Saturday, September 17, 2005

Where have all the daddus gone?

It occurred to me yesterday that there weren't any daddus this year. Come the rains and the lawn is usually teeming with them as they hop about in a short-splendored frenzy. A daddu, for those who don't know, is a small frog that used to emerge from its underground habitat during the rains. But this year we haven't seen any. I wonder where they've gone. Nana says the jugnus (fireflies) have also disappeared. He remembers the hedges used to tremble at night with their flickering lights. Not any more though.

I went to the local video store the other night and came away with a copy of Parineeta and a CD of Noorie's latest album, Peeli Patti aur Raja Jani ki Gol Duniya. I'm not exactly sure what the title means, apart from being a slick advertising gimmick to lure suckers like myself into buying the album. The music is loud and plain and completely devoid of any excitement, unless of course you like music that is loud and plain and can be used to work up a mad rage. Otherwise, please save your hundred rupees. Give them to me.

And in case you were wondering, the best ringtone in the world belongs to one of Nana's friends; a short and simple message that drones "Abbu, phone uthain!"

That's it for now.


Blogger Crazed Teacher said...

u know thats true now that u mention it the daddus have gone and jugnus are almost extinct..... i could have told u noori is just total rikshay ka shoar and parineeta is a nice movie theyve given lots of attention to details.

4:06 AM  
Anonymous JB said...

Peeli Patti aur Raja Jani... seems like a recipie of Paan. I have seen people ordering a Zahoor Raja Jani, Zafran, Sounf, Khushboo, Dobule Patti, Single Kattha, Choona, Anmol and Challia paan. I suppose Ali Noor is a paan junkie

Where have all the daddus gone
And where are ducks of the park?
Where’s the little firefly
To flicker in the dark?

4:58 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Ushi: yes, rikshay ka shor, how apt.

jb: ok, so Peeli Patti aur Raja Jani tau samajh main aa gaya - they're types of tambaakoo (tobacco) - lekin what's the Gol Duniya about?

Thanks for the poem! Insha-Allah, hope you're well, and well-fed.

1:36 AM  

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