Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mom and The Idiot Box

I love my parents and they love me too. Parents are a unique species. They think everything bad is because of you upto an age where you start earning.
When I was a child, the event of a flower pot breaking was always associated with me - "You had something to do with this, didnt ya?" ..my mom used to go. Cracking of windows, she didnt even care to ask that question. Her thinking out loud - "Sigh! Where did I go wrong in bringing you up ?!" ... was always followed by me - "Ma, its not you, its me!". (Well I guess modern day break-ups have something to do with these childhood situations ;)
But the worst stare from my mother (and well.. sometimes father) used to come when we both used to be watching a movie and in comes a steamy kiss scene or a scene with the actress (heroine if you are a bollywood freak!) under an eco-friendly oath with a strict no-clothes regime.
The parental look was a killer one! It was the one saying "Look what you have done! How can you do this to us." ... God! I always feel guilty as if I had directed the scene and my mom just found out.
Why do we feel this guilt i have no clue, but the stare just makes us feel that we are the culprit.. the whole "cultural system" is going down cause of us!.
I used to dive for the remote control to switch the channel but the odds of finding it before the scene was over were way too low anyways. And by the time I got to the remote control the scene was over. Such pity, I missed the whole scene in the control hunt, ended up changing the channel just when the actors were done, and my mom gave me a look which said "you should have been in the industry with such drama skills of i-am-not-able-to-find-the-remote-control-damn-it! and you find it only when the actress gets up the next morning for her breakfast eh?".

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  1. I am certain the TV scene plays out at many a home!! I remember the last time this happened, with dad n me watching TV .. yeah, the remote was some distance away .. so I dove straight at dad instead and covered his eyes with my palm and shrieked "you can't watch that dad!" I did think for a moment that dad would fall off his chair.. that he laughed later was my luck!!

    All in all.. great post! connects!

    (cracked panes, broken pots... U were born to mean trouble .. won't u!! .. Won't blame your mum!)

  2. i remember a couple of instances as a child where i had to fight for my innocence for no fault of my own! hehe... a post after a long time...and its great read like always :)

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  4. :) haha.. very true..and damn funny!

  5. This is a common scene in every Indian house. After a long time Ajinkya thought and thought and came up with this hilarious post.

    Thank God there is no father in our house otherwise it would be so uncomfortable. I remember becoming stiff and motionless until the scene got over.

    Joy always,

  6. There are worse corollaries. If you are one of the children and get to handle the remote, even when it is in your hand you have no idea when to switch. Steamy scenes or not you get panned every time you click.

  7. @Bidi - I can also crack craniums! Was born for that!

    @Shaun, Sush - Thank you men!

    @Susan - glad i could make oyu smile after an hiatus ;)

    @Bhavan - cant agree more :D (I keep the worst corollaries with me ;)

  8. When in a similar situation and having the remote control in my hand, I do change the channel but with hesitation; Thinking that my parents would feel, uh, she doesn't feel comfortable watching such scenes with us around :D