Posted by: Kiran Vaidya | April 21, 2008

Vodka n’ chillies

Mom is staying with my maternal uncle since a few days and grandmom is staying with my eldest uncle. My dad is enjoying every bit of this never-found freedom 🙂 . We were discussing our dinner place yesterday at around 5:30pm when dad suggested of ARDE’s (thats the place where my dad worked for 38 years) mess with my friends. This is one place all of us love. Don’t go by the word “mess”. It is a beautiful place next to the Pashan lake with a huge lawn area and a typical Defence mess atmosphere. Not to forget our dear Seema’s wedding reception was here.

By 8 we (dad, Manmit, Mukul and myself) reached there. We went straight to the bar. Since the last 20 years the same protocol is being followed. I follow my dad in the bar, my dad orders for a large peg of either rum or whiskey and I am given a soft drink with waffers or peanuts. But this time the protocol was programmed for an upgraded version. Dad first asked Mukul whether he will share a drink with him and expectedly Mukul nodded with excitement. We went to the bar. Manmit had told me he won’t drink a beer but will share a Vodka with me, if I was going to take it.

Mukul wanted a beer. However, it was not chilled. So dad asked him whether he would go for any hard drink. The bar tender said that he will serve the beer with ice cubes for which Mukul agreed. But dad was in some other mood. He made fun of Mukul that no one drinks beer with ice cubes. Still Mukul went ahead with the same plan. Then came the real big moment.

Dad:Tu kay ghenar” (What you will have?)
Me:Te kay aahe” (What is that?) .. pointing towards dad’s glass.
Dad:Bacardi White Rum.. the best alcohol“.

I deserved an Oscar for my performance. I was acting like a batsman in a boxing arena. Then I asked for a Vodka. I had to… I had to break that thin wall some day.. and I did. My dad even asked me whether I had it before. I said “yes, sometimes we have it in our office parties”. I knew of dad’s perception of Software company parties. I said it because I didnt want dad to assume that we friends have it regularly. And as a matter of fact our maha-kanjoos company has never kept alcohol in any of its parties.

Little did dad knew that I had it in 12th Std. first. Hello, hello now don’t assume I have it regularly. We drink very rarely say once in a month or so… that makes it just 12 times in a year. (except for Goa trips 😉 ).

We took our glasses (btw Manmit also had vodka) and we went on the lawn with some chakna of shev. Now dad started talking on various issues ranging from caste system in India since the era of Shivaji, political scenario in India and slowly he moved to bolder topics like extra marital affairs and on characterless people. I think I should discuss topics of dad’s interests often.

Expectedly he asked us of our frequency of having drinks. Again I dismissed his assumptions that I rarely have it and I have started it after joining Satyam.

Then dad told me the real art of drinking vodka.

  1. Pour Sprite/7up or Soda and water in a vodka peg.
  2. Add lemon drops to it.
  3. Cut open a green chilly vertically and add it to the glass.

I imagined the consequences of dad if mom comes to know of this ;). My dad also mentioned that Anmol won’t like the fact that he treated us in his absence. I hated this new-found respect for Anmol. He didn’t deserve it. Then dad continued by saying that whenever he has seen Anmol he is always with a different girl. We laughed on that.

Dad continued with 3 more pegs. We, like good boys didn’t ask for even the second peg. Mukul finished the entire beer bottle and we had 2 XXL plates of french fries and 2 plates of peanut and 1 plate of green salad for snacks. I feared for Mukul as we knew his capacity. Fortunately he was okay. 🙂

Another memorable evening, an evening when my relationship with my dad moved up one more level.



  1. very honest.

  2. @ Kiran: All all this while u did not spill any drink or drop any peanut?

  3. asa kasa Seema..
    he spilled ketchup on his new ironed shirt 🙂

    @kiran: we should do this regularly 🙂 in this way you will get to knw ur dad even more..kay mhantos?

  4. Every thing you need from & more

  5. @manmit, seema : it was just 1 mm drop of ketchup. THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.

    @manmit: bevdya ..saala taaki

  6. did i mention vodka was @ 17rs/peg and bacardi white rum at 23rs/peg??

  7. ha ha ha ha…you knw why 😉

    picture this: dad,mom,bro,grany n I out for dinner, I guess 6 yrs back… smokers arnd, family coughs and I munch on indifferently…

    Dad @ me: “its strange you aint affected?”
    Me @ Dad:aa aaa hmmm aaa….

    Been a PASSIVE smoker since FYJC… Those days I had to workup to save my friends’ impression also…so as to continue bein friendz wid em!!!

    How times have changed…we choose to laugh now 😉

  8. Do ur dad read these..
    printout of these will be a great gifting idea, right ?

  9. been more than 3 months with u n i din noe that u also drink,.

  10. hahahahahahah

    nice post!

    although i have been at several work/fun places with free flowing alcohol, i have never been tempted to drink..however, your dad’s suggestion of the ideal vodka peg is WAY too yummy!! 🙂

  11. Arre mansa..give us some credit for your upbringing..not that it was a total success since tu ajoon pun khup saand lavand kartos.But as far as I were exposed to the vodka with lime an a vertically sliced chilly long back at mama’s place…hmmmm??

  12. @bappan: gr8 to see u on my blog.. keep visiting 🙂

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