May 15, 2006

Kin-dread spirit

It has recently been revealed to various distant relatives that one plans to make a trip to the Homeland in the near future. And it is remarkable how hitherto-unknown persons are seen to be crawling out of the very bark of the family tree to tactfully demand various gadget-type items from Singapore, apparently unaware of the fact that their local electronics store could sell them the same things at practically the same price in this liberalized age. One’s attempts to point out the above fact are met with vague and entirely unfathomable replies to the effect that items from phoren are generally “of better quality”.

Amongst said kinfolk you would find the young Distant Cousin, a stripling of great pestilentiality, who evidently burns with the need for an imported PDA* at the age of eleven. The ownership of such a device, one gathers, would allow him to reach the coveted position of Coolest Kid in School, presumably qualifying him to use terminally-hep exclamations like “yo!” as part of everyday conversation. (This is in addition to the yaar, pronounced with the r silent, which he already uses about five times every sentence).

Further, it is most disconcerting to note that many of said kinfolk appear to consider one an authority on all gizmos electronic. This, as the diligent reader of this blog will know, is patently untrue. Yes, one has admitted to owning and even using the occasional gadget. But that was a long time ago, people. We’ve all passed a lot of water under the bridge since then, as the Russian translator said.

In any case, while it remains to be seen when exactly the trip can take place, it is practically certain that the prodigal son shall return to the fold with suitcase upon suitcase full of megapixel digicams, DVD players, ultrasleek mobile phones and the like, with perhaps a small rucksack for his own meagre possessions. Whatever will the customs people say.


*That’s Personal Digital Assistant, people, not Public Display of Affection. Even he wouldn't dare.


Update: A change of some magnitude has been made to the design of this blog. The gentle reader, upon clicking the link called "Comments", shall now actually see the comments (as opposed to the entire permalinked page). One stuns oneself sometimes.

16 comments :

the Monk said...

Yo! Get me an iPod!

Casablanca said...

Whatever will the customs people say.

Oh, just flash a smile and look helpless. Always works for me!

Oops. But guys dont do that. Right. Hmmmm.
*wide grin*

Drops Of Jupiter said...

*giggling at water under the bridge pun*
Sounds like something my dad would say...

apu said...

The One is surely not going to forget faithful blog readers, is he?

Brown Magic said...

Oh, one. you slay me with your quoting of russian translators.

One in a Billion said...

Monk: Of course. No commission, even. Only transportation charges, i.e. airfare.

Casa: And y'all still find things to protest about. Gah.

Jupiter: Well. Glad you like!

Apu: But of course not. Of course not. The very idea. How could you even imply ..

BM: Ah, the comrades have a long and illustrious history in these matters. You’ve heard about the sign at Moscow airport that says, "If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it."

Nessa said...

This is why *the anonymous* decided to surprise all kin-dread when the final trip to the Homeland was made..

anshul said...

Suitcases? Buy impossibly small iPod nanos, Razr thin phones, Slimline DVD players, and put them all in your back pocket :D

Deepali said...

hey atleast it isn't juicer,blender or worse...... microwave :|

One in a Billion said...

Nessa: That had been contemplated here, but even the One is not so spiteful. Some of the kinfolk might not have survived it.

Anshul: Ah, yes. Miniaturization and all. But let us also look beyond. To teleportation, for instance.

Knowing the folks, of course, they'd probably insist on getting the whole of phoren teleported home. This would leave no space for home, which would probably have to be teleported here. Then what would the customs people say.

Dee: Well, there were hints in that direction. They did not evolve into full-blown demands, thankfully.

Karthik said...

Love your written voice.

One in a Billion said...

Karthik: Thanks, and welcome!

Nessa said...

tch tch tch.. is all *the anonymous* can offer..

the Monk said...

ah, come now, what is money between comrades? (presuming comradeship)

One in a Billion said...

Nessa: And it is quite adequate, too.

Monk: Ah, but you understand that one would not remain laayak to show one's mooh within a thousand miles of Gujjuland if one started making such concessions.

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