Recall: Funny Whisper
Class 6th. English Period.
The English teacher (shirley madam) was teaching some English prose, and she spoke the word “whisper” and half the class was laughing. The teacher was shocked in the beginning thinking why the class is laughing, Well it was because whisper was the brand name of a sanitary napkin. I am sure none of us knew what it was used for but all of us knew it is something secretive or things (bad) that you are not supposed to talk about. I am not sure where that notion came from but lot of our gaalis consisted of “whisper” – Teri gand me whisper ( whisper in your ass) – doesnt it sound funny when you take it in literal sense. Teri maa whisper khaati hai ( Your mother eats whisper), ha ha funny huh! well i made this up.
In those days ads of sanitary napkins were of very different kind, i could sense the care that might have gone into making of those ads. The women sitting in dark background with black saare saying ” mujhe kuch kehna hai, kaise kahu” – (I want to say some thing how should i say). Then the word “Unn dino” (those days – referring to periods) crept into ads, Then for the first time a teenage girl was used in napkin ads and i guess that ad had broken the sterotypes – the girl saying “Kapado se to parde bante hai” (clothes are for making curtains).
Thou at younger age i didn’t know what this thing was but still i didn’t asked my parents what this is about. But my friend Himanshu was in a hurry to give suggestions, he asked his mother why dont we buy this napkin, he must have thought it to be some kind of new-age towel which can substitute the big towel and can absorb so much of wetness, as per the ad a glass worth of wetness.
When we used to play and come across a used napkin thrown in some kaccharpatti, we would stand and stare thinking what kind of bandage is it. The blood on the pad certainly had helped to limit some fancy options. And then some fucking brat would pick it up and start throwing on others, the whisper fight.
Once R1 fell and his knees was bleeding, he was afraid to go home and tell his parents.. guess what we did.. Your right..