Jottings from the Beach

(Yes, yes, yes, I know the jottings series has long been overdue. This is for all those who kept asking me when the next would be out).

You there, you with your stick thin body, and miniscule beach wear. Kindly take your skinniness elsewhere and out of my face, or I will hex you with a monster wave that keeps dunking you headfirst into the sand everytime you get into the water. And hex you additionally with the curse of the orange peel skin that refuses to go back to wherever it came from if you insist on wandering around flaunting your zero body fat percentage thighs at me.

Dear Mr Indian Male Tourist. Kindly tuck your tongue back in your mouth as you wander around checking them tourists in their itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis soaking up the sun on their deckchairs. And keep a towel handy to mop the drool. A stick to prop your jaw back into place would come in handy too.

Gigantic lady in the thong bikini. Ye of the burnt pink flesh in mounds so huge you could have your own zipcode. Ouch ouch ouch. You could have warned us. I would have pulled on my sunglasses to shade my eyes from so much pinkness. But, all said and done, I bow to your absolute lack of self consciousness. There is a lesson I must learn from you, if only I could get past wondering what it is and what it has to do with me hiding beneath tent like kurtis.

Ye lady with orange sarong, orange bikini, orange hairscrunchy and orange beach bag. Really. Really. Have you no mercy on us uncoordinated types who just pull on whatever fits and buttons up without threatening to burst and is handy when one is leaving the hotel room. Find a chair far far away from me. I refused to be cowed down by your perfection.

Disapproving lady at the next table. Yes it is alcohol I am consuming. Trust me I am not about to start dancing on the tables. At the max I will crash out into deep sleep, and snore in most unappealing manner. Your menfolk are safe. Plus the husband has pectorals which have been known to dislocate a jaw bone at a single swing, so I am safe from them too.

Anymore dancing from you behind my table and I’m going to throw marbles on the floor. Let a girl sleep her lunch off in peace, will ya.

Yes, my son will inspect the contents of your plate. No, he is not asking to be fed. That I will do, thank you very much. Do not look at me witheringly for eating the kitchen up and starving the child. He will eat in his own sweet time.

And finally, no I dont want a tattoo, a massage or beads. Just keep the fish peri peri coming.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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10 Responses to Jottings from the Beach

  1. Noodlehead says:

    lol! made me feel like i was right on the beach with ya! and yes, i HATE the skinny types on the beach…esp the ones who play beach volleyball in those little triangles that leave little to imagination 😦 Sometimes I wonder if Goa is a suitable place for a vacation. Maybe I shud just stick to the church tours. Sigh.


  2. maya says:

    has anyone told you you are a *very* good writer. that was the funniest thing i’ve read in a long, long time. thanks for happyfying my day.


  3. Aathira says:

    Feels so nice to read this… its just everything I have always seen on the Goan beaches !
    PS: So badly wanna go to Goa…. my Goa trip with girlfriends got cancelled last minute 😦


  4. “Ye of the burnt pink flesh in mounds so huge you could have your own zipcode. Ouch ouch ouch” though shall warn before you write such things..omg i would have fallen off my chair here 🙂 >:D<


  5. Anu says:

    Dear Kiran

    This is very very funny!!!.
    Do keep us posted 🙂

    Till later



  6. Gigi says:

    Hail the gigantic lady. I wish more women would be so confident!


  7. sukanya says:

    “Gigantic lady in the thong bikini. Ye of the burnt pink flesh in mounds so huge you could have your own zipcode.”

    he he he he…..


  8. Average Jane says:

    But think what would one write about if there weren’t such people around, eh?


  9. ahem says:

    “…pectorals which have been known to dislocate a jaw bone at a single swing…”

    pectorals, i thought, were chest muscles. how does one ‘swing’ them, exactly? sounds like a break dance move. in that case it’s quite clear how people have dislocated their jaw bones… by laughing.

    excuse the snark, it is the theme of the post after all. 😉

    *slinks back to the biology textbooks*


  10. Chanda says:

    Hi There,

    I know I always ask you for fashion and shopping tips but then that says a lot about your area of expertise,doesnt it ;-))

    Where can i buy those contemporary looking classy sarees in Mumbai? I know I can pay an arm & leg at Satya Paul,but where can a poor wannabe stylista get something similar?

    Also,any tailor you recommend you can make a well stitched blouse at break neck speed?


    Alas and Alack. My saree sense and knowledge is zilch and I have the blouses I stitched during my wedding 15 years ago and no more.


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