Thursday, June 28, 2007

Caught Red-Handed


I thought I would share a funny story.

A over a year ago, whilst I was studying in London, I went to Southall Gurdwara. It was late and Sukhaasan had happened, I was sitting in the Langar Hall and one of the Giani jees told me that there are two men eating Langar that look like they are intoxicated. He asked me to look at them and see what I thought. I looked back and saw two Tamil/South Indian looking men with red eyes! I agreed with Giani jee that they don't like sober but Giani jee said that allow them to finish Langar now.

I was about to go home and the same time the two South Indian men got up to leave. Giani jee asked me to walk with him and make sure they go straight out and not wander. When we were outside the two men strayed off towards the Nishaan Sahib. It was very dark and we wondered why the men have wandered off to the other side near the Nishaan Sahib when the gate is on the other side. Giani jee looked concerned and asked them in Panjabi "What are you doing?" The men came back holding a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag. I was shocked. Giani jee said, "I knew it! They have drunken alcohol! They have a bottle of Sharaab (liquor) hidden outside." As the men couldn't understand Panjabi or even Hindi, Giani jee asked me to tell them not to do this again in English. I said, "Have you drank alcohol? No alcohol allowed here... " The men looked confused and baffled. We realised they couldn't understand or speak English. Waheguroo.

So I tried using sign language and waving my arms and trying to explain "No drinking" and "No alcohol". They still looked confused and nodded their head indicating they had not drunk or holding alcohol. The Giani jee looked frustrated and said, "Dear, now they are lying." Eventually the man unwrapped the brown paper bag and pulled out a bottle. Guess what is was? A bottle of SARRO DA THEL (Mustard Oil!).


Giani jee and I felt so embarrrassed. The men didn't seem too bothered about the whole thing and left the Gurdwara. Poor blokes had an eventful day! Afterwards someone explained that some South Indians generally have red eyes, like blood-shot eyes. Waheguru.

5 comments:

Balraj Singh said...

Dodgy things happen in southall all the time......

Anonymous said...

send that bottel of oil to london singh LOOL

Mustard Oil Man said...

there's quite a lot of singhs in london?? any particular singh u wanna give a bottle of mustard oil to?? strange!!

Rob said...

umm, anonymous ji, thank u for ur kind thoughts. At least the oil is a more gurmat solution to ur usual mehndi recomendatioons. emi.lool.

midlands singh said...

why on earth wud a singh wanna use MEHNDI on their hair!!! is this a london thing or or something?!?!