Pettah!

Posted: November 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

It was dirty, loud and smelly.
And the people were candid with their curious stares, cheeky winks and frank nonchalance, as a coupla Colombo noobs trudged into their neighborhood.

‘Kilo ekak panseeyai! Panseeyai!’ (one kilo of this shizz is 500! 500, baybee!)
‘Aaah nangi, lassana sapathui ah!’ (aah byootipul shoes you are wearing! @ my converse. I sensed sarcasm though, damn him.)
‘Ado pissa meh three wheeler eka ayinkaranna yako! ‘ (kind sir remove your three-wheeler from my path of way, kthx!)

Pettah is like that scruffy kid with the combat boots and unwashed hair who doesn’t give a shit about the status quo and isn’t afraid to say so. You know, the non conformist outcast that everyone secretly envies.
It’s gonna do what it’s gonna do, and you’re just going to have to take it.
I always did love that kid.

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Comments
  1. Sabby says:

    Wow. This was actually very very nicely written. Never quite saw Pettah that way 🙂

  2. Dee says:

    ah pettah, must visit again :Dhttp://colomborantings.blogspot.com/2008/12/pettah-philanderings.html

  3. Chavie says:

    "Pettah is like that scruffy kid with the combat boots and unwashed hair who doesn't give a shit about the status quo and isn't afraid to say so. […] I always did love that kid." – brilliant! 😀 the photos are amazing too! I can't believe you took a camera into Pettah and got out in one piece! 😉 lol

  4. ~ lo$t $oul ~ says:

    U survived?!?!

  5. greene says:

    booooooooooooooobs

  6. Serendib_Isle says:

    I love the translation:ado pissa = kind sirLMAO

  7. santhoshi says:

    Well written..

  8. Whacko says:

    nice pics!and good analysis for a pettah noob 😛

  9. Rhythmic Diaspora says:

    A great post Mak, very atmospheric writing, if writing can be atmospheric!

  10. Middle Child says:

    absolutely loved it 😀

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