Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Stop Press: Breaking new ground

Well, it is what it is. Stephen Rodger Waugh and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, move over. The final frontier has been conquered. With one small step for himself, the Gawker has finally gone where no man has ever gone before. And in doing so, he has taken a great leap for all us men-folk.

Wait a minute, he did not actually *GO* in there. You see, we men seem to have our own, non-special place to *GO* that's devoid on any mystery (thanks to the historically accurate descriptions/representations in every form of media). But in the truest fashion of a born explorer, he did go there to find answers to a question which must be on the minds of every man since long long ago (nobody knows how long ago) - What exactly is behind that door?. And from his description, it seems to be a well equipped joint.

So when the history of the human race is written eons from now, will this event shall be given equal footage with Marco Polo's voyage to the Far East, Mahatma Gandhi's walk to Dandi, Livingstone's first sight of the mighty Victoria falls or would it be just a footnote like Saurav Ganguly's childish tantrums in Zimbabwe, Bennifer, Ron Jeremy's hirsute torso and Angelina Jolie's "alleged" bisexuality? Time only shall tell.

But one thing is certain. I should update my blog-roll and find a place in history myself by acknowledging the tenacity of the individual who dared to question what everybody else accepted without reason and enlightened us all with a description that will not be out of place in a wiki. Oh Gawker, I bow to thee....

(brought to you via Saket's edition of the BBM)

(P.S: It dawns on me that I know one other person who is rumored to have been on one such expedition. But sadly he is not a blogger and so the world will probably never know what his eyes saw.)

18 comments:

B o o said...

So much fuss for this crap?(pun intended!) I would ve no clue what you were talking about if not for the links. Does it really mean so much to you guys? Pray for a daughter, all your wish will eventually come true while taking her to the public ladies toilet. And I am sure you wont come out smelling like roses to write a blog about it!

First time, First commenting. Cool! :)

Anonymous said...

You ain't seen anything till you use one of those co-ed bathrooms...

dev2r said...

Are there any co-ed bathrooms other than Ally McBeal and packed bars with waiting lines before the restrooms? I don't think so.

anantha said...

Dev: Rumor has it that U-Mass Amherst has/had one. And this information was gleaned from hush-hush conversations in the Shan hostel based on emails that seemed to originate from a senior who went to Amherst. But even if such "myths" were proven to be true, I don't think we men are given enough importance for us to get the same level of comfort and hence even the co-ed ones might just be the "works". I am thinking only the "female only" facilities have "special" stuff inside.

Anon: Co-ed facilities are a myth, unless proved comprehensively with a picture or video footage. Till then they shall continue to be equated with all the sightings of the Abominable Snowman or the Sasquatch or a hook over fine-leg for the maximum from Ganguly.

Boo: No. The fuss is generally about all the time you ladies seem to spend time in there, which is perhaps comparable to the time spent by menfolk when they have some literature in hand. Wait you dirty minded people, I meant the day's copy of The Hindu! Anyways, having gals in his class (while I had none), Dev would agree with me that the blinding urge to know what's going on in there is motivated by the fact that when we was in undergrad together, gals used to go to the designated "ladies room" to eat lunch with their friends and generally hobnob. In comparison, guys, to hobnob with friends, which is actually the euphemism for a quick smoke (if you were a smoker), one had to walk outside campus to the tea-stall opposite the college gate. And run behind the stall when a "official looking" vehicle was seen approaching. In this age of equality, the absence of secluded places for guys is a glaring sign of antipathy towards all menfolk!

anantha said...

And its official now. Blogger NEEDS a spell check for comments! Bahhhh...

dev2r said...

Anti: ...gals used to go to the designated "ladies room" to eat lunch with their friends and generally hobnob...

Before readers jump to any conclusions, our college had an actual 'ladies' 'room' - a waiting room for ladies with facilities attached. In fact, this used to be the only female WC for several buildings spaced 5-6 blocks apart and stretching for almost a half mile.

Guys, of course, had their porcelain urinals and nifty water taps in every building.

?! said...

Morethanyouneedtoknow.com aka wiki will tell you all about the Royal Flush, proving that it is indeed serious business ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Crapper

gawker said...

eh Umass had coed bathrooms? I was in UMass and I never saw em.

anantha said...

Gawker: Welcome.. welcome... Ya, I KNEW IT... These blabbering rumor mongers, Feeding us innnocent souls back in India with provocative stories of unisex facilities and co-eds cavorting in towels and much less!

capriciously_me said...

worst ppl!

anantha said...

CM: God..we are just curious! And just because we are frank you can't call us that! We just want to be well-informed. As a famous wise man said (might have been in a movie, but nevertheless), "Inparmation..is wealth"!

anantha said...

?!: Was he knighted for his services to the Queen's, ahem, facilities? He was Sir Thomas Crapper, right?

GratisGab said...

I just enlightened Gawker about the mini-bar inside each stall. Forgot to add the part about the t1 lines. You poor losers...:)

anantha said...

Gabby: LOSERS... LOSERS???? :O
As I told CM, its all about staying informed! When you get home this evening, point Mr.Gabby over to Gawkers post and am sure he'd nod his head in agreement.

anantha said...

And Gabby... :p :D

GratisGab said...

But don't ya'll more than make up for our loss at home? Your "sanctuary", your "getaway", your place to "think"...what's a few candles compared to that??

GratisGab said...

And honey, if I can get the man to read a blog, don't you think that I would push mine? :)

anantha said...

Gabby: The term "throne" seems to be the only "royal" connection to "our" place :p
And Mr.G don't know about ur blog? :)