Sunita was my seductress.
With glee she’d ask me to close my eyes and open my mouth. Then she’d insert something and tell me to chomp down.
I got to taste hot green chilies that way, hot mango pickle and burnt brinjal (she was Indian, and her family ate Indian all the time).
All great stuff for sure, but challenging to tongue and taste buds.
I’d be in pain, she’d dance around me, laughing her head off.
Things took a different turn one day, when we were about sixteen.
She warned me not to bite down hard this time, or it would cost me dear.
With eyes closed, I felt the heat of her face very near me and then tasted no vegetable, no chutney, no pickle, no slimy substance, but something alive and soft and warm – the tip of her tongue.
I opened my eyes and stared into hers, so close, so intense. We stayed that way for minutes, but they seemed like a small eternity.
She’s off to college in California, where she got a scholarship because she’s brilliant. A few days ago I received a package containing a DVD – an Indian movie called “Ugly Aur Pagli*” – and a card with these words:
WATCH THIS! Your Pagli.– Leonard “In Teen Mode” Blumfeld (© 2010)
PS: Come see me soon. You still have lots of things to try.
Posted for One Single Impression and Try.
* “Aur Pagli” = “and Crazy” in Hindi. “Pagli” rhymes with “Ugly.”
Information about the 2008 movie starring Mallika Sherawat (as Kuhu / Pagli) and Ranvir Shorey (as Kabir / Ugly) at IMDB:
This Indian film is a remake of the South Korean film My Sassy Girl (2001). Both are a lot of fun. Much more so, to my taste, than the American version: My Sassy Girl (2008), starring Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford.