Mission: Doobie with Daddy

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Mission: Doobie with Daddy

Illustration: Akshita Monga


was in the mood for a “doob spin”. You know that thing you do when you play your favourite music, pick up your friends, and drive around smoking some good stuff and enjoying the city. But as I buckled up my seat belt, I picked up a familiar, earthy smell lingering in the interior of my car. It was the unmistakable scent of a recently smoked joint. I hadn’t driven the car in days, so it couldn’t have been me. I suspected a driver from the building had borrowed the keys from the watchman and used the car as his hotbox. Maybe.

I didn’t think much about it. But little clues of what was really happening began to appear in my house. There was a sudden appearance of a suspicious amount of KitKat chocolates in my dad’s drawer and his periodic absences were followed by long hours of silent contemplation. It couldn’t be, could it? My 55-year-old Kishore Kumar-loving dad couldn’t possibly be like me?