Guilty Pleasures

Guilty pleasures – an oxymoron if I ever heard one as far as I am concerned. But I’ve been tagged and to it I get. But really how can anything pleasurable be guilty? I must be inordinately shameless. My mom often reaffirms that I am. I’ve always believed that there’s nothing guilty about sex, drugs, and rock n roll. So that leaves precious little.

But I valiantly tried and came up with seven of mine:

  1. If I’m reading a really tedious book like A Suitable Boy, I skip to the end and read the ending – at least a few pages at the end. And then resume reading the book where I’d left off or decide not to read it any more depending on what I thought of the ending. It always makes me feel guilty and I’m almost always glad.
  2. Raiding the fridge for dry-fruits especially cashew nuts. I simply love the combination of raisins and cashew. And mom won’t let me eat cashew so I need to resort to such larceny.
  3. Midnight snacking. If you have insomnia and you’ve had a light meal, then it is just so necessary to snack at about 2 am in the morning. You know it’s not good, but your stomach begins to sound like it’s snoring. And so snack it is!
  4. Voyeurism. I just said that for shock effect. But I do love being unseen and watching people go by and telling myself stories about their lives. It’s an exercise in creativity and pleasurably stimulates the imagination. Which is probably why I’m really enjoying reading The Third Eye by David Knowles. Try it, good book. And less dense than A Suitable Boy.
  5. Scandalising the stiffs. I know I should probably leave pontificating prudes alone, but I can’t resist shocking them with my OTT (over the top) statements or clothing or cussing or other stuff like that. I mean, I simply can’t/won’t leave well alone.
  6. Stalking. Social network stalking of people whom I was interested in at some point in time, people who disgust me, people whom I consider as the stiffs, friends and lovers and all my husbands. I just need to know what they are all about. And besides I love the internet. And it’s good TP (Time Pass). And it’s a good way to feel good about yourself for no additional cost besides the internet bill.
  7. Not reading the newspaper. Not watching a news channel. Not checking out news on the internet. And living a completely blissful life unaware of petrol and other commodities hike, crime in the city, advertisements offering ‘unbelievable’ deals, movies in town. Were I to take a current events quiz, I’d flunk it rather shamelessly. But that’s not the pleasure. The pleasure is in pretending I know everything and dropping a word here and a phrase there and appearing all intelligent and knowledgeable when conversing with people. It’s an art. It’s a skill. And I’m honing it to perfection. (I think). For instance, recently my mom, who reads the paper, mentioned about the change in the zodiac. I used it effortlessly in an interview and appeared all witty and knowing and made the guy laugh. Pleasure. And Guilt.

And so Rati, that’s me. I hope you are happy! 🙂

And readers, do you have any? What’s yours? Leave me a comment.

And of course, here’s the anthem for stalkers and voyeurs alike. 🙂


About Bhumika's Boudoir

I love to laugh, and end up being a part of high drama and stormy emotion even when I don't pursue it. Being creative, and communicating with people get me going. I enjoy all the good things in life especially those that are slightly risque, and apologise little, if ever, for all that I do. Literature is a passion and so is music.
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9 Responses to Guilty Pleasures

  1. Marvin Grey says:

    With the exception of voyeurism and scandalising stiffs, I am sure your guilty pleasures were shared by Florence Nightingale. Who knows she might even have tried to scandalise a few stiffs as a last ditch effort to jog their heart. Most guys have guilty pleasure of megabytes of porn on their computers. Does mine have megabytes or gigabytes of porn? I am not confessing!


    • Marvin Grey says:

      Oooh!!! I will confess to watching all those crazy domestic fighting, public spats etc. on TV9 (English).


      • Chee! I’m insulted now. You mean I’m a Florence Nightingale in the making? See, it’s just that I don’t think BDSM is a guilty pleasure! What can I do. LOL, even I have porn – what self-respecting adult doesn’t? And erotica! But that’s not guilty pleasure, is it? And watching inane things on TV, again who doesn’t?


  2. Sanjay says:

    Well, the title guilty pleasures raises a lot of expectations, it can be discussed at a more deeper level.However the author Contained itself in the realm of some defined boundaries. Ok you got my attention there for sure..Well the things that are mentioned aren’t well guilty pleasures. Skipping pages or Raiding stuff or even Midnight snacks are considered as guilty pleasures. Well good morning to me. Its surely pleasure and I may be rather a shameless homo sapien not to feel any kind of guilt in it till now.Ohh am I loosing it….bham comes the two words and your life will never be the same again…Voyeurism again a big term considering we are talking about guilty pleasure but anyway…well….lets leave it for the time being. Stalking…thanx Marky..You gave us a new platform to hone this art…Being born under the influence of some specific planet my natural characteristic compel me to try to talk to various people. Nothing makes you high then having a conversation with really witty, intellectual kind…and of course there is cannabis too. Well not reading the newspaper is kind of fad nowadays, our healthy lifestyle does not involve us to indulge in such an unhealthy exercise as reading. But alas, if only u could know how less people actually know around you, the domain knowledge ahs gradually shifted its base from general to some specific sectors like movies and maybe un-understandable fashion statements. You should feel proud of at least giving the poor guy knowledge that a new zodiac sign has been introduced, I doubt he even remembered the 11 signs there are..:-).Anyway Mom’s have a history in helping us in needy times. It’s nice that you express urself with rather true to life confessions, bravo…


  3. Sanjay says:

    I have nothing against the guy against the guy.I think that my posts are taken more seriously here then they actually deserve.I have written all the above in a rather instinctive manner ,that upon introspection I realize is a mistake.Would rather post some serious comments in future.


  4. Rati says:

    Skipping to the last few pages. Think I do that as well. More often now than before. Guess age brings impatience. Did that most recently with Luka and the Fire of Life. Can do without reading it if you ask me!
    No newspaper? Really Bhu? How will you be worldly wise my dear?


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