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Saturday, 22 August 2009

If Only

There are times when the days just seem to overlap. There is not much to distinguish them from one other. A routine sets in and I mindlessly follow the preset agenda like a machine. It is a slow march where I am falling in line, only that there is no audience and nobody to appreciate the synchronization of my movements. I am referring of course to the work week.

I like my job well enough, the job suits me and I suit the job. But I wonder sometimes how life would be if I had picked a different calling. A more unsuitable choice. On a Saturday as I sit and cogitate about this, a bunch of options present themselves

- A kamaulika in desi serials. I would love to be the evil woman. I do not want to be the glamorous vamp. The role of the actress who needs to spend a couple of hours putting on her makeup and a couple of hours taking it off does not attract me. I want to be the equivalent of the dastardly Prem Chopra on television. The pretty, glamorous women in their backless cholies do not hold any appeal to me. I see myself more in the shoes of the shriveled up woman delivering some downright Machiavellian dialogues. I want to mock the holier than thou good girl and rub my palms with evil glee. The reason I pick television is a) their standards are much lower - I might actually have a chance b) they last forever I could spent a good couple of years doing my dark laugh, pushing old ladies down the stairs, making entries as the music rises to a crescendo ( to indicate said entry by bad person character , newbie). On a not completely unrelated note I think if I got to play someone that bad I might actually be a better person in real life. And if that does not prove to be the case then I will at least be the person having some laughs.

-Another job would be a writer of erotic novels. I cannot elaborate on the why of this (it should be obvious) due to the family nature of this blog. By which I mean of course that my family sometimes drops by.

-At number three and only because this job might require some actual work is the job of a cook. Am I seduced by the food network, do I want to make millions yelling at young aspirants when they cook the fish too fast like a British cook who is ruling all ratings? No, even in my day dreams I am fully aware of the improbability of such dramatic success. Also believing in karma and reincarnation I would be terrified and spend most of my time enumerating the species of insect that I would most likely be reborn as. Or do I want to make the most perfect cake (Martha Stewart style), so pretty that it inspires awe and guilt as you dig into it? Nope, I am too much of a no fuss person for that. I would like to be the no nonsense "one dish specialist". Spend my time making that one dish sublime. Perfect it. That one dish that you just need to have, that one dish that has captured your imagination when the hunger pangs set in and now makes all other options seem like a sorry substitute. As a person of the other side of the counter at the moment, it seems to me that the "one dish specialist" is an artist that has few equals. As I dig into that perfect Vada Pav, or flawless plate of fries, or that Spanish Rice without an equal, I feel a respect for the person whose creation leaves me so happy and sated. To crave it, seek it out and then satisfy that craving seems not unlike love making to me. And I would love to be the person responsible for so much uhhhh satisfaction...

Well that is my list for now. But the weekend has just begun so there will probably be a few more by the time I tire of this train of thought

11 comments:

Miss M said...

Write an erotic novel? LOL! Seriously?! ;)

stringOfPearls said...

:)
They are Gag careers so to speak. So why not. There will be no effort to write quality :)
U dont have gag wish careers?

Nu said...

ehheheh Erotic novel writer !! I loved the idea :) And I'm telling you, you will get loads of comments pointing out this profession that you have mentioned !!

I'm really unsure as to what is your current profession but lady cooking ain't no fun i guess..i mean for a profession ! So i won't take it in thoughts also ! :)...But the writer...eheheheh... LOL

stringOfPearls said...

Nu

I like to cook. And you have a point. The other two options are more attractive to me but I see that writer one is the only one that catches people's attention...
But u loved the idea? You would do it? Thats good to here:)

Miss M said...

Hmmmmm you know I've never given it a thought! Maybe I should.

Sleepless in Singapore said...

Can I get discounts on the Erotic Novels??

Aparna said...

I think I want to be a vamp.
There are some distinct possibilities there. About the erotic novels, I think that should be best left to experts. I am a puritan.

stringOfPearls said...

SinS - No...

Aparna - Yeah,Vamp still has my vote in comparison to the lead female characters. But the shrivelled mother in law is a great part and I am not sure there is an equivalent to that in other countries.

Suchismita said...

good choices... I think i like the evil actor best. really requires no talent or creativity. would suit me perfectly!!

Rambler said...

I want to be the equivalent of the dastardly Prem Chopra on television.

hahha that would be fun actually..for some reason I want to be that in real life..be able to terrorize people..shout evil slogans like Rambler kush huan

stringOfPearls said...

Suchismita - I agree the evil actor os my number one choice too. :)

Rambler - Prem , prem chopra is the most memorable line next only to bond, james bond.. It is a great thing to aspire to :)