Aparna was an interaction designer my friend Arun worked with a couple of years ago on a project. She supposedly had a very impressive portfolio but if you happened to appreciate her work, she would give you a very dirty “Who are you to say my work is good” kind of a look. Basically Puchcha Bhavam in green Malayalam.
I haven’t met Aparna myself, but after hearing the story, I came up with this term “The Aparna Look” for the “How Low Society” look on your face. My cousin Nicky and I then made it so popular among our friends and family that everyone started using it even though no one knew who Aparna was.
One of the first guys who got The Aparna look from me was Nicky himself. Like say whenever he used to ask me
What time is your train to Kerala?
and I used to give him the look and he immediately used to correct himself
Oh OK Sorry. What time is your FLIGHT?
So what about it now?
The monster I unleashed years ago after creating a lot of damages everywhere has now turned towards me. Yes, lately I have been at the receiving end of the aparna looks from my near and dear for reasons still unknown to me. Analyze this
The other day I was out with Lavina and she asked
Lavina: Umesh did you have a bath today?
Me: Huh yes ofcourse. Why did you ask?
Lavina: You don’t look like you had a bath. Your hair is so dry. Ok tell me what soap did you use?
Lavina: Huh you bathed in dettol?
Me: Dettol soap ya
Lavina: You bathed using dettol soap? (Aparna Looks)
Me: Yes. What wrong?
Lavina: But why do you use dettol soap?
Me: I got it free with something I bought
Lavina: Huh you bathed using a soap you got for FREE? (Aparna looks again)
I didnt dare to go ahead with this conversation beyond this point
Just after the car came out of UB city parking on to the bright sunny Vittal Mallya road I told Teju
Me: Teju, can you please get me the cooling glass
Teju: Cooling Glass?????? (Aparna creeps in slightly)
Me: Yes. Its in the glove compartment
Teju: COOLING GLASS???????? (Aparna Looks)
Teju: UMESH, YOU ARE SO PRE HISTORIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me: !!!!???? Gulp
As we entered Orange Peel I saw the Mövenpick signage and exclaimed
Me: Wow Mövenpick is here
Lavina: What’s Mövenpick?
Me: Ice Cream Parlour
Seema: (Aparna Looks)
Me: What? Isn’t it?
Seema: Its not an Icecream Parlour. Its an Ice cream JOINT
Me: Oh ok. Cool
At last it was pay back time for Nicky
Nicky: Hey shetta, I’m going…
Me: For a movie without me?
Me: Oh to Pune?
Me: To Coorg?
Nicky: (Aparna Looks)
Me: OK tell me where
Nicky: To the US. See you byeeeeeeeeee