ತಲೆ ಇರೋರೇ ಹೆಲ್ಮೆಟ್ ಹಾಕ್ಕೊಳೋದು.
ಕಲೆ+ತಲೆ: ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರು
by ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರ್
ಒಳ್ಳೊಳ್ಳೆ ಕಡೇನೇ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡ್ತಿರ್ತಾರೆ. “ಯಾವಾಫೀಸು” ಅಂತ ಯಾರಾದ್ರೂ ಕೇಳಿದಾಗ, ಆಫೀಸ್ ಹೆಸರು ಹೇಳಿದ್ ತಕ್ಷಣ ನಗು ಬರತ್ತೆ! Read on!
ನಂಜ: ಡೌವು (Dove)
ಜುಂಡ: ಉಡೀಸ್ಸು (Woody’s)
ಕೆಂಚ: ನಿಮ್ ಬಾಸ್ ಯಾರೋ?
ಮಂಚ: ಬೇಜಾನ್ (Daaruwala)
ಅರುಣ: ಯಾವ್ ಡ್ಯಾಮಲ್ಲೋ ಕೆಲಸ?
ವರುಣ: ಸಕತ್ ಡ್ಯಾಂ (in Maharashtra)
ಗಿರೀಸ: ಡಿಸೈನಿಂಗ್ ಕಂಪನೀಲಿ ಏನ್ ನಿನ್ ಕೆಲಸ?
ಹರೀಸ: ಬರೀ ಸ್ಕೆಚ್ಚಾಕೋದು!
ರಾಣಿ: ಎಲ್ ಸಿಕ್ತೋ ಕೆಲ್ಸ?
ರಾಣಿ: ಯಾವ್ದೋ ಅದು?
ರಾಜ: ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ವಾ? ಫೇಮಸ್ ’ಬ್ಲೇಡ್’ ಕಂಪನಿ.
ಚೂಟಿ: ನನ್ ಫ್ರೆಂಡ್ ಗೆ ಇವತ್ತು ಕೊರೋಗೇಟೆಡ್ ಬಾಕ್ಸ್ ಕಂಪನಿಲಿ ಕೆಲ್ಸ ಸಿಗ್ತು.
ಘಾಟಿ: ಗೊತ್ತು ಬಿಡು. ಡಬ್ಬಾ ಕಂಪನಿ ಅದು.
ರಾಮ: ಟೂಲ್ ಕಂಪನಿಲಿ ಯಾವ್ ಸೆಕ್ಷೆನ್ನು?
ಸೋಮ: ಫಿಟಿಂಗ್ ಸೆಕ್ಷೆನ್ನು.
ಕಿಚ್ಚಿ: ಟ್ರಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಕಂಪನೀಲಿ ಏನ್ಕೆಲ್ಸ?
ಡಿಚ್ಚಿ: ಮೆಷೀನ್ ಬಿಡೋದು.
ಕೋರ್ಟಲ್ ಕೆಲ್ಸ ನಮ್ಮುಡ್ಗಂದು. ಕಟ್ಕಟೆಲ್ ನಿಂತೋರ್ಗೆಲ್ಲ ಓತ್ಲಾ (oath law) ಇಡ್ಯಲ್ವೇನ್ಲಾ, ಅದು.
ಸಾಂಡು: ಹಿಂದ್ವೇರ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲ್ಸ ಸಿಗ್ತಾ? ಯೇನ್ ಕಂಪನಿನೋ ಅದು?
ಪಾಂಡು: ಸಿಂಕ್ ಮಾಡ್ತಾರೆ.
ಅಜ್ಜಿ: ಗುಂಡ್ಂಗ್ ಯೇಳ್ ಮಾಡ್ಸಿದ್ ಕೆಲ್ಸ ಸಿಗ್ತು. ಮೊದಲೇ ರೀಲ್ ಬಿಡ್ತಿದ್ದ. ಈಗ್ ಥಿಯೇಟ್ರಲ್ ಬೇರೆ ಕೆಲ್ಸ.
ತಿಮ್ಮ: ಲೋ ಸಿಮ್ಮ, ಒಂದ್ ಮಾತ್ ಮರೀಬೇಡ. ಹಳ್ಳೀಲ್ ಮಾತ್ರಾ, ರಾತ್ರಿ ಕತ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಪೆಟ್ರೊಮ್ಯಾಕ್ಸ್ ಇಲ್ದೆ ಓಡಾಡ್ಲೇ ಬೇಡ ಕಣ್ಲಾ.
ಶ್ರೀ: ನಿಮ್ಮೆಜ್ಮಾನ್ರುದು ಯೇನ್ ಕೆಲ್ಸ?
ಸಿರಿ: ಲೆವೆಲ್ ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜರ್ರು.
ಶ್ರೀ: ಅಂದ್ರೆ? ಲೆವೆಲ್ maintain ಮಾಡೋದಾ?
ಯೆಲ್ ಬೋರ್ಡು ಸ್ಕೂಟರ್ ತಳ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಮೆಕಾನಿಕ್ ಹತ್ರ ಹೋದ.
ಮೆಕಾನಿಕ್ಕು: ಯಾಕಪ್ಪಾ, ಸ್ಟೆಪ್ನಿ ಇಲ್ವಾ?!
Photos: RK/ Rambling with Bellur
Lunch time in school meant loads of fun. Lunch was between 12.10 to 12.40PM. While in Third Standard, myself, Arvind and Suresh Mani ate sitting on a small yellow stone, inside the ground, slightly away from the Back gate. Invariably there would be only two stones. Arvind and Mani would sit on them and I would have to sit on the fine red mud. That meant my navy blue shorts would become partly light blue shorts!
In Fourth standard, I don’t remember going out to eat. Most of us ate sitting in our designated places. Studious thy name was Yours truly!
In Fifth standard, our class was on the first floor. We still ate inside the class, looking out of the window. This was mainly because three teachers – Noor Fathima, Deena Ram Singh and Anwarunnissa came to our class and ate. The aroma from their huge lunch boxes were awesome! Biriyani, Palak Paneer, Veg Kurma…. All three teachers shouted at us when they ate, and felt we were BADMAASH LADKE! The reason for our noise was we played lot of BOOK CRICKET back then!
Sixth and Seventh standards were terrible. For others. Myself and Hanuman were notorious in pulling the chairs JUST before some one sat. We exchanged pencil box contents and ate from others’ lunch boxes. If we had PT period before the lunch break, that was it. We would be playing and suddenly vanish from the ground and enter the empty class. We would know who brought delicious lunch and opened their boxes. Mahim’s round steel carrier was our first target. He would bring yummy Chapati with Alu Matar, Idly Chutney, Palaav! Palaav in a lunch box those days was something very rare.
Priyankaraj was another guy whose lunch was much in demand. The presentation was what attracted us to open his box. Salad, cream biscuits, cakes, and juice in colourful plastic bottles…we loved it!
Chirag, Vinay and Ramadas would give a spoonful of Sweet Avalakki or Rice Bhaath. A spoonful of good food would only make us want more of it!
Myself and Hanuman would fight while eating others’ lunch boxes, as if it was ours. We would leave just a little hoping that we would not be caught, and ALSO out of humanity.
Arvind’s mom used to bring piping hot food for him everyday just before lunch break. Some of us, foodies in the making, envied this. We already knew the value of hot food! She would always take him to one corner of the Stage (on the Back Ground), and spread a pink towel on the floor. Arvind would be ready with hands washed. She would hand him the Happala and open the first steel container with Anna, next with Saaru, and third with either Majjigehuli / Kootu. Curd rice would be ready in a separate box topped with pickles. We would be playing nearby, and keep an eye on Arvind’s progress. We would only wish we were as fortunate as K. Arvind!
Some boys and girls from north would ALWAYS bring thick Chapati with alu/ baingan. One or two from the neighbouring naadu would only bring curd rice with pickle. Some would bring food wrapped in an aluminium foil. Sometimes, they would force us to have a bite, seeing our food fetish. We would ask for another bite, and they would start giving gaalis! Some would be very tough and not share even a morsel with anyone, nor would they ask for a bite. They would be despised by the foodie group.
Sometimes, some of our classmates would be ill, and sit inside the class during PT period (before lunch break). We would hate it. We would try to send him/her to play or threaten the person of dire consequences if he/she complained. Later we would forcibly give them a small bite, so that they would keep mum.
So lunch time in Sixth and Seventh meant more of play time, as we would have finished lunch. My lunch depended on my mother’s health. She was a class apart in whatever she made! (that’s another post)
L-R (kneeling): Parashuram, Gopal, Vinay, Arvind, myself, Praveen, Vijay
L-R (standing): Kalyan Srinivas, Preetham, Sridhar, Ramesh, Vivekananda, Priyankaraj, Mahim, Chirag, Hanuman, Manalan, Suresh Mani
Eighth standard was when we ate sitting on the 18th cross Bus stand Wall. Once, while sitting and eating Dose, an eagle snatched away my green plastic box, only to be dropped empty minutes later.
In Eighth, we would also go out once a while for JB Bakery Bread toast (75 paise each), Agarwal Bhavan Masale Dose and Krishna Stores Pickles/ Nimbehuli peppermint (5 paise). Everyday after the school at 3.10pm, we would haggle with the guy selling Guavas and Mangoes. When we didn’t have money, we would act as assistants to the Guava guy in smearing salt. We hoped he would be impressed with our services, and give a guava/mango piece for FREE!
The Kulfi selling guy was dark and lean, always with a blue checked lungi. 25 paise for Kulfi and a Bread toast was too costly for us. Those days, to collect 1 rupee, it took days.
By Ninth and Tenth standards, some guys had lost the thrill of lunch time, as they had already started worrying about Life after 10th, +2, LIFE after SCHOOL! But some of us still were as bindaas and careless! We used to start having lunch right from the first period. And the entire row would be partners in crime.
Once during Vijayal’s class, she caught me chewing gum. She always addressed me (quiet correctly) as Paramahimsa! The reason she caught me was, she sat on the teacher’s table, and had a good view, (moving her neck like the jimmy jib camera) of the ongoings ‘under-the table’!
Well it’s lunch time now! Got to go and have lunch from MY box!
Would be fun to know your lunch time stories!
Unrest in my mind.
Pravachanakalanidhi, Sri Ramayanacharya, Vedabhushana,
Mahabharathacharya, Bhagavathacharya, Panditharaja
A Grand Pravachana (in Kannada)
SAMPOORNA SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
Hymamshu Jyoti Kala Peetha
16th Cross, 4th Main, Malleswaram, Bangalore-55
March 31 to May 12, 2013
6.15 to 8.15 pm
All are welcome.
Kindly spread the word. This will be a rare Pravachan of 6 weeks duration. Acharya is getting on in age, and is only doing 10-15 days Pravachan at the most, and that too, very rarely. He has kindly consented for this programme.
Those desirous of sharing the ‘Kainkaryam’, may please get in touch with me by phone. People, I will need all the assistance-Tanu, Mana, Dhana, that I can get, in making this programme successful. Giving publicity by copying and posting to all contacts, would be a nice beginning.
Many thanks, in advance,
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