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An Evening In The Life Of Mukherjee Babu

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While the events within the confines of the hotel were taking place according to the laws of physics, events outside were following the laws of chemistry.

:ranting: Please don't keep us waiting too long........

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My uncle used to send Rasgoolahs in tin from Dhanbad in late 60s, you all have reminded me of that. Now someond describe a perfect Rasgoolah!

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My uncle used to send Rasgoolahs in tin from Dhanbad in late 60s, you all have reminded me of that. Now someond describe a perfect Rasgoolah!

A decent rosogolla can pass thru a ring without breaking. And as usual the proof lies in.....

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Ok veterans can skip this part but for non-veterans it is the fact that when you imbibe high proof Vodka neat on empty stomach the Vodka doesn’t remain in the stomach, riding the high-speed arteries it travels to the head office. Once it has made its presence at the head office it begins some funny activities. While the ginnis sat & engaged in small talk, out side the hotel Niyogi moshai’s mineral water bottle did its rounds. Mukherjee babu wiped his mouth and appeared visibly grateful. A pleasant glow of warmth engulfed his body. Any euphoric substance when consumed first results in suppression of inhibition and the consumer is prone to indulge in things that he/she likes subconsciously. It is not only Mukherjee babu in whose body & mind the Vodka was working. Niyogi moshai likes music & more than that he likes to believe that he can actually sing. An euphoric Niyogi moshai started humming Lara’s theme. Our Mukherjee babu is also a music lover & he joined in with “Tra la lala… la la la la lala….” Niyogi moshai added “La ley lala lal lal laaaaa…” Paagla accompanied the vocalists with his whistling. The happy trio made their way back to the hotel. While they were approaching the glass revolving door with Mukherjee babu leading, Mukherjee ginni landed in the lobby like an avalanche causing bell boys & other guests scurrying for getting away from her flow. Just when Mukherjee babu with his “La la lala laley laley la lal..” was stepping in to the door with a sort of a dance step to get in, his better half ploughed in to go out. The revolving door took a violent spin………..

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Was Mukherjee babu splashed by the spinning door? Or fell his better half right in his arms?

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Veterans will agree that rapid ingestion of alcohol can often lead to suggestive hallucination. The singing of Lara’s theme made the hotel lobby appeared as an enormous ball room to our Mukherjee babu. Chandeliers were really there to complete the picture. Mukherjee babu shot out from the spinning revolving door along with his ginni. Holding her firmly Mukherjee babu began to dance. The lanky lobby pianist who was till now brooding over his piano jumped to action. With further vocal support by Niyogi moshai and Debnath it was beginning to get real classical. Mukherjee gini tried her best to disentangle herself but nearly 200ml of high proof Vodka is some thing.

The checking in guests, the checking out guests and the whiling away in the lobby guests thought that there was some kind of local festivity, some thing like Valentine. Not to miss the fun quite a few couples took the floor. From the elevator emerged a huge bearded man lugging a saxophone and a frail wife. Depositing his frail soprano wife with the choir of Niyogi moshai & Debnath, the saxophonist positioned himself behind the pianist. The pianist thought “Kar mukh dekhe aj uthechi baba”… whose face did I glimpse after waking up today. With renewed vigour the pianist joined the saxophonist.

The high decibel sound began to spread to the higher floors as well as beyond the revolving door which was still revolving. Few more couples descended and another few drifted in along with some curious onlookers. Sensing things quickly going out of control the front desk manger rang the head of security. At this moment the head of security was having a quiet chat with the head matron of the housekeeping wing over tea. The phone call irritated him no doubt but duty is duty. Assuring her that he would be back asap he left to investigate.

With hands thrust in his trouser pockets he tried to take stock of the prevailing situation. His grooming school had taught him how to handle difficult guests, violent guests, hold ups, shoot outs, peaceful demonstrations, loot, arson… every thing, but he was at a loss to classify what was going on in to any of the mentioned categories and take appropriate action as per the books. In spite of trying hard he felt a bit jolly himself. Looking at the dancing couples his thoughts turned to the head matron of the housekeeping wing. The waiters appeared better trained. With flutes of champagnes on trays and the bill books they were to be seen everywhere and registering brisk sale.

Veterans will remember that after the intense euphoria there comes a stage where the knee begins to turn to jelly and the head follows the rotation of the earth. Our Mukherjee babu was just passing on to this stage when Mukherjee ginni with a violent pull finally disentangled herself from her husband. We had already learnt about the vocal strength of this lady. With a loud yell she grabbed Mukherjee babu by the lapel of his coat and dragged him out through the revolving door. After the echoes of her yell died down there was deadly silence.

Niyogi moshai, Debnath, Dutta babu, Dutta ginni & Batasha had a solemn dinner of Pabda paramaditya, Dab Chingri, Ilish paturi Rice, luchi and Roshomadhuri.

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The event took place at the Peerless Inn Hotel quite close to Oberoi Grand. The Aheli restaurant at this hotel serves the finest Bengali cuisine.

The Grand hotel is some kind of an institution in Kolkata and in my opinion it is one of the great hotels of India, specially known for the personalised service that it provides.

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