Kya thoda sa aachaar milega bhai? Thodi si doodh aur shaker – for my evening chai….. a spoonful curd to set. A little curry leaves and chillies for tadka…..kabhi – kisi ka dimaag bhadka, toh kabhi kisi ka dill dhadka!….. all this and much, much more we lend and borrow from our faithful neighbours. These things may appear small, but are great timely blessings – flavourfully blended with inseparable love and annoyance, this is the beauty a part of our culture, where we don’t expect anything back!
However, there are things, we are happy to lend, but definitely want them back –it’s very convenient for us to just go ahead, and borrow just about anything from our friends. Be it a pair of shoes, a dress or a magazine .. CD’s, DVD’S; a jacket for a dance, a kurta for a play,…and even each other’s dishes.
“Borrow, don’t buy” is a good motto for dear mother nature,….but this motto can be very troublesome to our close friends, – especially if we are the not – so – returning type. Buddy, iss Udhaar ke aadat ko Sudhaar!….
Some of us end up ‘liking’ things we’ve “borrowed” so much that we don’t want to give them back, others ‘change’ the shape, size and look, of things beyond recognition before returning. Yet another intrusting breed of borrowers are so forgetful; that they don’t even remember, it’s origin, and end up passing it onto yet someone else!!
So friends, “these are the joys and sorrows of the things we lend and borrow; who knows at whose house you’ll find your belongings tomorrow?”