The Great Banana Run! :)




1. a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.
2. the fruit, esp. that of M. paradisiaca, with yellow or reddish rind.

the Great Banana RunOne of the more fascinating aspects of being cooped up in a room that stinks worse than a ten-year-old freshly dug-up coffin is the ease with which we can find blackened banana skins in the most unexpected places. I found seventeen last night.

My brother doesn’t clean his room. Ever. I think the last time the room faced the business end of a broom and a mop was when it was built, more than a thousand years ago. We exchanged rooms for the night as he said he had to prepare for an exam and needed the computer all night. My guess is as good as yours – I found three porn sites in the internet history later. But anyway, I don’t want to digress into a 19-year-old’s late night exploits.

Entering his room is akin to stepping out of civilization and entering a neanderthal realm of sabre-tooth tigers, mammoths, man-eating men and rotting food. I stepped into a half-eaten box of ice cream lying on the floor, as soon as I entered the room. This should’ve warned me what to expect, but I blissfully ignored it and crept in to the bed. It was unusually warm and cozy.

Unfortunately, the warmth was due to the fact that the bed was partly drenched with fresh coffee, and I hadn’t noticed it in the darkness. I changed the sheets and crept in again, and realized that the pillow seemed to emanate a strange smell, that distinctly reminded me of the frog dissections I used to do in school. And there it was, under the pillow, nestled snugly, the first of the blackened banana skins.

I realized that I can’t sleep unless I was satisfied that nothing else was hidden in the bed. I stripped the bed of all sheets and turned over the mattress, and immediately, cursed myself for doing so. In the midst of a couple of cockroach corpses and old newspapers and new porn magazines, I found sixteen more banana skins.

I spent the night in the living room, on the couch – safer and a lot wiser.

PS: I got a pounding from the creep this morning for destroying the chaotic sanctity of his room. A great start to the day.

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

49 thoughts on “The Great Banana Run! :)

  1. I bet it was a ploy on your brother’s part to make you clean his room up! 🙂 Or to take it out on you for not paying up for the chores you made him do!

  2. btw, why would somebody not eat the entire box of ice-cream?! and leave the empty box on the floor to maintain the pigsty status of the room!? Just wondering!!

  3. Congrats on the Awards, you owe me beer now.

    And I am sure you drove your brother banana after your visit, my Mom to does that. She’ll rearrange the whole place in the name of sanity and I can’t find anything till she has left back and things are back to normal. Dude some people love chaos.

  4. True! Some people do really love chaos… 🙂 And I too think that it was an elaborate plot by your brother to have the room cleaned up by you… 😛

  5. LOL…your brother is a hero, i tell you! I’m sure he either has no nasal openings or the openings are ust there for a fancy!

    LOL….but atleast, you are wiser now 😀 Be grateful to him for that at least! 😛

  6. oh poor you!! 😛 😛 but i am sure more than disgust you might have felt nostalgic and you dont want us to know that!

    😛 😛

  7. 😮 Ur mom seems to be a very cool person!! No scolding or nagging about keeping rooms clean. Or maybe she has given up the hope of ever getting to see a clean room.

  8. eeewwwww!!! 😡 my brother’s room is ditto….except it has peanuts instead of bananas all over and a lots of stale unedible stuff…like the bread crumbs,dried chocolate sauce and some fungi laden foodbits which are unrecognisable! 😀

  9. @Apar
    Hehehehe! i think it is!
    And I don’t know the ice cream funda! He’s a weirdo!

    Hehehe! yeah!


    Hahahaha! Sure man, beer’s on, but this time we’ll choose a day when it’s not raining!

    Hehe! Yeah!

    Hehe! Seems like it, doesn’t it?

    Sigh! Ok, ma’am! 😦
    And yes, I’m grateful!

    Haha! Good one!

    Yes ma’am! I did!

    I have no idea, man!

    HEheheehehehe!! how mean! I’m a clean guy!

    “Nikkiman”..?? Seriously?? 😛

    Hehehe! She’s given up long ago!

    Sigh, ok! 😦

  10. It could not have been a half-eaten box of ice cream! the Nitin i know would never leave a box of icecream half eaten! lol!

    I guess the only place in his room which might be devoid of rotten food is the corner where is drum kit is.

  11. Hahaha Lol !!! I think this was just a business strategy for your brother to turn hi room upside down and check whether Big B goes an extra step and tries to get the room cleaned…
    Lol !!!

  12. U seriously dont like your brother, do you ?? My brother does this act of defaming too !!! LOL.

    No wonder you call him terrorist; they all are weirdos!!!

  13. hehehe.. lol… 😀
    I am sure, by now your brother would have stopped cursing you… in a rather sunk mood, he would reflect… “My brother Nikhil…”

  14. @Deeps
    HEhehe! You don’t like bananas? 😀

    Hahaha!! Well, he’s a moron, and we both know it! 😉

    LOL… Yeah! 😀

    Haha! Why didn’t I think of that?? 😀

    Reputation? Ayyo, he doesn’t have any! 😀

    LOL… Looks like it, man! 😀

    Hehehe!!!! All elder brothers are like this, macha! 😀

    ROFL..!!! 😀

    LOL… I think he can write one! 😀

  15. Ok. I am going to take two guesses. One is that he MADE the room that way so you wouldn’t sleep in it peacefully. It is his room after all. 😀

    The second guess being that he actually likes his room that way. 😐 If so, he is the weirdest 19 year old I have ever seen. 😀

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  17. @Amit
    Hehehe!! Male Monica, I like that! 😀

    LOL… I don’t know what’s right! 😀

    Oh come on, all younger ones are slobs! 😛

    Pffffbt!!! 😛

    Hehehe! He hasn’t read it yet, so I’m happy! 😀

    No, he isn’t! 🙂

    No man, thankfully! 😀

    Welcome to MirrorCracked! 😀
    Maybe you’re right! Hehe!

    Welcome to MirrorCracked 😀
    Hahaha! Good one! 🙂

    He had one, now he’s single, I think! 😉

    @Bill Austin
    Thanks a ton! 😀

    I’ll think about it! 😉

  18. Hey Nikhil… I was about to ask you! why no posts on the little terrorist for a long while and am really happy to see one today!!! And regards to your bro! well The big bro’s just complain!!! I would have been more happy if you had cleaned the room for he must be busy with exams.. And I wonder what we can know more about your room if your brother Nitin gets a chance to stay in your room n wites a post!! ask him to do!!!

  19. Oh man i dont believe this!! twas fun reading though :)and I sure aint coming to u (just in case ud send me to ur bro’s room) for the hiding space ;P id prefer cyanide to cockroach!

  20. just three porn sites ?? Sumthing wrong with him..

    19 yr olds now overload firefox with tabs and start cursing bill gates and windows..

  21. Funny!!! 🙂
    I remember, I had a friend who used to toss the banana skins on to an empty high shelf in his room. And I guess many other things that I don’t want to know about. I wonder what happened to the next tenants when they had to clean the room.

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