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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

As they come and go ... part one 

Sometime during my August trip to Kolkata, when the enigmatic BridalBeer was making us wait, Samit Basu and I started discussing why it gets increasingly difficult for men/women with earlier relationships to get other women/men till a certain age ... and then the trends change. A most interesting case study of the "seeker mind" was done and some of the results are discussed here in a two-part post.

At some point it hits us that we've never dated. This thought might strike you anywhere. Anytime. You are walking back from a two hour physics tuition wondering how long it'll take for that ball thrown at an angle of 62.5 degrees through a viscous fluid to touch the ground. "Nope! I need a girl now. Enuff is enuff," you say to yourself. The thought might even strike you when you are watching Titanic with your other weeping female friends. "I need a Di Caprio too," the weeping girl thinks. Bottomline, it doesn't matter where and when - the thought will strike. For me it happened when I was seventeen. Some of my sister's friends had it when they were half that age. My twenty five year old apartment mate will hopefully have that thought ten years from now.

"Beta, where are you going?" the doting mother asks.
"Don't stop me mom. I'll be back only after I find a girl," the immaculately dressed boy answers.
Bang! goes the door. The mother drinks the Horlicks herself.

So after some initial searching and looking around you land an initial boy/girl friend. You introduce them to everyone and stress on the fact that you are "no longer single". First relationships are always fun. Both parties have years of desires that defined a relationship for them and every day it's a new tryout.

"Ok. We tried the whole holding hands and walking thing last week. What's it gonna be now?"
"Sex?"
"No. We are still too young for that."
"How abt me buying you a soft toy? Big teddy bear?"
"Yeah. That sounds like a plan."
"Can we have sex after that."
"How big is the teddy bear?"

Then, once all these childhood and adolescent dreams take shape, you suddenly have an assessment day. You sit back and ask yourself the all important question - "what next?" You've seen twenty movies together. Made out in the movie theatre as well. Eaten pizzas from every city chain. Bought more mushy cards than one thought was humanly possible. What next? That's when one of the partners makes that all important phone call and says, "Hey, we need to talk." Fifteen days, scathing abuses, torn gifts and incessant phone calls later you are back to being single.

So you take your hunting kit and enter the jungle again. But this time you are equipped with additional confidence. "I can and have to do better than the last time," you murmur.

Part two will touch on the very interesting topic of yardsticks for this search AND yes ... we will provide the solution to that physics problem :)

Comments:
I quite liked this post! Different from your usual posts. But a neat one all the same. Awaiting Part II.
 
@archster This actually marks a return to the kinda posts that i was first reading when I got hooked onto this blog

"How big is the teddy bear?"
I always knew 'Size did matter' after all, nice post :)
 
@archster - :) as Rohan pointed out - a lot of people have accused me of just writing abt relationships and the related yada yadas :) so i'm the one who should be saying that it is a welcome change to be associated with something diff :)

@rohan - how big is the teddy bear? how expensive was the restaurant? how long was the poem? chah! remember when these used to be the yardsticks :))
 
Hmmm.... The problem is asone grows older, the more rigid one becomes about yardsticks.
 
Hmm interesting...but 'torn gifts'? What was being given - badly knitted cardigans?

And sure, next round should exclude pizzas. Too cheesy!Lol :-)
 
Awaiting part II with bated breath
 
the last part of torn gifts and abuses was totally believable!!post part two pliss!
 
Eagerly waiting for the answer to the physics problem!! :D
 
"Don't stop me mom. I'll be back only after I find a girl," the immaculately dressed boy answers.
Bang! goes the door. The mother drinks the Horlicks herself.


brilliant.
 
"how long it'll take for that ball thrown at an angle of 62.5 degrees through a viscous fluid to touch the ground."
u can find the time wthiout knowing the depth of the liquid : O
ohh great master
i beseech thee to tell me so that i may finally achieve a passing grade :P
 
@plumpernickel - almost true, except for one stage when the curve dips downwards - that's exactly what my second post is all abt

@aparna - knitted cardigans, partially knitted cardigans (which you still had to wear), those same teddy bears (maybe ripped is a better word for them), T shirts with an accompanying card saying "I miss you" - the list of things that can be shredded is long :)

@ideasmith - as always - coming soon to a theatre near you - this timee in 3D :)

@jaded - yup! we've all been there, seen there and done that - haven't we :)

@jax - dude, isn't it obvious - the answer is always ... always Pi(e) - now eat it :))

@sayantani - welcome back and thanks :)

@ui - read comment @jax - when in doubt the answer is pi - unless of course its pi *what does that mean*
 
You are walking back from a two hour physics tuition wondering how long it'll take for that ball thrown at an angle of 62.5 degrees through a viscous fluid to touch the ground.
The thought might even strike you when you are watching Titanic with your other weeping female friends. "I need a Di Caprio too," the weeping girl thinks.

Deep undertones of sexism eh? The guys think about physics and the girls watch dumb movies? more likely that the girl was wondering how come Lalita the brown house 2 blocks away has started looking attractive and then realized that she now had b**bs!!!

btw the undertones of sexism part not to be taken seriously... the boy thinking about lalita from brown house to be taken bery bery seriously :)

-hokey
 
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