Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Achhoo!!! I think that’s how you spell a sneeze

Ever noticed the way different people sneeze? It’s pretty interesting if you think about it-

# There’s a set of people who sneeze twice in quick succession…..acchoo…acchoo…and that’s it….. sorted………………….
# And then there’s the type who make it an elaborate ordeal. First their brain gives them d sneeze signal a good 10 seconds in advance- probably tells them……. ‘Hold it Bebe!’......so in response they go in a sudden statue mode, stop whatever they are doing……. and with much deliberation give a soft…choo… plus sniff sniff plus sad eyes plus I’m sorriieeee!.........
# And there’s still a third type of people who are more boisterous and prefer a pinch of drama. They just go… and without any warning………aaaachhoooooooooooo…… n the impact is so great and sudden that you almost drop everything you are holding that very instant!

Well that’s about sneezes but the real thing I want to talk about is- cold…..or common cold as we say it or nazlaa or zukhaam or sardiii….whatever you call it…….much the same thing……Now what you cannot deny is- everyone gets a cold once in a while….(even Queen Elizabeth maybe…that’s probably why she carries a purse…so she can keep tissues!)………. But when they are not affected by it, most people think of it as no big deal….for instance, if you call in sick for work and say its because you are down with a cold……..the boss almost gives u a condescending treatment….its like saying….. ‘I can’t come because I chipped the nail on my pinky little finger’……Even your colleagues would suggest later…. Arey why didn’t you just say you fainted yaar! Easy- No need to call also!

But well I do not understand. We have medicines for the most scary sounding diseases….cancer, leukemia….n God forbid still worse ones (can’t think of any other’s rite now)……..and in contrast there isn’t a cure for something so basic….y the name of the disease itself starts with the word ‘common’!
And you might think that there is all this D- Cold total n Vicks Action 500…..sardi sar-dard se aaraam….. whose commercials show the guy with a red nose to start with, n once the pill has been gulped down, he’s fit and fighting and even has a birthday bash for his kid. Nice! But might I tell you… its actually bakwaas…..and I have personally tried it……First of all- the cold didn’t go and Secondly, I got to know later that it causes the blood to get thinner n effects your brain….so I’m definitely not going that road again….and now that you are reading this, I suggest you don’t either.

Of the other options there is- Strepsils…tastes yuck yuck yuckkkk!!!! And you can’t even tell the difference between whether your throat feels bad because of the cold or the taste of medicine. And if these aren’t enough….everyone u come across is especially sympathetic to seeing the tissue in your hand and has a solemn piece of advice for you……ranging from d baaju wali aunty ka..…haldi wala doodh pee lo beta…….. to mom’s…..kaha than na thanda paani mat piyo!!! …..to drink garam garam beetroot ka soup (??? Beetroot ka soup? )…… to steam……. to a friend even suggesting- drink ‘joshanda’…bohot acha hai… I don’t even know what it is!!….sounds like egg boiled in Pepsi or something. Eww!

Basic conclusion I draw is just this- the doc community HAS to do something about it! And in the meantime I guess, the aam janta is just going to have to rub their twitchy nose and sulk and type out these frustrating posts on their blogs :(

1 comment:

Daniyal Arain said...

I'm the 2nd and 3rd type of person :P.