October 04, 2005

Lost in Translation

I spent a good fifteen minutes trying to explain to my friend from Hong Kong what a “behenji” is. I failed miserably. I don’t generally fail miserably at describing Indian things to people I meet here, so I am quite sure it was not a lack on my part. It’s just that there are no behenjis in Hong Kong.
I am worried now. Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar are on TV all the time asking me to take my children under three years of age for polio drops. But nobody is thinking of keeping up with the world as far as eradication of the behenji is concerned! Maybe a celebrity should be on TV asking us to take out little girls to the nearest health centre for immunisation against salwar suits, oiled hair, spectacles, and suchlike.

Observation: Just because he sounds like this chap, don’t turn around and look. There’s every chance he looks like this chap.

5 comments:

colours said...

What is behenji? :)

Kahini said...

Oh I get it now. You're BRANDING yourself. Good thinking, the world is a tough marketplace.

Sonia said...

lol! no behenjis huh? yeah, i guess that happens only in India!

Rash said...

behenjis are everywhere. incl. Hong Kong am sure

neha vish said...

Hhmm.. This whole divide of Behenji vs. The Mod. (as Delhi University discriminated) was a very uncomfortable experience. The myth of uncultured, non alcohol guzzling, god fearing, polyester wearing, oiled hair behenji. It's crazy isn't it. The very university that claims to be socialist in its orientation and where students don't fail to be kitch at the slightest of opportunities, the gentle behenjis are the end of so much attack...

Sometimes, I wish labels were a bit more... giving, than taking away.