Saturday, May 28, 2005

Aspirations on the walls

While sitting at a restaurant, a bunch of us got talking about poster-art and what it symbolizes.

What does it mean: that this particular restaurant-owner, for instance, should have posters of Swiss cottages on his walls?

Does it mean he wants a home like the one in the photograph?
Does it mean he wants to go to Switzerland?
Or does it just mean nothing... did someone gift this poster to him and did he put it up on his walls because he didn't want to offend the gift-giver?

Chewing on that, we then noticed the other poster - an antelope-couple (well, they had antelopes' antlers, but also had a deer's spotty skin... so it could have been a hybrid), standing in the middle of a river, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

One pal suggested that the scene had aspirational value. After all, Mount Abu was very close. This guy probably got it from there.

But Mount Abu, from what I remember of it, is pretty much a honeymooner's paradise (throw a stone, and you'll hit a honeymooner. Throw another stone, and you'll hit another honemooner. If you keep throwing stones... you'll soon have a mob of honeymooners chasing you with pickaxes.)
In any case, the coupling deer could now be explained: Honeymoon... Mount Abu... It fits.

On the other hand, what does it say about the owner of this place, assuming poster-art = aspiration.

That the owner wishes to honeymoon in the foothills of the Himalayas?
That he wishes to be in the middle of a river, when he is honeymooning in the foothills of the Himalayas?
That he wishes to couple with a horn(y)ed, hybrid animal, in the middle of a river, whilst honeymooning in the foothills of the Himalayas?

At this point, all of us turned to look at the guy manning the counter at the restaurant, and burst into the kind of hysterical giggles we had badly needed to giggle, after Chapi.

3 comments:

jaygee said...

Honeymooners in a riot!! thats a riot by itself.. :)

Rabin said...

hmm...if someone (rich enough and sneaky enough) had the mona lisa above his fireplace, what would that signify? that he liked his sainted aunt?

Suhail said...

..(throw a stone, and you'll hit a honeymooner. Throw another stone, and you'll hit another honemooner. If you keep throwing stones... you'll soon have a mob of honeymooners chasing you with pickaxes.)..

Awesome. How do you manage to come up with such gems, every single time? Hats off to that line.

~S (since single-char nicks are in vogue on this comment page ;-)

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