Sunday, April 15, 2007

Keep the flag flying.

"So why do you Tams wear your lungis like that" she asked. Shaken from semi slumber (which I can fall into anyplace anytime, especially if you mention words like normal mode analysis), I very intelligently remark "Huh?". She repeats the question. and I launch into it as Sidhu used to launch into a well flighted delivery. Speaking of launch is that what bongs do at the Taj Bengal?
"Firstly its not a lungi its a Veshti"
" Same thing only, why but?" she asks
"Its like a flag flying at half mast. We do it to mourn the death of Tamil culture due to invasion of this alleged culture from the north. The north being anywhere above Sriharikota (speaking of launches yet again)."
But I digress we fly our flags..err our Veshtis at half mast and like Dougal McDougal we use our noses to play Abide with me. "
"Isn't that also an invasion of culture?" she very astutely points out.
"Well, ahem, yes, but some of us love the British (aka "the britishers aka verry decent fellows saar, not like these Americans scoundrels saar, all wearing only nicker and roaming here and there saar.). Also it allows the light sea breeze to cool the fundamentals. In the hot humid summer, there is nothing like a breeze cooling your future generations. After all isn't it a parents duty to ensure comfort of their young, both current and future? "

10 comments:

MinCat said...

dai! lungi daan adu. the veshti is the leeser known and less brigthly coloured unstitched garment. Though to be honest i dunno what "she" was looking at when the question was asked.e

Australopithecus said...

minicat!! i know..i've worn both pls!! including one interesting experience of catching a bus wearing a veshti..long story.

gowri said...

saar, u are the gaud only! the value of the veshti has been made crystal clear only. thou art enlightened M.Australopithecus!

tangled said...

lol.
Excellent, most. I love the nicker quote. Only I was thinking nijaar.

Shweta said...

Hey Saar, have I ever mentioned the excellent piece that I once read? It was about the 'Language of the Mundu- The Mundu as a social instrument', entirely worthy of your esteemed attention.

Australopithecus said...

@gowri: thank you M'amzelle Gowri.

Australopithecus said...

@tangled: good point. nijar is good.

Australopithecus said...

shweta: arey wah! no maydam you havne't. Google zindabad :

Amrita said...

ah nice description of Vesthi. i'm thinking that i shall be consulting u for garment descriptions... but only they mai bee a lil westerner and notherner than the ones mentioned here..... i hope u will be letting me know if u're interesting...

Mahesh said...

Saar the beauty of the Veshti cannot be descibed. Some of us saar absolutely refuse to wear them because of the trauma suffered in childhood. Hey if you grew up watching your periappa having a veshti he hiked up to his non existent thighs and spindly legs "Veshtis do contribute to abstinenece"