Monday, March 22, 2010

TRAVELLING COMPANIONS

I travelled with Deepika Padukone today. As I was coming to work, I sat alongside a smiling Deepika, all demure-pretty with a clip in her hair and a sunny yellow dress, posing against an impossibly-blue sky and a fairy-tale cottage with a riot of flowers in the garden.

Surprised? Don't be. Ever since I came to Mumbai, I have travelled with the likes of a fresh-faced Salman Khan (with long-hair, cute-smile and his shirt-on, looking like he did in his Hum Aapke Hai Kaun days). And with Amitabh Bachchan, when he was still a beardless and helmet-haired angry-young-man with an intense gaze and a sneer on his rouged lips. And a cherubic-fresh Preity Zinta, or an angelic-vacuous Aishwarya - often dimpling down at me or gazing down at me from both sides. Or sometimes a Shah Rukh Khan from his floppy-haired, puppy-eyed days, who looks ready to break into a K-k-k-kiran every time the vehicle stutters in a traffic jam.

No, I don't travel in a Merc. I travel in auto-rickshaws. And one of the greatest amusements is to find whose image will be there on the inner walls of the rickshaw when I climb in. Glossy, glamourous and larger-than-life travelling companions I can look at when the rickshaw is stuck in a traffic jam.

And imagine myself in the company of stars. After all, Mumbai is the City of Dreams, and a little bit of tinsel gets rubbed off on me even when I am caught in the middle of suburban roads and daily chaos.

Unfortunately, all auto-rickshaws do not have Bollywood stars as interior decoration. Some have lights and blasting sound-boxes, some have shabby velvet and some have shiny rexine. But, for me, the shine is missing from a rickshaw-ride if I don't have a brooding Amitabh by my side. Or a rosy-cheeked Aamir. Or a twinkling Juhi Chawla.

I'm not choosy. Just celebrity-struck when I'm traffic-stuck.

23 comments:

Swati said...

hehe..hilarious post :)

Aparna said...

Lucky you, I generally travel with various gods and goddesses. Once I traveled with Chunkey Pandey but I do not count that. He is definitely not a star in my opinion.
It's good to have a companion when you are stuck at traffic in amchi Mumbai.

Swaram said...

LOL .. In that case, I travelled with Rani all set to take the saat-phere today :P

I'm Nu said...

funny post :) you can create magic with even the tiniest of the things in life :)

When I was in Mumbai, I actually saw a lot of real actors and I was awed by their presence near me..as close as standing just at the next sink in the theater washrooms :)

And I agree to your experience in Autos..sometimes the auto walas have more than one fav actress and the auto displays the affection towards lot of actresses :P

Meira said...

Wow!
I get traffic and more traffic. And boring RJs on radio :(

manjujoglekar said...

Lol! I didn't get your meaning at first!

Babli said...

Absolutely marvellous and hillarious post. I liked it very much and enjoyed a lot reading it.

Kavi said...

Ofcourse ! Celebrity stuck without much of a choice !

:)

Lovely post !

lady said...

人生的價值以及他的快樂,都在於他有能力看重自己的生存..................................................

magiceye said...

:) hope amitabh reads this post!

indianhomemaker said...

:) Ha ha :) Oh yes I have seen, every auto walla worth his salt has his favorite stars in his autos :)

Tomz said...

very interesting imagination, if you travel in auto-rickshaws u will be definitely sitting beside any of these stars..or sometimes u may be sitting along with some Gods...
and one more, ur blog is becoming a reference guide to those who prepares to learn advanced English, with ur usage of interesting yet rare English words...

sujata said...

I remember travelling once long time back with amitabh in his god like avatar of silsila days in a white jacket and romantically gazing through me to the opposite end of the rickshaw where there was rekha with her blushing eyes and open hair..I felt the romance so much that day, it was difficult to get down from that rick!!

Nona said...

Aren't you lucky? :p

Little Girl Lost said...

a little magic in in the mornng :) ... love how you find beauty in everyday life.

nsiyer said...

The recent craze on outside the auto rickshaws is 'Three Idiots' making one woner whether you should board the auto. But if you are two, then the rickecomes the third. Sme comfort.shawallh b

Onkar said...

Those who put such pictures hardly realise that these will come handy in a traffic jam. Very interesting post.

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regards,
wanderer

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SUFFIX said...

Humorous, nice one!!

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

Few years back I had gone to Elephanta Mahotsav and on the way back I shared the launch with the artist, Vani Ganapathi ( Kamala Hassan's ex-wife ), excellent Bharat Natyam Dancer, who was sitting just next to me and Prachi Shah, sitting on opposite side bench. They were returning after their perfomaces. It was full moon night. We had nice chat .I just cannot forget the golden moment.

Gourav Agrawal said...

ha ha ha :)

nice one :)

G said...

Hahaha! I knew at the first line what you meant! In fact I always thought I would take pictures and do a similar post but that never happened. Once I traveled with two hot bare chested men and made sure I sat right in the middle not being partial to anyone.

Salman and John ;)