On Saturday afternoon, he and I met after about three odd years, and moved straight to the Museum. When I entered the place, the first thought was that the place is far smaller than I had imagined. It was funny to think that I contemplated on which shoes to wear. It should suffice to say that you can go there in stilettos too.
We started looking about, read some funny facts, shared a little laugh when one gentleman walked in and introduced himself to the only other two people in the Museum, an American couple. He was going to give them a guided tour. He asked us if we were interested in the tour. We agreed. We could not have imagined what the next 30 minutes had in store for us. I wish I could have recorded the tour. The 72-year-old Mr. Jha is seriously one of the most amusing people I have ever met! His gestures, his accent, the creepy flirtatiousness, and just the bloody way of being cracked us up. I mean, giving a tour of a toilet museum should be funny enough. Why do you have to do the action of ‘doing business’! Anyway.
So he took us through the complete evolution – from the Indus Valley civilisation to the first WC to the old practices of western Europe to all the latest technological innovations – we covered everything. And the punctuating jokes made the tour perfect.
In appreciation of toilet humour and an embarrassing irony, I will tell you that I went to use the loo and realised a little too late that there was no water. The absence of toilet paper had anyway been noticed and ignored upon entering itself. So. It was a memorable trip in more ways than one.
Below are some pictures that I have borrowed from Google. The copyright is with their respective original owners.
|I laughed uncontrollably! You HAVE to go through the text here.|
|I think this one was from Austria.|
|A solar powered toilet. You don’t need water for this one.|