Who'd thought we'd wind up here together? But I sense a devilish amity when I see one .. An old friend may be worth a second but a conversational friend is worth a minute when she ... (1) Inflates a stray metaphor into sustained plot. Loafers are loaves, foundlings are fish. Pond is all around us! (2) Fetches a bowler hat from arcane time-capsule. (3) Flips Anglo-indians into Indo-Anglicans for her research. (4) Inspires me to swing sentences like 'catechins in a coffee are the capuchins of a crypt'. (5) Muppetizes Kartik and Mira! (6) Pits a guerrilla smashup of youtube and NYT. (7) Plies aluminium, steel, copper, borosil thoughts in her sturdy writing. (8) Penrod and Perrin are her mascots! Jeez! That's eight minutes on you!