Monday, February 16, 2009

The wait is over

...because the play is also over. Yes, "Nara-Simha yuddham," which has nothing to do with the Hindu legend and everything to do with a political fight between one man named Simha and another unnamed man(Nara), went on stage yesterday at 6:35 PM (ten minutes late) and off it at 7:50 PM (ten minutes earlier than expected). Many Indians attended this show, nearly 400 of them. Which number is, apparently, a very enviable one indeed because these days, no one watches plays. Arun tells us of an admission by C R Simha wherein the veteran actor says it's hard to get fifty people together for watching a show. Managing to blackmail 400 people into watching us is, therefore, no mean feat. The hours and hours of spying, threatening, pleading, cajoling, making death-threat calls have paid off well.

Harish delivered a virtuoso performance, slipping effortlessly into the role of a farcical Prime Minister who has a musician and a jester in his office and has no desire except to remain in power. The mannerisms, the emotions, the costume, everything fell into place perfectly. He really did steal the show with consummate ease, the idiot. Arun, as noted former Ranji cricketer Simha, was pretty hilarious too. His speech-making abilities are quite startlingly good. He would make a good politician, though he'd have a hard time competing with Harish. Pooja, as noted news anchor Megha Shenoy (a poorly veiled lampoon of a reporter who had reviewed us badly last time), spoke impeccable Kannada and spoke confidently and loudly and actually put us in mind of famous and famously annoying news anchors like Barkha Dutt and Sagarika Ghose.

OK, enough trumpeting about ourselves. I can get pretty annoying when I do this, I know. We had an unexpectedly large audience, as noted earlier, and they were very cultured, emitting a slight laugh when we made a joke about Ziggy Stardust and Vince Taylor and not even snickering when we mentioned Modi and his US visa application getting refused and the Ram Sethu thing. They were so cultured that they have, each of them, their own petri dish.

In a remarkable idea, Harish has suggested renaming major roads already named after famous people by using their full official titles. Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi Road, Prathama Pradhana Mantri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Dwiteeya Pradhana Mantri Lal Bahadur Shastri Road would now be found in cities across the nation, referred to for convenience as RMG Road, PPMPJN Road and DPMLBS Road respectively. This is actually quite lame and the primary reason he is still as single as a penis.


Parisarapremi said...


a million different people said...

Aye. Jusht miss. Put it up online no?

Did you give free coffee this time too?

Next time, give some gelato. Or Baskin Robbins' Bavarian Chocolate sundae. Please?

Princess Fiona said...

so "and the primary reason he is still as single as a penis" was a proper LOL statement... :)

but it was overshadowed by an equally pffftt "They were so cultured that they have, each of them, their own petri dish"!

ok fine..i was bullshittin...i laughed at both the lines! :) congratulations on ur play being a success... :)

Nikhil said...

And Harish is the coolest dude in the gang now with his blue outfit and sunglasses...

Vijaya said...

hey .. brilliant effort ... naanantu hotte tumba nakke :-)
btw ... aa kab haakiro oost hegittu??

Arjun said...

[Parisarapremi] Heh, yaake?

[a million different people] Akka, swalpa sumniri. Baskin Robbins ella kottre naavu moore dinadalli beedi-ge bartivi.

It'll come up online slowly. In pieces, I guess. the footage is with the same man who shot it last time.

[Princess Fiona] Thank you very much. How was Maiden? Did you go?

You haven't called yet.

[Nikhil] Yeah, he looks quite the bumbling politician in that getup.

[Vijaya] Tumba thanks-u, bandiddakke.

Kabbu haakiro oost-na safe aagi dispose maadbittvi, in lead-walled underground chambers. So, subterranean creatures bittu bere yaargu gottilla, hegide anta. :)

Princess Fiona said...

as much as i would have liked to go for the maiden concert...i couldnt have..its the same excuse why i couldnt come for ur i told u before...logistic reasons :)

(i live in madras) :)

silk smitha and disco shanti said... was sooper...and as even i am as single as a penis..i was there alone on a sunday evening and had a gooood time....but the acoustics could have been better no..??
and did every1 understand the "pigeon being kidnapped joke"..???

being purple... said...

1. You served coffee the last time?

2. Why are you still so busy?

3. I missed it. All your fault. Make it up to me.

tangled said...

"They were so cultured that they have, each of them, their own petri dish"

i love! Also writing again, if you cares. :)

Arjun Sharma said...

[Princess Fiona] Oh. Then how do we know each other?

[silk smitha and other animals] Yeah, the acoustics could certainly have been better. As also the switches between the scenes. The scenes themselves could have been longer.

And I don't know whether everyone got the pigeon joke. Or the sugarcane joke. Or the "Ziggy Stardust" reference. We just put in whatever we could. :)

Thanks for coming all the way. Pardon the rudeness but, taavu yaaru anta gottaglilla. Profile indlu gottaglilla.

[being purple] I present a three-point reply to your pointed questions:-
1. Yes, we did. It was terrible.
2. I'm not busy. I'm just too lazy to login and stuff.
3. You're not even in the country and it's my fault? I'll try and make it up to you, although I'm at a loss to see how.

[tangled] Heh, thank you. How's Delhi?

silk smitha and disco shanti said...

err...i am just another mysorean who has c(r)ash landed in bengaloru for the lure of dollars-being-converted-into-rupees. Came to know about the play thru facebook and ur google feeds.
and PS. I have a VERY BIG doubt to ask. There is a girl in ur troupe no..?? and still its called!???
P.s. I HAD to ask this...!!!

Anonymous said...

"They were so cultured that they have, each of them, their own petri dish"

Begging to differ (although I don't see why I should *beg* and everything. English is stupid), but that I thought was fug. Single as a penis was funnee.

Sandeep said...

I think the average age of your target audience has reduced by 15 years or so.

Malaveeka said...

What pigeon joke?

Btw Anon wasn't me. I spell funny thus.

Also, fug is such a cute word although I think s/he meant fun.



Su: He can't make it up to you. Since he's in a *relationship*.

tangled said...

I must beg to differ, too. Fug is fug. And *I* think Anon sounds female.

being purple... said...


Things are steaming up in India.

A.S. is in a "relationship:.

*fanfare of trumpets*

Will the esteemed Mr. A.S. now make a press release?

Arjun Sharma said...

[silk smitha and troupe] I know. Cool, right? We told her about it. She seemed to not mind. So everyone's happy-happy-joy-joy.

[Anonymous] What's fug? Is it:-
a) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere
b) a Hungarian armoured scout car based on the BRDM-1 armoured scout car; also known under its Czechoslovak designation OT-65 Otter.
c) from The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer; used as a substitute for "fuck"

P.S:- You're famous. You're being discussed here.

[Sandeep] Yeah, 45-year olds are now reading it.

[Malaveeka] It sounds a lot like you. If you were nice.

Pigeon joke was in the play. You had to be there.

[tangled] Everyone's begging to do something as simple as differ? Maadi.

[being purple] Yeah, why not?

I'm in love with my left hand.

There, announcement made.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend. His left hand is a man's best friend. We are simple creatures.

Malaveeka said...

I am nice. I took you back.

Snakes have 2 penises(penii?). Maybe he and you could be the snake's pp. Aww.

Malaveeka said...

Diamonds are a girl's best friend. His left hand is a man's best friend. We are simple creatures

Wow. You're now super lame.

Arjun Sharma said...

[Malaveeka] Too me back from what? The dead? It's ok, you don't need to be so gracious. I'll live.

Malaveeka said...


Suhas Prakash said...

Awesome phrase ah! about being single --- keep up the good work!