One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby kylie_koyote » 06 Sep 2017, 11:26

Goodness! I am beginning to see how they got into such trouble with the local constabulary.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 06 Sep 2017, 12:08

My goodness! I'm quite breathless!! As k_k commented, I can see how they wound up in so much trouble. Do keep it coming please, ICS.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Kismet » 06 Sep 2017, 15:29

This is so satisfactory. Being beaten up by an old lady with an umbrella. A lovely, lovely image.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Tracer » 07 Sep 2017, 08:45

“Go! Come!”

Without pausing to argue semantics,
Priceless! :claphappy:

I feel pretty hot, dusty and dishevelled just reading that. You really have a descriptive gift.

Slightly :offtopichappy: but interesting that 'chor' means 'steal 'in Romany. :backtotopic:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 08 Sep 2017, 06:04

[Continuing... thanks for reading]

Regaining his breath, Ginger discovered an exacerbated thirst that would no longer be denied. “I’m thirsty!” he announced, rather unnecessarily. They were both parched now.

Bertie turned to their current best friend, the tallest urchin.

“I say, laddie, any chance of a nice cold drink?” he queried.

The urchin pondered the question, then, in order to be quite clear on the matter, he asked, “Sir wants drinkie?”

“Rather! We both do, ever so much!” agreed Ginger.

Bertie looked down ruefully at his grimy hands and shirt-front. “Er—maybe a little wash as well?” he suggested.

The urchin looked meditatively at Bertie and Ginger, then appeared to sum up their situation with the swift intelligence of the young. “Sirs want water.”

“Oh, absolutely!” exclaimed Bertie, “lots and lots of cool, cool water!”

The urchin took charge again, and with a curt “Come!” he began to walk briskly down the narrow street, while his cohorts closed around Bertie and Ginger as escort, duly setting off in the leading urchin’s wake.

Out of the corner of his mouth, Ginger spoke softly to Bertie, “You’re sure this is all right? I mean, they won’t take us into some hole and mug us?”

“Oh come on,” expostulated Bertie, “They’re only kids trying to be helpful… And anyway, if they wanted to mug us, they’ve had plenty of opportunities already.”

Ginger said no more, but tried to keep a watchful eye open for potential trouble while also looking out for landmarks he might recognize if they had to find their own way out of the maze of lanes and streets. He very quickly felt like he was losing his sense of direction, as the sun was no longer visible to guide him.

However, he need not have worried about the urchins’ intentions. Several turns later, and after squeezing through passages where they could barely walk in single file, they emerged suddenly into what, after their recent experiences felt almost like a high street. Actually, it was a fairly wide street lined with the usual tall buildings, shops and handcarts.

The tallest urchin, clearly enjoying his self-appointed role as friend, philosopher, guide and interpreter stopped and pointed across the street. Following his rather dirty finger, Bertie and Ginger saw the imposing doorway of a temple, with pugnacious-looking statues of sentries on either side.

The temple doors were closed, but next to them, abutting onto the street, was a long stone trough built into the temple’s outer wall. Into this trough opened several water taps, placed for worshipers to perform their mandatory ablutions before entering.

“Oh boy! Water!” chortled Ginger as both men dashed across the street, dodging rickshaws and handcarts in their haste to reach the water taps.

A few minutes later, both were feeling washed and clean, sprinkling the cool water over their heads and scrubbing away the accumulated sweat and grime from their faces and hands. Ginger cupped his hands under the tap, intending to take a drink, when Bertie stopped him.

“Hoy, laddie, hold hard! You’re not going to drink from that tap, are you?”

“It’s clean water,” argued Ginger, “I saw some locals drinking it as we came along.”

“The locals have local tummies to drink local water, laddie!” returned Bertie.

“Oh, come on, what’s the harm?” grumbled Ginger, “I’m damn thirsty, and so are you! These kids are drinking it!”

“You know what a stickler Biggles is about drinking only boiled water when we’re out on a mission.”

“Well, Biggles isn’t here, and what we don’t tell him he won’t know!” said Ginger cleverly.

“He’ll know jolly soon, when we’re both groaning with stomach upsets and what-not!” retorted Bertie, “He’s canny, is Biggles, and there’s precious little he doesn’t notice.”

Ginger threw up his hands in disgust, spraying Bertie and the urchins alike with droplets of water. “Read my parched lips! I’m T-H-I-R-S-T-Y!” he whined. “I –need—a—drink—NOW!”

The urchins crowded round them in commiseration. The tallest urchin pointed to the water trough and asked the obvious question. “No drinking water?”

“Er-no, little chap,” replied Bertie, “we’re not drinking the water.”

Carefully enunciating his words, the urchin asked the next obvious question. “So what you drink then?”

“Oh, anything but water will do, any nice cold drink.”

“Don’t even say the words ‘cold’ and ‘drink’ around me!” muttered Ginger, wiping his wet face with a very ill-used handkerchief.

More whispered consultations among the urchins and then the tallest one pulled Bertie’s sleeve, uttering his favorite instruction, “Come!”

“Where?” demanded Bertie, not liking to impose on his young minder.

“Cold drink. We show you. Come!” and once more taking up escort formation, the urchins began moving along the street. Perforce, Bertie and Ginger had to go along.

A couple of turns further, they emerged into a wider thoroughfare that actually boasted some vehicular traffic, mostly two-wheelers buzzing past a couple of cars that had by error or design ventured into the congested space. Here the tallest urchin pointed again. “Cold drink,” he said simply.

Gazing across the street, Bertie and Ginger saw a wonderfully welcome sign.

ENGLISH WINE & BEER SHOP
COLD BEER SOLD HERE
CHILD BEER AVILBLE ALSO


After their recent tribulations, it almost felt like a homecoming…
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 08 Sep 2017, 12:17

I really, really felt for Ginger. All that lovely temptingly cool water and not being able to drink a drop. (I know only too well about needing local tummies to drink local water in some parts of the globe!!)

And I loved this. So true. :lol: :lol:
“You know what a stickler Biggles is about drinking only boiled water when we’re out on a mission.”

“Well, Biggles isn’t here, and what we don’t tell him he won’t know!” said Ginger cleverly.

“He’ll know jolly soon, when we’re both groaning with stomach upsets and what-not!” retorted Bertie, “He’s canny, is Biggles, and there’s precious little he doesn’t notice.”

That's our Biggles :mrgreen:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Foolscap » 09 Sep 2017, 08:42

Wise words from the boss.
This continues to be great fun:-)
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Fairblue » 09 Sep 2017, 09:51

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:I really, really felt for Ginger. All that lovely temptingly cool water and not being able to drink a drop. (I know only too well about needing local tummies to drink local water in some parts of the globe!!)

And I loved this. So true. :lol: :lol:
“You know what a stickler Biggles is about drinking only boiled water when we’re out on a mission.”

“Well, Biggles isn’t here, and what we don’t tell him he won’t know!” said Ginger cleverly.

“He’ll know jolly soon, when we’re both groaning with stomach upsets and what-not!” retorted Bertie, “He’s canny, is Biggles, and there’s precious little he doesn’t notice.”

That's our Biggles :mrgreen:


How strong will this beer be? They're thirsty, possibly in the first stages of dehydration so I am interested see how they are after they have drunk some.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 13 Sep 2017, 10:34

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Now that liquid sustenance was in sight, Ginger felt quite magnanimous. Preparing to head towards the wine shop, he turned to the tallest urchin to ask, “Aren’t you coming too?”

Smiling, the boy shook his head while his cohorts giggled and nudged each other.

“No, they’re not coming,” interjected Bertie firmly.

“Why ever not?” argued Ginger. “That sign says Child Beer…oh, I see,” he tailed off as Bertie jabbed him unsubtly in the ribs.

“It’s Chilled Beer, ass,” hissed Bertie.

Bertie pulled a hundred-rupee note from his inside pocket and offered it to the tallest urchin. “You buy some sweets for all of you,” he suggested.

The money was politely waved aside. “No money. We are not allowed to take from strangers.”

“Oh, come on, we’re hardly strangers now!” exclaimed Bertie. “You’ve helped us a lot.”

“Then we friends,” came back the tallest urchin. “No money for helping friends, see?”

Bertie did see. Smiling too, he put the money back in his pocket.

There followed a brief but touching moment of farewell handshakes between them and the urchin gang, who seemed genuinely distressed at taking leave of the airmen. After all, they had been through a great deal together. A couple of the girls openly wiped away tears while the boys squared their shoulders bravely. The tallest urchin sketched a salute and then firmly began shoving his cohort away, back the way they had come.

“Bye-bye!” he called over his shoulder. “You all good now!”

“Oh yes!” agreed Ginger as with Bertie he headed into the wine store, “we good now!”
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 13 Sep 2017, 10:36

The shop owner, a middle-aged heavy-set individual sporting a fine mustache was partly draped over his counter, studying a newspaper with deep concentration. However, as his new customers entered, he set this aside with the air of one prepared to make great sacrifices for his clients.

“Hello, good day, good afternoon,” he greeted, “And what we can do for you today?”

“You, my fine feller,” responded Bertie cheerily, “can find us the longest coldest drink you have!”

“What you like? Whisky, gin, beer?”

“Er-lemonade would be nice,” suggested Bertie.

The shopkeeper’s face fell. “Lemonade?” he queried doubtfully.

“Absolutely, old lad, the stuff they make with lemons.”

“You mix with gin, perhaps?” suggested the shopkeeper hopefully.

“Not today, old chap, today we give the gin and all that alcoholic what-not a miss,” decided Bertie.

Now the shopkeeper’s distaste was evident. “Only lemonade?”

“That’s the ticket, old boy, that’s the exact ticket!” agreed Bertie and Ginger nodded vigorously.

“No lemonade,” said the shopkeeper with finality.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 13 Sep 2017, 10:38

“Oh, here, I say, that’s not fair! What if we wanted lemonade with gin?” protested Bertie, and Ginger’s face reflected his disappointment.

“Oh, sir, then I get special-made lemonade from my other shop selling vegetables,” was the reply.

“Can’t you just get us some lemonade from that shop?”

“Too far, sir, taking much time, and boy takes much money for bringing,” said the shop man evasively.

“Hm,” Bertie was at a loss to deal with this new situation. Ginger turned to the shop man, saying plaintively, “What IS there to drink that’s cold?”

The salesman struggled with the connoisseur in the shopkeeper and won. “How about some nice cold beer, sir?”

“By Jove, yes!” Bertie was enthusiastic.

“Will it be okay?” it was Ginger’s turn to be doubtful.

“Look, laddie, it’ll be cold and it’ll be wet and it won’t be the local water. What more can we want?”

“Okay, cold beer it is,” agreed Ginger.

With an expression of suppressed suffering the shopkeeper bestirred himself to open a large old-fashioned chest-freezer whirring noisily in a corner. He unearthed two medium-sized long-necked glass bottles whose brown color was glazed over with a sheen of condensation as their ice-cold surfaces met the humid afternoon air.

Ginger’s eyes glistened, and he barely stopped himself from reaching out to snatch the bottles. It was all he could do to watch impatiently as the shop man went through the ceremony of carefully popping the tops of the bottles with an opener that he found after a minor search. Ensuring the froth remained inside the long necks, he presented the bottles with a flourish.

As the chilled contents finally slid down his throat, Ginger uttered a long-drawn-out “A-aaah!” of satisfaction.

“Oh, that felt GOOD!” declared Bertie.

“I feel like a new man!” announced Ginger.

“You look the same to me,” observed Bertie quizzing him through his monocle.

“Ha-ha! Very funny, I think not!” snorted Ginger, grinning.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby kylie_koyote » 13 Sep 2017, 11:09

Ahhh, relief at last. Methinks, however, t'will be shortlived.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Kismet » 13 Sep 2017, 11:28

Things are looking up. They think it's all over! So, it must be time for things to start going wrong again. I shall enact a little dance of happy anticipation.
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Postby Indian Civil Service » 13 Sep 2017, 11:43

Bertie paid the shopkeeper by the simple expedient of handing him a hundred-rupee note and accepting the change that was handed back to him. It seemed a ridiculously small price to pay for so much relief.

“Now,” announced Bertie, adjusting his monocle, “what-ho and all that sort of thing! Let’s head for the big streets again!”

“We ought to think about getting back to the hotel,” objected Ginger.

“All in good time, laddie, we’ve plenty of time yet.”

“We are NOT going in search of any more of your blasted relatives!” Ginger was emphatic.

“All right, all right, but we can scout around the shops on our way out!” consoled Bertie.

“Good idea, I’d like to pick up a couple of gifts too.”

“For Mrs. Symes? Or for that pretty niece of hers who comes to visit?” asked Bertie wickedly. “Or –aha!—for the Misses Clifford?”

“Knock it off! If you really need to know, I wanted to find a little something for Janet and Sarah.”

“Who?” Bertie was genuinely nonplussed.

“Oh, they’re two of the girls in Typing,” said Ginger off-handedly.

“Ah! That’s the way the wind blows, eh?” grinned Bertie.

“Huh! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A fellow can’t have a couple of platonic relationships around you and Algy without a whole lot of lousy insinuations!” sneered Ginger.

“Only pulling your leg a bit, laddie,” said Bertie comfortingly, “and I think that beer’s getting to me a little!”

“Talking of that beer,” observed Ginger, “I think we ought to take along a couple of spares. It’s awfully hot still, and we might need another thirst-quencher before we reach the hotel.”
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 13 Sep 2017, 11:45

“Good thinking,” agreed Bertie, and turned to the watchful shopkeeper to request more beer. “Only, don’t open them, old chap,” he added hastily. “We’d like to take them with us.”

The shopkeeper duly produced two more bottles and placed them reverently on the counter. Ginger eyed them thoughtfully.

“Only two?” he questioned. “That won’t be enough!”

“It should be enough to hold us up till we get back to the hotel,” returned Bertie.

“I doubt it!” argued Ginger. “Come to think of it, they’re not very big. I could do with another already!”

“Hoy, watch it!” exclaimed Bertie in some alarm. “that stuff can be pretty potent in this heat, considering we haven’t eaten since breakfast!”

“Are you implying anything you shouldn’t be implying?” demanded Ginger. “I tell you here and now, I’m not moving from here without at least a couple of bottles each for future reference.”

“A couple each means four bottles,” calculated Bertie. “And if we don’t use them up, we can always share them with Biggles and Algy.” He turned to the shopkeeper. “How much for four?"

The salesman in the shopkeeper rose to the occasion. “Special price for half-dozen, sir!”

Before Bertie could reply that they didn’t want six bottles, Ginger jumped at the offer, “We’ll take them!” he declared, waving aside Bertie’s unspoken protest.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Kismet » 13 Sep 2017, 12:58

The salesman in the shopkeeper rose to the occasion. “Special price for half-dozen, sir!”


One of the reasons I'm enjoying this story so much, is your strong cast of supporting characters, ICS. They're so lively and fun to read.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 13 Sep 2017, 13:31

Kismet wrote:
The salesman in the shopkeeper rose to the occasion. “Special price for half-dozen, sir!”


One of the reasons I'm enjoying this story so much, is your strong cast of supporting characters, ICS. They're so lively and fun to read.


Many thanks! Needless to say I have met all of them in real life too! Chandni Chowk along with Connaught Place is among our favourite haunts.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 14 Sep 2017, 03:51

Soon, six chilled bottle of beer sat on the counter, being paid for and wrapped in brown paper. Bertie asked the shopkeeper of he had a bag they could carry them in. The answer was negative.

With a resigned shrug, Bertie began to pick up two bottles, intending to carry them, when Ginger forestalled him.

“Oh no, you don’t!” announced Ginger firmly. “This time, I’m in charge of the liquid refreshers! You’ll only go make a present of them to another lot of monkeys and then where will we be?”

“Chasing a lot of inebriated monkeys or being chased by them,” admitted Bertie, ruefully.

“Exactly! So now, I’m carrying them all!”

“How?” Bertie was skeptical, “You’ve only got two hands.”

“But I have several pockets!”

Bertie was seriously shocked. “You can’t carry your beer like that!” he expostulated.

“Why not? I’ll have the added bonus of them cooling me on the outside, too!”

Bertie tried to argue that they should split the bottles between them, but Ginger was adamant. He handed over his roll of Indian currency to Bertie for safe-keeping, and then proceeded to stow away the six bottles in various pockets about his person.

Bertie pointed out that now the condensation was seeping through the brown-paper wrappings, he was likely to feel a bit damp in places. Ginger retorted that he was already enjoying the feeling of the cool glass against strategic parts of his anatomy.

Bertie abandoned the argument, and began to ask the shopkeeper directions to reach their hotel.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Tracer » 14 Sep 2017, 08:45

This is wonderful stuff - and how I recognise the shopkeeper! :lol:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby kylie_koyote » 14 Sep 2017, 11:32

:claphappy:

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Kismet » 14 Sep 2017, 11:38

Can't wait to see what goes wrong to leave Ginger reeking of beer.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 14 Sep 2017, 23:04

Marvellous. Also eagerly looking forward to full disclosure :claphappy:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 15 Sep 2017, 04:00

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The shopkeeper tried his best to be helpful, within his limitations. No, they could not take a rickshaw to Maidens Hotel, it was too far. No, getting a taxi in the Chandni Chowk was not possible. No, he didn’t think a taxi could be called by telephone. No, he didn’t think he could call a taxi by any other means. Yes, they could take a rickshaw back to the Red Fort. No, they couldn’t get the rickshaw from this side, they would have to brave the congested traffic and cross to the other side.

Alternatively, he asserted, they could walk down this street to the junction with the main Chandni Chowk. Then all they had to do was stroll along to the big gurudwara Sis Ganj and there they would find plenty of rickshaws clustered around the Phawwara or Big Fountain.

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How far? Depended on how fast they could walk, how thick the traffic was, and how many gifts they wanted to buy. Anything from fifteen minutes to an hour, maybe? Oh yes, there were plenty of shops, nice shops, famous shops and lots of street stalls where they could look for gifts and do some bargaining along the way. For, what was shopping without bargaining?

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This last decided Bertie and Ginger. Refreshed and armed with liquid supplies, they felt ready to tackle some real bazaar-style shopping. It would be an agreeable stroll to the rickshaw stand at the Big Fountain. They would still make it back to the hotel well in time to shower and change for drinks before dinner.

Thus agreed, they set off down the street in the direction of the Chowk pointed out by the shop man. Ginger’s normally slim figure bulged strategically in significant areas, and he was forced to adopt a slightly rolling gait, combined with some mincing footwork over obstacles, to avoid shaking the beer bottles more than was absolutely unpreventable. It gave Bertie call to make several comments about how certain people who carried their alcohol inside as well as outside would fare if they came into contact with anything solid. Ginger retaliated with celebratory remarks about his general feeling of well-being brought about by the cooling impact of the chilled bottles on his overheated anatomy.

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Bickering amicably, they reached the end of the street and, as the shop man had directed, turned left into the main Chandni Chowk thoroughfare. At their backs, through the evening smog being raised by increasingly congested traffic, they could glimpse the glowing ramparts of the Red Fort. Briefly debating the matter, they agreed it was too far to walk there; better to take a rickshaw and pick up some souvenirs as well.

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But what a different scene met their eyes now! When they had arrived from the Fort in the full heat of the afternoon, the main thoroughfare of the Chowk had been pretty much deserted as its denizens retreated into shady siestas to sleep off their lunches. Now, with the advent of evening, it was alive with traffic in both directions, going towards and coming from the Fort, as well as bustling throngs of pedestrian shoppers perambulating in a double stream up and down the narrow covered arcade that fronted the contiguous shops.

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People pushed and shoved around other people who were entering and leaving the big shops, simply stopping briefly but abruptly to gawk at the goods displayed, or carrying on a conversation with a shopkeeper or between themselves, or becoming entrenched in serious bargaining battles with the hawkers and patri-wallah stall-owners who had mushroomed miraculously on the pavement.

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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby kylie_koyote » 15 Sep 2017, 11:06

Wow, how splendidly illustrated!
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 15 Sep 2017, 11:12

kylie_koyote wrote:Wow, how splendidly illustrated!


:D So readers can truly appreciate the situation Bertie and Ginger are in! :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby kylie_koyote » 15 Sep 2017, 11:14

I love it!
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Kismet » 15 Sep 2017, 11:48

The pictures are wonderful! The story is progressing nicely, but I'm rather distracted by the lovely pics.

Can I ask about the use of the word 'wallah'? I'm under the impression that this is a prefix attached to indicate involvement in some activity, so a char/chai wallah would provide or sell tea, a punkah wallah would operate a fan manually (yes, I did watch It Ain't Half Hot, Mum when a child) and so on. Is this correct or have I misunderstood the term?
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 15 Sep 2017, 12:14

Kismet wrote:The pictures are wonderful! The story is progressing nicely, but I'm rather distracted by the lovely pics.

Can I ask about the use of the word 'wallah'? I'm under the impression that this is a prefix attached to indicate involvement in some activity, so a char/chai wallah would provide or sell tea, a punkah wallah would operate a fan manually (yes, I did watch It Ain't Half Hot, Mum when a child) and so on. Is this correct or have I misunderstood the term?


Absolutely. in Hindi, the suffix 'Vala" indicates belonging or ownership, as in the examples you give. 'Ghar' meaning home, 'ghar-vala' would indicate home-owner or 'husband,' just as feminine 'ghar-vali' would be equivalent to 'wife.'
The British in India appropriated the word as 'wallah' to indicate connections of any sort.

i put in the pics so readers can truly appreciate the cultural space that our lads find themselves in.
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Kismet » 15 Sep 2017, 12:43

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Kismet wrote:The pictures are wonderful! The story is progressing nicely, but I'm rather distracted by the lovely pics.

Can I ask about the use of the word 'wallah'? I'm under the impression that this is a prefix attached to indicate involvement in some activity, so a char/chai wallah would provide or sell tea, a punkah wallah would operate a fan manually (yes, I did watch It Ain't Half Hot, Mum when a child) and so on. Is this correct or have I misunderstood the term?


Absolutely. in Hindi, the suffix 'Vala" indicates belonging or ownership, as in the examples you give. 'Ghar' meaning home, 'ghar-vala' would indicate home-owner or 'husband,' just as feminine 'ghar-vali' would be equivalent to 'wife.'
The British in India appropriated the word as 'wallah' to indicate connections of any sort.

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Thank you. That's a much clearer explanation than my rather inchoate one. And I meant suffix, not prefix (haven't had enough coffee yet). Is 'vala' / 'wallah' still a commonly used term?
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Re: One Last Scene from "Goes Home"

Postby Indian Civil Service » 15 Sep 2017, 14:17

Oh yes, we use vala and vali all the time, but in the original Hindi sense more than the British version. So kaam means work, kaam-vali is your daily charlady.
And ;) when we say pukka it means fixed, done deal, ripe or mature and not quite in the British sense.
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