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Kebab me kaun kaun hai !!

December 24, 2008

This article is about my friend Mr. AT. I have actually always wanted to write about him.
Where do I start?
I first met him in college around 7 years back in Trivandrum (in CET) and from there onwards, we have been as thick as thieves. The main reason as why I am writing about him is that he represents for me personally, “The 21st Century Indian”.

He represents for me, the new breed of twenty something years who do not have a single fear in the world and who are ready to go get things done (unlike me).
Nothing ever has been a problem for him till now. Being the arts club secretary of our college, he has literally conquered mountains to get things done. This list would actually contain a lot of things like getting funding for events, preventing many drunken brawls (using only his brains) and many many more.

No situation has been unconquerable for him. Around 2 years back, he had come to Pune to become an MBA graduate! His limited knowledge of Hindi did not ever pose the slightest problem for him. (Unlike me when I had come to Mumbai three years back).

Some of his more famous dialogues in Hindi include:

Kebab me kaun kaun hai!!! (What is in this kebab?)
Mera Hindi bahut gharib hai!! (My Hindi is weak)
Yeh bahut aparaadh hai!! (The price is so high)

He did manage to slaughter Tamil for a year when he was in Chennai before coming here and just like that, without the slightest discrimination (LOL), he has managed to slaughter Hindi and has successfully done the same for more than 2 years now. The recession, the job market crash has hardly made a mark on him. When I was in Pune last week for a meeting I did manage to meet him and the old AT was at it again, cracking jokes and drawing attention all the time.

We certainly need more go-getter’s like him who are not afraid of failure, language problem, and all the differences, we have as Indians!!

So this article is dedicated to this ass, the man voted the most popular man in college in Pune (without knowing Hindi) and the man who cares two hoots about what others would say when he strolls around casually in his Mallu Style Lungi in broad daylight in Pune in his college!!

PS: I am sure that AT is not going to read this blog, but yes, Best of luck to him and to the countless others who have forgotten their Hindi after meeting him……..
PPS: and Merry Christmas to all!!!!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. J P Joshi permalink
    December 24, 2008 3:29 pm

    I have also met a few of this kind in my life. These are the people who make life very very liveable under any circumstance and one should never let go of them because they are not only good, they are priceless to have as friends. They spread positive feelings all around and nobody can be low in their company. May the AT breed grow – we need many more of his kind. Thank you for sharing and for putting it across so simply and beautifully.

  2. 1conoclast permalink
    December 24, 2008 3:33 pm

    I agree with Joshi ji. Not only must the AT types abound, the attitude must infect & prosper!

    Merry Christmas All!

  3. Ajit permalink
    December 24, 2008 3:33 pm

    I absolutely agree with your thoughts JPJ Sir….
    and Thanks!

  4. Ajit permalink
    December 24, 2008 3:35 pm

    yeah 1conoclast…. may their numbers increase….. and merry christmas to you and JPJ

  5. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    December 24, 2008 4:43 pm

    Goes to show that language is a barrier in the mind alone. Where the uncluttered heart triumphs, as it has in the case of AT, there are barriers no more.

  6. Smitha permalink
    December 24, 2008 5:56 pm

    These are the kind of people that transcend all barriers, aren’t they? It is certainly an amazing ability to be such a personality! Lovely post , with a lovely message – perfect for Christmas:) Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  7. Ajit permalink
    December 24, 2008 6:01 pm

    “These are the kind of people that transcend all barriers”…

    Right on the button…..
    and merry christmas to you…

  8. L. Venkata Subramaniam permalink
    December 25, 2008 7:30 am

    This post reminds me of my own college days. There are always chaps who leave a mark…

    More power to your friend!

  9. Ajit permalink
    December 26, 2008 3:31 am



  10. Indyeah permalink
    December 26, 2008 4:39 am

    lol!was reading this post yesterday and it got me rolling with laughter….was thinking of commenting later at leisure..but ur comment got me goin:)….yeah I soo identify with this scenario..know a few AT type dudes and dudettes myself….and its always been a ball with them…coz I never knew hindi could be slaughtered in soo many ways….sample this
    ”As a toddler I used to crawl on the floor to get to the toys”

    jab mein chota tha toh mein raingtha (rengtha?)tha khiloni tak pahuche ke liye”

    ahem!the dude in question was my best girl pal!lol!

    But Really these are the most priceless friends one can have…….they have made life bearable..:)…

  11. Ajit permalink
    December 26, 2008 5:12 am

    @ Indyeah,

    “jab mein chota tha toh mein raingtha (rengtha?)tha khiloni tak pahuche ke liye”

    hahahahaha 🙂 LOL…..
    yeah, he does seem worse than my friend 🙂
    and yeah, they do make life bearable…

  12. Kislay permalink
    December 26, 2008 5:34 am

    Kudos to your pal mine . We definitely need more like him .

  13. The Quirky Indian permalink
    December 26, 2008 5:59 am

    More power to people like him.

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year,

    Quirky Indian

  14. Ajit permalink
    December 26, 2008 6:15 am

    yeah, I agree and best wishes to you QI and Kislay as well…

  15. Renu permalink
    December 26, 2008 10:09 am

    wow 🙂 U have made a hero here, whom I wud love to meet.
    We need more of his tribe in today’s world.


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