Just Miss !

Dear reader, now that you are on this site, please focus your vision on that writing above the number plate ! Please focus hard. Or you might just miss it !!

‘Just miss’ing it can give you a new meaning !

So, lets focus. On that backside !!! Of that lorry.

‘India is grate !’

It proclaims. And i have no reason to complain. It perhaps is such a representative statement of who we are. Where we are. The way in which our politics and business is shaping up, the common man experimentally takes to ‘g-r-a-t-i-n-g’.

“India is great” was perhaps appropriate in the olden times. We have evolved from great to grate. Quite a natural evolution. And as India continues to evolve, grate would also move on. Any suggestions for the future ?


Gyrate ?!?

Seems plausible !

Below, these two were clicked at a particular creative stall at the Kala Ghoda exhibition ! But i guess these have been recreations of real life spotting !

The first one announces a dhaba. I mean, at a dhaba there are toilets, but the main attraction of course is the food. I say no more.

And the second one, well, its Gold, silver and a certain alloy. Three distinctly separate words. I mean, there was no indication that this was to be read together and had to do about some medieval war costume. Or something like that. hmm. What say ?

And what happens when you combine two words. Of ‘tasty and pastry’ ! Well, you get ‘pasty’ ! As a distinct word. Isn’t it ?!? That’s my grand theory !

clicked in Mumbai. Feb ’09

Now, if you are thinking ‘libel’, i must tell you, that cakes are for the eating ! Indeed !

And one snap that i could not get but deserves mention. An ornately written banner. On a speeding lorry. As he cut lanes in front of me, and broke a signal and kept going.


I told myself. Yeah baby. Prise him ! Break the next signal too. And the next one too. Just don’t stop. Until you split him down the middle !

20 thoughts on “Just Miss !

  1. Priya says:

    I had a good laugh and donno what to say..

    Pity them.. No. Its a part of their life with language barriers to attract citizens of India and tourists.

  2. LOL at Punjapee! By the way India is Gr8 🙂

  3. This is sooo funny… and thought- provoking at the same time. The interpretations are terrific:) The cool part of misspelling is the task of justifying ’em. India is grating now… maybe, in the future, gyrating too:)

  4. Pearl says:

    I love this sort of thing, Kavi.

  5. You know, everytime I come across these things, I always imagine some imaginative-spelling-enabled, boss type standing by, guiding the painter confidently about the spelling, while everyone else looks on in awe at his brilliance and creativity. Eat your heart (or Avliebal) out, Oxford etc.I am still trying to figure out Avliebal.

  6. ~nm says:

    I had a hearty laugh at all the pics. Where do you find them dude? 😀

  7. Nachi says:

    brother, you are on a roll…some amazing posts over the course of the week man!!

    anyways, yeah we are all ‘grateful’ for our grate country…you should come see some of the crazy spellings here in Gujarat. we are the land of tea and snakes!!

    “jai ho!”


  8. G says:

    LOL!The third signboard is SO new to me. I had no idea they had do many varieties. 😀
    Good one, Kavi 🙂

  9. Suma says:

    hahahaha…had a good laugh…

    I repeat …you do have a roaming eye…:)

    i’m almost tempted to post a pic on my blog and ask you to interpret it 😀

  10. Jeevan says:

    One thing we could get taste here is varies at one stall! Lol
    Anyhow it sounds same bro, India.

  11. manju says:

    Kavi, thanks for the laugh! 🙂

  12. ashok says:

    🙂 grate post 🙂

  13. amreekandesi says:

    Supper hillareos! two gude!

    You have a penchant for these amazing finds, and your presentation makes it even more funnier (Oops, i did it again!)

  14. You made my day. Now I can wear the medieval armour (and call myself an iron maiden?), eat all-in-one pastry, eat and digest and next-step in the dhaba and be ‘grateful’ to my country for this wonderful medicine called laughter.

  15. Kavi says:

    Priya : 🙂 Thank you ! Glad you liked it !

    Maduraiveeran: Of course, India is grate ! no questions there !!!

    Naperville Mom : Thank you ! Glad yo liked ! We wil gravitate towards the future !

    Pearl : That makes the two of us !

    Ugich Konitari : hmm.. I get it..! I get it..! Boss type !! LOL !! Ok ?!?!! Plenty available !! 🙂

    nm : Thank you!! Well, the camera spots them and i kind of click !! 🙂

    Nachi : Yes..tea and snakes ! was also there !! We indeed are grate !

    G : Now that you know.. !! 🙂

    Suma : Thank you ! And, sure thing. Put up the picture !!!! Am avileable !!

    Jeevan : yes..!

    Manju : Thank you !

    Ashok : romba danks !!

    Hobo : Am ready and available to anybody who needs me !! 🙂

    Amreekandesi : glad you liked it !!

    Sucharita : Yes mam ! Yes mam ! Yes mam !!


    Sucharita Sarkar :


  16. SGD says:

    Funny funny pics and funnier interpretations!!!!

  17. good ones! How about ‘bure nazar waale, 13 mooh kaala’?!

  18. dinu says:

    Funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  19. nsiyer says:

    Fantastic, Kavi! These are real killers. I need to snatch your camera – you just go on and on. Great!

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