Whats On Your Gate !

I am decent chap, you see. Seriously. Please don’t conclude by the quality of the written word on this blog. I really am a decent chap. Ok !?! And so, when friends invite me for dinner ( yes, i do get invited, once in a while), i go.

Till sometime back, i went with joy and without any hesitation. The only question that was on the tip of my tongue was ‘Whats for dinner?” These days, that is the last question. If at all we get there. For many a time, i don’t get to go beyond the gate !

For,every apartment worth its home loan balance, leakage and squabbling association, has a string of notices that hang by a thick string at the gate. You just cant miss those signboards.

The following are the most common in the area where i live, in the order of occurrences.(Yes. Sure. I did a research).

1. No Parking In Front Of Gate
2. No Entry For Outside Vehicles
3. No Entry Without Valid Permission

These signs, to put it mildly, amuse me no end. Although, i must confess, sometimes they are downright intimidating. Sample this workplace gate at a workplace near ours.

You cant go if you drove an ‘outside’ vehicle. Nor can you park your ‘outside’ vehicle, somewhere close to the gate. And if you are enraged with the entire arrangement, you cant stick a complaint on their face. And if you plan to enter through the side…well, beware of dogs !

I really think we need to start a mass movement to have more ‘welcoming’ signboards on apartment gates. I really think it is time we did that.

Signboards that will not make visitors feel like hunted aliens driving a single door UFO with blinking lights and hissing gas. And of course, visitors must feel better than creeps who killed an army of people with twin antennae and a slithering tongue.

I know. I know. You think i am taking all of this too far. But, sample this gate that i spotted on LBS Marg.

Now, if there was some friend (who is not a relative) who invited me here for dinner, the food he served will not go beyond my oesophagus !!

So, in true form, i seethed about ‘positive vibes’ & made random noises about ancient Indian hospitality. And the missus listened.

Used to such rants by now, she crossed her arms, tilted her head and said, ” so wise man, what do you want to write instead of whats written over there. These boards come with a purpose. Now tell me, how will you say that, with a positive vibe?” ( Married folks understand that sentence. Yet to be married folks will understand it in time)

Now, that set me thinking. The challenge thrown, and the gauntlet picked, i stood like a gladiator with ten unchained lions attacking me, with strings from an iron gate. So, working furiously, i thought of these…

No Parking In Front Of Gate
Reserved Parking for the mentally disabled or Reserved parking for people with severe body odour / Reserved Parking for Stolen Cars.

Now, how cool would that be !?! ‘Reserved Parking’ sounds cool. Much cooler than ‘No Parking In Front Of Gate’

hmm… or perhaps, ‘Please keep the engine on. We dry clothes on the bonnet’ !
Or, even better. ‘Smile. You are now on Police CCTV’ !

No Entry For Outside Vehicles
Exclusive Entry for Red Mercedes 280 SL with Retreaded MRF Tyres.

And folks who write ‘Beware of dogs’ can consider writing something common, but specific enough. Something like ‘ We are a quiet neighbourhood. Dogs that bite, seldom bark.’. That would be neat. What say !

And so i continued. But stumbled when i came to the blokes who have a ‘members and relatives only’ signboard….

‘Vampires Live Here’, i said. But that was promptly shot down with a shove by the missus. I am still wondering. In the interest of the MMWS (Mass Movement Towards Welcoming Signboards), can you shake your brains a little please ?!?

If you are plain lazy like i usually am, just wanted to let you know that i have made a transition. Whenever a dinner invitation reaches me, the question no longer is, ‘Whats on the plate”…but…

“whats on your gate?”

9 thoughts on “Whats On Your Gate !

  1. manju says:

    Great post, Kavi!

    Yes, there are often very uninviting signs on gates, aren’t there?

    I have to say, your suggestions are very innovative! 🙂

  2. Braja says:

    Kavi, I think you and I could easily do a post on funny Indian signs…there are so many. My gate sign says:




  3. Pearl says:

    I really like the improved sign regarding the dogs. 🙂


  4. nsiyer says:

    Your writing and imagination coupled with photographs captured are amazing.

    With so much of thinking put into these, I am sure one day you will say ‘My face extends to my pate’. It will be no more about the plate or the gate but the pate.

  5. Swatantra says:

    Hi Kavi!

    It is really innovative… i am sure many people must have seen these signs but the way you have presented them is amazing!

    Keep it UP!

  6. Well, what’s on the gate shouldn’t deter you from wondering ‘whats on the plate’…you’re invited in, regardless.

  7. Kavi says:

    Manju : Thank you ! Well..we should drive these to completion..!! Whatsay !!


    Braja : LOL !!!! ROTFL !! 🙂

    Pearl : Hmm..now its dogs that are catching your attention !!


    Iyer sir : The pate is interwined strongly with my fate sir !!!


    Swatantra : Thank you !

    Naperville Mom : Thank you ! Thank you !!


  8. Sajan says:

    ‘Dogs that bite, seldom bark.’ is really neat. Nice article Kavi. I have bookmarked your blog.:-)
    Let me try writing one gate signboard
    “Special entry for plumbers and electricians on weekends”
    (it’s difficult to get those guys any day for that matter:-))

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