A man in white is playing Antakshari with his friends. There is a slight hitch though – he sings only in Tamil while his buddies sing Hindi songs with an English accent. They try to avoid songs that start with G, it brings back uncomfortable memories. Not one G but two, two G’s - the reason why they are cooling their heels here.
The place actually feels like a resort – cocooned, like a fortress, so safe and so many policemen concerned about their security. Too bad the rooms are called cells and the place Tihar – so uncool I tell you. And the greatest part, it’s absolutely free. Not that they lack money, in fact they have lots and lots of it hoarded in secret little islands.
The man in a white veshti secretly smiles to himself, as he is hums a romantic song. He just read in the paper that his beloved K might join him. As he reclines on the wall and swats another mosquito, he can’t help but think of his parents. What a great visionary his Amma was, naming him Raja. And how well Andimuthu Raja has lived up to the promise of his name, how loyally he has served his master, the ugly K. When his lord & master sent him to Delhi, he not only stole for himself but his Kadavul and his family. Especially the family and his beautiful daughter Kanimozhi - she with the smile sweeter than payasam. He has scribbled R loves K ....Kannu weds Annu...all over the walls of the compound of what the lesser mortals call Jail – it’s a good pastime and what’s more it’s keeps him happy.
Last week his 2G buddies, the infamous five joined him, - Doshi, Chandra, Vinod Goenka, Hari Nair and Pipara. He giggled inwardly –These English speaking Korporate honcho types.....Serve them right for giving me a bribe. Now, together we will spend countless nights.....Sab saale chor hai, including, me...Tee hee hee
Now that he had the lyrics, he brought out his harmonium and started to sing. No more Antakshari with these telecom Krooks.
In another part of the city, a man with a grin wider than the Grand Canyon, is preparing a grand entry to this exclusive club of Krooks. He even got a slipper hurled at him, as a special welcome gesture. The man has a story similar to Humpty Dumpty (HD), and what’s more, he even looks like him. Sat on a wall....had a great fall...all the queen’s men...could not put HD together again. And now his queen’s men have been greeting him with Hai-Hai instead of Hi. A gaggle of chameleons I tell you!