आधीच मरकट, त्यात मद्य प्यायला, त्यातच वृष्चिक दंश जाहला. ( Marathi proverb)
Proverbs can’t get funnier than this. The first time I heard it was my mother’s response to somebody’s antics. Since then I have thought or said it innumerable times. It is simultaneously an explanation of the exhibited behaviour, a shrug of the shoulders, a rolling of the eyes, a raising of both eyebrows and sometimes even a condemnation.
A rough translation would be – A monkey after all, drunk at that, and to top it, bitten by a scorpion.
Imagination runs wild!
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