Swear Box

At some point last month, I did believe that before I make another entry in this blog, Barack Obama would have already spent half his term at the Oval office. well.. there goes my commitment towards maintaining this blog.

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Christmas time reminds me of ‘swear box’ concept that was run in a particular department at my friend’s office. The concept is that, they have a rate for each of the common swear words. Something like – 50 pence for that popular four letter ‘F’ word, 2 pounds for the four lettered word that begins with ‘C’ etc. Whenever anyone (be it a visitor or those who were working in that area) swears, they have to pay the appropriate amount, which will go into a money box christened as ‘Swear Box’. The box would be opened up prior to Christmas time and will be used to buy gifts for those in that department. There will be clear warning that the above concept is in operation in that area and also the rate chart for various words used to be put up prominently. Even if one is very careful with the choice of words, it will be funny to see people provoking one another. No wonder the box used to get filled up very quickly. This may sound skewed, but it is something to cheer up an otherwise monotonous work life.

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Recently, we were there at our friend’s (Vijay-Priya) place in Croydon. They decided to pull my leg in a different way by putting up posters like this all over their home. As you could see, the posters welcome the ‘writer (he he.. me!)and his family’. As if the posters were not enough, Vijay came out with a reason for the choice of words by claiming that anyone can be a blogger, but only very few can be writers. He did fail to mention what I had written – apart from my name perhaps. I wouldn’t have pardoned them for this, but the yummy ‘saatrumadhu’ (rasam) prepared by Priya changed my mind once and for all. 🙂

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Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate. Happy New Year to all of you folks out there.