Friday, December 29, 2006

friday consumerisms

Special #3: this one got me cracking. Cobra Paak. Bite your tongue. heh heh. well ok, if you dont speak a language from the indo-pak subcontinent, the typo is lost on you and it's not really that funny.

With the peeling paint-scales, take-away greasy wood-steel-glass display counters and cloudy-glass fronted refrigerators still bearing the “Groovy” soft-drink brand circa 1960, it’s apparent that the proprietors of Mansoor’s Sweetmeats have never allowed a feng shui consultant to step through the doors of the corner café. But they do make the best Jalebi in the city, which is why we found ourselves queuing for the freshly fried orange-indulgent-syrupy-luscious-dipped sweetmeat on a Friday afternoon in frantic Fordsburg.


This dress spoke to me at Off The Catwalk in Mayfair. Each little sequin had a shiny pouty mouth that trilled, "uber-celeb...trés bon chic bon genre...you will look so hot in this...".
I didn't buy it. Where could I possibly go wearing what looks like pretty-rainbow-vomit? I'd be overdressed as a wedding guest and since Daniel Craig hasn't been returning my calls, I won't be coyly dodging papparazzi at any A-list parties soon. Sigh.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

The names Guy...Single Guy, and I'd be honored if you'd accompany me to some parties. Ok, they may not be A-list gatherings, but I guarantee there will be free pens!

Anonymous said...

Cobra Paak!! OMG, lol!! Wonder if its made with sanha approved halaal cobras?? :P

Spot on though, Mansoors is the undisputed Jalebi mecca!!

Echo said...

I'm still stuck on the pea nuts.
The dress is to die for.

Anonymous said...

Love the dress.Looks good.Get it sure you will find somewhere to wear it....................

Dew said...

I know what you mean about that dress Saaleha... Pretty and sitting on a mountain of potential, but pity that potential is being smothered by garish colours.

Its like those items of clothing that I think are stunning and I think they might just be the next best thing in my wardrobe and then I study it... and study it and then I think Oh, my God, would I ever wear this thing? I mean look at it, it has daisies in the collar...er, well yeah you know what I mean.

cheH said...

That dress is truly gorgeous! although color may not compliment well to my tropic complexion lol

What's that Cobra Paak? I wonder how it taste?? :)

Anonymous said...

i love suter fenni - the thing that looks like your dadi's hair ( i think its called suter fenni- i stand to be corrected) and guess what - that shit is cheap. didnt even look at the dress- i'm going through a skirt phase now ( not on me off course, although i did wear a kilt once)so the multicoloured piece goes barely noticed, like another drive by killing baghdad. i guess for a guy i'm a bit of a fussy shopper- i have to try on anything before i buy it.

Cevris said...

Cobra Paak?! Yes, I'm also very curious what it is. Oh and EId Mubarak :)

Anonymous said...

Saals,dnt do it!dnt buy that dress.u will regret it.the colours n the sequins-no!no! jalebi,yum.my all time fav.next to chana magaj. Yup,junaid,its suter feni.incidentaly,i was studyin the indian delights on its method makin today.damn!thats tricky stuff-v similar to how they make chinese noodles

Anonymous said...

cobra paak?

i'm from indo-pak land and i dont get it.

pure cobras? clean cobras?

i'm so confused.

that is a very hideous dress. :)

Anonymous said...

I've often wondered what to do with that multi-coloured piece of material I have sitting in mum's cupboard for the last 10yrs.

And now I know.

If you want great sweetmeats from Mayfair, I'll be happy to give you the number of my cousins wife...she makes the most devine burfee! :P

saaleha said...

cobra paak or kopra/copra paak is a sweet meat made with coconut as its primary ingredient (coconut being kopra/copra in gujerati or hindi - i stand to be corrected).

the guy who writes this crap said...

dude, that dress would stop traffic - like literally, it would blind drivers with all of that shininess. :-D

...but then i guess you're accustomed to stopping traffic, huh? ;-)

saaleha said...

yes Guy, blue people tend to get stared at in public. But we're just like everyone else. When it's cold, do we not shiver? When you cut us, do you not see us bleed red just like you? anyhoo, you get what i'm saying.

but as you can see from the new profile pic, i've been getting treatment for the condition.

queen_Lestat said...

o jeez mansoor's roflol...that's an institution. They've reached cult status now, they've reached the internet whilst still maintaining that old world little india vibe.

John Abruzzi said...

Mansoors hehe, Jelebi.....

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