Two Small Things

R said, "Well, that’s all bhootkaal for me." I got a start – “What? Ghost-time? What do you mean?” I thought he meant that although he was alive, he had outlived his time; had become, metaphorically, a kind of ghost -- because he is very capable of saying just that. But he explained that 'bhootkaal' simply meant the past. Whoo, what a scary, powerful word!

Comedian Javed Jaffrey at the beginning of the Filmfare awards – someone said to him "Salaam Namaste,”* and he replied “Wa aleikkum namaste." Well, it made me laugh.

*The name of a recent film, which combines Muslim and Hindu greetings.

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