September 16, 2005

With marker or spray

Random notings from several days on the road.


The "Seva Counter" in Mangalore's Kadri Manjunath Temple has a price list. Here are some of the items on it:
    Rudrabhisheka: Rs 30
    Karpoorarathi: Rs 5
    Shatharudrabhisheka: Rs 6000 (including santhampanae)
    Thulabhara (without sothu): Rs 250
    Ganahoma and coconut: Rs 100
    Belli Ratha Seve: Rs 4000


Mangalore station has a large stone tablet, painted with this legend: "550 miles from Madras." I searched in vain for a tablet that would tell me how many miles from Windhoek.


Just behind the platform at Kanhangad (Kerala) station, you will find the "Orphanage Industrial Training Centre" and the "Orphanage Computer Centre".

At the same station, you will find a newly painted sign saying "Use the footpaths available at both sides of the". Which may or may not remind you of one of Winnie The Pooh's neighbours (?), "Tresspassers Will".


Kannur is home to the "Give & Take Company". Sounds right.


The End Point restaurant in Thalassery is closed. Nevertheless, it tells me proudly that it is an associate of "Arabian Buns".


Two new Malayalam films I want to see: Lokanathan IAS and Bharath Chandran IPS. OK, OK, I'll admit it. I also want to see Lou. OK, OK, I'll admit some more. I also want to see the film whose name I didn't catch because I was too busy memorizing the line below: "Miss India The Mystery. Her Eye Searching Some Body. Heart Full of Passion."


Thalassery is home to the "Regional College Spoken English", where you can "Speak The Western Way."

And that reminds me that in Semmankuppam, there's the Oxford Institute, where you can get "Training on grammar, spoken English fluenzy."

And that reminds me that Vadakara is home to the North Park Hotel: "A Pompous Hotel."


Tshirt on a man who gets into my bus says: "60 smith signature with marker or spray."


km said...

Thanks for that fine spray of coffee on the monitor ("spoken English fluenzy"!!!), but Dilip, please explain the reference to Windhoek?


zap said...

I also think you should want to watch the superhit Kannada movie 'Jogi' with a tagline to beat all others 'The Feel that Never Ends'. Say it together and experience the reverence that never ends.

Nitish said...

Of course, this is 4 months too late, but looked at another way, it's never too late for Winnie the Pooh:

"The Piglet lived in a very grand house in the middle of a beech-tree, and the beech-tree was in the middle of the forest, and the Piglet lived in the middle of the house. Next to his house was a piece of broken board which had: "TRESPASSERS W" on it. When Christopher Robin asked the Piglet what it meant, he said it was his grandfather's name, and had been in the family for a long time. Christopher Robin said you couldn't be called Trespassers W, and Piglet said yes, you could, because his grandfather was, and it was short for Trespassers Will, which was short for Trespassers William. And his grandfather had had two names in case he lost one--Trespassers after an uncle, and William after Trespassers."

"Trespassers after an uncle, and William after Trespassers." Sheer genius.