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26 September, 2004

Ahem, vagina blurbs !

Hi Caferati,

This is my blog for today, hours before my birthday, so if you want to throw brickbats, please hold them for 24 hours in the name of decency.

I have been meaning to dispel a cloud of thoughts that's been meandering in my brain since a week after having experienced an interesting event.

Picture this : a staid audience of about a thousand anxious parents of school kids, enjoying a show where kids dance and sing and frolic. Just before intermission, the chief guest, a very housewifely chief guest, a theatre personality gets up to address the quiet audience.

She tells us about the dual faux pas committed by a friend who was incidentally a chief guest at some other similar function. She chirped two illtimed quotes :
Mark Twain : I do not want schooling to ruin my education!
Oscar Wilde : I never allowed my schooling to interefere with my education....

Whilst the audience titters lightheartedly she drops her own bomb without a warning :-
There was this play The Vagina Monologues, which when banned in Chennai forced the director to explain, they have no vaginas in Chennai, only assholes.

Only I tittered and about a thousand pairs of eyes glowered. I liked the humour, let the rest be damned to hell. The audience treated me like a leper, with looks that could kill.

The thundering silence that greeted the chirpy lady's immaculate humour can only be described as a glacial avalanche wherein ice, pure and mindless ice buries everything in sight.

My amusement petered off soon enough, and I was left wondering, how thin is the line separating one man's humour from another's affront.

Human life never ceases to amaze me. I bet you got something to say about this !

Ahem.

Cheers !

5 Comments:

Blogger rats said...

happy birthday max

and good writing here

27 September, 2004 19:53  
Blogger Max Babi said...

Hi Rats

Mighty sweet of you to have commented...
I was apprehensive the icy silence will greet me again.

Cheers

28 September, 2004 08:33  
Blogger John said...

Hi Max,

Serious thought on your birthday!

The writer could have called it "Yoni monologues" and it would perhaps have been more acceptable!

hahahah!

John

28 September, 2004 11:06  
Blogger Max Babi said...

Hi John,

I wished to write a review of the famous new novel Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho -however it seemed better to test the water by writing this anecdote. My feeling is, the fair sex is not at all interested in discussing gender issues and sex : the outspoken lady in my anecdotes gets utmost admiration from me. Would a change of name help in such circumstances? I doubt...

cheers

28 September, 2004 15:22  
Blogger atreyee said...

Maxxxxxxx- Happy Birthday to you! Tum ti tum! Please put in the tune !
BTW ...Just attended the V-Monologues at the Calcutta Crosswords and the response of my fellow audiences- not counting that of women like Aparna Sen and Noboneeta Dev -Sen ..aam aurats like yours truly and starched sari-clad matrons included ...was overwhelming! Calcutta is still very open minded to humour - must say!
Cheers!

02 October, 2004 12:01  

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