Vibhushan Kumar and Lallan Singh
May 19, 2009Posted by on
Tomorrow is a big day for me(read us)…i am wanting something to happen for a long time and tomorrow could be it. Guys, please pray it happens.
Back to these guys.
1. This other day i was hanging out with my friends in a Dhaba and we were discussing on a whole lot of topics, from elections to IPL, and suddenly this highly exicited and spirited waiter came across to take our order for the dinner. He was a bit confused, a bit confident, sounded different and did not look any similar to the people here are used to seeing.
We had a pretty long discussion on what to order and this guy was surely getting restless…Still he kept his cool and repeated the list in a speed that even bats can’t hear. The dialect of Hindi he spoke, seemed familiar but i wasn’t sure.
“Has to be a Garwhali”…i muttered to myself and a friend happened to hear that. Given my travels/stay throughout the country(except for the South), thanks to my Dad’s transferrable job, he did not argue…
When we were done filling our bellies and the waiter came with the bill, i asked him…
“Kaha se ho?” (Where are you from?)
“Sahab, Bhimtal, Uttaranchal…uttari Uttar Pradesh…”, sure about me not knowing where the picturesque town was located.
I had been there and was happy at my correct guess.
“Kab se ho yaha pe?”(How long have you been here?)
“Sahab do mahina”(Two months sir)
“Kaisa lag raha hai yaha?” (You like it here?)
“Thik hi hai..yaad ati hai ghar ki…par pet ke liye karna padta hai…”(its ok, i miss my home…but i have to stay away to feed them and me)
2. Week before last, i had decided to not to shave till the last Saturday. No reason whatsoever. JLT.
So i went to this barber whose shop’s name goes, “The Barber”…You cant market yourself any direct than this.. 🙂 and asked one of THE barbers to give me a shave.
“Kahi ghumne gaye thhe ka, sahib?”(did u go on for a long trip, sir?)
“Bas aisen hi pooch liye..bohut din se nahi na dhadhi kiye hain lagta hai…”(Just like that, it seems you havent shaved for a long time )
“Kaun jilla?” (Which district? One can easily guess a Bihari…)
“Bahut ganda vyavahar hota hai humse sahib hiya…du mahine se paisa hi nahi diya seth…bihari hai na…par ka kare, iss asha mein hu ki iss baar mil jaega pagar..aap bhojpuri jaante hai lagta hai..waise aap kya karte hai ?”(i m treated very badly here.. i haven’t been paid for 2 months…coz i m a Bihari…just hoping i get my salary this month…u seem to know Bhojpuri..cant do anyhting beyond that…what do you do by the way?)
Thodi thodi ati hai… (I know it a bit…did not answer his last question, i would not have been able to explain… 😦 )
And then i realised, i am just one of them, my dad has been one of them, several times…just that the jobs were different…par kya kare pet ke liye karna padta hai….