How many of you have played this game- of adding a totally inane phrase behind a sentence, quote or even every line one speaks?
In my ragging days (by now, I am sure quite a few of you are wondering about the kind of ragging we had) we often had to append some (usually off-color) phrase when introducing ourselves to our seniors.
A favorite that was given was "in my pink panties". Another- "in my purple pyjamas"
So it went-
My name is XYZ... in my pink panties.
I am from ABC... in my pink panties.
I love reading books... in my pink panties.
My favorite hero is Shahrukh Khan... in my pink panties....
(Try doing this in your head in everyday conversation. I am sure you will get some gems :)
However, the first time I came across this game was when I was in Class 6th or whereabouts, at a friend's birthday party. The 'phrase' to be appended was "Under the Carpet".
And everybody had to add it on to some famous quote.
The one that I remember clearly is -
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.... under the carpet.
You see??? So every time I hear this quote "When the going...." my almost Pavlovian response is to add 'under the carpet'.
But it bears repetition-
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Was introspecting quite a bit today, and I realized that I had to get both over and through some muddles created in/ by my own mind. The self-made morass I was wallowing in left me precisely there- it is nice fun to wallow in the mud, but I guess it is time to come out and have a wash... in my pink panties :)
Ruminating on this, I fell asleep. And woke up with this quote on my mind and lips...
When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
After all, Picture abhi baaki hai, mere dost!