By Marcellus Baptista | Opening Doorz Editorial | November 15, 2019
They say that you are not really a good writer until and unless you have a ‘writer’s block’ at some point in your life. Since till now I have never had ‘writer’s block’ I thought it would be a good idea to get one.
So I went to the bazaar and asked the vendor: “Please give me writer’s block.”
“I have never heard of this vegetable,” he said. “If you want onions it is Rs 80 a kilo, buy soon, it may touch Rs 100.”
“Sorry, I don’t want onions, they make me cry,” I said. “It is writer’s block or nothing else for me.”
“Okay, you want potatoes or tomatoes?” he said. “We sell them by the kilo. But if you want drumsticks we sell them individually, one dozen would fall cheaper.”
“I have not come here for potatoes, tomatoes or drumsticks, I don’t want sticks at all, I want just one block—writer’s block,” I said.
“I see you want a block of cheese or meat, go to that shop over there, meat you will get in the corner of the bazaar,” he said. “I thought you knew your way around, you don’t look new here.”
“I am not new, I am not that old either though my hair is grey,” I said. “I don’t dye my hair unlike so many of my schoolmates. But why am I telling you all this?”
“Now I get it, you want a block of stone for your kitchen,” he said. “You prefer sitting on it rather than a stool, it can be quite comfortable. The furniture shop is round that corner.”
“No furniture for me, thank you very much,” I said. “Writer’s block and nothing else but writer’s block.”
Just then a passerby overheard us and informed: “By writer’s block you must be meaning a block of books. Just go to Sunderbai Hall, they have a sale of books by the kilo.”
So off I went and got one kilo of Mills & Boon for Rs. 100. “Finally, I got writer’s block,” I told my editor.
“Don’t act smug, get rid of it right now,” said the editor. “You have a deadline to make, you block-head!”
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