Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dentists and New Delhi Cops

What could Dentists and Delhi Cops have in common? Come to think of it, the two fields of medicine and crime couldn't be further apart. Then too, there's something sinister in the way these two groups operate. Both delight in knocking people's teeth out. For those not familiar with Delhi Cops, here's the scoop. Delhi thullas are notorious for their vision of a crime-free society. No, they don't believe in rehabilitation through talks and discussions and workshops. They just beat the crap out of people and hope they will get many more chances to do it again if the miserable souls didn't learn their lesson. The old saying in Delhi still stands 'may your enemies never visit a cop station'; the notoriety of cops is that solid.

Anyway, the similarities between the two groups - dentists and Delhi cops are plenty. Both delight in knocking people's teeth out - dentists take their fee upfront while Delhi cops wait for later with the added threat of taking the entire jaw out. If lucky, Delhi cops will retrieve your knocked out teeth from some corner for an additional fee while Dentists will willingly give you new teeth - for a hefty fee as well. There is however one small difference in the way of operation. Dentists will make you lie around squirming under bright lights while they prepare their drills and grills just behind your back when you think they're going to grind your entire being. Delhi Cops operate in dimmed lights and just take a hammer or a boot or a fist and in one clean sweep knock out which ever tooth or teeth are in view. In short, discretion is the difference.

It's really very disconcerting to visit dentists or cops. The only one who does not emerge without a smile is you - the one whose teeth get knocked out. At the dental office, you have been rendered numb and cannot smile or eat or drink for a few hours. At the Delhi cop station, you have been reduced to a pulp and cannot do the additional thing of cursing along with the inability to smile, eat or drink for quite a few days. On a good note however, you will eventually feel stronger and emerge brimming with self confidence. Perhaps feeling lighter in pocket may also contribute toward a light bounce in life. After all, not many can survive this kind of an onslaught and not smile, with or without teeth. It may also call for a new kind of New Year resolution to take better care of your teeth. 


  1. Joy Mazumdar: and 'the tooth shall prevail'..........
    January 11 at 10:50am ·

  2. Rohin Parekh:
    Too good Jo! Love your humour . Have u been having insomnia lately?

  3. Geeta Ahlawat - Ouch.... I would rather stay away from both :) You crack me up Joyce, your sense of humour is amazing!

  4. Jaiya Venkat
    Good as usual..:)

  5. Vandana Shah:
    Ewwwwwwwww...the "tooth" hurts.....m sure cops and dentists are cringing...if they happen to be reading this u to come up with commonalities and present them in such humourous manner...well written and that's the honest tooth:)))
    January 11 at 9:25pm

  6. Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury
    You said it! Enjoyed reading
    January 12 at 1:47am

  7. John Samson:
    if only you were as adroit at handling your toothbrush as you are at wielding your pen.
    January 13 at 2:16am

  8. John, perhaps I should try writing with the toothbrush as well.
    January 13 at 1:26pm

  9. John Samson
    well , your piece does bristle with humor.
    January 14 at 6:07am ·

  10. Neera Pant: Great reading,Jo..enjoyed the well written piece..
    January 13 at 8:52am ·

  11. Wow! Remind me to count my blessings the next time I go to the dentist here in the US!