Give that poor guy a break, yaar. Leaving your 8-yr old child behind in the pub is not as criminal as the holier-than-Thou junta makes it appear! Many a parent has done it atleast once in their parenthood. Just because the culprit is the British PM cannot make the same offence graver than if a lesser mortal did it. And which child wouldn't love being left behind in the pub? There are huge screens all over, the ambience is warm and the staff hospitable. Unlike pubs in India where the emphasis is more on drinking, the ones in UK are family haunts. They spill over with patrons standing outside on the streets as weekend approaches. You wanna chillax after a long week? Hit the pub with your colleagues on Friday evening & stay there beyond midnight if you so wish.
The pubs serve the customary drinks & have dining on the menu. More often than not, there are special activities on various days to attract crowds. Quiz one evening(the winner gets free dinner), a film screening on the other while a local 'star' performer crooning to the audience on the third. These public houses have a cosy, non-intrusive atmosphere that is apt for all kinds of gathering. And mostly, you don't get shot if you refuse to serve drinks to anyone after closing hours. How did little Nancy feel when she came back from the restroom to see her family missing? For a while she must have breathed easy without security breathing down her neck! In fifteen minutes Dad David was anyway there to collect her.
P got more time to himself when his dad took him to buy fodder for the cattle, asked him to get the fodder weighed while he refilled gas & came back. The then-child P realized, after the stipulated time had elapsed, that ho na ho, papa mujhe bhul gaye hain. So he collected the fodder, hailed an auto and reached home. Dad was in the verandah, spectacles in place, newspaper in hand, engrossed in what was going on in the world. He looked up as he heard the gate open & remarked aa gaye to his son, quite forgetting that they had gone out together! The son, now grown up and following his father's footsteps in the absent-mindedness department, chuckles every time he remembers the episode. Take a chill pill, is what he suggests to the whiners club. Have some cold Mango Shake to beat the heat. You just need some milk(even watery will do) & a a couple of ripe mangoes(sour? no probs!) to keep you cool.
1. 2 glass cold milk
2. 1-2 ripe mango/pulp
3. 1-2 tsp honey(use sugar if you are trim :))
1. Put all the ingredients in the blender & give it a whip.
2. Delicious mango shake is ready!
Not everybody can afford a cattle just because the milkman delivers pani wali doodh. Make as much mango shake as you want. Or change the milkman. I am doing the first :)