Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Day After May Day?

Happy Monday! And Happy May Day (late)!!! I totally forgot to celebrate this year, but I am going to try not to beat myself up about that too much. I’ll do it next year.

Here is where you get to ask me anything you want from “How does India celebrate May Day?” to “When are you seeing Heropanti 2?” Just keep swinging back here all week as you think of new questions!

Now, question for you! In honor of May Day, what is your favorite “Gulabo” (rose) song?

So sue me, I like this remix better than the original:


17 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Day After May Day?

  1. I was thinking about Oh My Dog today and I came to the conclusion the plot could be improved easly. The boy is said that the dog can be operated but it’s a little risky. After a lot of thinking he realizes what we knew from the beginning – Simba is happy and doesn’t need an operation. The boy signs the dog for the Dog Show without saying he is blind. The evil guy does everything to disqualify the pair and almost succeedes but Arjun gives a very moving speech and the judges change the rules so even the blind animals can compete in Dog Shows.


  2. Am I missing something, how is May Day related to roses? 

    I just started watching the show Babylon Berlin on Netflix and coincidentally, an episode I was watching yesterday involved May Day protests! It is a noir, set in Germany in the period between the World Wars. I was instantly sucked into this world which I know very little about – poverty and glamorous nightlife of the 20s, flapper fashion, vibrant queer community, all while different political movements are taking shape. The central characters┬áare the typical noir detective, emotionally┬ácomplex, suffers from PTSD, has to hide his condition for his job and a heroine struggling to take care of her family, is a clerk by day and┬áprostitute┬áby night, has dreams of becoming a homicide detective. She hustles to become his assistant to fulfill her ambition, I love her! I’m engrossed and highly recommend it. It has this musical number by a crossdressing Russian singing in German –

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    • May Day is flowers and stuff, so roses! At least, that’s how it made sense in my mind.

      Oh man, someone here watched Babylon Berlin a little bit ago and looooooooooooooved it. I think maybe Emily???

      Also, May Day protests! Founded by radical Germans in Chicago because of the Haymarket Riots! WOOT!


      • I thought you were going for a “bread and roses” vibe.

        Yes, it was me! I really loved the first season of Babylon Berlin. The second season was also pretty good. The third season, meh. It’s the kind of show that sticks with you, though. I still think of it sometimes.

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        • I just finished all of it. I think of seasons 1 and 2 as a continuous story and they are very gripping. The central mystery in season 3 felt like a regular cop show, but I still liked seeing bits of filmmaking of that era and everything else going on is still interesting. I’m invested in the characters and this world by now, especially knowing where it’s all headed. You’re right, it sticks with you and I was so happy to know they’ve completed season 4. I need more of Gereon and Charlotte after all frustrating the slow-burn I’ve been subjected to!


  3. For the past two years I remember the pandemic year we did May Day baskets for the neighbors and think how nice that was, but then don’t get organized enough to do it again. Props to your mom, is all I can say.

    I have a question. What’s the deal with paan? A dad friend took my husband out for dinner in the Indian neighborhood by our house and bought paan from a little hole in the wall vendor after, and now my husband brings it home as a treat when we order out and he goes to pick up food. There’s all kinds of stuff in there, I’m curious.


    • I had dinner with my parents on May Day and my Mom was exhausted because she got up at 5am to make and distribute baskets before the neighbors woke up.

      I think paan is often/sometimes with tobacco in it? So there is an addictive version that’s essentially chewing tobacco with flavors. But there’s also just “let’s wrap sweet chewy things in edible leaves” version.


    • Paan can have tobacco in it but in the US largely vendors are not selling pan with tobacco unless you ask them for it and they have a license to sell tobacco products.

      Paan (without tobacco), which I am almost positive is what is being sold to your husband is just a sweet, delicious mouth freshener with delicious ingredients like coconut and tutti fruits wrapped in betal leaf.

      I try to get some from hole in the wall vendors everytime in on NY. If this were India, I would very specifically ask for paan without tobacco. But I have never had to do that here.


      • Yes, I don’t think it has tobacco, feel like I would have noticed that. It is indeed sweet and gooey and has something crunchy and menthol tasting in it.


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