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My Wedding and Related Incidents
By Ravi Lobo - New Jersey

November 23, 2008

'Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you.'- Khalil Gibran 

I am going to tell you about an incident totally unrelated to this article. I just have to get that thing off my chest, before I continue. I promise, I will not stray later. 

This incident happened at my first visit to Dubai. Dad was working in Dubai that time. It was a short visit for me.  We met at the hotel room. 

“What is the noise on the roof?” he asked.

“There is a swimming pool on the roof,” I said, “I will take you there after the breakfast.” 

While in elevator, on the way to the breakfast room, a lady in bikini entered. Now, I had probably seen thousands of ladies in bikini. My dad probably had seen thousands in bikini. However we hadn’t seen a lady in bikini together. 

It was Dubai; you have to be lucky to see anyone in bikini there. I am a lucky person. Time froze, nothing moved except the elevator; which was going down for a long time. It was probably going to hell. It was impossible to avoid her without closing eyes. I am a writer. My dad is a writer. My grandpa was a writer. Writers don’t close their eyes to – art. 

Finally, we dispersed at the lobby. At the breakfast table, I and dad discussed many things, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Narayan and Gogol. In fact we discussed everything in the world except the lady in bikini. I never saw the lady again. We didn’t check the pool either. 

That was the incident. Nothing really happened. You may wonder, what is my point? My point is: there is no point! Many things in life are totally meaningless. Trying to find a meaning in them is foolishness; over to my marriage day. 

Wedding day

Many people thought my marriage would be some kind of fiasco. I don’t blame them. I myself thought that way. 

On the day of marriage, waiting out side the church, in front of the main door, for my future wife, I had a funny feeling – Is she going to turn up or not? 

It was late. The priest was already on the altar. I had an altercation with him few days ago. “Wedding mass will start at 9 sharp,” he had said, “with you or without you!” 

The Priest, a few days before the wedding

I have a great respect for priests. Remember, these are the guys who said no to sex! That is not easy. In many Hindi movies priests have a very limited role. They vanish after the one liner – God Bless You My Child. I am yet see a priest who says GBYMC in real life. Our parish priest never said GBYMC. Never the less, he used to conduct compulsory one-to-one interview with future couples. 

At the interview, I was expecting usual questions: Tell me something about yourself. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Your top 3 weak points? etc., being in IT, I could have answered these questions from the operation theatre, while someone working on my brain. 

However the first question was, “Do you know the daily prayers?”

I was about to say, “what the ..?” followed by a bad word you often don't see on Mangalorean web sites. 

“I don’t know them by-heart,” I said, “however I know their essence.” This street smart answer didn’t convince him. 

“You probably know Hindi film songs by-heart,” this was really uncalled for, “What is the use of getting married if you don’t know the day to day prayers? How will you raise your children in Mangalorean Catholic way?”

“I have not thought about children yet, father” I said. I don’t like to call anyone FATHER, if he is not my biological father. 

Later he asked, “Did anyone force you for this marriage?”

“Yes” I said, after thinking awhile.

“Who?”

“Mom,” I said,”she thinks no one will marry me if I wait more”

“Mom is not counted. Anybody else?”

“Grandma” I said “She thinks –“

“Moms mom is not counted”

This interrogation went for sometime. Finally, with a suspicious narrow look he asked, “Did you anytime commit the sin of flesh?” This is a priestly way of asking – did you have sex anytime?

“Father, can you please rephrase the question?”

“I can not rephrase, you know what I mean, answer the question”

“Of course not,” I said. 

“All right then, you may go now. Come on time for the wedding mass, it will start at 9 sharp, with you or without you.” He warned me.  
 
 Wedding day

I was ready at 8:30 one day before. Did she change her mind? Once again I thought. There is a reason for this. 

Historically almost all the time there has been something wrong with creative people. For e.g., E M Forster, Oscar Wilde, Maugham, were gays; Gorge Eliot was a lady with a male pen-name, she had an affair, probably she wanted to hide that; Hemingway and Van Gogh committed suicide; Salinger went to recluse; Rushdie had a Fatwa; Dostoyevsky had epilepsy; Arvind Adiga has no hair!; Pushkin got wounded in a dual died subsequently; You won’t believe what extent Truman Capote went, to write - In Cold Blood. 

My future wife knew at least few of this. She had done her homework before marrying a creative person (debatable!). 

Finally the wedding car arrived. I personally opened the door. Normally best-man does that. Since the mass was on, there was no time for formalities.

“Why so late?”

“Nothing” she said.

“Can’t you come on time, at least for your marriage?”

“Are we going to fight on our wedding day?”

“All right, All right, my mistake!” 

When we entered the church, we had already missed the initial part. The priest was angry for not being on time, for the most important day of my life. I feared that I must have missed the “I DO” part. Never the less, just to make sure I said, “I do,” loud enough for the priest to hear.


“This is not where you say, ‘I do’; Let me ask you the question first,“ he said.

“Ok”

“You, Ravi bla bla bla , take Reema bla bla bla as your lawful wedded wife?”

“What kind of question is this? Why do you think I am here today?”

“Just say ‘I Do’ moron”

“Oops! I do! “

When he was about to turn, I said, “Father, you forgot something.”

“What?”

“When you are going to say: You may kiss the bride now?”


Atlantis

After the mass, one of my aunts started crying, in the church. One kind old man reminded her that it was a marriage not a funeral. Still the crying went on. Till today it is a mystery, like the lady in the bikini. Many people thought that she might be from my wife’s side. She was not. Even if she was my wife’s aunt, there was no reason to cry. My wife’s home is 10 minutes from my home. This is not only true in my case but also for many Kinnigolians. Now, before you Google it, let me tell you, Kinnigoli is a small obscure town outskirts of Mangalore; quiet, calm, peaceful, unheard – till a recent event changed all that. 


If you are a Kinnigolian, chances are, you marry a Kinnigolian! This is unique about my small town. Often I have attended marriages, where I belonged to both the parties. In these cases I have taken two gifts, one for the bride and one for the groom. Often I knew the couple much before they knew each other. I knew their little secrets. 


There is something in the air, climate or simply tap water – which forces the people of Kinnigoli to stick to this place. That’s why time and again Kinnigolians have married Kinnigolians. If you are a modern ambitious Kinnigolian, for example a software engineer, first thing you do is , you run out of this place, probably go to US or Middle East, stay there for couple of years, make some money, come back, settle down and finally marry a Kinnigolian!


Nevertheless this was a beautiful place. Foreigners were not cheated here.  Travelers were not misdirected here. Conductors (of buses, not music) have infamously given change for the biggest currency notes. It was almost a holy place. 


Even then, till some time back, people living just 10 miles out side of Kinnigoli were unaware of this beautiful place. One time, I strayed, landed in the border town. 


“When is the next bus to Kinnigoli?” I asked an old man at the bus stop.

“What is it again?”

“Next bus to Kinnigoli?” I repeated.

“Next bus to what?”

“Kinnigoli”

“Kinnigoli? What a stupid name. Now where is that damned place? Is it in Spain?”

The old crone laughed at his silly joke. Now let me tell you sir, modern day old-men are not like olden days old-men. Now a day old people are more demanding, they think young people should respect them just because they arrived on the planet bit early. 


However, I feel this alienation on the global map or from global spotlight was because there had been no famous person from Kinnigoli. There had been no visionary, cricketer, visionary cricketer, magician, criminal, serial killer, psychopath or movie star from Kinnigoli.  Also for reasons beyond comprehension famous people have avoided Kinnigoli since time immemorial. Gandhiji visited Mangalore during the independence. However he didn’t visit Kinnigoli. Pope John Paul II traveled thousands of miles to reach Bajpe, he could have traveled another couple of miles to reach Kinnigoli, but he didn’t. Arvind Adiga, the only Mangalorean Booker winner, shy, soft spoken, famously known for staying at Woodland hotel, prefers idli/vada over croissants, simple man, SSLC state topper, as far as I know never gave a visit to Kinnigoli. 


Unknown, unheard, unspoiled by modernization and MTV, Kinnigoli was patiently waiting for its turn for global recognition. Till a small incident made it much more famous than the wildest dream of any Kinnigolian. 
 

Grandparents

After the marriage mass, we proceeded to the hall where I was shocked to see an almost empty marriage hall. 

“We have some time before the people start coming,” said the cameraman. “I have an idea; let’s go to my studio,” he said, “I have some pigeons there. I will give 2 pigeons to both of you. At the count of 3, both of you let off the pigeons, I will click the camera, flash, both of you will be frozen in time, along with the pigeons, paragons of love, isn’t it a marvelous idea?”

“It is too flashy,“ I said. It sounded too artificial to me.  “Let’s go home and meet the grandparents” I said. They were too old to attend the marriage. 

“I want a gundu gundu son for you,” Grandma said.

“Marriage is not yet over, grandma“

“What? Speak louder”

“Marriage is not yet over, grandma, “I repeated, this time louder. 

“Hey, is it not you married last time?” grandpa asked.

“That is my sister, grandpa”

“Don’t shout. I can hear you clearly.” He said.

“God! You guys will drive me nuts”

“Nuts! What nuts? At this old age-”

“All right both of you, stay calm here, I have to rush back. I will answer all your questions after the marriage.” 

By the time we reached the hall it was almost time for lunch. Hall was full this time.  People were angry and frustrated for keeping them waiting; they wanted to finish the marriage business and move on to the more important food counter. “I will be missing my last bus,“ one old man staying in a remote village cribbed. 

I had particularly included my favorite dish, Rakti in the menu. Mom was dead against it; Rakti is an expensive dish. By the time I reached the food counter Rakti was all gone. Not having the favorite dish for my marriage day made me sad. 

A dream comes true

I am married for quite sometime now. No major ups or downs. No tsunamis. People are surprised! I am taking one day at a time.

Sometimes, I wake up suddenly, at the middle of the night, and stare with horror, at the lady sleeping besides. It takes me sometime to realize that the lady is my wife. I get up, go to the kitchen, drink a glass of water and go to sleep again. 

And other times, mom’s calls wake me up suddenly. I have told her not to call me at 3 am in the morning. But I guess you can not teach new tricks to old moms. 

Few days back, a sudden call woke me up at the middle of the night. It was mom at 3 am.

“Mom, please consider the difference in time, before calling”

“Important news!” she said.

“What is it?”

“Your dream has come true! Finally Kinnigoli has become famous”

“What? O God. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it,” sleep gone, fully alert now “Did any one get the national award? Nobel? Solution for Global warming. Crop circle mystery solved? Any one going to moon from our place? What is it? Tell me, tell me”

“Nothing like that;” she said calmly “they just arrested a terrorist at Kinnigoli bus stand”

“What? You are lying. Mom, if this is some kind of joke, you will regret it”. I warned her.

“Check Daiji; it is on the front page”

“Ok, hold on, let me start my computer”. Computer took eons to boot.

“Did you see it?”

“No computer is booting” I said.

“Why so long? Are you using Vista?”

“Yes”

“How many times I have to tell you to stick for XP?”

“Mom, I am the computer guy, I know what is good for me! Hold on here it is –“

I saw the news on front page of Daiji. Saw all those weapons and ammunition, which earlier I had seen only in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood movies. I crashed on my chair. 

Later when I recovered a bit, I checked the “about us” section of Daiji. Looks like, Daiji has 100,000 daily viewers from 180 countries!  God, this is no more a kid site. Out of these 100,000 readers, only 10-15 people read my articles. However when there is a negative news, I am sure each and every one of them will read it. Sadly, it dawned on me, that there is no Ctrl+z for this news. There is no undoing this! 

Later when I went to bed my wife was awake.

“Where were you?”

“Call from India” I said.

“Anything critical?”

“Nothing; go to sleep.”

“What were you doing so long?”

“I was checking something on the net. Computer took a long time boot,” I said.

“Are you still using Vista?” she asked.

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Gayathri Sujan, Mangalore/ DubaiWednesday, November 30, 2011
Hi Ravi,
really nice article's, people read them over the years on Daiji..!! thats amazing isn't it? i too feel sad when i hear or read about mangalore for all wrong reasons..:(
you narrate the story the most natural way, I was in kinningoli for few years started my schooling there, i agree with youthat it was a very calm and nice place to be, even after years when i visit there i feel proud to see my first school first church i ever visited all those memories came alive when i was reading the story great job keep it going :)
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anusha mascraenhas, MangaloreWednesday, June 02, 2010
hi, Ravi are you still using VISTA?
switch to Windows7.
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sweetie, mangaloreFriday, January 15, 2010
Very nice...
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vidya, suratkal/USThursday, January 14, 2010
Loved your article. keep writing. thanks
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Wendy D'Silva, KallianpurSaturday, January 17, 2009
Hi Ravi.. Excellent vocabulary skills.. Just loved the way you have sequenced all the events which makes interesting reading.. Well done.. Keep posting
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vinay, capitanio/DubaiTuesday, December 09, 2008
Good article, I liked the sequences, definetly I will look forward for more from you. Keep writing.
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M.lobo, udupi/KuwaitTuesday, December 09, 2008
I never ever gave any importance to kinnigoli, but in future i will sure search for u Mr. Ravi Lobo. Good luck. I liked yr writing.
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sanchia nazareth, mangalore/melbourneTuesday, December 09, 2008
Hey ravi! amazng articles! keep it coming!
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Dunil , kinnigoliMonday, December 08, 2008
Hi Ravi nice Article!!!!..
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Joylyn, Mangalore/ MysoreSunday, December 07, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this Ravi. I look for more articles from you..
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ALTHAF, MANGALORE / SANA'A, YEMENTuesday, December 02, 2008
Good article...enjoyd it
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Anil M. Lobo, Monday, December 01, 2008
Hey bro... i enjoyed every line of this article, Thanks you so much. May God bless your marriage
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Prashanth Lobo, Niddodi/DelhiMonday, December 01, 2008
Hey bro..thats a awesome piece of work man!! nice article...keep going..good luck..
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veena, mangaloreSunday, November 30, 2008
wow...... i really enjoyed your article. But I too wonder s ometime why in movies they say GBYMC?
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keerthi shetty, katpady/DubaiSunday, November 30, 2008
Hey ravi... it waz really great reading ur article.... all the best for your future......
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taurojohn, mangalore/maladFriday, November 28, 2008
Ravi I lived close to Kinnigoli. There were hardly any buses. If you missed one, we had to walk with fire torches. By the way do you know any other name for Kinnigoli ? As a child I have heard the name "Golikade" . Perhaps you must ask your grand parents and write  more about  Kinnigoli. Enjoyed your article.
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ishan, m'loreThursday, November 27, 2008
dude u rock .... u still use vista !
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Akshay, BangaloreThursday, November 27, 2008
Fantastic presentation!!
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Laila Pinto, Manipal / Saudi ArabiaThursday, November 27, 2008
Continue with the good work. Enjoyed reading it. We need a lot of such hilarious stuff to keep us going. As the saying goes, ' LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE'
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Mayola Miranda, Very much in Kinnigoli...Wednesday, November 26, 2008
lolz...awesome work!! makes some crisp n light reading.....
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elsyra , Kirem / DubaiWednesday, November 26, 2008
Hey Ravi, Good One. Waiting for next one....
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Cicilia Pinto, kinnigoli/AbudhabiWednesday, November 26, 2008
Oh Ravi it is too good! keep it up and keep writing! Proud to be a Kinnigolian
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Natasha D'souza, Urwa/ MumbaiWednesday, November 26, 2008
are u still Using Vista???....hehee...great style of writing...waiting for the next one!!!...
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Anvil, Kinnigoli/BangaloreWednesday, November 26, 2008
Nice one Ravi.... Put some more light on Kinnigoli.. Are you still using Vista!
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Leslie pais, Urwa/Bombay/New JerseyTuesday, November 25, 2008
Very refreshing. Pleasant change from the usual. Bring on some more like this.
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valerian dias, bantwal,kuwaitTuesday, November 25, 2008
Dear Ravi,your great.very nice.i like it.keep it up....
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A.D'Cunha Shenoy, MangaluruTuesday, November 25, 2008
Bale bale -Kinnigoli, poi, poi. Very witty Ravi. Kazaar, Komputer and Kinnigoli- good combination. Been to Kinnigoli beautiful place.
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Ram Kumar, SingaporeTuesday, November 25, 2008
Ravi, you rock, visualised what you wrote , Love to read your articles ..write something on the current IT trend in your style....
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Dinesh, MangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Ravi, very nice article. Enjoyed the marriage spectacle (debacle?) No one famous from Kinnigoli? Right in New Jersey lived late Mark Rosario (1954-2004), 1st rank gold medalist B.Sc.(1974). He married someone from Karkala, though.
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Santhosh Monteiro, Bajpe/KuwaitTuesday, November 25, 2008
Hi ravi, Really good work, keep it up
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Violet Fernandes, Bantwal / dohaTuesday, November 25, 2008
very good article...Good luck
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Reshma Mascarenhas, BangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Awesome.....
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Divya , MiraRoad/Kinnigoli/SharjahTuesday, November 25, 2008
Very nice article. Keep Writing.
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stephen dsouza, NeelavarTuesday, November 25, 2008
Very Hilarious, you have a very good sense of humor, Mr. Ravi. Give more of these.
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Michael Lobo, MangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Too good. Ravi you have a style and it pleases one and all. I havn't seen such a writing style ever before. Why don't you plan to write a BIG novel ... in your own style ? I am sure it will beat Adiga, not only in style but also in fame. I am sure you are planning for one such novel, but it takes lot of hard work. I too have ideas but my language is poor. My mom hails from kinnigoli and I can endorse most of what you said is correct. I want to have your contact but daiji will have to help me out. Would look forward to read more from your pen ...sorry digital button. Keep up your growth. I wish success and great time in writing. God bless you my ... hmmm my friend !
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Lesly, ChennaiTuesday, November 25, 2008
Hey ravi good one. your sense of humour is excellent.
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Janet / , Mangalore/ DubaiTuesday, November 25, 2008
Ravi Lobo, It was  great to read and funny too ! Hope to hear some more incidents.
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Irene Sequeira, Derebail/KuwaitTuesday, November 25, 2008
Very nice article, enjoyed reading. If I am not mistaken Bishop Henry D'Souza is also from Kinnigoly? Please keep writing.
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Madhav Nayak, MangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Very good article but one question, not sure but isnt the famous cardiologist Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty from Kinnigoli?  Can anyone can clarify?
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Melisha Noronha, Mangalore / BangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Amazing language and spontaneity. I really admire the way you write and i believe that very few people can capture a reader's attention by writing spontaneously. Like Tina has commented, i think you must try your hand at writing a book. Adding on to what Anita from Mangalore says, Kinnigoli can become famous because of you.
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R Patrao, KinnigoliTuesday, November 25, 2008
Good Article Ravi... Khalil Gibran also said "When you are born, your work is placed in your heart.” And this article shows that about you.
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Vinay Vas, Kinnigoli/DubaiTuesday, November 25, 2008
Nice One Ravi, Enjoyed Readind it. Keep it up. Proud to be born here in kinnigoli.
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Geetha, kinnigoli/kuwaitMonday, November 24, 2008
Good Article.We are proud that we are kinnigolians. Keep writing and Good luck.
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Pearl D'Silva, MangaloreMonday, November 24, 2008
Good one Ravi... Enjoyed reading it...
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Mahesh Chowta, MangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Meaningless things in our life are for enjoying our life. Things with meaning give only stress to life!!! Excellent and refreshing Work!!
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violet pais, bejai, DubaiTuesday, November 25, 2008
Good one Ravi, you do have a sense of humour . I will continue to read your articles . Life's all about looking at things positively and you sure did that.
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Zelamina, Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The article was a bit too fictitious, but was a good read after a long day at work.
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Donald D'Souza, Kirem/Milwaukee, U.S.Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Good one. I liked the way you described the 'Many things are meaningless in life' and Kahlil Gibran's quote compliments the begining paragraph very well.
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Anita, Kinnigoli/ USTuesday, November 25, 2008
Hello Ravi, another wonderful article, another feather in your cap! Well done. Behind every successful man there is a supporting woman. So congrats to Reema too. And you have the "team Kinnigoli" backing too.We are proud of you.
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Arun Kamath, MangaloreTuesday, November 25, 2008
Good one Ravi. Spontaneous and hilarious. Njoy.
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tina, IndiaMonday, November 24, 2008
Simply hilarious !!!! U should write a novel
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Ivon/Flavy & Fly , Udyavara/KuwaitMonday, November 24, 2008
Very Nice "When is the next Bus" for Pithrody ???? it reminded me when we is to be late at night time the first question. Keep it up.
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Arun, Bangalore / QuincyMonday, November 24, 2008
Ravi, Article is really interesting. Liked the way you expressed in your article. All the best. Keep writing. :)
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ivan, Mangalore/UAEMonday, November 24, 2008
Dear Ravi, very nice article, very funny too. i enjoyed reading it.Is it true that the priest is going to ask all those questions...like do u know daily prayers? did u committed the sin of ...  etc etc. I'm worried now coz i'm getting married soon n thinking what to answer him!!!! anyways all d best to u n keep writting.
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surbhee, jabalpur (m.p)indiaMonday, November 24, 2008
I'am not good in expressing ...but I think your wife is really lucky you have an awesome sense of humour ....Its really impressive ...Its hard to make others laugh ... Good luck Surbhee Agrawal
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anitha d'souza, bajpe, mlrMonday, November 24, 2008
good Prashanth, keep up the good work,v really enjoyed every bit.Keep the pen flowing.
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Madhav Nayak, MangaloreMonday, November 24, 2008
Dear Shalabh, I think you haven't read the full line! GBYMC = God Bless You My Child
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Agnello, Mangalore/MuscatMonday, November 24, 2008
Witty. And I am one of the rare breeds who has visited Kinnigoli but not New Jersey!
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shobha, Cochin/USMonday, November 24, 2008
great work Ravi Lobo..
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Max, MangaloreMonday, November 24, 2008
Great Ravi. I enjoyed this one too. You surely are made for greater stuff...
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Rekha, Bristol UKMonday, November 24, 2008
Wow that was a really gr8 article...you have a natural flair for words.Keep up the good work and keep writing!!
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Shirley Mathias, Monday, November 24, 2008
Made a good reading. Keep the pen flowing.
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Shalabh, MumbaiMonday, November 24, 2008
What does GBYMC mean...That's the only part i couldn't understand...
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Raj, Mumbai/USMonday, November 24, 2008
Nice Article Ravi.
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vinay dsouza, MangaloreMonday, November 24, 2008
Was like watching movie being film maker myself.Good one.
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Santhosh Saldanha, Kateel/ CaribbeanMonday, November 24, 2008
Good job Ravi, keep it up.....
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Sunil, Kinnigoli/MuscatMonday, November 24, 2008
Nice Article. We are proud that we are Kiinigolians.
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Robert Lobo., Kinnigoli, Mangalore.Monday, November 24, 2008
Hi Son, I still remember that LADY in bikini...and as for your article, well it's.....fantastika.
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Cyril Mascarenhas, kirem/mira roadMonday, November 24, 2008
Good wedding rememberence,write about your roce ceremoney also.
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Royston Jathanna, MangaloreMonday, November 24, 2008
Very good article.. took time off in office to read this. Worth reading. Also, nice fact reading about no. of visitors to daijiworld.. good stuff. keep writing. you may be the next Adiga :).
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Roshan Sequeira, Bejai/ DubaiMonday, November 24, 2008
Hey Ravi!!! Gud article. I really enjoyed reading it. We all from Sequeira & Barboza family ( ur in laws) wish u good luck.. We r big big fan of u. Belive me this the 10th time iam reading it. Keep writing i wish i meet u guys in Dec.. And please do let us know when the "Gundu Gundu Parcel arrives.. God Bless u..
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Prem Colaço, Mangalore/Muscat,OmanMonday, November 24, 2008
Hey Ravi, Good article....great stuff to read..njoyed ...Am sure kinnigoli will get some global recognition someday..
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Shalini, DubaiMonday, November 24, 2008
I loved the article, waitng for the next one...
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Joyer Noronha/ Kinnigoli, KinnigoliMonday, November 24, 2008

Ravi, thanks for another Page scroller.Kudos for the plaudits that are pouring. Guys, Often we see, people in Ravi's article giving out of the blue responses, entertaining us in the due process. Knowing Ravi for long, I guess, the prime cause for this is Ravi's uncanny knack of compelling his subject to weirdest responses. It happened to me many times. I am fellow Kinnigolian who happened to marry Ravi's neigbour. As news of our marriage getting fixed spread in the little town, people started wishing us and this became a regular ritual. On one of those days I met Ravi, at the most famous landmark of Kinnigoli, the busstand. He rushed at me and said in a hurry "Hey, I heard you are marrying so and so who is my neighbour".

 I gleefully said "Yes" and was raising my hand for a potential handshake and opening my mouth to explain him how it all happened etc etc. Suddenly he shouted at me and said "Have you taken permission from us neigbours". I was stunned with this inexpected question and was struggling not knowing what to answer. It took some time and a giggle on his face to help me recover. Ravi has not stopped stunning me, these days he does it mostly with some of the most deliciously humourous articles I have ever read. Thanks to him, now it looks plausible, that Kinnigoli might just get the global recognition it is craving for.

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Steffi Crasto, Mumbai.KuwaitMonday, November 24, 2008
Really Liked your sense of humour.Enjoyed your article. Expecting more articles with good homour. Good luck
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Anil, KundapurMonday, November 24, 2008
Very Nice. Very true, people tend to read negative news rathar than reading good , excellent articles like this one. Superb
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Ganesh, Kinnigoly,MuscatMonday, November 24, 2008
Kinnigoli...ka...kya...kehna... My dear friend, you are already on the making 'KINNIGOLY PROUD'
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JEEVAN, MANGALORE/SHARJAHSunday, November 23, 2008
“Famous kinnigoli writer” - good work....
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Corinne Vaz, MangaloreSunday, November 23, 2008
Nice article, full of humour. Really enjoyed reading it.
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S.A. RASHEID, MANGALORESunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent, beautifully narrated. I enjoyed every moment while going through this article. Keep it up.
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Reshma, Mangalore / DubaiSunday, November 23, 2008
Very simple & good article it really made me laugh....keep up the good work....
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Reshma Lobo, Valencia/MangaloreSunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent Article Ravi...liked your sense of humour...keep writing..more..
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Sonia, MangaloreSunday, November 23, 2008
A very nice article....enjoyed reading it.
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Marian, MangaloreSunday, November 23, 2008
The article makes  pleasant reading but is over exaggerated.
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S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupiSunday, November 23, 2008
Daiji, Kinnigoli, Vista.... Major part of this story, Very nice articles.Keep it up.... When is the next bus to Kinnigoli?!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Laveena, Mangalore / DubaiSunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent article....
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Rimz , Kulshekar/USASunday, November 23, 2008
Great Going Mr Ravi, and i dont think only 10-15 people read ya article i think a whole lot of people read your aritcle, and why not as your articles are always excellent, funny with a mix of wittness in them ,Good luck ........
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Alex Lobo, bantwalSunday, November 23, 2008
Good one Ravi. It reminded me of my marriage day, since my bride came late for the wedding too.
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D Andrade, EnglandSunday, November 23, 2008
A brilliant piece & very refreshing.
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Fredrick Correa, Nairobi, KenyaSunday, November 23, 2008
Enjoyed every bit of it!
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Priya Das, Karkala / MumbaiSunday, November 23, 2008
Very, very nice story ...
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Anita, MangaloreSunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent Work, was thoroughly amused...i kept wondering, what next?.. Surely Kinnigoli is Famous because of you.
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rani, KuwaitSunday, November 23, 2008
very well written Ravi.. just loved reading it.. My mom from kinnigoli and dad too and my moms sister too married a kinnigolian..Now my brother too is married to a kinnigolian.. though i always wondered the reasons behind these,reading your article confirms that there are many more cases not just in our fly.. May be Kinnigoli did become famous for a negative reason but i would now say kinnigoli has given the world a creative writer like you Good luck and keep writing
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Sylvia Fernandes, Mangalore/DubaiSunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent, funny and witty article.I love to read your articles, since they are always simple and sweet.It also releases the whole day tension after hectic schedule in the office. There must be large number of readers reading your articles, however some are silent readers who are not interested to comment.
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Sandeep, Bangalore/NashuaSunday, November 23, 2008
I really enjoyed it.
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Roshan D'costa, Moodbidri/AbudhabiSunday, November 23, 2008
Kalen saiba kinnigoli bor ganv ya ! ek dis bori kabar aikonk melthali bejar zainaka. tuji ee kani aikon mosth aaso ailyo!
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Joe, Karkala/KuwaitSunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent article Writer !!. I had a terrible day in the office and was frustrated. But this article lifted my spirits up while leaving the office. Well narrated and said ...... keep going and please do let us know when the "Gundu Gundu Parcel arrives". Wish you Very Best. !
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Abha, Mumbai/MissouriSunday, November 23, 2008
Excellent Article Ravi, enjoyed reading it. Please keep writing. Good Luck...
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marina, udupiSunday, November 23, 2008
good writing , lot of vivid ideas, enjoyed reading, waiting for more articles out
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Kiran Gonsalves, Kundapur/KuwaitSunday, November 23, 2008
Great article with nice humour. Please contribute more articles.. By the way, you are still using vista...?
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