Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tête-à-tête with my dad

All characters and their dialogues described in this post are real. Any resemblance to any exaggerated, fictitious characters/ dialogues should be considered purely coincidental.

tête-à-tête [teyt-uh-teyt]=(n)a private conversation, usually between two people.

Dee:"Ae ae ae under my umbrella ae ae aeeeeeeeeeeeeeee aieeeeeeeeeee ayeeeeeeeeeee ..."(barking continuously!)

Dad: "What's wrong with you??"

Dee:"Oh, I was just singing,I mean was trying to.."

Dad: "Not about that noises. I just got a message that 83 dollars have got credited into my account, did you cancel your TOEFL?"

Dee: (Clicking some arbit thing on the computer) "Yes dad. Oh shit! I forgot to tell you. I am not planning for MS this year!"

Dad: "What? Why? How did this change come about??"

Dee: (Of course stopped clicking but was staring at the screen)

Dad: "Deepu, I am asking you the reason for this sudden shift in your focus. You keep jumping from one thing to another, what is it this time..."

Dee: "Wait, I am thinking of a reason, err.. i meant.."

Dad: "So you yourself have no clue as to why you don't want to go for MS?"

Dee: "Hmm..I ...Yes.."

(The villain enters : My bro :X )

Bro: "hello people and you".. (Of course you get it, I am not people according to him )

Dad: "Well, your sis suddenly decided not to go for MS and she is trying to figure out why!"

Bro: "May be it's because of some of her FRIENDSES in her college with whom she never wants to get apart!!" (with the biggest grin on his face!)

Dee: "Ok. I am a staunch follower of "THE PLATINUM RULE"-never never date people from your work/college. You actually have to see them everyday and bardash-ify them everyday!!Yuck!!No man!!"

Bro: "That means its someone outside your college!"

Dee: "What? Oh no no..Dad, don't buy what he is saying. He is just taking revenge on me for some thing I did 4566 years ago!"

Dad: "Now that I am thinking, its all making sense to me. So is he a Brahmin??"

Dee: "What? Dad Come on!! Ragz(bro's nick), I am gonna kick you..Dad seriously,dad come on. You know me. Don't believe him. Dad, You don't want me to stay with you guys for some more time??". (Trying to trigger my damn dead emo/senti voice!)

Bro: "Try harder dudette ! You have tried that voice like almost everytime you have to convince us.Never got through though!"

Dee: (Giving my bro those looks which our dear balayya,jr. ntr, mithunda give in movies to the villains, in RGB planes from every possible angle)

Dad: "Okay, give us one good reason as to why you don't want to go now. I am asking this because, you were totally passionate about this right from your 2nd year until just like 10 days. What made you change your stand in such a short interval?"

Dee: "I don't know. I think I have taken enough crap from my you-know-who. I am not sure if I am ready for more crap for the next two years".

Bro: "But job isn't easy dudette!"

Dee: "I know...I don't know..I don't know. Look I cannot tell you why I am not applying now, 'coz I don't know the reason myself. But I am cool this way. So let it be this way. Please Dad".

Bro: "Dad, its perfectly okay to stay back and work for a couple of years. Then she will be vexed up with her job and will crave for MS. You don't have to worry"

Dad: "Hmm..I always thought you were the studious of the two of you and you will study further."

Dee: (Looking at my bro )"He he he.. Loser!! I am the good one huahuahuauhua"

Dad: "I was not done before!"

Dee: "Hehehehe... wat?? Oh.. hmm.. ya dad. I understand".

Dad: "Just be conscious about your decisions."

Dee: "Yes dad, I will. Thanks for supporting me!"

Bro: "You are welcome, jack!!"

Well, that was an awesome conversation at least for me. I kept slipping my tongue at all wrong moments thanks to my bro. But, I am really happy for all the space I am getting from my parents not forcing me into something just 'coz they want to see me doing that something. I am known for changing my decisions at the 11th hour,59th minute and dad's scared lest I do something not-so-correct.

I was really in no mood to write another exam after my GRE. I was too lazy to write a SOP for applying for universities. I began hating Graphics of late. These can be considered as the last three reasons for not going for MS.

Coming to what I want to do after my B.Tech, I have no freaking clue. I am no fan of doing a job and my dad knows it. But one thing I am very clear about and that is I want to start a group which helps in raising funds for a large number of forsaken old age homes and orphanages in Hyderabad. Why do I want to do such a supposedly "NOT-SO-COOL" thing? More about it later...

Oh n btw 0 : Did one good thing this Diwali. Went to an orphanage and distributed sweets to kids.

Oh n btw 1: Bursted 3 laxmi bombs under the vehicle of my neighbor who says to me and my bro "Oh, I sometimes don't remember who amongst you is younger". :X

Oh n btw 2: My parents are still irritated at my Jim Morrison hair and are buying me all kinds of hair bands so that I tie my hair up. :D



abhimanyu said...

what makes you think raising funds for a large number of forbidden old age homes and orphanages is "NOT-SO-COOL" thing?
i think its cool enough... :O

djranga said...

Well, when it comes to decision making, our Moony stands quite ahead of you in the queue. Sashi changes his decision for 6 times in 5 minutes. Practically. I've seen him doing this. :P

Anonymous said...

And there comes one more person to steal the top jobs this time around :P

Deepti said...

@abhimanyu: Well, I definitely don't think it not cool. That is why there is another word "supposedly" before it. That, I thought might be the general idea. I could have been wrong.

namrata said...

Totally in agreement with Karan and Abhimanyu. This was one of your best posts.

Tatineni said...

I cannot believe you had such an interesting conversation with ur dad :P... My dad never asked me if he is a ;)
And yeah, our parents give us total freedom in choosing things... My dad never asked me about how I did in my exams or what I an planning to do next. But he often advises me when I tell him what my plans are. When I told him a day ago that I am little confused whether to do MS or not, he more worried about his daughter's safety :), advised to take no pain and stay with them happily :). And I do agree there is nothing much happier than staying with the family but will have to wait and see where I land up finally :)

Anonymous said...

lol@ "is he a brahmin?"

Well!! Job rocks... just think that there are only 104+7(approx) days in an year.

Whats the use? you can buy whatever you want :D

Maruti Borker said...

My parents never asked my GPA , but when i told em my GPA they didn't even scold me :D .. They never ask me or pressurize me to do what they want me to do... this freedom is really awesome :D

Your parents are really cool da, i hv seen sm parents sending their children for ms without even thinking frm the childs POV .

lol @djranga :P

bhargava said...

like abhimanyu said it's NOT "NOT-SO-COOL" thing.

and i thought no one's dad is as cool as my dad :P

like most parents, mine were supportive of my decisions too!
from "i'll do multiple MSes" in the first year :P to "no MS, no job, i want to freelance for a year" in the 3rd year they've heard it all and everytime i changed my decision they wanted me to think it through and make sure i was doing the right thing.

anyways job isn't that bad i guess! work a little in the weekdays and party all night on the weekends! :P

@maruti dooood!! you're kidding right?? what's there to scold man!?! your gpa is like 8.5 or something right? :) if it was me writing then people will be like "oh! his parents didn't scold him for that gpa!?!" :P

and yeah! this was one of your best posts

Devansh Mittal said...

Nice one!
We all face such moments in life.
Regarding your idea about "Old Age Home", there are a few people in IIIT itself who are also working towards this idea, one is Janardhan. He is doing M.Tech or MS (I do not remember exactly). You might like to to contact him at follwing email address,
jana [DOT] bodhu [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Anonymous said...

lolz at ur bro he sounds just like me when i am around my sis. and you gotta love the job, it brings freedom and money to you which is awesome
though i appreciate the idea of doing a charity work. good thinking

Maruti Borker said...

@bhargava dude my gpa was near [7.05,7.2] in my first year :D and no i dont have a GPA Of 8.5 :P

prateekgv said...

Awesome post. Loved every bit of the conversation.

Neuron said...

Do tell me when you form that little Fund Raiser Club of yours, I'll stay atleast 10 meters away from that kind of entity. "Samaj Seva" is not my thing. Anyways,

You go girl! (ekdum Tina Fey ke ishstyle mein) :P :D

Anonymous said...

i think you can do charity better if you have a job :)

Anonymous said...

ahh experienced just the same few days back on the 83$ refund... nd I was like "pata nahi" ... probably didn't wanna screw two (1st being GRE) in a row ...

Anonymous said...

Well liked the conversation. Good to know that you are interested in social work.

The optimist from utopia said...

Blogging about conversations is always fun.. especially if it involves an annoying sibling.

Nice space you've got here.. keep blogging.

Anu said...

Very interesting conversation! :D
And evidently, your parents are very cool..and so is this post!
keep blogging often..

Anonymous said...

First things first nice post.. :) Loved the writing...
I wish even my parents were so cool about future career, seems my mom's only wish in life is to see her son do an MBA and then to get him married to a gud Brahmin girl (arranged or luv doesnt matter to her but it shud be brahmin :( ), both ideas which dont seem quite attractive to me... Trying my best not to study for MBA though keep facing pressure from "The Maroo" living beside me :P

Prashi said...

hehe...nice post...Well when i cancelled my GRE exam i kinda had similar conversation...but my parents knew it was my laziness to mug up not exactly on these tracks....

And yeah for old age homes ..I game for this idea....just let me when u start the club...

madhu.. inspired all the time! said...

deepu.. amazing post dear..
keep blaaging!! u rock totally!

rohit said...

good post.. interesting conversation.. is he a brahmin ???? ;)

Kamana Sharma said...

I do not agree with you. It is cool that your parents support you but you were not reciprocative. Next time you are going to do something without a rhyme or reason its going to be totally not cool.

Also, just because you were lazy to write a SOP or study for GRE you actually closed the doors towards a future. Anyway its totally your decision but you must understand that 'laziness' is your 'cool' reason for not writing a GRE and that is totally UNCOOL.People will encourage you by calling it 'cool' but seriously can you even see what you are doing.

Bapu said...

Good post indeed. An interesting conversation. Like every one even I oppose the "NOT-SO-COOL thing". Many people have the thoughts of helping but very few do implement it. Hope it becomes a success.
One more thing that interests me is your question of "Why do I want to do such a supposedly "NOT-SO-COOL" thing? Did you find any answer to it?

Deepti said...

@bapu : Yes, as a matter of fact. My next post - Samvedana-The Genesis talks about it.

Harish Peddi said...

Good writing...honestly you put it in a simple yet effective manner.