August 27, 2009

Truth or tale?

Are you one of those people who makes conversation with the person sitting next to you on the airplane/train/bus out of sheer boredom? I am. Many times I extend the first arm of conversation with the person next to me and then act off their reaction. Thankfully on long flights, no one is complaining for some chatting company and are typically content with some small talk that anyone is willing to offer... more so on the ancient Air India flights that lack a personal entertainment system, leaving the interested few craning their necks to glimpse the teensy TV sets that drop off the roof of strategic seats. Almost all of the time I am very honest about everything I tell the people about myself, mainly because it never occurred to me to fabricate anything on-the-go. But this time I was thoroughly bored on one of my shorter connecting flights and decided to give my imagination a go. More so because the person next to me went on and on about how Indians were incapable of doing "different" jobs and how we were all stereotypically only Engineers these days. And how Engineers led to IT jobs led to India's inflation and now the recession. After that, I didn't want to admit to being an Engineer. Hence, meet Jayanti Parasuram, food photographer for the Food Network in India, now travelling to Delhi for an assignment with the Taj for their annual Gujarati food festival. And so it began. Having chosen a very different tale to tell, the interest from my co-passenger was high and my prospects for spinning the tale in random directions even higher. Some questions I loved to answer - Do I get to taste the food? What happens to the food after we've photographed it? The answers? Your guess is as good as mine.

7 comments:

sathish said...

nice !!

Saumya said...

ooh nice..:)..i wonder what tale i'd spin if caught in such a situation..and did u ask this person if he/she was an engineer too?..:)

Aruna said...

"Hence, meet Jayanti Parasuram, food photographer for the Food Network in India, now travelling to Delhi for an assignment with the Taj for their annual Gujarati food festival."
Ha Ha! That's hilarious!! :) :)

Jaya said...

Sathish-> Thank you! Please keep visiting!!

Saumya-> Hehe.. you should post what you'd have done. Incidentally, this person was into advertising and not engineering. I doubt he'd have complained so much had he been in engineering himself.

Aruna->Hehe, thanks! Keep visiting :)

Priya said...

hahahaah! Excellent choice Jaya!! I hope you did not get hit by pang of disappointment knowing you had to get back to your lab :-P

Indhu said...

brilliant... I could not stop laughing when I imagined you fabricating :)

love your blog...

Jaya said...

Priya-> Wow I answer you guys afetr a year! Better late than never I suppose! Hahaha. Yes it was memorable experience and 100% more disappointing to get back to the nanolab and photograph things before they vanish or in case we can't see them again! LOL.

Indhu-> Welcome to MindBlogging and 100000 apologies for answering so late! It was good fun and I sure hope you're still visiting the blog (in spite of the shockingly lower turnout this year)

Thanks and keep visiting!

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