manjesh in america

Thursday, June 02, 2005

this post will probably be full of kannada references. in keeping with the situation. adhikay, kannada kalsbittu ba... (so, learn kannada...)

praveen and i showed up at the airport to pick up manjy. for once, we were early. so we spent the time looking at travellers and wondering if it was manjy. then we spent some time wandering the terminal looking for him. finally he showed up, and went straight to the phone booth. yeah. we were watching him go by and laughing the whole time. i wanted to take a photo, but praveen kept telling me i'd get arrested.
manjesh at the airport
manjy looks the same, but like most of us, men and women..., he's got himself a buddha belly.
so we drove him over to the hotel where he was staying.
manjesh and praveen at homestead inn
that whole hotel seemed to be populated by indians. after checking in, the first we noticed was the king size bed. yes, of course i asked him to pose on it. he seemed strangely reluctant. i want to know what he associates with a kingsize bed. oh, did i mention that it was the only bed. and he had a roommate showing up later. you would have to ask manjy if he was cute...
well, after eating some really good "sweets" that manjy carried all the way from bangalore, we settled down to the serious business of unpacking. manjy ate some too. thanks, raghu and preetham. i heard raghu did all the actual buying and preetham was managing... this hotel had a kitchen, so off we went to buy enough food to see him through the next few days.
in the lobby, we met this nice indian girl. so we asked her where the nearest indian store was. she said "goh straiiigggghhhhttt, take a laeft, you will come to circle. there are some shops there." man, immediate flashback to bangalore. yes, she was kannadiga. no. no pictures of strange indian women here. we managed to let her know that we knew kannada too, by talking to her in kannada.("oudha, neev ella bangalore indha...") then we found out she really didnt know too much about the place. so we went off to explore. picked up some food and a knife from a chinese supermarket. got back and decided to start cooking. praveen was in charge of the whole curry operation. i sat around looking good. like i usually do. manjesh kept on talking about how he knew cooking. turns out american kitchens are not like indian kitchens. puntaaaa.... excuses, excuses. then we figure out he doesnt know how to cook rice either. hahaha. so now praveen tells him. 1 cup rice, 1 and a half cups water. while praveen and i cut up the stuff, and throw it in the pot, we hear noises about showing him how to cook. instead of paying attention, manjy is busy putting his nonstick frying pan together. the one that he got for free when he bought another one. then he showed us how you dont need to put oil in a nonstick pan when cooking eggs. after scraping off the resulting mess, we made some more eggs and settled down to eat dinner.
cooking eggs
praveen will give you the recipe for the curry if you want. it was chickpeas, tomato paste, onions(?), whatever spices manjy brought( the hero brought sambhar powder, rasam powder and chili powder. what is the world coming to when indians dont know their spices... we threw them all in) and coconut milk. i think.
did i mention that a girl who works with him dropped by to say hi. far be it from me to say more. other than say that he went up to her room first. and she told him to come over the next day and learn cooking.
our kitchen dada did send an email about how he was really busy, didnt he...

17 comments:

Jake said...

and here i was hoping for some pictures of nice indian hudugis.
and all i get is a buddha belly, really now, too many of em around ...

Adarsh Bhat said...

> then we found out she really
> didnt know too much about
> the place. so we went off to
> explore. picked up some
> food and a knife

For a moment I thought the knife was for her. :)

By the way, Thomson, you really need to work on your Kannada.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕಪ್ಪ.

Loukik said...

tommy...i don't see garlands around manjy's neck..you guys didn't give him a 'traditional welcome' at the airport eh?

zimblymallu said...

@babyface >pappa hudugi. i would never...

hoy, eno, junior? puntaaaa...
full level kannada nanathra beda... i'm aware of the lack of skill. its perversely satisfying.

@loukik >we couldn't find enough chappals... or enough people for bumps.

Anonymous said...

aye nodro... junior senior ge comment hodithane. adu yava senior ge....tommy, the cool man, the yo! man ge.....parking lotge karkondhu banro avananna...;-)

Jake said...

my my, a li bit of a celebrity, were we in college, eh tommy ?
down boy! down ! ;-)

Rajesh said...

Nice going Tommy boy. Tell me this, did manjy finally cook at all or was he more interested in the non-stick cookware :)

zimblymallu said...

lol.
somebody please translate that bit of kannada for me.

thats right. let go of me guys. dont hold me back. biddo, maga...
no i wont calm down......

like the rest of you, i have no further information about manjy's cooking... one of these weekend's i'll get an update.

Anonymous said...

nice pics,

would've liked the pic of that kannada gal too... jus to see the 'state of affairs' ther in NJ. want to know if things there are really as bad as Mr.Deepak Yavagal made it out to be :-p

btw... no hope for manjy. that buddha belly's gona get bigger on a high octane diet of high breed american chicken ;-)

lol abt the Non-stick frying pan. free stuff will always be free stuff

~bigfoot
PS: ease up on the kannada dude...ur killin it..perverse or not

Adarsh Bhat said...

and stop calling me babyface

zimblymallu said...

i'll try.
my hardest.

Omkar said...

I request zimbly mallu to retract the comment on calling Adarsh baby face immediately.
Reason:
1. He is from mangalore.
2. He is a GSB. Well you will never know what that is pal. U are a ABCD or a fob to be more precise.
-Omkar Prabhu

zimblymallu said...

a fact is not an allegation.
what does mangalore have to do with it? silly provincial attitude. welcome to the world.
a gowda saraswat brahmin can't be a babyface?
representing fobbiness since 1990, and having fun too.
request denied. with gomuthra on top.

Anonymous said...

Man,
You identify yourself with a group from Kerala. Its a PLACE for u r kind information. Dont you? We identify ourself as a group called GSB from Mangalore. I am planning to start a blog called simply GSB. Yeah and we spell simply right? Mr Mal.
-Omkar

zimblymallu said...

its mallu/malu
lol. where we come from, we usually add an "oo" sound to the end of everything...
actually, i dont identify myself with any group from kerala. im a mallu, which is more about the heritage of my language. yes, if you speak mallu, you get to be an honorary mallu... and if your parents speak it, and their parents before them, it becomes de facto.

neev ella rowdy thara. the GSB from mangalore. like Desi Kingz or Mallu Hit Squad.
lol. i should hope you spell simply correctly. its not like the GSB from mangalore pronounce simply zimbly ,right? please let me know when u do so i can add it to the blogroll

Anonymous said...

lei omkar nana magane, u being educated talk complete shit by identifying ppl from their place of origin ... grow up baby grow up ... be proud of tommy ... though his mother toungue is not kannada and is in usa from past 3 years and in no way needs to learn kannada but inspite of all these hes learning kannada ...

- Buddha Belly

Adarsh Bhat said...

I'm not GSB :P