“Just agree with me or remain in the wrong”

29 Jan

A colleague came up to me the other day. He had devised a devilish plan and needed my support to endorse it.  I would later learn that my endorsement was needed for a far sinister plan, one which would eclipse all others and make them seem like Vinicola’s Port Wine in front of French Pinot Noir.

On another note why is it that the people that don’t know what the duck (word masked with rhyming alternative) they are talking about always have the most to say? From my perspective, one needs a brain to have a thought.

I digress.

Coming back to the point, a friend of ours was in a relationship and was planning to get his beau something really nice for Valentine’s Day. He was as confused as how Venkatesh Prasad would be at the WACA in Perth. Eager to make the right moves in a budding relationship, he approached his friends to suggest the perfect gift for his girl. After some deliberation he thought of buying a Digital Photo Frame.

Don’t ask why.

This colleague of mine was probably his best friend and suggested that he reconsider his decision of buying a Digital Photo Frame. He opined that this gift would be as useless as a Comb for a Bald man or a Mic for Manmohan Singh. He was so confident that this was a crappy gift that he dared him to buy it. The consequence of not listening to him could be grave. The colleague even warned him of telling his girlfriend about the gift even before he bought it. The reason – She would hate such a gift and it would probably harm their relationship. Clearly, he was in the developmental stages of maturity and probably should have been carrying a Board on his chest which said “Bear with me! I’m under construction

A Digital Photo Frame might not appear like a great choice but the friend would know better and it really should be left to this friend to decide what’s best. Somehow this colleague had got lies and Gorilla Glue mixed up and his story fell apart. When we met during a Tea break, he recounted his horror of receiving a similar gift from his ex-girlfriend a while ago (1969?), which caused a lot of pain and anguish. So much so that he initiated a campaign against gifting of Digital Photo Frames. The friend, however, was showing no signs of letting up and was dead set on getting what he wanted. Fearing that this friend would buy the Photo Frame anyway, the colleague decided to raise the stakes and issued a veiled threat. What ensued was no less than the botched up “Mahabharat” play sequence from the classic Hindi comedy movie – “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”. Standing at the sidelines, I had the ringside view of the comedy show, as it unfurled. I ended up asking myself – “Yeh sab kya ho raha hai bhai?

However, it was no fun. Trust me.

True to his word, or should we say, ‘threat’ – our colleague spills the beans. Resultantly, words were spoken; actions were taken but just short of Blood being spilt. The friend was forced to buy a set of her favorite Books instead. Our colleague got what “he” wanted. The friend was distastefully forced to change “his” choice and in all this no one bothered to ask the girl how she felt about being given Books instead of a Digital Photo Frame.

I continued to stand by and watch things happen until now. I finally mustered the courage to write this post. I feel so proud.

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