Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Biggest and deadliest ice cream festival in Cochin - Tripunithura
The frequency of incidents happening in my life has increased while the tendency to write and read has reduced. Have I become the same kid behind whom my mother ran with a stick? On the other hand, maybe I am lazy again. There was a time when I used to write once in a day, and then it reduced to an article in 5 days and now two posts a month. The concept of sharing my daily incidents in life, “Life at Abhi” seems vanishing. This is no confession to the readers who occasionally arrive at the blog but a confession by me, to me for not meeting my plans and decisions. I am not a busy jack but a lazy Mac who brushes teeth once a day, baths twice a day and eats thrice a day. I am... PIRATED...
Last week Gopu sold his old laptop for a 15 grand and we planned to celebrate this with an ice cream, may be a Rajadhani special. Gopu and I headed towards the Rajdhani Ice cream parlour when Jk asked us to try a new store that is open near the bus stop. The guard greeted us with a piece of paper distributed as an advertisement to the newly inaugurated shop. We entered the shop and started mugging up the menu, reviewing it many times searching for the ice cream that was the highest in price. I found one written 150 rupees and I marked it for an order while Jk was still busy with the list. Gopu was sweating in front of the Air Conditioner imagining the bill we could generate on his profit.
We were about to order when my eyes went on the piece of paper given by the guard that had an attractive offer. It was written in bold letters “Fill your tummy in 30 minutes for 100 rupees; eat as much as you can”. I called the shop manager and enquired about the offer at which he explained that the offer includes all ice creams and shakes in the shop that are included in the menu for just 100 rupees, provided we maintain the 30 minutes schedule and completely consume the ones ordered. He further added to place an order for a new ice cream as soon as we finish one. He was very happy at his explanation and said that no has ordered more than two ice creams in 30 minutes duration.
We called the waiter and said that we would like to opt for the 100-rupee plan. Gopu and I searched the complete book and ordered two to three costly ice creams. While ordering the waiter added “you will have to complete whatever you order so be cautious or we shall claim extra”. Gopu looked at me with an anxious, angry expression as if the waiter has challenged us for our capabilities. Gopu said “aha! Angane anengil varatte, kanichu taram” (let it come, we will show you).
The waiter gave us a card with start timings written on it and the time-finished left blank. He asked me to look at the corner, pointing on an old-fashioned clock with its minute hand on six. I folded the sleeves of the shirt and Gopu adjusted the tummy. Jk smiled at the manager who was very happy to have successfully conveyed the history of the store and its offers. We started with the first ice cream and ate it like a fluffy cake. In 3 minutes, we placed another order and the waiter rushed inside to bring it. This time it was a bigger bowl with three scoops of ice creams, one green, other yellow and red. We took another 7 minutes to finish it and ordered an ice cream shake. The manager’s face was changing pale watching us eat the costliest cold ice creams like bread. The clock started running fast and we ordered one after the other. Five minutes remaining, Gopu and I ordered the last ice cream. Jk finished the competition with a shake.
We managed to finish our bowls in time. The scores were I with six ice creams and one ice cream shake, Gopu with five ice creams and one shake, Jk with two shakes and four ice creams. The manager was completely blank with his mouth touching his feet, eyes dull and eyebrows flying from his forehead. We all came out of the shop like the players back after winning the world cup tournament. Gopu looked at me and asked if there is a chance to call an ambulance. : )
Though it was a heavy ice cream festival, it is not possible to explain the enjoyment in words. At last, we proved that no one could defeat us at least in eating. : )