Unwanted hype to make a point…

Have you ever began reading a paragraph and made up your mind about what the write up is about. There’s a comedy fest happening and I would want to make a point but my point isn’t too strong. So here’s the deal, I’m going to write about the comics that are going to be there at this fest. Some of them I have no clue about.  Lets see how this goes.

Aakash Mehta – He can seamlessly mix Gujarati and English. His videos are evident of it.
Aamer Peeran – Tesla. Goes with his gut and goes big. Tough looking soft guy.
Abbas Momim – I’ve met him just once and he seems to be the guy who knows about the right things happening in Comedy. Or that should happen, ideally.
Aditya Shridhar – Comedy Nerd and knows who were the greats.
Ahmad Ashik – Milke Khushi Hogi, I hope.
Ahmed Shariff – New Shariff in Town. Strong Views. He can get your attention and hold it just with the audibility of his voice.
Ajay Samson – Feel good guy who is insane with voices and characters while doing his stand up.
Alick Bailey – I will look forward to meeting you, Alick.
Anand Rathnam – Confident, thinker and always fun to have chai with.
Angad Singh Ranyal – Kaun Nahi Jaanta. Satsriyakal.
Anurag Godugu – Let’s see how this goes.
Anusha Choudhary – Hi, I’m Shunky Chugani.
Arun Govada – Grounded, visionary and super supportive for the comics around him and also for comics in other cities.
Ashwin Alphonso – Hi man! What’s up?
Ashwin Nair – Super sweet guy. Eager to learn. Once he introduced me on stage as Classical, Freestyle Zumba Dancer.
Atul Khatri – The first comic that I met and spoke with after his show who suggested to watch every comic and see and learn all the time.
Avinash Agarwal – Phir milenge Zaroor.
Avinash Ghosh – You meet him at a coffee shop and it will seem that he is the owner of the coffee shop. Something that’s very authoritative about him.
Azeem Banatwala – Super Computer with Algorithms always being updated, in the context of Comedy.
Bhavneet Singh – This guy is crazy cool to hang out with and we could talk for hours. Before one of us would fall asleep out of dehydration. It’s never happened, although it can.
Brian Aylward – Looking forward.
Chirag Panjwani – The only other Sindhi Comic who is as short as I am.
Danish Sait – The one and only. Kaun Nahi Jaanta!
Darius Sunawala – Everytime Darius is in the house there can’t be a dull moment. Each time I meet him, the conversation has been memorable.
Dattaprasad Godbole – I’ve envied guys like Dattaprasad who understand and very well know what they are talking about. One of the intelligent comics.
Deepak Chandran – Milenge!
Diptarko Ghosh – He’s funny when sober and fun when he’s had a drink or two.
Hriday Ranjan – Smart bhoy.
Jinx Yeo – I’m glad I got shortlisted for Masala Mayhem Comedy Fest.
Kanan Gill – Invests in the conversation that he has with you and super fun to hang out with when not being mobbed after a show.
Kaneez Surka – Improv ki Mallika.
Kjeld Sreshth – Mera dost, Mera bhai. One of the guys who if you make him laugh, his laugh will make you feel good. (Try it!)
Kritarth Srinivasan – A force to reckon with. The most common line we use is, Tu Best Hai.
Kunal Rao – The conversations we’ve had whenever I’ve met Kunal has been helpful in writing.
Mahesh Bolisetti – He knows Magic and he is someone you should dance with after a show.
Manas Tayal – Namaste!
Max Mystel – I’m already intimidated by the name.
Mayank Parakh – We shall talk soon.
Mukesh Manjunath – When he has his nights you will remember the guy, super sweet and maaza aata baat karne main.
Naveed Mahbub – I would have remembered if we would have had a conversation.
Naveen Richard – One of the most committed and well defined comics. He will surprise you. Even though you think you know him, he will surprise you.
Navin Kumar – Somoene who is super comfortable about who he is and always is looking ahead of the curve.
Neelaksh Mathur – Well behaved guy who is super comfortable on stage and talks to you whole heartedly.
Nishant Suri – Animated on stage and someone who lives up to the name of Suri Sahab ka ladka.
Nishant Tanwar – One of the first live stand up comics I watched.
Nitin Gupta – His name precedes him.
Pooja Vijay Ramamurthi – Someone I met a long time ago at an open mic in the audience when she got up on stage she got everyone. I was pleasantly surprised.
Praveen Kumar – Prolific, mentor and one of the sweetest people you’ll meet in any walk of life.
Pushkar Bendre – Hi there!
Rahul Dua – Hello to you too..
Rajashekhar Mamidanna – Bade Bhiya. He’s so pleasant to hang around and watch. He’s like a chacha ji that I’d like to meet.
Rohan Dias – He’s ekdum jhakaas and is super smart.
Rohit Swain – He looks like he made it to the state level cricket team. Each time I met him the thought came to me.
Rueben Kaduskar – Someone who I met just once and is super accomodative.
S Aravind – Prolific and macha…
Saad Khan – I’ve never had a word with him so far.
Sahil Shah – Kaun nahi Jaanta inko.
Saikiran Rayaprolu – Very hardworking and presentable on stage.
Sandesh Johnny – Ek baar bhi mulakaat nahi hui.
Sanjay Manaktala – A mentor, your story about Bill Cosby can’t be forgotten by me.
Sapan Verma – Kaun Nahi Jaanta. Lekin Sapan Verma, mujhe nahi jaanta
Sejal Bhat – Dark Comic. You think she’ll say something nice and she comes up with something that leaves your jaw open.
Shadab Aziz – Very Freindly Guy. We had a Bangalore Vs Hyderabad comedy show off and they played really well.
Shrirupa Sengupta – She has the hands of maturity and the voice of a child and the eyes of a Bengalan
Shunky Chugani – Kaun hai yeh!
Shyam Tenali – Trying hard not to do a reference to a comic book that I read in my teens. You know what I’m talking about.
Siddharth Banerjee – Very Witty writer and super helpful to the comics around him.
Sneha Suhas – She’s Bangalore’s very own diva.
Somanath Padhy – One of the best guys to hang out with for writing. Epic burn moments keep happening around him.
Sonali Thakker – Met a few times, watched her on TV and bas utna hi.
Sorabh Pant – I’ve watched him, admired his energy and bought his book. Not in that order.
Suhas Navrathna – One of the strong solid comics that takes stage and keeps the audience’s attention.
Suman Kumar – Author, Writer, Photographer, Stay at Home Dad and super expressive.
Sumit Anand – I’m sure if we were in the school, he’d bully me but banda accha hai.
Sumukhi Suresh – Kya bataun? Inke baare main toh you know better.
Sundeep Rao – A beast of a man on stage and on the prowl off stage.
Toby Thomas – Is baar zaroor milengey
Umesh Somani – Someone who looks like he fluctutates between, don’t mess with me and I’m jolly good ji.
Utsav Chakraborty – There isn’t a dull moment if this person is in the vicinity. Ekdum Paagal hai
V Shridhar – Smart Word Play and Plays with Smart Words.
Vamsidhar Bhogaraju – The most expressive funny guy on stage, when he is on stage. Actor and brilliant with characters.
Vasu Primlani – Aware about the environment and pretty honest about what she feels. Muh pe bold deti hai.
Vikram Poddar – Intellecual conversations are in order and his humor goes across corporate borders. (Yeah!)
Vivek Muralidharan – Good host for a party. The go to guy when he’s incharge and super fun.
Yash Bajaj – Is baar kuch toh hoga….

Over 80 Comedians.
Over 16 Days.
Masala Mayhem Comedy Festival
Get your tickets now! http://www.masalamayhem.com/buytickets

Fate of a Cockroach! What Co..co.. COCKROACH! (Scream)

 

I’ve noticed most of the times there is never just the one cockroach, whenever you spot one, there is one around the corner…
There’s another one going into the distance and what scares me the most is that some of them can fly and you can’t say which ones.

Jokes aside, I caught ‘Fate of a Cockroach’
It’s a play that shows you the perspective of cockroaches in your bathroom. There’s a King, there are gurus of Science and Politics, but when an issue comes up no one really steps up.

It’s kind of funny and absurd to watch the actors all as cockroaches and the very aspect that if it falls on it’s back the cockroach can’t do anything and how the resemblance of behaviour of cockroaches and humans are quite similar.

Is there are more scientific reason why cockroaches roam together?
What is the Fate of a Cockroach?

The play also shows a couple, middle-class with problems that you and I face, that encounter a cockroach and it’s struggle, the man of the house is fascinated by it and the woman is perplexed by this.

Throughout the play in both acts the writer shows us how women are stronger although they are called the weaker sex.

I was laughing my ass off  watching them, watch a cockroach and talk their minds out.

Oh, and before I forget there’s a video in the play that is done brilliantly well. A good headstart to the team Playpen for Jagriti’s Season opener. This play is on 10 more times. Catch one of it.

Here are the tickets :-
http://bit.ly/2d1MLgS

Here’s a link to the trailer:-
http://bit.ly/2dfRqJh

Forgotten Conversations

(The conversations are real, as told by people to me. The names have been changed for anonymity. I’ve used my name instead of the guy’s real name.)

Premise:
Office environment. A guy being intimidated by a girl so much so that you limit your conversations with her. (Honestly, she was way out of my league.)

Shunky: Hey Guys! (Looks at Sonali, she’s pretty and she carries herself well in her grey and navy blue two piece office attire.)
Hey Sonali!
(He makes eye contact with her and after a second or so moves on feeling intimidated.)

Sonali: Hi!

Shunky: (Begins talking, thinking, I’m sure she won’t notice me.)
So did you guys hear about the new manager. He seems weird. You know, Saira is serving her notice period.
The other day he wanted to stop Saira from leaving her job. He asks her,”Why are you quitting?” (He notices that Sonali is looking at him and listening.)
She said her parents are looking for a prospective guy for marriage and she’d like to go back to her home town, Agra and spend time with them before she’s married. He says, “Now a days you have matrimonial sites, why don’t you stay back and I’ll look for a groom for you.”

(Watches as all laugh, Sonali begins laughing too)

A few days later during the day when heading towards the office cabs.

Sonali: Hi Shunky.
Shunky: Hey! How’s it, going? (Be cool man, be cool)
Sonali: You know, when you come around our desk, it’s so much fun.
We laugh. You’re a funny guy.
Shunky: (Awkward smile) Thank you.
Sonali: So what plans for the evening?
Shunky: I haven’t been to Koramangla. I was thinking of going there. Do you know any nice places I can see.
Sonali: Sure give me your number, I’ll text you a few places, that you can check. What time are you going?
Shunky: At 6, perhaps. (I can’t believe she asked for my number)
Sonali: Alright, bye.
Shunky at home – Sonali texts, Atta Galatta and Ice and Spice are nice places. Text me once you’re in Koramangla and I’l guide you if you want.
Shunky thinks to himself that it was nice of her to tell me places.

Shunky texts – “At Sony World signal going to Truffles. Thank you.”)
Sonali – “Wait at Sony World, next to Au Bon Pain, I’ll be there in a few minutes”
Shunky – “Okay” (Heart starts beating faster, walks back and forth, thinking, I should have been better dressed. How am I supposed to know this was going to be a date?)

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Apparently this was how the guy dressed up. Wouldn’t you agree, had the guy known, he could have dressed much better.

Shunky and Sonali reach Truffles.

Shunky: I must be honest, I did not think you’d join me. It’s much better than going to a place alone.
Sonali: I enjoy your company and you’re fun to be around.

Over the next 2 hours Shunky and Sonali, laugh and talk and become friendly and she puts it across humorously that she is 4 years elder to him. They decide to walk. He begins walking her back and they’re laughing and having a good time till they reach her lane.

Sonali: This is it. Here is where my house is.
Shunky: I had an great time. Thank you for this. (Gives her an awkward hug, sideways and says, see you tomorrow at the office?)
Sonali: Er. Yes, sure.

(Shunky begins walking back and wonders if he should have hugged her, or done something more. Agh!)

Sonali – “I thought, I would get a longer hug.”
Shunky – “Come back. I am missing that hug too.”

They meet again. They hug and it feels nice.
Shunky: Let me walk you back home.
Sonali: Thank you.

When they reach home, she’s standing quite close to him. His heart is pounding so hard, it feels like it is going jump out, sometime soon.

Sonali: Are you going to kiss me?
Shunky: I was thinking about it and was wondering if you’d get offended.
Sonali: And…
Shunky: Forgive me for.. (Kisses her.)

She grabs his hand, begins walking towards a dark lane. She kisses him. His heart is pounding so hard that she stops and says “Relax!, It’s okay!”
He can’t believe the girl he thought was out of his reach is now in front of him, kissing him.

She has a tiny mole on her face.

Shunky: I can’t believe I’m kissing you. I am so intimidated by you. (Touches her mole.) I can’t believe I’m touching your mole.

They kiss and wish each other good night.

Question Only

Sometimes do you smile when you switch on the shuffle mode and the song that follows the current one was exactly what was running in your mind?
Do you let your siblings win sometimes, just so there can be peace at home? When was the last time you took a walk so far that you almost got impressed that you’ve come a long way? Who was the one kid in your class that you had internal jokes with about the rest of them?
Do you sometimes remember the very first thing your mother taught you as a kid? Was it the routine of brushing your teeth and washing yourself up? Have you watched Tamasha? Are you out of your mind?
Did you know that the most number of condom sales in the world happens on Fridays? Don’t you think that should be a fact?
What was the point of deferential calculus? Which one was tougher for you integral calculus or deferential calculus? Did you feel like they were brothers from the same mother too?
Were you a physics guy or a chemistry guy?
Did you omit civics to the most extent and only kept as an option when you could not answer one of history’s question?
Why did Moral Science have no value in the 12th?
Did you know that if you pass the ball to your team player in your half and he is closest to opponent goalkeeper, it is not off-side?
Have you ever tried the cycling kick? Was the thud to hard?
Do you look at your self 5 years ago and say you had no clue that you were this stupid?
Do you think you’ll say the same thing 5 years from now?
Do you remember being sick for the first time?
What do tigers dream of, really? Do you think we should divide the world into, people with sense of humour and the rest of the world?
Are these too many questions?

Questions…

Have you ever walked into an empty Elevator and sang “Hello” from Lionel Richie for 8 floors at the top of your voice? Have you thought about the time when you first walked into a skyscraper? Do you know 12 floors high is not a skyscraper? Do ever feel like you are weird and none of the people that you know do the things you do? How long ago was it when you ran so hard that you almost fainted and were out of breath for minutes? Do you sometimes understand the joke ahead of others and laugh ahead of time before they join in? Do you look at a stunt that you see on Tv and say “I could really do that”?

Do you smile when you look at an old person still brisk and living with a smile? Don’t you think people who judge are ones who are either insecure or insufficient, incapable or one of those words that have the prefix “in”? Do you ever pick up something with your toes or reach out for something with a scalpel or an umbrella and think you would do better than others around you in survival? Do you ever bad dance? Do you ever dance all by yourself and imagine a huge crowd around you? Do you get teary eyed in the movies?

Do you get afraid of the dark? Don’t you walk sometimes just for the heck of it and come back refreshed? Does it ever occur to you that universal things like, dance, music, culture, love, respect, competition, problems, change, life, death has been going on for centuries and will go on for centuries? Have you ever felt like giving something away and not expect anything in return? Are you intimidated, nervous scared to talk to a girl? Have you ever opened a door for a lady or an elderly person? Have you ever given your own seat to a woman or elderly person, when you are on the bus? Does rain make you smile? Does it make you want to walk with the person you love? Have you thought that your kids will know and see much more than you ever will? Do you see people in different circles of society? Do you sometimes find energy in memories? Do you sometimes fuel yourself with memories and the feelings that is inside you? Have you ever danced with someone and felt comfortable and close? Do you sometimes skip bath on a holiday? Do you keep deadlines for yourself to do a certain something and then let them go by as you wave? Have you ever wanted to have someone to talk all night long? Has it crossed your mind that sometimes just being with someone makes everything so bright? Have you ever felt neglected?

Have you worked harder than you should so that someone you love can take rest? Have you smiled at someone when they offer you something for what you’ve done? Do you play with kids and let them win and see their emphatic reactions? Do you believe deep down, that people come in all shapes and sizes and are all beautiful? Have you ever seen a couple and thought about your future? Are these questions getting out of hand? Did you agree on any one of them? Should I have stopped at the question about the rain making you smile? Could you tell me how many questions are in here?