Thursday, July 31, 2008

Minnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd Blowwwwwwwwwwwwing!

A new word has entered the Indian vocabulary. It is used in stand-up comedy shows, in music shows, in schools, colleges, offices and public places. Celebrity judges in comedy circus/challenge/central, whatever, say that word with some glee and reverence. Nubile girls in low-slung jeans and tank tops around their breasts say it, boys bulging with muscles like so many miniature balloons blown up inside them say it, so does the man on the street.

“Minnnnnnnnnnd blowwwwwwwwwwwing,” said with a drawn breath and extended consonants, just the way yours truly has written it above. It rings in homes, in schools, colleges, etc. etc., and everyone agrees it is a nice word. But what does it mean? This unlettered peasant doesn't know.

It is our connection with the world, the international world I mean, nut just Belapur or Gurgaon. We have a fixation for such phrases. Once it used to be, “cool breeze, no sweat,” now it’s “Minnnnnnnnnnnnd blowwwwwwwwwwwwwwing.”

How does the mind blow? How does it? What does it mean?

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