Some like it hot, some like it not

CHETAN KRISHNASWAMY writes: Sunaad Raghuram‘s Ode to the Uddina Vade brings to mind an interlude with YNK, the original connosieur and late editor of Kannada Prabha.

It is one of those evenings at the Bangalore Golf Club. YNK and I, are gossiping, imbibing and balancing (the wobbly bar stools can be a precarious perch), all simultaneously.

The enthusiastic waiter cuts in and says: “Saar olle uddina vade idhe, tarlaa?”

YNK: “Nimma kitchen seree ella, avarge yenu madakbarolla.”

Probably not wanting to disappoint the waiter, YNK says: “Ok. Aithuu . Aadhre vade-alli swalpaa taste erali. Kothambari swalpa haki, bisi erali, chenagirali.

After sometime, the waiter brings in two plates of steaming hot vade—insipid and tasteless just what YNK did not want them to be—but we wash them down with our ‘smalls’, nevertheless.

The conversation between us continues… until the eager-to-please waiter suddenly appears and says: “Saar, heng ithuu bisi uddina vade?

YNK (straight faced and in an instant replies): “Vade aav vade …elli bandhidhu bari yerrad plate bisi ashtae…vade yelli?”

This was the kothambari of the evening.

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2 Comments »

  1. Vijayshankar said

    Anything from YNK is ever remembered.
    Once YNK asked a waiter in Ghandhi Bazar “A-1 coffee Taa”. Kiladi Waiter said “Illadidre sir(If not available?) YNK’s quick reply “A-2” In Kannada Aeetu or Yetu means beatings 🙂
    His pun and wit are ever remembered.
    Regards
    S.R.Vijayashankar

  2. Vijayshankar said

    Vijaya Shankar S R Anything from YNK is ever remembered.
    Once YNK asked a waiter in Ghandhi Bazar “A-1 coffee Taa”. Kiladi Waiter said “Illadidre sir(If not available?) YNK’s quick reply “A-2” In Kannada Aeetu or Yetu means beatings 🙂
    His pun and wit are ever remembered.
    Regards
    S.R.Vijayashankar

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