

    By Blogger Something to Say, at Sun Nov 19, 07:37:00 PM 2006  

  • awww how nice...I mean attending a family wedding :) When r u leaving and when will u be bak? Im gonna miss ya.

    Sharwani? I think some guys look hot in em...I have never seen u so I dunno if u would precisely look like a clown or not LOL, but my gut instincts say that u would look GOOD in em :) So go for it. What say?

    btw u have a 21 month old toddler? awwwwwww pics plz!

    Keshi.

    By Blogger Keshi, at Sun Nov 19, 07:54:00 PM 2006  

  • woah!! have loads of fun and OF COURSE u won't be the official clown in a sherwani. they're adorable! i'll pray that ur alright even after the '36-hour long adventure' :D enjoy!

    By Blogger Sneha, at Sun Nov 19, 09:58:00 PM 2006  

  • If you look as good as that guy in the picture, I say go for it.

    Btw, you will earn big points with the wife. That's gotta be worth something right?

    By Blogger SQT, at Mon Nov 20, 12:29:00 AM 2006  

  • have a nice trip!

    By Blogger Drama Div@, at Mon Nov 20, 01:19:00 AM 2006  

  • nameste
    have fun and all the best...lol.
    cheers
    jhaji.

    By Blogger sanjay jha, at Mon Nov 20, 01:23:00 AM 2006  

  • Look at it this way, you get the most leg space in the airbus, don't you? Have a good trip and enjoy the wedding. And what is geeky attire? Just wondering. Do you wear a space suit to work?

    By Blogger Shreemoyee, at Mon Nov 20, 01:29:00 AM 2006  

  • Good luck, oh and get ear plugs for the little fellow he may need them on the plane.
    i'm sure you'll look great in a Sherwani, besides look at the upside, at least you don't have to wear a dhoti :)

    By Blogger The Agony Aunt, at Mon Nov 20, 03:19:00 AM 2006  

  • Hey nice style of informing that your going to India for your bro-in-law's marriage. I like it esp 'One of the unforeseen side-effects of marriage is that you will inherit a brother-in-law. These brothers-in-law don't just sit there and mind their business, they get married.'Hehe..

    Dash

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Nov 20, 03:24:00 AM 2006  

  • hahaha.. you might consider my laughing out aloud rude but that is precisely what I am doing... Have fun man. No matter how poor make yourself sound in the writeup I am sure you will enjoy the company of the toddler more than anything.

    And coming to the Sherwani, same here, dont know how you look, so you are spared of any comments on that.

    By Blogger Sush, at Mon Nov 20, 03:31:00 AM 2006  

  • hey don t let yr son read this post when he grows up! chances are u will be stoned by him with rotten eggs and tomatoes:P...kids are cute and adorable...enjoy yr wedding trip...

    By Blogger my life...., at Mon Nov 20, 04:09:00 AM 2006  

  • Hehe.. Atleast you will be tortured by your own flesh and blood... My last trip home I was unfortunate enough to be sitted in the same aisle as a mother with 2 toddlers.. So my heartfelt sympathy.
    @ Sherwani - Just wear shorts, hawain prints and pretend to be an American at the wedding :)

    By Blogger Sakshi, at Mon Nov 20, 06:31:00 AM 2006  

  • If you want to have a peaceful trip & peaceful life after u get back, just do what she says:-) All she want is you to look the best & maybe like Shahrukh Khan (He looks the best in sherwani;-) If you don’t like the outfit, change it to other one after few hrs.

    You won’t have any problem going to India with ur son as long as you start calling the airline now and ask for middle row front seat.. Go few hrs. early & confirm those seats again. I went to India twice after kids and that too ALONE.. Continental has 13 hr. direct flight to Delhi & since the flights are during night, kids mostly sleep during the flight..

    Good Luck & enjoy:-)

    By Blogger mommyof2, at Mon Nov 20, 07:18:00 AM 2006  

  • Good luck, TD! I know Indian kids are the most hated passengers on long-distance flights...actually, make that ANY flight. Holler if you need anything at all or are around Bombay. You have my email.
    --OJ (for some reason your comment page never loads and has me commenting anonymously!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Nov 20, 07:21:00 AM 2006  

  • t-dna,
    You will get through the flight, my two cents on getting ready for the journey itself-equip yourself with a treasure chest of sorts (new toys, stickers, books, sunglasses, watch) small things that can go in your cabin bags and notice I said NEW, because if your kid is anything like mine the interest does not sustain for more than 15-20 minutes...but this worked for me every 2 hrs or so he would go "are we ever going to get off this plane" and instead of trying to reason with a toddler and explain that it ain't going to happen anytime soon..i would just fish in my treasure chest and pull somethign out and that would get me through the next hr or so. Infact I wrote a similar post before I left for India in April http://d-orchid.blogspot.com/2006_04_01_d-orchid_archive.html
    anyway....have fun at the wedding
    cheers!!

    By Blogger Orchid, at Mon Nov 20, 07:39:00 AM 2006  

  • hahhaa...cute:) umnnn and yeah, all the best:p hehhee...I can't stop laffing!I mean 36 hours?? lol...have fun:)

    By Blogger Yashita, at Mon Nov 20, 09:07:00 AM 2006  

  • You had me going with the opening - nice one!

    And you're secretly thrilled thinking about the wedding feast and the fun that Indian weddings (in India) are! Admit it, go on...;-)

    Oh, and WEAR THE SHERWANI! If you really do look like a clown, your wife won't let you step out in it (have some faith in the woman, she doesn't want to be known as the clown's wife, geez!). Totally on her side on this one.


    Nee

    By Blogger Nee, at Mon Nov 20, 09:29:00 AM 2006  

  • Good luck dude!! Do post pictures..always ready for good laughter.:P

    By Blogger Pallavi, at Mon Nov 20, 09:50:00 AM 2006  

  • Hi.. very funny post. Thank goodness I am not married yet :-) but I am sure it is not all that bad. Well I am a first time commentator. So I was just going through ur blog and find it fascinating and life filled with humor. Thanks

    By Blogger Irfan, at Mon Nov 20, 09:57:00 AM 2006  

  • well, how dare he get married?? i can imagine your first flight (i'm assuming) with your son. i'm glad i won't be on that trip! :)

    i look forward to your blogging about the trip and wedding when you return.

    By Blogger si, at Mon Nov 20, 10:01:00 AM 2006  

  • awww shucks ... man i miss being lil .. :P ... hehe

    wear a sherwani! ... u cant walk around in jeans and a tee anyway .. why not u may ask? .. well u very well may ... but after the wedding come the videos and the photos and for many more years to come these will be viewed on and off on several occassions... unless u want someone pointing at it saying... "oh look der he is ... lookin like a guest rather than a family member at the wedding! gosh! i insisted he wear the sherwani! but he wouldnt listen" X atleast 70 times in the next 10 years .. :) ...

    PS. wear the sherwani
    & buy heaps of toys and colour pencils and colouring books... and not to mention some cough syrup ... ahem ahem i wouldnt suggest u drug the child.. i would never! yay im gonna b in india soon oh so sooonn

    By Blogger Isha, at Mon Nov 20, 11:09:00 AM 2006  

  • hehe... rofl @ the comment on my blog.. omg... being 30 is not a disease its a sentence.. :P not like the english grammar kind :P

    mwahahaha.. wait for me to be 24 n ill be praisin 30-ness n all its goodness... :P

    By Blogger Isha, at Mon Nov 20, 11:39:00 AM 2006  

  • I can understand the dilemma of taking a kid to India for the first time! Even I am scared to go there after somany years.

    Anyway, I really pray for you , so you don't have to wear Sherwani but you and I know that doesn't work:D

    So, good luck!

    By Blogger Asha, at Mon Nov 20, 12:12:00 PM 2006  

  • I wish your vacation sucks. :) That way we'll get to hear a lot of funny anecdotes won't we? I know I'm selfish, but what the heck!
    Sherwani eh? Pictures please!

    By Blogger Anu, at Mon Nov 20, 12:26:00 PM 2006  

  • DNA: If he is you wat can I say:-)) You know what I mean. You pray to be goody goody and he will be too!!!

    Have a wonderful and safe trip:-))

    By Blogger priya, at Mon Nov 20, 12:39:00 PM 2006  

  • YOur toddler may surprise you. I have travelled with toddlers too and if its a night flight, normally they sleep. you can also take him for a walk around the aisles as they love the attention they would get from some nice passengers or may be get to interact with some other kids on the flight. But if they get too cranky( sometimes due to ear-ache) then I used to carry phenergan with me ( on Docs advise) and that helps them settle down a bit.

    You can wear whatever you like but, guess, you will be safer listening to your wife ;-)

    Have a safe trip.

    NZ

    By Anonymous NZ, at Mon Nov 20, 12:50:00 PM 2006  

  • Do blog about how the trip goes....Iam going to be taking this trip too...very shortly...with my 9mth old...

    By Blogger Jayashree, at Mon Nov 20, 02:51:00 PM 2006  

  • Weddings are soooo much fun!! Dressing up for weddings is fun raised to the power of two!! And ogling at Sherwani clad hot guys at the wedding--priceless ;) Hope you have loads of fun and hope your kiddo has a whale of a time too!

    By Blogger Life Lover, at Mon Nov 20, 03:45:00 PM 2006  

  • Just be glad that you don't have to deal with the Indian summer and the Sherwani together...

    Trust me, those beads of sweat on your back can get on to your nerves pretty fast...

    By Blogger Seashells, at Mon Nov 20, 04:06:00 PM 2006  

  • :) ... All the best !!

    Be glad you're going in Winter when the weather is tolerable. :)

    Last time I went, I was sweating buckets and with all the fires for the poojas, they made matters worse.

    By Blogger Swapna, at Mon Nov 20, 05:50:00 PM 2006  

  • hav a great time in india and come back with the story on the wedding ,,...good luck on the flight.

    By Blogger itchingtowrite, at Mon Nov 20, 08:03:00 PM 2006  

  • Where in India are you coming to? Have a safe trip and come back woth lots of stories --- oops i am fantasizing seeing you in one of my cousins weddings thats gonna happen on the first of Dec,,,

    By Blogger Just For Me, at Mon Nov 20, 08:56:00 PM 2006  

  • hahaha...well hey a sherwani isnt all that bad...it looks quite good infact...btw i like the idea of holding the hubby at gunpt...hmmm

    By Blogger Ekta, at Mon Nov 20, 11:10:00 PM 2006  

  • hey, i am sure you are gonna look stunning in that sherwani...and hope you have a great flight.....just imagine what you must have done to your parents and ppl around.... no wonder your son is like this...just kidding....how cute :) have a great time and enjoy!!!

    will wait for your post about the wedding esp the flight and the sherwani (if no sherwani then the gun point story for sure :))

    By Blogger Astral, at Tue Nov 21, 04:51:00 AM 2006  

  • Tips when traveling with a kid (from a been-there-'got'-that mom):

    Spot another couple + toddler team, with the kid's age and lung power about the same as your kid's. That way ppl won't be able to tell which shriek came from which kid; probability of you escaping dirty looks is 50%. Of course, you have to risk them thinking it was yr kid all the time even when it wasn't ;)

    Advantage: the steward(esse)s wouldn't want to risk the wrath of FOUR adults for bad service.

    Now's a good time to invest in those little headphones that amway-aunty was asking about - (who would've thunk these amwayites do have some use besides entertainment after all?!!)

    Make sure the kid cries his heart out the first few minutes. Once the expectations are set and ppl expect him to cry every other minute, his usual cry-intervals won't seem as bad. (It's all abt perspective & relativity)

    When smebody gives you a "is-that-howling-kid-yours?" look, answer back with a smug "isn't-that-what-YOU-did-to-everyone-{yr age minus (yr age minus 1)} years-ago?" look.

    As for the Sherwani....lolol....brilliant way of getting back at a husband.....pls convey my regards to your wife :-D

    -g

    By Anonymous gauri, at Tue Nov 21, 07:21:00 AM 2006  

  • hehehe sherwani.. i was not able to force my hubby to wear sherwani for our marriage..forget bout others..:)

    By Blogger Pritika Gupta, at Tue Nov 21, 07:32:00 AM 2006  

  • Ha haha... maybe you could turn up at the wedding with a leather fetish suit: that will be kind of new ;)

    By Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee, at Tue Nov 21, 12:00:00 PM 2006  

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  • Loved the start of your post. Read it out to my husband - and he is in awe of you for even attempting a long-haul flight with a toddler. All the best...

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 22, 06:51:00 PM 2006  

  • Hey, that sounds like 36 hours of pure, unadultrated fun! ;)

    By Blogger Vani, at Wed Nov 22, 07:40:00 PM 2006  

  • Bro,good to know that you survived the flight.Now waiting for the post on Big Fat Andhra Marriage.

    By Blogger Bishu, at Wed Nov 22, 07:41:00 PM 2006  

  • Oops, I just saw your update. So both wife AND kid behaved well, huh? Don't forget, there's also the return journey! he he

    By Blogger Vani, at Wed Nov 22, 07:42:00 PM 2006  

  • Glad you survived the flight; laughed outloud that your wife and kid behaved. I'd like to hear HER report...

    By Blogger gnightgirl, at Wed Nov 22, 09:19:00 PM 2006  

  • Aashun:
    where is the prashad?
    He he he.. That is the best part of prayer :)

    Alan:
    Get the wildest "clown suit" you can find, drink and dance up a storm, be loud and obnoxious
    LOL. By the way, this is a south Indian wedding so there won't be any dancing ;) There won't be any drink either but I will go prepared :)

    hit on all the females
    That you can always count on :D

    for added insurance, mention that you have an e-commerce business
    ROFL!

    rads:
    I totally envy you
    I should've sent you with the kid! It was not all that bad but nothing to be envious of

    La vida Loca:
    Go for it buddy!
    You just want to see me picked at, don't you! I will fight to avoid wearing that thing!

    Something to Say:
    I bet you're gonna be back be loads of India stories too.
    He he he.. That is one of the fringe benefits of the trip ;)

    Keshi:
    Hey Kesh!

    awww how nice...I mean attending a family wedding :)
    I wish it were my cousin's wedding or something. It would be a lot of fun to meet the family. It's my wife's brother's wedding. I don't know too many people. It is going to be fun nevertheless.

    When r u leaving and when will u be bak? Im gonna miss ya.
    We will be back at the end of December! Ya, pretty long vacation. I am hoping to be able to blog from here!

    Sharwani? I think some guys look hot in em...I have never seen u so I dunno if u would precisely look like a clown or not LOL, but my gut instincts say that u would look GOOD in em :)
    Hmm.. My wife weaves a similar web of lies to get me to wear it :D

    btw u have a 21 month old toddler? awwwwwww pics plz!
    When I started the blog I wanted to be completely anonymous. But I wrote so much about myself, I could as well post the pictures. But I am still undecided about it. I will surely send you some in an email at some point.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:20:00 PM 2006  

  • sneha:
    I wanted to check out your blog and haven't been able to spend any time on it so far :( Will do that soon.

    OF COURSE u won't be the official clown in a sherwani
    May be not. But one wouldn't want to take a chance with that kind of stuff, right? :)

    SQT:
    If you look as good as that guy in the picture, I say go for it.
    Really? That guy looks OK to you? Or, are you setting your standards and expectations very low? :D

    Btw, you will earn big points with the wife. That's gotta be worth something right?
    Apparenlty the way it work is, if I do what she says, I don't lose any points. I won't gain any either :D

    Dr@ma Div@:
    have a nice trip!
    Thanks!

    sanjay jha:
    have fun and all the best...lol.
    Thanks!

    Shreemoyee:
    Look at it this way, you get the most leg space in the airbus, don't you?
    If you are referring to the bulkhead seat they are given to parents of babies. Parents of toddlers get the regular seats and with a kid in the lap, the leg space is very little.

    Do you wear a space suit to work?
    You know, I always wanted to work at place that requires, at least occasionally, wearing a spacesuit! You know, like NASA, JPL or Caltech. Hopefully one day I will.

    The Agony Aunt:
    oh and get ear plugs for the little fellow he may need them on the plane.
    Yes, they, we and everybody around us :D

    besides look at the upside, at least you don't have to wear a dhoti :)
    Lol. Good think my wife didn't think of this idea. If she started the bargain with a dhoti, I would've been a much worse shape.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:20:00 PM 2006  

  • Dash:
    Hey nice style of informing that your going to India
    Thank you! :)

    Sush:
    you might consider my laughing out aloud rude but that is precisely what I am doing
    If I am forced to wear something ridiculous, I better get used this :)

    my life....:
    hey don t let yr son read this post when he grows up!
    This is nothing when you compare it to the other things I say about him ;)

    kids are cute and adorable...
    Obviously, you haven't been on a flight with a kid :D

    Sakshi:
    Hehe.. Atleast you will be tortured by your own flesh and blood...
    You are right. It is much more annoying if it were somebody else's kid screaming in your ears

    @ Sherwani - Just wear shorts, hawain prints and pretend to be an American at the wedding :)
    ROFL! On one of my trips to India, at a lunch, I asked for a spoon. People talked about that for a week :) Ya, so wearing a shorts to a wedding be would be quite talk of the town :)

    mommyof2:
    peaceful life after u get back, just do what she says:-)
    Yes, that is the ultimate secret of a happy marriage, as I learned it a couple of months into the marriage :D I keep trying to deviate from the law :)

    If you don’t like the outfit, change it to other
    But the damage to my image would've been done already :D

    Good Luck & enjoy:-)
    Thank you! Contrary to my fears, it went OK!

    OrangeJammies:
    Holler if you need anything at all or are around Bombay. You have my email.
    You know, I was hoping to swing by Bombay for a couple of days to visit my aunt and a cousin (a new mom). If I make it, I will let you know. If everything works, we could get some coffee at a Starbucks equivalent of Bombay

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:21:00 PM 2006  

  • Orchid:
    equip yourself with a treasure chest of sorts
    This is actually quite a good tip. I read it in a magazine and it worked quite well!

    Yashita:
    I can't stop laffing!I mean 36 hours??
    Hmm... I should book you the seat next. You won't be the one laughing :D

    Nee:
    And you're secretly thrilled thinking about the wedding feast and the fun that Indian weddings (in India) are! Admit it, go on...;-)
    Wedding feast, yes. Not the wedding and the impending costumes ;)

    If you really do look like a clown, your wife won't let you step out in it
    The problem is not the intention. Her intentions are all good. The problem is with perception. She is the same person who tried to convince me that a pink shirt looked good on me!

    Pallavi:
    Do post pictures..always ready for good laughter.:P
    Grrr... You would probably want my wedding pictures with dhoti etc. too, don't you?

    Irfan:
    Hey welcome!

    Thank goodness I am not married yet :-) but I am sure it is not all that bad.
    It's actually worse, I am giving you the sugar coated version *wicked laughter*

    So I was just going through ur blog and find it fascinating and life filled with humor.
    Thank you! I think it's in the way I choose to look at it :)

    si:
    well, how dare he get married??
    LOL! Exactly.

    i can imagine your first flight (i'm assuming) with your son.
    Second flight but this time he can move!

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:22:00 PM 2006  

  • Isha Reddy:
    awww shucks ... man i miss being lil .. :P ... hehe
    You are 17. To me that is still quite little :D

    but after the wedding come the videos and the photos and for many more years to come these will be viewed on
    ROFL! You have an excellent point. But it is also an excellent reason not to wear one! Man that image will be stuck in photos and videos FOR EVER! *shudders*

    and not to mention some cough syrup ...
    He he he. We in fact went prepared with it ;) But didn't have to use it though.

    Foodie's Hope:
    Anyway, I really pray for you , so you don't have to wear Sherwani but you and I know that doesn't work:D
    You gave up too, huh? LOL

    Anu:
    I wish your vacation sucks. :)
    He he he. It's good so far, but we have the wedding and shopping for the wedding ahead with a lot of promising material :D

    Sherwani eh? Pictures please!
    Yeah right!

    priya:
    DNA: If he is you wat can I say:-))
    I think you are saying I might be like his when I was young. You are quite right actually. In terms of mischief, I am still a legend in our families. No kid apparently hasn't matched what kind of trouble I gave my parents. I have a feeling that my song is going for the record break.

    NZ:
    YOur toddler may surprise you.
    Thank you for your thought! He actually did! You actually do seem to have a lot of experience with toddlers on the flight. The other things you said are very true.

    You can wear whatever you like but, guess, you will be safer listening to your wife ;-)
    He he he. I know :( But I am going to resist this time!

    Jayashree:
    very shortly...with my 9mth old...
    My flight was not eventful enough to deserve a blog post, which is a good thing :) Flying with a 9 month old is not going to be easy but there is so much material on the net that is quite helpful.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:23:00 PM 2006  

  • Life Lover:
    And ogling at Sherwani clad hot guys at the wedding--priceless ;)
    It's hard for me to believe that people could still look 'hot' after wearing a sherwani. There is something about that garmet that makes a guy look not so guy :D

    Seashells:
    Just be glad that you don't have to deal with the Indian summer and the Sherwani together...
    LOL! You are right. I can't imagine being in that dress on a hot day!

    Swapna:
    Be glad you're going in Winter when the weather is tolerable. :)
    That is one of the reasons for choosing this time. The summer heat is especially bad in coastal Andhra where I will be spending most of my time.

    itchingtowrite:
    hav a great time in india
    Thank you!

    Just For Me:
    Where in India are you coming to?
    Hyderabad and my home town in coastal Andhra. If everything goes well for a couple of days in Bombay. Not more than that hopefully. But who knows. Man proposes, wife disposes.

    you in one of my cousins weddings thats gonna happen on the first of Dec,,,
    Who says I can't go that wedding too. I don't need much to go to a wedding, a promising feast and an invitation are enough (the latter is not really necessary) :D

    Ekta:
    btw i like the idea of holding the hubby at gunpt...hmmm
    OK. Anand is going to kill me for givng you ideas! But I am not sure you haven't already done it at some point :D

    Astral:
    hey, i am sure you are gonna look stunning in that sherwani
    OK. I am convinced that you are my wife posting under disguise in an attempt to convince me :D

    just imagine what you must have done to your parents and ppl around....
    Read my reply to Priya. :)

    (if no sherwani then the gun point story for sure :))
    LOL.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:23:00 PM 2006  

  • gauri:

    Tips when traveling with a kid (from a been-there-'got'-that mom):

    Spot another couple + toddler team, with the kid's age and lung power about the same as your kid's. That way ppl won't be able to tell which shriek came from which kid; probability of you escaping dirty looks is 50%. Of course, you have to risk them thinking it was yr kid all the time even when it wasn't ;)
    That is hilarious!!

    Now's a good time to invest in those little headphones that amway-aunty was asking about - (who would've thunk these amwayites do have some use besides entertainment after all?!!)
    LOL@amway aunty. More like an amway hottie, but your point is still valid

    Make sure the kid cries his heart out the first few minutes. Once the expectations are set and ppl expect him to cry every other minute, his usual cry-intervals won't seem as bad. (It's all abt perspective & relativity)
    ROFL! You should post this as a blog post.. Really this is so funny!

    pls convey my regards to your wife :-D
    Et tu, gauri?

    Pritika Gupta:
    i was not able to force my hubby to wear sherwani for our marriage..forget bout others..:)
    You see, at his own wedding, he may not have understood the consequences of disobeying you. Now he might actually wear the sherwani when you ask him to :)

    Sudipta Chatterjee:
    Ha haha... maybe you could turn up at the wedding with a leather fetish suit: that will be kind of new ;)
    ROFL! one of the reason I am trying to avoid Sherwani is because I don't want to look gay. I don't think a leather suit might help much :D

    Rohini:
    Read it out to my husband
    Thank you. I am glad you liked it!

    Alan
    Wow! Where did that giant SPAM come from?
    Ya, how did they know to choose the exact moment I will be away from the computer for a day!

    Vani:
    Don't forget, there's also the return journey! he he
    Damn, you can't let me be happy, can you!? :)

    Bishu:
    Big Fat Andhra Marriage.
    I can give the skinny right now. It is going to be hot. There are going to be a bunch of pretentious snobs. The wedding will last for 3 days. The only silver lining is the food :D

    gnightgirl:
    I'd like to hear HER report...
    I am glad she is not into blogging ;)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Wed Nov 22, 11:24:00 PM 2006  

  • Oh come on...don't u just love big fat Indian Weddings? BTW, am i the only one who thinks south indian weddings are boring as hell and those Punju/ Maru "Monsoon Wedding" type things are way too cool!

    By Blogger freespirit, at Thu Nov 23, 02:50:00 AM 2006  

  • dna, was talking about weddings, and me envying you. I have a few of my own memoris of travelling with toddlers, so thank you very much! ;-))

    By Blogger rads, at Thu Nov 23, 05:15:00 AM 2006  

  • i am yet to meet a man who doesnt look good in a shervani... stop fighting it... and as for the toddler in the flight.. i would send mine ahead by cargo rather than endure a long flight... sorry!

    By Blogger the mad momma, at Thu Nov 23, 08:35:00 AM 2006  

  • You're talking to yourself
    again,and you're not in california
    you're in a mudhole in india.

    I bet all of these comments
    are you talking to yourself
    you are the devil incarnate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Nov 23, 11:52:00 AM 2006  

  • meanie! hehe... i have learnt heaps from it .. infact secretly thats exactly how I intend to be.. hence the religious reading of stuff like that ;) ...

    oh and since u live in us of A .. cud you also tell my luv that!! he livs in new jersey!! :P grr

    By Blogger Isha, at Thu Nov 23, 02:21:00 PM 2006  

  • You have no wife you have no
    son you live in india,you
    are a nut.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Nov 23, 06:08:00 PM 2006  

  • re update: i admire your wife's tolerant nature (of you)! :) actually, i imagine you make her laugh quite regularly. glad the flight was w/o incident.

    btw, i don't normally read your comments (you have SO many!), but you've had some weird anonymous ones preceding this last one from me. at least they seem weird to me...

    By Blogger si, at Fri Nov 24, 04:49:00 PM 2006  

  • hey twisted - looks like we might have to visit India soon. Please please do one blog on how to keep "that person" gainfully occupied during that looonnng flight. Kuch tips?

    By Blogger Something to Say, at Fri Nov 24, 07:24:00 PM 2006  

  • this post made me visualize this....i just fast forwarded to d trip we've been planning to visit my brother....wid this kid of mine!! frightening thot...that many hours wid him on d flight...oooooooooo!!!!! :0

    sherwani's not that bad? sum guys luk really goood in them!

    By Blogger ishita, at Sat Nov 25, 02:51:00 AM 2006  

  • So, aren't you going to reward us for the outpouring of sympathy, by giving us the juicy tidbits of the whole affair?

    By Blogger How do we know, at Sat Nov 25, 04:15:00 AM 2006  

  • he he..i came in a leettle late but glad to know u survived.. ;)

    By Blogger Di, at Sat Nov 25, 05:14:00 AM 2006  

  • I personally don't like the sherwani, I don't think men look good in it. It's no different from the salwar kameez. But what looks really really good is a white kurta, with jeans. That's pretty cool and formal enough. Guys (atleast the ones I know, like george clooney, brad pitt...) look the best in a white shirt and jeans... remember ocean's eleven.

    By Blogger Shadow in the Moonlight, at Sat Nov 25, 07:36:00 AM 2006  

  • hehe I wanna see u too. Ok take ur time. And u know my email? Anyways here it is: kajole@hotmail.com

    Enjoy the wedding and enjoy ur nice long break. And do blog from there whenever u can okk :)

    TC!
    Keshi.

    By Blogger Keshi, at Sun Nov 26, 01:14:00 AM 2006  

  • Enjoy the wedding. And I think by now, everything is fine 4 u.

    By Blogger Kalpana, at Sun Nov 26, 08:39:00 PM 2006  

  • Where do you stay in Hyderabad? My parents stay there. My native is Andhra only.

    By Blogger Kalpana, at Sun Nov 26, 08:41:00 PM 2006  

  • And did you survive the Sherwani?!

    By Blogger sinusoidally, at Sun Nov 26, 08:47:00 PM 2006  

  • Glad to read your update:)

    My question is "did YOU behave perfectly?!" :D:D

    Have a great time and come back safely.

    By Blogger Asha, at Mon Nov 27, 05:42:00 AM 2006  

  • So finally you survivied!!!! :))) .... I have been reading you blog regularly, but commnting for the first time. Have added you to my blogroll. :)

    By Anonymous rooma, at Mon Nov 27, 07:38:00 PM 2006  

  • you hang in there dude! all the best!

    By Blogger Diligent Candy, at Mon Nov 27, 11:48:00 PM 2006  

  • each of ur posts is scarin me more n more abt gettin married... may b som day I'll decide not to get marrid at all.

    By Blogger harshavardhan reddy, at Tue Nov 28, 10:04:00 PM 2006  

  • Oh, good to know you all reached home safe and sound :-) So... when are you coming back with some stories on how it went from there ???

    Have a great holiday and enjoy the wedding :-)

    By Anonymous NZ, at Wed Nov 29, 01:22:00 PM 2006  

  • You should/have you read/read the book ' Misery' by Stephen king!
    in that this guy is tied to a chair and goes through ' bad-time' :)

    By Blogger Nida, at Thu Nov 30, 02:52:00 AM 2006  

  • hey Sherwani is not that bad an idea!!!Guys look handsome in it!And did u actually wear one??But, u r a sounth Indian...Sherwani is normally worn by us, North Indians???

    By Blogger Neha, at Thu Nov 30, 03:43:00 AM 2006  

  • aren't u ever coming back?

    By Blogger How do we know, at Thu Nov 30, 11:56:00 AM 2006  

  • freespirit:
    am i the only one who thinks south indian weddings are boring as hell
    I am right with you :) But in terms of pretty girl, they are on par so I can't complain.

    rads:
    so thank you very much! ;-))
    Damn!

    the mad momma:
    i am yet to meet a man who doesnt look good in a shervani... stop fighting it...
    It's amazing how all the women I know think exactly alike on this! Resistance seems futile.

    i would send mine ahead by cargo rather than endure a long flight... sorry!
    LOL. Don't think I didn't try ;)

    Anonymous:
    I understand that you mistook me for somebody else. Puleeeze, don't come to conclusions solely based on profile pictures. Several people use Alfred E. Neuman as their profile pic. I urge you to go through my blog and I am sure you will be convinced that it's a case of mistaken identity. I will be happy to correspond with you over email and explain better.

    Isha Reddy:
    oh and since u live in us of A .. cud you also tell my luv that!! he livs in new jersey!! :P grr
    Aha! Details plaese :P

    si:
    re update: i admire your wife's tolerant nature (of you)! :)
    Me too ;)

    actually, i imagine you make her laugh quite regularly.
    I try to. But most of the times she hold her head in her hands and says, "For the millionth time I admit that you are stand-up comedy material. Now can you get serious?" :D

    weird anonymous ones
    Tell me about it! I am used to people calling me names but with a good reason :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Thu Nov 30, 06:11:00 PM 2006  

  • Something to Say:
    looks like we might have to visit India soon.
    With a kid? My heartfelt sympathies :)

    please do one blog on how to keep "that person" gainfully occupied during that looonnng flight.
    Are you talking about your husband or son? :P

    That stuff is probably not too interesting for general public. I will leave a comment on your blog with whatever I know.

    ishita:
    i just fast forwarded to d trip we've been planning to visit my brother....
    I guess it depends on how many hours of flight it is. If you are just flying across the country, it might be easier to manage. Mentally preparing yourself and the kid will help :)

    sherwani's not that bad? sum guys luk really goood in them!
    In most cases that "some" doesn't apply to me :) I will keep fighting.

    How do we know:
    by giving us the juicy tidbits of the whole affair?
    he he he. My hope is to make the blog a fast paced comedy. If I write about teh flight journey it will be come slow, boring, award-winning art movie :)

    aren't u ever coming back?
    Don't celebrate yet :) I will be back soon

    Di:
    he he..i came in a leettle late but glad to know u survived.. ;)
    :) Ya, I survived the flight. Now there is the rest of the trip to survive!

    Shadow in the Moonlight:
    I don't think men look good in it. It's no different from the salwar kameez.
    You are my new best friend!

    Keshi:
    hehe I wanna see u too.
    Will email you soon...

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Thu Nov 30, 06:27:00 PM 2006  

  • Kalpana
    Enjoy the wedding. And I think by now, everything is fine 4 u.
    Thank you. Things are going smoothly so far.

    Where do you stay in Hyderabad?
    At my in-law's place near ECIL x-roads, with friends near Madapur or at my aunt's in S.R.Nagar. All over the place :)

    You are not in Hyd anymore? Where do you live?

    sinusoidally:
    And did you survive the Sherwani?!
    Wedding is not until next week. I haven't bought one yet, yay!

    Asha:
    My question is "did YOU behave perfectly?!" :D:D
    LOL. I think so... not sure ;)

    rooma:
    So finally you survivied!!!! :))) ....
    Yes, the trip part. Now I have the rest of the trip to survive.

    Thank you for adding me to the blogroll. I haven't been able to read your blog yet :(

    Diligent Candy:
    you hang in there dude! all the best!
    Thanks, I need all the support :)

    harshavardhan reddy:
    each of ur posts is scarin me more n more abt gettin married...
    What I write is just the tip of the iceberg :P

    OK, don't be scared too much. I have a tendency to exaggerate and dramatize things to make them humorous. In fact, I have one of the happiest marriages and wouldn't have my life any other way. So do get married, but find the right person for you.

    NZ:
    Oh, good to know you all reached home safe and sound :-)
    Safe yes. Sound, I don't konw ;)

    So... when are you coming back with some stories on how it went from there ???
    I was hoping to write when I am in India but not find time yet. I will get back to blogging soon.

    Nida:
    You should/have you read/read the book ' Misery' by Stephen king!
    Didn't read the book. I am pretty sure he wrote it after he's been on a flight with a kid :)

    Neha:
    did u actually wear one??
    Wedding is not until next week. I am still fighting it :)

    But, u r a sounth Indian...Sherwani is normally worn by us, North Indians???
    These days everybody is wearing them irrespective of their state, shape, size and sexual orientation.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Thu Nov 30, 06:43:00 PM 2006  

  • awaiting your pic in a sherwani- did u do ur night away from kiddo?

    By Blogger artnavy, at Fri Dec 01, 02:21:00 AM 2006  

  • lucky u 4 having a well behave kid & wife!! ;) How is it 2 b back in India? where u in india?

    By Blogger Has to be me, at Fri Dec 01, 08:32:00 AM 2006  

  • haha.. good to hear you survived it all and as for the wedding... ha ha ha.. hey by the way are you in INdia till 14th of Dec and in Hyd that too by any chance????

    It is my wedding day and I would be glad if some one from Blogsville can make it there.

    By Blogger Sush, at Fri Dec 01, 07:35:00 PM 2006  

  • He's been in a mud hole in india
    all the time folks.Get outta here
    while you can. This guy is
    a sicko.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Dec 03, 03:09:00 PM 2006  

  • Looks like I'm extremely late and the wedding is over. Hope u had fun. Had wanted to ask u not to be so westernized and go on and wear a sherwani. It all adds to the fun and color of the event - too late now!! (smile)

    By Blogger Calabar Gal, at Mon Dec 04, 12:56:00 AM 2006  

  • are you back from your survivor trip??

    By Blogger jhantu, at Mon Dec 04, 08:32:00 AM 2006  

  • I am backand late.I am sure the wedding is over and you survived the trip. take care.

    By Blogger starry nights, at Mon Dec 04, 02:33:00 PM 2006  

  • artnavy:
    The kid's practically glued himself to me :( All my hopes of dumping the kid on my parents and having fun are dashed. So I am not even going to try to spend the night away.

    Has to be me:
    How is it 2 b back in India? where u in india?
    Going to India is always fun! Great food and your money is worth a lot! I am at my home town now, but will be going to Hyderabad soon. I am guessing you are in Balgalore?

    Sush:
    First of all, all the best for your wedding. I will be in Hyderabad at that time but I will be attending another wedding on the same day. But it would be wonderful to meet a fellow blogger though. I am guessing you will be too busy before and after the wedding. If you do have time to meet before or after, let me know. You can reach me by email or mobile: 9908113394

    Anonymous:
    Once again, please read my reply to you above.

    Calabar Gal:
    wanted to ask u not to be so westernized and go on and wear a sherwani.
    My wife used that one too :)

    It all adds to the fun
    Fun of other people watching me in a shwewani, right? :P

    jhantu:
    are you back from your survivor trip??
    LOL. Got a couple of weeks more to survive

    starry nights:
    Hey! Great to see you back (with a good back :P) I am doing OK so far!

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Mon Dec 04, 09:37:00 PM 2006  

  • I am in Chennai now. Will be coming to Sush wedding next week (monday) to hyderabad. Will be there for a week. I am badly missing Hyderabad. Now, just counting days to be over there. BTW, my parents stay there.

    By Blogger Kalpana, at Tue Dec 05, 02:09:00 AM 2006  

  • lol.. damn damn damn hillarious
    !!!

    By Blogger raghu, at Wed Dec 13, 11:06:00 AM 2006  

  • hahahaha... that was something i've seen a lot here... at home and with friends... travelling with kids ... :)

    hey Mr TD, u write very well... having fun reading ur blog... :)

    By Blogger Aaarti, at Sat Dec 15, 11:23:00 PM 2007  

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