Sunday, October 15, 2006

Indecent Proposal.

So do you take a shower in the morning?

I was a little taken aback by the sudden intrusion of privacy. We were neighbors alright, and we worked in the same building. Yet what kind of a connection demanded an intimate question like this? For a moment, I wondered if I had body odor. Not that people ever complained I did. 

Well, yeah, I do.


I wondered what was so good about it. We were walking together to take that bus to the department.

So are you going to take the shower again?


Now? Would you?

Well, I don’t know. 

What was this guy up to? Irritation waned, and I had started to feel a little scared. Suddenly, the road ahead looked desolate. I could not wait to get to the bus stop.

You know what? I would be taking the shower. So you could take it with me, he offered suddenly.

My jaws dropped, and I stopped dead in my tracks. He did too. Why was the guy telling me all this in broad daylight, managing to look super cool and unperturbed? He was even smiling at me. He didn’t look drunk. He didn’t look stoned. Then what?

What did you just say?, I asked, trying hard not to lose my calm. Carefully, I squinted in the sun to look at his face as he repeated his offer again.

Would you take the shower with me?

I frowned as I read his lips. I wanted to give him the benefit of doubt. 

The what?

Shower? It was his turn to look confused now.

You mean? Please say it slowly?


Did you say the s-h-u-t-t-l-e?, I asked slowly and carefully, reading his lips all the same. I even pointed to the bus stop a few steps away. You mean the white bus? The one that takes you to the medical center from the department?

Oh yeah yeah!. His face lit up. Would you take it with me?

Sure. Anytime.

With this, I heaved a sigh of relief. Accents can be funny. Asian accents, more so. 

Ever since, every morning we have been taking the shower together. The shuttle I mean.



Anonymous said...

what a nice way to take the shower .. oops shutttle ... heeee heee
btw i am honoured

SH D said...

Now u will definitely think of this incident wen u hear the word shower....Hehe...

anon_iitian said...

u have saved a lot of indian girls and obviously a lot of white men from getting slapped:D


Anonymous said...

Ah... why don't girls ask the same question to guys? :D

Advice for your apartment-mate, though: he needs to get his pronunciation correct before he goes out with Desi couples asking the gals if they want to take the 'shuttle' with him. Lip-reading may not have enough time then ;)

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Dreamcatcher said...

Brilliant :D

syrals said...

:)) that was really funny...i read the post again and again..heehee

Rai said...

lol. That was a great post!

DeePDiveR said...

laughing my head off!!

Anonymous said...

Burst out laughing... :)

Good one!

Anonymous said...

Beat me but from a girl who wrote "I pray for a deaf-mute nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a liquorstore." I expected more than "shower" and "jugrat" word playing.

Born a Libran said...

Ha Ha... Lifes a great journey alright...

Anonymous said...


so you do take the shower opps shuttle everyday ?? ;-)

Di said...

o my gud god!! some misunderstanding :O

The Smiling Girl said...

Oh man.. this one is funny.. I just finished reading the mammary problem one just now.. :)