Sunday, October 16, 2011


To Punjaban. To everything platonic. To Plato. To gin and tonic. To fraud sardarni, Amrita Pritam and Grace Slick. To Jasbir.  

I've moved.

I am no longer a citizen of Chandigarh.

A striking impression I leave with is how the people here are like ostriches. They've dug a giant hole in the ground and stuck their heads into it, conveniently assuming that nobody can see them. Only, the hole is called Chandigarh and their version of the world is not the same as yours or mine.

This is their world.

Punjaban once asked if there was a song or verse that I thought could sum up the people here. I had to wait till boarding my last flight out before I could think of one.

Don't see what I do not want to see,
you don't hear what I don't say.
Won't be what I don't want to be,
I continue in my way. 
- A Song for Jeffrey, Jethro Tull

Surprisingly enough, I would not be completely opposed to the idea of a trip back. 

In a while. 

Give it say, ten years.

P.S. JA - thanks for converting my in-flight art into the sheer brilliance that is the map.


Red Handed said...

Bittu mama drives a yellow and black car here.
and bout the whole MADRAS MADRAS MADRAS thing, we keralites take offence :P

kamna said...

Lol lol lol.. :))) u r completely mad... bwahahahahing @ tropic of patiala...

god bless the new people arnd u :)

subbulakshmistoned said...

my friend from Canneda says there aren't any Punjabis in his province. I say you're not in Canada only then.
They ought to include this in Geography text books yaar. High time.

notgogol said...

@RedHanded: But its true baba. Anything south of Bbay is Madras re. Really!

@kamu: Yes, yes. The Lord must have mercy on them.

@subbulakshmistoned: He clearly is not in Canneda then. Or is in some part of Canneda that does not have motels or farms or grocers or plumbers or mayors.

Shruthi said...

This is just, hilarious. I am especially in love with the map. Just, super. Please go back and not in a decade.. earlier?

not here said... the Tropic of Patiala and Madras!!

kamna said...

darling... im so in luv with the map ive linked u on FB... i knw u dnt like it bt its too awesome to hide :-DD

notgogol said...

@Shruthi: How? How can you wish something like that upon me ya?

@not here: Thanks! :)

@kamu: Aiyoh! It's okay lah! I like me fan mail once in a while you know :D

anoushka said...

It's strange how you can ridicule a community you're such an integral part of. And I see how you've dedicated this post to the poetess. Interesting. Very interesting.

anoushka said...

And by the way I meant "poetess", not poetess. Excuse the typo.

notgogol said...

@anu: You know - you are so funny, I would not be terribly displeased if you die.

Basically Blah said...

Hmm...if this map were to be a globe, you would be the axis. Just saying.

(Snarkiness aside, absolute brilliance this.)

AtomicGitten said...

Admit it- you're going to miss it, aren't you? :D

Shruti said...

Hibernating, aren't you? Please come back and write again. Pretty please?
We don't want this void in the blogville again. Satyam!

notgogol said...

@BB: Ahem Pot! :)

@Atomic: Not at all. New city. New life. All good.

@Shruti: I shall write oftenerer this year. I think. :)