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My Ammi ji says that I can be extremely ill-mannered at times.
To prove her point, she narrates this incident when I once accompanied her on a visit to her dentist. The dentist, a cheerful lady, was almost the same age as my Ammi ji’s and when she came out to see my Ammi ji off, I “didn’t bother to greet her” (as my Ammi ji’s version goes). After receiving a stern look from my Ammi ji, I managed to say Assalam-o-Alaikum to the dentist. Afterwards, Ammi ji gave one of the most historic compliments I have ever received. She had said, “Tumhein tou batana parrta hai ke kis ko salam karna hai.” (You need to be told that who is to be greeted).
I would agree, to some extent, that I am ill-mannered. I have almost always no clue about what to say on certain occasions, and even if I would try to follow the crowd, I would miserably fail. I, thus, find it better to keep my mouth shut, and even that can be regarded by some as a demonstration of how much of a discourteous brat I am. Also, to my disadvantage, I am known as a chirpy fellow at some places, and a cold and reserved man at some other places. Therefore, people find it strange when I decide to keep quiet, or when I try to say some words relating to the happy or sad occasion, and they ultimately conclude that I have no sense at all.
So why am I writing all this?
I recently came to know that this blog/diary/journal has been mentioned in Spider‘s December issue. My first reaction was like, what? Ulta Seedha is mentioned in Spider? Then I read that article and felt honoured. Among all the blogs mentioned were some I admire myself, and seeing my own among them was great and strange at the same time. But on the whole, I was excited. And when I checked the stats for this random corner of mine, I was amazed by the amount of traffic it was getting. All due to some words written in Spider.
Then came the question of what-to-do-next. Keeping in view my past record of poor reactions and responses, I guess I would, yet again, just remain quiet. But for once, I am feeling that that’s not the way it should be. Even if it sounds crazy on my part, I guess I should go and say some words which would show my appreciation.
So, Spider! Thank you very much! You have made my day!
And just a little note, this time my Ammi ji didn’t need to tell me anything.