Monday, October 02, 2006

Haute couture

At the coffee machine.

Coins clanking when they touch another metal. Settling with the familiar, which we do not hear. But they exist am sure.

Bonjours and kisses in the air.

So I pick up my cup and stand by the window.

The window is to be shared I see, when someone walks over. I move to accommodate.

We sip our coffees in silence after the smile of unfamiliarity and civility.

Nice shirt, she says.

I smile and say thank you.

Unfortunately I do not find anything to reciprocate.

I look at her colorful shoes a second longer than necessary. Red, blue, yellow and was that green?

She laughs. That’s my daughter who wanted me to buy them. They go with none of my clothes, but well...

I laugh too.

How old is your daughter?

10 almost.

I smile.

As I go back to my coffee and open window, she asks, 'Do you have children?'

I tell her, 'I'm not married.'

Once again I almost return when her expectance pulls me back.
I see her question has not been answered.

'Oh. No. I do not have any children'

The French!


Anonymous Poorni said...

A cool post Poornima!

10:55 AM  
Blogger raka said...

Ha ha
So you do have a sense of humor.
London now Paris? lucky you.
Am curious what kind of job pays for all this.
Have a nice trip.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Aparna said...

And in Paris you found someone speaking sentences in English!!

What say, Lucky huh?

12:00 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Poorni: Thanks!

Raka: My sense of humour is a tad rusted, but it exists somewhere! The JOB takes more than it pays as always!

Aparna: I cut out the 'Ummm...' 'La la...' 'Qui' and the rest of it and the puases n helpful suggestions from my end. But yes, everyone I have met in the organization I am with right now, speak good english.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous one among the crowd. said...


good one. anyway the shoes even with tiny legs in it could go two different ways.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Shim said...

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5:48 AM  
Blogger Shim said...

Reminded me of Chetan's boss around 50 yrs of age, in Chicago, who told me " Dont ever leave this man, you will never find a better person".

btw will be reaching PDy on 18th and leaving on 24th for hyd. Back here on 26th! u home then??

5:49 AM  
Blogger sp said...

ha ha...this is a Readers Digest piece!! :)

And you are right, every job probably takes more than it pays...but I guess, it pays to pay attention to how much we give and try n take away somethings that are not for the giving ! ;)ha ha...

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if you write a blog for the pic or you write the blog and then actually take the pic...either ways you've definitly got a good eye.

7:14 AM  
Blogger b v n said...

It was soo smooth,easy...admire your style :)

and yeah..The French !

11:02 AM  
Anonymous nuage said...

Its nice to know that you are in France now. Have been reading your blog for a while though never left a word. Its good. I see that you have heard it a lot of times before. So I guess I need to add that its much better than "its good". Will be back looking for more. Thanks for leaving some good pages to read.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

OAC: What a thought to wander around with in your head!

Shim chechi: Lol! Yeah- dont leave him! :P Should be home by the 22nd of Oct.

Prasanna: :)) Thank you!

Anon: My writing follows my quest for finding the right pictures. Always.

BVN: *Rolling my eyes* The French I tell you!

Nuage: The pleasue was all mine.

2:46 PM  
Blogger JanaBanana said...


as always, refreshing.

hope paris is far more agreeable than north america was. write me - there are stories to be shared.


8:15 AM  
Anonymous NoConjuror said...

Were you the one who painted the sky with stars, pray then who did - Nice post.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Sindu said...

ha ha.. Cool blog!! :)
Hey,B'lated bday wishes..U were not in India for ur last bday too ;) Seems like Sep-Oct is sought of lucky time for u to Fly..

5:43 AM  
Blogger Goldilocks said...

Sweetheart..wish you a happy b' sorry about not being able to contact you...even thru u loads....hope you had a blast....will send u a detailed mail as to whats up with me...

7:39 AM  
Blogger Goldilocks said...

sweetheart...wish u a belated happy b'day dear....i am so sorry i missed it...not that i forgot...just could not get to the net to send u a u sweetheart....hope we can meet soon!!!i might be getting transferred to bangalore...

7:44 AM  
Blogger mathew said... never lose your desi instincts!!.. a distant neighbour at Hamburg..

8:51 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Jana: Am waiting for the reply!!!

NoConjuror: TY for the nice post part. The other?!

Sindu: As always my birthday is spent away from home! :(

Sowmya: Will look out for your mail. Thanks for your wishes honey!

Mathew: Ah, neighbor!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Dhanush said...

Lol :) Back to humor :) Reminded me of your broken vase story.

Nice one

12:22 PM  
Blogger Lost in trance... said...

nice way to end! :)

10:13 PM  
Blogger Lost in trance... said...

nice way to end! :)

10:13 PM  
Blogger A.G.Sudarshan said...

Hehehe... 'The french!' seriously! :))

Wrt the photos.... HOW IN WORLD???


7:52 AM  
Anonymous kerabyte said...

is that a digital slr that u use ?
ppl abroad really dont mind if u whip out the cam and take a pic that so?
i have a digital ,but never had the courage to take all the pics i wanted to
do u work in tcs ?

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Mtheory said...

cool post

11:41 PM  
Blogger Goldilocks said...

Poonima...sowmay here...need your mailing you..please reply back totally lost dear........

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is weird! I've checked your blog just y'day n this wasn't there!
I love The French for that very same reason:D...

5:23 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Dhanush: Humor is not my forte! :)

Lost in Trance: Howve you been?

Sudarshan: I take SERIOUS offence to you wowing my pics only! :P

Kerabyte: I FIND the right pics. Dont take any!

Mtheory: Ty.

Sparsh: :)

2:01 AM  

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