Tuesday, July 19, 2005

My first Mumbai fist-fight

It's easy to spot new-comers to a city. I could identify them immediatelyin Delhi. They were the ones who asked me how to get to India Gate, which buses went to AIIMS?, how long it would take to get to ISBT. They were the ones who didnt push everyone else on a bus. And who didnt haggle with the auto-rickshaw drivers. I felt sorry for them in Delhi because they had to learn the ways of one of the most hostile cities and no one would take the time to guide them. I'm a new-comer to Mumbai. And it doesn't take a genius to single me out as one. But Delhi has prepared me well.

Moving on to the fist-fight. I hate to be a wet blanket but the fist fight wasnt mine. I was a mere passenger on a bus, on my way to work when behind me, a mother-of-all fights broke out. At first I didn't notice it but one of the participants, no doubt offended by the lack of attention I was paying to him, shoved me into an elderly respectable woman. Embarassed, I muttered my apologies and turned around to give the offender a piece of my mind only to see Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior, of WWF fame, going at it hammer and tongs. Had my Marathi been any better than my Hindi, I would have known what caused the fight. It was in a dead-lock, with Hogan and the Warrior latching on to each other's collars. Each screaming what i assumed to be 'Let-go F*****'. Hogan snapped, landing three clockwork-orangesque punches on the Warrior's face. Bleeding from the mouth and nose, the Warrior got down at a bus-stand and the conductor and his mother (who was actually on the bus because I distinctly heard him call her something Aaie,marathi for mother) heaved a sigh of relief. The Warrior, then returned with something that would certainly call for a disqualification even in the WWF, a rock. Not a stone but a decent sized rock and pressed it to Hogan's face threatening to disfigure it. By this time most of the strong young men and the conductor on the bus had had enough and the two stars were told that they had had enough stage time. They were forcefully(and considerately) asked to get off at different stops and there ends my tale.

Now you didnt expect me to have gotten into a fist-fight during my second week in Mumbai did you? It's a crazy place. The traffic is the worst I've seen. Everywhere is crowded all the time. Beer costs 50 bucks.And this is probably the only city where you have the privilege of paying the eunuch to travel in an auto with you. But I grew to love Delhi inspite of its many faults. I hope that my stay in Mumbai will take a similar path.

24 Comments:

At 12:31 pm, Anonymous mysteryman said...

oye saale...u need t ochk out my blog too...!

 
At 12:14 pm, Anonymous mysteryman said...

btw hav u finished hp-6??..somehow i didnt think it compared too well to say azkaban or CoS...wotsay?

 
At 9:55 pm, Blogger George said...

no mysteryman, havent read the book. waiting for sis to courier it to me. didnt think 2 HP6's in the family was worth the buy. hehe

 
At 11:24 pm, Anonymous mysteryman said...

same here...so i got it at a discount from the insti shop...who took bulk orders...got it at 650... :)

 
At 12:21 am, Anonymous pai said...

hey georgie!!i'm finally calling u that. didn't have time to go through ur blog.. but will definately read it when i am less worried about my future!:).we have projects too now ..in 3rd year!!

 
At 10:12 am, Blogger Vinod said...

HP6 rocks!!

 
At 10:14 am, Blogger Vinod said...

And what's with the teaser-type post?

 
At 9:31 pm, Blogger George said...

it is coming soon da, bit tied up at work at the moment i might get my first byline on the site courest McGrath's 500th wicket. those of you who wish to celebrate then, come to mumbai

 
At 11:20 pm, Anonymous mysteryman said...

first byline?...kindly explain...

 
At 5:44 am, Blogger RSD Superstar said...

George B is very smart for his age.

 
At 5:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go george...happy blogging!!

 
At 6:45 am, Blogger George said...

Byline - when the article is credited to George binoy and not Cricinfo Staff. Thank you anonymous (you wrote it?? :) ) and d-ascendant

 
At 9:06 pm, Blogger Mighty said...

Oye Georgie well done and all (on the article and stuff)...

Unfortunately in Cal, you don't see many fist fights...most of the time the people will keep threatening each other and back away as if some invisible force is pulling them apart. It's a city of bongs after all!

Clockwork-Orangeish punch... hahahaha that was brilliant. Speaking of which, remember the milk bar, well they have a yogurt bar in NYC based on the same design, it's really interesting.

 
At 11:11 pm, Anonymous mysteryman said...

forget delhi and bombay...bangalore traffic is by far the worst of the lot...!!

 
At 12:46 am, Blogger Ms. V said...

You can't help but love Mumbai. Trust me.

 
At 12:52 am, Blogger George said...

yeah mysteryman, the violence in clockwork orange is the most realistic i've seen. Bangalore size-wise is a village compared to Mumbai and Delhi, and the traffic cannot be as bad.

 
At 12:53 am, Blogger George said...

Ah I see that my blog has been graced by the mysterious Ms.V. Welcome, have heard a lot about you.

 
At 3:44 am, Anonymous mysteryman said...

i never said anything abt any clockwork orange...age is catching up with u i c...

 
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