Now you see it…

This post is just to illustrate how absent-minded and blind I can be at times…although the blindness in this case may be blamed on the article lost 😉

So here goes – I’m absent-minded at the best of times. At the worst of times, I don’t even remember that I’ve forgotten stuff, if you get what I mean, which can be rather scary. So, last week, immersed as I was in the celebrations of the Elephant God festival (if you follow this blog, you’ll know what I mean and more power to you!), I was at my forgetful best or is it worst?! Well, whichever’s right…I didn’t realize until a few days ago that I had misplaced a pair glasses. Now this in itself didn’t worry me, one ‘coz it’s a regular occurence (I’m always leaving them around the house) and two ‘coz with my characteristic optimism, I assumed I would find them soon enough (as is usual). I did a cursory search in all the usual places…bedside tables, anywhere there are books, visible shelves. No luck! Still wasn’t overly alarmed, but a little uneasy ‘coz said glasses were a new pair that hubby had managed to get for me with much difficulty from Delhi!

A short history of the glasses seems in order here (lest you think I’ve totally lost it!) – I’ve always had two pairs, one for home and one for when I’m out. All these years (have been wearing glasses since I was 10!), haven’t lost a pair and have only lost two frames through wear and tear. Enter Ishaan and suddenly nothing’s safe! In a span of a few days, he had broken both my frames!!! One of them, an expensive pair that I had had made just before leaving Singapore…sigh. My guess is he was experimenting with the stretchability of metal by trying to fit them on his pretty little head! However I did manage to salvage the expensive, photo-chromatic lenses and hoped to have them refitted. Either way…I now needed not one but two new pairs. Oh I know…I shouldn’t have left them where he could get his hands on them, I should have been more alert, I should have this and I should have that…but like I’ve made clear before…I’m absentminded and I can’t be everywhere at once! Back to the new pairs…had one made (Do you know just how obscenely expensive a pair of decent glasses can get??!! Sigh…), here in Goa, for immediate use (by immediate I mean I got them a week later!)

Then began the hunt for a new frame in which to refit the lenses. A merry chase they led me! I couldn’t find a frame in Goa. The lenses would have to be reshaped and resized and apparently that’s harder than scaling Mt. Everest!! I gave up and decided I would just get a second new pair made, but the thought of those expensive, as-good-as-new lenses, lying uselessly in a box, still rankled. This is where hubby showed remarkable and uncharacteristic intelligence (I’m being knowingly mean, ‘coz we’ve just had a non-glasses related fight!). I’m sure he did what he did ‘coz the thought of all those wasted dollars gave him sleepless nights (still being mean here!). Well, unbekownst to me, he took the lenses with him on a business trip to Delhi and managed to find a frame that was a perfect fit…an Esprit…light and cool…and surprised me on return! Miracles do happen 🙂 (He has his moments…albeit few and far between ;-)) This miraculous frame then, was the one that I could not now seem to find…I hope this helps you dear reader, understand my growing unease at the inability to find the pesky frames and my extreme reluctance to enlist hubby in the search! I didn’t think he would take kindly to me losing glasses that had been made with such effort and cost a pretty penny!

The miraculous spectacles!

In my own haphazard way therefore, I kept up the search, re-visiting every potential nook and cranny that could keep them hidden from sight, to no avail. None! The unease was now full-blown panic…but still I held my tongue and in desperation asked for divine help! We have a patron God of the lost & found in our native village and I have watched generations of women of the house invoke his help in times of need. All he asks in return is a bit of jaggery…rather cool chap! So this was the the deity I asked for help! Desperate times call for desperate measures and what’s a little jaggery?

The next day (rather clichéd I know! But true!), I was making the bed and there wedged between the wooden railing at the foot-end and the mattress, a dull brown gleam caught my eye. Maybe it was the light. I recoiled ‘coz the first thing I thought of was an insect, a cockroach’s antennae to be precise (Don’t ask me why! It’s a whole other post!), although in a while I realized the thing, whatever it was, didn’t seem to be moving. I touched the thing gingerly and pulled and there in my hand was the absconding pair of glasses!! I couldn’t believe my eyes…here they were, none the worse for the wear, undamaged despite their awkward resting place other than a little dust. I cannot for the life of me figure out how they got there and still less, how they stayed hidden when I make my bed every day (I do! I do!). The best I can do is this – I must have taken them off to read and laid them on the bed and forgotten about them being there. Then either Ishaan or I kicked them around while asleep and sent them to their strange resting place!! I’ve never found my glasses in a stranger place before 😛

Sighted!

I can’t believe I’ve actually got a post out of the episode! Well, all’s well…and Holy Jaggery 😉

p.s. For all those who think I have nothing better to do than photograph my glasses…I would like to say…your Right 😉 Should have taken a pic of the wrecked ones…they were a sight!

p. p. s. I’m sure you all have your own personal lost and found stories. Feel free to share 🙂

14 thoughts on “Now you see it…

      1. Glad to hear that. There is more Bevins if you hunt for him and always more on the way. I hope you head back over there regularly as I plan to scope you out too.

  1. In this case, you had really misplaced them, or rather, they had grown limbs and had used them to move/crawl to a place where it was a bit difficult for you to search.
    We professors are more absent-minded. Often, I look for two books in my bookcase, find one, and then find the second, and then keep on searching for the first one, forgetting that it is already there in my left hand. The frustrating search ends when a student asks: “Sir, what are you searching for?”, I reply: “the book by Leacock”, and he says: “but sir, it is already in your hand!” Leacock, I am sure is having a good laugh!
    I now realise why our gods and goddesses have so many hands. They can keep all the stuff they need in their N hands, and hence, there is no need for a shelf/tool-chest/armoury/…, and nothing will ever be lost!

    1. LOL…the absent-mindedness of professors is legendary!! That book story is like looking for your glasses and finding they were perched on your head all along!
      Technically, I’m thinking Gods can’t really lose stuff. Aren’t they all-seeing and such?

      1. No, they are not. Without their forgetfulness and human-like behaviour, there would be no Gajanana, no Ganeshchaturthi, no Durga, no … . The list is unending!

  2. I am aware of this God of ‘lost and found’ (LOL) of Amona…my Mom is his ardent fan and have been hearing the stories since childhood…and even now, if anything goes missing in the house, she cries for help and surprisingly, it works…don’t ask me how……well…the range of things she has recovered is vast…from the cooker rim-gasket to gold…..amazing, na?

  3. Hi Harsha:

    Can you please send that god of lost and found over my way? I don’t lose things, but my family does…we have spent hours looking for library books, insulin pens, glasses, and keys…right now, we know that my 16-year-old’s French dictionary is somewhere in the house, but where?

    Thanks!
    Wendy

    P.S. I had to Google “jaggery.” I think I would enjoy that in my tea!

  4. Thanks Wendy! I’m keeping you busy on Google aren’t I? Should remember to include links next time to make it easier 🙂

    Will say a prayer for the dictionary…if it turns up, have some jaggery in your tea (if you can lay your hands on some) and consider the debt repaid 😉

    Cheers, Harsha.

  5. I’m glad you found your glasses. The irony is that when you can’t find your glasses, they’re that much harder to locate, because you can’t SEE where you’re looking! I have this problem all the time.

    My parents used to watch my boys a few days a week. When my older son was about two years old, my dad noticed that small things were disappearing around the house: glasses, pens, utensils–and then, one day his mobile phone went missing. He searched everywhere he could think of, but eventually gave up.

    One day, he was dusting around his stero, and found a small hole in one of the speakers. He peered into the hole and found all the things he’d been looking for for weeks, and apparently uncovered H’s favorite hiding spot.

    1. Exactly Maura! For a glasses person…I’m abysmally careless about them 😦 Your story had me in splits…although I’m sure your Dad wasn’t amused when his phone went missing! And H’s choice of hidey-hole – Excellent 🙂

  6. Good reading Harsha. In my case it is my hair clip. Can get lost in a jiffy. Glasses not so much since I just cannot do without them. I am as blind as a bat without my glasses. I have prayed to a similar God when Omkaar misplaced his Nintendo DS!!! I don’t remember the name of the God, but the offering was the same. Good old jaggery!

  7. LOL Uma…here in Amona…we call him ‘Rupya Bhagat’…and the traditional offering since time immemorial is a ‘pai’s’ worth of jaggery. Over the years, as the ‘pai’ went out of circulation…it became a Rupee’s worth! Losing a DS is serious business!! Where did you find it?

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