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Fun at funeral


It was for the first time in my life I was going to attend a celebrity’s funeral. I cannot deny the fact that I was actually curious to observe the visitors out there and their expressions! Will it not be interesting to watch people whom we usually see singing and dancing around the trees on-screen perform in such a situation?! I was just wondering if their tears would turn smiles once the media camera is off their faces! …or to keep the drama alive, will they continue to weep at the coffin? However, I am not bringing everybody under the same umbrella as I know there could be genuine folks too!
  
I was amused to see the crowd who had come to attend the funeral. This includes not only curious people like me, but also his relatives, friends, journalists, neighbors, perhaps his professional and personal rivals too!!  

Of all, the person who caught my attention was this guy with Raj Kapoor kind of moustache and Amrish Puri kind of side burns! I checked his feet… no; he doesn’t have Jithendra kind of shoes! :P I guess this highly energetic person has voluntarily taken over the whole show – he was involved in a lot of activities like running around, interacting with guests, in between weeping, consoling the ladies, coordinating the rituals and what not?! Where ever I take my eyes, I could see him so busy!

Now, it was time to take the departed soul’s body to the burial ground. Except the whimper, there was absolute silence! I could feel sadness in the air; a total feeling of loss and helplessness! But, in the next minute, what we heard was an unexpected blast - “Daddy Mummy Veettil Illa….!!” Huh?! Identified the culprit - It was our Raj Kapoor’s phone ringing in maximum volume! And what was he doing now? Poor guy was holding one end of the departed soul with both his hands while his phone was partying from his waist belt pocket! He gave all of us an embarrassed look not knowing what to do! Trying hard to hold back my laughter, I looked around to realize that most of them were going through the same emotions! I am sure even the celebrity inside the coffin would have had a chuckle! What a way to say the last good bye! J

Moral of the story – Laughter is the most effective instant vaccination!

19 comments:

Rohan said...

Lolz! I know its not good laughing in a funeral but this could be excused. . I think they are just a varient of the type of people you mentioned in the previous post. . In a better way. .

Nona said...

:) I agree with you! This might probably be the most "talked about" for years to come in your circle.

Anonymous said...

Guess you have become lazy! We readers want such hilarious posts from you very often!

- Preeth!

$$ said...

@ Rohan - yes yes, this is a special case and could be excused! :)

@ Nona - definitely yes!

@ Preeth - Thanks a ton, Preeth! These days, I don't get enough time to blog and even read others' blog posts! :( Work is taking all my time; hope things would change!

Haddock said...

Celebrity funerals always reminds me of what Raj Kumar did (of Mother India/Waqt fame)
He had told his family well in advance that no one was to be informed once the D day arrives.
So the whole of bollywood came to know about his death AFTER his funeral.

Jon said...

I remember reading an RK Narayn story...it's abt an LIC agent who plays the all-in-all during funerals

in the end he will give a lecture abt the inevetibality of death and try to get the maximum policies...



Hey i loved the template

Bikramjit said...

hmmm laughter is good, i am sure everyone was.
But on serious note I hate people who do this, have there phones on , especially on somber occasions, it doesnot take much to put it on silent.

the phone rings does ruin a moment :)

D.Nambiar said...

I just got reminded of an interesting moment I had at my grand dad's funeral. In one of the rooms there were all these women talking softly and exchanging all the `naatuvarthaanam' You know how it is: in a place like Y-nad everybody knows everybody and everything. There were these two elderly ladies having a conversation and one asked the other how some `ettan' was doing and the answer was `ayal marichittu randu kollam aayi' in a tone that meant `you didn't know? Suddenly heads turned and there were many smiles and a big embarrassing moment for our lady who asked the question...she just realised that she was so out of the loop. And I spotted a cousin trying to suppress her laughter (with her cheeks all blown up)....I almost burst at that. But yeah...for a moment everybody forgot that they were at a funeral :) It was hilarious.

$$ said...

@ Haddock - Oh, really?! he def was being different!

@ Jon - hahah.... of course, am LIC agent should make opportunities for himself! :)

@ Bikramjit - I know! Many a times, their mobile would ring at the wrong time!

@ D.Nambiar - Hehehe.. I can visualize such grannies having a light talk anywhere and everywhere! Even I have seen many of them!

Jayesh George said...

So who was this celebrity ? :):)

lostworld said...

The poor man must've turned red from embarassment !! :) Recently in my office, one guy had a ringtone sounding like a vuvuzela which rang aloud during a meeting :D
Welcome back from your break!! :) As always, good to read U Shalini!!!

$$ said...

@ Jayesh - Trade secrets; how can i publish them in the comments?! Will send an email :P

@ lostworld - Thanks a ta-ta-ta-ton! :)

Swaram said...

I sooo want to know who the celebrity ws too ;)
Sigh! These cell phones and their tones!

Meety said...

lol...

Deepak said...

I used to have a ringtone where a lady says "Hello. Are you there?"

Stopped using it after my phone rang when I was in a meeting in office!

Destiny's child... said...

Ring tones are instant laughter capsules. But now, it has reached a level where it's more annoying than amusing.
I am sure it lightened up the grave funeral scene, inappropriate though! ;)

$$ said...

@ Swaram - Cell phone - what an invention!

@ Meety - :)

@ Deepak - ..and u gave a weird smile to the rest in the room? :P

@ Destiny's child - yes, at times, it is super annoying!

Vidya said...

i am eager to know this celebrity too...lol

Deepak said...

My friend, who was also my colleague, told me that I gave the look of a constipated chimpanzee.

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