Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Diwali at chez Shenoy

Well, finally Diwali came and went. I spent it sleeping in bed. For a change, this was not because of a hangover. I had this really virulent attack of gastroenteritis, an ailment in which the alimentary canal makes many humorous sound effects and generally leaves the afflictee with the athletic ability of respected shri vajpayee. By the evening, I was walking around like a Tai' chi master.

My dad (who is a doctor) is away in america, but when I rang him up for help, he took all of fifteen seconds to diagnose it over the phone.

"Touch of gastro, nothing to worry about" he told me, and prescribed a medicine which worked like magic. Almost the next day, I was turning cartwheels and accepting invitations to parties.

The afternoon one went fairly ok. I had a couple of vodka and limes without dulling the intellect even a little bit. If I had been in that line of work, I would probably have discovered a fundamental particle or two.

The evening session was a little more drastic. We were invited to my sister's house and her husband uncorked some rather classy rum with a fancy name. I had no more than two drinks, to the best of my knowledge, but I  managed to get plastered to a level I haven't been since I discovered that I had passed my engineering finals.

Few things, dear unmarried reader, bring out the demon in the old helpmeet more than the spectacle of a plastered husband. It is a no-no on the scale of forgetting to pick up the kids from school or getting her a bar-tool set for her birthday. The missus was very not-amused and I am very strictly on the dry side of the barometer till further notice.

So, happy Diwali everyone. I hope you have a great year, filled with joy and prosperity, love and friendship, warmth and understanding, and of course, some decent scotch.

21 comments:

The Cloudcutter said...

At least you were not like this guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZQsA7G0hvQ&feature=popular

Or were you? :-)

narendra shenoy said...

@cloudcutter - Haha! Very cheeky, young cloudcutter. Also vry close to that guy in the video, alas :-(

Ranju said...

err... isnt one supposed to stay away from booze(few days atleast) after a gastroenteritis attack ? no ?

The Cloudcutter said...

"Young" cloudcutter?!?! I see the dregs of the exotic rum are still floating in your bloodstream.

Mr. K Bodhi said...

So let me get this correct. You have stopped alcohol?

Siddharth said...

how them gastro virus doing ya? you bribed them away with the rum, mate.

Anonymous said...

"athletic ability of respected shri vajpayee" ...hehehehe

I thought you stopped booze long time back..when you decided to lose weight..no?!

--Saranya

Bea Walker said...

I have a different perspective - I think you bribed the gastro critters with all the alcohol to quiet down and celebrate Diwali with you :)...well looks like the yearly cleaning is done, you are a little lighter T-shirts and philosophy wise and dry....them's the breaks huh? Happy Diwali!!! (all cheerful and perky, coz one doesn't have to lay off the margaritas, hehehe)

Chethana said...

This is a collective comment for all your last 6 posts that I caught up with - thereby coming a little back to life sitting at work.

Defend those single malts unto death (or starvation by the missus)!

Idling in Top Gear said...

You got Mrs.S a bar stool set for her b'day?!

Anand Ramachandran's Evil Twin said...

Surely you jest about prolonged dry spell? Nothing that a Guitar Hero session or two can't cure.

narendra shenoy said...

@ranju - One is supposed to, but one is a bit fallible :-(

@cloudcutter - If you turn out to be as old or older than I am, I will turn three reverse somersaults and emit yips of ecstasy.

@Bodhi - Temporarily. VERY temporarily

narendra shenoy said...

@siddharth. Just settling in. Off rum, tragically

@saranya- I keep quitting, but onerous societal burdens keep dragging me back. No one sadder than me, I assure you.

@bea LOL! Thanks for the Diwali wishes. Hope your Diwali was great too

@chethana - :D I will, I will! It is not likely at my age, but if I do get another child, Single Malt Shenoy shall be its name, regardless of sex

@idling - Well, no, never had the courage to. Because the bar tool set contains a cork screw and that
corkscrew is likely to go up my you know what if I ever have the temerity to gift her that.

@anand - I'm getting them a guitar hero for X-box. We shall compete on MY home turf!

The Cloudcutter said...

Come on, start with reverse somersault no. 1....
And, where's that yip of ecstasy? It'll have to be really loud.
I am 84, you see.

The Cloudcutter said...

Single Malt Shenoy!! And who will he/she marry? Caviar Krishnaswamy?

indiegurl said...

i think you would be AMAZING plastered. amazing-er than usual, that is. You should get drunk purely for the public good. Public good is a good excuse for anything. It's in the Constitution of India. I am not kidding. :)

Absolutely Normal Chaos said...

Hahaha, I can only imagine what her reaction must have been! :)

Cynic in Wonderland said...

Death by drowning eh? Sounds like a good way as any to pop off. ( The germs i mean)

Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab said...

wow, looks like the gastro that père shenoy prescribed weakened the liver - interesting side-effect. glad to see you are ok

Deepak Gopalakrishnan said...

Naren-dry Shenoy, eh?

aniramzee said...

FYI it's diwali chez shenoy, not diwali at chez shenoy. Fait accompli