MIDWEEK MASALA: The taatha and the totha

The old man was sitting at a bus stop in Malleshwaram when a hip youngster who had spiked his hair in red, green, blue and orange came along.

The old man couldn't take his eyes off the boy. Finally the youth sneered: "What are you gaping at, taatha? Haven't you done anything wild in your life?"

"Oh yes, I have," replied the old man. "Once I got so drunk that I made love to a parrot and I was just wondering if you and I may somehow be related."