I have recently been informed that there exists a Telugu Association of North Texas- It is popularly referred to as TANTEX
Much hilarity ensued. I was wondering if membership came with free chaddi-banians of bright colour and unreliable elastic, because you see Tantex to me has been and always will be a brand of underwear.
I used to be the not so proud possessor of one numbers of aforementioned ilk. It caused an embarrassing moment once, when the elastic that held up my underwear, as well as the last remaining vestige of my alleged izzat, decided to avail itself of the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) and stop functioning with immediate effect.
Did I also mention that this was the day i decided to go back to my roots and immerse myself in Tamizh culture by wearing...a veshti. Now gentle reader do you begin to see why I was harping so much on "izzat".
I then declared that this was not possible and due process had to be followed before VRS could be availed of, and in absence of all the requisite procedures, absence from work was illegal as no forms (in triplicate had been submitted [duly attested by gazetted officers]). I had no choice but to enforce ESMA.
Luckily I had a backup, not trusting self's Veshti management skills, I had cheated and had up my sleeve (not literally), the CRPF....err sorry no I meant a belt.
Now this not being outdoors and not in Madras, there was a small matter of adjusting the damned thing....unlike in Chennai, where adjustment of said piece of clothing even on the roadside, will not cause people to faint with shock. So we stole behind nearest available bush (checking of course for friends of the non legged kind and others whom you wouldn't want crawling up your veshti.We, by we I mean err..me, managed to avert catastrophe long enough to get home and change.