Embarrassing moments are always fun to recall in later years, especially if they have not happened to you. There is one story that never fails to amuse me, even after years have gone by since I first heard it. I was not witness to the incident myself, having been a late arrival at that army station, and have only had it told to me second-hand by those who were present.
So, there was this lady, a Major’s wife. Let’s call her, ummm… Mrs. XYZ. Such an absent-minded person as Mrs XYZ was hard to find if I were to go by the words of the ladies who knew her. She seemed to have been the single largest provider of free entertainment to the rest of them. There certainly were many funny stories about her, but what takes the Bharwan Karela (I am no cake fan) and starts me on a giggling spree is this particular one.
When you have celebrations/functions in an army unit, the ladies have a really hectic time. One such busy day, the ladies had attended a lunch session at the Officers’ Mess, then stopped to oversee arrangements at the venue for the evening function, also helping with floral displays. Next they assembled at one of the houses to practice the song they were to sing and as it so often happens, there was much mauj masti happening before some attentive soul pointed out what the time was. There then was a mad scramble to get back to their homes to get ready. Decking up takes time after all.
Mrs XYZ too hurried to her house which was just down the lane. She walked up her garden path, flung the sitting room door open and saw the figure still slouched in front of the television. She threw her dupatta on the sofa next to him, and asked indignantly while sweeping past,
“What the hell are you doing still sitting here?” She then added, “Switch off the TV and come on. There isn’t much time. It is already 6 p.m.!!!”
Down the corridor she marched, flung the bedroom door open and stopped short, totally disoriented. Her cots and peg tables seemed to have moved in her absence, and the sheets changed colors. New curtains too. Errr… this couldn’t be her home?! It didn’t take the poor Mrs. XYZ long to figure out it was indeed not her home. Absent-minded she must have been, but definitely not dumb.
Suitably chagrined, she gently closed the bedroom door and walked back to the sitting room, and not daring to glance at the still stunned man sitting glued to the sofa, staring, not knowing what had hit him, grabbed her dupatta which was lying next to him, mumbled a quick apology, and vamoosed.
What I find hilarious is not the spot Mrs. XYZ found herself in, that is entering a house that she mistook for hers (all army quarters look the same inside and outside) and ordering the man of the house around. When I think of how the poor officer relaxing in front of the television in his own home had a fellow officer’s wife walk in, throw her dupatta at him (well almost) and boldly order him to follow her into the bedroom (Only to get ready, but the poor man did not know that, did he?) in such confident tones… well, that’s when I cannot control my laughter.
If you have an embarrassing story to tell, please do. If you have a post, do leave your links in the comment section. I’d certainly love to read some funny stories.
That is too funny. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you liked it, Patricia. And welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂
Random Musings by Swati said:
Hi Shail, after reading this funny story, some of the anecdotes shared by mom are coming to my mind, Will do a post on them and share it with you. Till then keep regailing us with such amusing incidents! Take Care!
Waiting to hear/read some of your anecdotes, Swati 🙂
Random Musings by Swati said:
Oh my GOD! ha ha ha ha ha…. what I cannot imagine how open mouthed the officer on the sofa was!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀
The picture of him has me rofl all the time. 😀
simple girl said:
OMG.. I just laughed out so loud.. wonder what my colleagues will think. Thankfully all of them have not yet arrived ..
Lol. I couldn’t help giggling even while writing this! 😀
Roller coaster of emotions and thoughts for the man on the soda 😛
Sofa, you mean 😛
err. yes.. 🙂
Hahahahahahaha! That was howlarious!! And bharwan karela!! You’re a hoot Shail! 😆
Danke, Deeps! 😀
Ritu Lalit said:
Oh my goodness … this takes the cake or as you put it, the bharwan karela 😛
It does, doesn’t it? 😉 😛
ha ha ha 😀 😀
this defntly wud have made me roar loud with laughter..
The poor chap and that throwing dupatta and askng him to follow her . I am still smirking 😛
I too crack up every time I think of it 😀
I remember one such small incident where I thought of my friend as driver (both hav same names- Anil) . Friend called me and I was expecting driver’s call. I shouted at him where he was and if he forgot the route. He was like hello . I said Did daddy call you. He told he will call you. I am taking auto anyway. I am getting late. I said all this and cut the phone and after 20min realised its Anil- a college friend and we both laughed for long. I even blogged about it in detail but not sure if it is on my blog
That must have been an embarrassing and funny situation to be in! If you have the link, do share 🙂
and I hope my prev comment got posted :O
I told its totally HILLARIOUS.
I rofl when I imagined the dupatta and then asking him to follow her. 😀
Sandhya Kumar said:
I read this out to my husband and now both of us are laughing…thanks to you, Shail! But people are there like her!
Glad both of you had a laugh 😉
His expression while facing the dupatta missile and her expression while trying to retrieve it must have been worth preserving. How seriously hilarious would it have been if the actual lady of the house arrived just in time to see her bedroom door closing….
A friend of mine had a somewhat similar experience. Let’s call him Mr B. It was late afternoon and he had just woken up from his daily nap. He was just rubbing his eyes when his wife came in, He pulled her near and said very romantically “jaaneman you are looking lovely in this sari”. Then his blood froze.
He has bad eyesight and wasn’t wearing his glasses. He had recognised the sari but hadn’t known that the wife had gifted it to the maid recently.
From that day on gifting used saris to maids is banned in his house.
Mr. Vivek, yours is a horror story 😀 😀 D:
Sorry for hijacking your comment-box Shail, but I couldn’t resist.
Horror that makes you laugh..like the Ramsay Brother productions
That would have been pretty seriously hilarious a situation in case it happened. Haha. Like Aborrowedbackpack has said, yours is a horror story, but one that has the reader rolling with laughter. i bet the man never ever went to open the door without his glasses after that incident 😛
Thanks for sharing the story here, Vivek. 🙂
Proactive Indian said:
It would be really interesting to know what went on in the officer’s mind from the beginning to the end of this hilarious incident.
lol.. poor guy.. it would have been interesting if the other officers wife was present inside the bedroom.. :P.
That would have been something. 🙂
Rainbow Hues said:
Indeed a funny story. I can totally understand how that gent must’ve felt…mixed emotions eh?
Lol, totally mixed. 🙂
Totally loved this post!!! 😀
Btw, bharwaan karela is my fave 🙂
I don’t particularly write with an intent of humour, as I write a travel blog, but my recent experience with bhaang takes the bhawaan karela when it comes to interesting reads.
Hi 5 on the Bharwan Karela! 😀
Your first visit here? Welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂 Read and commented on your post 🙂
Thanks for sharing your link.
hehehe. that’s super hilarious. The whole thing came alive so vividly to me . I am sure when the bemused officer got himself normalised ,he was the one who gleefully and mercilessly spread this story around or was that Mrs XYZ herself who was being a good sport ?
Oh she was a good sport and also famous for her absentmindedness 🙂 But I bet the man had a super hilarious time relating the story too 🙂
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R's Mom said:
hahahahhaah ROFL loudly…ahahahahahahahha
😛 😛 😀
Hahahah… you won’t believe it…. my friend’s father who is in the army… actually walked into someone else’s quarters in similar absent-mindedness… went into the bedroom and started undressing…. he took off his shirt and tried to look for the peg to hang it on … and that’s when he realised it’s the WRONG house!! 😆
I was rofl listening to the story from my friend!! My friend’s mom would always take turns to pull his leg saying the real reason he went in was coz he fancied the lady living in that quarters, to which her poor dad would look all embarrassed!
Ashwathy, omg, this takes the cake and the container it came in! 😯 What about the people in that house? Did no one see him??! This is too good to be lost in the comments section. I hope you will blog about it 😉
Haha I want to, but then not sure my friend would appreciate it 😛 its her parents’ life after all. Writing it in a comment is one thing but to do an entire blog post? Lol nope, never mind!
Sigh, that is true. I understand. 🙂
ROFL…..I can only imagine the stunned look on the face of the man sitting in the sofa….hahahaha 🙂
One can only imagine what must have gone through his head 😛 😀
Thank you 🙂