milka

milka

Sidin Vadukut (a columnist at Mint) has me chuckling at this all too familiar travel story, filed on his blog under ‘Notes From A Brief Journey’

(Two days before leaving for two week-long holiday to India.)

Sister on WhatsApp: “Sidin chettan! How are things going?”
SV: “Things are pretty hectic. Desperately tryi…”
Sister: “Yeah all that is ok. Don’t forget to bring a lot of Milka chocolate when you come ok?”
SV: “But let me fini…”
Sister: “YAY. Okie bye.”

(One day before leaving for two week-long holiday to India.)

Sister on etc. etc.: “So how is your packing coming along? Hope everything is ready for India baby!”
SV: “Yes. So far so good. We are somewhat concerned about how the bab…”
Sister: “Good to know. Don’t forget the Milka chocolates. MILKA. Under any circumstances Milka is compulsory. Don’t bring Galaxy instead. I hate Galaxy. I only like Milka. All my friends are waiting for Milka.”

(Hours before boarding the flight from Heathrow to Dubai.)

Sister-zilla: “Any updates on the Milka?”
SV: “I amputated my arm by mistake with the toaster.”
Sister: “Excellent. See you soon. Don’t forget the Milka chocolates. If there is sale in London then buy more and more Milka.”

(Halfway from Heathrow to Dubai. Perhaps over Istanbul.)

Missus: “Where is that Milka we bought from duty-free?”
SV: “NOOOOOOOOO”

(Ten minutes later.)

Missus and SV: “NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.”

(Nary a millisecond after landing in Dubai for 2.5 hour layover.)

Missus wiping large chocolate stains off her clothes: “I think we should buy more Milka for your sister…”
SV: “Goddamit I think my next book is going to be about Milka. Bloody nonsense. Fed up.”

(Hours later in Kochi as we line up at passport checking counters.)

Missus: “Look at that advertisement on the TV screen behind the counters.”
SV looks and sees: “SPECIAL OFFER ON MILKA CHOCOLATES! BUY TWO GET ONE FREE! EXCLUSIVE KOCHI DUTY FREE OFFER!”

Sigh.

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